Vintage View: Shorette’s Diner, Lincoln, Maine

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This vintage view of Shorette’s Diner in Lincoln is circa 1950s. It no longer exists! On the backside: “On Route 2 entering Lincoln, Maine going north, a place to remember, air-conditioned, quick courteous service, the finest of foods, large free parking space. Open 6 AM to 12 PM. Charles R. Shorette & Son, Proprietors.” Color plate by Alton Johnson. Published by Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co., Inc. Belfast, Maine.

Maine’s Record (& Tree)-Breaking October Storm

We were warned Sunday night that there would be hurricane force winds overnight and into the early morning. I got out of bed at 3:30 a.m. to start the coffee earlier than usual in case we lost power. I went to my utility’s outage report website and saw that there were 50k customers without power, then 65k, and it kept rising every time I hit refresh. Next I went out into the sunroom and looked outside into the darkness in my backyard. I was able to see the faint silhouette of the trees in our woods violently swaying back and forth, in particular one very tall white pine. The “soundtrack” to the scene was very unnerving, like a menacing and sustained roar. I went inside and what I heard next was what no one wants to hear.

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Vintage Views of Maine: Old Postcards

I have a new feature coming up on Serene New England: Scans from my vintage Maine postcard collection! I’ll be featuring views of places, restaurants, motels, inns and street views that are either no longer in existence or have changed dramatically over the decades. It’s a fun way to be transported back in time. Wayne and I hope you’ll enjoy looking at them as much as we do.

Shown above is a Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Boston, published by Don Sieburg, New London, New Hampshire: “Pleasant Mountain Chairlift and Ski Area near Bridgton, Maine. The 4,300 foot chairlift sightseers in summer and skiers in winter. From the summit, scores of lakes and mountains in Maine and New Hampshire can be seen. Photo by Bill Bardsley.” No date given, circa 1950s. Today it’s known as Shawnee Peak.

Before the Clocks Turn

It’s almost November yet we’re still picking tomatoes! I’m savoring these days before darkness invades at 4:00 p.m. when we turn the clocks. Soon we’ll pick the remaining green tomatoes, place them in a brown bag to ripen, and Wayne will dismantle the garden. Chippie and her cousins should be going underground for the season once “normal” fall temps set in.  I always have a tough time transitioning during that first week of early darkness, but then I focus on the holidays and it’s yet another part of why I love living in New England. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Personal Updates

I’ve had some rough days since my last post, but I’ll start with the more upbeat stuff. The photo above is of Wayne looking rather tiny in contrast with the big colorful trees in our woods.

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Recipe: Spicy Manhattan-Style Fish Chowdah

Due to the unusually warm Autumn we’ve been having here in Maine, tomato season has been extended! This simple recipe for Manhattan chowder was inspired by the many ripe tomatoes on my kitchen counter, the cod fillets in my freezer and the beautiful heirloom carrots from Frith Farm in my fridge.

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Road Trip to Burlington, Vermont

Wayne and I took a road trip to visit with some friends who live in Richmond, Vermont. We spent the afternoon in Burlington where I lived for three years while in graduate school in the 1990s. It’s hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since I was last there! Wayne also went to University of Vermont and managed, then co-owned a legendary restaurant (to Burlington and Portland, Maine locals), Carbur’s. We did not ride in the play VW Bus pictured above which was at Ben & Jerry’s in downtown Burlington.

The Vermont foliage wasn’t peaking the way it is in Maine and parts of New Hampshire, but we saw so many beautiful and interesting things:

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Abandoned Industry: Kezar Falls, Maine Woolen Mill

Here’s another sideline adventure Wayne and I had during our foliage drive last Sunday. We walked around the perimeter of the fascinating abandoned Kezar Falls Woolen Mill.  We were struck by the enormity, ominous sky, mysterious doorways and decrepit buildings framed by natural beauty in autumnal decay.

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Abandoned Beauty: Limington, Maine Church

Wayne and I stopped to take photos of this decaying church during our foliage drive this past weekend. I think of all of the celebrations, sermons and funerals that once took place here and how forlorn and sad it is now. Yet, that gives it a haunting beauty, don’t you think?

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