Summer In Maine

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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It’s summer in Mid Coast Maine! Come for a workshop and take in the added attractions of living by the sea. Here are a few of the highlights that students enjoy…


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Live Maine lobster and fresh seafood are abundant. Family-owned Graffam Bros. Seafood Market is our go-to place to stock up for the weekly potluck.

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During the summer Workshop season, students set down their chisels on Thursday evenings for a potluck dinner. The entire campus comes together for laughs, food, and friendly (but competitive) croquet.

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Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, on the St. George Peninsula, is a 40-minute drive from the school. You may recognize this famous lighthouse from the movie “Forrest Gump.”

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With presentations from two visiting instructors every week, Monday night slide shows inspire and inform.

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The Apprenticeshop, located in the heart of nearby Rockland, is an educational nonprofit dedicated to craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea. Their sailing program offers opportunities to sail in Rockland Harbor each week.

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Local hikes range from easy to moderate, mostly ending with phenomenal views like that from the summit of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills Park, where the mountains meet the sea.

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The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of work from some of America’s most renowned artists.


Center for Maine Contemporary Art is an organization supporting, exhibiting, and sustaining arts and artists with Maine ties since 1952.


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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, only seven miles from the Center, manufactures a range of high quality hand tools based on traditional designs.

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Liberty Tool, 25 miles away, is a goldmine for treasure hunters looking to refurbish old tools.