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Maine bits and pieces: news and chatter

May 3, 2010

Here’s a quick round-up of interesting news bits that have come across my desk:

Chebeague Island Inn reopening under new ownership

A favorite destination for travelers and day-trippers since the 1880s, the inn, restored in 2003-04, will re-open May 14 under the new ownership of the Prentice family of Yarmouth, Maine. With the May re-launch, the Prentices will be adding a more stylish, up-to-date ambiance.

One notable change is the inn’s restaurant, now under the direction of Executive Chef Justin Rowe, a veteran of 555 and Fore Street. The contemporary American menu, rooted in Maine and New England, will focus on locally/regionally sourced foods and beverages.

Here’s wishing the new owners success. I’m hoping to visit soon to see what’s happening.

• Unveiling of the Calves

You’ve heard of the Running of the Bulls, well Aldemere Farm, a 136-acres saltwater farm in Rockport, offers a far gentler experience. This Saturday, May 8, is its ninth annual Calf Unveiling Day. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. , you can  tour the Farm and visit with the newly born Belted Galloway calves (nicknamed the Oreo cookie cows for their distinctive white belt). Aldermere staff and volunteers will be on site speaking with visitors and providing information about the Farm and the herd.

Several other local farms will also be on site offering information regarding the goods they produce. These include:

• Sunnyside Farm with goats

• lueberry Farm and Blue Sky Farm with alpacas

• Ells Farm and Terra Optima will be selling meat

• Savage Oakes and Coastal Mountains Land Trust will have information about their operations

• Tanglewood 4-H Camp will present about their many agricultural offerings.

Other activities include the Rusty Hinges band performing (around 11 a.m.) and the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club working throughout the day with their animals.

• Best Chef in the Northeast

Tonight, the James Beard Foundation will name the winner of the coveted Best Chef in the Northeast award. Chef/owners Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, have been nominated seven times. Here’s hoping that these perennial bridesmaids finally win; they certainly deserve it.

No. 10 Water Street opens tonight

No. 10 Water Street, the new restaurant at Brunswick’s Capt. Daniel Stone Inn, opens tonight, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Brunswick is getting to be an increasingly interesting food town, with a nice choice of inexpensive to moderate restaurants.

• Zip-line adventure park opening in Wiscasset

Monkey C Monkey Do, a Zipline family adventure park, is under construction on Route 1 in Wiscasset.

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Brunswick mourning

October 9, 2008

Economic woes have hit this college town, which is also facing the shut down of its naval air station in 2010.

Grand City, the downtown Woolworth-like department store and restaurant is slated to close by year’s end. It’s been a Maine Street institution for ages and a gathering spot for many, who enjoyed the inexpensive fare and friendly service in its restaurant.

Already gone is another long-time favorite, Bookland, which has been selling books here since 1974. Like Grand City, it, too, had a cafe, although a fancier and pricier one, and it, too, doubled as a community meeting spot. I really hate to see the loss of an independent bookstore. Maine is still blessed with many, but their not faring well in the age of Amazon and the big box retailers.

Planning Ahead: Great State of Maine Air Show

September 2, 2008

This is it, the last big hurrah for the Brunswick Naval Air Station. This weekend, Sept. 5-7, is the final (well, maybe, we’ve heard that before) Great State of Maine Air Show. If you’ve never been to one of these high-flying events, go. Yes, it will be insanely crowded; yes, it can be miserably hot on the tarmac. But, Wow! what a show.

Expect to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team as well as tactical demos by the Navy and Air Force aircraft. If you’re into military hardware, there’s plenty of that on display. In addition, performers include Team Chaos, with its battles in the sky and it jet truck versus airplane race; aerobatic masters Gary Ward and Randy Harris; Neal Darnell and his jet-powered truck; Greg Shelton and Wingwalker Ashley Battles (just as it sounds); and, so much more.

Be sure to check the web site’s security page for the list of what you can and  can’t bring into the show.

Avoid the hassles of driving and parking by taking the train. Maine Eastern Railroad is operating a special excursion train to coincide with the show. It departs Rockland at 8 a.m., stopping for passengers in Wiscasset and Bath, before arriving at Cooks Corner in Brunswick.