U – Under the sand
G – Gone-Away Lake
T – To the beach
0 – Zero limit
9 – 9 to 5
School is out; the weather’s warm; it’s time to hit the road, explore old (and new!) favorite places, and share your adventures and travels with friends and family. Long before Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, postcards were the way to drop a line and keep folks up to date. We have a wonderful collection of Gardiner-themed postcards in our Community Archives Room. Many of them depict scenes around town, but there are also quite a few that were more generic, novelty cards into which Anytown, USA, could be inserted — and Gardiner was not to be left out of the fun!
Here are some classics that recently entered our collection — Enjoy! At just over 100 years old, these range from about 1900-1915.
And don’t forget,
If you’re in search of a happy home, come to Gardiner, Me., this is a classy spot!
Happy Summer, everyone!!!
Summer is really, yes REALLY, beginning this month! We have had a very long stretch of odd? Unusual? Strange? Wet? (you choose) weather this Spring, and I for one am ready for the new season.
Here in Gardiner we bring in the summer season with the Greater Gardiner River Festival. This year the festival happens on June 22nd, the second official day of summer.
There will be many activities that day – from Ice Cream for Breakfast, to Face Painting, to the Arts and Crafts Fair on Water Street.
For us, here at the library, one of the most important events is our Annual Book Sale. The book sale takes place here at the library, mainly in the historic Hazzard Reading Room. The library doors open at 9:00, and the sale runs until 3:00.
You never know what you might find – books (of course), movies – both DVD & Blu-Ray, perhaps some music, we’ve had games at times, . . . Best of all? Prices start at $.50, and might be as much as $2.00 on a few items. All proceeds benefit the Gardiner Public Library, but WHAT A BARGAIN!!!
Join us here at the library, show your support of the library and enjoy a day filled with fun, treasures, and laughter.
One of the many joys of summer is planning and enjoying a meal outside, with or without a BBQ. One of my favorite dishes is Potato Salad because of the many variations that can be made. Here is the recipe for Creamy Potato Salad featured in the book “The Great Potluck Cookbook” from Good Housekeeping. Come borrow this book or enjoy another one of the many waiting for you at the Gardiner Public Library.
CREAMY POTATO SALAD
Makes 10 side-dish servings
4 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled
2 ½ tsp salt
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl spicy brown mustard
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ cup mayo
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced crosswise
The ferry ride to Peaks Island takes only about 20 minutes, so it is the perfect choice for a short day trip. Once you land, you can visit the shops for a short while and perhaps have lunch or a beverage at one of the restaurants nearby before taking the ferry back to the mainland. The ferry seems to leave every hour. You might also extend your visit by doing some walking around the small island; it is only about 4 miles around the Peaks Island Loop.
Rather than repeat the information available from Casco Bay Lines’ web site, I encourage you to check out their website at the following link – Casco Bay Lines – Peaks Island.
As you are packing for your vacation, or heading out to camp, don’t forget to take a stack of books with you! Summer is a great time to relax with a good book. Following are some great summer reads you may want to take with you!
We have had some wonderful summer events already and have more to come.
Summer is a great time to get your children excited about reading and sharpen their reading skills at the same time!
And all hail to Marjorie Standish and her down-home Maine recipes. Marjorie was a local resident who was the longtime food columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Her two books of collected recipes – Cooking Down East and Keep Cooking – The Maine Way – are both available to borrow from the Gardiner Public Library.