COMMUNITY SALES
Book Sale at the Book Shed of the Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach. Tuesday–Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM. FMI 934-4351. Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Proceeds benefit library programs and acquisitions.


 

Enjoy the natural beauty of the area

with a walk around the Rachel Carson

National Wildlife Refuge in Wells.

Book Sale, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Collection updated weekly; books, 25 cents to $5. FMI wellslibrary.org or 646-8181.


Cargo Shop at the Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 4 PM, April through November, plus Saturdays,10 AM to noon, June through November. Affordable clothing, household items, white-elephant articles, linens, collectibles, books and games. FMI 967-5787.

 

EQUINE EVENTS
BlixxHorses educational programs, including individualized horse therapy. Learn about horse behavior, care and communication. Kennebunk. By appointment only. FMI blixxhorses.org or BlixxHorses Facebook page or 985-1994.


 

Grab a partner and join in the fun!

Dance with the Nubble Lighthouse Keepers at the Wells Activity Center.

Women and Horses Workshop, a hands-on learning experience, Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford, Mondays, 6 to 7:30 PM. FMI and/or to register, 284-7721.

 

FUN AND GAMES
Bingo, Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody, 300 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Moody. Senior center. Starting May 10; for dates and details, wocam.org or 646-7775. Must be over 16 to play.


Bingo, Ramsdell Rogers American Legion Post 56, Meadowbrook Plaza, Rte.1, York, every Monday, 7 PM. Doors open 6 PM. FMI ramsdellrogers56.com or 363-9827.


Duplicate Bridge (ACBL-Sanctioned), Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody, 300 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Moody, June to September, Tuesdays, noon to 3:30 PM. If a partner is needed, arrive by 11:45 AM. Friendly Bridge, Chicago Style, year round, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 PM.

FMI wocam.org or 646-7775.


Square Dancing with the Nubble Lighthouse Keepers, Sundays, 7:30 to 9:30 PM; lesson at 7 PM, the Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Rd. (Rte. 109), Wells. Each week will feature a different caller and cuer. FMI 207-312-8114.

 

GALLERIES AND ART ACTIVITIES

Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk, venues downtown and in the mills, last Friday of the month, 5 to 8 PM, April through October. FMI biddefordsacoartwalk.com or 370-9130.


Fiber Arts Group, Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells, Fridays, 10:30 AM to noon. Open to all needleworkers, all ages and abilities. FMI amosey@wellstown.org  or 646-8181.


Knitting and Crafting Group, Thursdays, from 1:30 to 4 PM. Drop-ins always welcome to knit, crochet, embroider, hook rugs, or another crraft project. Deering Room, Dyer Library, Rte. 1, Saco. FMI 283-3861.


 
The Biddeford and Saco Artwalk

Maine Women in the Arts meets the first Thursday of the month, alternating between an 8 AM and 7 PM meeting. A business meeting about upcoming art shows is often followed by a discussion or program. Open to the public. Meeting location at www.mainewomenarts.com.


Saco Bay Artists invites artists to join. Meetings are held at The Pines, 20 Manor St., Ocean Park, second Monday of the month. Meetings alternate between noon and 6:30 PM. FMI sacobayartists.org or 937-2125.

 

Art Trail of the Kennebunks. Take a walk on the Kennebunks' creative side this summer. A collaboration of 30+ local art galleries and organizations. Twenty-four of these galleries in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will open their working studios and exhibitions from 5 to 7 PM on the second Friday of the summer months; June to September, plus December 8 (Christmas Prelude). Admission is free and open to the public. FMI gokennebunks.com or 967-0857.

 

LIGHTHOUSES
Boon Island Lighthouse. Six miles northeast of Cape Neddick in York. First commissioned as a beacon in 1799; lighthouse built in 1811, then rebuilt in 1855. 133 ft. tower. The island was the site of the 1710 shipwreck of the British ship Nottingham Galley, which was the subject of Kenneth’s Roberts’ novel Boon Island. Not open to the public. Visible from Long Sands Beach or Sohier Park in York, or by boat. FMI newenglandlighthouses.net.

 
Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport


Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Porpoise harbor, Pier Rd., Kennebunkport. Established in 1833 and rebuilt in 1859. 25 ft. tower. Close to shore, and can be viewed from Cape Porpoise pier or visited by boat. If home, lighthouse keepers will give tour. Owned and maintained by Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. FMI kporttrust.org. FMI on boat tours, 831-3663; for kayaking rental information, 888-925-7496 or 967-6065.


Nubble Light, off Cape Neddick, York. Lighthouse built on small island near shore in 1879. Not open to the public. 41 ft. tower. Visible from Sohier Park on Nubble Rd. “The Nubble” is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Owned by the town of York. Friends of Nubble Light operate a visitors’ center and gift shop in Sohier Park. Gift shop and center open mid-April through October. Open daily 9 AM to 4 PM to mid-May; 9 AM to 7 PM through October. FMI newenglandlighthouses.net. FMI for boat trip, finestkindcruises.com or 646-5227.


Wood Island Light, Biddeford. Two miles east of mouth of Saco River. Visible from East Point Sanctuary, end of Lester B. Orcutt Blvd., Biddeford Pool. Built in 1808, and rebuilt in 1858. 47 ft. tower. Accessible by boat. The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse offers tours from Vines Landing, Biddeford Pool, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 and 11 AM; and Thursdays, 5 and 6 PM, June through August. Reservations required. Fifteen-minute boat ride to island. Free; donations appreciated to Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. FMI woodislandlighthouse.org or 207-200-4552.

MUSEUMS
Alfred Shaker Museum, 118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred. Restored buildings of former Shaker community. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 PM, May to October. FMI alfredshakermuseum.org or 324-8669 or 324-7650.


Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Housed in a block of restored 19th century buildings. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday, noon to 4 PM. There are ongoing exhibits that showcase the area's history. Admission: adults $7.50; seniors $6; children, ages 6 to 16, $3; under age 6, free. On weekends there is a family rate of $10 for up to six members. Admission is free for museum members. FMI brickstoremuseum.org or 985-4802.


 
The Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk

Counting House Museum in South Berwick, on Main (Rte. 4) and Liberty streets, formerly a cotton factory built beside the Salmon Falls River in the 1830s.The brick building is the headquarters of the Old Berwick Historical Society, which owns and maintains the property. The building contains one of northern New England’s last textile mill ballrooms. The museum has a permanent collection of artifacts, photographs and documents, and hosts regular exhibitions showcasing the heritage of this area, which was the site of the first permanent settlement in Maine. Open 1 to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, May through October. Admission is free. FMI www.obhs.net or 384-0000.


Kittery Historical and Naval Museum, 200 Rogers Rd. Ext., Kittery. Items and artifacts that reflect Kittery’s rich historical and maritime past, including shipbuilding, toys, archaeological finds and household artifacts. Special programs offered year-round. Open Saturday and Sundays, 10 AM to 4 PM, mid-April through Columbus Day. Adults, $3; children 7 to 15, $1.50; under 7, free. FMI kitterymuseum.com or 439-3080.


Meetinghouse Museum, 938 Post Road (Rte. 1), Wells. Home of the Historical Society of Wells-Ogunquit. Nautical artifacts, decorative arts, historical items, genealogical research library. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 AM to 4 PM; Free tours of the Meetinghouse Museum on Saturdays, 10 AM to 1 PM. Donations accepted. FMI historicalsocietyofwellsandogunquit.org or 646-4775.


Museums of Old York, York St.,York village. A complex of historical buildings. Open late May to mid-October. FMI oldyork.org or 363-1756.


Ogunquit Fire Company Fire Museum, Firemen’s Park, 86 Obed’s Lane, Ogunquit. On view 24 hours a day. View the steam pumper, firefighting memorabilia and memorials.


Ogunquit Heritage Museum, 86 Obed’s Lane, Ogunquit. Open June through October. Tuesday–Saturday, 1 to 5 PM. Free. FMI ogunquitheritagemuseum.org or 646-0296.


 

Ogunquit Museum of American Art,

located in Ogunquit

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd.,Ogunquit. Open May through October. Exhibitions, recent acquisitions and works from the museum’s permanent collection. FMI ogunquitmuseum.org or 646-4909.


Pasco Exhibit Center, Kennebunkport Historical Society, 125 North St., Kennebunkport. Monday–Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM, year-round. Admission $5; free for KHS members. FMI kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.org or 967-2751.


Saco Museum, 371 Main St. (Rte. 1), Saco. Tuesday–Thursday, noon to 4 PM; Friday, noon to 8 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM; also Sunday, noon to 4 PM, June through December. Adults $5, seniors and students $3, children 7 to 18, $2, 6 and under free. Free admission, Fridays, after 4 PM. FMI dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org or 283-3861.


Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Largest electric railway museum in the world. Open May to end of October. Open Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI trolleymuseum.org or 967-2800.


Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Restored furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and costumed role players on 10-acre site. Open May 1 through October 1. Adults $20, children 5 to17 years $10, family $50. Children under 5 and museum members, free. FMI strawberybanke.org or 603-433-1100.


 

White Columns in Kennebunkport

White Columns (formerly known as the Nott House), 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. Historic 1853 Greek Revival home with restored gardens and gift shop, owned and maintained by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Open May through Columbus Day. 10 AM to 4 PM. Adults $10, under 12, free. FMI kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.org or 967-2751.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Cliff Walk, York Harbor. The one-mile walk starts at the public parking lot (parking permit required) beside the Stage Neck Inn, off Route 1A. Free parking is available on Rte. 1A. The walk winds along the edge of rock cliffs, and offers dramatic views of the crashing surf. Also offers views of some of York’s most beautiful estates. The trail is narrow and rocky, and without a guardrail in places. Rubber-soled shoes are advised.

 

Cycling, Maine Coast Cycling Club leads rides from Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, 34 Arundel Rd., Kennebunkport, Sundays, 8 AM and Tuesdays, 5:45 PM, May through October. FMI mainecoastcycling.com or 205-7159.

 

Cycling, group rides on Wednesdays, 5:30 PM, and Sundays, 8 AM. Meet at Fast & Happy Bicycles shop at 463 Main St., Springvale. FMI 502-2280. A women’s cycling group meets every other Saturday, 8:30 AM. FMI 318-4682.

 

 

Scarborough Marsh, the state's largest salt marsh, hosts many programs and events.

East Point Sanctuary, end of Lester B. Orcutt Blvd., Biddeford Pool. A water and shore bird-watching haven, with views of Wood Island Light. No dogs. Open year-round. FMI maineaudubon.org.


Ferry Beach State Park, Bayview Rd. (Rte. 9), Saco. Includes picnic area, nature trails and nature center. Open 9 AM to sunset, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Also can be visited off-season, by parking outside the locked gate and walking in. Dogs prohibited on beach April 1 to September 30. FMI maine.gov or 283-0067.

 

Fisherman’s Walk and Wiggly Bridge, York. The walk is three-quarters of a mile, and starts at the George Marshall Store on Lindsay Road, near Hancock Wharf. It leads through Steedman Woods Preserve to the Wiggly Bridge, a 75-foot-long mini-suspension pedestrian bridge, then crosses Route 103 to the Sayward-Wheeler House, and ends at Edward’s Harborside Inn on Stage Neck Road.

 

Marginal Way, Ogunquit, is a one-mile paved walkway that follows the shore from Perkins Cove to Shore Road. A favorite spot for artists and photographers, because of its scenic overlook of surf and rocky outcroppings. Parking is available at Perkins Cove.

 

Milliken Mills Trails Park, a 70-acre park off  Portland Avenue near Milliken Mills Road, Old Orchard Beach. Hiking and biking trails, both off road and on, educational signage, a picnic area, a gravesite of a Revolutionary War soldier. Off-street parking with easy access to the Eastern Trail (ET).

 

Mount Agamenticus in York, elev. 692, (also known as “The Big A”) is the tallest hill on the Atlantic seaboard between Florida and Mount Desert in Acadia National Park. On a clear day, panoramic views extend along the Maine coast, west to Mount Washington in New Hampshire and south to Boston. A variety of trails  for hikers and mountain bikers. The summit is a popular site in the fall for watching migrating hawks, bald eagles and osprey. Access from Mountain Road, off Route 1. FMI agamenticus.org or 363-1102.

 

A peaceful river view

at the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells.


Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Rd. Scarborough. State’s largest salt marsh (3100 acres) has guided and self-guided walks, kayaking and canoe trips. Includes nature center. Hosts many programs and events. The property is open year-round. The Audubon Center is open May through September. FMI maineaudubon.org or 883-5100, summer season; 781-2330, off-season.

 

Self-guided nature walks at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Seven miles of trails through fields, forests and marshes, and ocean beach. Trails are open daily, 7 AM to dusk, year-round. Visitor Center has exhibits and gift shop. Open Monday–Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM, off-season; 10 AM to 4 PM seven days, Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day. Admission charged late May to Columbus Day. FMI wellsreserve.org or 646-1555. 

 

Self-guided nature walks, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Rte. 9, Wells. “Carson Trail,” a one-mile walking trail, handicapped-accessible, open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round. Free. Headquarters open Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Free nature programs and guided walks, Saturdays, 10 AM, July and August. FMI 646-9226.

 

Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, 28 Old Fields Rd., South Berwick. 165-acre park near Salmon Falls River features walking trails through old growth forest. Picnic facilities. 9 AM to sunset, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Access off-season by parking outside locked gate and walking in. FMI maine.gov or 384-5160, summer season; 490-4079, off-season.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

Beach Plum Farm, Rte. 1, Ogunquit. Preserved farmhouse and barn on 22-acre saltwater farm, near the Ogunquit River. Includes the Roby Littlefield Museum. Beach Plum Farm also serves as headquarters of the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Open dawn to dusk, year-round; free admission. FMI 646-3604.


Fort Foster Park, on Gerrish Island in Kittery. (The island is connected to the mainland.) The park contains military structures and batteries constructed in the late 1800s and later. The 88-acre park also has beach/swimming areas, biking and hiking trails, picnic areas and bathroom facilities. Fee: $10 per vehicle, per day, or $5 per walk-in or bicyclist. Season passes for town resident, $10 per household ($5 for seniors); non-residents, $20. Leashed dogs allowed during open hours, except on east side of Pier Beach. Owners responsible for dog waste. Open 10 AM to 8 PM, daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. FMI 439-3800.


 
Fort McClary State Park, Kittery

Fort McClary State Park, Rte 103, Kittery Point, Kittery. Revolutionary-era fort, manned during five wars, near the mouth of the Piscataqua River. The fort is named for New Hampshire native Major Andrew McClary, who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston during the Revolutionary War. The buildings at Fort McClary represent several different periods of construction; the fort was upgraded and modified to meet changing defensive needs. The site was manned during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. Half-mile trail; leashed dogs allowed. Picnic tables. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. (Buildings are closed in the off-season.) Regular season, Memorial Day to September 30. Small admission fee. FMI fortmclary.org or 490-4079 or 439-2845.


Franciscan Monastery, 28 Beach Ave., Kennebunk. Active monastery features well-tended gardens, trails and park along the Kennebunk River. Grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Open between sunrise and sunset, year-round. Free admission. FMI 967-2011.


Hamilton House, 40 Vaughans Lane, South Berwick. Built c.1785 and restored in 1898, the former sea captain’s house and gardens stand on the banks of the Salmon Falls River. It is decorated in Colonial revival style, with elegant antiques, furnishings and murals. Owned by the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities. House open Friday–Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM, with tours on the hour; grounds open dawn to dusk, June 1 through mid-October.The property is adjacent to Vaughan Woods State Park. Admission is $8. FMI historicnewengland.org or 384-2454.


 
Walker's Point, the family compound of former President George H. W. Bush, can be viewed from Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport.

Jewett House, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. The Georgian-style home of writer Sarah Orne Jewett is owned by the Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities. Furnishings include Jewett’s desk, where she penned her classic works, such as The Country of the Pointed Firs. Friday–Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM, June 1 through mid-October. Admission, $5. FMI historicnewengland.org or 384-2454.


Walker’s Point, the family compound of former President George Herbert Walker Bush, can be viewed from Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. There is limited parking along the road; best viewing and easiest access is by foot or bicycle. Follow Ocean Avenue, two miles from Dock Square.


The Wedding Cake House, 105 Summer Street,Kennebunk, is one of the most photographed structures in the area. On the National Register of Historic Places, this distinctive Federal-style brick house was built in 1825 by shipbuilder George Bourne. Bourne added the lavish, ornamental “frosting” about 25 years later. It is a private home so viewing is from the roadside only.


White Columns and First Families Museum, 10 AM to 4 PM, 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport. White Columns is a Greek Revival home open for tours. Built in 1853, it has many of the home's orginal furnisings. The museum contains memorabilia and artifacts representing the family of former President George Herbert Walker Bush, whose family has had a summer residence in Kennebunkport for generations. Tours on the hour; last tour at 3 PM. Owned and managed by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Admission and tours are free to KHS members, $10 non-members. Continues through Columbus Day. FMI 967-2751.

 

SCIENCE FUN

 
The Starfield Observatory, Kennebunk

Astronomy Classes, New School, 38 York St, (Rte.1 South), Kennebunk. The Astronomical Society of Northern New England offers beginner classes at 6:45 PM, the first Friday of the month. ASNNE regular meeting follows at 7:30 PM. Classes are free; $5 for non-members if there is a guest speaker. FMI asnne.astronomy@gmail.com or asnne.org.

 

Starfield Observatory, 918 Alewive Rd. (Rte 35), Kennebunk. The observatory is home to the Astronomical Society of Northern New England, which hosts a monthly star party, open to the public. Private star parties can also be scheduled. ASNNE also hosts other programs. FMI asnne.astronomy@gmail.com or asnne.org.

 

SENIORS' ACTIVITIES
The Center, 175 Port Rd., Kennebunk. The senior center offers a variety of programs, including exercise and wellness classes, recreational activities (including bridge, cribbage and mah jong) and luncheons. Open Monday–Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Fridays, 9 AM to 1 PM. FMI seniorcenterkennebunk.org or 967-8514.

 

The Memory Cafe, Bradford Common Bistro, Huntington Common, Huntington Common Dr., Kennebunk. Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, director of Louis T. Graves Memorial Library, Kennebunkport, offers an afternoon of stories, games, music, art and activities for people and families dealing with memory loss. Every other Saturday, 12:45 to 2 PM. Free. FMI 967-2778.

 

Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody, 300 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Moody. The senior center offers many educational, fitness and recreational programs, including bridge and cribbage. Monday–Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. FMI wocam.org or 646-7775.

 

THEATERS

 

Hackmatack Playhouse, in Berwick.

Biddeford City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Restored 1860 opera house, hosts plays and other arts events. FMI citytheater.org or 282-0849.

 

Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 School St. (Rte. 9), Berwick. Summer theater hosts several productions from mid-June through Labor Day. FMI hackmatack.org or 698-1807.

 

Leavitt Theatre, 295 Main St. (Rte.1), Ogunquit. 580-seat historic theater. Features films and other entertainment, May through September. FMI leavittheatre.com or 646-3123.

 

Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Rte.1), Ogunquit.  Historic summer playhouse. Open mid-July through Labor Day. FMI ogunquitplayhouse.org or 646-5511.


Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Open most of the year. Hosts a variety of events, including live music, dance, and plays presented by The Originals, the theater’s resident company. FMI sacorivertheatre.org or 929-6472.

 

TOURS

 

An historic house on Summer Street, Kennebunk, can be seen on a walking tour hosted by the Brick Store Museum.

Brewery Tours, Kennebunkport Brewery, the Shipyard Shops, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village, Kennebunk. See local ale being brewed. By appointment, preferably 24 hours in advance. Year-round. FMI 967-1261.

 

Historical Walking Tours, 11AM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk. Learn the history of the elaborate and historical homes that line Kennebunk’s Summer Street neighborhood. Led by a knowledgable guide. $5 per person/free for members. May through October. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

Self-guided tours are available. Stop in at the Museum to purchase the "Windows on the Past" guidebook for $15.95 + tax (locator map included), or just purchase the locator map for $4.95 + tax. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Tours at The Jagger Brothers Mill, 5 Water Street, Springvale. This family-owned mill has been spinning yarn in Springvale for over 100 years. The tour shows the process of spinning from bales of fiber to spun yarn. Yarn is available for purchase at the end of the tour. Tours offered the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10 AM. Reservations required; call 800-225-8023. Children must be at least age 12. Free.