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Yankee Magazine Names Local Maine Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

MAY 15–18: BAR HARBOR, Taste of Bar Harbor. Featuring local establishments committed to creating epicurean delights, the festival presents cooking classes, brewery tours, and tastings. Experience the “Dessert Night Competition, ” the “Pub Tour,” the popular “Chef’s Table,” and new this year, “Waiter Wars,” plus the “Local Producer’s Showcase.”

MAY 16–18: FRYEBURG, Northern New England Home, Garden & Flower Show. Embrace spring as Fryeburg Fairgrounds is transformed into a showcase of gardening and home-improvement opportunities. More than 350 booths, plus seminars, cooking demonstrations, garden and landscape displays, irresistible fair food, and more. 800-359-2033;

MAY 23–26: TRESCOTT, Down East Spring Birding Festival. Visit the Cobscook Bay area for a special birding experience with independent explorations as well as professionally guided hikes, sightseeing boat rides, and sunset cruises—plus expert-led lectures. 207-733-2233 x330;

JUNE 8: PORTLAND, Old Port Festival. The city kicks off the summer season with a downtown celebration featuring live music on multiple stages, locally made arts and crafts, tempting food items, kids’ activities, and more. 207-772-6828;

JUNE 20–22: NEW SWEDEN, Midsummer Fest. Pay homage to the area’s Swedish heritage with a weekend of events that range from fiddle and accordian music and traditional dance to costumed interpreations, delicious foods, and more. Events at Thomas Park and other downtown locales. 207-896-5200;

JUNE 21: SOUTH BERWICK, House & Garden Tour. Join the local historical society for this year’s fundraiser, “Circle the Pond,” a tour of seven private homes of various periods and styles (circa 1700–1985). Pick up tickets and tour details at the Counting House Museum. 207-384-4039;

JUNE 24–25: BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Windjammer Days Festival. Enjoy the serene beauty on display as fully rigged windjammers sail into the harbor. Family fun awaits, too, with races, pancake breakfasts, waterfront concerts, a craft fair, antique boat parade, and fireworks. 207-633-2353;

JUNE 28: KINGFIELD, Kingfield POPS. Begin with the art festival downtown, and peruse the many offerings created by fine area artisans while listening to various musicians. Spend the evening at Kennedy Farm for the main concert featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

JUNE 28: SOUTH BERWICK, Strawberry Festival. Live music, kids’ activities and games, pony rides, and fine foods on Main Street—including the sweet and fragrant berry at the center of it all. Strawberry shortcake, anyone?

JULY 3–6: BATH, Bath Heritage Days. Activities throughout the downtown include a carnival, parade, boat parade, fireworks, antique auto show, craft fair, art in the park, contests, live music, tasty foods, a book sale, and more.

JULY 11–13: LISBON FALLS, Moxie Festival. Three days of “wicked cool” Moxie fun. This unusual-tasting soft drink is celebrated in its home state with a concert in the park, car show, recipe contest, parade, a 5K race and ATV charity ride, and much more. 207-992-8997;

JULY 18–20: BELFAST, Maine Celtic Celebration. Enjoy family-oriented festivities on the water-front in celebration of the area’s rich Celtic heritage and culture. Highland games, a Celtic-breeds dog show, a road race, the wacky “Cheese Rolling Championship” competition, and more. 207-338-2692;

JULY 19–20: CAMDEN, Carol Sebold Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show. Enjoy perusing the select wares offered by 60-plus talented artisans against the fantastic backdrop of Harbor Park. Works include watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels, plus photography, sculpture, and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcrafts, pottery, and finely crafted furniture.

JULY 24–27: SOUTH HIRAM, Ossipee Valley Music Festival. A premier family bluegrass festival, folks of all ages will enjoy top bands, the New England Flatpicking Championship, the New England Songwriting Championship, and a band contest, plus workshops, dances, jam sessions, and more at Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds. 207-625-8656;

JULY 25–26: RANGELEY, Rangley Lakes Region Logging Festival. Enjoy an authentic Maine bean-hole dinner, plus music, logging ex-hibits and horse demonstrations, equipment displays, woodsmen’s and -women’s competitions, crafts, chainsaw carving demonstrations, and more.

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for
Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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4 Responses to Yankee Magazine Names Local Maine Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

  1. Candi Soll May 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I only saw three places in central Maine. We do get forgotten we call this the other Maine.

    Check out Soll’s Antiques on Facebook.. in Canaan, Maine. We actually got a placement many years ago.

    The grainery in Skowhegan

    River Roads Gallery, Local art, jewelry, wood, knitted item etc etc.

  2. Lolly May 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    I was wondering why NOWETAH’s Indian Store & Museum was not listed in the Lakes & Mountains Region! It is a one-of-a-kind INCREDIBLE collection of Native Art you will never see anywhere else! To me, this is a unbelievable oversight! Your writers had to drive right by it to go from Carrabassett Valley to Farmington. I am guessing they never even stopped to see what was there.

  3. Beth Felipe November 30, 2014 at 10:33 am #


    I am looking for a recent article on Hallowell, ME and the music scene there. Did I dream it?



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