Posts Tagged ‘katie clark’

It’s raining… again. And tomorrow’s forecast calls for more. What’s a parent to do? MP went through some of Cute Potato’s favorite rainy day activities to help:

1. Visit an Indoor Play Space
Try Portland’s Greenlight Studio or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. Also, don’t forget to check out your nearby libraries for fun children’s programs and free play.

CP#2 takes a building break at a favorite play space.


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When MP becomes a senior citizen, she hopes to be as plucky as the grandmother in Katie Clark’s popular Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck and Grandma Drove the Snowplow series. If you’re familiar with the Brunswick author’s books, you know her lovable protagonist is a dedicated problem solver. Grandma is ready to do whatever it takes to help her community, no matter the obstacle.


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MP can’t help herself. As the calendar approaches Halloween, she starts thinking about holiday shopping. Maybe it’s because she worked in retail advertising for so many years. Regardless, she was thrilled to discover the Center for Maine Crafts in West Gardiner. Don’t let the rest stop location fool you—this beautiful shop is the real deal. For adults, you’ll find stunning jewelry, pottery, music and more gifts at every turn. And the children’s section? Let’s just say MP was beyond pleased, especially because there is an impressive display of local authors available, including team favorites like Wendy Ulmer and Lynn Plourde. She’s certain CP#1 will like Brunswick author Katie Clark and her quirky adventure, Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck.

In addition to books, MP also liked the fanciful, wooden pull toys from Heritage Collectibles in Sebec.


Heritage Collectible's handmade pull-toys


And just when MP thought she’d seen it all, there was a sweet collection of hair accessories by Baubles and Bows near the register. The mix of colors and fabrics are so much fun… it almost makes MP want to be five again.

As it turns out, MP is not the only one thinking about the holidays. The Center for Maine Craft has a new gift shop across from the food court at the Bangor Mall, too.

Happy early shopping!

The Center for Maine Craft
West Gardiner Turnpike Service Plaza

Holiday Store at the Bangor Mall
Open October – December, 2010

For hours: http://mainecrafts.org/

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