When I think of food in Maine I think of lobster, blueberries and chowder in the summertime! What do Mainers/New Englanders eat in winter?  What’s YOUR go-to comfort food?

My all time New England favorite comfort food memory takes me back to my Massachusetts elementary school and the meal I always looked forward to ~ American Chop Suey . . . and it had to be served with buttered green beans and homemade yeast rolls! When I taught in Boothbay Harbor, the cafeteria ladies used to let me know a day before they were serving it because they knew it was my best-loved meal.

I polled a few FaceBook fans for their personal favorites and some included chowder served with Oyster crackers, American Chop Suey (people from away may call it goulash), traditional New England Boiled Dinner with brisket or smoked ham shoulder, Shepherd’s Pie, (a great snow day meal traditionally made with lamb is known as Cottage Pie when made with beef), maple syrup on anything, beef stew with dumplings, mac & cheese, chili, chili on mac & cheese, butternut squash soup and don’t forget dessert: mouth watering Indian pudding topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into the crevices! There was even one lone response for Rice Crispies with whole milk! These cherished culinary delights can make long New England winters a lot easier to swallow!

Ten things you didn’t know about Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe straight from Maine
In Praise of New England Boiled Dinner
New England Boiled Dinner Recipe
Guy Fiere’s  American Chop Suey Recipe from Diner’s, Drive-ins & Dives
Beef Stew with Dumplings
Indian Pudding Recipe

Maine still has lots of traditional diners (some have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!) and you can experience Maine Comfort Food year round.  Seafood chowder, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese are just a few.

At The Weathervane in Kittery, Maine, their top 5 winter lobster comfort foods are listed as:

Lazy Man Lobster – OK, nobody’s saying you’re lazy. In fact, we know you work darn hard, so why not treat yourself to this satisfying dish. We shuck two Maine lobsters and serve ’em up in drawn butter. Less mess, more meat.
Lobster Pie – We take the tender meat of a whole lobster, add in our buttery crabmeat stuffing and bake it to perfection.
Fresh Fried Lobster Tails – Picture two freshly steamed Maine lobster tails …split, battered and fried until golden brown.
Baked Stuffed Seafood Combo – A delicious dish brimming with shrimp, scallops, haddock and – the star attraction – fresh lobster.
Lobster Bisque – Rich and creamy with just a hint of sherry, served piping hot in a warm, crusty bread bowl.

With Spring around the corner on the calendar, but our 3rd N’or Easter in 10 days on the horizon you still have lots of time to try some of these home-cooked winter favorites or visit a Maine diner and enjoy them prepared for you!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

“A foggy day in Maine is better than a sunny day at work!” ~Anonymous

While taking a walk around Ocean Point, you may have seen this quote in a cottage window by Grimes Cove. Do you agree with it?

Fog can create havoc for travelers and when people plan their Maine vacations, they certainly don’t wish for fog! However, the ethereal mist can have a mesmerizing effect on you as you watch it travel up and down a river as you enjoy a cold beverage on the deck of a local restaurant or as it shrouds a nearby lighthouse on your morning walk.

According to The Weather Guys at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, “A fog is just a cloud at the ground. Fog formation can occur in two ways. First, the air is cooled to the dew point which leads to the formation of fog droplets. When the air temperature is the same as the dew point temperature, condensation occurs on tiny particles floating in the air. The second method of fog formation requires water to evaporate from the surface into the air, raising the dew point until condensation occurs.

Fog often dissipates with daylight. This is sometimes referred to as the fog “burning off” but that analogy is not correct. When the sun rises, the air and ground warm up. This leads to the air temperature being warmer than the dew point temperature, which causes the fog droplets to evaporate.”

Steam fog, or sea smoke is formed as very cold air moves over warmer water. We observe sea smoke over the Atlantic Ocean in New England when the air temperature is below 10°F. Photographing sea smoke is not for the faint of heart!  Two years ago, on February 13th, 2016, I decided to photograph Whaleback Lighthouse off the coast of Kittery, Maine. It was 12° but I was convinced there would be sea smoke.  I drove up to Great Island Common in New Castle, NH  at sunrise and . . . no sea smoke!  On February 14th I woke up at 5 a.m. and it was 7° with a windchill of -38°. I decided to wait until 8 a.m. when it was only -35°, not that it makes a difference at those temps! I dressed in layer after layer, packed my camera equipment into the car and make the trek again. Thankfully the wind was at my back. I set up my tripod and took a few shots before retreating to my car ever few minutes. It was well worth the trip and even though I checked it off my bucket list I am still waiting for the right moment to photograph a golden glowing sunrise behind the sea smoke! You can read more about The Science of Sea Smoke here.

I was at Ocean Point over MLK weekend and as I looked out my window at 7 a.m. there was sea smoke!  YES!  I was lucky to photograph the rarest and most beautiful type of Maine fog once again. Maybe I’ll capture that golden glow of sunrise sea smoke when I’m there in February!

So if you travel to Maine and experience a little fog, immerse yourself in it and enjoy the view!  It can truly be breathtaking!

When I lived on Ocean Point year-round, it was tradition to ring in the new year at “Three Trees” (which is now Two Trees after this year’s storm). I’d have dinner with friends and then as the midnight hour approached we’d bundle up and head down to the water’s edge, braving the cold north wind to pop a cork on a bottle of champagne and toast the New Year with our rendition of Auld Lang Syne! We’d even run into other hardy Ocean Pointers!  I remember some very cold  NYEs where I’d ask, “Do I have to go?” but it was a tradition and it was always fun!

 

 

What do others do in Maine for First Night?

You’ve all seen the Ball Drop in Times Square, whether in person or on TV, but Yarmouth, Maine has its own tradition at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the First Universalist Church at 97 Main Street. Families can count down the New Year a little early and enjoy it together. Watch Steamer, the Yarmouth Clam festival’s mascot, as he  is dropped from the church belfry! Get there early to get a good spot! Cookies and hot chocolate are served.

Portland’s First Night has a variety of activities to enjoy. Check out the calendar for the long list!
Belfast is celebrating their 21st New Year’s by the Bay from 2:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. It’s a chem-free, family friendly celebration.

Looking for lights and fireworks?

It’s your last chance to visit Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick, Maine with its Christmas lights lit until January 1, 2018.

Photo: Bev Tabet

You can head up North to either Sunday River and Sugarloaf if you are looking for fireworks. Both ski areas have spectacular fireworks displays that reflect off the snow for a magnificent ending to the year!

Photo: Creative Commons

On New Year’s Day you can partake in or just be a spectator at one of the Polar Plunges around the state.  Kennebunk Beach, Old Orchard Beach (Lobster Dip) and Portland Maine all host a polar plunge on the 1st day of the year. The ocean water is a balmy 61-62° in Maine during the summer, but in January the “normal temp” is a brisk 34° – Brrrrrrrrr!

As the sun sets on 2017

Photo: Nate Stanley

we at Ocean Point Inn want to wish you a happy, healthy New Year with many new memories to be made during our 2018 season. Don’t forget to book your room early for the 2018 season!

Who knows? I may take a road trip for old times sake and start a new NYE tradition ringing in the new year at Two Trees!  HaPpY New Year!

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For the history and complete lyrics, click here.

 

Sit back, relax, and make Maine your destination without having to drive!

Do you want a travel option with plenty of legroom, free wi-fi, room to move around, outlets to charge your electronics and discounts/packages to choose from? Do you want to avoid traffic and parking fees. The Amtrak Downeaster is a great, cost-effective way to get to or from Maine for a day trip, a weekend or even longer! With year round stops in Boston, Woburn & Haverhill Massachusetts, Exeter, Durham, & Dover New Hampshire, and Wells, Saco, Portland, Freeport and Brunswick, Maine there’s something to interest everyone. Enjoy these off the beaten path towns and see what they have to offer. There are sports packages to see the Celtics, Bruins & Red Sox. They even run a later train on game days so you can avoid getting stuck in Boston! You can enjoy your favorite snack or beverage in The Café Car. My favorite?  The Wicked Whoopies! Yes, the same ones you can get in Boothbay! The Downeaster’s menu is better than any airline you might choose.  See it here.

Check out everyday discounts for:

  •  25% Fan Fare Discounts
  • 50% Senior Discounts
  • 50% Children’s Discounts (Children ride FREE on Sundays!)
  • 50% Disability/Medicare Discount

Many discounts require a 3-day advance purchase. Other deals are Student Discounts, Military Discounts, Group Travel, Multi-ride passes, and AAA Discounts. Check out the Downeaster website for all of them!

New for the summer of 2018, the Amtrak Downeaster will be adding Rockland, Maine to their weekend schedule with stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle/Damariscotta and Rockland. They also add Old Orchard beach as a seasonal destination.

Click the locations below to see special events happening along the Downeaster route that you may want to enjoy this Holiday Season:

  • Boston, MANov. 28th Tree Lighting at Faneuil Hall, Holiday Lights Trolley, Santa Claus Run, The Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting, Taj Boston Teddy Bear Tea, The Official Boston Holiday Market, Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond.
  • Exeter, NH –  November 30th – December 3rd. Festival of Trees, Ring in the Season 4-day Celebration, Christmas Parade, Holiday Concert and Exeter Arts Holiday Show at the Town Hall Gallery.
  • Portland, Maine – Polar Express, Monument Square Tree Lighting, FREE Horse & Wagon Rides, 30th Christmas at the Cathedral, Nutcracker w/Portland Ballet, west African Dance Classes with Live Drumming.
  • Freeport, Maine – The Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster, LL Bean Northern Lights Celebration, FREE Visits with Santa, 24th  Annual Sparkle Celebration, Freeport Elders Pancake Breakfast, Bow Street Wine Tasting, Tuba Christmas Concert, Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run for Arthritis, Wilbur’s – Come Meet Santa . . . and more
  • Brunswick, Maine –   Jolly Family Jamboree

Whatever your destination on the Amtrak Downeaster, you will be treated well by the conductors and volunteers and will have a memorable time that will draw you back again and again!

All aboard!

 

 

 

Have you ever seen a mountain blush?  There’s nothing like Fall in New England!  It’s as sweet as summer’s Maine Lobster and blueberry pie! It’s a journey, not a destination and you don’t want to miss it!

With the Inn boarded up with its own splashes of red, you can still enjoy lots of natural brilliant reds and golds in the foliage around the great state of Maine. This image from maine.gov shows 75-100% peak color in 5 of the 7 zones a recent as this past weekend.

 

From the coastal tip of Southern Maine up through the mountains and Lakes Region there are enough choices for the active, adventurous hiker or the leaf peeping Sunday driver. You can even combine the two by taking the auto road up to the top of Mount Battie in Camden or Mt. Agamenticus in York. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking. From Mt. Agamenticus you have a 360° view where you can see the White Mountain Range in New Hampshire to the west and the Atlantic Ocean with Nubble Lighthouse to the east. From Mt. Battle you have a panoramic view of Penobscot Bay and Camden not to mention the scenic vistas along the way.

Kennebunkport, Rangely, Bridgton and Bar Harbor offer their own spectacular, colorful views without the summer crowds. You can even enjoy a Chondola ride at Sunday River to take in a bird’s eye view before the snow flies! Check out some of the best places in Maine to go leaf peeping. With unseasonably warm temperatures this year and very  little autumn rain, it’s a perfect time to extend your visit to the Pine Tree State before winter sets in. You can still ride the Pumpkin Train at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad during the weekend of October 28th and 29th. Enjoy the foliage, hot cider and cookies and explore the museum! Children can decorate a miniature pumpkin to take home with them. Free for museum members!

Directions to Mt. Agamenticus, York, Maine

Directions to Mt. Battle, Camden Hills, Maine. Take Rte. 90 for an even more scenic drive!

So gather the family, pack up the car and head north to “Maine, the Way Life Should Be”. Enjoy a cup of chowder or lobster stew along the way, take a road off the beaten path and experience Maine’s natural Autumn beauty.

You may even see a mountain blush!  

Recently while in a fish market in North Hampton, New Hampshire I asked where they got their oysters.

The young lady behind the counter couldn’t pronounce it, but having lived in Boothbay for 12 years I knew exactly where she meant, the Damariscotta River. Many consider Damariscotta, Maine to be the ultimate destination for oyster lovers.

Crassostrea virginica, the American or Eastern oyster, is native to the great state of Maine. Native Wabanaki people are believed to have harvested oysters from the river long ago, as documented by several historic oyster middens in Maine. What remains of Whaleback Shell Midden, Glidden Midden and other shell heaps on the Damariscotta River were created over 1,000 years ago.   You can see the middens in Damariscotta and Newcastle while kayaking in the river or you can take a short hike behind Roundtop Ice Cream in Damariscotta to the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. Take a Damariscotta River Cruises aquaculture tour aboard the 50′ River Tripper, including live music cruises and oyster tastings or for the more adventurous, a self-propelled tours of the farms with Midcoast Kayak.

Since 2001, on the last Sunday in September, the Pemaquid Oyster Company and Schooner Landing Restaurant in Damariscotta host the annual  Pemaquid Oyster Festival, a fundraiser with all profits going to the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Myers, from Walpole, Maine, was a pioneer in the aquaculture business. If you missed the festival or just want to enjoy them in Boothbay Harbor – try them baked, fried or on the half-shell at Mine Oyster or The Boathouse Bistro.

The Oysterater website lists 11 varieties of oysters from the Damariscotta River region alone: Wawenauk, Pemaquid Point, Whaleback Cocktails, Glidden Point, European Flat, Wiley Point, Norumbega, Pemaquid, Dodge Cove, Ebenecook, and Damariscotta.

Glidden Point Oyster Farm in Edgecomb sells their oysters nationwide, including Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Glidden Points are grown forty feet deep in the frigid Damariscotta River, making them possibly the deepest and coldest grown oysters along the East Coast. They are also the only oysters in the world that are hand-harvested by divers. Oysters in the tidal river are slow grown taking four years to mature. Barbara Scully started Glidden Oyster Farm 31 years ago while working full time at DMR.  After 12 years, when she turned a profit, she quit her full-time job to become a full time oyster farmer. Read her story here. About a year and a half ago Glidden Oysters was purchased by Ryan McPherson.  Oysters are still in Scully’s blood though and she now operates Barbara Scully’s Oyster and Lobster Market, officially know as The Lobster Store where you can find freshly harvested Damariscotta River oysters, raft purged Maine littlenecks and steamer clams, and hand selected hard bottom lobsters from the islands of the Boothbay region, as well as gift items and shucking tools. You’ll see her quaint, little shop on the River Road in Edgecomb, Maine just down the road a piece from Glidden’s Oyster Farm.

Awww shucks, take a ride along the scenic River Road and stop in to pick up some oysters, clams or lobstahs today!

For more information on oysters in Maine, check out the links below.
The Oysterater website has a wealth of information with  300+ oysters and 125+ oyster bars!
Maine Sea Grant Oyster Trail
Guide to Maine Oysters 
The Oyster Guide
Oyster Farming Booms Along the Coast


 Whether on a bright, sunny day or when Mother Ocean is kicking up her heels from an offshore storm, a drive down the Pemaquid peninsula is well worth the trip!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is definitely the main attraction, but there’s so much more too see: Colonial Pemaquid, Round Pond, and Pemaquid Beach to name a few.

Colonial Pemaquid, a National Historical Landmark,  takes you back in time. Visit the museum and learn a little about their historical artifacts. There is an excavation site, an old graveyard and the early 20th century reconstruction of Fort William Henry to explore. Stop by The Contented Sole for lunch or dinner and a lovely water view!

Round Pond, Maine is an “off the beaten path” village that has a “Monhegan feel” without leaving the mainland. Here you can visit one of the best country stores around, The Granite Hall Store. You’ll find unique gifts & cards, Irish woolens, housewares and a wall of penny candy! They also serve Gifford’s ice cream that you can enjoy outside in their Adirondack chairs. Just around the corner is Muscongus Bay Lobster where you can enjoy lobsters in the rough while listening to music on the weekends. The Anchor Restaurant has indoor seating with a great view. A great way to spend and afternoon!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is a treasure at sunrise, sunset and the hours in between. Be sure to respect Mother Nature and the posted warnings during high surf so a rogue wave doesn’t knock you into the icy Atlantic! The Fisherman’s Museum, focused on preserving the fishing and marine heritage of the Bristol area and run by the Coast Guard, houses historical artifacts in the ground floor of the Lighthouse Keeper’s house. You can even climb up the spiral staircase of the lighthouse for a bird’s eye view.

Pemaquid surf during offshore Hurricane Bill circa August 2009.

 

Port Clyde, Maine! You can reach this classic picturesque fishing village in less than an hour and a half from Ocean Point and it’s charm is well worth the drive! 

You’ll travel through Thomaston, with perhaps a stop at the Maine State Prison Showroom or The Slipway Restaurant  for lunch outside on the pier.

As you head down the peninsula on Rte. 131 you’ll see Montpelier, the Knox Museum on the left. Check their website for tours. You’re sure to have a revolutionary experience! On your 14 mile ride to Port Clyde you may even see a blue heron as you enjoy the scenery through the quaint towns of Saint George and Tenant’s Harbor along the River Road.

 

Port Clyde has a General Store, a restaurant, an Art Gallery,  kayak rentals, and some local lobster boat tours as well as a daily boat trip to Monhegan Island. There’s even a little beach at low tide, Drift Inn Beach. Hidden from view when you’re in town, but just a short 16-minute walk or a 3-minute drive around the corner is Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum. The Museum hours are Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.. From their website: “The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum boasts the largest reference center of historical information on the Saint George peninsula. Come and view our extensive library on quarrying, lobstering and the history of the town of Port Clyde. The Museum contains a host of information and a great array of lighthouse memorabilia and lobstering and quarrying tools.”

It’s worth getting up early to see a sun rise at the lighthouse and the sunset is just as captivating. If you are lucky enough to watch the full moon rise without a soul around you’ll experience  a feeling of serenity and solitude. So put it on your Bucket List and experience this hidden gem with hardly a soul around and enjoy Maine: The Way Life Should Be!

 

If you have some time to spare on your way out of town you can cut across Westbrook Street from Rte. 131 to Rte. 73 South in South Thomaston to Owl’s Head Lighthouse. There’s also The Owl’s Head Transportation Museum with events such as the Vintage Motorcycle Festival Sept. 2-3, the Rod & Custom Cruise-in Sept. 16-17, and The Great Fall Auction on Oct. 28th.

 

Do you LOVE Wild Maine Blueberries?
It’s backbreaking work harvesting them from late July through early September, but how sweet they are!

The Wild Maine Blueberry has been the state berry since 1991 and blueberry pie was added as the official Maine state dessert in 2011, not to be confused with the beloved Maine state treat, the  Whoopie Pie! So why not combine the two? Treat yourself and order some Wild Maine Blueberry Whoopie Pies from Bar Harbor Jam!

Using a special close-tined rake on hilly and rocky terrain, blueberry growers still harvest low-bush blueberries by hand. The rake was designed over 100 years ago by Abijah Tabbutt, a Downeaster, and has changed very little in that time.  Some blueberry harvesting has become mechanical, but these low-bush delicacies usually grow on terrain that favors harvesting by hand. It’s back breaking work as you can see in the video below, but the taste of the wild berries surpasses any cultivated blueberries you may have eaten.

The video below show the process of separating the leaves and stems for the berries themselves.

You can get pints and quarts of Wild Maine blueberries at roadside stands between Bath and Wiscasset nearly every day in season as well as at farmer’s markets and farm stands that carry local produce. Eat them by the handful. Put them on your cereal or in your smoothies. Eat them with yogurt. Make a Wild Maine blueberry pie, blueberry crisp or cobbler, or wild blueberry jam. Try them in muffins, pancakes, or scones. Freeze them so you can enjoy them in the middle of winter. This Overnight Blueberry French Toast would be INCREDIBLE with wild Maine blueberries!  The possibilities are endless! You might even buy a blueberry rake as a souvenir.

If you want the authentic experience of raking your own low-bush Downeast blueberries, give it a go at Beddington Ridge Farm in Beddington, Maine. You can also order wild blueberry jam from their Etsy Shop.

To learn more about Maine’s Wild Blueberry crop, visit the University of Maine’s Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, the only university-based wild blueberry research facility in the nation. Research and development at the farm, along with on-campus research on new blueberry products and health benefits have had a direct impact on the wild blueberry expansion in the Pine Tree State. For more information go to UMO’s Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries.

While in Maine, pick up a copy of the Maine Caldecott Winner Blueberries for SalThe Wild Blueberry e-Book, or Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Recipes and Stories from Summers on the Coast of Maine to enjoy for years to come.

For those of you who prefer to sip your blueberries, try some of Sea Dog Brewery’s Wild Blueberry Ale or for wine lovers try Wild Maine Blueberry Sparkling Wine, “Bluet” made in a barn cellar at Damariscotta Lake Farm. A serving tip from their website:

Apéritif or Cocktail

A chilled glass of Bluet makes a fine dry apéritif on its own but as the foundation of a sparkling cocktail, Bluet has an affinity for a variety of ingredients. Try Bluet with a splash of triple sec over crushed ice and a sprig of mint, or give it an old-fashioned treatment with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. If you can get your hands on some mead, pour over ice, squash a lemon and float Bluet on top for a perfect peak-of-summer drink.”

Cheers! Enjoy Wild Maine Blueberries in an infinite number of ways . . . only limited by your own imagination!

 

featured photo from Allagash Brewing Flickr page

“Wow, this is like walking backward in time. I could never live here!”

Those were my words back in 1988 on one of my first trips to Damariscotta, Maine. I was sitting at Waltz’s Soda Fountain with friends not realizing that one year later I would be interviewing for a teaching job in Boothbay Harbor only to spend the next 12 years in Maine, some of my best years ever! I had driven out to Ocean Point after the interview and thought to myself, “I could pitch a tent and live here.”  The rest is history! Maine can do that to you. It still tugs on my heartstrings every time I visit.

Damariscotta is just a short jaunt from Ocean Point.  Take the scenic River Road drive through Edgecomb and Newcastle before crossing the bridge into Damariscotta. You’ll enjoy lupine fields along your drive in June with enjoyable views any time of year.

In Damariscotta you’ll find some unique shops and restaurants with excellent clothing, pottery & extraordinary gift shopping and dining options. Reny’s is an adventure in itself and you can almost always find a great bargain. Visit Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore & Café or Gifts At 136, enjoy King Eider’s Pub or Damariscotta River Grill both on the main street, or relax by the river with live music at The Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina. Awww shucks!  If you like oysters don’t miss the Pemaquid Oyster Festival the last Sunday in September at Schooner Landing. This year’s festival is September 24th. Rent a kayak or take a Damariscotta River Cruise. Don’t forget to stop for homemade ice cream (the kind we serve at Ocean Point Inn) at Roundtop Ice Cream. Their Maine Blueberry ice cream is sooooo good! So grab a cone and head down behind the property to explore the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, once containing a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans.

If you are in the area in August check out the Damariscotta Blues Festival held at Duck Puddle Campground in Nobleboro Aug. 4-6th!

Damariscotta hosts the Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival on Columbus Day weekend. Pumpkins are dressed and decorated all over town with many fun, family activities throughout the weekend.

This year Pumpkinfest’s major events, including: REGATTA/PARADE/DERBY/HURL will be held during COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND: October 6-9, 2017.
The PUMPKINFEST Regatta will be held at noon on Monday, October 9th.
The Volunteer Growers Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) Official Weigh-Off will take place on the previous weekend of September 30 & October 1.

Check the complete schedule here.
Photos from Paul VanDerWerf’s Flickr page.

And don’t forget to take time for “a walk back in time” at Waltz’s Soda Fountain for me!

Enjoy the charm and have an ice cream soda, frappe, egg cream or one of the other many items offered on Waltz’s Soda Fountain menu. Who knows? You may end up eating my words along with your sweet treat and moving to Maine . . . the way life should be!