Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nobleboro Historical Society Applefest

A fun and eye-catching succession of signs (along Route One) promoting Nobleboro Historical Society's Applefest. Slated for this Saturday, (Oct. 3rd) from 10 to 2, on the Society grounds and next door at the Nobleboro Central School, they've scheduled a silent auction, crafts, and music. Of course they'll have apple goodness of all shapes and sizes too!

Monday, September 28, 2009

It's not junk... it's inventory!

I love it when I see an opportunity to find a new use for something, when all someone else might see is junk. I caught sight of this chair serving as a house number sign in Brunswick. I guess I'm not the only one who subscribes to the, "It's not junk," philosophy. What's in your "inventory?"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Keep Maine Scenic

We ran by this sign on the side of a tractor-trailor up in the Perry area along Route One this past August during our annual camping trip Downeast. A message that we can all take to heart, but the delivery had something to be desired. Left in what appeared to be a deserted, dirt business lot, it simply struck us as an oxymoron.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sweden is west of China

This is one famous sign in Maine! Located at the junction of Route 35 and 5 in Lynchville, our trip to the western mountains just wouldn't be complete without a chance to add this one to the blog. Read an interesting and humorous news story about Maine place names from the New York Time here. Enjoy!

West Paris and the clothes pin industry

On a road trip earlier this summer we decided to cruise through West Paris... Maine that is. West Paris is where Ali's childhood home is located and she suggested that we check out the old Penley Clothes Pin Factory. The factory closed down around 2003, which is a shame since the area could really use an economic boost. You can read about Penley's history here.

Of course, I couldn't resist taking this photo of a sign for Lewis H. Mann & Son that is, one... giant... clothes pin. Bet that won't roll of the porch when you're hangin' laundry!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lubec, Maine

Lubec is the easternmost town in the U.S. and a fabulous area to visit. Ali and I spent two weeks tent camping in August (no rain...) at a nearby state park. It's our third year doing so and if you think it will be our last, you are sadly mistaken. This area of Downeast Maine is simply magnificent. Although a somewhat depressed region economically, there is spectacular beauty, wonderful people to meet, social events, and a pace of life that can only be described as satisfying to the soul. We very much look forward to next year's visit. And the year after that, and the year after that...

Blueberry Capital of the World

Forgive me, but how did Cherryfield, Maine become Blueberry Capital of the World?