Maine Locations

Lovell and Kezar Lake at Your Local Newstands

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When both Vacation Renters and prospective homebuyers come to Kezar Realty, I always have a packet of information prepared for them. In addition to local publications such as Lake Living, West Coast Maine and the Buyer's Guide to Real Estate, I also include information about hiking trails, Greater Lovell Land Trust activities and articles that have appeared in local newspapers over the past few years. All of them highlight the many diverse activities that are available in our western Maine region.

It is, however, surprising to have lengthy stories about Lovell appear in two different magazines in the very same month. The first is in Down East magazine, available everywhere, and the second is in a not so widely-distributed publication called Maine Townsman. The latter journal is made available to municipal officials throughout the state.

Both articles approach our town from two very different angles and they are both very accurate. Click here for the Down East magazine article (starting on page 94). Click here for the Maine Townsman article (starting on page 19).

BTW, let me know if you happen to come across any newsstands!  

Best Gallery in the State of Maine

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Looking forward to reading the upcoming issue of Yankee Magazine' s Best of New England where the editors selected Harvest Gold Gallery as Maine's Best Gallery! Located in Center Lovell for almost 20 years, Bill and Lynda have a large showroom where they showcase not only their own jewelry but the fine arts and crafts of over 200 artists.

 

Be sure to make a trip to Lovell soon to visit the Gallery at 1082 Main Street. Ring the bell at the front door, step inside and explore. I am sure that you will find something that's perfect for you. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502 or harvestgold@fairpoint.net.

Believe It or Not -- Lovell has North America's Tallest Chestnut Tree

A big thank you to my Facebook friend, Charles Cotton, for alerting me to this exciting news! I was quite surprised to learn that researchers go around flying over forests looking for things like this. Or maybe more so that they were able to identify this from the air.

Anyway, it might be time for Larry Fox and his DPW crews to have some new signs made for all of our major roads that proclaim: "Welcome to Lovell, Home of the Tallest Chestnut Tree".

Here's the story from Saturday's Bangor Daily News:

Tallest chestnut tree in North America found in Maine

New Driving Range at the Old Saco Inn

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It was just a few years ago that Pete and Sandi purchased the Old Saco Inn in Fryeburg, just past the Lovell town line on Route 5. It wasn't long before a small sign was added to the large one at the main entrance. It simply said: "Pub Open, Fri & Sat 4 pm".  Since then, the cozy pub and dining room have become a very popular place and if you plan on going for dinner, you need to make your reservations online! It's always a treat to watch Pete behind the bar on a busy night as he seems to remember not only everyone's name but their favorite drink.

One of the newest additions to the Inn is an outdoor Golf Driving Range. What better place to practice your swing than on the wide open field where views of the western mountains are peeking through the trees. This Sunday, June 7th, Brad Littlefield, President of the Lake Kezar Country Club will ceremoniously hit the Range's first ball at 10:15 am. And on this day only, enjoy a free bucket of balls as well as Burgers and Hot Dogs.

The Range will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 - 6 with a bucket of balls costing $13. And it is my understanding that arrangements could be made with Lake Kezar Country Club for lessons.

Come on down to the Inn, hit a few balls and enjoy your favorite beverage in the Pub! But please, please, don't hit Pete while he is out scooping the balls.

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SHOP LOCAL--SHOP LOVELL

With a little more than a week left until Christmas, I'm sure that everyone does not have all of their gifts picked-out. Avoid the hassles of traffic and rude people by looking local. There is a wealth of local merchants, artisans and shops that would love to help you select the perfect gift.

This Holiday season, why not shop in Lovell? Here is a list of shops and ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!

* Lots to choose from at the HARVEST GOLD GALLERY in Center Lovell. Custom designed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. Inside their large gallery is a wide variety of American-made art work (much of it local) that will brighten every home. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502.Visit their website here.

* ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS, Lovell. For centuries, floorcloths have proven to be both durable and elegant. Art Underfoot Floorcloths handcrafted works are created in Maine with tradition in mind. We spend between eight to ten hours on each piece, skillfully crafting heirloom quality art that you will enjoy having underfoot. Paula and Tom Hughes create these artistic and functional floorcloths and would be happy to discuss designing a pattern to fit your home or office. Visit the website for more details and to view a gallery of floorcloths. ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS

*HILLTOP HANDSPUN, located in North Lovell, Maine, is owned and operated by fiber artist and designer, Lucy Rogers. Lucy enjoys creating and selling hand made yarn to hand knitters and fiber and roving to hand spinners and felters. The yarn and spinning fibers are made from alpaca, mohair, wool and angora fleeces that she hand selects from Maine and New England fiber farms. Many of her designer yarns are hand spun and a number are spun at a local mini-mill often on a fleece by fleece basis. Beautiful colors in the yarns, which are inspired by the local mountain environment, come to life during the hand dyeing process in Lucy's kitchen. Here is a link to Lucy's webpage where you will find yarn and kits for sale.

*How about a gift certificate to the 'Best Beer Bar in America', EBENEZER's PUB? During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub's phone number is 207-925-3200.

* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell's three Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The WONDER STORE is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of DOYLE's ANTIQUES, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279. FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES, located at Swain Road and 5A, is owned by Shoo Hale. She would be happy to help and can be reached at 925-1017.

*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington's new store sells much more than ice cream, coffee, hot dogs and stew! She also has two floors of local artisans' work ranging from small crafts, iron pieces and quilts. A great spot for unique gifts at affordable prices. And Beth is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.

*SUSAN SIDWELL. Located at the top of Route 5A in Center Lovell, Susan is well-known for not only for her ability to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers but also produces beautiful artisan prints. Ready for framing, these prints make a wonderful gift. You may reach Susan at 925-1006.

*PIETREE ORCHARD. Located on the top Waterford Road in Sweden, this Orchard is a great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and pizza. The 'Pick-Your-Own' season is over but there is lots to choose from in the store. Visit PietreeOrchards.com for more detailed information. 207-647-9419.

*How about a Gift Certificate to some local eating establishments: 1)Rosie's Lovell Village Store. Stop in or call Rosie at 207-925-1255. 2)AJ's Everything Store at 409 Maine Street in Stoneham. A small convenience store upfront and a nice restaurant out back. Great food at great prices! 207-928-2454. 3)The Center Lovell Market. Open again on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051. 4)THE CENTER LOVELL INN. The Inn offers 10 large comfortable guestrooms each appointed with family antiques and sitting areas for relaxing and reading. A full country breakfast is served piping hot each morning. Enjoy gourmet dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the evening. The forty-seat dining room offers a crackling fire on cold winter nights. In the summer, enjoy breakfast and dinner on the screened-in wrap-around porch. In the evening enjoy the sunset over the White Mountains. Visit the website here! 5)THE OLD SACO INN. Pete and Sandi welcome you to their pub, restaurant and inn on the banks of the Old Saco River. Good food and cocktails in a friendly setting. Great access to the snowmobile trails as well! Old Saco Inn.

Still can't figure out what to give to someone who has everything? How about a gift in their name to some of our local organizations? The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Lovell's United Church of Christ or Lovell Friends Helping Friends (winter fuel assistance for the needy)! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

2014 Mushers Bowl

Mushers BowlFor football fans, the two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl is an awful long time. For the first time since September, there are no weekend football games to watch. And many Patriot fans just might say the heck with the Super Bowl. So, what does one do with all of the free time?...

This Saturday and Sunday, January 25th & 26th, the Down East Sled Dog Club presents The Mushers Bowl, where you will find competitive Sled Dog Racing and Skijoring Races at Bridgton's Five Field Apple Orchards. This five-mile course is considered the most technically challenging sled dog course in the Northeast but its design also makes it very spectator-friendly.

Admission to the Mushers Bowl is only $5 for both days (parking included). Children five and under are free. Races start at 10 am each day. The South Bridgton Congregational Church hosts a warming hut where soups and baked goods will be sold.

Click on the links below for more information:

www.desdc.org The Bridgton News, January 9, 2014 Story The Bridgton News, December 27, 2013 Story

Photo Courtesy of Down East Sled Dog Club's web site.

L.L.Bean

I would bet that if you were to ask most people from away, what they think of when you mention Maine, L.L.Bean would be right up there with lobsters, mountains and lighthouses. I am not a big customer of L.L.Bean but about once a year or so we find ourselves in Freeport where the flagship store is located.

L.L.Bean is known for hunting boots, clothing and outdoor equipment. The company is also famous for its liberal return policy where it guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. Until recently, I never paid much attention to it nor did I ever have a need to test it.

About three years ago I purchased a pair of Gore-Tex hiking shoes which proved to be comfortable and durable. However, over the past month or so, the Vibram sole began tearing away from the shoe. A few days ago we visited Freeport and I brought my hiking shoes. It was my intention to buy a new pair outright but showed my old shoes to the clerk and he said that I needed to bring them to Customer Service. The line was long but the wait was short and to my amazement the clerk behind the counter looked at the shoes, never asked any questions and arranged for a clean swap! The store did not have my size in stock so they delivered, without cost, the shoes to Lovell.

In this world where most establishments have abandoned any pretense of customer service, I must say that I was quite impressed leaving the store. One of the many reasons why L.L.Bean continues to grow!

Comments

  1. Bob Patterson on

    Stan- I have had the same experience on the few occasions I needed to make a return. When visiting the store, it amazes me how consistently friendly and helpful the staff is, and that is another plus for L. L. Bean.
    • Jim Rowe on

      Went there as a kid over 60 years ago. Amazing company!

      Four Cedars Antiques

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      One of Center Lovell's prettiest roads is Old Stage (aka 5A). No matter which direction you are heading, you always end up at Route 5. The southern end is anchored by the Historical Society with the Post Office and the former Dutton office at the opposite end. In addition to a wonderful variety of older farmhouses and new homes, a ride along Old Stage always provides stunning views of Lovell, Baldface and the White Mountains. As we approach foliage season, it is ok to stop and enjoy the view.

      One of Lovell's newest businesses, Four Cedars Antiques, is at the corner of Old Stage and Swain Road. Tucked into the woods and between beautiful stone walls, is a small white building with green shutters that contains a great collection of folk art, architectural pieces, country furniture, vintage garden accessories and more. I must say, the way everything is displayed, it is almost like walking into a museum.

      Owner Shoo Hale opened Four Cedars this June and is open on weekends from 10-5. Although she plans on having the store open through the fall season, it might be best to call her at 207-925-1017 to be sure.

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      After visiting the store, you are invited to walk the grounds of the well-landscaped Four Cedar Farm! Be sure to enjoy this special part of Lovell!

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      1. Charlie on

        I am glad you are there to keep me up to date of the current events of my hometown . I am down here in Georgia but I still know what is going on in Lovell. THANKS STAN!!

        OUR KEZAR

        2013 Our Kezar

        Recently published, 'our kezar' collects images taken by three photographers, all with long-times to Kezar Lake, Lovell and western Maine. Starting with Spring, the photos are grouped by the four seasons and capture scenes that are both familiar yet presented with a fresh twist. (perhaps a slight bias here, but I sure do love the Old Home Days' photos). 2013 our kezar 2

        The three photographers (Lee Conary, Kenneth Goldman and Kelly Rickards) bring their different perspectives to produce a book that everyone will enjoy and appreciate. The assortment of photos reinforces in a magnificent way the beauty of our region.

        'our kezar' is available for purchase at stores around town as well as through the Lovell Historical Society's website (10% of the price will be donated to the Society). Perfect for gifts as well as your camp's coffee table!

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        All photos courtesy of 'our kezar'