Summertime in the Belgrades...among the lakes... along the Kennebec...in the central Maine region. The season is anticipated, it's awesome, it's rich in traditions and discovery and it's for everyone: resident, vacationer, visitor, passerby. Summer offers a full menu of local outings and activities, a generous range of recreation and relaxation, a mix of yesterday and today — of historic and modern — and an alphabet to whet the imagination.
I could not resist buying Hidden History of Midcoast Maine by Patricia M. Higgins. Now it is now at the Belgrade Library. More information about Popham Colony and how a nearby trading area by Fort Western later helped the fur traders to bring much needed profits to Plymouth. And did you know that notorious Jefferson Davis from Mississippi and his wife Varina spent an entire summer in Maine?
It is that season when we begin to see more products from local farms. Local products are there year round but we don't seem to notice them until we see the roadside vendors. Like the rest of the state, Kennebec County has been adding farms and farmers rather than losing them. In fact, the recent "Census of Agriculture" reports an increase of 6% of the reported farms in the five years from 2012 to 2017.
The Luckiest Boy
Probably the archeologists have a good many clues as to when early mankind powered their watercraft with a sail. Who thought of the concept is anybody's guess. Perhaps someone hung an animal skin up to dry on their rowing craft and voila, the boat moved without the oars!
Although the calendar says summer has barely begun, it already seems to be flying by. On National Trail Day, June 1, I worked with fellow 7-Lakes Alliance (former BRCA) Stewardship Committee volunteers to clear brush and blaze our new Fogg Island multiuse (bike/hike/ski/snowshoe) trail to get it ready for use. I took a small team (Peter Roderick, and Rod) in by boat to the north end of the trail and Amy Soper and Brian Alexander took a larger group in over land from the south and we worked in from both ends.