Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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.
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.
Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast is happy to inform you that Harvest on the Harbor is here again on October 20 – 22 at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portalnd.
It offers a unique experience that showcase’s many of Maine’s celebrated chefs and many renowned fine dining establishments, while featuring high-caliber and authentic gourmet products from local Maine farmers, fishermen and food artisans, as well as wineries, brewers and spirit makers. Some of the special events will be Grand Tasting on the Harbor.
Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, The Ultimate Seafood Splash and Top of the Crop from Maine’s Best Farms to Table Chefs. We invite you to share in the harvest bounty and hope you join us for 3 fun filled days of gourmet foods right here in Portland Maine on the peaceful coast of Maine
Posted on: October 1st, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Just took a ride this morning and as amazed at the amount of trees changing color just over night. It finally looks like fall but still unusually warm for this tiome of the year. Some leaves are strting to fall but not manny yet. We’re here most of the Fall Foliage Season attending to guests at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast, for most of the October leaf-peeping season. We were amazed at the brilliance of leaf color even at higher elevations. Along the beach here in Old Orchard Beach many of the trees have just begun to hit their color potential. We have Ash, Maple, Birch, Apen and Oak trees on our property that will soon be in their full Fall display of bright fall colors. The road that we are located on all the trees will be taking on those orangingy, red and yellow Crayola Crayon shades that over-shadows all other leaf colors.
Numerous guests have taken area drives on scenic Route 5 and 112 inland and route 1 coastal road this past weekend and brought back some spectacular photos of waterfalls, swimming-holes, covered wooden bridges, landscapes, hiking trails, and all the photos bore a palette of bright colors. Never mind what the experts say.
We have gotten the word straight from the source, our guests: The leaves tell us that the show will go on for another couple of weeks. Don’t miss them.
Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Victorian Main House
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely Atlantic Birches Inn invites you to Old Orchard Beach Maine during the fall foliage season where there are miles and miles of scenic roads ,parks and coast line that we can send you on to see trees displaying their Autumn colors. Some of our favorite spots to see the autumn fall colors in Southern Maine and Mid Coast Maine are Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Mount Agamenticus Park, and Ferry Beach State Park , because of their close proximity to us at the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.
Pumpkin Valley Corn Maze
Along the way one can stop at one of the many pick you own apple orchards, and picnic under the apple trees. Sometimes these orchards are situated atop of or along side the hills and provide spectacular autunm view of the surrouding mountains and valleys. One can also stop along the many farm stands or pick your own pumpkin patches for autumn\halloween gourds, pumpkins, or maize corn. If you really want to try something fun and dirferent you can try to navigate some of the eloborate corn mazes that farmers have created in their corn fields.
Portland Head Light
Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.
At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies for the whole family. Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes them a great place to spend a fun filled day with your family and friends. Some activities offered at various orchards include weekend festivals, hayrides, playgrounds and petting zoos. Some also offer, fresh baked apple donuts, jams, pies, apple crisps, honey, maple syrup, vegetables, pumpkins, wagon rides and gift shops, U picking apples in Maine is a fun family day event for all ages.
If you visit an orchard that presses its own cider, you may have the opportunity to witness an apple-pressing demonstration.
During a visit to an apple orchard on a warm day, you may want to enjoy a light picnic lunch. Depending on the orchard, they may offer snacks on-site, or you may need to pack your own. Most orchards will have a picnic area or a nice area under the apple trees with majestic views, where you can relax while you eat. After your picnic treat yourselves to a slice of fresh baked apple pie with a scoop of ice cream to help keep everyone cool.
Brackets Orchards, Limington ME (207) 637-2377
Giles Family Farm, Alfred ME (207) 324-2944
Libby & Sons U-Picks Limerick ME (207) 793-4749
McDougal Orchards Springvale ME (207) 324-5054
Moulton Orchards Standish ME (207) 225-3455
Raven Hill Orchards East Waterboro (877) 213-1672
Romac Orchards Acton ME (207) 324-3140
Spiller Farm Well’s ME (207) 985-2575
Thompson’s Orchard New Gloucester ME (207) 926-4738
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Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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.
Posted on: July 21st, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine
namely the Atlantic Birches Inn
an Old Orchard Beach Inn
would like to show you the Better Way To Stay
and inform you of one of our favorite events of the year the Harpswell Lobster Boat Race
a 20-year-old tradition, which comes alive on July 23 & 24. ,There is nothing more uniquely Maine than a day at the lobster boat races. Whether you’re drawn to the races as a serious competitor, or are a summer visitor in search of a true Maine experience, a day at the races will kick summer into gear.
An air-horn sounds. A thunderous roar rumbles across the bay. White foam flies boats skim across the water toward the finish line. Welcome to the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races
, which for well over two decades, have attracted fishermen, boat builders, and other race fans. One in a series of ten venues in harbors up and down the Maine coast, the races may be coming soon to a television near you.
Aura360 a Portland-based company , which specializes in extreme sports video production, hopes to create a pilot based on the races, like the Discovery Channel hit show, Deadliest Catch sometime soon be possible for the whole country to root for their favourites.
Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach Inn would like to show you the Better Way To Stay and inform you of one of our favorite events of the year the Yarmouth Clam Festival a 45-year-old tradition, which comes alive like clockwork on the third Friday in July, provides a sense of seasonal timekeeping; for others, a centerpiece for homecoming gatherings; and for others, a reconnection with the pleasure of basic hometown charm. The annual festival boasts lots of clams for eating, musical performances, competitions, fireworks, arts and crafts
The juried craft show on the NYA Lawn offers a selection of handmade crafts in every price range created by more than 140 artisans. Thursday 6-8pm (crafter’s option to open); Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.has a fine selection of jewelry, clothing, collectibles, pottery, wood carvings, and other handcrafted items created by over 140 artisans for every price range. The Festival’s jury consists of a panel of independent experts in various categories of arts and crafts. The jury selects crafters based on the following criteria: authenticity of handcrafted workmanship, originality and individuality, design excellence, executional skill, attention to detail, and professionalism in presentation.
Firefighter Muster Competition
Free Entertainment is provided all weekend at four locations: the Entertainment Tents at North Yarmouth Academy, on Memorial Green, on the Library Lawn and the Serendipity Stage on the First Parish Church Lawn.
Carnival by Smokey’s Greater Shows, Inc. is next to the Rowe School. Open Wednesday & Thursday 5-11pm; Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; Pay-one-price $20 bracelets are valid Wednesday & Thursday 6-10pm and Sunday 12-4pm.
Art Show & Sale Under the Oaks on the Library Lawn. View original works from the best artists in Maine and from away. Browse the show under three Maine State Champion Oak Trees, the largest known living members of each species in Maine. Friday 10am- 5pm, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
Posted on: June 30th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
Inn 4th of July
Atlantic Birches Inn Cottage
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 in Old Orchard Beach ME .
Atlantic Birches Inn Gazebo
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.
July 4th Fireworks
Old Orchard Beaches Independence Day Celebration starts on Friday July 1st first and ends with a spectular fireworks display in the town square next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier on Sunday July 3rd and Monday evening the 4th of July.
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.
Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by Ray Deleo
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.
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