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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.

Way cool Maine foodie tool

November 26, 2009

And so appropriate for Thanksgiving Day. Eat Maine Foods’  Maine Food Map shows local food purveyors and producers. It’s still in beta, but what a resource.

Free Maine Fiber Arts Weekend

August 6, 2009

Looking for something to do this weekend? More than 100 fiber-arts related businesses statewide are open for free tours and demonstrations for Fiber Arts Tour Weekend , this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

What are fiber arts, you ask? Simply, the art of creating something with fiber. That might be baskets woven from sweetgrass and ash or sweaters created from sheep or alpaca wool or knitted mittens or a felted purse. It could be art quilts or dolls. Perhaps hand-sewn and appliqued jackets or woven rugs. Or, well you get the idea. And it’s not just the end product, but also the process of getting there. The Fiber Arts Tour Weekend celebrates farm to gallery, sheep to sweater.

The Maine Fiberarts Tour Map: Studios & Farms will guide you to all participating properties, including farms, galleries, studios, and craft shops.  Many sites are also hosting tours, demonstrations, workshops, or other activities. The free map is available at visitor information centers and chambers of commerce offices.