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October 2010

October 31, 2010

Where Can You Find "An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's Architectural Heritage"?

WindowsOnThePast_sm The Brick Store Museum, a local Kennebunk art and history museum recently published "Windows on the Past: An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's History through Architecture".  This beautiful four-color, 62 page booklet was written by Rosalind Magnuson and edited by Tracy Baetz. 

Quoting from the foreword; "This publication represents the first to combine color photography, a time line, a locator map, a glossary, an index, a bibliography of additional resources, architectural details, the sociocultural context of the properties and images of related collections from the Brick Store Museum." 

Bev and I have purchased a number of these books for use by guests at the Captain Lord Mansion.  They may borrow a booklet from our office in order to do a walking tour of Summer Street, Kennebunk.  There are 42 buildings described in the book, so in addition to a walking tour, there is also the possibility to drive-by some of the outlying structures.

If you wish to take home a copy of the book, we have them for sale in our gift shop at $14.95. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


October 24, 2010

What Were The Captain Lord Mansion Guestrooms Named for in 1978?

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This is a picture of the guestroom "Ship LIncoln" aka "Wisteria".  Recently, we had a guest couple who had been guests with us way back in 1979.  It was their first visit with us since then!  At checkout, the gentleman and I had a discussion about which room they stayed in that first visit.  After conversing about the exact location in the inn of their guestroom, I suggested the name "Wisteria" and voila, he recognized that was the room in which they stayed.  Well, that enabled me to tell both the guest and our office staff about the original room names.  When Bev and I first purchased the Captain Lord Mansion in June of 1978, it was primarily a boarding house for elderly women.  There were 7 ladies that were permanent residents with us; they actually remained as residents at the inn for almost two years after we purchased the inn.  However, the main point is that each room was named after a type of flower.  During our first year as innkeepers and since Nathaniel Lord was a shipbuilder, we decided to rename the rooms after ships built by Nathaniel and his oldest son Daniel.  At the local library, I researched the names of ships they built and Bev made each sign for the new names.  She used her sewing talent to make counted cross-stitch nameplates which we then had framed and placed on the door of each room.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

October 17, 2010

October Food Festivals are Near Kennebunkport, Maine!

Foodies_pagepic October is Maine Lobster Month: Maine lobster (is any other kind half as good?) is the starring item on menus at sophisticated restaurants throughout the state, as well as at rough-hewn shanties with picnic tables set along the coast. To many people, it just isn’t summer without a trip to a lobster shack and a casual meal outside overlooking the sea. To sample a local favorite, ask for the lobster “shore dinner,” which usually includes at least red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, boiled in the same salty water as your lobster and embellished with even more melted butter. Visitors and Mainers alike can visit the Maine Lobster Promotion Council for information about the local lobster industry, lobster history, recipes, purchasing a certified Maine lobster or to report a lobster “sighting.”

Harvest on the Harbor Food Harvest On The Harbor:The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to present the third annual Harvest on the Harbor, Maine's premier food and wine experience, a three-day gourmet getaway where you can experience the flavors of Maine, all on the magnificent coast during the beautiful harvest season. Don't miss the Grand Tasting on the Harbor, The Ultimate Seafood Splash, Perfect Pairing: Presenting Maine's Own James Beard Award Winners, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition and the new and expanded Savory Samplings at The Marketplace! Please visit for more details and to purchase tickets!

Maine Restaurant Week is a statewide promotional dining event from October 24th through the 31st where participating restaurants create and feature special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus -- priced at $20, $30 or $40.  The Kennebunkport area restaurants that are participating are One Dock Square and Federal Jacks.  Bev and I highly recommend both restaurants. Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper

October 10, 2010

Do You Know The Artist Dennis Perrin & His Relationship to Kennebunkport?

Dennis Perrin has become a good friend of ours here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  We love his paintings so much that we have three of them displayed in our reception office. One of them we call "Treasured Memories". 

We commissioned Dennis to paint "Treasured Memories' in 2002 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2003 as innkeepers of the Mansion.  We gave him free reign with the composition; he devised the scene of the beautiful woman in a long white dress looking longingly back at the inn Lg Treasured Memoriesas if she were remembering wonderful and romantic visits to the inn.  We were delighted with the subject and have limited edition Giclee prints on canvas available for purchase in our gift shop. 

Dennis shows his work at Mast Cove Gallery which is located just a few blocks from the Mansion.  We love the wide variety of  Dennis' work.  From lovely still life florals to romatic depictions of his wife in garden scenes or wistfully looking out to sea, his paintings evoke the sense of an earlier era.   His use of colors and impressionistic scenes also evoke other artists, but with a beauty and pallette totally his own.  He has a masterful ability to convey a sense of bright sunshine, shadows and temperature.   

Here is some biographical data on Dennis.

Dennis Perrin studied with Dell Weller and Auzeklis Ozols at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, where he won the 1984 Landscape Painting Award. He began painting professionally in 1985, exhibiting his work widely and receiving numerous awards and purchase prizes. Perrin’s work has been collected throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Australia. Among his many collectors are the Zigler Museum, The Maier Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art, City National Bank of Louisiana, The Entergy Corporation, and Dale Brown, former head basketball coach, Louisiana State University.

The trademark and signature of Perrin’s work is a masterful treatment of light. Whether the subject is a lithe figure clad in white, a sumptuous floral still life, a moody interior, or a quiet pond dotted with water lilies, light is the dominant feature of a Dennis Perrin painting. In this he follows the great tradition of the Boston School of Painting - that of Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson and John Singer Sargent. Other favorite influences include Jan Vermeer, Thomas Dewing and Maxfield Parrish.

By marrying sound academic principles of drawing and design with brilliant color and dazzling light, Dennis Perrin creates beautiful and memorable images that both complement and transcend the high velocity, high-tech whirl of the modern age.

Bev and I love the fact that Kennebunkport has become a rather well respected art colony with so many fine art galleries and resident artists.  When you visit the Mansion we can direct you to several excellent art galleries so that you might take home a little bit of Kennebunkport to remind you of your vacation.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

October 03, 2010

When Will The Foliage Peak in Kennebunkport?

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This is a photo of the Kennebunk River at peak foliage time which is now through the middle of October.  Also, we've included a photo of The Captain Lord Mansion Carriage House surrounded by color and the River Green framed with color!  We thought that if you are unable to visit us this year, we would share some great photos from past years.  Also, we thought that the hot, dry summer would result in mediocre colors this fall; however, that is not the case!   Bev and I have been driving around the area and the colors are quite brilliant.  We hope you have a wonderful fall and those of you in areas with beautiful color, that you'll be able to get out for a drive to see and enjoy!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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