June 1, 2022

Andrew Wyeth at the Farnsworth Art Museum

farnsworth-art-museumThe Wyeth Foundation for American Art has announced that 7,000 works by Andrew Wyeth will be made accessible for exhibition, scholarship and loans through a partnership between the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. The foundation was established in 2002 by Andrew Wyeth and his wife and business partner, Betsy. Only 15 percent of these artworks have been previously exhibited. This summer, the Farnsworth has two exhibits of Wyeth’s work currently on view through October 22, 2022: Andrew Wyeth: Islands in Maine and Andrew Wyeth: Early Temperas.

Open Farm Day

maine-farm-goatsOnce a year, many of Maine’s family farms hold an open house for the public. This year, Open Farm Day falls on July 24, 2022 and close to 100 farms all across the state will be participating. This is a great opportunity to observe farm life up close, to learn about where your food comes from and how it’s produced, and where to buy products. The event is free and sponsored by Real Maine, a program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which connects people with Maine farmers and food producers.

Wild Blueberry Weekend

Wild Blueberry WeekendMaine Wild Blueberry Weekend is coming August 6-7, 2022. The small, hardy lowbush wild blueberry is one of only a few fruits native to North America and thrives in the thin glacial soils and harsh northern climate of Maine. This new event invites visitors to some of the state’s wild blueberry farms, to pick (and nibble) wild blueberries at select locations, and to try a new wild blueberry dish or drink. Participating farms include Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield, Sennett’s Wild Blueberries in Albion, Smithereen Farm in Pembroke and Brodis Blueberries in Hope. Nearly two dozen restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating as well, statewide. For details, visit Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend.

Maine Forestry Museum

One of Maine’s nicknames is The Pine Tree State, and forestry has a long and colorful history here. That history is commemorated in the Maine Forestry Museum in Rangeley. Their collection consists of hundreds of artifacts, tools, equipment and heavy machinery from regional logging operations. View 19 original oil paintings by Alden Grant depicting logging camp life in the early 1900s. Plus, experience miles of hiking trails on our grounds. June 14 is the Open House to kick off the season and the museum opens for the season on June 15. On July 15-16, the 41st Annual Logging Festival is a celebration of Maine’s timber heritage with a Logging Parade, a Logging Festival and Arts & Crafts Vendor Day. Go to the Maine Forestry Museum for details.

Biking Events in Maine

maine-bikingThe Gran Fondo Hincapie is coming to Bangor this summer, on August 6, 2022. Called the Ultimate Cycling Experience, this ride with  George Hincapie, one of the leading lights in the cycling world, has created an opportunity for a ride in the region’s rolling hills, open country side, and charming villages. The challenges are stacked at 83, 53, or 16 miles. That’s followed by the signature Gran Fondo Hincapie Family Festival complete with free food and beverage for you and your family.

The Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge on July 16, 2022 is an important yearly event on the Maine bike calendar. Capped at 500 total racers (175 racers for the 100k, 200 racers for the 50k, and 125 racers for the 25k), the 100k race is part of the National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race Series. Participation in the race supports Carrabassett Region NEMBA trail maintenance and development, youth bike camps, and the Town of Carrabassett Valley mountain bike race fund for future events. This is the largest yearly fundraiser for the local trails. Also, in Carrabassett Valley is the Enduro World Series coming to Sugarloaf on August 19-21. It’s the second USA stop of the 2022 series with cycling legend Adam Craig heading up the design and build of some new hand-cut trails. The weekend festivities include group rides, vendor village, beer garden and live music.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is behind the 2022 Maine Woods Rambler to be held on September 24-25, 2022 at the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket. Teaming up with Katahdin Area Trails, the weekend kicks off on Saturday with a guided trail tour, showing off the newly built mountain bike trails at Hammond Ridge.  The main event is on Sunday, when two routes will be offered with mass-starts: a 50-km and a 100-km ride. A guided trail ride will also take place on Sunday for families that want to check out the trails, with bikes and instruction available courtesy of the Katahdin Gear Library.