Summertime in the Belgrades
July 15 21
Beautiful lakes, big rivers, scenic drives, good food! Add vacationers, visitors, and residents in the summer celebration mode, and the mix is awesome.
On Friday, July 19, the Maine International Film Festival will present its Mid-Life Achievement Award to Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, 66. Other highlights of the festival's final weekend include the Maine Student Film and Video Awards, screenings of four Maine-connected films (two of the world premieres introduced by the filmmakers, and the Closing Night Film, Little Men.
Remember when you were a kid going to the sea shore — or perhaps a friend's camp on the lake? Remember the great fun jumping off the dock, seeing people water skiing, fishing, and perhaps seeing a sailboat in the cove or out on the horizon? At that age, we paid little or no attention to the strange craft with the white cloth hung all over the rigging, but as the years passed into adulthood, we also began to realize that some of life's mysteries, such as how can a sailboat move forward into the wind, still needed solving.
The week began with sunny, windy weather. I hiked several local trails, including BRCA's Mountain Trail off Mountain Drive in Rome. This was also the week the hex mayfly began hatching at dusk on the lake.