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MAINE: THE MAIN EVENT!

The York’s, Part One

By Glenn Arnette. lll

Nothing is more beautiful than New England in the Fall. The weather is perfect; the colors are explosive and the people just delightful. On my recent visit to York, Maine, it could have not been better. The Chamber of Commerce was most helpful in helping me to understand and see the area better than ever before. I personally want to thank Elaine and Stephanie who help arrange the trip. The Chamber’s caring for each and every member is really something to see. Every member should be very proud of the grand work they are doing each and every day.


There are the three York’s; i.e., York Village, York Harbor, York Beach (Long Sands, Short Sands and Cape Neddick). It is like living in Paradise with so much to do and not enough time to see it all. The Village has adorable shops and wonderful museums. The Harbor is dotted with boats and many restaurants. The Beach is a walkers dream especially with that cup of morning coffee while taking that early stroll. Most of all it is Lobster World!

Our purpose for this trip was to try and understand why Northerners who moved to the South (Florida) are rushing back to the North, especially to Maine. What makes that area so exciting? Now I know!

Playhouse, one of America’s oldest and America’s Foremost Summer Theatre. It all started in 1933 in a garage in Ogunquit’s town center and with their success it moved to the present theatre on July 17, 1937 and is still going. We had the pleasure of seeing the closing night of Singing in the Rain and it was just like being in Times Square in New York. No wonder people pack the house for every show all season long. This past season included A Chorus Line, Shout, Guys and Dolls and All Shook Up. There was also Children’s Theatre including Cinderella, Fairy Houses, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Directed, produced and acted by professionals, you will be pleased to see most are and have been Broadway performers. What a night! For information about the theatre and the schedule for next year, go to www.ogunquitplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511. It is worth moving to Maine to be a part of the experience every season.

After a night of rest, it was off for a morning at the York’s Wild Animal Kingdom and a moment to ride the Ferris wheel and walk through the haunted house. During the afternoon, we had a very pleasant time visiting the Museums of Old York. There are three magnificent historical building housing many wonderful artifacts about the growth and development of the York area over its 350 years of local heritage. It just so happened that there was a wonderful antique show throughout the three buildings that added to the charm and personality. There is my favorite one, Jefferd’s Tavern, then the Remick Barn and followed by the Old School House. It is a shame I can’t have a cottage like the Tavern. Erica Holthausen who is the Director of Development and Community Relations was exceptional is helping us enjoy our visit and with the help of Bill Schwind, an antique dealer, they made the antique show a very upscale experience in fine artwork, jewelry, furniture and more. To fine about the details about the Museums of Old York and the Antique Show, go to www.oldyork.org or call 207-363-4974.


Because of space, I will continue next week with my dining Experience at the Union Bluff Hotel at York Beach. It was something out of a movie and the presentation of food was the best I have ever encountered. My pictures will prove it!

So until then, go to www.worldtravelbyglenn or www.travelstorymagazine.com for additional travel stories.

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