Summertime in the Belgrades
July 13 19
The Maine International Film Festival: This is the weekend (July 13) that a unique opportunity for moviegoing returns to central Maine for ten days, when films from all over the world, the country, the state congregate into one streamlined schedule, one celebration of producers, directors and actors, one occasion when anyone can obtain a ticket and embark on a tradition of being part of MIFF.
Whether you're a summer visitor, a seasonal resident, or you call it home year-round, you likely share our sentiment that the Belgrade Lakes is nothing short of Heaven on Earth. When our dad, Alan Charles, who grew up in Oakland and spent summers on Messalonskee and Salmon Lakes, found a perfect little lot on the Western shore of Great Pond, he set to work building his own little slice of heaven.
Let's celebrate all summer long President George H.W. Bush's 94th year here, most every summer for him spent at Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine. His love of the family place and bringing world leaders there to share tennis, fast golf games, and even faster speed boat rides are legendary.
If you like fine films, Friday the Thirteenth is your lucky day! That's when the 21st annual Maine International Film Festival starts its ten-day journey into worlds both real and make-believe. And now that MIFF is of legal age, anything can happen!
The Maine International Film Festival will honor French actress Dominique Sanda with its Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Waterville Opera House on Sunday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. Along with the presentation will be a screening of her best known film, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972.
In 2014 I wrote a little piece called "Things They Are a Changin'." The story was a walking narrative with historic content, given by pretending we were taken back to 1959 as we strolled up Main Street of Belgrade Lakes. After starting from the bridge by the dam, we proceeded southerly through the village and viewed the homes and spoke to some owners on the Long Pond side. Time ran short just after reaching the triangle where Route 27 and West Road split. It was the last Summertime story of the year so had to be left there. Now we continue the journey back up the other side of the street.
Last week I talked a bit about the importance of our local sporting camps to our lake community. Another set of camps that introduces new visitors to our area are the youth camps that bring in not only the kids but also their parents. Some of these camps have been on our lakes for more than a century.