June 1 – 14, 2018Vol. 20, No. 1

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers:

Welcome to the summer of 2018, to the season of warmth and renewal, to the time of year when outdoor events abound, when relaxation is in the air and when nature provides a full array of adventure and discovery, of beauty and peacefulness.

For Summertime in the Belgrades, summer means greeting returnees to the world they love, encouraging year-rounders to take part in the vacation side of this beautiful, bountiful region, delivering the paper in Waterville, Augusta, Skowhegan, Farmington, all the Belgrades, all the Kennebec corridor and river towns in central Maine and wherever we have advertisers, and enjoying some of the many opportunities for theater, art, music, festivals, public suppers, water sports, scenic drives and views and back-to-nature opportunities featured in our pages.

With each new season — this is our 27th — there will be change: new faces, new names, new construction, new places to eat and new first annual events. But there is changelessness, too: the same scents and sounds of summer since time way gone by, the same delighted expressions of children splashing in the water or eating ice cream or cheering on a parade, the same appreciation of adults from all over the world who vacation, visit or pass through this area and recognize that here is a special place.

It is changelessness that Summertime in the Belgrades will refreshingly provide throughout the season of 2018. The same popular columnists are returning: Pete Kallin is "taking it outside" and encouraging everyone else to do the same; Belgrade's "luckiest boy" Rod Johnson is sharing the town's history; Dale Finseth and team at the Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District are presenting conservation wisdom; Martha Barkley is reviewing a potpourri of Maine books; Dick Greenan is offering dam reports; and conservation groups and organizations are reporting on their decades-long work toward goals of protected waters and preserved lands.

Summertime's Calendar of Events will again reflect the continuity of annual occasions and outings, the Notebook will be filled with actions ad visions that have endured and each issue will promote advertisers who have a long history (as long as 27 years) of supporting us — for which we thank them.

Welcome to the summer of 2018. Take a hike, go jump in a lake, listen to an outdoor concert and enjoy reading Summertime in the Belgrades.

The team: Esther, Corey, Ethan
Michael and Gregor