Well, it's that time of year again -- when we put the cottages to bed before the snow flies and start looking ahead to next year's fun on the coast of Maine. To those of you who had the dubious pleasure of staying with us during the months of June and July this year, we trust that you've had ample time to dry out from what turned out to be a record-breaking season of rainfall in Maine. I have been assured by the weather authorities that this course of events will not be repeated next year, and we can all look forward to sunshine and blue skies next summer. The weather authorities, however, would like everyone to know that predictions like this can be tricky, so bring a slicker and some mud boots, just in case...
Just so everyone knows, Barbara will begin accepting reservations for the 2010 season on January 2nd. Which, the holiday season being almost upon us, is just around the corner.
As often happens, some of our long-time guests decide that they love the Boothbay Region so much that they've just got to own a piece of it, and they buy their own places in town so they can enjoy more of the summer fun they've come to expect. This is unfortunate for us in that it means we don't get to see those guests as often, but it is fortunate for those of you who have wanted to move into other, more spacious cottages or would like to come at different times of the year. We have just received word that a couple of our long-time guests have done just that, so if you or someone you know would like to take advantage of that fact, be advised that there will be greater flexibility in scheduling for the coming season. So, if you have friends or family members who have found it hard to get a reservation in the past, please let them know that their chances are better in 2010 than in the past couple of years.
To those guests who didn't get to see much of Rick and Barbara this year, we want to assure you that we will be back to our normal routine for the coming season. Barbara, who is spending this fall-winter-spring doing an internship at the U-U church in Carmel, California, will be back in May and will be handling reservations over the next few months as usual. Rick will be spending as much time as possible on the campus, as it were, having gotten his operation in New Orleans running efficiently enough to spare more time for Harborfields duties next summer.
We want to thank our daughter Sophia for taking over most of the day-to-day operations during the months of September and October, having moved back to Boothbay Harbor to spend her last year of college at the University of Southern Maine. We also particularly want to thank Carol and Fred Hillmann for extending their stay with us this summer in order to help out during that same period of time. Carol and Fred have always pitched in to help us out during their annual stays at Harborfields, but they went above and beyond the call of duty this year helping to make sure that guests were well taken care of.
As always, from the Thorpes and the Proses, we want to wish all our guests a happy and healthy holiday season. We appreciate your continued patronage of this unique spot on the Maine coast and look forward to seeing all of you in the coming year!
Barbara, Rick, Sophia and Celeste
PO Box 524
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575