July 8 – 14, 2016Vol. 18, No. 5

Stop, Enjoy, Linger Awhile

Colorful, plastic Adirondack chairs wait for anyone who wants to linger on the Kennebec River waterfront in Hallowell.

by Esther J. Perne

Summer in Central Maine: It's the right place at the right time. There are sunny, clear days to explore the outdoors, to seek adventure among the lakes and woods and hills and towns, to walk and hike and bike and boat or to sun and doze and dream the dream, unless, of course the breeze is right and a good book beckons on a screened-in porch.

There are gentle rainy days to explore the indoors, the shops and stores, the museums, the libraries, the workshops and presentations that are family-friendly and fuel the imagination, unless, of course, there are games to play and yummy treats to bake and share with family and friends at the kitchen table.

There are wild, windy days to retreat to the wooded trails, the protected parks, the cozy camps and all the awesome eateries, unless, of course rough water boating and sailing are on the agenda.

Summer in Central Maine: It's the right place at the right time. On any type of day, there is a bounty of activities, of outing opportunities, of sociability, of more to do than the Calendar of Events can contain.

This time of the season, music and art top the summertime list. Outdoor concerts are available every day of the week; and on many days indoors performances, too. Films from the world over are close by at the annual Maine International Film Festival. Summer theater productions fill the stage almost nightly. SummerFests, fairs and festivals are plentiful among the Upcoming entries.

This time of the season, organized outings top the summertime list, too. Check out the guided history tours, informational hikes and nature classes, the birding and boating trips. The timing is right, unless, of course, time alone or with just family or guests is the preference for enjoying the many trails and coves and winding back roads that top the outing list at this time of year.

Summer in central Maine: It's the right place and the right time to stop, enjoy and linger.