Now That Summer Is Officially Here..

The summer Holidays come swiftly after the Solstice, with the long 4th of July Holiday falling on a Monday just over a week from now. There are way too many fireworks displays to discuss here, however the State of Maine provides this link where you can look at every display of any size that is happening statewide:

And as we look towards the long range weather forecast here in the Maine Lakes Region we find that other than a few likely showers and the chance of some thunderstorms mid-week, if the forecasters have any luck on their and our side we will be enjoying daytime temperatures into the low 80’s and great sleeping weather with nighttime temps consistently in the low 50’s, right through and beyond Tuesday, July 5th.

For those from away who may not understand the consistently difficult traffic patterns of the region, there are a couple of weekly events that make sense to try and avoid if possible.  Traveling westward on route 302 between 3:30pm and 7:30pm on Fridays from Portland to and through our great Maine Lakes Region can be a challenge, as can traveling eastward on Sunday’s – or Mondays if a long 3 day weekend – anytime after early afternoon and before dark.

Thankfully it takes quite a while for us to notice much change in the days getting shorter as they do from June 22nd to December 22st, and the evenings have been consistently delightful so far this season, and we suggest it is a great idea to book an extra day in these parts whenever possible.  Coming up for a long weekend either by arriving a day early or staying through a Monday has many advantages, including being able to avoid the consistently difficult Route 302 slowdowns.  We hope you will visit us at our Naples, ME office right across from the intersection of routes 11 and 302 for any assistance or questions, as our seasoned and friendly staff welcome the opportunity to assist you with any and all of your Real Estate needs.

Make it a great week, and find a way to enjoy a long weekend coming up!



Summer 2016 Is Upon Us!

This year and this week marks an event which hasn’t occurred for nearly 70 years. The summer solstice falls on June 20, Monday, at 6:34pm EDT, and summer officially begins at that moment. This is for us here in the northern hemisphere, the day with the longest light – and shortest night – of the year. However this year the day and evening is marked with a rare full moon, on the same date! And this Monday is not to be confused with Midsummer day – typically June 24 and also this week – which marks exactly the halfway point in the annual growing season.
Do not forget that Father’s Day falls on the day just before our Summer solstice this year, this Sunday June 19th.  Here in the main Lakes region Father’s Day weekend marks not only the beginning of summer, but one of the largest events here in Naples Maine: The annual Blues Festival always falls on Father’s Day weekend. Here is a convenient link to see all of the events and performances:

Now that the weather is really improving temperature-wise, it got me thinking of outdoor events that I look forward to each year, which involves finding a very dark spot with full view of the sky, letting your eyes really adjust to low or no light – which can take up to 30 minutes and be ruined for another 30 minutes simply by the light of a cell phone – and during meteor shower’s you will see many more shooting stars as many are faint yet wonderful. We have some time to prepare, and if you want to mark your calendar’s the best nights this summer and into the fall will be July 28-29, evenings and early mornings of August 11-12, and then bundle up if you like 3 times in November: 4-5, 11-12, and the likely best that month on the 16th and 17th.
Get out and enjoy everything that the Maine Lakes region has to offer, and from everyone here, make sure that you do not drink and drive, and also speak up and make sure that others, are also safe!
Make it a great week!

Summer Fun

Here in the Maine Lakes Region there is a lot to do for delightful recreation: Boating of all sorts manual or powered, hiking, exploring, shopping, with many delightful restaurant and food choices to choose from in the area. And we suggest now that summer schedules are upon us, it is important to relax and enjoy some “down time”.   We have many beaches and parks to enjoy spreading out a towel and soaking up some sun – responsibly of course – and great ocean beaches are less than an hour away if you prefer a rhythmic sound of waves and the smell of salt water in the air.
With today’s available technologies it has never been easier to enjoy a good book or settle in for a movie marathon or to watch an interesting television series, show, concert, or comedy special. We all need and deserve some down-time once in a while. What was the last really good book that you enjoyed? When did you Watch a new recommended series on TV?
The top dozen TV Series according to Netflix are: Scrubs, Orange Is The New Black, Mad Men, Archer, Friends, Arrested Development, Sherlock, Friday Night Lights, Louie, The Walking Dead, Freaks And Geeks, and Breaking Bad.
Others not on this list that others consistently suggest: The Larry Sanders Show, The Office, The Sopranos, Homeland, Twin Peaks, Fargo, The Wire, Game Of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Shield, My So Called Life, House Of Cards, Downton Abbey,  The Good Wife, Veep, Justified, Boomtime, Boardwalk Empire, 24, Malcolm In The Middle.. and certainly there are many more to enjoy with family and friends.

For quiet time, here are some book ideas:
Don Quixote
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Anna Karenina
The Great Gatsby
War and Peace
The Brothers Karamazov
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Sound And The Fury
The Catcher in the Rye
The Metamorphosis
To the Lighthouse
On The Road
Gulliver’s Travels
The Portrait of a Lady
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Catch 22
Pride and Prejudice
Food for thought, to get you started.  Make it a great summer!

Honoring The Greatest

The Maine Lakes Region is one of the greatest places on this Earth, featuring 4 season recreation with the White Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean within a one hour travel time. Boating, lake and ocean water recreation, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing including water, cross country, and downhill depending on the season, fishing – lake, river, stream, ocean, and ice – along with firearm, musket, and bow & arrow hunting, are just some of the popular outdoor activities actively enjoyed here in our great Maine Lakes Region.

Speaking of the greatest, we lost at one of our arguably greatest humans this weekend: Cassius Clay – who became Muhammad Ali – enjoyed a shining moment in his career less than an hour away in May 1965 in Lewiston, when he soundly and swiftly defeated Sonny Liston in a rematch to Clay / Ali’s upset of Liston the previous year. Brash and outspoken in his youth, Mr. Clay / Ali lived his convictions with clear demonstration throughout his life, stating that it was simply his job, to beat people up. You can learn a lot about the man here:

and please enjoy these quotes, from a man who not-so-quietly at first, and then quietly lived his convictions to the fullest, with real caring towards mankind:

1. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.
2. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
3. “I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”
4. “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
5. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
6. “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
7. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
8. “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”
9. “Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
10. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
11. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
12. “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
13. “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”
14. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
15. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
16. “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
17. “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
18. “I shook up the world. Me! Whee!”
19. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
20. “At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”
21. “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
22. “He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”
23. “I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”
24. “I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”
25. “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
26. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
27. “I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.”
28. “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
29. “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”
30. “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”