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Issue #171- September 2, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Book Review: Wild Acadia
B&B Profile: Lime Rock Inn
Recipe: Steamed Lobster

Our Event Picks:
ME: Bluegrass Festival
NH: Foliage Trains
VT: Sheep & Wool Festival

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Worth Quoting

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with
love and reverence."
~ Henry David Thoreau
More New England proverbs & quotes
Notes from the Heart...

The latest "obesity rankings" are out and turns out New England states are
pretty lean.  While Colorado was the skinniest, four of the six NE states
followed right behind, with MA ranking #49 (rankings went from the most
obese to the least...Mississippi, by the way ranked #1), followed by Vermont,
CT & RI. New Hampshire couldn't be accused of being a couch potato either,
with its  ranking at #38.  The reason?  One expert interviewed in our local paper
surmised that New Englanders are more interested in quality of food, rather
than quantity. And we have more walkable towns & cities. And what about
Maine?  Well, it is a little rounder than the rest of New Englanders, ranking #34.
Perhaps it's all that lobsta...with butter :)   ~Marcia

Readers Write

"Count me in with the nut cases!!  My family, like the reader who just wrote in
see last week's Reader's Write), live in Texas.  I too hate the endless strip malls,
walmarts (doesn't deserve a capital W) and malls that dominate the landscape.  
Like them, we are transplants who can't wait to leave TX.  We live in Dallas but
long to return North, for us it's Michigan. Keep fighting and know that you
have much moral support behind you.  I am off now to one of the few small
family run hardware stores around here to have some keys made and pick up a
few school supplies.  I have scavenged around for most of our school needs and
really enjoyed the
reduce, reuse and recycle article.  Thanks for all you do."
(Donna W. from Texas)


"Marcia...just wanted to pass on to you and your readers the good word about a
wonderful family-owned/run business in Matchias, Maine named
Canoe/Kayak. Jen and her husband Rob run a wonderful canoe/kayak rental
but also offer guided kayak tours in the Matchias Bay area.  My husband and I
went on a half-day guided tour with up close and personal with
harbor seals; saw a majestic bald eagle perched on top of a ledge outcropping
at high tide...had a shared snack on Hog Island with another couple from
Virginia. Rob is well versed in local ecology and history having grown up in
the area. Jen could not have been nicer helping us make the arrangements. We
highly recommend them and would gladly deal with them again. Just thought
you'd like to know.

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your comments to ~ Marcia

This Week's Stories:

B&B Profile: LimeRock Inn, Rockland, Maine
The Lime Rock Inn, listed on the National Historic Registry, is a beautiful
turreted Victorian mansion that stands out as a graceful example of Queen
Anne architecture. It features two front parlors, spacious guest rooms and an
inviting wrap-around front porch, and is located within strolling distance to the
historic Rockland, Maine.  
Read on...

Book Review: Wild Acadia
If you haven’t visited Acadia, Maine you’re missing out.  Jerry and Marcy’s
photographs, plus historic photographs, with accompanying essays by Jerry
will tell you what you’re missing.  If you have visited Acadia, the photographs
and essays will lead you to spots off the beaten track you might have missed.
Read on...

Recipe: Maine Steamed Lobsters
By Charlie Burke
At home, I no longer boil lobster, preferring to steam them in seaweed...The
meat of a steamed lobster is more tender then that of boiled lobster, and all the
sweet briny nuances of flavor remain in the meat, undiluted by a large volume
of water. It may be my imagination, but it seems to me that the steamed
seaweed also adds flavor.
Read on...

Our Event Picks of the Week:

September 29, 2007
Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival
Apple Acres Farm
Hiram, ME  

Come, Relax and enjoy the great sounds of bluegrass. Local artists and "from
away." All day event so bring a picnic or enjoy our great feasts. Fresh apples
and Cider, Great pies and fudge. A family friendly event of fun and relaxation!
Click here for more information about the
Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival.

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New Hampshire:
September through October
Foliage Trains in the White Mountains
Lincoln, NH

Hobo Railroad is running scheduled scenic foliage trains on weekends with a
view of the foliage along the Pemigewassett River. Round trip is 1 hour 20
minutes with snacks or lunch on sale. Order the Hobo Picnic Lunch and enjoy
yourself on your narrated tour. All coaches are heated, some with
tables. Restroom in station only. Visit Web site for train schedule. For more info

~ ~ ~

September 8 & 9, 2007
Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival   
Essex Junction, VT

Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits on display. Sheep shearing, sheepdog
herding, llama obstacle course. Workshops on fiber arts, drop in and spin,
needlefelting, weaving, knitting demonstrations. More than 60 vendors of
spinning, weaving, knitting and felting materials, tools and finished items.
For more information visit:
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

For  more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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