You’ve never seen lobster like this. The West End Neighborhood Association in Portland and Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine will attempt to make the world’s longest lobster roll on Sunday, June 7, at the 36th annual Old Port Festival. The groups, along with co-sponsors including Oakhurst Dairy, Kate’s Homemade Butter, JJ Nissen Bakery and Maine Root Soda, will create a lobster roll big enough to feed an army in an attempt to get into the Guinness World Records. The event will raise money for the youngsters served by the neighborhood association to provide them with swimming lessons and other opportunities this summer. Construction of the giant roll will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Commercial Street. Officials from the Maine Lobster Promotion Council will certify the attempt for Guinness World Records. For more information, visit www.lobsterfrommaine.com.
Fiddle me this, fiddlehead fans: If you haven’t yet bought a big bag of the wild Maine delicacy, you can get yourself a heaping helping of fiddleheads by calling or e-mailing the Allagash Historical Society and ordering a two-pound bag. For a $15 donation, Allagash Historical Society members will ship cleaned fiddleheads anywhere in the country. Shipping rates are approximately $10.35 for the bag, by the U.S. Postal Service. Think about it: If you’re a Maine native living on the other side of the country, and you haven’t had fiddleheads since you were a wee thing, now’s your chance. That $15 donation goes to help the historical society publish “An Allagash Christmas: The Early Years,” a book featuring recollections of Allagashers about the holiday season in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. To order by phone, call 834-6221 or 398-3148, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has some bulletins to help Maine cooks find, grow use and store in-season fruits and vegetables. Produce lovers can visit extension.umaine.edu to find information on preserving strawberries and getting the most health benefits out of spring peas. The extension also offers regular classes around the state on canning, cooking, freezing, gardening, tractor safety and other useful skills. To find a class near you, visit extension.umaine.edu.