A friend of ours called the other day from South Carolina. "Boy, you guys must be getting pretty squirrelly with winter cabin fever by now!"
I said I felt like a squirrel sometimes trying to be two places at once. I mean, it's hard sometimes to keep track of where we're supposed to be at any given time. She said, "What the heck are you talking about? You're in Maine, aren't you?"
I had to explain that according to our schedule book, there are enough engaging events happening around us that it is practically impossible to take it all in.
The Strand Theatre simulcasts operas live from the Met and if you miss it live, hold on...there's an encore performance ten days afterwards. Live performances are staged there as well by a wide range of nationally known performers.
Our Farnsworth Art Museum offers a lecture series and you don't want to miss a single one, not to mention the Wyeth exhibits.
And speaking of museums, we have three other world class museums right here: the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the Maine Lighthouse Museum and the Sail, Power & Steam Museum.
If we still feel like we can squeeze in a little more, there's always the Bay Chamber Concert Series, and Everyman Repertory Theatre (ERT), our local professional repertory theatre company. They perform at several venues such as the Camden or Rockport Opera houses or the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations meets monthly for a lovely luncheon and to listen to a speaker usually on the ambassadorial level. There's something mighty uplifting about feeling you're not the smartest person in the room.
And did I mention the snow? Well the old Camden Snow Bowl is a terrific community facility that everyone loves and is comfortable as your favorite flannel shirt. It also hosts the U.S. National Toboggan Championships that are always wicked good fun. It's where the kids learn to ski — and boy, they start them young.
But, hey...got to go now...they're blowing the horn for me. I'm not sure if it's Puccini, Mozart or the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Who cares? Hold on...I'm coming! Bye-bye.
Smilin' Bridge to Maine
It's time for our annual 3-week trip south. We pack our trusty family car, a.k.a. our 4-wheel...