Down East, Down Home

Skimming the headlines of the Boothbay Register this week, one knows that another Maine summer has arrived. Like so many others who’ve ‘come home’ for the season (and those who us who live here year ‘round) we greet local news as gossipy cream in our morning coffee. There’s the new Landing at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, making the scenic spot perhaps the only Top 10 US Garden you can visit by boat. A stop we recommend highly for the mix of habitats, woods to shoreline, as well as the report that there’s a new surprise blooming around every turn.

Our proud independent bookstore, Sherman’s host “the largest single-day literary event in Maine” as the Portsmouth NH Herald eagerly explains – the 10th annual Books in Boothbay Book Fair on Saturday July 12th at the Boothbay Railway Village. D. Allen Kerr, the author of a new book about the Shipyard’s USS Thresher incident, (who prompted the Herald’s coverage) is one of the 50 Maine authors participating.

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is hosting a fund-raising lighthouse cruise on July 17. Meanwhile, our ‘own’ Burnt Island Light stands as a proud backdrop in our daily view with that morning coffee. Brightline and our captains Ken and Richard are always ready to provide a cruise of our harbor.

And as an appetizer designed to make you wonder what Chef Brooks has up his white sleeve for tonight’s menu, there’s this shot of the fish counter at Oak Street Provisions – a sample of the resources the Mid-coast brings us daily. Not sure it’s summer in Maine – the last line of the story sums it up: we’re talking about a fish shop, right? “Your bike broke? We can fix it.”

That’s why Down East is another way of saying “Down Home.”  We’ll leave a light on the dock.