Archive for July, 2009

While searching for birthday candles for Cute Potato #2, we discovered the children’s section at Folly 101 in the Old Port. If you’re searching for a special baby gift and don’t want to break the bank, than Folly 101 is the place for you.

You’ll find baby blankets, colorful Trumpette socks, cotton dresses in sizes 12-24 months, classic Maine books like Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal, picture frames and sweet hand-knits for the nursery.


And when you’re finished shopping, don’t miss the simple, letterpress cards by the register.

Folly 101, 101 Exchange Street, Portland

PS: See more lovely photos of MP’s favorite shop here.

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ycf_logoSummer festivals are not for wimpy parents. There are crowds, children running in two different directions, long lines and the great emptying of wallets.

To help, we’re offering our guide to one of the summer’s biggest fetes: The Yarmouth Clam Festival. Yes, it is clam-tastic, as the brochure promotes, but we do have our favorites.

The Friday night Clam Festival Parade is always a treat. There are a lot of Shriners in tiny cars, which never gets old. And the homemade floats made by local organizations are fun to look at. The Cute Potato kids enjoy the local bands and music, too.

We also love the Pink Elephant Sale, which features great buys on used books. It’s fun to come home with an armload of books for the kids without spending more than $5.00. Just be sure to get there at 10:00 a.m.

And while Lime Rickeys and fried food are tempting, the Cute Potato gang always stops at the First Parish church (near Rosemont) for homemade slices of pie. The church is tucked away from the crowds, and you and your family can sit at a picnic table and share dessert.

First time to Yarmouth? The historic town has many family-friendly restaurants and shops to discover. On Main Street, look for Royal River Books,  Gather (with kids’ play area), and the ice cream window at Handy’s Market. And on Route 1, we adore Bruce’s Burritos, Island Treasure Toys and Clayton’s Café.

Happy clamming.


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Dan Zanes & Friends

Dan Zanes & Friends

Summer concert season is here and the Cute Potato gang is ready to rock. First, check out Grammy-award winning, Dan Zanes & Friends this Saturday at L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park in Freeport. The eclectic, children’s folk band is great fun and the concert is free (holla!). Better yet, kids and parents are encouraged to wear pajamas to the show. The event is part of The Great Sprout Tuck-In—designed to help local children in need. If the spirit moves you, bring along new PJs or a new bedtime book to donate.

And if dancing in your pajamas isn’t enough, check out the Schoolhouse Rock concert at The Maine State Music Theater in August. Mama and Papa Potato are looking forward to seventies pop culture nostalgia, and introducing favorite songs like “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” to the Little Potatoes.

Dan Zanes & Friends
Discovery Park
Saturday, 7/11
4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Schoolhouse Rock Live
Maine State Music Theater
Wednesday, 8/19
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

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Cute Potato #1 exploring at Schoodic Peninsula

The Cute Potato gang hit the road July 4th weekend to visit friends in Sullivan. If you’re not familiar with Sullivan, it’s near Frenchman Bay with jaw-dropping views of Cadillac Mountain.

We spent our first full day at the Schoodic Peninsula—a lesser-known entrance to Acadia National Park. The rocks are flat and easy to climb with parental guidance, and the ocean view makes a Cute Potato proud to live in such a beautiful state.


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open-gymAfter nearly a month of rain, and no end in sight, the Cute Potato kids (and their parents) are a little stir crazy. But when Cute Potato #1 asked, “Is it Fall now?” the gang knew we had to do something—pronto.

Westbrook’s Maine Academy of Gymnastics features an Open Gym on Friday evenings for kids of all ages. For just $9.00 each, kids can trampoline, climb a rope swing, scale a rock wall or simply run and play. With so much to do, it’s almost as fun as being outdoors on a sunny day.

Friday Open Gym:

Kids under 7: 6:00 p.m.

Ages 7 & up: 7:00 p.m.

The Maine Academy of Gymnastics is located at 20 Terminal Street, Westbrook. Call 856-0232 for directions. 

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