March 2017 — The first glimmers of spring are here, with longer days, stronger sunlight and a sense that summer isn't all that far away. This month marks the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the works of Maine painter Marsden Hartley at The Met Breuer in New York City, showcasing 90 works that celebrate the landscapes and the people of Maine. For outdoorsmen, March means that April 1 and the start of fishing season are just weeks away. This is the time to mark the calendar for summer events, such as a four-day food festival in Bar Harbor, a classic yacht race in Castine and the opening of a hip campground in Kennebunkport.
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Marsden Hartley's Maine
Marsden Hartley was one of Maine's best-loved painters and a new show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Breuer galleries in New York City, Marsden Hartley's Maine, celebrates this artist's work. Marsden Hartley's Maine, which runs from March 15 – June 18, 2017, will feature approximately 90 paintings and drawings that illuminate the painter's extraordinarily expressive range, from Post-Impressionist interpretations of seasonal change in inland Maine in the early 1900s to folk-inspired depictions of the state's hearty inhabitants, majestic coastline, and great geological icon, Mount Katahdin. The show will highlight the American artist's lifelong artistic engagement with his home state of Maine in a landmark show that will undoubtedly inspire visitors to experience Maine this summer and retrace Hartley's footsteps for themselves. At VisitMaine.com, you can find a map tracing the locations throughout the state that inspired Hartley, and suggested itineraries, with sightseeing, lodging and dining recommendations. The itineraries include The Shady Brook Trip Idea, from Lewiston to Lovell and Kezar Lake; The North Maine Woods Trip Idea, a road trip from Bangor to Mount Katahdin; and an afternoon at the Colby College Museum of Art, where Marsden Hartley's Maine will be on exhibit from July 8, 2017 – November 12, 2017 following its run at The Met Breuer. Marsden Hartley's Maine is co-organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art.
Whether it's fly fishing for native brook trout in the rivers of the Rangeley Lakes region, casting for stripers in Casco Bay or trolling for landlocked salmon in Sebago Lake, Maine has a wide variety of waters for the angler. Maine's fishing season starts on April 1, when more than 6,000 lakes, ponds and rivers officially open for anglers of all stripes. If you're new to the sport, you can learn to cast at one of L.L. Bean's Discovery Schools or plan a day or two with one of the many other outfitters around the state. For those who are already hooked, this might be the year to head to one of Maine's famous sporting camps, like Libby Sporting Camps, Kennabago River Camps and others that can be found on Visit Maine.
Taste of Bar Harbor
As Bar Harbor has grown in popularity for visitors on their way to explore Acadia National Park, its food scene has exploded. You can celebrate all that's delicious about this coastal food mecca at the Taste of Bar Harbor, from June 8 – 11, when the food and drink of Downeast are showcased at this four-day event. Restaurants and bars will create a $20.17 menu to celebrate, there's a Pub Tour on June 9, a Chef's Table event on June 10 and a Farmers' Market on June 11. For more info, visit Taste of Bar Harbor.
Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport
Tim Harrington and Debra Lennon are the Kennebunkport hoteliers who created Hidden Pond, The Tides Beach Club and The Grand Hotel, which have elevated the lodging choices in the area. Their newest venture, however, is not a hotel but a new campground. Sandy Pines is located in a forest grove less than a mile from Goose Rocks Beach. There will be 320 sites, each one outfitted with a picnic table, fire pit, electricity, cable, water and sewage. You can choose a basic tent site or one that's ready to accommodate a large RV. There's even an onsite lobster pound – hey, it's Maine, after all – as well as a general store, farm stand and ice cream cart. For those who prefer slightly warmer water, there will be a saltwater pool as well, not to mention the now indispensable Wi-Fi.
Castine Classic Yacht Race
Sailing is inseparable from the coast of Maine and this summer, visitors will get a chance to watch an extraordinary vintage sailing competition. The Castine Classic Yacht Race, on August 2 and 3, 2017, is the 18th annual race, which goes from Castine across Penobscot Bay to Camden. This year's race celebrates Aage Nielsen, a noted 20th century yacht designer, at an exhibition at the Town Dock and a symposium at Maine Maritime Academy. For more information, visit Castine Classic Yacht Race.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.