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Photo courtesy Island Treasure Toys (Bath)


The Cute Potato kids are growing up fast, and with each passing year, MP finds it more challenging to find a toy or game they’ll use again and again. For ideas, MP enlisted the help of toy expert Anita Demetropoulos, the owner of Island Treasure Toys. Her toy store, which began as a home business in 2001, has expanded to three locations over the years. Anita’s warm and welcoming shops in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath are favorites among parents for quality toys and games. With nearly 16 years of experience, Anita has valuable advice to offer when it comes to gift-giving.


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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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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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