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Originally published in Seasonal Guide, April 25, 2013
Welcome to Spring on the Peninsula

Downeast Invitational Regatta at Maine Maritime Academy

When the waters run clear of ice, it’s not only lobstermen who are ready to go. Each May, the George Stevens Academy sailing team hosts the Downeast Invitational Regatta at Maine Maritime Academy for a race in Castine harbor. Above, a fleet of 420s hikes hard past the second race mark.

Photo by Anne Berleant Order prints of selected PBP photos.

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Welcome to our Seasonal Guide Spring edition! Winter is dead, and while the danger of frost never truly leaves until mid-May, crocuses have come and gone, daffodils are bending their heads toward the rising sun and early-bird gardeners are eyeing their windowsill seedlings, eager for planting.

Spring is a time for anticipation—for the flowers and veggies the garden will grow, the lobsters that will fill fishermen’s traps and the awakening of the Blue Hill Peninsula and East Penobscot region. As seasonal restaurants, inns and galleries prepare to open their doors, those of us who have waited through the long winter months can shrug off our heavy coats, soak up the spring sunshine and begin to wander.

After all, in the words of Emily Dickinson—“A little madness in the Spring/ Is wholesome even for the King.”

What’s in the spring issue

• Spring Fever—Using containers to plant, grow and showcase flowers that last through the spring and summer helps bring your deck or porch alive. Get some practical planting and design tips from Caroline Spear, our Green Thumbs columnist, including a chart to keep the guess work out of what and where to plant. Also in this issue, read the latest garden-to-table tips from Four Seasons Farm.

• Get out, get active!—The Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot highlights its prime trails for sightings of spring flora and scenic beauty. Our Outdoor Handbook lists the many places to hike or walk, watch the waves or get the kayak or recreational fishing boat out on the water. And if you’re itching to catch that bass or brown trout, check out First and Foremost for a handful of local fishing spots, with some inside info from Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regional biologist Greg Burr.

• Good living—Wonder when a favorite restaurant opens for the season or where local artists are hanging their works? Our Restaurant Guide offers a comprehensive listing of area eateries, and our Arts Guide does the same for area galleries.

• Find out more about these and other great events in any one of our three community newspapers: Castine Patriot, Island Ad-Vantages and The Weekly Packet. A fully searchable calendar is also located at penobscotbaypress.com. For news and updates on-the-go, like us on Facebook!

Downeast Invitational Regatta at Maine Maritime Academy

When the waters run clear of ice, it’s not only lobstermen who are ready to go. Each May, the George Stevens Academy sailing team hosts the Downeast Invitational Regatta at Maine Maritime Academy for a race in Castine harbor. Above, a fleet of 420s hikes hard past the second race mark.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Heather Retberg gathers eggs

Heather Retberg gathers eggs at Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot

Photo by Anne Berleant
Crocuses in Stonington

Crocuses in Stonington

Penobscot Bay Press file photo
Blue Hill celebrates Memorial Day 2012

Blue Hill celebrates Memorial Day 2012

Photo by Faith DeAmbrose