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For Mother’s Day this year, MP’s wish is for good weather and a breakfast visit to a local garden with coffee, croissants and a book in hand. If you’re also a mom in search of Sunday morning serenity, here are a few favorite Maine gardens to enjoy plus a few fun events for the weekend:

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If your family happens to be in Kennebunkport, and you find yourselves exploring Dock Square, we recommend going directly to Daytrip Jr. The inviting shop is a Cute Potato favorite. When MP visits, she can’t help but think of A Christmas Story, when Ralphie and friends have their noses pressed against the glass at Higbee’s Department Store window, gaping in awe at its marvelous contents.

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Look who's coming to breakfast...

No, not Clarence Clemens, famous E. Street Band saxophonist. The other big man… Santa Claus himself. When the Cute Potatoes’ mama was a little girl growing up in N.J., it was a family tradition to have breakfast with Santa. It was a fun, family outing made even better by good food and the appearance of the man behind the beard. Okay, enough of that.

Fortunately, there are several towns in Maine where Santa plans on enjoying breakfast this year. And each location has its own unique spin on the event—kids can write letters to Santa, have their photo taken with him, visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves, create fun holiday crafts, sing, listen to holiday stories or pig out on bake sale food. And what, we ask you, could be better than that?

Saturday, December 5:

Maniax Café
8 Market Place Drive, York
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Free
Juice, muffins and more
Added info.

Wilhelm Reich Museum
Dodge Pond Road
Rangeley
8 a.m.-11 a.m.
$5.00 per person
Blueberry, M&M and chocolate chip and plain pancakes, sausag
Added info.

Crescent Park Elementary School
Crescent Lane
Bethel
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Free
Added info.

Hamden Academy
One Main Road North
Hamden
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
$3.00 per person
Added info.

Molly Ockett School
25 Molly Ockett Drive
Fryeburg
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
$4.00 per person
Pancakes, sausage
Added info.

Sunday, December 6:

Greely Middle School
351 Tuttle Road
Cumberland
7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Kids: $3.00
Adults: $10.00
All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, December 12:
(not quite breakfast, but….)
Farmers Fare
Route 90 and Cross Street
Rockport
Noon- 3:00 p.m.
Free
Cookies and cider
Bring your own camera

Sunday, December 13:

Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport
8 a.m.-noon
Kids: $10.00
Adults: 20.00
Holiday brunch

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The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle by Bruce McMillan

During a recent visit to Kennebunkport, we discovered the fun and equally well-thought gift shop, Daytrip Society. While we were there, Mom and Dad Cute Potato purchased two great books for the family. The first of the two—The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle—is by Shapleigh author, Bruce McMillan. The story, about a young boy’s tricycle that escapes the village dump to find him, is a laugh-out-loud adventure, made even better by McMillan’s quirky black and white photos of Kennebunkport residents and locales.

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We also bought Dahlov Ipcar’s classic, A Cat at Night, for the Cute Potatoes’ cat loving cousin. We’re big fans of the Georgetown Island artist/author’s colorful illustrations, and the story of the cat’s adventure keeps kids guessing what they’ll discover next.

Happy reading!

PS: We love signed copies for gifts. Autographed copies of McMillan’s book are available through Apple Island Books, 176 Country Road, PO Box 190, Shapleigh, ME 04076.

And if you’re interested in meeting Dahlov Ipcar in person, she will be signing books at L.L.Bean in Freeport on September 12. Check Yarmouth’s Islandport Press for event details.

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