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CP#1 and #2 are growing up fast. We decided this year they would be ready to try cross-country skiing. Plus if there were ever a winter to embrace the outdoors, this one is it. DP grew up skiing at Carter’s in Oxford, but we decided to try some place closer to home for our first outing. On a bright, 20º Saturday afternoon, we bundled up and traveled to Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The ski center features expansive trails, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.

We rented skis, boots and poles at the farm, and the friendly staff made us feel right at home. “You’ll have a blast!” said the young woman behind the counter once we were fully outfitted.

DP, who is the designated map expert at our house, decided on a nearly 3 mile trail to get us started. Once we all put on our skis, we traversed up our first hill. CP#2 lead the pack, followed by his Dad, CP#1 and MP, who admittedly is the slowest skier in our crew. The slippery hill was a tough way to start, but once we got past it, the remainder of the trail was fairly flat.

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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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On one of our first days of summer vacation, the team visited Pineland Farms in New Gloucester to make ice cream. Paula Letiecq, who teaches the class, is a friend, so we were thrilled to visit for the morning. She tells us we’ll be making three kinds of ice cream: strawberry, vanilla, and M&M cookie.

CP#2 can’t wait to get started making his own ice cream.

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Saturday, June 19:

Strawberry Festival
Pineland Farms
New Gloucester

What’s not to love about Pineland Farms, with its sprawling green campus, gardens and wonderful market? Stop by this Saturday for the Strawberry Festival. Kids can learn to make ice cream (11:00 – 1 p.m.) and sample locally made treats. Later in the afternoon, Mom and Dad can enjoy a wine tasting featuring Winterport Winery’s fruit wines.

Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Market and Welcome Center

The market at Pineland Farms

Maine Blues Festival
Naples

Word on the street is Bray’s Brew Pub is the place to be for families during the Maine Blues Festival. Children can dance and play outdoors, while their parents enjoy the show. In town, kids can take part in even more fun, like face painting, creating public art and our personal favorite, the Cub Scouts’ pie throwing booth. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15.

Time: Noon – past bedtime
Where: Locations throughout Naples

Taste of Brunswick

We love events where we can try everything from Mexican food to gelato. The Taste of Brunswick offers samplings from nearby restaurants for $8 /pp (kids under 12 are free). While you’re there, enjoy live music on the town green.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Town Green, Maine Street Brunswick

Sunday, June 20:

Antique Car Show

Hodgman’s Frozen Custard
New Gloucester

A visit to Hodgman’s Frozen Custard is exciting enough on its own, but on Sunday, over 300 antique cars will be on view. Not enough for you? Check out the New Gloucester Community Market across the street, where they’ll be celebrating with free hamburgers, music and lemonade.

Where: Route 100, New Gloucester
Times:

Car Show: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Market event: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bureau of Parks and Lands
Maine Day
Statewide

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the Maine State Park System is offering free entry to all state parks and historic sites on Father’s Day. So pack a picnic lunch and treat Dad to a day at the park.

Time:
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Visit the Maine Department of Conservation’s site for a full listing

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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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