Greetings, dear readers! I am your “Marilyn Beane’s World” columnist, back on another week’s journey. I’m not sure where it will take us. But join me and I will share my news from my home at Windward Gardens, in Camden.
Anyone who has been reading this column over the past few weeks has probably noticed a theme. Apples, apples, apples!
“It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves” – John Proctor, “The Crucible.”
Fitting in is something Jim Hazell, the enthusiastic, affable Bristol Parks and Recreation employee and maple syrup maker, has done so well in the area that people assume he’s always been in Lincoln County. In a spiritual sense, Hazell may have, but physically, the former Marblehead, Mass. police officer and award-winning Realtor has only been in Bristol since 2015.
The ghouls and goblins have fled until the next year, leaving us bereft of their elusive whimsy of shape and excitement as fall fades in November. October has lingered with colors slowly fading, but after a couple of days of Indian summer, chill has come here to stay and we turn to the warmth of indoors.
The changing of another season has started. Halloween has past but the joy of fresh picked apples and the wonderful taste of fresh apple cider pressed on nearby apple orchards cannot be beat for its freshness and flavor.
Whether Gary Stone is on his daily run along the roads of Newcastle and Damariscotta, at a community fundraiser or event, or walking into downtown Damariscotta on his lunch break, he’s a man about town who is all about community.
I started gardening with my mother when I was about 3 years old. There has always been a bit of a magical allure to putting a tiny little seed snugly in the dirt, giving it a little bit of water occasionally and watching a beautiful, green leafy plant unfurl from that seed.
Here are the quiet months. Ice cream shops are closed. First Fridays and Final Thursdays are over.
There is something truly inspirational about singing in harmony with a group of people, which may explain why it has lengthy historical and broad cultural roots as well. Some of my favorite high school memories come from singing in the chorus. I’ve got friends who’ve had similar experiences singing at church.
The forces of nature around Lincoln County include snowstorms, Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest and Regatta, and at one point, glaciers. That list wouldn’t be complete, however, without the addition of Holly Zeller, a medaling extreme sports enthusiast, creator of an informal fashion contest, and Linaca Music Festival Host, with a fearless knack for making friends.
Saturday was a busy day in Whitefield. The library had its annual fall festival. Seeing kids painting pumpkins, their faces, and their nails added such a wonderful element. Besides the many scrumptious looking baked items, the vegetarian chili was the best I’ve ever had and my husband said the meat chili was just as delicious. Music by Rusty Hinges was, as always, toe tapping fun. A new QR code payment method was unveiled and worked like a charm.
I wanted to call your attention to skidompha.org, our new website we softly launched. Thank you to our own Meghan Hawkes for taking on this laborious project, and for all of her hard work making this renovation possible. I love the clean format and color palette.
The Eveready Bunny, aka Kendrick Wilson, moved back to his home this past Monday after an eight-month long stay with Lara Decker. Lara and her son, Jack, dedicated themselves to providing him with a home full of laugher, delicious meals, and lots of care and love. There were also other friends that pitched in along the way. Lara, Tom Cusick and Judi Olson will continue to help him out at home along with Comfort Keepers.