After a chilly February spent on the Cote d’Azur, we returned to summer weather here in Maine. All this week we have had sunshine and temperatures more common in July than in March. Yesterday broke most Maine records — Portland reached 80 degrees. We had to go kayaking, a first since often we don’t get our boats in the water until late June or July. We drove to the Boothbay peninsula and put our boats in near the Maine Botanical Gardens, near Sawyer’s Island. Smooth water, warm temperatures, and a picnic on a little beach we found on Sawyer’s Island.
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We’re in France until March 13, spending a month studying French at L’Institut de Francais in Villefranche, a pretty seaside town just north of Nice (where, incidentally, it has been unusually cold — along with all of Europe), and 10 days in Paris with friends from Maine. So we won’t be doing much Coveside blogging. If you’re interested, you can follow our adventures on our travel blog: http://covesiders.blogspot.com.
Here’s the view from our school:
We’ve closed for the season, and will reopen Memorial Day weekend, 2012. We will be traveling a bit throughout the late fall and winter, but we’ll never go far from our email. Should you wish to contact us, just write at innkeeper@CovesideBandB.com. We’ll also be posting recipes and miscellany throughout the winter, so keep in touch!
Hurricane Irene was hyped as a “killer storm” for the Northeast, but — fortunately for us — it was pretty much of a non-event on the Maine coast. Here at Coveside, we took the boats out of the water, moved pots and outdoor furniture inside, and spent a half-day battening down the hatches. But the storm turned out to be quite mild, less intense than many of our winter Nor’easters. An inch or so of rain fell Saturday night, with a couple of nasty wind gusts, and then strong but not damaging winds most of Sunday. We lost power for about 7 hours. For the hearty souls who decided to ride out the storm at Coveside, we served “hurricane hamburgers” on Sunday night and by the time folks were ready for bed, the power was back on and the generator off. We managed to get the terrace tables and chairs set up in time for a breakfast of plum crumble coffeecake and western omelets. See above. The weather is spectacular and supposed to remain so all week.
We had dinner at the Five Islands wharf the other night, to celebrate the rising of the full moon and the gorgeous weather. It was captured beautifully by our good friend and photographer, Tom McCandless. One of my all-time favorite images is Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise Hernandez.” Tom’s picture is almost as beautiful.
This summer, until September 11, the Portland Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit entitled, Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940. It celebrates the art colony established in the first half of the 20th Century in Georgetown, by a group of artists based primarily in New York. Here’s the description by the museum:
This exhibition of 65 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs will examine the personal and professional relationships of a small group of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century. Although much of their artistic activity was centered in New York, along with their mentor the photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, these artists all chose to summer in the small mid-coast communities south of Bath, in a region that was then known as “Seguinland.” It was there that they developed a camaraderie and sense of place that strongly influenced their work. This exhibition will feature works by F. Holland Day, Clarence White, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Marguerite and William Zorach, and Gaston Lachaise, among others.
Called “…a jewel of an exhibition…” in the Boston Globe, the exhibit was put together with assistance of the Georgetown Historical Society, which has its own exhibit this summer of work by many of the same artists at the Society’s building in Georgetown: Georgetown Goes Modern: The Modern Art Movement Meets An Island Community.
This Saturday, June 11, will be a busy one in Bath and Georgetown. Reid State Park in Georgetown will host its first (annual?) “Reidfest” — with top local bands appealing to a variety of musical tastes, refreshments, and the promise of fine weather at the beach. For more information, click here. The music gets started at 2 pm and runs until the musicians don’t want to play any more. Visitors are suggested to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and (of course) bug spray — though the mosquitos aren’t too bad so far this year.
In Bath, the 10th annual home and garden tour, sponsored by Sagadahoc Preservation, will be held. Lovely home and beautiful gardens will be on view. Folks who stay at a local B&B (including Coveside) get half-price admission to the tour, as well as coupons for reduced price meals at most local restaurants, and price reductings on lodging (see below). For more information, check with Sagadahoc Preservation. The tour runs from 10:30 to 3:30.
As for Coveside: We still have a three rooms available this weekend. And the weather promises to be fine for either event, or for just lounging on the porch. These last-minute rooms will be available at a 30% discount if you ask for it when making a reservation. New reservations only, please. For availability and room selection, check here.
A rainy spring day: time to head north to pick up our five-gallon supply of Maine maple syrup for the 2011 season. And, along the way, to enjoy some of the fabulous fresh oysters at the Damariscotta River Grill – about 40 minutes north of Coveside.
The season started a week early at Coveside this year. Just two guests, who enjoyed for breakfast a fresh rhubarb and raspberry crisp, followed by an omelette with goat cheese, bacon, and arugula, with home fried potatoes.
We’ve just received our first order of hand-thrown mugs from Deneen Pottery. We’ll be using them every morning, and will have a limited number available for sale, for those who want to take a bit of Coveside home with them. We think they turned out great!