by Barb, enjoying the most beautiful day on the coast of Maine
My kids and their kid gathered with us in Boothbay Harbor for the Fourth of July this year. One request from them all was a visit to the Cabbage Island Clambake, the inspiration for the Snowden Family Clambake in my Maine Clambake Mysteries.
I’ve written before about the differences between the real Clambake and my fictional one. You can read about that here.
But this year there wasn’t a hint of a research trip. It was a happy day with family. I thought I’d take you on a photo tour below.
Friday started out rainy and windy, but it was the only day all seven of us were available, so we pressed on.
But then the sun came out just as we got to the island.
We grabbed a table under the covered porch, but plenty of people wiped off picnic tables and settled outside.
Time to go.
Readers: Did you do anything fun for the Fourth of July?
What a wonderful event and a great gathering for you all! Of course you had to use it in your books. (My day was boring, but I wore my Liberty t-shirt, the one I bought in Philadelphia down the street from Independence Hall.)
Read most of Cursed Stone by D.N. Leo and went next door for barbequed shrimp (yum).
Yum, indeed. Sounds like a lovely day.
Our little town of less than 3,000 has lots of events on the 4th. We start off the night before with a street dance. On the 4th, it started off with a parade and went right into music on the courthouse square. There are games for the kiddos where they can win little prizes. Around 2:30 you could go out to the Ozark Folk Center for watermelon and old fashioned games for the kids. That evening there was a firework display at the fair grounds. Just great fun for us on the 4th!
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That sounds like a fantastic fourth.
Great photos! I wrote on the fourth — your day looks much more fun!
I should have been writing on the fourth, but I was doing…research. That’s what it was, research.
The island is absolutely lovely and people enjoy going there. It must be my poor photography skills.
I fixed the bird reference.
That looks amazing! Unfortunately, our Fourth was washed out by an amazing amount of rain, but we did manage to get a good meal with a whole bbq chicken and homemade coleslaw in first.
Sorry about the rain, but glad you got your bbq.
Barb, just have to tell you, the photos look so familiar, because this is exactly how I pictured the island from your books! Well done, and thanks for sharing.
Our farm in rural Kentucky is on a hilltop (I always say most of the farm is vertical), and we had heard that fireworks could be seen from there, but had not ever been able to see them, for various reasons, until this year. We enjoyed seeing no fewer than six different displays this year, finally, with our nearest neighbors and their kids. And then just walked back down the driveway to our bed!
I LOVE the idea of being on a hilltop and seeing fireworks from six different towns. Once I took the ferry from Provincetown to Boston on the evening of the 4th and saw the fireworks all along the Cape and south shore, culminating with Boston.
Looks like a beautiful spot. If it were for eating clams, I’d love to visit.
I had a relaxing day at home for the 4th after watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
They have barbecued chicken or hot dogs for the non-shellfish eaters.
How was Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I have heard great things.
In that case, sign me up!
I enjoyed the movie very much.
I drove from Lancaster, PA to Phoenix, AZ to spend a couple of weeks with my daughter. For the 4th, we went to historic Bisbee for three days. We watched the coaster races and the parade in the morning. Then we did a tour of a copper mine. In the evening we went to the fireworks. What a delightful way to spend the holiday in a small town.
That sounds like a perfect southwestern 4th.
I took the Cabbage Island trip a few years ago with a bunch of fellow University of Maine at Augusta
Alumni & ‘’twas nifty. The only thing. I do on July fourth is walk the block or so to the lake when I hear the fireworks start. I’m not big on celebrating.
A quiet 4th works, too.
Loved seeing your pictures! We were able to watch the town’s fireworks from a friend’s balcony. It was nice not having to fight the crowds.
Oh my how fun. Thank you for putting photos to your wonderful books. And wow those are some big hostas, lol
I really enjoyed the pictures. They were much as I had imagined. The hostas look like shrubs. They really like the location.
Looks like great fun! Perfect 4th celebration! 🙂
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