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See you this September?

September evenings, as Juliet would have put it, make us “be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” Well, maybe we still give the sun his due, as the days get noticeably shorter and we remember all too well what’s in store.

Maybe that’s why we revel in these glorious days of still-summer – the warmth, our apple trees heavy with fruit, the dahlias, asters and goldenrod in the brilliant colors that hint of the foliage to come. The season is well in hand and like the September blooms we see the returning guests who save this “golden season” when the kids are heading back to school to savor the Midcoast. The weekends are still populated with wedding parties and families making that last reach for “oceanside memories made in Maine.” And it’s just a delight to watch them coming in for dinner in 88 – all burnished from a day on the water or in town, refreshed and dressed in cool cottons that take us back to that mix of summer skin and crisp cloth on our shoulders.

Ours is a casual age – and Spruce Point Inn is a comfortable place – and yet the traditions remain as another generation comes to love this place. Small hands on big menus, taller than they. A tow-headed little boy meets the challenge of a lobster. Two little girls, excused from their table, watch the sunset turn the color of the day-lilies over the harbor. The light of early September ambers them all into memory along with the sparkle of glasses, the buzz of conversations honeying the atmosphere, the delicious flavors coaxed from the best of local fished, farmed and harvested abundance.

This is the perfect time and the perfect place – at least we all work hard to make it so. Moving towards all the autumn events, Boothbay Harbor Fest this weekend, Boothbay Railway Village fall foliage festival and harvest events at Cellardoor Winery, we’re far from ready to let 2015 go.

See you this September?