Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vows - Beth Ashley and Rowland Fellows - NYTimes.com

This is one of the most beautiful stories of love and my beloved Five Islands Maine. The photo shows joy in a way that I hope we can all experience in life.Vows - Beth Ashley and Rowland Fellows - NYTimes.com

For the bride's column back in CA read this: Since You Asked by Beth Ashley

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The Bounty of Maine

It's not too late to enjoy the bounty of Maine. Farmer's markets are still running and local artists are showing the bounty of the season as well. Enjoy the harvest while it's available in Bath and Brunswick.

Bath Farmer's Market - Runs every Saturday through October 31st at the Waterfront Park from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Bath 3rd Friday Art walk - Runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on September 18th with over 30 area artists being shown.

Brunswick Farmer's Market - Runs every Tuesday and Friday through November 27th on the Downtown Green from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Brunswick Family Arts Festival - September 26th throughout the day featuring music, workshops and art demonstrations for all ages on the Downtown Green and Maine Street.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MaineBusiness.com | Maine News Direct

When the kids were younger one of my favorite activities on vacation in Maine was to read picture books to them that were set in Maine. Maine has a unique way of making that perfect setting and speaking to each of us. They still talk about "Blueberries for Sal."

We have a new picture book we'll need to add to our cottage collection this year: "The Scallop Christmas" by Georgetown's own Jane Freeberg.

Read more about this lovely book and the October 10 reception in Georgetown Maine at:

MaineBusiness.com | Maine News Direct

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Monday, June 29, 2009

50 tasty, satisfying, fun, yummy, surprising, finger-licking, scrumptious, enticing finds - The Boston Globe

Robinhood Free Meeting House is one of those restaurants that many associate with a special occasion, but for us, it's just a neighborhood restaurant when we are at our cottage in Georgetown Maine. Now we can share another little taste of Maine with others and at home. In addition, this great Boston Globe food article gives us a few more things to try while here this summer. We do think the author missed Main Sweets, also here in Georgetown where you can get great whoopie pies and Needhams for dessert!

50 tasty, satisfying, fun, yummy, surprising, finger-licking, scrumptious, enticing finds - The Boston Globe: "Hot From Your Oven

Chef Michael Gagne’s award-winning 72-Layer Cream Cheese Biscuits – drawing patrons since 1996 to his restaurant, Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown, Maine – are now distributed (they’re frozen in six-packs) in retail outlets, including Hannaford supermarkets. At all Hannaford markets in eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine"

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Weekly Events Around Bath Maine June 4 2009

The information below is taken from the Main Street Bath weekly newsletter. I'm not in Maine yet, but if I were my picks for this week would be:
6/5 Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro in Bath on Front Street (who can resist wine and live Jazz?)
6/6 National Trails Day - Weber Kelly Preserve work in Georgetown

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust celebrates National Trails Day

Schedule of events:

Friday, June 5

Workshop - 5:30-7:30 pm. Nancy Sferra, Director of Science and Stewardship at the Nature Conservancy in Maine, will describe how to protect trails from erosion and streams from siltation with the use of water bars and stream crossings. She will discuss building techniques out on the land at Sewall Woods Preserve, Whiskeag Road, Bath (click for directions).

Saturday, June 6 (National Trails Day!)

Work Party - 9:30-11:30 am. Apply what you learned at Friday’s workshop to the wet spots at Weber Kelly Preserve, Bay Point Road in Georgetown

* Construction of water bars on all of the steep slopes using materials on-site (either logs or rocks)
* Build bog bridges at several wet spots along the trail. Bring a drink, gloves and tools. Marnee’s Cookies is donating treats for us!

Work Party for Bath Trails - 9:00-11:00 am. Help build the first section of a new 5 mile multi use trail connecting the Bath YMCA to the Thorne Head Preserve. Meet at the Bath Y parking lot with gloves, tools and enthusiasm for helping create the next great trail in Bath! Contact Bill Milam at wmilam@suscom-maine.net for more details.

Hike Green Point Preserve, West Bath - 3:00 pm. Hike with Morse High School Environmental Science student, Jill Brown. A KELT volunteer, Jill is researching the land use history of this preserve?which has lovely views of Brigham’s Cove and down the New Meadows River, in addition to a curious geologic bedrock inclusion. Route 209 to Campbell Pond Road, 1 mile turn onto Birch Point Road. Roadside parking on the left.

FMI contact: Alicia Heyburn, Outreach and Communication Director Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

207-442-8400 www.kennebecestuary.org

Celebrating 20 years of conservation in the Kennebec Estuary!

Whatever Floats Your Boat at Maine Maritime Museum

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of BIW—one of a kind opportunity

The Boston Globe touts these “not to be missed” trolley tours so come now before all the tourists arrive and then bring your house guests when they get here. Call 443-1316 ext 0 for reservations. Museum members enjoy free admission and significant discounts so sign up on-line at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

NEW and FUN: Beginning Thursday, June 11, 3 pm

“Basically Basement: The Museum Storage Tour”

Have you always wanted to explore what the Museum visitor doesn’t usually see? Do you want to see the “rest of the iceberg” in our cool collection storage. Join Museum Curators for a one hour voyage through maritime artifacts, from the sublime to the outrageous. Tours are once a week, Thursdays at 3 pm.
Call 443-1316 ext 0 for information or reservations…

SPI Open Houses, Hidden Gardens Tour coming June 13th

The 7th Annual Open Houses, Hidden Gardens Tour in Bath, Maine, presented by Bath Savings Institution for Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc will be Saturday June 13th, 2009 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The tour originates at the Winter Street Center at 880 Washington Street in Bath, Maine. Each ticket for the self-guided tour includes entrance to a dozen architectural gems and gardens in Bath’s North Historic District including the homes and gardens of Garden Street. Tickets for the complete tour are $20.00 presale (prior to 6/13) and $25.00 at the door. More information is online at www.sagadahocpreservation.org.

The Bath Historical Society’s Hooked Rug Show is also on June 13 from 10am to 4pm at 906 Washington St. (Minnie Brown Center) in Bath. So make plans to spend the day or the weekend in Historic Bath enjoying its wonderful architecture and gardens in bloom!

Friday Night Jazz June 5th at Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street

This Friday in the Wine Bar the doctor will be in — two in fact, the Doctors of Jazz: Tim O’Dell on the sax with his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, and Richard Nelson on guitar with his Doctor of Musical Arts from Columbia. These guys are definitely gonna be good for what ails ya!! Office hours begin Friday night at 6:30 and continue till 9:30!

Goat Milk Gelato… have you ever had any? It is all organic, goat milk gelato from ‘Painted Pepper Farm’. Come sit in the bay window area overlooking the beautiful ‘Spirit of the Sea’ Fountain and Winter Street Church, sipping on Kismet Inn’s Tea while conversing with a friend. There are other offerings such as group spa day with tea, yoga with tea, dinners, exfoliation and….

Please, check my website http://kismetinnmaine.com/ for more detail on other services.

Marnee’s Cookie Bistro introduces new lunch fare, 23 Elm Street

Because life is simply too short to only eat cookies… we are pleased to offer yummy sandwiches, delicious deli salads, green salads and seasonal soups to savor from Wild Oats Bakery of Brunswick. Prepared and ready to go if you are on the run, taking a break from work, for a picnic at the beach or for a boat ride on the Kennebec. Or simply enjoy a leisurely lunch at the bistro or in the park next door.

Along with the usual bistro beverages, we are now offering aero-press fresh ground coffee, iced coffees, fresh brewed iced tea, sweet tea, and lemonade.

Top off your lunch with one of Marnee’s cookie-licious desserts. Choose from the regular 16 scrumptious cookies or the ’special’ cookies of the day. Try our ice cream desserts; we are proud to feature a collaboration between Marnee’s Cookies and Smiling Hill Farm Ice Cream of Westbrook; “Nirvana”- the ice cream is the first and a wonderful combination of vanilla and “Nirvana” cookie tidbits.

Marnee’s Cookie Bistro - now more than your cookie destination!

June Bistro events:

* Bistro Blues: Friday, June 5th - 6-9 pm
* Kids’n'Cookies: Saturday, June 20th - 11 am - 2 pm
* Ice Cream Social Sundays: Every Sunday - all day
* Bistro Birthdays: Anytime even after hours
* ‘Twilight’ Thursdays: Starting June 18th

FMI: 1-207-371-8017 / http://www.marnees.com/visit.asp

Monday, March 23, 2009

Marnee's Cookies-Bath, ME "The Cookie House Song"

Ok - It's corny - but it's so very Maine and small town America. I cannot wait to try Marnee's cookies. Everything she does turns to gold. I'll have to wait until June when I head to Georgetown for my annual escape to our future retirement home and current vacation rental!

YouTube - Marnee's Cookies-Bath, ME "The Cookie House Song"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cannoli and Lobster Claws

Sometimes you just have to share your favorite things with others. I was on Facebook this morning and noticed a friend (Italian) and her sister had been chatting about a pastry for St. Joseph's day, and of course conollis and Maine Whoopie pies came up. Got me thinking about my last trip to Boston and the North End and good old Mike's Pastry. For those of you needing some Italian pastries or cookies take a look. Me, I'm headed to a local San Clemente shop that makes them...

mikespastry: Pastry: "'Mike's Famous Cannoli: Handmade Shells, with a Favorite Fresh Yellow-Cream Filling – 10CT'
Price: $25.00

'Mike's LobsterTails (La Sfogliatella): Handmade Shells, with Fresh Cream Filling – 4 CT'
Price: $20.00

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Portland Museum of Art sets record attendance - Examiner.com

Portland Museum of Art sets record attendance - Examiner.com: "PORTLAND, Maine (Map, News) - The Portland Museum of Art has discovered that there's nothing like a little rock 'n roll to bring in the crowds.

The museum in Portland, Maine, drew a record 17,839 visitors in February, thanks to the popularity of its exhibition 'Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography.' The figure broke the mark set by an Ansel Adams exhibition in 2000.

'Backstage Pass' draws from the nation's largest private collection of photographs of rock musicians. Many of the 268 photographs of artists including Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, the Clash and Madonna have been rarely seen in public.

Chief Curator Tom Denenberg says the exhibition 'exceeded all of our expectations.' It remains on view through March 22.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fresh Lobster Photo from Five Islands Wharf

TrekEarth | Lobsters Photo: "Some of the most beautiful views of the Maine Coast and its fishermen at sea are available from the dock at Five Islands.

The wharf at Five Islands is a working wharf used by local lobstermen. A fishing village on the island of Georgetown, Maine and is known as the “prettiest harbor in Maine”, and is truly one of the most picturesque spots anywhere on the coast. The Five Islands harbor and wharf is part of the community of Georgetown, sits on the Sheepscot Bay, opens up to the Gulf of Maine. The waters are some of the deepest and coldest on the coast, which makes for the most sought after lobsters anywhere."