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Wings, Waves, & Woods returns to Deer Isle

May 10, 2010

Birders and art fans are invited to Deer Isle for the fourth annual Wings, Waves, & Woods, May 21-23. The festival, timed to coincide with early migration, is sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, and a brochure detailing the event can be downloaded from its website.

Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail, author of Maine Birding Trail, and a Maine Audubon trip leader for more than 20 years,  is this year’s special guest.

The festival opens with a reception Friday evening at the Pearson Legacy Gallery  showcasing bird-related artwork by more than 40 artists.

On Saturday and Sunday, experts will lead walks (free, donations appreciated), guide boat trips (fee), and give presentations and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling:

Warbler Walk, Settlement Quarry Preserve

Scotts Landing Bird Walk

Birding by Kayak, kayaks provided, $60

Nesting Eagles and Their Neighbors, Causeway Beach

Introduction to Birding

Puffins & Pelagics, cruise to Seal Island with Bob Duschesne, $60

Create Birdbaths & Planters, $35

Birdhouse Building for Kids, $5 includes materials and snack

Studio Demo & Tour (with the mega-talented Missy Greene and Eric Ziner)

Birding Identification Made Easy, Bob Duschesne

Lily Pond Walk

Found Objects Sculptures, demonstration, with Peter Beerits at Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies (one of my all-time favorite places)

Local Foods Chowder Supper will be available on Saturday night (seating limited; $12).

Where to stay: There are some wonderful accommodations available on Deer Isle. My favorite is the aptly named Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington. Both the Pilgrim’s Inn and The Inn at Ferry Landing are lovely B&Bs in Deer Isle. To really get in the spirit of the birding weekend, book a cabin at the oceanfront Goose Cove Resort, in Sunset, which borders the Barred Island Preserve. On a budget? Boyce’s Motel, in downtown Stonington, has clean rooms, some with kitchenettes. For dirt cheap accommodations, book a bunk at the rustic-bordering-on-primitive Deer Isle Hostel.

Hungry for art? Fill up at Kennebunkport Maine’s Arts in the Inns

May 22, 2008

Here’s an event that makes a fun, food-and-art centered early-season escape in Kennebunkport.

Get an inn-side take on fine art and fine food during Art in the Inns, June 4-8. The annual event highlights local chefs, local artists and local inns, pairing them in a series of intimate dinners, social events, shows, an artist-in-residence inn program and an inn-to-inn tour.

For the specialty dinners, on Wednesday and Thursday night, each chef uses his culinary palette to create a palate-pleasing work of art that complements a specific artist’s work. On Friday night, White Barn Inn chef Jonathan Carter prepares the hors d’oeuvres for a grand soiree in St. Anne’s Rectory, a recently restored architectural gem in a stunning oceanfront setting that would upstage more pedestrian food or art.

Other events include a Thursday champagne preview with the artists and chefs and a Saturday evening of lobster rolls, chowder and blueberry crumble pie at the Seaside Inn, with Rebecca Charles, author of “Lobster Rolls & Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Stories and Recipes from Summers on the Coast of Maine” and chef at New York’s Pearl Oyster Bar.

While the social events are fun and an opportunity to meet artists and chefs in person–especially the intimate chef-prepared/artist-attended dinners–it’s the tour that packs the most bang for the buck. Sixteen inns, each doubling as an art gallery for the occasion, open their doors; tour tix are $5.