Local Summer Fun Continues

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This weekend on Saturday the 24th there is a great free fun family festival in Windham – North Windham for you long timers! – aptly named simply the Windham Summer Fun Festival. The parade is at 10:00am followed by a day of many options for activities for young and old alike. Here is some information:

 

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As you can see in this schedule of events, there is a lot of music and entertainment capped off by fireworks in the evening:

And from personal experience the music and bands are top-notch!

Find all this and more, here:

http://windhamsummerfest.com

Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice wants to make sure that you, your family and friends have a great time this summer, and safety matters. We hope that this simple reminder helps, to not allow yourself or any family member or friend drive if there is any question of safety due to any possible impairment.

One of the biggest proven impairments is having your cell phone within reach when you are behind the wheel. This week on Tuesday, the Maine State Legislature passed a bill headed to the Govenor’s office to ban all but hands free use – you can still talk on the phone using Bluetooth / speaker / phone not in your hand only, however any texting will be a violation of a $75 fine 1st offense, 2nd offenses $150 within 3 years, with provisions for license suspension and loss of license for repeat offenders. The bill was passed in the house and senate in part due to research like this: AAA nationwide has reviewed dozens of traffic safety studies, which suggests that any use of a mobile device increases a vehicle crash risk by up to four times, while the use of a hand-held phone, especially if it is being used to text, can increase the crash risk by a factor of 23. Maine would join Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire in banning hand-held devices. The legislatures in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are contemplating similar bills.

So be aware, be safe, and get out and enjoy this wonderful summer here in our great Maine Lakes Region!

Maine Blues Festival Reminder

More people traditionally come to our Maine Lakes region town of Naples this weekend – Always Father’s Day Weekend! – for the great Maine Blues Festival than any other weekend in the summer, with the Naples Arts Festival later in the season also drawing a great crowd. Here is a link to assist you with this weekend’s festivities with the Blues Festival:

https://www.mainebluesfestival.com

From the Stage next to Merced’s to Bray to Tony’s Parking Lot to Captain Jacks to the Freedom Cafe and Rick’s and beyond, there is so much to do, see, experience, and listen to.. and the weather looks like it will cooperate this weekend and regardless there is so much to see, do, and hear under cover it is always a worthy trip and time well spent for anyone who appreciates live music and talented musicians playing primarily the blues.

This weekend typically marks the real start of the summer season, although shop owners, retail establishments, and the hospitality industry including restaurant owners are all indicating a fast start to the season both here in The Maine Lakes Region and throughout the northeast. Whatever you choose to do this weekend and the time leading up to the 4th of July festivities in a couple of weeks, get out and enjoy yourselves!
Make it a great week!
And for all of your Maine Lakes Region Real Estate needs, give us a call today. You will be glad that you did! (207) 692-5200

Maine Lakes Region Summer Fun

This is a delightful time of year now that warmer weather is more the norm, and everyone deserves to get outside and enjoy life and the local beauty we are surrounded blessed to be surrounded with. This weekend brings the annual old Port Festival to downtown Portland, with a highlight this year being a giant Ferris wheel called The Casco Bay Eye set up on the waterfront in area of Dimillos off commercial street. What once started-off as a one day Saturday event, the annual Old Port Festival now has events each year over a four day period ending this Sunday, June12th this year.
Closer to us here in the Maine Lakes Region there are two upcoming annual favorite events to enjoy during the next two weekends. Always Father’s Day Weekend each year – Father’s Day being next Sunday, June 18 – Naples Maine and the Causeway will be enjoying their biggest event of the year with the Maine Blues Festival which runs Friday evening through Sunday. If you enjoy Blues music this is a must see and hear, always fun event with the schedule, number, and caliber of events and artists involved always impressive and delightful:

https://www.mainebluesfestival.com

The very next weekend brings us the Windham Summerfest on Saturday, June 24th. As part of the festival if you enjoy cars:

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And here just below is the schedule of events, including great family and music entertainment capped off by fireworks in the evening:

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http://windhamsummerfest.com

Get outside and enjoy our Great Maine Lakes Region!

Entering June 2017

As we enter June in our great Maine Lakes Region, it feels a lot more like entering a spring month vs a summer month. The week starts out consistent with the past couple of months with grey skies, and now is a good a time to talk about what to do on a rainy day in Maine. There are many things to do that are a short car ride or easy day trip away. Maine has two Casinos to visit, one close by up Rte 11 to Rte 26 north where Oxford Casino is located on the southern border of the town of Oxford. And there is Hollywood Casino in Bangor if you are visiting or passing through that area . There are many great museums, including the Portland Museum Of Art located in downtown Portland. A bit south from there in Kennebunkport you will find White Columns – formerly the Knott House – which chronicles the times spent at the White House and nearby Walkers Point by the Bush family. Maine has a rich heritage worldwide in Shipbuilding that continues to this day evidenced by The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunkport. There is no better shipbuilding museum then the one right next to the General Dynamics huge current shipbuilding facility – Bath Iron Works – in Bath Maine, where you will find the Maine Maritime Museum just south of the sprawling Navy Yard, a real treat on the historical original shipyard site for history buffs.
Less than an hour north from there in our state capital of Augusta you will find an awesome facility worth at least a couple of hours: The Maine State Museum is a must-see, located right next to the huge Maine State Capitol dome building – designed by Charles Bulfinch – on capitol street, flanked on the other side by The Blaine House, the official home of Maine’s governors since 1919. On March 15th in 1820, the District of Maine which had been a property of Massachusetts, officially became the 23rd State.
There is much to be learned about the our history of shipbuilding, textiles, shoes, forestry, lumber, fishing, and our State’s heritage. Get out and discover should you and your family be facing a grey day not suitable for hiking, boating or the beach. You will be glad that you did, as there are many great things to see and experience.
Make it a great week!