August 3, 2021
State of Maine Bicentennial Parade
The pandemic may have delayed the celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial, but its hasn’t stopped plans for the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade, which will now be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Auburn/Lewiston. The theme is “Celebrate Maine” and the mission statement of the Maine Bicentennial Commission, which is: to explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations; to celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions and economy; and to envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity. Details at maine200parade.com.
Maine Farmland Trust Farm Parties
Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming. Their goal is to protect and revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive. Forever Farms is a voluntary, collaborative community engagement program that aims to build momentum for a statewide farmland protection movement by highlighting Maine’s protected farms. Visitors can support these initiatives by attending one of this summer’s MFT farm parties, which require advance registration. Meet the farm crews, tour the fields and learn about protecting the land and about growing a farm business. There will be Forever Farm Parties at Thirty Acre Farm in Bremen on Wednesday, August 12, from 5 – 8 PM; at Nezinscot Farm, in Turner on Thursday, August 26, from 5 – 8 PM; and at South Paw Farm, in Freedom on Wednesday, September 15, from 4 – 7 PM.
Fall Art Exhibitions at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby
Maine’s three outstanding college art museums are promising lively fall exhibitions. Maine’s own Marsden Hartley is the focus at the Bates College Museum of Art this fall, with the exhibition Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts, running from September 20 – November 19, 2021. The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Vilcek Foundation, brings together over 35 paintings and drawings spanning 36 years of the artist’s career. These artworks will be exhibited alongside a selection of Hartley’s personal effects, including mementos from his travels, snapshots, and keepsakes.
At Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Transformations: New Acquisitions of Global Contemporary Art highlights contemporary art works acquired by the Museum in the last two years. The exhibition runs through January 30, 2022.
The Colby College Museum of Art is exhibiting Inside Out: The Prints of Mary Cassatt. Drawn primarily from The Lunder Collection, the exhibit highlights Cassatt’s creative process and experimentation. As an Impressionist printmaker, she focused on the domestic lives, social rituals, and leisure activities of affluent women in nineteenth-century Paris. Through November 1, 2021.
Autumn Hiking in Maine
Maine is known for its hiking trails as well as for its dramatic fall foliage. Maine’s State Parks are a great place to start. Some trails are ideal for a short hike while others offer a challenging day in the woods. Wolfes Neck Woods in Freeport is ideal for families, while Grafton Notch State Park in the dramatic Mahoosuc Range in Western Maine is for those who want a challenge. Popham Beach State Park combines a hike with one of the state’s most dramatic beaches, while Mt. Blue State Park offers many hiking opportunities in Central Maine. For those looking to get a bit farther off the beaten trail, Maine also has Public Reserved Lands, which consist of more than half a million acres of protected wilderness. They include Dodge Point Public Land along the Damariscotta River and the 36,000 acre Bigelow Range Public Reserved Land, which includes the entire Bigelow Range, with summits as high as 4,150 foot West Peak.
Maine Sporting Camps for Fall Fishing
The best time for a classic fly fishing trip to Maine is in the fall, when angling for trout and landlocked salmon are at their peak. The best destination for such as trip is one of the venerable Maine sporting camps, which feature lake-side cabin accommodations and home-cooked family style meals. “Sports” head out for the day, often in the company of a Registered Maine Guide, by boat, canoe or floatplane to explore different waters. The 40-plus members of the Maine Sporting Camp Association are located in the northern half of the state, offering some of the best fishing and classic accommodations in the Northeast.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks.