Monthly Archives: August 2013

Westport Island: Sneakers on the Ground

The 9th Annual Shore Run

Today… was a beautiful day in the neighborhood: just like last Sunday. And, last Sunday couldn’t have been more perfect (well, maybe a little less humid) for the 9th Annual Westport Island Shore Run benefiting the Island’s volunteer fire department. This year’s run brought in another $1,200 according to Rob Whitney, the race organizer.

Word is Westport Island is a tough 10K course because of hills. “Tough” may be more about location, location, location. Just when exhaustion has set in on the last half mile, you have to kick it up a notch to clear the climb from the causeway on West Shore up to the Main Road.

Although runners are not necessarily taking in the scenery, for the 3.5 mile walkers, the views aren’t too shabby. If you’re not a runner, think about joining the walkers next year for a beautiful walk in the neighborhood…

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Westport Takes to Rte. 1 on a Summer Saturday

The Fire Department Yard Sale and the Marketplace Cafe

A sunny Saturday, breakfast and a yard sale; or a sunny Saturday, a yard sale, and breakfast. Either way, Westport Islanders likely ran into neighbors on Rte. 1 in Wiscasset last week when the Volunteer Fire Department ran its once-every-five-years-or-so yard sale.

Hundreds of browsers stopped by the old Ames hardware store to view or buy everything from bicycles to duck decoys, furniture, a spinning wheel, and more. The Fire Department netted a little over $2,000 and inherited a couple of pieces of new equipment they won’t have to buy for now.

When fire department volunteers needed refueling, after a 5 a.m. start to set up for the sale’s 8 a.m. opening, Marketplace Cafe helped put together hot dogs for hungry volunteers.

For those who didn’t know, Westport Islander Cindy Bradford bought the Marketplace Cafe at the Wiscasset Marketplace (across from Shaw’s) this past spring. Frequenters of the Southgate Family Restaurant in Bath will be happily reunited with super waitresses Cindy Bradford and Kelley Lester who had been welcoming fixtures at Southgate for the past 14 years. Stop by for a great breakfast (or lunch) and to support your neighbors…

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Westport Island Weekend Staycation

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime…

Cross the bridge onto Westport Island, and…

Some visitors panic at seeing crowds of trees that obscure postcard views. No malls; no fast food… Other visitors, well…are just curious. The happiest – and most fun – Island visitors bring imagination, interest and a splash of initiative.

This Island Stay-cation started with a trip to the Tarbox Farm for fresh veggies, fresh-cut flowers and a look around to find just who may be foraging…

Could it be that nothing says island adventure like water adventure? Whether foggy, rainy or sunny, a close-to-the-shore row or paddle brings close-ups of fish nibbling, birds fishing, and craggy remnants of Early American marine and mill industries. Hikes through the trees open to yet other sorts of shore-side adventure.

A relatively new addition to Island sights: 3 Eagle Farm, home to miniature horses and ponies,…is, well,…cool.

A visit to Westport Island, like many of life’s most memorable adventures, doesn’t come with a ticket stub or a price tag. It’s a pause in an over-commercialized life that refreshes…

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