Trip to Maine
PROPOSED WEEDERS TRIP TO MAINE — JULY 2019
Four days of garden visiting, gorgeous scenery, delicious local food, art and design, learning about Maine conservation and economic issues and meeting classic Mainers. Pre-trip and post-trip options round out nearly a week. Weeders would be responsible for their transportation to Maine, some meals and the pre-trip. Your CMC (Coastal Maine Committee) would arrange for shuttle buses, overnight accommodations, most lunches and some dinners, admission fees, lectures and discussions with professionals.
Arrive Portland: hotel on your own; suggested visits to Winslow Homer’s home and studio in Prout’s Neck and other private gardens; Portland Art Museum, shopping and restaurants on your own.
FOUR DAY TRIP
Day One — Sun. July 14
Leave Portland 9:00 am by shuttle/bus;
10:15 Arrive Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: guided tour by Executive Director Bill Cullina, lunch in cafe, explore gardens on your own, garden shop
3:00 Shuttle/bus leaves for Cushing
4:00 arrive Cushing; get settled in rooms (at Sally’s, Nancy’s, neighboring cottages; freshen up
5:00 talk on lobstering by Danny Staples on his dock
6:00 cocktails in Bob Garcia’s garden
7:00 Dinner on Sally’s dock (or in barn loft)
Day Two — Mon. July 15
8:00 Breakfast on Nancy’s dock
9-00 Shuttle bus leaves:
9:30 10:30 Drew & Peter’s garden (Peter is past curator of Peggy Rockefeller Rose Gdn, NY Botanical Gdn)
10:30 - 11:30 Katherine Cobey’s studio (amazing fiber artist)
11:45 - 12:45 Olson House (site of Andrew Wyeth’s painting ‘Christina’s World’ and many others)
12:45 Shuttle bus leaves for Rockland
Check into Berry Inn or Limerick Inn; freshen up
Walk to The Farnsworth (gem of an art museum featuring American artists in Maine, especially the Wyeth’s)
3:30-7:30 windjammer dinner cruise
Day Three — Tues. July 16
8:00 breakfast at your inn
9:00 Island Institute: informative talk about coastal communities and their problems of sustainability; q & a.
shopping at Archipelago,
Lunch at McClune’s (classic waterside lobster shack)
Len Greenhaghl’s quarry garden
Avena Botanicals — talk by Deb Soule about growing and producing herbal products, tour of her garden
6:00 celebration dinner at Cafe Miranda.
Day Four — Wed. July 17
8 - 9:00 breakfast, checkout
Shuttle returns to Portland Airport, with possible stops on the way at Spindleworks in Brunswick, Halcyon Yarns and/or Maine Maritime Museum in Bath
OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION
Day Four continued
Northport: Swan’s Island Blanket Co.
Belfast: Chase Family farm
lunch at Chase’s Daily (family restaurant)
Blue Hill: tour of Four Seasons Farm, talk by Eliot Coleman, founder of the organic gardening movement
check into hotel; dinner on your own
Day Five — Thurs. July 18
8-9:00 breakfast; check-out
9-10:00 Thuja Gardens
10-12:00 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden; lunch t.b.d.
1:30-4:00 private garden of Curt Strohacker and Lelah; other private gardens t.b.d.
Day Six — Fri. July 19 Breakfast, checkout
9:00 Shuttle leaves for Cadillac Mt., “Blow Hole”
10:30 Return to Portland Airport; box lunch on the shuttle; stop at Spindleworks