Fall in Maine is simply gorgeous. We typically have nice warm days, cool nights and plenty of things to do and see all along the I-95 North corridor—and beyond. Maine hosts a different type of visitor in the fall, once the kids have gone back to school. We see more couples and Boomers around, taking the time to explore and enjoy the scenery, the shops, the restaurants and more. In this issue of 95 North, we are featuring the Bethel area on the cover—certainly a ways away from the turnpike, but worth every bit of the drive.
There’s lots of other cool things to do this fall in Maine. Here are some of my favorites:
‘Imagine’: A Beatles Tribute by Joe Boucher—bringing together the solo hits of the individual Beatles as they might have sounded had they continued together and if their legendary producer George Martin would have crafted these songs along with them. The show is Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel.
Harvest on the Harbor—Celebrate Southern Maine’s crave-worthy cuisine and the people who make it all possible at Portland’s annual food and drink festival Oct. 16–21 at locations around the city. (harvestontheharbor.com)
Maine Humanities Council: ‘Who is we?’—Each fall, the Dorothy Schwartz Forum brings people together to wrestle with a big idea, and this year’s is “Who is we?” Think, talk, wonder, explore and share a meal with an eclectic mix of intellectuals Oct. 20 from 5–9 p.m. at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland. Tickets are available through mainehumanities.org.
Erik’s Church—Swing on over to Windham’s newest hot spot, Erik’s Church, for a bite to eat, a cold drink and some country charm. There’s live entertainment every day at lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and live country music or karaoke just about every night; for the lineup, check erikschurch.com. The Church is at 824 Roosevelt Trail, Windham.
Freeport Fall Festival—Three days, Oct. 5–7, focused on music and arts. Free concerts and on Saturday, Oct. 6, and don’t miss the Chowdah Challenge hosted by Freeport Community Services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the porch of the L.L. Bean Home Store ($10 per person). (freeportfallfestival.com)
Bradbury Mountain State Park—In the countryside of Pownal, not far from Freeport Village, Bradbury Mountain State Park is a place where people can relax with nature. It’s an easy 10- to 15-minute hike to the summit, which is only 485 feet high but affords sweeping views of Casco Bay and is a great spot to witness migrating hawks. There are more than 21 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, camping, a playground and family friendly activities year-round. The camping area is on the other side of Route 9 from the lodge. Bradbury Mountain State Park is open 9 a.m. until sunset and is the only park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders and mountain bikers. The campground is open year-round. (bradburymountain.com)