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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 hour-long cruise through inshore waters by Ram Island Light, Cuckolds Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Light and Seguin Island Light (some locations are weather and visibility permitting).Learn the 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 no later than May 15!
New Hampshire Winery Adventure
with Diann Bailey
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 the granite state’s best known wine venues during this day of touring, tasting, and shopping.
Our first stop is actually in Portland where we will visit the Maine Mead Works Tasting Room to sample their signature Honeymaker Mead. Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 with the goal of re-introducing the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages. They blend ancient tradition and modern science to produce a highly distinctive product.
Entering New Hampshire, 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 unique pub. We’ll likely be seated in the choir loft where the stained glass windows are easily enjoyed along with a delicious lunch.
This afternoon we visit 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 a 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 Fulchino Vineyards in Hollis where we’ll sample a number of wines from their extensive selections. Let’s hope for a warm spring day to enjoy the Italian inspired winery and patio.
The day will end with a surprise (think Tuscany!)
Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, three winery tours, tastings, snacks 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.
Depart 7:15 a.m. Waterville (Elm Plaza), return 9:00 p.m.
Depart 7:45 a.m. Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102), return 8:15 p.m.
Deadline to register is April 5. No refunds will be issued after this date.