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Pumpkinfest

It's a week long celebration of the pumpkin in many ways. There are the usual tastings and recipe contests, a block party that closes the Main Street with local restaurants bringing their grills to the street and loads of fun stuff…face painting for kids and music for all. Even a parade to show off the winner of the heaviest pumpkin. This year it was 1700 pounds! But probably what's most enjoyed by locals and visitors…and people do come from miles for this event…are the “art” pumpkins.

Back in May, seeds were given out to local folks who volunteered to grow big — seriously BIG — pumpkins. They end up on Main Street Damariscotta on Columbus Day weekend and local businesses sponsor artists who decorate/carve them. I made the trip up to town and got a few photos.

Pot of gold coins outside the bank

 

Bobbing in the deep blue sea

 

 

Clever!

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Ooooo pie!

 

Fascinating eyeballs!

 

Rhonda

Today there was a Regatta on the river.. Yes, crazy people contestants carve out giant pumpkins and try to paddle them around. (in October?) And I do believe there's a motor driven class as well. Maybe I'll make it there next year. It's got to be good!

Vinalhaven Memories

A week ago, I was just settling back into the real world after 4 glorious days away with 4 of my fiber buddies. We took a little fibery vacation to Vinalhaven, a beautiful island off the Maine coast and just over an hour’s ride on the ferry.

We were goofing around before we even got off the ferry! The weather was breezy and far cooler than it was on the mainland where all of our spouses were having to deal with 90+ degree temps and nasty humidity. Over the 4 days, we did a lot of knitting and spinning…mostly on the fabulous porch…and laughed and laughed! Laughing is relaxing!

We ate when we felt like it…and sometimes in our pj’s!

And then we did some more spinning…

Kelley’s kitchen sink fiber

Nina’s silk & camel

Christine’s black Border Leicester in the grease

My own hand dyed Coopworth lambswool

I somehow missed Chris’ spinning project, but got a few shots of the dyeing we did with the cochineal she brought along. Wow! is all I can say…it was fun and the results were amazin! I brought the yarn and Nina brought the unspun fiber.

Little bugs make big color!

Some of the yarn I had previously dyed with Osage orange shavings and it became a vibrant orange!

We all took some of the yarn and fiber home. Show and tell to follow… Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with !

Finally (sadly), we packed ourselves up and headed back to the ferry terminal after one last moment on the porch to soak in the gorgeous view.

Great memories!