Memorial Day is past, the windjammers that moor outside my office are busy plying their trade on Penobscot Bay, hammers are swinging on construction sites, and new and relocating businesses are getting fresh paint and new signs. All signs indicate the traditional season is upon us and with it opportunities to play tourist in our own back yards and reconnect with the reasons so many folks from across the world come and see us every year.
This coming weekend, June 11-12, be sure not to miss the Maine Home+Design Midcoast show at the stunning Point Lookout Resort on the Northport-Lincolnville line. The show brings together architects, builders, landscape designers, interior designers, kitchen suppliers, artists, food purveyors and more under one roof. Tickets are $10, cash and check at the gate, free to children 12 and under. The show is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to get out and experience Maine’s creative economy. This show is a must for people interested in any aspect of building, remodeling and enjoying their homes. A huge range of trades and industries will be represented in two hundred booths. If you are planning upgrades, remodeling, interior design or a new house here in Maine, this is the best show of the year for the trades.
The show is a great way to meet hundreds of exhibitors under one roof, discover new, interesting products and services, find the best resources in remodeling, landscaping and design services, and speak with experts. By visiting and enjoying the show with so many of the midcoast’s best vendors in attendance, there’s no better way to compare and save for your next project. Almost any home product and service that you can imagine will be represented at the show. You’ll meet contractors, landscapers, architects and interior designers. You’ll also have a chance to see samples of products such as the newest in flooring and walkways to transform your home and add to its appeal. View displays of kitchens, baths, windows, doors, appliances, furnishings, spas, pools, fireplaces, sunrooms and so much more. Come with ideas, photos and an open mind. You’ll leave with inspiration.
New this year is the American Institute of Architects Maine Showcase Pavilion. Thanks to the
generosity of Phi Home Designs of Rockport and the people of AIA Maine the pavilion will offer attendees the unparalled opportunity to meet and talk with some of Maine’s most sought-after and respected architects. It will be a great spot to stop by and discuss renovation, your dream home or architecture in general, and it will be open to attendees all weekend long.
In addition to heading to the home show, this is a great time to try something different on your
doorstep. Galleries are deep into spring exhibitions and openings, the windjammer fleet is putting to sea, the full range of restaurants are open for the season, the wineries are offering tours and tastings, and your neighbourhood shops often offer extended seasonal hours. Why not make your part of Vacationland a ‘Staycationland’ and make the most of what your neighbours have to offer?
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.visitcamden.com for more information.