support military veterans who need help in emergency situations. There are 46 of them scattered along the coastline which will be auctioned off on Veteran's Day. Large companies donated funds to adopt them and place them at their businesses until they find permanent homes.
Prescott Park, over 10 acres of open space with beautifully laid out gardens filled with perennials and annuals. The Shaw warehouse built in 1806 has been restored, once the home and storehouse of legendary "Cappy" Stewart.
Gaucemole, Stitch in Time and Chartreuse Wiggles, to name a few, There were many varieties of impatiens, once a signature plant of the gardens, but which had to be torn up and not planted for a few years due to disease. But that hurdle appears to have been overcome since today they looked very healthy.
Maine Beer Company. We purchased a flight of their 8 beers on tap and headed outside to sonsume our liquid lunch to a shady tent where we chatted with a couple of guys, Matt and Grant, who were from DC! We are hoping they'll volunteer and work with us at the upcoming Snallygaster Beer Festival. A couple of the beers here were very good so I bought a couple each of the Lunch IPA and the Peeper American Ale. (Still hadn't worked out how to get them home...)
Umbrella Cover Museum. A cool beer mural above was spotted on the way. Reaching the museum involved a ferry trip to Peaks Island but once we were in line for the ferry we discovered that we wouldn't get a ride until after 3pm since there was a rush of folks going to see a Don Campbell concert, also on the island. Who? So that scuppered our plans but Emily quickly diverted us to the fabulous Dyer Point at Cape Elizabeth, an area known as Two Lights, from when there used to be 2 lighthouses in operation.
In the town itself was a large complex of old mill buildings. There used to be multiple saw mills and textile mills here. Granite was quarried here and carved by craftsmen from all over the world as well as bricks made here from the deep clay beds.
Most of the buildings have now been restored for commercial and industrial use with the huge Lincoln Mill still empty but earmarked for a new hotel and apartment venture.
I found this article from 2 years ago implying that restoration was imminent, but time hasn't stood still for this antique, it needs to be saved soon before it crumbles to pieces.
And so with the last of the sun's rays draping the old weathered clock face with a golden glow we clambered back into the car. We had a brewery to race to reach before it closed, and we made it with 10 minutes to spare and left with me clutching 12 cans of Squeeze!