Maine is embracing spring this month by celebrating a world-famous craft school that changed the world of modern design. It’s the month when vacation plans are made and two coastal glamping resorts are getting ready to receive early summer guests. It’s the time to plan a trip to a new food festival in a state that’s not short of them and to prepare to indulge at a wine festival in Portland. Looking ahead, there are still plenty of tickets available for a stellar classical music festival. There are also reservations to be had for some choice wilderness cabins for a few days or a few weeks in the Maine woods. For writers, editors and bloggers looking for short-lead news, you’ll find immediate details under Happening Now. Those in search of longer lead news can scroll down to the Looking Ahead section.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at PMA
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is a groundbreaking exhibit that opens this month. The exhibit will chronicle how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. Founded in 1950, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts played a central role in the development of American art and craft. The artists of the school’s early years—including Anni Albers, Jack Lenor Larsen, Dale Chihuly, Robert Ebendorf, M.C. Richards, and Toshiko Takaezu—worked together to create a close-knit community of craftspeople whose work broke new ground across a wide range of media. In the Vanguard is the first major museum exhibition focused solely on this school, and its insights will revise the narrative of midcentury art and craft in America. The exhibition will run from May 24, 2019, to September 8, 2019. Visit PMA for more information.
Sandy Pines Campground is a seaside glamping destination in Kennebunkport that’s kicking off its third season on May 10th. This year, they’re unveiling a collection of six unique retreats where guests can spend the night. The accommodations include a decked-out Airstream (Zephyr), Shepherd’s Hut (Astral), Glass House (Starry Nights), Oasis Dome (Stargazer), and Conestoga Wagon (Wild Blue Yonder). They’ve also introduced Family Camp Cottages, which are bigger versions of the stylish cottages on wheels that were unveiled last year. In addition to an expanding portfolio of glamping accommodations, Sandy Pines offers a rustic general store, old-fashioned ice cream offerings and family-centric outdoor activities. Just six miles from Bar Harbor, the Woods of Eden Glampground offers four tents, each one with a full bathroom, living area/dining area, kitchenette and deck. One of the tents is ADA compliant. They provide all sheets, pillows, and towels, as well as basic paper products, cleaning supplies, and shampoo, conditioner and soap. A small refrigerator, kitchen sink, coffee maker, toaster, induction hot plate and gas grill are also provided. Set on 24 acres of woods and just four miles from Acadia National Park’s main entrance, it’s an ideal wooded setting for a true “glamping” experience.
AgriCulture, a New Maine Food Festival
The foods and food crafts of Skowhegan and Somerset County will be on display at AgriCulture, a new festival that celebrates the region’s agricultural bounty. The event will be held Saturday, June 15, and will include a series of experiential tours that will take place at farms, restaurants, breweries, and specialty food makers throughout the area. Guests can mill wheat, make butter, sample cheeses, and taste locally brewed beer. At noon, a festival featuring a bounty of local food and drink with live music will kick off downtown. Tours will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The food festival will run until 4 p.m. For more information, visit AgriCulture.
Portland Wine Week
In a city where food is celebrated, it’s time to get excited about wine. Portland Wine Week will run from June 17-23, with wine dinners, classes and seminars, as well as tasting events. A variety of winemakers, sommeliers, negociants and importers will be in attendance, as well as such Maine chefs as Melissa Kelly, Cara Stadler, Paige Gould, Shanna Horner O’Hea and Ilma Lopez. Visit Portland Wine Week for details.
Bowdoin International Music Festival
The Bowdoin International Music Festival will run from June 24 to August 2 this year, offering dozens of concerts and bringing a host of performers to Maine. Each summer since 1964, the Festival has welcomed renowned artist instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to Bowdoin College in Brunswick for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performances. This year’s highlights include violinist Tessa Lark, pianist Yefim Bronfman, Jupiter String Quartet, Ying Quartet, the Horszowski Trio, Imani Winds and the Calidore String Quartet. Visit The Bowdoin International Music Festival for more info.
AMC Maine Wilderness Lodges & Maine Huts & Trails
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Maine Wilderness Lodges — Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford and Medawisla Lodge & Cabins — offer an ideal combination of rustic cabin charm and the creature comforts of a lodge, deep in the heart of the 100-Mile Wilderness. They’re designed for hiking, fly fishing and quiet nature walks. Alpine huts were the inspiration for the hut and trail system at Maine Huts & Trails. The four huts are architect designed, with vaulted ceilings, leather furniture, crackling woodstoves, and walls of windows that welcome you in the common rooms. Design aside, they’re also off-the-grid eco lodges situated along a picturesque 80-mile trail system. Every hut is equipped with hot showers, toilets and comfortable heated bunkrooms, both shared and private, as well as gear-drying rooms.