February 15, 2015
Wow, what a winter we have been having! As I write this I am sitting in the comfort of our home in Keene, but I was just up at Harborfields yesterday, Valentine’s Day, and there is a lot of snow on the ground there -- a LOT! On Friday, the forecasts were calling for another 18-24 inches to hit the coast today (which is why I skidaddled back to Keene yesterday afternoon) but the so-called Winter Storm Neptune has moved offshore, where it is apparently intensifying to produce hurricane-force winds. So not much new snow, but a lot of wind -- a LOT!
Anyway, yesterday I gave a tour of the Harborfields grounds to a prospective wedding couple. Yes, even in February with 3 feet of snow on the ground! They brought their snowshoes and we had a good time tromping around the place -- real troopers! I think they would be a good fit with what we have to offer, and am hoping they’ll want to book a weekend in the fall (fingers crossed!).
We do already have another very big event scheduled for September -- Harborfields will be a major sponsor of the Boothbay Harbor HarborFest Celebration! In particular, we will be housing visiting artists and hosting a welcoming reception on Monday, September 7, and another reception on Friday, September 11 featuring local foods and ales, following a day of the artists painting scenes from Boothbay Regional Land Trust preserves (one of which, of course, is right here on the Harborfields property!). Then on Sunday, September 13, we will be the site for a meet-the-artists jazz brunch Gala, followed by the Festival Finale in the afternoon. In between all of this, on Saturday, September 12, Amanda and Alex will be squeezing in their wedding (sharing the tent and furniture with the HarborFest). It is going to be an exciting time! For more information about the HarborFest events, check out http://www.boothbayharborfest.com/ We are already fully booked for the finale weekend, but do still have some openings over Labor Day weekend and mid-week if you would like to come and partake -- the artists’ developing work will be on display all week here at Harborfields!
We will be starting our season in May by hosting high school students from across the state of Maine, participating in the week-long Keller-BLOOM program put on by the Bigelow Laboratory. This year marks the 26th year of that program, and the 26th year that the student participants have been housed here at Harborfields.
But before then, we are hoping that the snow disappears and the frost comes out of the ground quickly this spring, so that we can complete the third of our major waste-water infrastructure projects... Memorial Day weekend presents a hard deadline, as Harborfields will be the site of Natalie and Steve’s wedding that weekend, for which they have reserved all of the cottages.
Meanwhile, reservations continue to come in for the summer vacation season. We do currently still have a few openings in the peak season of July into August, but you don’t want to dally, as they could be booked at any moment.
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But we will be open from late May through the mid-October, with plenty of openings still available in June and September -- both great months to experience all that the Boothbay Harbor region has to offer!
Back home, as a Junior at Keene High School, Bennett finished 4th in the Giant Slalom and 9th in the Slalom at the New Hampshire High School Division 1 Alpine Ski State Championships, qualifying in both events for the Meet of Champions in early March. But his first love continues to be terrain park skiing, doing tricks off jumps and on rails; and he is very good at that, too!
Wendy and I had some success in firing her “new” gas kiln this fall, and she had a good season of pottery sales. Don’t worry -- there are more Harborfields mugs in the pipeline! For the winter Wendy has been teaching skiing at Granite Gorge Ski Area outside of Keene, and has been helping to coach the High School Alpine Ski Team, where she has been particularly inspiring to some of the girls.
I continue to plug away in my job as a professor of environmental studies at Keene State College, but like so many of you I am easily distracted by dreams of spending more time at Harborfields! We are all looking forward to seeing many of you this summer. If you haven’t made your reservation yet, we hope you will soon so that we can get to see you, too!
Tim (and Wendy and Bennett).
Harborfields Waterfront Vacation Cottages
on the shores of West Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Tim and Wendy Thorpe Allen, proprietors
The Harborfields Herald newsletter is published annually in the fall, with maybe a few other short updates in the winter, spring, and summer.
PO Box 524
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575