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Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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Warm Fruit Compote

Warm your soul this season and try our warm fruit compote when you stay at Newcastle Inn. Perfect for autumn and winter this dish is more a technique than a recipe and the results are delicious! Our c […]

Fair Shares Appreciation of Maine’s Rural Lifestyle

Travelers love to visit Maine during the late summer and fall when our towns are celebrating the bounty of the land with all sorts of festivals and fairs. One of our favorites is the Common Ground Country Fair, an annual celebration of rural living.

The fair, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, is held the third weekend after Labor Day at the association’s fairgrounds near Unity. The 2014 version of the fair is scheduled Sept. 19-21. The fair is part county fair, part farm show, part environmental expo and part craft show. The fairgrounds are about 50 miles north of Newcastle Inn. The 70 minute trip takes you through beautiful rolling hills and farmlands.

Every year, the fair hosts hundreds of talks and demonstrations on topics ranging from cooking, crafting and energy efficiency to raising livestock and environmentally friendly lifestyles. These presentations are crucial to the educational mission of the fair. The fair provides an avenue for a broad range of topics relevant to rural living, education, health and wellness, sustainability, public policy and the arts.

As with any fair, there is plenty of music and food, including a farmers market devoted to selling Maine-grown food. Maine products and services also are featured in the Marketplace section of the fair.  When you attend the fair you can also learn about folk arts, herbs, composting and recycling, and health and healing.
The fair also features a variety of events and athletic endeavors, including a 5K foot race and the annual Harry S Truman Games, which includes manure pitching and horseshoe pitching.

Common Ground Fair tickets are available in advance online or at the gate. The association encourages people to use alternative transportation to get to the fairgrounds. Options include the GoMaine Rideshare program and shuttle trains run by the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad. Check the availability of a room and schedule your stay at Newcastle Inn.

Recent Blog Post

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

image of warm fruit compote

Warm Fruit Compote

Warm your soul this season and try our warm fruit compote when you stay at Newcastle Inn. Perfect for autumn and winter this dish is more a technique than a recipe and the results are delicious! Our c […]

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