Summer has arrived on the coast — the Five Islands Lobster Company wharf is open for business; our gardens are showing their stuff; the farm markets are increasingly full of great things to cook for breakfast. This is our 17th year here on Gotts Cove and we expect it to be a banner season. Bookings have been strong so if you’re planning at stay at Coveside Bed & Breakfast this summer or fall, we suggest you reserve your room as soon as your plans are clear. You can check availability and book directly on our website.
Tables ready for guests at Coveside’s first harvest dinner
Local Georgetown restaurants are frequently closed one or more nights during the week in the autumn, a particular problem for guests arriving in the evening after a long drive. We decided to offer the option of dinner at Coveside on several fall evenings when a number of guests were scheduled to arrive. We invited our Georgetown neighbor, Robert Masciola, to be guest chef. Rob’s family comes from the Abruzzi region of Italy and he is an accomplished cook. He (aided by his wife, Amy) prepared a memorable meal that featured vegetables from our local farm market, home-made pasta, local Five Islands Lobster, and a delectable apple caramel tart prepared by Carolyn (served with Tom’s home-made salty caramel ice cream). The menu and pictures (by Amy Masciola) are below.
Roasted cauliflower salad with romano and cured spec
Chef Robert drops the hand-made pasta into the boiling pot
The lobster pasta
Carolyn’s apple tart. It was much prettier as this was the half portion left for the kitchen crew.
The kitchen crew and wait staff (less Amy, who took the picture)
The Georgetown Working League Fair, a staple of Georgetown summers for a century, celebrated its 100th birthday this past Saturday, August 10. The Working League began as a women’s group at the First Baptist Church in Georgetown, but has evolved over the years as a service organization devoted to raising money for the betterment of the community. The major fund raisers are the fair — traditionally held on the 2nd Tuesday of August, but moved this year to the second Saturday (a change much debated in the league), and the design and execution of an heirloom quilt, all hand-made by the master quilters of the league.
The fair consists of a large “white elephant” sale (of lightly used toys, nick-nacks, household items, and miscellany), a bountiful luncheon of lobster or chicken salad (served with focaccia, fruit, macaroni salad, blueberry cake, and a drink, all for $12!), an extensive sale of art works by local artists, a kid’s tent with face painting, stories, music, and an entertainment tent with music continuing throughout the day.
Proceeds from the money-raising activities of the Working League support scholarships for local students, and grants by the League for various efforts to improve the community.
The end of the trail — a lovely view of Robinhood Cove
Carolyn on the trail
The winter weather has been spectacular. After a substantial post-Christmas snowstorm, the temperatures have remained cold and the skies sunny — perfect for outdoor pursuits. Carolyn and I snowshoed from Route 127 to Robinhood Cove, through the Schoener Preserve, one of the many largely undiscovered preserves open to the public in Georgetown, to the western shore of the cove.
We survived Hurricane Sandy without even so much as a power outage. Lots of wind and rain, but more like a moderate Nor’easter than the punishing storm that hit further south. Sandy did make for some spectacular surf at Reid State Park, however. Here are some shots Tom took this afternoon.
Hurricane Igor passed Maine, far out in the Atlantic, but the resulting swells and rip currents were impressive. Here’s some shots of Mile Beach at Reid State Park, taken at low (!) tide.
Gotts Cove Panorama. Justin Stailey, photographer
This picture of our cove was snapped last evening by Justin Stailey, a frequent guest at Coveside and a serious photographer. Yesterday was uncharacteristically sultry while we prepared for Hurricane Earl. When it finally arrived after midnight, it was something of a non-event, at least in Midcoast Maine. We got a bit more than 2 inches of much-needed rain. And the humidity has finally broken after the longest heat spell in Maine history (Portland had four consecutive days of 90+ degree heat, a record). But we got very little wind — due, undoubtedly, to the fact that we spent much of yesterday bringing in the boat, kayaks and canoe, stowing away all the porch furniture, and generally battening down the hatches. The weatherman promises a week of sunshine, moderate temperature, and low humidity. We’re ready for fall!
Reid State Park from the air. Photo by MaineImaging.com
Browsing the web, I came across a group of great aerial photographs of Georgetown, made by midcoast photographer Dave Cleaveland. His organization, MaineImaging.com, has photographed all but 30 miles of the New England coastline from the air. Here’s a shot of Seguin Lighthouse:
Seguin Light. Photo by MaineImaging.com
There are more beautiful photographs of Georgetown and the entire coast of Maine (and beyond) available for purchase on their website, http://maineimaging.smugmug.com/Aerials/Kennebec-River-toaugusta.
Big Sam’s Lobster Shack on Gotts Cove
For most of the 13 years we have welcomed guests to Coveside B&B, there has been a lobster wharf across Gott’s Cove from us, serving up seafood, burgers, fried food, and great views. First was Lisa’s, run by a newly minted high school graduate who originated the shack on her father’s wharf and was recognized four year’s later as one of the “10 best” lobster wharfs in Maine by Travel & Leisure magazine. But Lisa graduated from college, got married and moved away. Then came Dena, Mama D, and Sara, all of whom lasted only a year or two. After a year without a lobster shack on the cove, we have a great new addition to the Georgetown scene — Big Sam’s.
The prices are very reasonable. This weekend lobster rolls (“the second best lobster rolls in Maine”) were going for $9.99 — several dollars less than the competition. The prices for boiled lobster are almost cheap! (click on the picture for an enlargement):
Here’s the manager — not Sam (Lisa’s father, who owns the wharf), but Justin (Sam’s cousin):
Perusing the web, we ran across lovely images of Reid State Park by Scott Snyder, a professional photographer based in Concord, New Hampshire.
Todd's Point, Reid State Park. Scott Snyder
You can see more Reid images on Scott and his wife Allison’s blog — http://rockwaterandlight.blogspot.com/2010/07/reed-state-park-midcoast-maine.html.