Pies on Parade

Last month was Rockland’s annual Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. It’s a great event that’s a win-win-win for everyone: it raises money for a good cause, it acquaints locals and visitors with shops, restaurants and inns they may not have known before, and it allows you to taste nearly 50 sweet […]


Opera at the Harbor Theater

In addition to its regular movie showings, the Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor now has opera on the screen, the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm: The theater recently has had difficulty making ends meet. It would be sad to see this small independent theater close its doors. Please support the theater when you’re […]


A Camden Christmas

The first weekend of December, just an hour up the road from Boothbay, Camden celebrates Christmas by the Sea. I made it up this year for Friday evening’s festivities, including carols at the library and a parade through the downtown. Shops were open late and many offered enticing discounts. Here is the full schedule of events, for […]


Boothbay Festival of Lights

A couple of days ago, I posted something on the Gardens Aglow at the Botanical Gardens. The Smiling Cow and Gimbel’s I wanted to also share some photos from the Festival of Lights in town. Admiral’s Quarters Inn Of course, one of the highlights of the holiday festivities in Boothbay is the boat parade. I […]


Last Chance for Gardens Aglow!

The Gardens Aglow display at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is even more spectacular than ever this year, with 360,000 bulbs, food trucks, s’mores and more! And there is also limited availability still to rent Back Bay Cottage while the festivities are going: December 18-23, which would allow you to visit the gardens on Sunday, […]


Boothbay Railway Village & Beer Festival

This summer, I finally made it to the Boothbay Railway Village! I was lured over by the Rails, Tails & Ales Festival where we were able to sample 10 different local beers as we explored the railway grounds and buildings. There were also 60+ antique cars on show. The centerpiece of the Railway Village is the narrow […]


Bigelow Laboratory

Bigelow Laboratory, or the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, was founded in 1974 but they constructed a beautiful new campus for their 70+ scientists and other staff in East Boothbay just a few years ago. In July, I attended an open house there. We visited a number of labs and met with several […]

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Boothbay Festival of Lights!

The Gardens Aglow holiday lights display and festivities at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was such a success last year that Boothbay has decided to expand the fun to the entire town! They are still working out the details, but the Boothbay Festival of Lights is expected to include dining and shopping promotions and more lights […]


Christmas at the Botanical Gardens

The “biggest and brightest” light display in Maine is now “aglow” at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay!   Approximately 14 acres of the gardens are covered in nearly 200,000 lights and other holiday decorations. The “Gardens Aglow” festivities run through December 31st on Thursday – Sundays nights (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve) from […]


Boothbay’s Opera House

Although Boothbay is such a small town, Boothbay’s Opera House manages to entice world-renowned performing artists to play in its coffeehouse-like setting through the year. This February, I saw the Irish group, Altan, for just a fraction of the cost of a ticket to see them in a major city. I even sat in the front row and […]