Posts Tagged ‘Maine Things To Do’

Maine 4th of July – Independence Day Celebration

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.  

Sand Sculpture

Family sand sculpture contest July 3 in Ocean Park Chautauqua-by-the-Sea on the beach .  Fun for the entire family.  

Parade

Come enjoy a parade in Ocean Park July 4 starting at 10 a.m. and band concert with line and square dancing.  

 
 

La Kermesse Festival

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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. 

Southern Maine Balloon Festival

Posted on: June 23rd, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Balloon Fest

A first night Fireworks Display on the beach at 9:45 pm Thursday June 23  sponsered by Palace Playland.   Old Orchard Beach Maine’s biggest summer event ever will fill the skies over Southern Maine’s Premier Beach with  colorful hot air balloons! This is the  2nd annual  Old Orchard Beach Spirit in America Hot Air Balloon Festival as it kicks off on Friday June 24th and ends noon Sunday June 26. Balloon Operators will perform night glows on  Friday and Saturday evenings at dusk, watch the Balloons inflate, then sit back and watch the colors dance against the night sky. It is a sight to behold.  Saturday will also host the New England Sky Divers Show

New England Sky DIvers

BBQ at The Ballpark

 tethered balloon rides each day at sunrise will give event participants a chance to experience a truly unique view of the surrounding Beach and Town and also let you find out what an actual flight would be like while being securely tied to the ground. Early Saturday morning the Christopher Cash 7th Annual Memorial 5K Run & 2.5 Mile Walk starts by the town Fire\Police Station, later in the day a real New England Lobster Bake on the Beach will take place along with a Beach BBQ Hoedown at the ballpark. 

For more information contact OOB365 group. 

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


Maine Summer Theatre

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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.


National Train Day

Posted on: April 16th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Discover the Rail Way. On May 7, 2011, the 4th Annual National Train Day will be a free coast-to-coast celebration.  Take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston Mass. to Old Orchard Beach Maine, and enjoy your stay at the Atlantic Birches Inn, an elegant Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Stay two nights during the week of May 7, 2011 show us your train stub at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast and we will pay for half your fare from Boston to our Old Orchard Beach Inn.  

Old Orchard Beach Maine trains are now traveling eight times daily between Boston to Portland. Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal stop that is open from mid April through late October. There is some talk of making Old Orchard Beach a Year Round stop.  

First National Train Day

National Train day was first celebrated on Saturday May 10, 2008 as a result of high gas prices, environmentalists seeking to lower their carbon footprints and  Amtrak’s  increase of ridership by 12 percent for the year. On May 1, 2011, Amtrak will celebrate 40 years as America’s Railroad, providing vital intercity and high-speed passenger rail service from New York to Los Angeles and offering critical transportation choices for both urban and rural communities. From steam to diesel-powered engines travelers have had a long love affair with trains. 

 Long before Amtrak began operations in 1971, people were riding the rails.  Amtrak was created to ease congestion on highways and at airports, and to restore the efficiency, attractiveness and convenience of train travel. Amtrak’s original passenger cars were acquired from private railroads and came in all different colors, which is why the public and the media called them “Rainbow Trains.  

Amtrak Downeaster

Train service first began to Old Orchard Beach over 159 years ago in 1842 and continued until the mid 1900’s. After nearly 50 years, train service was resumed to Maine. In 2002 The DownEaster Train resumed its seasonal scheduled stop in Old Orchard Beach. Trains are now traveling eight times daily between Boston to Portland. 

OOB Train Station

Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal stop that is open from mid April through late October. There is some talk of making Old Orchard Beach a Year Round Stop. 

With high-speed rail access from Washington D.C. and New York to Boston, vacationers and weekenders now enjoy a speedy trip to Boston and then connect for a 2 hour train ride from Boston to the  Old Orchard Beach Maine  train station stop, adjacent to the new Visitors Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce Building, is just 100 yards from the beach and a 2 minute walk to the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME. Bed and Breakfast.


Maine Birding Trails

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

Birders

You can feel, hear, see and smell it as soon as you walk outside, the warm air, the chirping of the birds, the crocus, day lilies and daffodils pushing up through the ground, the mounds of snow melting you finally realize spring has sprung.

The busiest birding season begins in April, when blackbirds, waterfowl, sparrows, and the first warblers return. The Migrants start arriving in Southern Maine and Portland about a week ahead of Acadia and Bangor. April 1st Robins and Song Sparrows have returned and begun singing and by the third weekend of April, Tree Swallows and the earliest warbler species of Yellow-rumped, Pine, and Palm Warblers begin to show up. Calls of the first Eastern Phoebes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers liven up quiet mornings in late April. Hawks also begin to return around this time.

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

Below we have provided a Maine Birding Trails Map of some of our favorite walking and Birding trail locations near and around the Alantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach ME 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 Spring, see some Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, and Common Eiders 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 Birding.

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

Bay Breasted Warbler

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 the spring Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown are two of the best sites in Maine year round.

Snow Geese

Bird anywhere along the coast for sea ducks. Snow Geese  and sometimes Horned Larks frequent beaches, particularly at Reid State Park, Pine Point, Ferry Beach State Park.

Listed below are some Spring Birding Events that you might want to attend.

Wings Waves & Woods May 20-22, 2011 is Deer Isle’s Stonington Migratory Birding Weekend. Local birders lead conservancy and beach walks plus boat rides to see puffins, sea birds and eagles. Island artisans and artists offer birding and nature-related originals. The puffin trip to Seal Island is outstanding! Good chance for Purple Sandpipers, Great Cormorants, and pelagic specialties.

The 8th Annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival in Cobscook Bay, Whiting is May 27-30, 2011. Hikes, Puffin trips, Sightseeing Boat Trips, Sunset Cruises, Expert Lectures. Join us in the Cobscook Bay area of Down East Maine for a special birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season. You’ll have a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their special habitats. The Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique experience in “the real Maine” where birders can get out on their own and observe a great variety of birds in diverse natural environments. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts.

13th Acadia Birding Festival: Bar Harbor, Mt Desert Island, Acadia National Park is June 2-5, 2011  The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine’s 1st bird watching festival, established in 1998. Featured speakers: Pete Dunn and Kevin Karlson. Participate for a special and educational birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season, with a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their unique habitats. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts. Enjoy a diversity of habitats: northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands and maybe you will get to see an ugly moose.

View Maine Birding Trails in a larger map


Old Orchard Beach – Maine Winter Birding Trails

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Ray Deleo

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.