Happy 2019: The coming year promises to be a good one for this California transplant. I’ve been in Maine – in Lincoln County – almost three years and have scoped out a number things I like to do here on a regular basis. And there are still a lot of things I have yet to check out.
So, me being the arts columnist/editor here at the LCN (and a former food reviewer at the Chico News & Review in California), I present a list of some of the arts- and food-related things I plan to do in 2019. (I’m open for more ideas, readers, so let me know if there’s something you think I shouldn’t miss, please.)
I resolve to take in at least one Met opera broadcast at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. Involving a luxury of time that is sometimes hard to carve out of my schedule, the opera is something that I will not forego in 2019.
I resolve to attend one theater production by each of Lincoln County’s theater companies – Heartwood Regional Theater Company, LCCT, and River Company.
I resolve to hit all three art walks in the county – Twin Villages, Waldoboro, and Wiscasset — at least once next season.
I resolve to attend concerts at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Looking at the venue’s 2019 schedule, I see that Buenos Aires-based “Latingrass” band Che Apalache will perform there in May. Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester will be there in June! Yahoo!
I resolve to hit as many opening receptions at Lincoln County art galleries as possible. Good art, community, and tasty treats – always a good combination.
I resolve to get to more school-based arts events. I have heard very good things about the Medomak Players at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, for instance. A theater production of theirs is on my list.
I resolve to visit visual arts venues I have not been to yet, such as Mathias Fine Art in Trevett (Boothbay).
I resolve to enjoy some movies on the big screen at Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor and at Lincoln Theater.
I resolve to make a trip out to Monhegan Island to see what’s happening on the arts front (and every other front I have time for!).
These from the foodie in me:
I resolve to eat more tacos at Alna General Store. Owned and run by San Diego transplants, with a cook from Los Angeles, Alna General offers some killer carnitas tacos and potato tacos, as well as homemade pickled jalapenos – perfect for satisfying the taste buds of this Cali expat.
I resolve to eat pizza at Sheepscot General in Whitefield as much as is humanly possible. Sheepscot General’s irresistible gourmet pizza is only available on Friday nights from 5-8 p.m., so unless I am out of the area or some emergency comes up, I will be there.
I resolve to finish working my way through the incredible sandwich menu at S. Fernald’s Country Store in Damariscotta. (I am super close. And I’ll get a Fernald’s T-shirt and my photo up on the wall when I do it.)
I resolve to enjoy an almond-milk latte and a savory treat at Treats in Wiscasset whenever possible.
I resolve to savor a cup of dark-roast coffee and a slice of frittata at Osteria Bucci in Damariscotta more than once next year.
I resolve to pop in on Charlotte Davenhill at Tidemark Gallery & Cafe in Waldoboro for a chat, good art, and some homemade yumminess.
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