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In Maine, Summer School in Not Just for Kids

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In Maine, Summer School is Not Just for Kids

Students work on a cedar-and-canvas canoe at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

Students work on a cedar-and-canvas canoe at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. Credit: WoodenBoat School.

Overnight camps for boys and girls have long been popular summer destinations in Maine. The state is also known for unique and popular summer learning schools for adults where students can learn or fine tune their skills in a variety of areas. Here are just a few learning opportunities for adults:

  • The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin offers six-day to two-week long courses on seamanship, boatbuilding and woodworking, boat design, sailmaking and rigging, oar making and other related crafts.
  • Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport offers weeklong photography, filmmaking, digital production, bookmaking and graphic design courses for beginners to professionals.
  • There’s a lot more than fiddle music at the Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville. The camp for all ages and ability levels also teaches traditional guitar, piano, banjo and accordion tunes of the region through classes, workshops and evening jam sessions. There is a weekend camp in June and weeklong sessions in July and August.
  • Hundred’s of outdoor lovers from Maine and beyond have taken courses at Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center (MOLC) to aid them in becoming a Registered Maine Guide. MOLC offers weekend and weeklong courses that provide the knowledge needed to pass tests for all guide classifications. Frequent backpackers, campers and people who work in the outdoors can benefit from map and compass/GPS, and wilderness first-aid courses.

Where are the best beaches in Maine for sea glass hunters?

Tidepool treasures and sand dollars are fun, but pieces of tumble-worn sea glass are the star finds of Maine beachcombers.


The beaches of Peaks Island in Casco Bay, Fish Beach on Monhegan Island and Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island are dependable sea glass destinations.


SpringPoint Beach in South Portland provides a lighthouse view, while LincolnvilleBeach and Lubec’s Mowry Beach are promising stretches of sand away from crowds.


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What’s New & Unique


Leave the Ear Buds at Home for New Road Race

The inaugural Bands on the Run Half Marathon and 5K on June 24 will feature six live bands on courses through downtown Lewiston and Auburn. Each race course will take runners and walkers along roads, recreational trails and bridges to the finish line at a riverside park.


New Fall Balloon Festival Downeast

The first Bold Coast Balloon Festival is set to launch Oct. 5-6 in Machias. As many as 30 hot air balloons are expected for the gathering at the MachiasValley Airport which will give visitors a new way to observe the fall foliage colors and blueberry fields of the region.

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