Posted by: gregdugal | July 4, 2012

Saddleback Bluegrass Festival

Saddleback’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival is one event not to miss. In 2010 and 2011, almost 4000 people came to listen, dance, camp and enjoy a wonderful time.

This year we have taken the whole show to the main stage, beginning Friday, August 10, at 2:30 p.m. Friday will feature Michael Daves, Chasing Blue, Local Circus, the Red Stick Ramblers and more.

Saturday, starting at 11:30am spend the day enjoying the sights and sounds of some of the best National Bluegrass performers, including The Hillbenders, MilkDrive, Della Mae, The Gibson Brothers, The Bluegrass Ball featuring The Travelin’ McCourys and Michael Daves and the Sam Bush Band.  For more info –

Posted by: gregdugal | June 25, 2012

Bar Harbor Fourth of July Celebration

Bar Harbor, Maine, celebrates the 4th of July with an entire day of activities and events, but the top of the bill is grand finale, the end of the evening fireworks that along with the days celebrations, draws in a huge crowd. 

Organization: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Date: 07/04/2012 update info
Time: 9:00:00 AM – 10:00:00 PM
Event Cost: varies
Venue: Bar Harbor 4th of July Festival in Bar Harbor,ME
Contact: Bar Harbor Chamber
Phone: (800) 345-4617
Email: Contact Bar Harbor Chamber via email

Event Details:

Community parade, snad castle contests and horseshoe tournaments sounds like a lot of fun for the the 4th of July festivities in Bar Harbor. Throw in blueberry pancakes, lobster and corn on the cob and you have a Red White and Blue festival to celebrate the holiday weekend.


Posted by: gregdugal | June 16, 2012

Beach Bike Ride for Charity

Beach Bike Ride for Charity was founded in 2010 by a pair of Wells resident families and a couple of young sports/technology enthusiasts looking to give something back to the community.

The ride has been a huge success. In it’s first year the ride attracted over fifty riders and raised over $8,000. The second year, the ridership doubled with over 100 riders and raised a whopping $11,000 for charity.


Venue Name
Wells Beach
Wells Beach Harbor Wells, ME 04090


June 16th, 2012


$35 Registration

Contact Information

Tim Albert
(603) 682-4822
Posted by: gregdugal | June 1, 2012

Presque Isle History Walk

Join the Presque Isle Historical Society for a FREE Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Presque Isle. The tour leaves the Estey House Museum at 16 Third Street at 10:00 a.m. The tour takes approximately two hours and covers two miles. Over thirty sites and individuals of historic significance to Presque Isle are discussed. On street parking is available. FMI call 762-1151, email, or visit


Venue Name
Presque Isle Historical Society
16 Third Street Vera Estey House Museum Presque Isle, ME 04769


June 9th, 2012


10:00 – 12:00


FREE and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Contact Information

Kimberly Smith
(207) 762-1151
Posted by: gregdugal | May 25, 2012

Downeaster Goes to Freeport and Brunswick this Fall

Wonderful opportunity for the Greater Portland and Casco Bay and MidCoast regions!

Downeaster service is expanding to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine beginning in the fall of 2012! The expanded service will provide more mobility to Maine residents, increase tourism, support new development in the Brunswick area and provide a passenger rail connection to Rockland, Maine. The Downeaster Expansion Project, a $38.3 million construction project being managed by NNEPRA to upgrade the tracks to support passenger service, has been underway since August 2010. The Project is proceeding within budget and on schedule. To date, nearly $32 million of work has been completed or is under contract with more than 53 companies in 20 states. It is expected that two of the Downeaster’s daily round-trips will begin service to Brunswick and Freeport in the fall of 2012.

Posted by: gregdugal | April 27, 2012

Insuring a Successful Wedding Day

Planning a wedding involves many details – often a couple wonders why some items make the list. Everyone knows the dress, the cake, the music – However, an important part of planning your day is making sure that your guests have a memorable experience. Wedding day bliss comes from your attention to your guests ahead of the big day.


One of the areas often missed during planning is accommodations for out of town guests. Whether hosting an event in your home town or heading to a destination venue, providing information on local lodging helps guests plan to be a part of your day. At the Meadowmere, we have welcomed many brides and grooms to celebrate with us and share their special day with friends and family in Ogunquit. It is our pleasure to share some of our knowledge with you.


Once you have selected hotel or inn that appeals to you, contact them directly to see if the hotel offers room blocks for wedding events. A room block can be important – especially during busy wedding weekends when many people are traveling to the area. A block of rooms will set aside a designated number of rooms for your guests to reserve, which gives them the flexibility to make plans when they can budget for it. There are benefits to you as the bride as well. A room block provides a central location for guests, saving time on delivering items such as gift bags and potentially saves money on items such as transportation.  You also have the comfort of knowing guests will have a place to stay. Just having guests reserve a bunch of rooms individually can often backfire – they can be spread across many hotel properties, they will often not receive a special rate and the hotel cannot assist you with who has made a reservation for your event. A room block will offer a group rate, centralize your guests for any transportation and help you save time as the date gets closer.


Choosing a hotel is important – the service that the hotel provides will help your guests stay relaxed and comfortable. An inn’s level of service can even make the difference in getting the bride to the church on time!  Be sure to ask for the following information:


-Is there a group rate? Some hotels may offer this. Be aware that peak season dates may be excluded and minimum stays are typically expected and required. However, most hotels are happy to help you.


-Will the rooms be together? This can be important if there are security deposits and is a nice feature for your guests. They will want to see each other during the weekend and may share transportation to the ceremony.


-Are there noise/party polices that I should be aware of?  You will want to know how any disturbances are addressed by the hotel staff and any potential penalties that may occur. You may want to encourage your late night crowd ahead of time to be mindful of certain behavior s– either through a second hotel option or entrusting friend or family member to work with the hotel staff directly.


-How long will the block remain in place? Block policy will varies from hotel to hotel, however there are two common versions. One involves attrition whereby you will be responsible for a percentage of blocked should the rooms go unused. The other involves a block expiration date whereby the hold on the rooms releases. Be sure to have the dates and fees listed clearly in your contract so you can follow up as needed and avoid any unnecessary costs or worry. Important dates will depend on your wedding date – However a good tip is to tell guests to make arrangements by a week or so earlier than your contract’s action date. Everyone knows someone on the guest list who waits just a little too long and this will help keep your phone from ringing when your Maid of Honor can’t get a room.


-What deposits/fees and potential costs are there to me as the bride for the block? The hotel that provides your block will be holding rooms aside for you. Be open and honest about your needs and concerns to avoid having to pay for unused rooms (the attrition version) or finding you block full with no more room at the inn! Your sales contact should want to know about your guest list to suggest a good block size and should keep you informed of how things are going when needed. It is reasonable to find that a security deposit is required – this is the hotel’s way of knowing that you are serious about referring your guests and that you and your guests will respect the facility. However, it is not uncommon that should the event go smoothly, the deposit is refundable.


-Is there a special arrangement for a honeymoon suite? Special arrangements for the Honeymoon Suite are often possible. Whether it is a special rate or a complimentary night for your block filling, often hotels are willing to reward you for bringing so many customers to enjoy the weekend. Remember that this may vary with peak season and it is always best to see the suite before agreeing to rent the room. You will want ample room to get ready, a beautiful background for pictures and a cozy special retreat at the end of your wedding day.


-What restrictions are there on gifts to my guests? A traditional way to welcome your guests is the wedding gift bag.  However, you want to be sure what you include does not cause room damage (rose petals) or something worse (candles). A considerate gift bag has items such as water, crackers/pretzels, a welcome note and information on the wedding activities – directions, times and locations. Nice extra touches can be local guidebooks and local treats, such as cookies or candies. Often hotels will charge a small fee for delivery of your gift bags – be certain you have this information up front to avoid any surprises. Remember, they are providing a service with this delivery and it is always best to alert your hotel that you will have gift bags. This means that the hotel can prepare and properly handle your gifts to your guests.


-What restrictions are there on providing transportation for my guests? It is not uncommon for brides to arrange transportation for wedding guests to and from the hotel. Your hotel may have an area that makes the pickup and drop off go smoothly, including when weather does not cooperate. No one wants their guests to await a trolley in the rain! More importantly, you want to reach your ceremony and will want to know where to go on your day, stress free. Your hotel can help make sure these details are considered.


-How does the hotel ensure that guests will have important questions about the wedding day answered? (i.e. will the staff have details on times, locations, directions and be comfortable attending to your guests) Much as you have shared each detail with your guests on Facebook, Twitter, theknot, a personal wedding site, on invitations, save the dates and so much more, your guests will need guidance during the weekend.  Often a knowledgeable hotel staff will mean helping a guest arrive on time to your rehearsal, welcome party and even the ceremony.


The detail of a room block is all part of supporting you and making your wedding day a day of celebration and joy. Our best wishes for a beautiful day, from our Meadowmere- family to yours!



Posted by: gregdugal | April 26, 2012

Is There Life Beyond Shopping?

No doubt about it – one of Maine’s premier shopping destinations is Freeport. Walking down Main Street is a bit like walking down the main concourse of a huge outdoor shopping mall. Not only are there over 160 shops, outlet stores and restaurants, but it is the world headquarters of retail giant L.L. Bean, and home to its several stores (the flagship store, with everything from clothes to camping gear, gifts and more), the hunting and fishing store, the Home Store, with furniture, home goods, etc., the Bike, Ski and Boat store, and, of course, the L.L. Bean Outlet. But what else is there to do in (or near) Freeport, Maine?

Whether you aren’t coming to Freeport to shop (is that possible?), or when you’d like to take a break from the shops and see a bit of Maine!

1. Bird Watching

There are several great spots for birding in, or near, Freeport. The Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary, providing a lovely property, perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching. Not far away is another Audubon Society project, Gisland Farm Sanctuary, with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. There are art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds, representing Maine’s ecosystems. Some of the other locations mentioned below also provide excellent opportunities for birding.

2. Adventure

L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools, including their $20 Discovery Series, are a great introduction to outdoor adventures. There you can learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, practice archery or clay target shooting. They also have more advanced courses for the more experienced visitor.

3. Beaches

Yes, beaches. In Maine. Astonishing! And cold! In Freeport, there is Winslow Memorial Park, a lovely town park along part of Casco Bay. Most of the waterfront is grassy, and excellent for picnics and playing, but there is a small sand beach, as well.

Larger beaches are found at two State Parks, Popham Beach and Reid State Parks. Both are north on US-1 about 10 minutes from Freeport, then east about 15-20 minutes more to the end of their respective points of land, where there area beautiful large sand beaches, restrooms, and camping and picnic facilities. The scenery is breathtaking at both locations.

4. Visit Lighthouses

Of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses, several are not far from Freeport. Not far away, in and around Portland, there are Portland Head lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights), as well as several smaller lighthouses. Farther to the south are Goat Island Lighthouse and Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble). To the north are Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Marshall Point Lighthouse and Owls Head Lighthouse, as well as Rockland Breakwater Light, and several lesser known lighthouses offshore. And that is only if you’re willing to venture about an hour and a half north or south.

5. History

Visit historic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and see a 626 acre farm on the Maine coast dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being. Also the Freeport Historical Society headquarters are in historic Harrington House in downtown Freeport, and they also Pettingill Farm, a 19th century saltwater farm on the Harraseeket River.

Nearby is Desert of Maine, a famous phenomenon, creating a desert in Maine (of all places!).

If you enjoy maritime history, the Maine Maritime Museum is in Bath, about 15 minutes from Freeport, and is filled with history about Maine’s maritime past and present. An outstanding collection of historic vehicles, from cars and motorcycles to aircraft and even snowmobiles is at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

6. Golf

If you would enjoy a round of golf in a wonderful setting, there are several courses that would suit you nearby. Closest is the Freeport Country Club’s 9-hole track. Brunswick’s Brunswick Golf Club is a nice 18-hole course, and only about 10 minutes away. Fox Ridge Golf Club, past home to the Maine State Open, is not much farther away, and provides a real challenge to golfers of any ability. Other choices are only a bit farther away, near Portland or Boothbay Harbor.

7. Hiking and Nature

Two of Maine’s great State Parks, Wolfe Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, are located within about a 10 minute drive. Wolfe Neck State Park is on Casco Bay and offers hiking trails in the woods and along the bay. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers fine views from its trails at higher elevation – these are particularly nice during fall foliage time.

8. Boating

Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby for the self-powered explorer. There are also tour boats for everything from puffin or whale-watching tours and lighthouse tours to tours of Arctic explorer Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island home. Some are as close as 5 minutes from Freeport, while others are from 10 to 50 minutes away. Sails on an antique schooner are as close as Portland harbor, allowing you to combine history with your boating adventure.

9. Art Galleries

The Frost Gully Gallery, featuring 20 Maine artists at Maine’s oldest gallery, is just north of town on US-1. Browsing the shops in town you’ll find art and craft shops as well as galleries.

10 Antiques

OK, so hunting for antiques is a form of shopping. Still, it isn’t quite the same thing, is it? Just a few minutes up the road in Brunswick is the Fort Andross building, containing a large antique mall with a variety of dealers. Brunswick also has several independent antique dealers. A few more minutes up US-1 in Bath, there are several individual antique shops along the streets, and others along Route 209 toward Popham Beach.

Who said there was nothing but shopping in Freeport?

Shorelands Guest Resort wants to let visitors and residents know about the Tree Replacement Project on the walk to the Beach.

The town of Kennebunk has been pruning and taking out Norway Maple trees along the walk and replacing them with native White Oaks. The Norway trees were planted in the 1920’s with a 60 year life expectancy. Weather, winters, and road work have caused them to deteriorate after a longer than expected life. Their foliage is a welcome shading on the 10 to 15 minute walk from Shorelands to the Beach.
About half the trees have been taken out, so there will still be quite a bit of shade until the White Oak replacements have grown enough to compensate.
Anyone interested in helping donate a tree with a commemorative plague can do so by contacting the Town Of Kennebunk, 1 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 04043. Donations are $2000.
Shorelands offers attractive off season packages and invites visitors to come and enjoy the stroll to the beach.
Posted by: gregdugal | April 12, 2012

Celebrating the Mighty Kotzschmar Organ

The PSO dedicates the season’s final concerts to honoring the mighty Kotzschmar Organ, truly one of the great treasures of our city, in its centennial year. Toward the Splendid City is an “On the Town”-like celebration, festive and brassy, leading into the spectacular brilliance and breathtaking virtuosity that characterize the Organ Symphony. An appropriately powerful program for such a powerful instrument! May 6 through 8 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. For more info

Posted by: gregdugal | April 12, 2012

Glad to see spring is coming to Southern Maine!!!!

Life At The Nonantum

Spring has sprung in Kennebunkport! The gardens at the Nonantum Resort have started to bloom!

All over town construction is taking place! The Landing Restaurant is transforming in to the Port Watch.

The Green Tangerine is springing forward!

Hurricanes Restaurant has a new awning!

The Grand Hotel  is planning to open Memorial Day!

The Frinklepod Farm Stand will be selling organic vegetables.

Each and everyday we see changes large and small all over town. At The Nonantum we are excited to open for our 129th season on April 20th. Come and “visit” us at

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