Bailey Island, Maine

The Abenaki Indians named this island Newaggin. European settlers arrived in the 1600s, but the first settler of the island was William Black. He was the son of Black Will, a freed slave that lived in Kittery, Maine. William sold the land his father left him in Kittery and moved to the current Baily Island. The island became known as Will’s Island during his lifetime. In 1742, there is a “first” story told that the Reverend Timothy Bailey bought the island from Will Black for a pound of tobacco. The “second” story is that Mrs. Bailey wanted the island and had her husband bribe local officials to find a “legal flaw” in Will’s land title so that the Baileys could take over the island. There is no certain answer, but when the Bailey’s moved to the island, Will Black, loving the ocean life, moved on to Orr’s Island.

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Today, Bailey Island is a popular tourist destination. Pretty coves, gorgeous scenery, delicious food, and island culture draw hundreds of thousands of people to the enjoy the island’s charm every year. Add Bailey Island to your list of Maine places to visit.

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Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Holiday Pumpkin Roll

This is a favorite desert on Maine tables over the holidays. If you haven’t made one before, this recipe is very easy to follow and it always comes out delicious. Pumpkins are plentiful and low-priced right now, so it’s a great time to try making your own pumpkin puree, but if you’re not that adventurous you can purchase delicious and nutritious pumpkin in a can. If you make it once, your family will want it to become a traditional holiday treat.


3 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

Holiday Favorite Pumpkin Roll

Holiday Favorite Pumpkin Roll

Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin, beating on high until sugar is almost dissolved.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and freeze until firm. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before cutting. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 10 servings.

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Maine’s Spectacular Foliage Display

Once a year, Maine comes alive with color. Spectacular blazes of crimson, orange, and yellow surround visitors as they view nature’s annual autumn display. People come from everywhere to see the breathtaking beauty of fall in Maine. This year was amazing, and it isn’t over yet. Everything is wrapped in a warm glow of color. Rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds reflect the glorious colors of the trees.

Lake Reflections

Lake Reflections

On The Little Androscoggin River

On The Little Androscoggin River


Little Androscoggin River


Fallen leaves floating on a small pond.


Lovely rural farm scene


Rocky stream flanked by lovely foliage.

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Maine Chowder Recipes

Maine Clam Chowder RecipeTraditional Maine Clam Chowder

You haven’t had a real “clam chowda” until you have had Maine Clam Chowder. This is a traditional recipe similar to those made in Maine kitchens for over 200 years.

Here is what you need:
4-5 dozen hard-shell clams washed and scrubbed clean
8 to 10 slices of bacon or a fist sized chunk of salt pork
1 large onion chopped coarsely chopped
8 medium sized potatoes, peeled, and cut in bite-sized chunks
2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of evaporated milk
1 stick of butter
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Maine Events for June 2015

Maine Lilac FestivalsJune is a busy month in Maine. There is so much going on you will need to mark your calendar so you don’t miss anything.

June 5th and 6th is the Maine Fiber Frolic at the Windsor Fairgrounds at Ridge Road and Welcome St. Lots will be happening, including workshops, sheep dog demonstrations, vendors and much more. It’s an inexpensive way to have a great day and support fiber arts in Maine at the same time. Only $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior adults, and children under 12 are free.

June 6 is the 6th annual Mechanic Falls Community Days featuring a pancake breakfast, Horse Drawn wagons, games, a couple’s competition, a duck race, live entertainment, a chicken BBQ, and so much more. It all takes place at the intersection of Elm St. and Lewiston Road.

June 6th and 7th – Phillips Summer Celebration WOW – It’s the weekend-long Lilac Festival at Sandy River Gardens –  town-wide garage sales (LOVE these) Huge farmers market on Saturday and Huge Flea Market, Maine Woods storytelling, a concert, Historic Society (Phillips and Madrid) history tour, train rides on the historic narrow-gauge railroad on Sunday and lots of chances to win prizes from area businesses.

June 7th – 13th – Kennebunkport Fine Living Festival includes and amazing fine food and art festival in a premier Maine village on the coast – many art shows, amazing cooking demonstrations, live music, food and wine tastings…. so much to love!!

June 13th – Margaretta Days Festival in Machias – Join in the celebration of the first naval battle of the American Revolution on June 12th of 1775. Admission is FREE Lots of fun and some education thrown in too, from the parade to the encampment of period soldiers and Passamaquoddy Indians. Demonstrations includetimber framing, a black smith, weaving, fur trapping, and lots more. there is also an antler toss, children’s area, storytelling, many local crafters, delicious food and of course PRIZES!

Mish the Musroom Man by C. JohnsonJune 14th – Annual Old Port Festival at the Old Port area of Portland. Celebrate the start of summer surrounded by talented Maine people, including multiple music stages, frist Friday art walk, Circus in the Square, Downtown Scavenger Hunt, Working Waterfront Tour, A 90s Gondola Wheel offering rides, and Bridgton Maine’s Children’s author and illustrator Cheryl Johnson. She will not only delight you with her amazing children’s books for all ages (grownups really love them), she will introduce you to Mish the Mushroom Man and Sidley the Snail and his “snail floater.” Cheryl is talented and FUN!! Be sure you stop by to say Hi to Mish and Sidley!

June 17th through July 4th – Whatever Family Festival – Gardiner, Augusta, and Winthrop have many exciting events over the two week period leading up to the 4th of July, including a Talent Show, Kayak and Canoe rides, Fireworks and tons more … a total of 80 different events.. go here to download an event calendar – EVENT CALENDAR

June 19th through June 21 in New Sweden – Swedish Colony Midsommar Celebration – A fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss… The annual Maine Swedish Colony Midsommar Celebration has events all weekend in New Sweden, Stockholm, Woodland, and Caribou… amazing Swedish food… a Maypole… dancing and much much more  Check out their Facebook page at FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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