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If your family visited the Yarmouth Clam Festival this year, there is a good chance your kids played on the Litl’ Squirts Wooden Pirate Ship. Will Boyle, the owner and founder of the Maine made natural juice, decided an active display for his brand was ideal for his target customer—kids. And boy, was he right! CP#1 and #2 were immediately drawn to the ship, and not only for play, they had a feeling a Litl’ Squirts juice might be in their future.

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The second installment of our Maine Insider video is on visitmaine.com! The video highlights our visit to Popham Beach and Fort Popham in Phippsburg, and MP talks about some of our favorite festivals throughout the summer and early fall.

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While shopping the Craft & Art Show at the Yarmouth Clam Festival this summer, the team discovered The Merry Crown Society. Shop owner, Bonnie, who hails from Fryeburg, designs whimsical crowns, wands, swords, and masks using felt made from recycled plastic bottles. CP#2 was completely smitten with Bonnie’s booth. If MP allowed it, he would spent hours trying out cool disguises.

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While MP and the kids were exploring the Yarmouth Clam Festival, CP#2 pointed out a brightly colored booth. “Look at all the buoys,” he said, tugging on MP’s hand. Upon closer inspection, we learned that the buoys were in fact baseball bats. CP#2 was enthralled. He grabbed a Buoy Bat and asked MP to pitch to him. The beauty of the bat is the nice, wide sweet spot. If CP#2 had his way, we would have stayed at the Buoy Sports booth for hours (though several unsuspecting passers-by were hit by foam balls).

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Note: The 2015 Clam Festival, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, promises to be a blast! The parade, carnival, and horse drawn wagon rides remain highlights. In the Kids’ Area this year, look for magic shows, live music and balloon tying. Also, we have it on good authority that our friends at Islandport Press will be giving away 100 copies of some of their most popular children’s books each day (look for their booth at the Merrill Library). 

The team had a blast at the Yarmouth Clam Festival Friday. As planned, we spent most of our time on the Merrill Library lawn, taking in musical acts like the sassy Ann Sparling, who sang kid favorites like The Pumpkin Vine, I’m a Nut, Ting-A-Lay-O and Mr. Sun. The young audience played instruments, danced and marched around the big, blue tent. And CP#1 was thrilled when Ann invited her to wear a dog costume for How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

CP #1 in her furry best

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Last week, Cute Potato asked where you found your favorite kids’ room furniture and accessories. One reader recommended the Yarmouth Clam Festival and we couldn’t agree more. Maine fairs and festivals are a great way to connect with local artisans. Can’t wait for summer festivals to start? Try the Etsy Maine Team for wall art and fun decor for your child’s room.

Our friend and fellow blogger, the Maine Maven, discovered a beautiful crib at Hands of Hope Thrift Store in Bangor. Children’s resale shops are ideal for finding cribs, rocking chairs and book shelves at low prices. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Family Network Trading Post in your town, it’s a great resource for kids’ rooms. We found Cute Potato #2’s crib and mattress (both in perfect condition) for $100 on our network. Craig’s List Maine and Uncle Henry’s are also great places to find bargains on gently used furniture for little ones.

We found a similarly styled crib (minus the leopard print rug) on our Family Network Trading Post

A great-looking kids’ room from L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean has been stepping up their line of kids’ bedding and room accessories lately. We love the quilts, comforter covers, monogrammed pillows and most especially, the canvas storage totes (more colors, please). Their chenille braided rugs are durable and they work well in a playroom or bedroom.

Nearby gift shops also offer a few unique accessories for kids’ rooms. We’re big fans of Folly 101 in Portland, where we found a colorful paper mobile, fun room hooks and a beautiful, pressed floral lampshade.

An eye-catching Maine Cottage dresser

Keep an eye out for sales at Chilton’s, where we’ve spotted pine bunk beds and single beds. Maine Bunk Beds in Brunswick, who make eco-friendly beds in beautiful (milk paint) colors, is our current favorite.

We’re loving the styles and colors at Maine Bunk Beds

So there you have it. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. We’ll keep searching… and let us know what you discover, too!

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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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