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The Holiday Season is upon us and we are all looking for clever gift ideas.  I am going to suggest some gifts from Maine that promise to make the recipients happy!  Have fun shopping for gifts from Maine.inn2inn3

First on my list is a Gift Certificate to the Ocean Point Inn.  The certificate may be used for lodging, dining or buying gifts.  The BIG NEWS is that on Black Friday and Cyber Monday we are offering 20% off on Gift Certificates.  Does not get any better than that!!  Nate will be answering the phone on those days from 9 – 5.  Give him a call at 207-633-4200 and he will get a certificate in the mail to you.  For the month of December Return Guests may get 10% off on their reservations.

 

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Everyone would love to receive fresh live lobsters from Maine.

Go to http://www.mainelobsterdirect.com to place an order.

They have been shipping lobsters direct from Portland since 1995.

 

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A favorite of mine over the years is a coastal wreath from Boothbay Region Greenhouse.  They arrive fresh and say Maine every time you open your door!

http://wwwboothbaygreenhouses.net/boothbay-harbor-florist/balsam-wreaths-21316c.asp?topnav=LeftNav

 

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Another option for ordering lobster is

http://www.mainelobsternow.com

 

 

 

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Café Press offer a wide range of gifts including calendars, t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads and much more.  http://www.cafepress.com/+boothbay-harbor-maine+gifts

 

The Silver Lining in Boothbay Harbor offers their unique “Maine Bracelet” as well as a wonderful line of other silver jewelry.

 

http://www. silverlining.comm.maine_bracelet_off

 

 

The Coastal Maine Popcorn Store in Boothbay Harbor offers popcorn as the Popcorn of the Month Club, Gift Certificates or shipping the popcorn itself.  Lots of holiday flavors like Pumpkin, Orange Cranberry and Caramel Apple.  The Samplers would be gfreat stocking stuffers.

 

 

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Moose Christmas Stockings and other clever moose gifts are available at

http://www.etsy.com/search?q=moose+stocking

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cove Design offers hand knit Christmas stockings from the coast of Maine.  They are beautiful and remind me of the ones my mother knit.  They have great hangers to go with them.knit stockings

http://www.christmascovedesigns.com/

 

 

DownEast Magazine offers 133 gifts!  And remember, a gift subscription to Down East Magazine is always a good idea.  They have a large assortment of books on Maine or written  by Maine authors.  They really have something for everyone and all ages.

http://www.downeast.com/133gifts/

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Country Creations offers lovely Food Baskets, Pickles, Jams and other homemade goodies.  http://www.countrycreationsmaine.com/

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As guests at the Ocean Point Inn, have you ever wondered where the Hatchard House got its name?

The Inn has a very old photo that is shown here of Matilda Hatchard.  This photo is a perfect example of “a picture says a thousand words.”  The 1890 photo was taken of Matilda standing in the battered doorway of the Hatchard House.

Matilda lived a hard and challenging life in a tiny fishing community at the end of a long peninsula.  She was born in Lebanon, Maine, in 1814.  In 1882 at the age of 68 she married her second husband, Henry Hatchard, of Ocean Point.  Henry originally came from England in 1828. IMG_6636

If you look carefully, you can see how many times Matilda has had to mend her clothes.  At first glance it looks like she is wearing an apron, but it is really a large patch on her skirt.

The very tired, toothless woman shows all signs of a very hard life.  The clapboards are falling off the building, the lower step is gone and the door is barely attached to the rotten frame.

From now on when I look at the current Hatchard House I will always imagine Matilda standing in the doorway!

Thank you to Boothbay Region Historical Sketches Volume III for the article “Matilda Hatchard of Ocean Point”  by Barbara Ramsey.  Ramsey’s historical sketches are a delight to read.  What a great holiday gift for someone interested in the history of the Boothbay Region.

 

 

As the holiday season approaches, I think back to past experiences and one that comes to mind is the Maine Sea Coast Mission.  One memory is being a young child in Maine and filling shoe boxes with soap, toothpaste, mittens, pencils, etc..  The boxes would be labeled Boy or Girl and decorated. island_outreach The Maine Sea Coast Mission took the boxes to children living on isolated islands off the coast of Maine.

Memories of the Sea Coast Mission’s boat, the Sunbeam, coming to Ocean Point one Sunday a summer also come to mind.  The Sunbeam would arrive early on a Sunday morning and leave the minister off to walk to the Wilson Memorial Chapel.  He would speak at the chapel that day, telling fascinating stories of the people living on isolated islands of Maine.  Ocean Pointer gathered clothing and household goods which they left at the dock the day the Sunbeam arrived.  These good were distributed to island families.  Depending on the tide, it was often possible to go onboard the Sunbeam  for a tour.  Sunday dinner would be roasting in the galley oven and I remember the wonderful aroma to this day!

The Maine Sea Coast Mission, based in Bar Harbor, celebrated its 110th birthday this year. Colket_Center_Spring_Pic The Mission started on July 11, 1905 at which time they sailed a sloop along the entire coast of Maine to call on families living on isolated islands.  Today the Sunbeam V sails from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island.  Some work is now done by land to isolated places.

Many volunteers come to work for the Mission’s Housing Repair Program during the summer.  The Weald Bethel Chapel which has been in use for 51 years has provided housing for dozens of visiting work groups.  The Chapel is currently being renovated to provide 300-400 volunteers space to stay.

The Maine Sea Coast Mission provides island residents with medical care as needed.  Using the telemedicine equipment on the Sunbeam V the Missions’s  Director of Island Health is able to connect islanders to needed medical services on the mainland.  She is always available to islanders by phone and email.  Isle au Haut, Frenchboro, Matinicus, Monhegan, Great Cranberry, Islesford and Swan’s Island are currently served by the program.

Thirteen years ago the need for youth programs in Washington County, Maine’s poorest region, was brought to the Mission’s attention.  Programs now reach over 700 students in 18 towns of Washington County.

The Downeast Table of Plenty started in 2012.  Each week a community meal is served on Sunday to 75-100 people. farm_food This program does a great deal for hunger and loneliness in the area. All ages, from toddlers to people in their nineties, come to share food, fellowship and live music.

The first boat was a Friendship Sloop named Hope.  In 1995 the Sunbeam V was built at the Washburn and Doughty Shipyard in East Boothbay.  It is 74 feet long, has a 22 foot beam and a seven foot draft.  What changes have been made over the years!!

The programs offered by the Maine Sea Coast Mission are  a very important part of the lives of many Mainers.  It is only sunbeam1possible thanks to the many volunteers and donations received annually.  What a wonderful 110 years of service.  Happy Birthday!