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day 2239: enjoying the frogtown mountain puppeteers.

after enjoying and digesting Ye Olde New England Clam Bake, it was time to check out one of the first events of the annual blueberry festival – a puppet show put on by the frog town mountain puppeteers who hail from bar harbor.

“everybody loves pirates” was a fun little show featuring young girl named lucy and her friend, little chucky, who happen upoon a treasure map go on a adventure to find their fortune.

this being downeast maine, the story naturally involves a heroic lobster and his sidekick crab 🙂

odin enjoyed the show but, unfortunately, was too tired to hang out after the show to meet the puppeteers. hi. ho. maybe next time!

day 2239: Ye Olde New England Clam Bake!

time for a good ol’ fashioned new england clam bake! well, not really a clam bake in the stricktest sense since, we gathered in a backyard and not on a beach, but the celebration was certainly in the spirit of a traditional clam bake with lots of family enjoying lots of seafood and stories on a fine new england summer day.

no clam bake is complete without lobsters fresh from the bay!

and, mmmmm, clams steamed to perfection.

no, despite my best attempts, odin is not at all interested in playing with the crustaceans. in fact, he claims to like seafood at all!

adventures in family portraiture. so happy odin’s great grandmother could attend the clam bake and i could get a picture with her, odin and her newest great-grandchild, zachary.

odin and his great grandmother, affectionately known as gigi.

it’s been far too long since i’ve had the chance to get a picture of them together.

i came *this close* to getting a photo "for the ages" with zachary and gigi but zachary had other plans 🙂

25% silliness, indeed.

mmmm. even more perfectly steamed clams.

i just imagine why more folks don’t enjoy a fresh clam dipped in melted butter.

lobsters, steamed to perfection.

i actually prefer clams to lobster, but i’m certainly not going to turn down the tasty crustacean.

odin’s, uh, wants to make sure we know the lobsters are trying to escape.

i don’t know if it makes any difference, but i’m told placing the lobsters "head down" is the most humane method of steaming.

a couple of odin’s cute cousins are kind enough to stop racing about a nanosecond and pose for a photo. thanks!

nope, i’m not going to pass up an opportunity to get another photo of gigi and zachary.

who is this kid who looks far too old to be my baby boy?!

yup, again with gigi and zachary.

fun with toddler portraiture. the ol’ eat-the-fist pose.

zachary strikes a serious, thoughtful pose in the arms of his mother.

teh cuteness! zachary and his mother.

day 2239: in search of treasure on The Dike.

for as long as i’ve known the levee on route 1 in machias which keeps the tidal flow from machias bay out of the middle river has has been called, simply, The Dike.

The Dike has always had space for parking, and when i was a kid it was a popular place for folks to sit and pass the time watching cars pass by and the tides come in and out ( and who knows what else after sunset ). in more recent times, it seems that The Dike has become a popular spot on the weekends for the local farmers market and a flea market where all manner of junk, er, treasure gets served from out of the back of parked vehicles ( as an aside, the dike has been in use for 150 years and is a recent source of controversy as the state would like to remove the “flappers” that prevent the tides from going into the middle river which has angered some local residents. )

i was a bit pesimistic that we’d find anything worth keeping, but odin was quite sure i was wrong and after strolling for a bit he found this sign made from “found” wood in harrington, maine that he thought would, rightly, be perfectly perfect for The Girls’ chicken coop!

if i’ve done my googling correctly, it appears the the nice man who made and signed the sign is, leon raikes, a professor of english at the university of maine.

thanks leon!