Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 2

 [NOTE: I am resuming the waterfront walk I started last week.  Hopefully, you are refreshed and ready for more of Portland’s colorful history and current events.] “May You have Fair Winds and Following Seas” are the words on the sign above us as we leave DiMillo’s parking lot to finish our ramble through Portland’s wharvesContinue reading “Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 2”

Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 1

We awoke to such a promising morning that we decided to take a walk here in Portland.  My personal history in this city runs only thirteen years deep, but that is enough time for me to have seen major changes and to learn a little of the city’s history.  We set off intending to takeContinue reading “Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 1”

Maine – Prouts Neck: Looking for Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s paintings with waves crashing onto the rocky shore of Prouts Neck are among his most famous works and they were done just a twenty-minute drive from Portland, Maine.  On the day we decided to go looking for Homer, the sky was clear of any clouds and the weather was beginning to hint ofContinue reading “Maine – Prouts Neck: Looking for Winslow Homer”

Vermont – Rockingham: Antiques & A New Mop

We needed a new dust mop.  Our old, formerly yellow mop head had chased so many dust bunnies over the years that now when I took it outside for a vigorous shake it no longer had the strength to cling to its wire base and was prone to try to fly off toward dust mopContinue reading “Vermont – Rockingham: Antiques & A New Mop”

Maine – Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach

 The oldest house in Biddeford is a historical gem in the rough.   John Tarr’s House was probably built in 1730 and is located at 29 Ferry Lane, at the point where the lane ends at the Saco River.  The land was part of Richard Vines’ 1630 land grant, and in 1686, it was deeded toContinue reading “Maine – Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach”

Maine – Biddeford Pool

Although Plymouth, Massachusetts, is generally celebrated at the first permanent European settlement in this country, four years earlier over the winter of 1616-17, Richard Vines and some other hearty souls were already snug in their cabins near Biddeford Pool in Maine.  Sir Fernando Gorges had a lot riding on Vines ability to get to MaineContinue reading “Maine – Biddeford Pool”

Maine – Arundel & Goose Rocks: Trolleys and Antiques

When I think of Arundel, Maine, I don’t have a picture of a town…rather my mind takes me to a several distinct locations along the roads crossing the community.  The Town Hall is indistinct, located in a former two-story house, and the closest post offices are in Kennebunk or Kennebunkport.   Once I started digging intoContinue reading “Maine – Arundel & Goose Rocks: Trolleys and Antiques”

Maine – Kennebunk(s) and Walker Point

Driving from Ogunquit to Wells, Maine, much of the land is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.   Carson (1907-1964) was born in Springdale, PA, about twenty miles up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, which in her day was a city filled with buildings blackened by smoke from the steel plants.  She worked forContinue reading “Maine – Kennebunk(s) and Walker Point”

Maine – Kittery: Fishing War to Flowers

Kittery is located at southern point of Maine’s coast and is 293 miles from Eastport, the most eastern town in the United State…but 4,568 miles of jagged coastline lay between those two points (Woodward, 32) We usually enter Maine by way of the Piscataqua River Bridge, which opened in 1972.  I love looking at itsContinue reading “Maine – Kittery: Fishing War to Flowers”

Maine – South Berwick: Cows to Classic Architecture

The tall, straight white pines of southern Maine’s forests caught the attention of seamen and the area became the prime source for masts on sailing ships that were plying the waters around the world.  The Salmon Falls River, which got its name from the abundant salmon leaping the falls during spawning season, provided transportation forContinue reading “Maine – South Berwick: Cows to Classic Architecture”