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Originally published in Seasonal Guide, September 27, 2012
Welcome to fall in Maine

Celebrate the local harvest at the Stonington Local Foods Festival

Celebrate the local harvest at the Stonington Local Foods Festival, in late September, and Blue Hill’s Foliage, Food & Wine Festival in October—and at the several farmer markets held on different days in different towns. Above, carrots and turnips at the Deer Isle Farmers Market held Wednesday mornings next to town hall.

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“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous,” wrote Aristotle, words that well describe the crisp days, cool nights, and stunning autumn views of the Blue Hill Peninsula and Island.

We welcome you to the fall issue of the Seasonal Guide, where we celebrate the many opportunities our area offers in nature, community and services.

Our new and improved guides are now published four times a year, and offer insights into each of the seasons.

The fall scenery, simply put, is spectacular, from land and sea. A twenty-mile (or so) car or bicycle ride along Route 15 will take you past Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick, with its breathtaking panorama of the Peninsula coast, and over the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge and causeway to a live working waterfront. The Stonington lobstermen fish in Maine’s top commercial pier in a village that holds much more than the spiny delicacy it is known for.

Stonington is home to Opera House Arts, which offers programming in the “shoulder” and “off” seasons for visitors and locals—catch a movie or a performance and get out and socialize. The new Exhibit Barn at Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society showcases life on the Island from past to present, and a new Local Foods Festival celebrates the harvest from land and sea during the first fall weekend.

In its seventh year, Blue Hill’s Foliage, Food & Wine Festival offers 12 days of sights, tastes and fun in October, including A Taste of the Peninusula, highlighting local foods and cuisine from the Peninsula and Island.

Castine is home to Maine Maritime Academy, which trains merchant mariners who work around the globe, and sailors who are happiest behind the helm of small craft vessels. It’s not surprising that renowned boat builders are dotted along the coast of this region, as the cruising in our waters is first class and lobster fishing is one of the employment mainstays here.

Whether native or originally “from away,” those who live in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Isle au Haut, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry enjoy the slower pace and natural beauty of fall.

Check our new Arts Guide and Community Calendar for a wide range of community, performing and visual arts and special events held in the area.