Originally published in Seasonal Guide, June 28, 2012
Welcome to summer in Maine
We invite you to discover all you can about this area and our community businesses, using information available here.
In this Seasonal Guide, you’ll find pathways to adventures. Summer is the season of excitement, and a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of this area (not to mention the local seafood feasts available). Check our comprehensive listings for area eateries to top of your days of adventure with a tasty dinner.
It’s not surprising that renowned boat builders are dotted along the coast of this region, as lobster fishing is one of the employment mainstays here, especially in Stonington with its vibrant working waterfront. The Acadia National Park system maintains a series of trails on Isle au Haut, and a mail boat departs from Stonington five times a day (from June 11 through September 1) to this large island offshore. Castine is home to Maine Maritime Academy, training merchant mariners who work around the globe.
Blue Hill is home to Kneisel Hall, called “the cradle of chamber music teaching in America,” featuring summer concerts with students and world-renowned musicians. Check our Arts Guide and Community Calendar for more information about performing and visual arts in the area.
The scenery—whether on land or sea—is so spectacular it’s next to impossible to take your eyes off it. The area is known for its fine art, inspired by the abundance of natural beauty. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle is nationally renowned for its instruction and the work produced by students in summer workshops. Evening programs are held during each session.
The natural beauty alone is worth your time, but there’s more. You’ll meet the self-reliant, hardworking, and individualistic people who live and work in our 10 communities: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Isle au Haut, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry. The local population—whether native or “transplanted”—swells to nearly double in summer to include those who spend a few days, weeks or months here.
What to do while you’re here
• Visit the businesses on our Browser’s Trail, detailed in this publication.
• Check out the Cuisine Connection, a sampling of menus from area restaurants to help you find a great meal. Also included is the Restaurant Guide, a comprehensive listing of area eateries.
• Indulge in some visual or performing arts detailed in our Arts Guide, which includes an extensive listing of area venues and galleries.
• Take advantage of the scenery by going hiking, picnicking, kayaking or on a cruise. Walking trails and public boat launches are detailed inside and noted on maps. Get outside an enjoy that summer sun!
• Discover the rich and varied history of the area in its historical societies and museums, and events including several historic building anniversaries and organizations celebrating milestones.
• Take part in annual festivals, events and celebrations that mark the summer season and are noted in this issue and on the calendar. For a more detailed picture of the region, pick up a copy of our free Bay Community Register at local businesses or at one of our newspapers’ offices in Blue Hill, Castine or Stonington.
• Find out more about events highlighted here or other fantastic community offerings in our Community Calendar in this booklet or in any one of our three community newspapers: Castine Patriot, Island Ad-Vantages and The Weekly Packet. Click here for our fully searchable community calendar.