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BOOTHBAY BED AND BREAKFAST HODGDON ISLAND INN CELEBRATES WINDJAMMER DAYS

June 22nd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Windjammers!

Windjammers!

Windjammer Days 2013

11 Windjammers sail into the harbor

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Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce

11 tall ships will be at this year’s Windjammer Days Festival, according to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Windjammer Days is scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday, June 26.

The Windjammers include:Windjammer Days Boothbay Harbor photographed Richard B. Riley

American Eagle: A deep draft vessel designed to be safe and stable in open water. The schooner was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner does 2, 4 and 6 hour charters along with “Island Adventure” trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island.

Alert: The schooner was the last New England fishing schooner engaged in commercial fishing and is now captained by Perry Davis and Bethany Mcnelly-Davis. This schooner does 2, 4 and 6 hour charters along with “Island Adventure” trips to explore islands in Casco Bay from Bailey Island.

Bowdoin: The Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and a national historic landmark. It was was built in East Boothbay by Hodgdon Brothers (now Hodgdon Yachts) in 1921. Owned and operated by Maine Maritime Academy, the schooner provides a platform for students to demonstrate competencies in vessel operations and technology. Captain of the Bowdoin is Eric Jergenson. For more, visit www.mainemaritime.edu.

Nathaniel Bowditch: Built as a racing yacht in 1922 in East Boothbay, this 82′ schooner won special class honors in the Bermuda Race in 1923, and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Owen and Cathie Dorr are the captains. This schooner offers may specialty cruises such as Sail and State Parks Package. For more, visit www.windjammervacation.com.

Eastwind: Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand; Eastwind is one of the schooners they built. Tom and Jennifer Smith are the owners and captains of the Eastwind. The Eastwind offers two-hour voyages out of Boothbay Harbor. For more, visit www.schoonereastwind.com.

Lazy Jack: A topsail schooner when fully rigged can carry up to eight sails; Lazy Jack sailed for 20 years from Massachusetts to Cuba carrying various cargo for her master. Joe Tassi is the captain. The Lazy Jack offers a two hour day sail or private charter adventures. For more, visit www.schoonerlazyjackcruises.com.

Lewis R. French: Launched in 1871 in Christmas Cove, Maine, the Lewis R. French is the oldest vessel in the fleet and the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the USA. Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin are the captains. This schooner offers 3, 4, 5 and 6 night excursions. For more, visit www.schoonerfrench.com.

Timberwind: This schooner is family-owned and operated and last year raced in “Jammers & Joggers.” Bob Tassi is the captain. The Timberwind offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonertimberwind.com.

Heritage: This ship was designed and built by Captains Doug and Linda Lee. The Heritage offers 3, 4, and 6 day windjammer cruises. For more, visit www.schoonerheritage.com.

Sherman Zwicker: Built in 1942, this schooner is the last remaining auxiliary fishing schooner and has all of its main original features still intact and operational. George McEvoy is the captain of this fully operational, traveling museum. For more, visit www.schoonermuseum.org.

Windfield Lash: The two-masted schooner was launched in 2000 after 18 years of hard labor to bring it to fruition. The captain is Dave Clarke. This schooner’s homeport is Friendship and cruises in Maine in the summer.

The annual Windjammer Days Festival will feature its classic line-up of events, which include a One Design Boat Race; Windjammer Days Golf Tournament fundraiser for Community Fireworks, the hometown street parade; an antique boat parade of more than 30 boats; second annual Artists Alley; 10 waterfront concerts; tours of the USCG and Maine State Aquarium; Kid’s tent; 2-day craft show; boat excursions; and a spectacular firework display over the harbor. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary 2-day shuttle during the festival.

To learn more about Windjammer Days and to track updates, visit www.boothbayharbor.com or find the Chamber on Facebook.

IN BOOTHBAY ON HODGDON ISLAND INNKEEPERS CELEBRATE J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND SECOND BREAKFAST

March 23rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Ten years ago on March 25th, The Tolkien Society launched its first annual Tolkien Reading Day – a day set aside to honor the writer J.R.R. Tolkien and to encourage the reading of his works.  How fun is that?!  To have another excuse to read some of my favorite all time stories?!Tolkien Reading Day

Richard and I are avid readers and we owe our parents a huge debt of gratitude for encouraging us in this habit of a lifetime.  Both sets of parents loved to read and we were both treated to hours and hours of magic time involving the sound of our parents’ voices reading aloud from the pages of our favorite books:  Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, or The Silmarillion; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia; L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and of course J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.  Fantasy at its best.  (AUDIBLE SIGH).

Fantasies that we have carried with us so long that they have involved into a certain kind of reality.  I mean, some days don’t we all think “I don’t want to grow up”? or “wish I had a bucket of water to melt the wicked witch” or “can’t I just disappear down that rabbit hole”?  And of course, the all-time favorite: “what about second breakfast?!”

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero, Bilbo Baggins (hobbit extraordinaire), eats second breakfast.  In the preface to its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien mentions that the hobbits’ preference is to eat six meals a day.   In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Pippin, one of the hobbits, in a dialogue with Merry, another of the hobbits, references both second breakfast and elvenses while on the run and under the protection of the human, Aragorn.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.
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According to tradition in the United Kingdom and Ireland elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the latter part of the morning.  It could include cake, cookies, scones or tarts with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11AM.

If you have occasion to celebrate a second breakfast in the true style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, be sure to check out the 75th anniversary “Hobbit Second Breakfast Kit” at www.hobbitsecondbreakfast.com

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we do our very best to not only meet our guests’ every dietary need, but to serve a breakfast sumptuous enough to get you through elevenses all the way to luncheon.

Happy Reading!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Share Fast, Fun and Easy Foods to Play with on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

“This St. Patrick’s Day go ahead and play with your food” advises innkeeper Pamela Byrne Riley of Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine.  Pamela, first generation American-born of Irish ancestry, loves March 17th!

Here are a few of Pamela’s quick and easy ideas to fun up mealtimes on the big day:

Shamrock Toast for St. Patrick's Day photo by Richard B.RileyShamrock cookie cutters make cute cutouts for toast, PB&Js, scones, French toast, or croutons.  You can even put little hands to work cutting the shamrocks out of slices of bread.

Shamrock toast – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler or pop in toaster.  Top with butter and cinnamon sugar or your favorite jam or honey.

Pesto toasts – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler, then top with your favorite brand of prepared pesto.  Serve on steaming bowls of potato soup.  Pesto Toasts photo by Richard B. Riley

Scones or biscuits – make your favorite recipe and cut shamrock shapes instead of the round or triangle shape.  Bake as directed.

Yum!  Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

BOOTHBAY BED AND BREAKFAST HODGDON ISLAND INN SENDS FRIENDLY REMINDER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

March 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

 

Daylight Savings Time 2012 Reminder

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST BOOTHBAY REGION OPENS FOR SEASON MARCH 1, 2013

March 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Richard and I are looking forward to our fourth season as innkeepers here at Hodgdon Island Inn!  We join the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce in inviting you to come to not only our own little island getaway, but our lovely region as well where you can “relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in our friendly coastal community”.

Springtime Hodgdon ISland Inn photo by Richard B. RileyHodgdon Island Inn, located on the quiet side of Boothbay Harbor, is surrounded by deep water, nature preserves, hiking trails, Maine’s one and only botanical gardens, and one of the best places to launch a kayak in the area!  Our nine rooms have water views, fans and air-conditioners, our beds are comfy, our breakfasts sumptuous, our evening desserts decadent, our in-ground pool heated, our parking lot secure and your hosts love to pamper and spoil their guests!  Front row seats are available for rest and relaxation and the Trevett General Store, just across the road, is the place to get beer, wine and sodas along with the area’s best Lobster rolls, Whoopie Pies, chowders and even fish & chips.

If you are thinking about getting away for a few days to Maine this spring, here are some upcoming events in the Boothbay Harbor Region that you may want to add to your list:Waffles & Maine Maple Syrup Photo by Richard B. Riley

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday, March 24. This statewide event is sponsored by the Maine Maple Producers Association. They welcome you to join them as they celebrate the history and significance of Maine produced and harvested maple syrup. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugar bush tours, music, and so much more.

http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html

Fisherman's Festival Boothbay Harbor Photo by Richard B. RileyFisherman’s Festival and Blessing of the Fleet the weekend of April 26-28 in Boothbay Harbor.  This long standing, annual celebration includes the Miss Shrimp Contest, trap hauling, codfish relay, fish fry, lobster crate races, tug-o-wars, church suppers, lobster bakes, popular bands, and more. The Blessing of the Fleet, Memorial Service and boat parade are on Sunday. Admission is free. http://chamber.boothbayharbor.com/events/details/fisherman-s-festival-5146/

Mother’s Day Weekend, May10-12.  If you’re looking for ways to spoil Mom this weekend, then Boothbay is the place to come!   We’re offering everything from days in the gardens, shopping and harbor cruises to champagne cocktails.

National Public Gardens Day 2013 Maine Photo by Richard B. Riley

Saturday, May 11 is the perfect time to take in the uniqueness of nearby Boothbay Harbor with all its amenities.  And on Mom’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at Hodgdon Island Inn, all moms and their companions are treated to a very special Mother’s Day breakfast complete with flowers and a champagne cocktail.

Hodgdon Island Inn is the closest Boothbay B B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://www.mainegardens.com )

RESERVATIONS at Hodgdon Island Inn can be made year round online at http://www.boothbaybb.com by clicking on the Availability/Reservation line or by calling your hosts, Pamela Byrne Riley & Richard B. Riley, at 1-800-314-5160.  Hodgdon Island Inn is open March through November.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY BB FAVORITE VALENTINE’S DAY CHOCOLATE DESSERT RECIPE – FAST, EASY & FUN

February 14th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

RICH & EASY DARK CHOCOLATE POTS

Chocolate Pots for Valentine's Day photo by Richard B. RileyFrom the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photo by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn

Boothbay, Maine

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 6 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

3oz Stone Ground TAZA dark chocolate* or 4oz Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate

11/3 c  heavy cream

1 TBS  orange liqueur

1 egg, lightly beaten

 

DIRECTIONS:

Bring cream to a boil, make sure it doesn’t burn

Break chocolate into small pieces, put in blender

Pour cream over the chocolate, blend until chocolate is dissolved

Beat egg with fork, add liqueur while stirring egg slightly, add to chocolate mixture and blend until incorporated

Pour into Espresso cups and refrigerate until set

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a chocolate covered coffee bean if desired.

*TAZA Chocolate is Dairy Free, Gluten free and Soy Free.

Food.com recipe

DUTCH BABY or OVEN PANCAKE RECIPE

February 10th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Dutch baby photo by Richard B. Riley

Serve this straight from the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar, a spoonful of your favorite fruit jam or preserves, or a drizzle of real Maine maple syrup for a taste of pure perfection!

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photographed by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

 

Ingredients:

1/2c milk

1/2c all-purpose flour

1/4c sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

4 TBS unsalted butter

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Whisk together until smooth all ingredients except the butter; set aside

Melt butter in a 10-inch oven proof skillet (cast iron is ideal; if using pan other than cast iron, be sure to cover handle completely with aluminum foil) over medium heat.

Tilt pan so that the butter coats the sides.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook without stirring, for 1 minute.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

“Serve immediately”, advises Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker of Joy of Cooking fame, “as the pancake loses its puff, and therefore its drama almost immediately”.

Makes 2-4 servings.

HODGDON ISLAND INN NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR MAINE SENDS CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS

February 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

The most important holiday for Chinese around the world is undoubtedly Chinese New Year — and it all started out of fear.

The centuries-old legend on the origins of the New Year celebration varies from teller to teller, but they all include a story of a terrible mythical monster who preyed on villagers. The lion-like monster’s name was Nian (年) which is also the Chinese word for “year.”

The stories also all include a wise old man who counsels the villagers to ward off the evil Nian by making loud noises with drums and firecrackers and hanging red paper cutouts and scrolls on their doors because for some reason, the Nian is scared of the color red.

The villagers took the old man’s advice and the Nian was conquered. On the anniversary of the date, the Chinese recognize the “passing of the Nian” known in Chinese as guo nian (过年), which is also synonymous with celebrating the New Year.

2013 is the year of the Snake!

2013 is the year of the Snake!

The date of Chinese New Year changes each year as it is based on the lunar calendar. While the western Gregorian calendar is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun, China and most Asian countries use the lunar calendar that is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth. Chinese New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Other Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam also celebrate New Year using the lunar calendar.

This year’s presiding animal zodiac is the Snake.  Richard was born in the year of the Dragon, the most revered of all the animal zodiac figures and yours truly was born in the year of the Monkey (reported to be the cleverest of the animal zodiac figures) :-)

We wish one and all the happiness of the season!

HODGDON ISLAND INN, BOOTHBAY ONLY AN HOUR FROM OWL’S HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

October 6th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Sled

Join Us For Our Final Event of The Outdoor Season

More than 150 antique automobiles from around the world will rally at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, for the Museum’s annual Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show.
This annual event attracts pre-1992 foreign car enthusiasts from all over the state-from luxury sedans to the high-performance sports cars. The variety can be impressive: Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Porsche, Ferrari, Citroen, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and more. The meet draws a large number of Japanese models as well. Owners of pre-1992 cars and trucks (of any make) are welcome to exhibit at this and all other Museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles
This year MG is the featured marque. MGs of any year are welcome to exhibit on Runway 17 for free. Free admission includes the driver and one passenger.

 

HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION CELEBRATES APPLE SEASON

September 13th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

The “apple man” cometh!

This morning while Richard and I were fixing breakfast here at Hodgdon Island Inn there was a loud knocking on the front door followed by the low murmuring of voices intent on not disturbing the guests still sleeping.

I have to admit that it is pretty unusual to have someone knock that early in the day, so I was trying to think who it might be.  Of course!  It was time for the “Apple Man” to come!  I could not believe it!

Summer had changed to fall and apple season was upon us.  The signs were all there:  shorter days with really deep pink sunsets, heavy dew on the morning grass, Monarch butterflies heading in a southwesterly direction and the “apple man” at the front door.

The apple man comes twice a year from Augusta with his station wagon full of just picked Maine apples  http://www.maineapples.org/varieties/   Yum!  The smell is absolutely delightful.  It reminds me of my childhood apple picking adventures down by the Ohio River at Parlor Grove Farm in Kentucky.  The best ones of course, are always on the high, high branches.  I hate ladders, being slightly afraid of heights, so I loved it when my dad would take me in his arms and swing me up high so I could pick the really good ones!  Picking apples with the “apple man” is a lot easier and requires no ladder, but that same element of fun is there when one takes his paper basket and begins picking the assortment of apples one wants.  A McIntosh here, a Jersymac there, a Jonamac or two and a Paulared … J

Apple season is here and so for the next few weeks Hodgdon Island Inn guests will be treated to a multitude of apple recipes including our most often requested signature dessert:  apple pie cobbler cake (see September 12, 2012 BLOG for recipe).

Happy Fall!