Jimmy Fallon, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and current host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” visited Quoddy Head Light in Lubec on Monday.
In a post on Instagram, Fallon posted a photo of himself wearing sunglasses and a mask by the iconic lighthouse, which overlooks Maine’s border with Canada. Fog hovers above the top of the lighthouse in Fallon’s photo.
“Decided to get up early and see the sunrise in the easternmost point in the United States. Lubec, ME. I did. Low visibility. It was still awesome,” Fallon wrote, adding the hashtag #loveatfirstlight.
In the post, Fallon wrote that he was visiting a “friend in Maine” whom he did not name but who almost certainly is Lorne Michaels, the longtime “SNL” — and now “Tonight Show” — executive producer who owns Josh Pond Farm, a 150-acre organic wild blueberry and goat farm in nearby Whiting.
Fallon has been to Maine before, and was spotted with Michaels at a Lubec brewery on Water Street in October 2017 when they stopped in for a couple of beers. At the time, other patrons at the brewery took pictures of themselves with Fallon and Michaels and posted them on social media.
Michaels’ farm just north of Josh Pond is among more than 5,000 contiguous acres of forest and blueberry fields that the television producer owns in Whiting and abutting Marion Township through various limited liability companies that he controls. Through his LLCs, Michaels also owns a 15-acre parcel off Route 191 in Cutler, a nearly 20-acre lot on Ridge Road in Marshfield, a 32-acre parcel on Route 1A in Machias near the Whitneyville town line and a 73-acre lot on Route 191 in Machiasport. All four of these lots are undeveloped with a mixture of blueberry fields and woods.
Michaels, who is 75 and was raised in Toronto, bought the land surrounding Josh Pond in 2009 for $1.45 million, according to public documents accessible in the Washington County Registry of Deeds online database. He has continued to buy undeveloped land in Washington County since then, most recently in 2018.
In a 2018 article in Down East magazine, Michaels said he bought the land around Josh Pond to protect it from development and then decided to build a summer home on the pond’s north shore. A home on the property has an assessed value of $900,000, according to the town of Whiting’s online property tax records.
“I fell in love with how staggeringly beautiful that part of Maine is,” Michaels told the magazine. “It’s remote and preserved in a way few places are any more — I intend to keep it that way.”
Michaels told Down East that he started the farm, which he hired experienced blueberry growers to run, because he wanted to help sustain the industry and the area’s agricultural legacy.
“The region has a fabulous agricultural life that is sort of underappreciated,” Michaels told the magazine. “If I can help bring attention to it, that’s great. I want to support it.”