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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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

Looking for free stuff? Here’s a list of free monthly activities to do in Maine for 2017.

Last September, my family and I did the Living Well Spending Zero challenge from Ruth Soukup. As part of the challenge, we spent minimal money for the entire month. No groceries, no entertainment, no take-out. We allowed ourselves a small amount of cash at the start of the month for minor necessities, and activities that had already been planned, but that was it. We ate through the food in our refrigerator and pantry, learned to ration our seltzer, and went to some free events like the Fork Food Lab grand opening.

Overall, we did a great job, or at least until the last day of the month when our cat came down with a UTI, and we had to do an emergency visit to the vet complete with x-rays, anesthesia, and multiple antibiotics, all of which negated most of our savings from our zero spend month. Still it was a fun, creative experiment and one we would definitely try again. More importantly, our cat, other than one minor setback, is doing great now. Continue reading

10 Maine Adventures on My Bucket List for 2017

As inevitably happens at the start of a new year, resolutions are made and plans for how things will be different begin to form. There are the traditional resolutions such as lose weight, exercise more, save money, and get organized. While those are perpetually on my list, for my resolution this year, I went a different route. I put together a bucket list of Maine related activities that I want to check off my list. Some are small things, others will require more planning but they are all adventures I hope to have this year.

  1. Join a CSA | Community Supported Agriculture. This one has been tumbling around my head for a few years now. Usually, I miss the sign-up period as most CSAs need to be ordered in the winter, and my thoughts of fresh summer produce don’t kick in until spring, but this year I am going to use the wonder of technology and set a reminder on my calendar so that I can sign-up. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website has a search tool to locate various CSAs throughout the state so I have a great place to start.
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My first year of blogging and my first Top 10 List | Maine Memories from 2016

Looking back on 2016, my first year of blogging, I am excited with the direction of my blog, and motivated to expand and grow  my content to focus on even more of the amazing adventures available in Maine. But, before I jump into 2017, here are ten of my favorite activities from this past year, and links to the blog posts I wrote about them.

(1) Artascope Studios | Saltwater Etching for Copper Class. I love learning new crafts, and while I don’t always have as much time as I would like in this area, I did spend a productive Sunday, this past spring, learning about copper etching. Artascope has studio space in Yarmouth where they run a variety of classes including day long workshops, and more extended six-week sessions. I’ve taken many classes at Artascope and they have all been amazing.

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