Most of America has to travel to see or do something special. We don't have to — we are somewhere
special. We can ski during lunch, fish on the way home from work, hike on weekends. Kayak around
the islands, sail around the bay. It truly is an abundance of riches.
Our festivities reflect our values: the Common Ground Fair, by Maine’s Organic Farmers and
Growers Association, attracts tens of thousands. Agricultural fairs are held all around the
state, as are festivals celebrating blueberries and lobster.
The art scene here is vibrant. While Alan Magee and the Wyeths are neighbors, the many local
galleries are full of rising stars. The once-musty opera houses in Camden and Rockport are now
gilded showplaces with excellent acoustics, providing venues for concerts of all kinds. The
performing arts are gaining prominence as well, with active theater groups in Camden and
Belfast. Antique auctions are summer standbys, and our historical societies are small but
dedicated repositories for the way life used to be.
That blue all over the map of coastal Maine is part of why we’re all here. Marinas service the local fleet,
while Penobscot Bay is dotted with sailboats, kayaks and lobstermen plying their trade. Whatever you
do while you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to get out on the water.