A Northern girl by birth and temperament, I prided myself in my “hardy” nature. But this winter with its well-below-normal temperatures and near daily snowfalls has seriously eroded my sense of self.
“Layered” in 4 or more garments (and that’s inside the house!), I find myself fantasizing about the perfect Maine summer day. If I close my eyes and get really close to the radiator, I can pretend that the sun’s rays are warming my skin. And the day I like to imagine is June 21st, the longest day of the year.
Midsummer, when the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky in the Northern hemisphere, has always been a time of celebration. And the coast of Maine is no exception! This time of year offers 15 ½ hours of daylight, an outdoor lovers’ paradise!
Among some of the special activities are a Summer Solstice Celebration and Street Party in downtown Rockland. The Main Street is closed to cars for music, food vendors and revelry from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on June 20. Also on the 20th is Midsummer at the Museum from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Montpelier Museum in nearby Thomaston. This celebration honors the area’s Finnish heritage with a pig roast, live music, a bonfire, a wife-carrying race, games, flower hair garlands and fireworks.
Also offered are a sunrise sail on the Schooner Olad sailing from Camden Harbor. You must be onboard by 4:15 a.m., but lots of coffee and a light breakfast will be served! Or, for later risers, a sunset cruise on Morning in Maine from Rockland Harbor. These specials are offered in addition to the many regularly scheduled sails from Camden, Rockport and Rockland on June 21.
In addition to the great local food and dining options and the many other activities which you can read about on our website, www.victorianbythesea.com, there are special winery tours and tastings, and a one-day photographic excursion to nearby Vinalhaven Island on the 19th.
Sound as warm and wonderful to you as it does to me? And let’s hope the snow has melted by then!