When a state turns 200, history steps up, fascinating facts emerge, timelines are charted, fictions flow, and anecdotes make headlines. When a state turns 200 and the big birthday party is postponed a year and a day, the qualities to be celebrated remain undiminished, because when a state turns 200 and that state is Maine, all it takes is a quick look around, a short drive around, a brief commune with the outdoors to understand why the state is called "the great state of Maine."
Halleluiah!!! Finally, we received some measurable precipitation here in the Belgrades! As this report is penned, we had just received 2.71" of rain in the past four days and are forecasted for another 1.07" for the next 10 days. We really need it!
In the bicentennial year and every year a visit to Maine's capital is a living history experience. Much from the state's exploration, settlement and statehood is presented and preserved in the three historic focal points of the scenic City of Augusta.
Our very own Belgrade Village historian's book, Water Village: The Story of Waterville, Maine, is a splendid read for the bicentennial of Maine's statehood. Although the pandemic has cancelled many of the gatherings to celebrate this momentous event in 2020, reading our unique Maine history can easily consume our leisure summer days.
The Maine International Film Festival is well underway, with three nights down and seven more to go. MIFF will present a different movie on each of the seven nights at the Skowhegan Drive-In. All seven films are significant premieres (World, U.S., North American, East Coast, etc.) and all but one were completed in 2019 or 2020.
The Luckiest Boy
Haven't we all heard a few? In the good old State of Maine stories abound of fish being caught and many of the ones that got away. Many stories may have some truth to them, but as we know, all fishermen are liars except you and me.
Last week, we finally got some much-needed rain. On one of the hot days before the rains came, I decided to hike into one of the remote ponds in the Kennebec Highlands to do a bit of fishing. I grabbed an ultralight spinning rod, a handful of lures, and a landing net that fit in my back. I started off on the Sanders Hill Trail and then bushwhacked to my destination, arriving after a roughly ½-hour hike.