Category Archives: Travel

I’d rather be in Paris!

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“It’s the art, it’s the food, it’s the architecture! I’d rather be in Paris ’cause I don’t understand the language. It makes life simpler.” Dona Bergen of Mars Hall Gallery just can’t get enough of Paris. It’s the place to be for an artist and gallery owner, like no other place. Come along on a […]

Scenes from Pitcher Pond

Almost sunset, Pitcher Pond

There are so many incredibly beautiful lakes in Maine. What we would call a ‘lake’ in Connecticut is called a ‘pond’ here. Far from the packed out in summer small bodies of water in my former stomping grounds you can find sparsely populated retreats. New to me this year is Pitcher Pond in Northport. This […]

American realism in Thomaston

Against the Rocks by Roger Dale Brown

Coming to Rockland to visit the Farnsworth Museum? I strongly suggest you plan a stop in Thomaston at the Haynes Gallery on Main St.  As you walk up the steps to the gallery, you are invited in by 2 friendly pups, Josie and her fluffy white side kick, Honey. The building is an old sea […]

A rough cut gem

Coveside Monhegan

Day Trip: Monhegan If Rockland/Camden area is the ‘Jewel of the Maine Coast’ then Monhegan is a rough cut gem of blue/green tourmaline. Along with 100 plus other passengers, we awaited the call to board the Elizabeth Ann out of Port Clyde. It was a picture perfect day, 80 degrees and calm winds. Our mission, […]

Quite possibly the best clam roll on the East Coast

Fried clam roll at Graffam Brothers

Day Trip: Rockport Memories of days spent with my Italian grandfather clamming and crabbing along the Connecticut shore always brings a smile to my face. It was great fun getting stuck in the mud flats and losing your sneakers. As a 7 year old, the mud would almost be up to my waist.  Afterward we […]

A gem in the heart of Rockland

Jill Caldwell at Art Space Gallery

One of my favorite galleries in Rockland is Art Space, right across from the Strand Theater on Main Street. This artist co-op is quite a gem. Owned and operated by 19 members, the gallery boasts many accomplished artists working in an exciting array of styles and mediums. Shows rotate monthly throughout the summer generally coinciding […]

28,000 Tulips

Azaleas and quince are in bloom. Rhododendrons are just about to open and  lady slippers are just peaking their heads up. And oh yes, the tulips, all 28,000 of them.    Free admission to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine is available Memorial Day. If you can catch a few hours in between the raindrops […]

Cheese makers extraordinaire

David Baker, Cheese maker extraordinaire

What does 10,000 gallons of milk have to do with the small coastal town of Rockport? Everything! Rockport Marketplace is home to a wonderful artisan cheese maker, State of Maine cheese. Upon my arrival to State of Maine Cheese, I was heartily greeted by Cathe Morrill, owner of the business since 1996. Why did you […]

Plein Air or Studio Painting

Plein Air Painting in Port Clyde Impressionists, realists, and abstract artists alike find no lack of inspiration in Maine. The landscape is raw, rugged, reflective. Peeling paint, rusted metal, greens and blues and fog…. compel the viewer to contemplation. Birch Point State Park Coastal Maine Workshops offers large studio space, lavish personal attention, and master […]