Allison Ames Band Concert at the Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage

Allison Ames Band Milbridge

Gateway Milbridge is pleased to announce one more FREE summer concert for their Friday Night Live series this season! They’re bringing the Allison Ames Band back to the Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage on Friday night, July 26 to help kick off the Milbridge Days Weekend! Last year’s performance by the Allison Ames Band was incredible, and this year they plan to make it even bigger and better! Come celebrate Milbridge Days, Dance the Night Away, Bring the Kids, Sing Along with the Classics, and Let’s Have a Great Time Celebrating our Community!

Because this is a special event – Music is planned to start at 6:30 and go until 9pm.
*All summer performances are FREE to the public. Open House starts at 5:30pm and music begins at 6:30pm (Rain date will be Sunday).
*Bring a chair to enjoy the evening with us!
*The Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage is located in the heart of downtown Milbridge.
*Hosted by Gateway Milbridge & the Milbridge Theatre Project

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New Shades of Blue-Free Concert-Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage

New Shades of Blue Milbridge

Friday Night Live! – New Shades of Blue – Friday, July 19
Join us for an evening of fantastic FREE live music as New Shades of Blue return to the Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage! They were extremely popular at our outdoor stage last summer, and we are delighted to have this fantastic jazz quarter return this year to perform many well-known standards, favorites from the Great American Song Book, along with some of their own compositions.

The members of New Shades of Blue began playing together over 20 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration in 2008. Since then, Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule in mid-coast and Downeast, Maine, pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of old time favorites, blues, and original compositions.

The group’s leaders are Juliane Gardner and Chris Poulin.

Juliane Gardner began singing for large audiences at the age of five, performing in musicals with Cold Comfort Productions for twelve years. She started performing in bands as a teenager and then studied jazz vocals and piano at UMA. At a very early age she began listening to and eventually emulating jazz greats such as Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lambert Hendricks, and Ross, and Thelonious Monk. Juliane is also influenced by singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffith, Jack Johnson, and James Taylor. The mixing of these two aesthetics is evidenced by her critically acclaimed albums Pack Saddle Road (2003), and You’ll Find it When You’re Not Looking (2009). Her 2007 composition “Love and Comforting” was selected for inclusion in the nationally syndicated ABC TV series, Men in Trees in the spring of 2008.

Chris Poulin began playing guitar at the age of 9. At this young age, he wore out the needle on his first record player while listening to the Beatles. Chris went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in jazz from UMA, and a Master’s degree in jazz and classical guitar. Chris has been a composer and a performer for 20 years in numerous jazz, blues, funk, and reggae groups. He has performed with jazz artists such as Kenny Burrell, Sean Jones, Bob Moses, James Weidman, and Deborah Davis. Recently, Chris headlined the Hope Jazz Festival with the Pavvo Carey Quartet. Chris’s influences include Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, and Bob Marley.

*All summer performances are FREE to the public. Open House starts at 5:30pm and music begins at 6:30pm (Rain date for each performance will be Sunday).
*Enjoy refreshments/snacks by donation, and bring a chair to enjoy the evening with us!
*The Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage is located in the heart of downtown Milbridge.
*Hosted by Gateway Milbridge & the Milbridge Theatre Project.

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Gus LaCasse & Dirigo Express – Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage

dirigo express milbridge

Friday Night Live! Free Concert with Gus La Casse & Dirigo Express, July 5th

Join us for an evening of fantastic, FREE live music with Maine’s very own nationally acclaimed Acadian fiddle player Gus LaCasse and regional bluegrass group Dirigo Express. We had so much fun last year with both Gus La Casse and Dirigo Express, and we’re very excited to have them returning to perform live at the Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage!

Kicking off the night will be Dirigo Express with their wonderful renditions of classic bluegrass songs, and they’ll be followed by Gus bringing his incredible energy, innovative spirit, and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian music traditions. Gus is known across North America for his amazing talent and energy which will have you clapping and dancing right along with him.

*All summer performances are FREE to the public. Open House starts at 5:30pm and music begins at 6:30pm (Rain date for each performance will be Sunday).
*Enjoy refreshments/snacks by donation, and bring a chair to enjoy the evening with us!
*The Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage is located in the heart of downtown Milbridge.
*Hosted by Gateway Milbridge & the Milbridge Theatre Project

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Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Walk~Frazer Point, Winter Harbor

Mickey Hill Nova Scotia

Join Sandy for a relaxing Forest Bathing Walk along Frazer Point Picnic Area.

50% of proceeds for this walk shall go to local Winter Harbor organizations: SACC, ACWC, SI and SAFA.
Special Offer of only $20.
(Regular fee in Season is $40)

Space is limited.
Please RSVP at least 12 hours in advance. Tea and snacks shall be served. Once filled, you may be added to a wait list. Carpooling is highly recommended due to FREE Admission ~ Acadia National Park Days.

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Free Admission to Acadia National Park Days – 2018

Acadia National Park

The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.

The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.

Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

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Wine Tasting in DownEast Maine

Maine Vacation Rental

YES.  There are wineries in Maine.  In fact, there is an entire Wine Trail in Maine. The wine trail tagline is ‘worth the trip’ and we agree – well worth the trip.

Currently, there are over twenty different wineries all over Maine as part of the Wine Trail.  These are spread out, of course, across all of the state of Maine – it would be some task to visit them all.  (And I’m not saying not to do it… I know that I’d be up for the task!).

Several of the wineries are in the DownEast region.  These include:


Our tasting room is a beautiful destination in its own right. Located in Gouldsboro on the Schoodic Peninsula, halfway between Ellsworth and the Petit Manon Wildlife Refuge, we’re housed in a unique, handwrought stone building. We’re just a short drive from picturesque Maine villages and spectacular coastal views and beaches. So come experience a whole new generation of fruit wines and bring home a delicious memory to savor—in more ways than one.

175 Chicken Mill Pond Rd.
Gouldsboro, ME 04607
(207) 546-2408



Wine tastings occur all day long during the season. For $5 you may choose up to 6 samples from our wine list. White grapes, red grapes, and specialty wines are the categories including the Ice Wine, which is a smaller sample. You may keep track of the wines you try and when you finish you have a list to take with you to choose the wines you would like to purchase. Purchasing 3 bottles saves you $3.00 and you get to take home a carrier with Sweet Pea’s likeness on it. After the tasting, you will be offered a Cider House hard apple cider sample using 7 Maine apples from New Glouster. It is done in the English style which is to the dry side. It is available in “Howler”-sized jugs which should be drunk within 5 days. Remember wine always makes a great gift as do our sundry items.

854 State Highway 3
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3907



We are located high on a ridge with beautiful views surrounding the farm. To the east the sun rises over our East Orchard and the Schoodic mountains; to the south stretches Frenchman’s Bay and the mountains of Mount Desert; to the west, the sun sets behind our West Orchard and the hills of Dedham & Bangor. We are located about 35 minutes from Bar Harbor and the Nova Scotia ferry, within sight are several beautiful lakes to enjoy water recreation and fishing. Nearby enjoy our lovely woods, or trails to hike the Schoodic Mountains. In the winter, there are ponds for ice-skating, snowmobile trails nearby, and bountiful opportunities for cross-country skiing.

158 Eastbrook Rd. (Rte 200)
Franklin, ME 04634
(207) 565-2312



661 Blackswoods Rd.
Cherryfield, ME 04622
(207) 546-3426

It was a dreary downeast day in November of 2010. Almost by accident we stumbled upon an abandoned , weathered farmstead. Seemingly forgotten by time, and in serious need of intervention, this deserted, neglected place whispered to us. The barn in particular, held fast by post and beam and peg, seemed a fine space in which to launch our small winery. Paired with a local ghostly legend, we had the impetus for creating Catherine Hill Winery. The project was set in motion, and following a thorough conversion of the barn to wine making facility, we crushed our first grapes in this new world. We opened with six wines in the spring 2012, and are extremely proud to currently offer more than 15 uniquely crafted wines.

Most of the wineries offer tours and tasting rooms.  Some are open only seasonally, so make sure you contact them or check on their website before you head out.


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