Friday Favorites | Five festivals happening in Maine this weekend.

Another weekend is on the horizon and with summer in full swing there are lots of activities to choose from including some fun festivals. A few of the festivals listed below started earlier this week but all run through at least Saturday.

  1. Maine Lobster Festival. Rockland, Maine. August 2 – 6, 2017. It’s been a few years since I made it up to this festival but I hope to get there again in the near future. It’s always a lot of fun and who doesn’t want to celebrate something as delicious as Maine lobster. I’m especially intrigued by the Great International Lobster Crate Race scheduled for this Sunday. Watching brave participants race across lobster crates, that are floating in the water, sounds fun. Last year’s winner ran over a total of 1,500 crates. I’m not sure I’d make it past five.
  2. Maine Antique Festival. Union, Maine. August 4-6, 2017. If you enjoy hunting for hidden treasures this antique festival is the place to be. It’s the largest of its kind in Maine. There are endless rows of dealers each with their own unique wares. The festival opens for early birds on Friday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. It’s can be good to get there early and have first pass at finding that something special. Although, the end of the festival is another strategy too. There might be some deals to be had as the vendors get ready to pack up again.
  3. Northeast Harborfest.  Northeast Harbor Marina, Maine. August 5-6, 2017. This is one of two juried art shows run by Marc Fink in the Mt. Desert Island area during August. I am a craft fair junkie. I have an office overrun with craft supplies and I’m always looking for inspiration. I love wandering through booths seeing all the amazing products for sale by talented local artisans.
  4. Northern Maine Fair. Presque Isle, Maine.  July 28, 2017 to August 5, 2017.  This week-long fair wraps up tomorrow. There website lists a wonderful Northern Maine Fair Code of Conduct that encourages courteous, respectful behavior. Every fair needs this type of code of conduct. Judging for the Maine Wild Blueberry Pie Contest starts tomorrow at 1:00 pm. That seems like an especially delicious place to be.
  5. Bangor State Fair.  Bass Park, Bangor, Maine. July 28, 2017 to August 5, 2017. Strolling through a state fair is a time-honored summer tradition. In addition to traditional fair rides and food you can catch some unique animal shows including the Grizzly Experience or the Tiger Show. There’s also a demolition derby scheduled for tonight. Or, maybe you’d like to enter the whoopie pie eating competition? State fairs are always a family friendly outing.

This is just a quick list of a few of the festivals that are happening this weekend in Maine. There are many other events and activities going on all over the state. That’s the beauty of summer. There is always something interesting going on.

I myself am about to embark on my third gishwhes (greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever seen) which kicks off on Saturday. If I go dark for a bit, no need to worry. This amazing week-long challenge tends to take all of my time. It’ was created by Misha Collins of the television show Supernatural and is a fundraiser for his charity Random Acts.  It is a creative and truly unique event that stretches you beyond what you think is possible. We’re not allowed to post about the hunt while it is going on, but I’ll try to post a recap once everything is done. And, if you see some odd social media or blogging from me during the week, I’m probably just working on a challenge item.

What are you up to this weekend? Are there any festivals in your area that you especially enjoy?

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Eight Can’t Miss Summer Activities in Maine

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I know this is not my strongest opening sentence, but I’m working on a little admin with this post.

Summer is in full swing and it’s a beauty. We had a cold, rainy spring which makes these gorgeous sunny days all the more wonderful. With July 4th behind us, we’re hitting our summer stride. Below is a list of eight summer activities you don’t want to miss. Continue reading

Spending the Morning Strawberry Picking at Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth

One of the many joys of summer is that it is berry filled. The end of June is the kick-off to strawberry season here in Maine. There is nothing better than enjoying them freshly picked, but you have to be quick. At only 3 to 4 weeks long, the strawberry season is short, like most things in Maine.

The strawberry season generally runs from the end of June to the end of July. This year was a bit of a late start because of our cool spring but they’re ripening now and I’m looking forward to a visit to the farm soon.

Last year on July 4th weekend, my youngest daughter and I ventured out to Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth and picked a heaping flat of strawberries. Fresh strawberries are amazing, but you need to enjoy them as soon as possible after picking. The shelf life is short-lived which is generally not a problem at my house because they are devoured rapidly especially around the Fourth when we usually have a full house. Continue reading

Friday Favorites | Five free things to do this weekend in the Portland area.

Even though it was a short week with the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, it doesn’t make this weekend’s arrival any less sweet. While I am a planner and often have my weekends scheduled out well ahead of time, sometimes it’s fun to just be spontaneous.

For the kickoff of my Friday Favorites series, I’ve listed five free activities happening in and around the Portland area this weekend. Continue reading

Hiking Maine | Amazing Ocean Views at Reid State Park in Georgetown

Arriving at a new hiking destination for the first time is always a bit confusing. So when we stopped at the admission booth at Reid State Park to show them our park pass, we asked for a map and she handed us a photocopied, one page simply drawn diagram. It was a nice, high level overview but didn’t help us figure out where we actually wanted to go. After passing through the entrance, we encountered a fork in the road, and went left.

We quickly came upon a decent size parking area also on our left. I caught brief views of the ocean horizon through openings in the trees so it seemed like a good place to start. We pulled into the lot, and my husband opted to hang in the car so he could cajole his cell phone into bringing up more helpful hiking maps for the area. It’s always a challenge on our hikes to make technology work for us. I’m fine without it, but my husband likes to have a plan mapped out. So, while he worked on pulling the route together, I made a beeline for the beach. Continue reading