April 19, 2016
Belated Happy Patriot’s Day!
Yesterday was Patriot’s Day. What holiday is that? Well, it is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in Massachusetts and here in Maine. It commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the kick-off of the American Revolutionary War. Lexington and Concord are in Massachusetts, so that make sense, but why Maine? Well, Maine used to be part of the state of Massachusetts. It was granted leave by the Massachusetts legislature in 1819, and finally became a state of its own on March 15, 1820 -- but only because of what is known as the “Missouri Compromise.” This was long after the battles of Lexington and Concord. Anyway, that is why Maine celebrates Patriot’s Day.
Of course the day may be best known (even for those of us in the know) for the running of the Boston Marathon, but we digress.
At Harborfields, this day marks some other milestones: It is around this time of year that we generally begin the process of opening up the cottages for the season. The dock is typically installed sometime soon. And in the Thorpe Allen family, it signals that there are just a few weeks left in the spring semester at Keene State College.
Speaking of college, we now know where Bennett will be going to school come autumn: Colby College in Waterville, Maine. However, he and a small select group of his new classmates will be spending their first semester in Colby’s “Global Entry Semester” program in Dijon, France! Comment excitant est-ce? Bennett parlera français par Décembre!
But between now and then, there will be a lot going on here at Harborfields! We will be the venue for seven weddings this year (and already have four on the books for 2017!)
We will be housing Maine high school students participating in the Bigelow Laboratory’s Keller/BLOOM program once again this spring, with a possible special offering of the program in the fall as well!
Also, in September, Harborfields will again be a part of the Boothbay HarborFest’s “Stroke of Art” event.
We invite those of who who have not yet made your reservations to come and join the fun! For the July 4th Weekend (Friday July 1 through Monday July 4), the Hillside, Terrace, Shore, and Rock Cottages are all available. We only require a two-night minimum stay if you can’t get away for the whole weekend. Terrace and Rock are available for the whole first week of July, and Terrace is available for the second and third weeks of July as well.
At the end of the summer, The Terrace and Shore Cottages are available for Labor Day weekend, as well as the week leading up to it, and a “short week” following -- which is when the HarborFest “Stroke of Art” event will be taking place (the Rock Cottage is also available from September 3-9).
One big change you will see at Harborfields this year: work has begun on an expansion of the Boat Barn to house a new pottery studio -- our excavation contractor was able to get the foundation in place over the winter. At this point, we are not sure when we will be able to get to starting the framing of the structure. One step at a time, but we will eventually get there.
All-in-all, we are looking forward to another great season. Thank you all for your continued patronage!
Tim, Wendy, and Bennett
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West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575