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Archive for August, 2011

Note: The Fresh Batch cafe is closed. The Freeport Public Market is now in it’s place. If you go Kamasouptra and Peachy’s Smoothie Cafe are definitely worth trying, and perfect for families looking for something simple, quick and satisfying. While the Cedar Works play set is no longer on site, the interior is much the same. 

The team visited The Fresh Batch, a new café in Freeport, to catch up with friends after a busy summer. The inviting space is colorful and fun. The walls are painted in bright shades of green. There are funky lighting fixtures from Portland’s Ember Grove Gallery throughout. And the most welcome highlight: a Cedar Works play set with a slide and bridge, so kids can play while they wait for their food to arrive.

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The Great Falls Balloon Festival starts tomorrow in Lewiston. Last year, the team traveled to the festival for the 6 p.m. balloon launch. We arrived about an hour early and set up lawn chairs in Railroad Park. Grandma Cookie Potato offered to stay with the chairs (and CP#2, who was fast asleep in his stroller), while CP#1 and MP checked out the festival grounds.

There are all the things you might expect, fair food, an Elton John cover band, pony rides, and vendors selling all manner of goods. But what MP and CP#1 really loved was the chance to walk inside a hot air balloon that was purposefully tipped to one side. Entrance inside the balloon cost $1 each. We spent some time sitting on the balloon floor, taking in its size and beautiful colors.

A boy runs inside a hot air balloon at the Great Falls Balloon Festival.

Another view from inside the balloon.

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Last weekend, the team decided to pitch a tent in the backyard, fire up the hibachi grill, and toast marshmallows for S’mores. The result? A fun evening for all of us (despite a mattress that lost a little air through the night).

Making (and eating) S’mores is a favorite activity for CP#1.

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The Cute Potato team survived a long road trip from Maine to Ohio with the help of some travel-friendly art kits and a great children’s album, plus a few stops for ice cream. We don’t have video in our Subaru, so MP and DP are dependent on books, music, and games to keep the kids occupied in the car.

Before the trip, MP shopped Island Treasure Toys in Yarmouth to find a few, small gifts to reward the kids for good behavior. MP left with two, super cute art folios from a company called The Piggy Story. These fabric kits have a handle for easy carrying, 12 crayons, and a note pad. CP#1 and CP #2 loved their portable art folios (so much so, MP and DP enjoyed a peaceful lunch by Lake Erie while the kids drew pictures at the table). (more…)

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MP’s quirky 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Wiegand, played Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 while the class practiced cursive writing. MP was only eight years old at the time, but something about the music calmed her. She learned to enjoy classical composers (and writing) thanks to this wonderful teacher.

A future drummer…

With this thought in mind, the team attended the Portland Chamber Music Festival’s Free Family Fun Day at the USM Abromson Center in Portland last August. The Cute Potato kids had so much fun listening to the lively music, learning from the musicians, and viewing the instruments up close.

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