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February 2009

February 19, 2009

Winter can't last forever...and sadly, nor do our pets!

Icicle Winter is loosening its grip.

But its not going to give up without a fight.

Here's how I know:  A few days ago officials from the National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey told us Maine reached a new low this winter: As in NEGATIVE 50 DEGREES BELOW ZERO!

The reading was taken at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, waaaaaaay up in northern Aroostook County, right along the Canadian border.

It broke the old record, 48 degrees below, set on January 19, 1925 in Van Buren.

Yikes.  Just thinking about it makes me want to curl up like a cat in front of one of the many gas fireplaces we have here at the Captain Lord Mansion.

But we won't have to curl up long.  As you can see at left, the ice and snow are melting.  We've had a couple days this week that were glorious warm in the 40's!  And it has been a welcome reprieve. Soon the beautiful tulip and daffodil bulbs Bev so lovingly planted in our gardens last Fall will bloom.  Soon enough!

ON A SAD NOTE:

Bev and I lost a dear friend recently.  Our dear Boxer, Shamus (below) left this world and took with him a piece of our hearts.  We will miss him always.  He was a good friend.  May he rest in his peace.

Shamus

Your Innkeeper -- Rick Litchfield.

February 16, 2009

The famous come to Portland

It's not the Guggenheim, but Portland - the biggest city in Maine, and only a half hour drive away from the Captain Lord Mansion - and it has a rather impressive art museum.


The Portland Museum of Art is a quaint, but progressive museum that hosts eye-popping exhibits, informative lectures and space for art to breathe.

From now until March 22 it is hosting just an amazing and fun exhibit, the likes of what you might find in the Smithsonian.

Backstage Pass opened January 22 and features 268 photographs of mostly backstage shots from the world's most famous musicians.215 Beatles

There are never before seen sneak peeks at the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna, to name a few, in studio portraits as well as candid moments.

This is not an exhibition of paparazzi shots, but something much more rich, raw and respectful. This exhibit comes from one of the largest private collections in the world and is a treat to have here in Maine (one of the best vacation places in the world).
If you would like directions to the museum, stop by the front office and we'll get you there.  If you want to know what else is going until March 22 in connection with the show, click this link  and scroll down to related programs.

Rock on!

Your innkeeper - Rick Litchfield
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