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Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Portland Head Light

The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself. 

Spring Point Light

Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its kind in the nation.  This year we expect another fun family event. Below we have created a map of some of our favorite area lighthouses with directions to help you find and visit them.

Pemiquid Light

We hope you enjoy visiting them and photographing them as much as we have at this Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.


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Great State of Maine Air Show

The Atlantic Birches Inn would like to inform you about  one of the most exciting, thrilling and  fun filled Events  in The State of Maine. The Great State of Maine Air Show  it takes place August 24, 25 and 26 at the  Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station ,  in Brunswick’s Executive Airport.  Experience a weekend full of dynamic aviation performances,  impressive static displays, air stunts, interactive booths, and more. These are some of the performers.  

ThunderbirdsNavy F/A-18, Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, Mike Goulian, Rob Holland, Texas Flying Legends, Red Tail Mustang, Ace Maker Air Shows, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, Oregon Aero SkyDancer
Dan Marcotte, Northeast Raiders, Team ChaosJacquie Warda, Randy Harris, Flash Fire Jet Truck, Collings Foundation Corsair,

As a result of the sucess of the  2011 Maine Air Show Event, organizers have lined up a tribute to the Tuskegee airmen featured in the Hollywood hit movie “Red Tails,” an airborne comedy routine dubbed “Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys” and performances by the world’s only all-women skydiving team, “Misty Blues.”

Maine 4th of July – Independence Day Celebration

Main House

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to show you the Better Way To Stay while celebrating the Forth of July here  in Old Orchard Beach ME .

Gazebo

Downeast Diner

Enjoy fine dining at The Landmark or Joesph’s By The Sea  or Yellow Fin’s Restaurant and don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine, there is no corkage fee at Yellow Fin’s.   For great traditional Maine lobster diners we recommend The Rising Tide in Pine Point

Old Orchard Beaches Independence Day Celebration starts on Wednesday

Old Orchard Beach Celebration

  July4th at 9:30 with  a spectular fireworks display in the town square next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier and then again on Thursday evenings the 5th and 6th of July.  

 

  

Sand Sculpture Contest

Family sand sculpture contest July 3 in Ocean Park Chautauqua-by-the-Sea on the beach .  Fun for the entire family.  Come enjoy a parade in Ocean Park July 4 starting at 10 a.m. and band concert with line and square dancing.  FMI: 207-934-9068

 

Southern Maine Fall Foliage

Main House 2011

Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the weekend, according to the final 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation.

Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in each of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently 50 to 70 percent, rangers say.

Autumn Colors

I went out for one of my rare October drives this Tuesday on Route 9 and Shore Road to see Nubble Light House in Cape Neddick  and I was surprised to still see an abundance of bright colors and  leaves still on the trees.  I am usually  here attending to guests here at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast, for most of the October leaf-peeping season. I wase amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations.  Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees are at  their color potential. We have Ash, Maple, Birch and Oak trees on our property that are in their full Fall display of bright fall colors. The road that we are located all the trees  are  orangingy, red and yellow Crayola Crayon shades that over-shadows all other leaf colors.

Wooden Covered Bridge

Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic inland To Route 5 toward the White Mountains and coastal roads this past weekend and brought back spectacular photos of waterfalls, swimming-holes, covered wooden bridges,  landscapes, hiking trails, and all the photos bore a palette of bright colors.

Never mind the experts. We have gotten the word straight from the source, our guests:  The leaves are still on the trees and that the show will go on for another week or two. Don’t miss them.

Boston Portsmouth Air Show – 2011

Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast  is happy to inform you of the  Boston Portsmouth Air Show.  The United States Navy Blue Angels along with the Brazilian Smoke Squadron will bring their high adrenaline, action packed flying performance to the Boston Portsmouth Air Show at Portsmouth’s International Airport at Pease on  August 13 & 14 for the 2nd time in 21 years.  

There will also be precision aerobatic flying by John Klatt in his Staudacher S-300D, Michael Goulian in his Castrol Aviator Extra 330SC, and Sean D. Tucker in his custom built 400 horsepower Challenger II Biplane.

 The air Show will host ground displays of many different aircraft including today’s military jets, Vintage Warbirds, Bi Planes, and Civilian Aircraft.  Many of the display will allow hands on and walkthroughs.  

  The U.S. Army Golden Knights Precision Parachute Team will be parachuting in on this years show.

Impressive demonstrations of the mighty roar of the USAF F-15 will be put on, along with the display of power and maneuverability of the F-16 that combines to make this Jet one of the world’s most lethal aircraft, also the Navy’s top fighter and attack aircraft the F/A-18 Super Hornet will captivate the audience with it powerful, precise demonstration of it’s speed and skill.  An also must see demonstration is the KC-135R Stratotanker, the fuel lifeline of the United States Air Force in action in an exciting fly-by.

La Kermesse Festival

La Kermesse

In 1982 Joseph Plamondon and his wife Mignonne attended the Festival de Joie, an annual Franco-American festival, in Lewiston.  While driving back to Biddeford, Joe began talking to Mignonne about his dream of having a festival similar to Lewiston’s in Biddeford.  Within a few weeks, Joe had assembled family members, friends and interested Biddeford citizens in planning a festival which would take place in the summer of 1983.  The group organized entertainment, a parade, bean supper, etc.  The main focus was of course fundraising.  They held yard sales, raffles etc. to raise the necessary funds to put on the festival.  In the spring of 1983 a few weeks before the scheduled event, Joe passed away.  The dedicated volunteers, including his wife, children and friends, were determined that the festival would take place.  And so in 1983 the 1st La Kermesse Festival was held and what a success it was.  We thank the founding members and all the past members of La Kermesse for their pride and determination in making the last 25 festivals a success and we look forward to another great festival as we celebrate our 26th festival. 

Musical Entertainment

La Kermesse starts Friday night with a parade scheduled to step off at 6:30 at the corner of Main and Beach streets in Saco and wind its way across the river to Biddeford City Hall. Opening ceremonies will follow from 7 to 7:30 in the main festival tent. A pig roast begins at 7 p.m. Friday musical performances in the main tent include Famille LeBlanc.  La Kermesse Idol and Contagious.  

 

La Kermesse Dancing

On the outdoor stage, Lawton will perform followed by Breakthrough Crafter tables and food vendors also will be open. The festival continues Saturday with field games for children Hoopalula, and various trampoline exhibitions by Dudziak’s Gymnasium  Saturday entertainment under the main tent includes Steppin’ Out Dance Centre  a puppet show by Dick Coffin and Rick Charette.  The La Kermesse Idol contest continues  followed by Zumba with Intensity Fitness Dance Studio. Dick Coffin will take the stage to do impersonations. Chantel Et Marcel avec Les Filles will be featured and followed by Famille LeBlanc  The La Kermesse Idol finals are scheduled followed by Corona Brothers.  An all-you-can-eat bean supper will be served from for $7. Other activities available through the day include face painting, rides, food vendors and crafts. Instead of carnival rides, the festival will offer a variety of bounce houses, a special trampoline and rock wall. Saturday’s festivities will be capped with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. 

Things To Do

La Kermesse wraps up Sunday with a religious service from 9 to 10 a.m. and a crepe breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon. Closing ceremonies with a performance from the St. Louis Alumni Band will take place 11 a.m. to noon. La Kermesse advance tickets are $8 for Friday and Saturday. Tickets at the gate are $2 per day to walk around or $5 with access to all areas, including the main tent. Entry is free on Sunday. Entrance to the bounce house area will be free throughout the festival. Tickets are available in Biddeford at Ray’s Market, Hannaford, Peoples Choice Credit Union, Shaw’s, Saco-Biddeford Savings Bank, Biddeford Savings Bank, Super Sub Shop, Pool Street Market and Majestic Flowers. They are available in Saco at Hannaford, Shaw’s and Peoples Choice Credit Union

We hope you enjoy your stay at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Me. 

Maine Summer Theatre

Ogunquit Playhouse

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast in Old Orchard Beach Maine would like to show you a  Better Way To Stay this Summer while attending the , a local summer stock theater, surrounded by pastoral fields and scenic woods.The theater has opened its doors to visitors of York County Maine and Southern Maine locals alike for the past 77 years. It is touted as one of the best Summer Theatre’s still operating in the United States,

There is something for everyone this year at the Ogunquit Playhouse - an edgy hip show, a Broadway Golden Era Classic, a spectacular Blockbuster, a new hit show that is a fun romp for all ages and the East Coast premiere of a musical that will bring folks of a certain age back to their Glory Days (or should I say daze!).” Don’t miss your opportunity to see one or all of these very spectacular shows this season!

Avenue Q

Avenue Q  opens the summer stock theater season when “Sesame Street meets South Park” in the Tony Award Best Musical of the Year, smash-hit,. This delightful parody that dares to ask the question, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” is on stage May 25 to June 18. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show conveys life’s tough lessons through the trials and tribulations of Princeton, a recent college graduate, who is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first, he must find an apartment and a job, with no work experience — but an English degree. Join Princeton along with the Broadway puppets for this toe-tapping, hilarious and often moving musical that the New York Times declared to be “savvy, sassy and eminently likable

Summer of Love

Summer of Love, a groovy new musical from Roger Bean, the creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Andrews Brothers, on stage June 22 through July 16. When a runaway bride discovers the countercultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, with a little help from the hippies and dropouts of Golden Gate Park, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This hippie, trippy musical features the powerful music of the late 1960s, by some of the most influential artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and many more. You’ll love this flower-power, feel-good musical experience!

The Music Man

The Music Man marches into town July 20 to August 20. Meredith Willson’s all-American favorite follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Does he stay? Does he run with the money? Even if you know, you’ll still want to see the quirky characters of this Golden Era classic and hear the award winning songs that have long become American standards: “76 Trombones,” “Till there Was You” and “Trouble.”

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde  the Musical, on stage August 24 through September 17! This award-winning Broadway musical sensation is based on the hit movie of the same name and follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who just dumped her for someone more serious. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s halls of justice with our heroine Elle, her Chihuahua, Bruiser and the bull-dog-toting-hairdresser Paulette, played by none other than Emmy Award winning Playhouse favorite Sally Struthers.

 

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon, an epic love story  that will touch your heart and haunt your memory, on stage September 21 through October 23. This compelling tale, a modern variation of Madame Butterfly by the creators of Les Misérables, shares the emotional story of an American GI and his love affair with a Vietnamese girl in a world torn apart by war. From the first sound of a helicopter flying as the sun rises over Saigon during the Overture, to the show’s powerful ending, Miss Saigon will take you on a touching journey about unwavering love and self sacrifice. The emotionally powerful score features the show stopping “The Movie in My Mind,” “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why” and “The American Dream.”

PLUS A SPECIAL FAMILY PRESENTATION!

Pinkalicious

Pinkalicious  about a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. On stage for the whole family July 9 and 10th and August 13 & 14.  Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, she has to figure out a way to exercise self-control and get out of this pink-dicament.

Maine Whoopie Pie

Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pies should be declared Maine’s official state dessert what do you think.   Here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach we think it would be a great ideal before Pennsylvania tries to snap up credit for the tasty cakes. We already have a state berry the wild blue-berry, and a state drink Moxie why not have a state desert the Whoopie Pie.   

Golden Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pie folklore has it being created during the Depression, by a woman in Bangor, Maine who was making a cake and she had some leftover batter.  Mainers are traditionally known for being frugal and very resourceful, so she plopped the extra batter on a cookie sheet. When these were done baking, she filled them with frosting and shouted, whoopie it worked hence the creation of the Whoopie Pie. Whoopie pies even have their own festivals that are held in Maine.  We have found that the best place for Gourmet Whoopee Pies is Cranberry Island Kitchen in Portland.  

Pumpkim Whoopie Pie

They offer a wide variety of cake flavors from golden vanilla butter cake, classic chocolate cake or pumpkin cake filled with cream cheese, maple cream cheese orange cream cheese, or espresso cream cheese. The golden and chocolate pies can be purchased with any of the following filling flavors lemon and lime, original, cointreau and fresh orange zest, myers dark rum, freshly brewed espresso, rich chocolate champagne, chambord,  peppermint, chocolate chip, espresso chocolate chip or mexican chocolate filling with a hint of cinnamon and a kick of cayenne pepper.   Innkeepers  Ray, Heidi and Alison

Old Orchard Beach – Maine Winter Birding Trails

Beach Birding

We have provided a list below of some of our favorite Winter walking and Birding trail locations near the Alantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast and hope you enjoy visiting and photographing these Maine Birding Trails as much as we have.

The Old Orchard Beach Maine area enjoys abundant seabirds in winter,see  some Purple Sandpipers on the rocks and Sanderlings on the beach, and the day is full of other surprises. Although the entire Maine coastline is full of birds, there are two land features (half-moon bays and rocky capes that make for some of the best places to visit for Winter Birding.

Rocky Coast

Rocky capes that extend into the ocean are the places where Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders, and Wandering Alcids are more likely to be found. They are good vantage spots for the passing Northern Gannets and Great Cormorants. The  good sites to see these birds on the Southern Maine Coast from south to north are Fort Foster in Kittery, Nubble Light at Sohier Park in York, Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Biddeford Pool, and Dyer Point in Cape Elizabeth. Noteworthy Major land extensions into the sea in the Mid-coast area are at Ocean Point in Boothbay, Pemaquid Point and Lands End on Orr’s\Bailey Island.

Half-moon bays and sheltered harbors are more apt to contain any of the scoter species. Grebes and Long-tailed Ducks appreciate the respite from surf. Buffleheads and

Common Golden Eye

 Common Goldeneyes particularly favor the calmer waters that escape the prevailing breeze. Wells Beach in Wells, Fortunes Rocks Beach next to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough Marsh (Pine Point and Higgins), Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Eastern Promenade in Portland, and Sandy Point Beach in Yarmouth are good spots to check in winter. Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown are two of the best sites in Maine year round.

Lapland Longspur

Bird anywhere along the coast for sea ducks.  Snow Buntings and sometimes Horned Larks frequent beaches, particularly at Reid State Park, Pine Point, Ferry Beach State Park. A Lapland Longspur is also possible in flocks, too. Northern Shrikes may turn up anywhere in winter but enjoy the edges of open areas along the coast similiar to Old Orchard Beach.

Portland Maine – Christmas Performances

Atlantic Birches Inn

The Atlantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast in Old Orchard Beach Maine would like to show you the Better Way To Stay while attending your Portland Maine Christmas Holiday Event.

Portland hosts many different Christmas shows and events throughout the Christmas season. From the Portland Stage Theater to Merrill Auditorium to selection of Handel’s Messiah sings at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, these Christmas shows and events are sure to entertain you and fill you with holiday spirit.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

This charming version of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol tells the story of the redemption of a human soul. The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being.  A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family—and a great way to catch the Christmas spirit at the Portland Stage Company.

The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Dairies

Spend an irreverent evening with Crumpet as one of Santa’s little helpers working during the holiday rush at Macy’s Department Store as he copes with thousands of shoppers (and their kiddies) with whacked out, wicked wit. This show is holidays treat for grownups that will put you in the Christmas spirit, so leave the little angels at home for a behind-the-scenes peek at an elf gone bad at the Portland Stage Company.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Maine State Ballet again brings the classic holiday story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy to Merrill Auditorium. Maine State Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, with the live musical accompaniment by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karla Kelley, is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.

Magic of Christmas

Magic of Christmas

Maine’s favorite holiday tradition is a yuletide treat for the whole family! Happy patrons declared last year’s Magic “upbeat and fun” and “the best yet!” Find out what Robert Moody has in store this year, when the Portland Symphony Orchestra and special guests celebrate “Simple Holiday Joys.  

 

 

Polar Express – Maine Narrow Gauge

The Polar Express™ will come to life again when the Maine Narrow Gauge The Polar ExpressRailroad trains departs from its Portland depot for a journey to the “North Pole,” but with some delightful changes. Holiday decorations along the train’s route will fit the Polar Express story as they light up the night. Individually decorated cars will add to the magic of the experience as you listen to the enchanting story read over our sound system.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Choral Art Singers

This year the Choral Art Singers will present a wide variety of holiday and seasonal pieces, including a Gregorian chant, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and a set of Appalachian carols. Audiences can also expect to hear traditional holiday songs, “Ave Maria” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” among several other favorites. A concert highlight for many is the candle lit procession to “Silent Night,” concluding the evening 

 


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