May 31 – June 13, 2019Vol. 21, No. 1

Emmy-Award-winning television writer and Waterville native David E. Kelley exhorts some 460 new graduates, their friends and families, and members of the community to beware "kind of okay" careers at Colby College's 198th Commencement on Sunday, May 26. For more, visit Photo by Gregor Smith.

Cover Story

On Golden Pond: The Playwright Plays the Lead

On Golden Pond, beloved play, book, movie that was lived and written by Ernest Thompson on Great Pond in Belgrade celebrates its 41st anniversary this month, and Thompson, who has a degree in theater arts from American University in Washington, D.C. and earned extensive acting credits prior to writing On Golden Pond, will be playing the role of Norman Thayer, the character that has been so endearingly portrayed on six continents. More . . .


Welcome Letter

Thanks to you, we are back. We love how you are always chasing us down — looking for the latest issue of Summertime in the Belgrades, telling us how much you appreciate our coverage, using our suggestions, news and information to have a great, fun, wholesome and happy summer lifestyle. More . . .


Two Books: A Hiker's Guide and 50 Places to Visit in Maine

Family Friendly Hikes in Maine contains a variety of choices collected over several years for hiker and non-hiker alike, places near Belgrade and places afar. Author Aislinn Sarnacki often has her dog or sometimes her husband, along with other family members, accompany her as she takes lovely color photos. Also, 50 Things to Do in Maine Before You Die by Nancy Griffin will interest anyone, even the not so curious. More . . .

Museums &

Atmospheric Water at the L.C. Bates Museum

Atmospheric Water, the L.C. Bates Museum's 2019 summer exhibition, showcases representations of the Maine landscape as it is affected by water. Leaving aside depictions of the ocean, lakes, rivers, and streams, this exhibition will consider the many forms water takes as atmosphere transmutes it so it can, in turn, transform the landscape. More . . .


Taking the Nature Test

These are simple pleasures, but they can enhance your summer, add a meaningful touch to your day or make your vacation special. How many of these lakeside experiences with nature will you enjoy this summer? Save this quiz and fill in the boxes. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Welcome Back

Welcome back, but don't try talking up here like you just came out of New York City or South Mississippi. We know you won't sound like a real Mainer, but please do your best to give it a try, we'd sure appreciate it. It also gives the Maine folk something to make fun of from time to time. More . . .