Maine Roots

A blog about all things Maine

Summer Comes Again…

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Dear readers, I’m hopeful that my blogging hiatus has now come to an end. As I type, I’m sitting, at long last, on our couch in our new home. It’s only new to us – it was built in 1955 and renovated in 2007 – and we love the combination of character with modern amenities. And… best of all (okay, perhaps not of all, but best for this blog)… it’s a house that is hooked up to the internet!

I’m not going to drone on about the features of our new home that I love, although there are many. I’m just thrilled to be writing to you again (and the forthcoming weekly recipes will have the benefit of being cooked on a gas stove!).

Today’s post is a brief preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend – now just a few days away. It’s the official start of summer in Maine (or, perhaps I should say “summer” – as any Mainah knows that late May and early June rarely qualify as summery), and the kick off to the busy tourist season.

This important holiday is a time for us to recognize and honor those who have given their lives for our freedoms and this great country.  First, let’s give thanks for our heroes and their sacrifices.

The holiday also brings with it a slew of events – from formal to informal, from public to private. Here are a few suggestions for your holiday weekend itinerary:

There are many parades to choose from in southern Maine – to list just a few: Portland’s begins at 10:30am in Longfellow Square, and concludes at Monument Square; Cape Elizabeth’s begins at 9am on Ocean House Road, and goes to the War Veterans Memorial next to Pond Cove School; Freeport begins at 9:30am at the high school and proceeds to the town park, with the ceremony at 10am; Kennebunkport also begins at 9:30am at Masonic Hall on Temple Street, ending at Dock Square; and Gorham begins at 11am at Village School, concluding at Eastern Cemetery.

Ray LaMontagne is coming to Portland on May 27th… (I’d be there, if I could be)

“Maine Days” at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – FREE admission for Maine residents!  May 24th, 25th, and 26th. (we all know how much I love the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens…) offers up a full list of 10 things to do this weekend in Maine – check it out!

And, if your entertainment is of the private, family gathering variety, please stay tuned for a weekly recipe post coming your way tomorrow… a pulled barbecue chicken dish that is easy, delicious, and seems like a pretty darn perfect holiday dish!

Happy Memorial Day in advance!  For my holiday, I’ll once again be returning to scenic Jekyll Island, GA and enjoying the sea and the sun.

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