Posted by: gregdugal | October 12, 2012

Dog Friendly Inn from Deb Collins at

Like many dog-lovers who treat their dog as one of the family, Deb is always on the look-out for special places that offer 5-star amenities for my family and our furry child. She stopped in at Inn By the Sea on a sunny September afternoon to get some 4-paw feedback. She missed meeting two Newfoundland dog guests who had just checked out and some of the other 4-paw guests were in their rooms resting up for happy hour but she did get to meet a quintessential dog-loving family – the Smiths.

Nine years ago, when the Smith family from Ottawa, Canada were looking for somewhere dog friendly to vacation with their Chocolate Labrador, Molly, they discovered Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Paul and Kristine fell in love with Inn by the Sea with it’s stunning setting on the dunes of Crescent Beach, amazing grounds and genuine dog-loving attitude. On their first visit in 2003, Kristine was pregnant with now 8 year old Grace and that began what has been a tail-wagging annual tradition ever since. On this year’s September visit, sadly their dog Molly is no longer with them but a new 18 month old Chocolate Labrador family member, Adrienne, is with them to enjoy the 4-paw action at Inn By The Sea.

The sophisticated nature of Inn By the Sea attracts dog-loving owners whose well mannered dogs have learned the art of appropriately hob-nobbing with other two and four-legged guests. Deb and her husband I have it on their bucket list to stay at Inn By the Sea with our happyME dog soon; Ted a.k.a Wag is just fine-tuning his manners.

You can find out more happy Maine stuff at or on happyME’s facebook page where you can share your dog’s happy adventures.

Posted by: gregdugal | October 1, 2012

Caribou Arts & Crafts Festival

The weekend of the 27th and the 28th of October Aroostook County is holding their Largest and oldest Crafts Fair!! Why start shopping for Christmas after Thanksgiving?? Displaying exquisite works of professional Maine craft artists showing their creations! Featuring some of Maine’s best talent!


Venue Name
Caribou High School
308 Sweden Street Caribou, ME 04736
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Posted by: gregdugal | September 24, 2012

17th Acadia Oktoberfest

A fun, fall, festival with family and friends Columbus Day Weekend, October 5 & 6. Friday 4-7 Wine and Cheese Tasting featuring locally produced cheeses, artisinal breads and wines representing six different countries including the US. Saturday 12noon-6pm, brewers from Portland to Orono and the Kennebec River Valley to Bar Harbor. Fabulous food, terrific music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. Enjoy the day tasting some great microbrews, eating some great food and listening to music. Rain or shine under big tents. Visit: for more information.


Venue Name
Smugglers Den Campground
Route 102 just outside of town Southwest Harbor, ME 04679


October 6th, 2012 — October 7th, 2012

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Posted by: gregdugal | September 15, 2012

The Dempsey Challenge

The 2012 Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.

The Challenge, founded by actor, Maine native and avid cyclist Patrick Dempsey, is an annual international fundraising platform in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine which benefits The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center.

A 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk and 10-kilometer (6.2) mile run/walk are scheduled for Oct. 13 and cycling rides of 10, 25, 50, 70 and 100-miles are scheduled for Oct. 14.

The free, weekend-long Festival in the Park includes a Health and Wellness Expo, Vendor Fair, KidZone and live entertainment.

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Posted by: gregdugal | September 10, 2012

Harvest on the Harbor 2012

The harvest season is a very special time on the coast of Maine and we invite you to enjoy an amazing array of food and beverage tastings, educational sessions, and some fun and entertaining surprises – all of which are designed to wow you!

Join us for the fifth annual Harvest on the Harbor!

October 24-27, 2012


Posted by: gregdugal | August 23, 2012

Camden Windjammer Festival

The Camden Windjammer Festival is a community-led celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions. From the great age of sail when four, five, and even six-masted schooners were launched into Camden Harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business here in the 1930s and continuing with the elegant yachts that visit or call Camden home every summer, sailing ships have always defined this gorgeous community where the mountains meet the sea. August 31 through September 2. More info at

Posted by: gregdugal | August 10, 2012

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

One of the largest events of its kind in the country. Lighthouses across the state are open to visitors for tours of the towers and keeper’s houses. September 15, 2012, for more info click here.

Posted by: gregdugal | August 3, 2012

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival

One of the largest family musical events in New England, the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival takes place Thurs – Sunday in June and August. This Event attracts thousands of music lovers from all over the world to hear some of the Greatest Bluegrass music. With banjos, fiddles, and those high, lonesome harmonies converging in Litchfield twice a year, this event features many national and local bands. Come Experience the “Welcome Home” feeling. Something for all ages. Kids Music Academy, Camping available, FREE Hot showers, Lots of food, Extra Large Tent for cover, & Indoor Bathroom facilities. Don’t just hear about it, come experience it. August 23 through 26 in Litchfield, ME, for more info go to

Posted by: gregdugal | July 18, 2012

American Folk Festival in Bangor-August 24, 25 and 26

The American Folk Festival is a large-scale, three-day event. Held each year at the end of August in downtown Bangor, Maine, the Festival presents the music and dance from the many cultures that make up America today.

Here’s what awaits you at the American Folk Festival:

  • the nation’s finest performing groups sharing the traditional arts of their region, culture and heritage
  • 4 stages of music and dance
  • traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits
  • a children’s area with activities for the whole family
  • dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites
  • a Marketplace offering unique, handcrafted items and “Taste of Maine” treats for sale

For more info go to

Festival officially opens, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides and games. Gates open at noon and stay open until 10pm.

Admisison is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Also, lobster serving begins in the Eating Tent immediately, fresh from the ocean. King Neptune and his court, along with Kristen Margaret Sawyer, the 2011 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2012 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

All tents open at 1pm – Children’s Tent, admission free – Fine Arts Tent – Marine Tent – Maine Craft Tent: ongoing demonstrations – Maine Products Tent – North Tent – all vendors. 38 Special on Saturday night. For more info go to –

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