Blog :: 09-2011

Autumn in Maine

Even though it seems more like mid-July than late September, I think that it is impossible to trick the trees when it comes to foliage. As some trees are starting to turn, I'm sure they have an internal clock telling them that it is time to put on their colorful display. Visit the State of Maine's Foliage Guide.

This is my favorite time of year. The days are warm and the nights are cool and there are so many things to do!

The Fryeburg Fair, celebrating its 161st year, opens this Sunday, October 2nd. I always look forward to going at least one day. Great animal exhibits, vendors, agricultural displays and fair food. I also enjoy seeing how many people I know who won a blue ribbon. Our neighbor, Norma King, always snags a few for her sculptures and baking! The Fair runs from the 2nd to the 9th.

Another way to spend a fun afternoon is to visit Sherman Farm's Corn Maize. Just over the Maine border in East Conway, the farm is a great place to bring the kids. It seems that every year there are new attractions, such as the Grain Train and the Jumping Pillow. But old reliables such as the Corn Cannon, Pumpkin Patch, Pedal Tractors, Hayrides and Cider Donuts will be there. This year's design is the goalie of the Boston Bruins lifting the Stanley Cup which they won last season. Although the theme may change from year-to-year, it is always fun to see how long it will take to reach the exit. And for those who are brave, be sure to try the Maize Massacre every Friday and Saturday nights.

Autumn in Maine

Even though it seems more like mid-July than late September, I think that it is impossible to trick the trees when it comes to foliage. As some trees are starting to turn, I'm sure they have an internal clock telling them that it is time to put on their colorful display. Visit the State of Maine's Foliage Guide.

This is my favorite time of year. The days are warm and the nights are cool and there are so many things to do!

The Fryeburg Fair, celebrating its 161st year, opens this Sunday, October 2nd. I always look forward to going at least one day. Great animal exhibits, vendors, agricultural displays and fair food. I also enjoy seeing how many people I know who won a blue ribbon. Our neighbor, Norma King, always snags a few for her sculptures and baking! The Fair runs from the 2nd to the 9th.

Another way to spend a fun afternoon is to visit Sherman Farm's Corn Maize. Just over the Maine border in East Conway, the farm is a great place to bring the kids. It seems that every year there are new attractions, such as the Grain Train and the Jumping Pillow. But old reliables such as the Corn Cannon, Pumpkin Patch, Pedal Tractors, Hayrides and Cider Donuts will be there. This year's design is the goalie of the Boston Bruins lifting the Stanley Cup which they won last season. Although the theme may change from year-to-year, it is always fun to see how long it will take to reach the exit. And for those who are brave, be sure to try the Maize Massacre every Friday and Saturday nights.

West Lovell Conversations

Kezar Realty is proud to be a partner with the Lovell Historical Society for this Saturday's "West Lovell Conversations". Four of West Lovell's prominent citizens will participate in a round table discussion about the development of this unique area. Once isolated as a separate community, West Lovell has witnessed major changes over time with the growth of tourism and the expansion of its year-round population.

Albert Stearns and his older sister, Marcia Hamlin will take part in the discussion. They grew up in West Lovell, the children of Marcus and Esther, on the Stearns family farm. Byron Shaw was born and raised in West Lovell, growing up on Foxboro Road and working at various mills in the region. Ron Leavitt, although not born in Lovell, has been a student of West Lovell for years.

Come listen as these four storytellers recount life in West Lovell. The program, which starts at 1:00 pm, will be held at the Historical Society's 1839 Kimball-Stanford House. Admission is free and members of the audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion before refreshments are served.

West Lovell Conversations

Kezar Realty is proud to be a partner with the Lovell Historical Society for this Saturday's "West Lovell Conversations". Four of West Lovell's prominent citizens will participate in a round table discussion about the development of this unique area. Once isolated as a separate community, West Lovell has witnessed major changes over time with the growth of tourism and the expansion of its year-round population.

Albert Stearns and his older sister, Marcia Hamlin will take part in the discussion. They grew up in West Lovell, the children of Marcus and Esther, on the Stearns family farm. Byron Shaw was born and raised in West Lovell, growing up on Foxboro Road and working at various mills in the region. Ron Leavitt, although not born in Lovell, has been a student of West Lovell for years.

Come listen as these four storytellers recount life in West Lovell. The program, which starts at 1:00 pm, will be held at the Historical Society's 1839 Kimball-Stanford House. Admission is free and members of the audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion before refreshments are served.

Chebeague Island

One of the great benefits of owning a real estate company (Kezar Realty) is that I get to meet a large number of interesting people and to see parts of town that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit. And from time to time I go on journeys with serious buyers that are interested in areas other than western Maine. I've been to Bethel, the Belgrade lakes region, Lewiston, Auburn, Paris Hill and Andover. The types of homes purchased have ranged from a mobile home to an old farm house. All very nice areas and all offer something different than Lovell.

The most recent buying journey took me to the coast of Maine--a part of the state that I have not often visited. I was never aware of the large number of Casco Bay islands or Harpswell. Or the distinctive beauty of the ocean meeting the land. In some places one feels like they are in an early Hopper drawing! Well, one island, Chebeague, kept getting return visits. And for good reason. Since my first trip the phrase "a slice of heaven" keeps coming to mind. Like Lovell, there is very little pretension in the air. In fact, a reverse pretension seems to exist--much better to have an older car that appears to be headed to the junk yard!

The island is served by two ferries, CTC and Casco Bay, and is best to visit in the summer. Bring your bicycles as you could ride the entire island in over an hour. There are a handful of places to purchase lunch or dinner or you can enjoy a cocktail from the porch of the Chebeague Island Inn. One rule of island living that everyone follows is that you wave as you pass!

Chebeague Island

One of the great benefits of owning a real estate company (Kezar Realty) is that I get to meet a large number of interesting people and to see parts of town that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit. And from time to time I go on journeys with serious buyers that are interested in areas other than western Maine. I've been to Bethel, the Belgrade lakes region, Lewiston, Auburn, Paris Hill and Andover. The types of homes purchased have ranged from a mobile home to an old farm house. All very nice areas and all offer something different than Lovell.

The most recent buying journey took me to the coast of Maine--a part of the state that I have not often visited. I was never aware of the large number of Casco Bay islands or Harpswell. Or the distinctive beauty of the ocean meeting the land. In some places one feels like they are in an early Hopper drawing! Well, one island, Chebeague, kept getting return visits. And for good reason. Since my first trip the phrase "a slice of heaven" keeps coming to mind. Like Lovell, there is very little pretension in the air. In fact, a reverse pretension seems to exist--much better to have an older car that appears to be headed to the junk yard!

The island is served by two ferries, CTC and Casco Bay, and is best to visit in the summer. Bring your bicycles as you could ride the entire island in over an hour. There are a handful of places to purchase lunch or dinner or you can enjoy a cocktail from the porch of the Chebeague Island Inn. One rule of island living that everyone follows is that you wave as you pass!

Apple Orchards

The air has turned cooler and thoughts of autumn activities have replaced those of swimming in the lake. With the changing of the seasons, Governor Paul LePage is encouraging families to experience the great Maine outdoors and visit an apple orchard. The Governor said that apple farms serve as an "integral link" between urban, suburban and rural communities. For a complete list of orchards, please visit GetRealMaine.

One of our favorite orchards, Pie Tree Orchards, is right up the road in Sweden. Formerly operated by the McSherry family for 75 years, the farm now offers a variety of fruit during the summer and fall. Macs and Cortlands can now be picked and more varieties will be available as they ripen. After spending time in the field, be sure to visit the kitchen where wonderful doughnuts, pies and cider can be enjoyed. Current hours are 9-5 daily.

Apple Orchards

The air has turned cooler and thoughts of autumn activities have replaced those of swimming in the lake. With the changing of the seasons, Governor Paul LePage is encouraging families to experience the great Maine outdoors and visit an apple orchard. The Governor said that apple farms serve as an "integral link" between urban, suburban and rural communities. For a complete list of orchards, please visit GetRealMaine.

One of our favorite orchards, Pie Tree Orchards, is right up the road in Sweden. Formerly operated by the McSherry family for 75 years, the farm now offers a variety of fruit during the summer and fall. Macs and Cortlands can now be picked and more varieties will be available as they ripen. After spending time in the field, be sure to visit the kitchen where wonderful doughnuts, pies and cider can be enjoyed. Current hours are 9-5 daily.

Comments

  1. Beth on

    Apple cider donuts -- I haven't had them in years! Might just be worth a drive to Sweden. ☺ Thanks for the inspiration!
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      It is a great place to visit--combine it with a trip to the Fryeburg Fair!
      • Karen Epranian on

        Such a great place. I long for fresh crisp apples. Will trade key limes for apples!
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          The problem is that I wouldn't know what to with the key limes. I would prefer that you put the limes in a pie form and then send them up!