Yancys Pizza – Calais

Yancy’s Pizza is located at 332 North Street in Calais, Maine.  They offer great pizza and casual meals — subs, salads, comfort foods, Italian.  A few years ago they relocated to this sunny new location.

Click here for hours and info. but you can view the menu here.

Their phone number is:  (207) 454-8200

In the off-season, they are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

 

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Mill Memorial Park – East Machias

A great spot for a picnic!
East Machias’ town center rises on hills flanking both sides of a narrow, boulder-strewn stretch of the East Machias River. A bridge leads from the rail-trail to narrow Mill Park along the opposite bank. A sign lists successive mills that stood here, and old mill parts are displayed, sculpture-like. The village’s two bridges create a nice walking loop. As in neighboring Machias and Machiasport, wonderful federal and Victorian-era architecture is all about. Not to be missed: Washington Academy’s 1823 main building and the soaring 1836 First Congregational Church.

 

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Machias Bay Antiques and Fine Arts

Drive through the town of Machias on a sunny day and you with undoubtably see a collection of dining chairs, maybe a sea captain’s trunk and some moose antlers displayed on the small lawn outside of Machias Bay Antiques and Fine Arts.  Make a stop (park across the street and enjoy the falls, bridge and Bad Little Falls Park on the other side while you are at it).  Enjoy conversation with the owner, Ray, as you scout out unique treasures that have been hiding in Maine’s darkest attics and oldest homes. (And check out Ray’s beautiful original artwork!)

1 Water Street (PO Box 127, Machiasport 04655).

Open mid-May-Christmas,

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-4:00; January – mid-May Friday-Saturday. Or by appointment any time.

Contact Ray Foster at 207-255-0686 (ref1205@gmail.com

 

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Midmainebass.com

Want to know anything at all about fishing in Maine?  This is the website to go to:

midmainebass.com

Unfortunately I’m not a fisher-person and I receive lots of emails asking about fishing in Maine.  I finally stumbled across this website.  Take a look (they have a great underwater fish video on their home page, too).

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Stone Mountain Arts Center for the Performing Arts

Stone Mountain Arts Center for the Performing Arts

Brownfield, Maine

You just have to take a look at their website for details about this amazing performance space and the incredible lineup that that have.  Well worth a stop if you are traveling to this part of rural Maine.  Also an amazing spot for a country wedding.


 

 

 

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Acadia Bike Rentals

Acadia Bike Rentals

Located at 
48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
800-526-8615
abckt@sitestar.net

Direct information from their website:
There’s no better way to experience Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island, Maine, than by bicycling. At Acadia Bike, we have the equipment and the expertise to make your biking adventure one you’ll remember for years to come.

With 30 years of experience, we have the largest fleet of rental bicycles in New England, and our friendly staff will make sure you get the one that’s perfect for you. Whether it’s a mountain bike or a hybrid, we’ll provide the equipment that will make your trip to Maine special.

If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you’ll marvel at the endless routes available to you, and if you’re a first-timer, you’ll find out just how much fun you can have on a bike in Acadia National Park.

We have everything you need, whether you plan to pedal on the island’s wonderful carriage roads or plan to take the more heavily used Park Loop Road. Our friendly professionals at Acadia Bike will give you all the advice you need for a great day of bicycling.

Because we continually sell bikes from our rental fleet, we have a wide variety of high-quality used bikes for sale at reasonable prices, many of which have been ridden only a few times. That keeps our rental fleet up to date at all times. We also carry a full line of new bikes and accessories for sale.

We’re open for bike rentals May 1 through October 31 of each year, and we’re conveniently located at 48 Cottage Street in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, gateway to Acadia National Park. Hours during July and August are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in May, June, September and October. Our tours operate rain or shine.

The free Bicycle Express shuttle, part of Acadia’s Island Explorer system, departs from the Bar Harbor village green, only one block from our shop. It will give you and your bikes a free ride to and from the carriage roads of Acadia. The shuttle operates from June 23 until Sept. 30.

 

 

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Len Libby Chocolatier Maine – Scarborough

Have you seen a moose yet in your travels through Maine?

Never fear.  Stop at Len Libby Chocolatiers in Scarborough and see one.  Life sized.  Made of chocolate.

Len Libby is on  The Weather Channel’s list of “20 Of America’s Oddest and Most Amazing Roadside Attractions and Landmarks.”

Lenny Facts

  • Lenny is made of 1,700 pounds of the finest milk chocolate
  • Lenny was sculpted on-site in approximately four weeks
  • Lenny’s pond is white chocolate tinted with food coloring
  • Lenny was unveiled on July 1, 1997 and continues to delight visitors today!

 

419 US Route One
Scarborough, Maine 04074
207-883-4897

 

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International Homecoming Festival – Calais

International Homecoming Festival began in 1974 and continues to bring home family and friends to celebrate the friendship between the two international communities of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada and Calais, Maine, USA.

During the festival, these two communities become one, hosting and attending events held on both sides of the border. Many enjoy the street fair, children’s games and activities, concerts, craft shows, and so much more, ending with the spectacular Duty Free Americas, Hardwicke’s Fireworks Display!

2017 DATES: Wednesday, August 9th – Sunday, August 13th
http://www.internationalhomecomingfestival.com/home.html
​IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2017 Grand Parade will begin in St. Stephen and end in Calais.

Pre-Festival Event! SATURDAY, AUGUST 9​ – International Homecoming Festival Pageants, Washington County Community College, Calais. Boys and girls from newborn to age 10 and young ladies and women (all ages!) are welcome. Established in 1987, the International Homecoming Festival Pageant has been a platinum sponsor of the festival for the last five years, donating $500 annually, and queens and princesses from the pageant assist the committee by hosting and volunteering at many events of festival. Contact Dawn Winchester, 214-8504. https://www.facebook.com/events/1390876294338745/

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9

5:00 pm US/6:00 pm CDN – Opening Ceremony Celebrating International Friendship, Ferry Point Bridge. This ceremony is an annual event demonstrating the friendship between our two countries. All area dignitaries, civic organizations, and community members are invited to attend. Please plan your traveling accordingly as the Ferry Point Bridge will be closed briefly during this event. Spectators are asked to follow behind area dignitaries to the bridge. Sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

7:00 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:00. Info line, 454-8830.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm US – Kids’ Street Dance, City Building Parking Lot, Calais. Dance for all ages with DJ Jamie Bohanon. Sponsored by Calais Fire Association.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

9:00 am to 5:00 pm US – A National Park in Calais? YES! St. Croix International Historical Site, Calais. Visit Maine’s second national park—in Calais. It’s FREE! Discover island history on a guided walk or porch talk. View island from short interpretive trail. Exhibits, book store and more! Kids, come earn a Jr. Ranger badge! Route 1, 8 miles south of Calais. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacr or call 454-3871.​

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm US – Children’s Peanut Fair, behind Calais Elementary School. Plastic peanuts are used for games with prizes for all children. Sponsored by Calais Regional Hospital and the Calais Parent Teacher Group. Contact DeeDee Travis, 454-9227.

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm US – The Doll Hospital, behind Calais Elementary School. A “doctor, nurse, and surgeon” will provide free emergency care for all sick or injured dolls and stuffed animals during the Peanut Fair. A free event sponsored by Calais Regional Hospital. Contact DeeDee Travis, 454-9227.

5:30 pm US – 2017 Blue Devil Alumni Basketball Classic, Calais High School Gym. Lady Devils followed by Blue Devils. Re-live the “glory days” as former Blue Devil standouts take the court once again! Raffles and give-aways for the entire family and ALL proceeds benefit local charities. Find out more on Facebook: Blue Devil Fund. Contact Chris Taylor, 214-9057.

6:00 pm US – Tom Brennan’s art exhibit Opening Night Reception, Camden National Bank, Main Street, Calais. The show will feature recent large colorful CARICATUES of community members and be open throughout August. Highlighting the Opening Night Reception will be a special guest appearance by New England’s preeminent humorist TIM SAMPLE! The evening is bound to tickle your chucklebone! Contact Tom Brennan, 454-8822.

6:00 pm US – Concert in the Park, downtown triangle park, Calais. Bring a blanket or chair, enjoy the music, and visit with friends during this popular festival event. Contact St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, 454-2308.

7:00 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:00. Info line, 454-8830.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

9:00 am to 5:00 pm US – A National Park in Calais? YES! St. Croix International Historical Site, Calais. Visit Maine’s second national park—in Calais. It’s FREE! Discover island history on a guided walk or porch talk. View island from short interpretive trail. Exhibits, book store and more! Kids, come earn a Jr. Ranger badge! Route 1, 8 miles south of Calais. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacr or call 454-3871.​

7:00 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:30. Info line, 454-8830.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

7:00 am to 9:00 am US – Cow Patti Breakfast followed by Cow Patti Bingo, St. Croix Masonic Hall, Calais. Not to worry, they don’t really serve cow patties for breakfast! Buy a plot of land and if the cow leaves a patti on your square, you win! Sponsored by the Orion Star Club of O.E.S. Contact Nina Crossman, 454-2295.

8:00 am to 4:00 am US – International Street Fair, Calais. Vendors linging Main Street will include arts, crafts, novelties, food vendors, businesses, non-profits, and more. Contact Helen Messemer-Thomas, 454-2308.

8:00 am US – Calais Screen Printing 1-mile Fun Run, Calais Memorial Park. A one-mile run for kids up to age 12, shirts for all participants and awards in many age groups, registration at 7:45, no fee to enter. Sponsored by Calais Screen Printing. Contact Craig Morrison, 454-2761.

9:00 am US – Johnson’s International 5 Mile Road Race, Calais Memorial Park. This two nation race is a USATF and Athletics Canada Certified course that begins in Calais, travels through St. Stephen, and finishes back in the states. Requires participants register from 7:00 to 8:00 am US and provide passport, $15 pre-registration, $20 race day. Contact Craig Morrison, 454-2761.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm US – A National Park in Calais? YES! St. Croix International Historical Site, Calais. Visit Maine’s second national park—in Calais. It’s FREE! Discover island history on a guided walk or porch talk. View island from short interpretive trail. Exhibits, book store and more! Kids, come earn a Jr. Ranger badge! Route 1, 8 miles south of Calais. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacr or call 454-3871.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (continued from previous column)​​

9:00 am US – Rachel Ashley Jewelers Prize Boxes–Win a Diamond! Calais Street Fair. The tradition continues! $5 US or $6 Canadian gets you a chance to win a great prize, maybe even a diamond ring! Contact Danielle Smith, 454-8814.

9:00 am US – Calais Lioness Superdraw, Calais Street Fair. Purchase tickets to win great prizes from nearly 100 local merchants. Drawings at 2:00. Contact Lorraine Mitchell, 454-7587.

9:00 am US – Sabastians Wood Fired Oven, downtown triangle park, Calais. Back to the festival by popular demand, Sabastians specializes in thin crust, wood-fired pizza and other gourmet delights. Don’t let festival end without a taste of this deliciousness!

10:00 am to 4:00 pm US – Giant Inflatable Slide and Obstacle Course, downtown triangle park. Children will enjoy the fun inflatables. FREE! sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm US – Laser Tag, downtown triangle park. Children of all ages will enjoy games of laser tag! FREE! sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

10:30 am US – Bike and Doll Carriage Show, downtown triangle park. Come watch this adorable show! Each child 9 and under may decorate a doll carriage, a wagon, a tricycle or a bicycle for this fun showing, helmets are mandatory for children on bikes or trikes. Kids must be able to ride or walk safely by themselves. Meet near the stage. FREE! sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

11:00 am US – Story Time with Miss International Homecoming Festival Queens & Princesses, downtown triangle park. Children are invited to bring a blanket and their favorite snack and enjoy stories with some “real queens and princesses.” Meet at the stage. FREE! sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

11:30 pm US – Characters in Costume March, downtown triangle park. Kids and kids at heart are invited to dress in costume for a fun grand march with the Miss International Homecoming Festival Queens and Princesses around the triangle park. Prizes awarded in various categories. Meet at the stage. FREE! sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

​​​​12:00 pm US/1:00 pm CDN – 43rd Annual International Homecoming Festival Parade! Parade begins in St. Stephen and ends near South Street, Calais. Parade participants are required to pre-register. Applications are available at St. Stephen Town Hall and Calais City Building. Please remember, throwing of anything by parade participants is strictly prohibited. Contact TBD. Sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

Following Parade – Calais Lions Club Auction, Main Street, Calais. Stop by the parking lot adjacent to Camden National Bank and make a bid on several items donated from local businesses and organization at this annual auction. All proceeds go toward local Lions Club Charities. Contact Sheridan Smith, 454-8619.

3:00 pm US – Calais Skatepark “Big Comp,” Calais Skatepark, Calais Avenue, Calais. Skateboarding and BMX bike competition open to all ages and abilities. Fun, food, drinks, music, and prizes. Sponsored by the Calais Skatepark Committee. Contact Randy McCormick, 214-7120.

7:00 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:00. Info line, 454-8830.

​​SUNDAY, AUGUST 13

9:00 am to 5:00 pm US – A National Park in Calais? YES! St. Croix International Historical Site, Calais. Visit Maine’s second national park—in Calais. It’s FREE! Discover island history on a guided walk or porch talk. View island from short interpretive trail. Exhibits, book store and more! Kids, come earn a Jr. Ranger badge! Route 1, 8 miles south of Calais. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacr or call 454-3871.​

​10:00 am to 2:00 pm US – Festival Brunch, St. Croix Country Club, 48 River Road, Calais. Open to the public. Contact SCCC, 454-8875.

11:00 am US – Sabastians Wood Fired Oven, downtown triangle park, Calais. Back to the festival by popular demand, Sabastians specializes in thin crust, wood-fired pizza and other gourmet delights. Don’t let festival end without a taste of this deliciousness!

1:30 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:00. Info line, 454-8830.

1:00 pm US – Live Gospel Music by Doug Rodgerson, downtown Triangle Park. He sings, he plays harmonica, and he likes to have some fun! Bring your blankets and chairs for a great afternoon. Free! Sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

7:00 pm US – Live Music by Saturday Night Rock Band, downtown Triangle Park. Enjoy great sounds this popular local band, playing your favorite songs! Bring your blankets and chairs for a great evening leading up to the fantastic Duty Free America’s, Hardwicke’s Fireworks Show! Free! Sponsored by the International Homecoming Festival Committee.

7:00 pm US – MOVIES! at State Cinemas, 239 Main Street, Calais. Open for International Homecoming Festival, Sunday matinee at 1:30, nightly at 7:00. Info line, 454-8830.

8:30 pm US/9:30 pm CDN – Duty Free Americas, Hardwicke’s Fireworks Show, over the St. Croix River. A great view from either side of the river, come end our 44th annual festival with a “bang!” Sponsored by Duty Free Americas, Hardwicke’s.

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Eastport Chowder House

From the website (http://eastportchowderhouse.org/index.html):
Eastport, located on Moose Island, has a resident population of approximately 2,000 people. It is the Easternmost city in the continental United States and was incorporated in 1798 (at that time, its geographic limits included the town of Lubec). In the War of 1812, Eastport was taken by the British and held for four years after the Treaty of Ghent which ended the war. This was the last land held in the U.S. by Great Britain.

In the 1870’s, fish canning first started in this country and it all began in Eastport. Copied from a French process, the canned American sardines became immensely popular. Lobsters were also plentiful at that time and were also canned, although to a lesser extent than the sardine. William Martin, an Eastporter, started the first canning operation at his wharf, called Martin’s Dock — the very site where the Eastport Lobster and Fish Company stands today. When the great fire swept through Eastport in 1886, eliminating much of the waterfront area, this property was spared. During the early part of the 1900’s, Mr. J.W.Beardsley became the new owner and operator of Martin’s Dock, and, thus began a new era in the sardine canning industry. By this time, new machinery was being developed, and the workforce became predominantly female. The sardine industry began to disappear in Eastport in the 1960’s.

During 1968, the once bustling Beardsley factory, now just an empty building on a wharf, was opened as a restaurant, called The Cannery, by Jack and Betty Stinson. They ran this very popular venture for almost ten years, until Bernie and Michaelyn Cecire came along and took over. The Cecires also ran the restaurant for ten years and happily employed many young people who paid their way through college by working summers here. The restaurant closed in 1989 and became only a memory, until the winter of 1996, when Eastport Lobster and Fish Company purchased the property and committed themselves to the major undertaking of completely renovating and rebuilding all the structures, including the wharf.

The Eastport Lobster and Fish Company operated the wharf and cannery until 2002, at which time a retired Coast Guard and restaurant operator, Robert Del Papa, leased and eventually bought the cannery, renaming it “Eastport Chowder House,” along with “Eastport Lobster Co.” The theme was to become a family oriented seafood house where all could enjoy.

In 2006, an outside deck was added for customer enjoyment. Many days you can see eagles, dolphins, seals and the most sought-after whales from the dining room or the wharf. Be sure to walk into the Lobster Room on the pier and ask questions about how they are caught, and make sure you ask to see a left-handed lobster…

Boater’s Facilities
A brand new facility offering bathroom and shower services to all transient traffic moving through the Eastport Chowder House site.

Lobster Pound
An on-site lobster pound makes only the freshest lobsters available for the restaurant and for you for your very own lobster dinner!

Diesel Fuel Depot
Located at the Eastport Chowder House is a fully functional fuel depot for incoming and outgoing water traffic.

 

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Historic Ruggles House

Built in 1818, this historic house museum is a classic example of Adamesque style Federal period architecture and is located in the village of Columbia Falls, Maine. The famous flying staircase is a central feature.

Located at 146 Main Street, Columbia Falls approximately 42 miles NE of Ellsworth and 78 miles SW of Calais, just 1/2 mile off U.S. Route 1 in Columbia Falls, Washington County, Maine. Easy access — Main St. rejoins Route 1 east of the village.

Call us: 207-483-4637 (Off-season 207-546-7903)
http://ruggleshouse.org/

Open: Mid-June to Columbus Day
Guided Tours: Monday – Saturday 10:00- 4:00; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00
Admission: $5 Adults, $2 Children (age 6-12)

Small bus tours welcome — advance reservation required (call 207-546-7903)

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