Operating a seasonal inn, especially in an area where there is water for only six months of the year, is a real challenge.  The Ocean Point Inn sits right on the rugged Maine Coast where it is battered all winter by high winds and salt spray.

As soon as the Inn closes on Columbus Day in October, the staff immediately start the race to get everything clean and stowed for the winter by three days later when the water is turned off and the staff must be leaving themselves.  Tony Krason, one of the owners who is at Ocean Point year round, has this planned down to a science and it always gets finished!

By the beginningoverview1 of April the chore of opening the Inn starts.  There will be no water until late April so only certain types of works can be started.  By this time of year we are counting the days, hoping for water!  Once the water is on, all the pipes must be connected and checks made for leaks.  If any water gets left in the pipes during the winter and freezes, there are problems in the spring.

The happy side of spring is looking forward to a new season, welcoming old and new guests and planning for improvements.  Old staff return and new staff arrive to join the Ocean Point Inn Family.

There are many changes taking place that I hope you will enjoy.  Below are improvements that are underway.

Seakist A and B will be redecorated with new sofas, chairs, lamps, mantels, doors knobs and paint.  There will be new laminate wood flooring, new A/C units, and solar shades and room darkeners.Inn upgrade  New porch chairs will be added.

Rooms 1 and 2 in the Main Inn will have bead board and trim and paint.  There will be new laminate wood flooring in the entries and new vinyl flooring in the bathrooms.  Room 2 gets a new tub and shower surround.  The hallway outside these rooms will have new blue carpeting and paint.improvement2

The Lobby and Library will be painted to match the theme from the living room.

Lodge 16 will have an all new bathroom that will be in compliance as handicapped accessible. New blue carpet will be installed on the floor.

Forty-five new shower heads will be installed.  I tested these myself and they should be a great improvement!  Many rooms have new mattresses and the cottages have new chairs.

The seawall received a lot of damage in the storms and will be repaired….a big project!!

Motel rooms 6 – 8 will receive bead board, paint room darkener shades, new chairs, tables and lamps.  There will be new bedding and possibly new carpeting in some rooms.

Motel rooms 9 – 12 will have the bathrooms painted, new chairs, tables, lamps and bedding.

We are trying hard to carry out the “Seaside” theme that was started in the living room and dining room last season.  We were thrilled to get such a positive response from the guests on the newnewlivingroom décor and hope you will be as excited to see the theme continued to rooms and cottages.

Seawinds, Hatchard House and Motel 16 received new stairs.

The dining room will have new teal napkins and teal coffee mugs. New large coffee urns will be set up so guests may help themselves to coffee with large mugs.  Yes, we do listen to your suggestions!  The hot buffet breakfast will be served from opening weekend.  The dining room will open then as well.  Opening the dining room early and serving everyone the full buffet breakfast received rave reviews.

I am very excited for this new season and look forward to welcoming you to the Ocean Point Inn’s 118th season.  OPI is definitely a little slice of heaven on a spectacular peninsular of mid-coast Maine.  And, it just gets better every year!  Come join us!

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ocean-point-inn-sign5SAVE THE DATES – August 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2016

1_ocean_point_airThe Ocean Point Inn is pleased to be offering you a chance to join artist Mary Ann Challa for a workshop in watercolors at the end of August.  What more beautiful area to paint at than picturesque Ocean Point, Maine??

cropped-sailing.jpgHaving fun with Watercolor is a workshop in a relaxed atmosphere designed for both the beginning artist and those with prior experience painting.  Mary Ann is an enthusiastic instructor with a loose free style of painting who will help each student find joy in their work.  Guidelines for critiquing your work will be offered to assist you with verbalizing what your painting needs for improvement while encouraging each student to embrace and enjoy their work as they develop their own style of painting.  A typical day includes a morning presentation of new ideas, painting along with the instructor, working individually in the afternoon with instructor availability and daily closure/comment time.  We will take advantage of the beautiful Maine landscape and paint outdoors when weather permits while remaining close to the Ocean Point Inn.

MACpic1Mary Ann Challa is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, artist who has been visiting and painting in Maine for several years.  She is a retired Art Educator and “Artist in Residence” at Goodwille Environmental School in Ada, Michigan.  Mary Ann graduated

from Aquinas College where she has been an art instructor with OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, for the past fifteen MAC1years.  Her goal as a watercolor instructor is to awaken in her students “the feeling of free-spiritedness,” which comes from the interaction between the artist, the paper and the paint.

The total package includes:

*Welcome Meet and Greet with Wine and Cheese

*4 nights at the Ocean Point Inn in the Farmhouse Motel

*3 Box Lunches

*Hot Buffet Breakfast for 4 daysMAC8

*Lobster Dinner on Thursday Night

*3 days of Art Workshops

All this is available for $775 each.  People sharing a room would pay $575 each.  If you wish to upgrade to an oceanfront room or cottage that can be arranged at an extra charge.

MAC4Please go to www.oceanpointinn.com for a tour of the property and information on the area.  The number of participants will be limited so please call 207-633-4200 to reserve early.  You cannot book on line for this special package.  Bring your spouse or a friend.  There are many wonderful activities to keep them busy in the Boothbay Harbor Region.

A supply list and Registration form will be sent to you once you have made your 50% deposit.

We look forward to having you join us on this little slice of heaven called Ocean Point, Maine!

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Ocean Point Bead Retreat – SAVE THE DATE – Sept 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2016

Our Seaside Bead Retreat will be held in East Boothbay, Maine, at the renowned Ocean Point Inn and Resort.  This quintessential inn is  situated on the western shore of one of the most picturesque peninsulas of coastal Maine, an ideal setting for a Bead Retreat.  To tour the amenities of this unspoiled hideaway and, perhaps most Aimportant, to secure a room reservation, www.oceanpointinn.com. Sponsored by BEAUTY & the BEADS of Sarasota, Florida

Ocean Point Inn Seaside Bead Retreat offers:

* Scheduling Flexibility (unlike many retreats, we offer you the flexibility of choice…)

* 1 full day workshop $195…2 full day workshops $390…3 full day workshops $585

* Project Workshop

* Meet the Teacher wine/cheese reception on Thursday evening

* Hot Buffet Breakfast included with Ocean Point Inn Reservation

* Catered Lunch

* Afternoon Refreshments

The fee for the Bead Retreat does not include transportation, hotel costs or optional events.

HOW TO REGISTER

To reserve a place in the Bead Retreat, go to www.beadeck.com and complete the registration form which may be returned by mail or email.

You can also register by calling 941-952-0101 during business hours:  Wed. – Sat., 11-5

A deposit of $250 is required to reserve your place in the Bead Retreat.  The deadline for paying the balance of your Bead Retreat is June 15, 2016.  If you do not pay your balance by the deadline we will attempt to fill your place from our waiting list and will  refund the deposit if we are successful.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Sherry Serafini was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine.

Unusual objects and shapes become part of the new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base.  Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design.  She seldom works from sketches.  Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification.  Some pieces take a year to complete.  Each is unique.  Sherry was raised in a military family moving every few years.  She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.serqfini-4

Sherry lectures and teaches throughout the United States and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including the Soul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runnerup Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally.

She has written articles for several well known magazines.  Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs.  She is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kammli and author of Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafin.

Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Ginny Winser, Melissa Etherdege, Steven Taylor of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.  Her beadwork has been at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Friday Workshop – September 23 – Barnacle Cuff

Skill Level:  intermediate to advancedBarnacle Cuff

Prerequisites:  proficiency in peyote stitch, brick stitch, embellishment and fringe.  Students will create a highly textured cuff using the new nano beads, a special Malustudies raker created ‘pod,’ cabochon and rope.

Supply list on request:

Kit cost if provided by instructor  $145

 

Saturday Workshop – September 24 – Batik Bounty Bag

Skill level:  intermediate to advancedBatik Bounty Bag

Stitches:  right angle weave, peyote stitch, netting, embroidery

Prerequisites:  proficiency in right angle weave, peyote stitch, netting and embroidery.  Back stitching, peyote stitch, brick stitch, embellishment and fringe.  This fun little bag is created with batik fabric, ultra suede as a lining, cabochons, a donut focal enhanced with piggy beads.  A funky little rolled edge closes it up and a chain added.  This sample shows simple embroidery but this can be highly embroidered if desired.

Supply list upon request.

Kit cost $155

 

Sunday Workshop – September 25 – Madison Pendant

Skill Level:  intermediate to advancedmadison pendant

Stitches:  herringbone stitch, peyote stitch

Prerequisites:  proficiency in herringbone and peyote stitch.  Backstitching:  peyote stitch, brick stitch, embellishment and fringe. Students will create a pendant using dyed howlite cabochus and a separate donut component, layered onto a filigree piece.  Optional fringe added.  Great class for learning to deal with layering.

Supply list upon request. CKit cost if provided by instructor $135

The Ocean Point Inn Family looks forward to welcoming you in September!