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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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Bresca was MP’s favorite restaurant in Portland—the creative menu, the wine selection, Krista Desjarlais’ incredible desserts, and the cozy bistro atmosphere made it MP and DP’s go to place for an adult night out.

When Desjarlais decided to close Bresca in May 2013, MP’s disappointment was buoyed when she learned the chef had decided to renovate a snack shack at Outlet Beach on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester. While there would be no more quiet wine dinners at the Portland location, now our whole family could enjoy Desjarlais’ delicious food, and a day at the lake.

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Every summer, without fail, our family goes to the New Gloucester Strawberry Festival. We make sure to eat a light dinner, so our bellies can handle the humongous desserts that the volunteers at the festival so lovingly create.

CP#2 waiting in line - does he look excited or what?

CP#2 waiting in line. Does he look excited or what?

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Last Christmas, CP#1 and MP signed up for a kids’ wreath making workshop at O’Donals Nursery in Gorham. The nursery provides decorative greens and wreath making supplies for a small fee. When we arrived, there were long tables filled with boughs of White Pine, Cedar, and Balsam. Jeff O’Donal, our patient instructor, showed us how to arrange the greens in a fan shape before placing them on a wreath ring.

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Note: The Wilcox Family retired from pumpkin farming in 2014. Check out what they’re doing with the farm in this Boston Globe feature.

Every autumn, the team visits Intervale Farm in New Gloucester to select our pumpkins (both edible and ornamental). The historic farm is simply gorgeous this time of year. There are over 80 varieties of pumpkins, winter squash and gourds in deep oranges, yellows, forest greens and reds. CP#1 and #2 love the farm because there are so many great choices for jack-o-lanterns. There’s also a fun, outdoor museum of gourds and giant pumpkins for kids and their grown-ups to explore.

MP and DP enjoy Intervale because it’s like shopping at a great wine or bookstore. Owners Jan and Carl Wilcox take time to describe each and every squash and pumpkin on handwritten cards, so buyers can make informed selections. (more…)

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We’ve been trying to come up with something to surprise Dad Potato on Father’s Day. It’s hard. Last year, we made him Viva El Papa t-shirts. This year we’re considering a Dad Rocks theme, but our glittery guitar card didn’t turn out as planned.

Thankfully, Mom Potato came across a few last minute possibilities to suit all Daddy types:

The rocker:
The Maine Blues Festival features live music all weekend at various locations throughout Naples. Tickets are $10 and can be picked up at any Bull Moose location.

The hipster:
Ferdinand’s Drumming Squirrel T-Shirt is super cool and made of soft, organic cotton.

Available at Ferdinand in Portland or online

The gourmet:
Shop your local Farmer’s market to find jams, jellies, honey and more welcome treats for Dad.

The beer connoisseur:
Offering over 300 beers from around the world, Novare Res in Portland is the place to enjoy a pint (or two) outdoors.

The adventurer:
Stop by the L.L.Bean retail store in Freeport this weekend and treat him to a Walk-On Adventure. Kayaking, fly fishing, archery and sporting clays clinics are available for $20.

The car lover:
Take Dad to see 200 antique cars at Hodgman’s Frozen Custard in New Gloucester on Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. While you’re there, cross the street and visit the New Gloucester Community Market for live music, free burgers and lemonade.

Antique cars and homemade custard... what could be better?

The reader:
Treat him to The Poacher’s Son—a debut crime novel by Down East editor in chief, Paul Doiron.

The Poacher's Son is getting rave reviews

Hope this helps…. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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It's not a party until there's a cow in the room.

It’s not a party until there’s a cow in the room.

Last week, the Cute Potato gang celebrated a friend’s first birthday with a tour of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The kids were introduced to the farm’s calves and their (very large) milking mamas.

Besides the cupcakes and ice cream, the highlight was meeting a calf that was just six hours old. She was a little wobbly, but even with the curious crowd of partygoers surrounding her, the calf managed to stand for the first time.

Interested in touring the dairy farm with your family, or having your own Cute Potato’s birthday there? Visit here for details.

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