Fairy Festival!

Join us to create this play in the old mossy woods by Shamrock waterfalls at the Longhouse Farm in Jonesport on July 15th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Here you will meet, costume, and entertain the fairies and trolls, build castles, and celebrate with fairy cake for all. Boys and girls age 4-12 should plan to bring a picnic, and a favorite adult. Please register before July 1st. There is a limit of 20 participants. Register with DCC’s Helen Waite 207-497-5734, or call the DCC office at 207-255-4500 for more information. It’s FREE!

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All natural bug repellent for Maine summers

All natural bug repellent for Maine summers

A friend of mine passed along to me a great recipe for an all natural insect repellent.  And what better place to use insect repellent than Maine in springtime.  By the coast, we usually don’t have a big black fly population like the more forested areas, but we do have mosquitos.  Lots and lots of those blood sucking little buggers.

According to my friend, the recipe comes from Maine author and blogger, Amanda Blake Soule.  If you are interested in homesteading or rural life or family creativity, you really need to check out her awesome blog.


Natural Insect Repellent

3 1/2 ounces of witch hazel

1/2 – 1 teaspoon lemongrass oil

1/2 – 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil

1/2 – 1 teaspoon citronella oil

Combine all ingredients and pour into a small spray bottle.  Shake before each use.



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DownEast Scenic Railroad – Ellsworth, Maine

DownEast Scenic Railroad – Ellsworth, Maine

Info taken from the DownEast Scenic Rail website:

From canopied forest where the light sparkles through the tree tops as chickadees and nuthatches bounce from limb to limb, to open marshland where beaver, heron, turtles, and moose might be seen, the restored section of the Calais Branch Lines gives passengers a view not seen since the wealthy “rusticators” traveled from the cities to their summer homes on the Line.

You’ll travel over bridges, roll past schools and houses, hear the clack of the rails muffle on the thick woodland moss, and delight in the sound of the horn at the crossing. Watch as the powerful engine moves from the front to the back of the train to take you to Washington Junction rail yard where you’ll see the heavy equipment that keeps the rail running, and pass train components and cars currently being restored for use on the Downeast Scenic Railroad before coming back to the Ellsworth depot. On the way be sure to look for the nests of the giant osprey, and the big beaver hutches in the wetlands! In addition to exceptional views of wetland marshes, glacial erratica including massive boulders, river and stream crossings, while traveling and working on this stretch of the line we have observed many forms of wildlife including osprey, blue herons, bald eagles, moose, deer, snapping turtles, beavers…and bears!

The current traveling time is roughly 90 minutes, and traverses a 13-mile section of the restored railroad. Water and light snacks are available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.*

Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust logo

At the core of the Downeast Scenic Railroad Project is the rehabilitation of the Washington Junction/Ellsworth to Green Lake section of the Calais Branch Line to create a 24-mile round- trip excursion ride. Other project components include construction of storage/repair facility at Washington Junction.

You can explore the history of the Calais Branch Line here.

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Acadia National Park Tours

Acadia National Park Tours

There is an alternative to hiking or biking in order to take in the splendor of Acadia National Park.  One option that you may not have thought of is to take a guided tour of the park.

Operating from mid-May through the end of October, Acadia National Park Tours are fully narrated, three hour  excursions featuring three stops within the park.  Each stop has restrooms.

This is an excellent option if you cannot hike due to health or mobility issues, as the amount of walking needed is very limited.  They can even accommodate walkers and folding wheelchairs.

They describe their tours as:

Our fully narrated bus tour will satisfy even the most info-hungry passenger. Featuring three stops within Acadia National Park, guests will learn about the history of Bar Harbor and Acadia, the geology, the wildlife, and much more, all while taking in in the stunning ocean and mountain views.  Tour stops include the summit of Cadillac Mountain (the highest point on the eastern seaboard), Thunder Hole (an oceanside stop), and either Sieur De Monts Spring (Wild Gardens of Acadia) or the Jordan Pond House.

All tours take place on comfortable buses with an amplified PA system.  The amount of walking is limited and at the passenger’s discretion.  Restrooms are available at our ticket office and each stop within the park.

They open for the season on May 11th and tickets and more information can be found on their website.



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Songbird & Warbler Birding Field Trips sponsored by Schoodic Institute

Songbird & Warbler Birding Field Trips sponsored by Schoodic Institute

Information provided by the BarHarborInfo.com website:

5/17/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
5/23/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
5/29/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet at and explore Frazer Point in Winter Harbor to witness the return of songbirds and warblers. Learn identification tips, discuss conservation issues, and have fun in pursuit of as many species as we can find. Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director and enter the fray!  Cost per date / per person is $15.00.

Please call Michelle at 207-288-1356 to register and reserve your spot today!

Birding Field Trip dates: May 17, 23, and 29. Choose one, two or multiple trips!

We ask that should you need to cancel, please call us.

These events fill quickly – Interested birders may be able to fill a vacancy. 

Refunds will only be given in the event Schoodic Institute must cancel the trip.

Check our website for cancellation in case of inclement weather. Meet at Frazer Point on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor. Dress for the weather.  Bring Binoculars.



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Bold Coast Charter Company – Cutler, Maine

Bold Coast Charter Company – Cutler, Maine

Probably the most anticipated activity for visitors to our area is a tour to see the adorable, elusive puffins.   There are a few different companies that offer boat excursions to Seal Island.  One is the Bold Coast Charter Company out of Cutler, Maine.

Below is information taken directly from their website.  But note!!!  They are already sold out for the summer 2018 season — in fact, they have been sold out since the end of February!  Book early and check out their website for information on wait lists.

From their website:

If you’re a birder or a nature lover, take a half day excursion to Machias Seal Island, summer home to spectacular nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, Razorbills, Common murres and Arctic terns, among others. For close range puffin observation and photography, no other birding destination can compare, as Machias Seal Island is the largest puffin colony on the coast of Maine! In addition to the nesting seabirds, other species commonly spotted are guillemots, eiders, gannets, shearwaters and storm-petrels.

About the Machias Seal Island seabird watching tours

You’ll be cruising aboard the BARBARA FROST, a custom forty foot US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel (heated cabin and restroom equipped), the fastest and best equipped tour vessel serving the area.

Trips depart from Cutler Harbor – a picturesque small fishing village, well off the beaten tourist path. Check out an area map for our location, and also where to stay and what to dowhile in the area. Advance reservations for our tours are required. Machias Seal Island trips conclude in mid August.

Whether you’re someone who’s interested in a one of a kind birding destination, or a visitor who wants to find out what Maine is really all about, I welcome you to experience Downeast Maine’s unique natural attractions and unspoiled beauty. You won’t be disappointed with what you find.

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A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

Do you like beer?  Then the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor is a great stop.

According to their website:

The Atlantic Brewing Company began as Acadia Brewing in 1990. At first the brewery was located inside the Lompoc Cafe in downtown Bar Harbor and had a maximum capacity of just one barrel at a time. Within a few years the demand for our beers had grown so much that we moved the brewery two doors down from the restaurant and increased our capacity to seven-barrel batches. However, by 1998, we had outgrown that facility as well and so we moved again – this time to our current location on the Knox Road. Our estate brewery was built on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead, that employs native vegetation and local stonework.


They have several locations in and around the Bar Harbor area and offer tours and tastings.  Here’s what you need to know:

The have three tours daily from Memorial Day through mid-October.  Reservations are not required, but they can only accommodate 25 people per tour.    The tours are approximately 20 minutes long, followed by a tasting. Children are allowed on the tour, but obviously not the tasting.

The addresses are:  We are at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and 52 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Smelt Fry and World Fish Migration Day Celebration

April 21 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 Pm


Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun! Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym. Airline Brewing Co. will also be offering their Maine-brewed beer this year!

Before the Smelt Fry, consider going for a hike nearby with Downeast Coastal Conservancy at Ingersoll Point in Addison. Maine Master Naturalists, Walter and Carol Muth will help lead a group hike, highlighting the developing splashes of spring throughout the preserve on Saturday, 4/21 at 9am. Visit http://downeastcoastalconservancy.org/events-calendar/ for more information on the hike.

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We hope you can join us for our annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration!


April 21
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


DownEast Acadia


Downeast Salmon Federation
187 Main St
Columbia Falls, ME 04623United States
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