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Maine Lighthouse Adventure
with Sally Lobkowicz
Join an adventure by land and sea exploring the legends and lore of lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor area. Board the passenger vessel Novelty at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor for a comfortable 90 minute cruise through inshore waters by Ram Island Light, Cuckolds Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Light and Seguin Island Light (some locations are weather permitting).
You will learn
- stories behind these iconic beacons
- about the lives of some of the keepers and their families - daily routines, schooling, traditions and hardships,
- as well as legends of the lights.
Your voyage then takes a dramatic turn as you make landfall on historic Burnt Island to explore Burnt Island Light, built in 1821 and still a working lighthouse. The group will have exclusive access to the island as your qualified Red Cloak Tour Guide leads you back in time, exploring the historically restored facilities on the island, including the keeper's residence and the lighthouse.
Go home with a new and very personal understanding, not only of the lighthouses, but of the people who manned them. Hear stories of the lives these humble keepers saved while enduring their own physical hardships as they offered those who went to the sea in ships a hopeful light toward home.
Meet at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor. A portion of your registration fee goes toward the restoration of the original lighthouse tower which will be 200 years old in 2021.
Please register by June 1.
New Hampshire Winery Adventure
Many of you have enjoyed our past winery tours! This spring, let us take you a little farther afield as we sample some of the finest wines along the southern New Hampshire Wine Trail. Experience the hospitality of some of the granite state’s best known wine venues during this day of touring, tasting, and shopping.
Our first stop will take us to scenic Lee and the Flag Hill Winery where all of the wines are produced using cold hardy grapes grown on site. With the largest vineyard in the state, Flag Hill is proud to say they are 100% New Hampshire!
Our second stop will be Labelle Winery in Amherst where winemaker Amy LaBelle began making small batches of wine in 2005. Production has dramatically increased, now offering over 30 styles of award winning, world class wines all produced in their state of the art facility surrounded by lush vineyards. We’ll sample some of the favorites followed by plenty of time to visit the gift shop featuring all 34 varieties for sale along with the Winemakers’s Kitchen culinary line.
Our last stop of the day is the unique Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry. Mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, is made from honey and hard ciders. The diversity of Moonlight’s offerings often leaves people speechless, while the flavors have them asking for it from their local retailers. Try some Blood Moon, Wet and Wild or Truth Bee Told – you just might develop a new tasting hobby!
Our tour lunch will be served at the Holy Grail Restaurant in Epping where the old St. Joseph’s Church has been reborn into one of the Seacoast’s premier restaurants. The owner’s Irish roots are reflected in the food and ambience of this very unique pub.
Our dinner stop will be at The Cracker Barrel in South Portland (not included in registration fee).
Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation, three winery tours, tastings and souvenir glasses, and Holy Grail lunch.
No one under 21 may participate -must have valid ID. For liability reasons, alcohol consumption on the bus is not permitted.
Deadline to register is April 6. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Depart 7:00 a.m., from Waterville (Elm Plaza), Return 10:00 p.m.
Depart 7:30 a.m., from Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 103, just off RT 126 across from West Gardiner Service Plaza) Return 9:30 p.m.
Depart 8:00 am from Topsham (Park and Ride I- 295 Exit 37 Home Depot) Return 9:00 pm
Philadelphia Flower Show and More
Welcome Spring in fine fashion this year with a visit to the City of Brotherly Love and the internationally renowned Philadelphia Flower Show. This year’s show theme, HOLLAND: Flowering the World, will showcase the extraordinary plants, creativity and talent of this region’s top horticulturists and designers along with award winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands. From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show is certain to be a must- see event. Highlights include competitive growers and horticulturists from around the world displaying their plants in bids for major honors, landscape displays, lectures, and hundreds of vendors, from all over the world selling plants, flowers, artwork, and garden-related crafts and supplies. Our accommodations for the three nights are at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Philadelphia. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guests will appreciate sophisticated décor, newly renovated, spacious rooms, modern amenities and an unbeatable city-center location. This location, a five-minute walk to the convention center, will make access to the flower show easy and convenient. Our second full day in Philly features a guided tour of the National Constitution Center followed by a two-hour city tour via motor-coach. Our guide will entertain us with historical tales, cultural highlights and stories of the the cities past and present. Several photo stops are planned as part of the tour which ends at the Italian Market just in time for lunch! The afternoon brings us to Independence National Historical Park, quite possibly America's most historic square mile. We’ll visit Independence Hall, home to some of America's most important historical moments and best known as the place where the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. Our evening activities include dinner on Thursday at City Tavern, a reconstructed Colonial tavern where servers in period dress deliver old-fashioned American fare and dinner on Friday at Positano Coast featuring seafood and Italian specialties and an ambiance that will make you feel like you are on an Italian holiday. A culinary tour of the city is on the docket for Saturday night. Flavors of Philly affords us classic Philly eats like cheese steaks, tomato pie, soft pretzels and much more as we make the rounds of places that the locals love and visitors rave about. Registration includes: motor-coach transportation, three nights accommodations, three breakfasts, flower show tickets, museum tours, city tour, and three dinners. Deadline to register is February 16. No refunds will be made after that date. Registration fee is based on double occupancy. Depart 6:15 am from Waterville (Elm Plaza) Return 8:45 pm Depart 7:00 am from Gardiner (Hannaford Parking Lot) Return 8:00 pm Depart 7:35 am from Topsham (Merrymeeting Adult Education 35 Republic Avenue) Return 7:15 pm
Touring the Baja
with Bob McIntire
The Baja is an amazing destination for anyone who enjoys pristine natural habitats, immaculate beaches, migratory whales, and tropical escapes. Home to both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biospheres, the Baja is a paradise for those who love nature and history.
Bob and Nancy have visited Mexico's Baja Peninsula three times in the last eighteen months. Their photos and stories will leave you ready to pack your bags!
Gail is a senior scientist for the Maine Department of Resources and Bob is a media producer, recently retired from the Maine Department of Education.