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Summer 2015

Merryspring Kitchen Tour
Always A Summertime Treat
The Merryspring Kitchen Tour, which will take place on Wednesday, August 5,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., promises to be another exciting summertime treat for
locals and visitors alike.
This year’s Tour invites you and your guests into eight beautiful kitchens in
Camden and Rockport homes, some with spectacular views, and at each stop
you will sample a gourmet tasting from a talented local chef. The kitchens—
from an in-town sea captain's home to an environmentally conscious contemporary on a hilltop—show you what creative homeowners can do, together
with skilled designers, builders, and craftspeople. The chefs at work in each
kitchen will give you a sampling of the remarkable, ever-expanding culinary
choices available in our Midcoast area.
For a complete list of homes and chefs on the 2015 Tour, please go to page 7.

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Special treats during this year’s Tour include a book-signing by local author
Nancy Harmon Jenkins, an additional stop for sampling artisan olive oils and vinegars, and a chance to win a gift basket from
Stonewall Kitchen or gift certificates to Francine Bistro, Shepherd’s Pie, and Surroundings.
Tickets for the Tour are on sale now. You can save $10 off the regular Tour price of $35 by purchasing an advance ticket
between now and Tuesday, Aug. 4, at any of the following locations: Surroundings, Once a Tree, and Zoot Coffee in Camden; The Market Basket in Rockport; Atlantic Baking Company in Rockland, The Good Table in Belfast; The Highland Café &
Coffee House in Thomaston, and Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta. Advance tickets for $25 are also available
by e-mailing Merryspring at info@merryspring.org or calling 207-236-2239. Tickets will be held at Merryspring for pick-up
the day of the Tour.
On the day of the Tour, tickets will cost $35 and will be
available at Merryspring or at any kitchen on the
Tour. You can also purchase a ticket for an individual
kitchen for $15. For more information, call Merryspring
at 236-2239.
The 2015 Kitchen Tour is once again generously sponsored by EBS Style Solutions of Camden. More than 40
local firms and individuals have also given financial support to this year’s Tour.
All proceeds from this popular summertime event support Merryspring Nature Center, a 66-acre park in Camden and Rockport that is open to the public from sunrise
to sunset every day of the year.
One of eight beautiful kitchens on the Kitchen Tour.

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Merryspring
Nature Center
P.O. Box 893, Camden, ME 04843
Tel: (207) 236-2239
Fax: (207) 230-0663
Email: info@merryspring.org
www.merryspring.org

Mission Statement
Merryspring’s mission is to practice,
teach, and advocate sound principles
of ecology, conservation, and horticulture in order to protect our
natural environment and to provide
natural landscapes and cultivated
areas for public enjoyment.

Hours of Operation
The park is open free of charge from
dawn to dusk every day of the year.
Our offices and library are open
Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Membership Levels
Individual

$35—49

Family

$50—99

Friend

$100– 249

Donor

$250—499

Steward

$500—999

Conservator

$1,000—2,499

Partner

$2,500—4,999

Patron

$5,000 or more

Keeping in Touch
You can sign up for our eUpdates at
www.merryspring.org to receive the
latest news on programs and events.
Or you can visit Merryspring’s Facebook page, where you can check on
upcoming events. Please go to
www.tinyurl.com/merryspringfacebook/.

Board of Trustees
Ray Andresen, President
Glenn Jenks, Vice President
Richard Ailes, Treasurer
Karin Rector, Secretary
Kathleen Kull
Sarah Rheault
Susan Shaw
Jeannine Smith
Matthew Speno

Staff
Toni Goodridge, Managing Director
Brett Willard, Program Director
Cindy Gerry, Garden Manager
©2015—All Rights Reserved

Putting Together
The Kitchen Tour
By Ray Andresen
On Wednesday, August 5, we will be holding our annual
Kitchen Tour, Merryspring’s largest fundraiser of the year
and always a major summertime treat for residents and
visitors alike. Last year we had more than 600 attendees
from 40 Maine towns, 30 different states, and six other
countries. We are hoping this year’s event will be just as
successful.

Summer 2015

Inside this issue:
Kitchen Tour Coming Up

1

President’s Message

2

Rose Day Celebration

3

Education Calendar

4

Fall Fairy Festival

4

Summer Ecology Camps

5

American Horticultural Society

6

Coastal Opportunities

6

Kitchen Tour Homes & Chefs

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Putting together the Kitchen Tour, however, is much
Kitchen Tour Supporters
more than a one-day affair. It takes a dedicated group of
volunteers, working on the Kitchen Tour Committee since Merryspring Reservations
mid-winter, to plan and organize such a complicated endeavor. We not only have to locate generous homeowners willing to show off their exciting new or unique kitchens, we also have to find enough local chefs and caterers
to prepare tasty samples of their cuisine for Tour-goers to
enjoy at every stop.
Park Etiquette
On top of that, we have to find enough volunteers to
make the affair go as smoothly as possible for everyone
concerned. On Tour Day, a small cadre of 80 volunteers
collects tickets, directs traffic, guides visitors through the
houses, and assists the visiting chefs. Behind the scenes,
others run errands or stand ready to fill in where needed.
So, while you’re out enjoying the Kitchen Tour this year, I
hope you will join me in thanking my fellow members of
the Kitchen Tour Committee — Dorothea Graham, Edie
Kyle, Kathie Kull, Jeannine Smith, and Mary Waltz — and
all of the other volunteers and Merryspring supporters
who have dedicated so much time and energy to making
this year’s Tour a success.

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Merryspring Nature Center is a private, member-supported non-profit
nature park and education center
that is open to the general public
from sunrise to sunset. For your
own enjoyment and safety, and to
protect and preserve the park,
please follow these simple rules:
• Stay on the paths or lawns and do
not step in the flower beds.
• Leave all plants, flowers, and
wildlife undisturbed.
• Dispose of trash properly.
• Park in designated areas only.

Remembering
Frank Callanan
A memorial service was
held at Merryspring on
Saturday, June 6, to commemorate the life of Frank
Callanan, who passed away
earlier this year. Frank was
a valued member of Merryspring’s Board of Trustees for seven years and contributed his time and many talents to improving our Nature
Center, from creating the database for managing Merryspring’s financial and membership accounts to designing the signs adorning our kiosks to clearing trails and
burning brush piles. He truly loved Merryspring and will
be sorely missed.

• Enjoy your picnic, but no cooking
please.
• Footwear must be worn at all
times.
• No admittance from dusk to
dawn.
• No smoking in the buildings or on
the grounds.
• No bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles,
or other recreational vehicles
are allowed on trails, lawns, or
fields.
• No hunting or trapping is permitted.
• No dogs, except service dogs, are
allowed anywhere in the park.

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Rose Day Celebration Brings Out Blossoms, Crowds, TV Cameras
Beautiful weather, gorgeous blooms, an enthusiastic crowd, and
a visit from VStv made this year’s annual Rose Day Celebration a
truly special event. The annual affair attracted over 100 people
over the course of the day, which included a talk about the rose
industry, a tour of three area rose gardens, and a reception party.
Along the way, the new area news outlet VStv was there to capture the moment.
The day began with a crowd of more than 40 people in the Hexagon where Merryspring Vice President Glenn Jenks greeted the
group with a talk about the rose industry. Glenn discussed how
the industry has changed since the economic recession, how to
select good roses for Maine’s difficult climate, and how to care
for roses to ensure that they overwinter properly and continue to
bloom each June. After participating in a short question and anThe annual Rose Day Celebration begins with a talk about rose identity.
swer session, attendees took a short walk through the Merryspring rose garden before carpooling to three renowned rose gardens in the area, including the home garden planted and tended by
Jenks himself.
After the tour, VStv was waiting at the Nature Center with a garden party reception. Hats for ladies and bowties for men were encouraged. While not everybody showed up in costume, plenty of food and drink was available, with donations from Merryspring members, a
cheese and fruit platter from Megunticook Market, and a keg of beer from Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery. The event drew a crowd of more
than 70 people over the course of two hours, with a healthy mixture of seniors, young adults, families, longtime Merryspring members,
and new friends visiting the park for the first time.
Guests could not help but notice a large tent sitting in the center of the gardens area. From there VStv ran its
operations for the day, including shooting footage of the gardens, interviewing members, and even shooting an
episode of its daily news talk show Soup du Jour. Jenks and Program Director Brett Willard had previously been
on the Soup du Jour show earlier in June, shot at VStv’s studio in Rockport. This time, however, Merryspring was
the soundstage, with the afternoon sun, the special lighting, and the blossoming gardens providing the set.
Show host Vicki Doudera interviewed Jenks and Willard about the Rose Day event and other educational programs sponsored by Merryspring, while Garden Manager Cindy Gerry and Heron Breen, a plant researcher and area coordinator for FedCo
Seeds, spoke about the gardens and promoted Merryspring’s new collaborative heirloom kale garden with FedCo, which will be planted
this summer in the place of the former children’s garden. The two also touted Merryspring as a community resource for all to learn about
horticulture and growing their own gardens.
Both episodes of Soup du Jour, are available on VStv’s website through the links at the end of this article.
Such a successful event would not have been possible without the new and beneficial collaboration between Merryspring and VStv. The
two organizations are working together this summer to cross-promote each other as sources for new information and community involvement. In addition to the Rose Day Celebration, VStv has been active at Merryspring this year, including filming a bee hive opening with
resident beekeepers Holly and David Edwards. We very much look forward to continue working with VStv this summer. Community
events such as this one are the essence of what Merryspring is about — bringing people of the Midcoast together to learn, to appreciate
the beauty of nature, and to foster healthy relationships in the community. The summer season at Merryspring traditionally begins with
Rose Day and will continue to bring people together this year through a variety of programs, including two weeks of summer ecology
camp, the always interesting Tuesday Talk series, free family programs, a new children’s garden, peaceful walking trails, and of course the
blossoms, foliage, scents, and color of our wonderful gardens.
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New Sign, Sitting Stone Enhance Vernal Pool
A new interpretive sign and beautiful granite stone overlooking the Vernal Pool
have been donated by the Kyle Family and installed by Jackson Landscaping. The
interpretive sign recounts the history of our Vernal Pool and describes, season by
season, the animals and activities one might encounter there. The sign, designed
and installed by Adventure Advertising, expands upon the information available in
the Interpretive Trail Guide describing the pool. The engraved granite stone provides the perfect place to sit and enjoy this natural wonderland and important
habitat.

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2015 Events Calendar
SUMMER Tuesday Talks at Noon
Co-Sponsored by Camden National Bank and

Goodridge-Lermond Tree Service

August 4

Tending the Perennial Garden in Early August — Wendy Andresen

August 11

NO TALK (Summer Ecology Camp week)

August 18

Whales of Maine — Rosemary Seton

August 25

Tending the Perennial Garden in Late August — Wendy Andresen

September 1

Wild Turkeys and Microbiology — Peter Milligan

September 8

Maine Sea Vegetables — Micah Woodcock

September 15 Tending the Perennial Garden in Mid-September — Wendy Andresen
September 22 Maine’s Biggest Environmental Issues — Lisa Pohlmann
September 29 Maine Beer from Plant to Pint — David Carlson
October 6

Tending the Perennial Garden in October — Wendy Andresen

October 13

Buckminster Fuller in Maine & Dymaxion Design—Sean O’Brien

Free Family Workshops
August 6

Build a Nature Journal — Create your own nature journal. Learn about your surroundings
through observation and art. 11:00 a.m.— 12:00 p.m.

October 15

Worm Harvest Party with Jock Robie —Beginning vermiculturists and curious composters
can learn how to harvest castings and make fertilizer from worm bins. 6:00 p.m.

Weekend Workshops
September 19

Bird Walk with Glenn Jenks— Learn to identify a variety of warblers and other birds with
one of the area’s most knowledgeable birders. 8:00 a.m.

Date TBA

Perennial Division Workshop with Cindy Gerry. Learn when and how to divide perennials in
your garden. The workshop will be free. Divisions will be available for purchase.

October 17

Star Party with CMAS — Join the Central Maine Astronomical Society at 7:00 p.m. for a
closer look at our stars and planets. This program is free; telescopes will be provided.

Fall Fairy Festival
Families are invited to Merryspring’s Fall Fairy Festival on Saturday, September 12,
from 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Children can make a variety of fairy-inspired crafts as
well as build fairy houses in the woods. Author Liza Gardner Walsh will be on hand to
sign copies of her books, Fairy House Handbook and Fairy Garden Handbook. Enter a
raffle for a signed copy of either book. Free to all.

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Eco-Explorers Enjoy a Week of Learning
The first week of summer day camp at Merryspring was a rousing success as seven young Eco-Explorers enjoyed a range of activities from planting garden beds in the new Children’s Garden to watching beekeepers tend their hives.
This is the second year in a row that Merryspring has teamed up with the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
(KLSWCD) to present summer day camp programming for kids. The first session, Eco-Explorers, ran the week of July 20-24. Targeted for children ages 7 to 9, it focused on getting young kids outside to learn about the world around them. Part of the week’s
activities included hands-on outdoor science activities, nature walks, gardening, the beehive demonstration, nature journaling,
and the world of bugs.
Coming up in August is a new program for younger children, ages 4 to 6. Called Little Sprouts, it will run from August 10 to 14 from
9:30 am to 11:30 am each day. Little Sprouts acts as an introduction to nature and ecology, with activities like daily songs, nature
walks, nature art, and science games.
Reservations are still available for Little Sprouts. The cost of the one-week camp for Little Sprouts is only $75, with a discounted
rate of $65 for Merryspring member families. Camp activities take place outside as much as possible, so campers should be prepared for being in the sun, insects, and allergies. Themed snacks and water will be provided each day.
The Summer Ecology Camps are co-led by Rebecca Jacobs of the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Brett Willard
of Merryspring.
To learn more about this program and to sign up for Little Sprouts, please contact Merryspring at 2362239 or education@merryspring.org. You can also stop by the Merryspring office to pick up a registration form or sign up online at www.knox-lincoln.org/summer-ecology-camps.
Clockwise from left: The day begins with raising the camp flag;
Inspecting the daily catch during the “bug du jour” activity; Learning
tree identification from camp leader Brett Willard; Chronicling each
days observations with nature journals.

New Children’s Garden Taking Shape
The Children’s Garden has been moved to a new and better location behind the Rose Garden and Rose Cottage. The new area was
leveled in early July, some small trees and big stumps were removed, five new raised garden beds were installed and filled with
compost, and a large area covered in wood chips — all in time for the first week of Summer Ecology Camp.
During that first week of Camp, our seven Eco-Explorers planted the five raised beds. Each bed had a theme, with a new bed being
planted each day of camp. These beds included a pizza garden, with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil; a root vegetable garden
with beets, carrots, and radishes; a salad greens garden; a bean teepee; and a pollinator garden, with a selection of beautiful and
colorful flowers to benefit our backyard bees, butterflies, and bugs.
In addition, a “natural” flag pole was built and installed for raising and lowering a camp flag made by the young campers. Future
additions to the Children’s Garden will include a picnic table, a garden arbor, and a small sitting area. Another benefit in moving
the Children’s Garden is the location of the Rose Cottage, which has been cleaned out and will be transformed into an easily accessible outdoor classroom.
A special “thank you” goes to Terry “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick, who built the new raised beds, to Keryn Annis, who cleared and leveled the
area, to the many volunteers who spread chips, moved compost, or helped in other ways, and to The Ethel & W. George Kennedy
Family Foundation, Inc., which has provided a grant to remake and improve our Children’s Garden.

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American Horticultural Society
Enjoys Stormy Day at Merryspring
It was a dark and stormy day at Merryspring, but that didn’t
stop the President’s Council of the American Horticultural
Society (AHS) from visiting the Nature Center and touring the
gardens on Tuesday, June 23.
The President’s Council of the AHS is made up of 24 high-end
donors from around the country. Each year, as a thank you
and benefit for their contributions, the AHS takes the President’s Council on a trip exploring many of the public or private
gardens that are represented by the AHS. This year, the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization brought the group to
Maine, where they visited multiple sights, including the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Gardens, the Camden Amphitheatre and
Harbor Park, and Merryspring Nature Center.
Merryspring enjoys inclusion in the AHS’s Reciprocal Membership program, which grants members of Merryspring free admission
to hundreds of participating gardens across the country.
The AHS group arrived by bus in the middle of a torrential downpour, but were warmly greeted by Merryspring staff and board
members with some hot coffee. After a short introduction and colorful photo slideshow about Merryspring by Program Director
Brett Willard, the group braved the stormy weather for a tour of the gardens. Garden Manager Cindy Gerry and Vice President
Glenn Jenks led them through the gardens, speaking about the history of the beds, the Maine gardening season, and the direction
the Nature Center will be taking the gardens in the future.
After coming inside, the crowd was treated with a lunch catered by Megunticook Market. After everybody was full, the group held
a meeting to discuss the goals of the AHS and its visions for involving the public with gardening nationwide. Following the meeting,
Dave Jackson, Director of the Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheatre, gave a presentation on landscape designer Fletcher Steele,
the history of Harbor Park, and how the park became recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Directly after the talk, the AHS
members suited up in their rain gear and headed with Dave over to Harbor Park for a tour.
Merryspring is thrilled and honored to have been selected by the American Horticulture Society to be a part of its annual President’s Council tour. It was a great moment for us, giving Merryspring the chance to show off our gardens and share a little bit of
our story and all of the things that happen here.

Volunteers from
Coastal Opportunities
Keep Park Clean
Birdwatching is one of many activities that visitors enjoy at Merryspring.

A group of volunteers from Coastal Opportunities in Camden has been coming to
Merryspring on a weekly basis to remove
branches, leaves, and other material from
the pathways and parking areas near the
Ross Center and flower gardens. Their help
is greatly appreciated.

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Kitchen Tour Information
This year’s gracious hosts and talented chefs are:
1 RY HILLS & TIM KILEY, 70 BARRETT DRIVE, ROCKPORT
AM CHEF: Laura Cabot of Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro
PM CHEF: Vicki Murray of Laugh Loud, Smile Big, Rockport
Buy raffle tickets at this stop—win a gift basket from Stonewall
Kitchen or gift certificates to Surroundings, Francine Bistro, and
Shepherd’s Pie.
2 HOLLY & LANCE LIMOGES, 71 BARRETT DRIVE, ROCKPORT
AM CHEF: Tom Sigler of Comida, Rockland
PM CHEF: Sean & Tracy Beaudry of The Highlands Coffee House,
Thomaston
Catch a view of Cadillac Mountain from this gracious hilltop home.
3 DIANE & KEITH BLIZZARD,118 CHESTNUT STREET, CAMDEN
AM CHEF: Sherrie Gibson & Ashley Seelig of FOG Bar & Café,
Rockland
PM CHEF: Brad Purdey of Inn at Sunrise Point, Lincolnville
See how charming architectural details of an 1890s Victorian
cottage have been lovingly restored.
4 LAURIA & DAVID O”CONNELL, 20 LINDEN LANE, CAMDEN
AM CHEF: Jennifer Thieme of Blue Sky Cantina, Rockport
PM CHEF: Susan Boivin of MSAD 28, Camden and Rockport
Enjoy the open layout and casual, coastal feel throughout this
newly renovated and enlarged home.

5 HEATHER & JASON HEARST, 4 UNION STREET, CAMDEN
AM CHEF: Josh Hixson of 40 Paper Italian Bistro & Bar, Camden
PM CHEF: Natalie Hill of The Market Basket, Rockport
View striking contemporary artwork by Maine artists at this historic 1851 sea captain’s home.
6 MEREDITH MENDELSON & NICK BATTISTA,76 WASHINGTON ST.,
CAMDEN
AM CHEF: Nile Recchia of Eclipse & The Speakeasy, Rockland
PM CHEF: Kate McAleer of Bixby Bars, Rockland
Buy raffle tickets at this stop—win a gift basket from Stonewall
Kitchen or gift certificates to Surroundings, Francine Bistro, and
Shepherd’s Pie.
7 KAREN MILLER & BUD HILLMAN, 49 TIMBERCLIFFE DRIVE,
CAMDEN
CHEF ALL DAY: Derek Linker & Alyson Flemming of
Bleeker & Flamm Maine Street Meats, Rockport
See fascinating antiques that fill a unique home that once
served as a carriage house on a grand estate.
8 KAREN & DICK CEASE, 60 TIMBERCLIFFE DRIVE, CAMDEN
AM CHEF: Maressa Kelly of The Waterfront, Camden
PM CHEF: Heather Moran of Cappy’s Chowder House, Camden

Special Treats at EBS
Be sure to stop at EBS Style Solutions on Limerock Street in Camden between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for two special treats: a sample tasting
of extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, presented by Pat O'Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars in Rockland, and cookbook
author Nancy Harmon Jenkins who will be signing copies of her newest book: Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil.

Kitchen Tour Supporters

Generous contributions from Supporters of the Kitchen Tour, many of whom have their excellent services and products on display in the kitchens,
are an invaluable source of support for Merryspring. Please help us thank these supporters with your patronage.

F RI E N DS O F TH E TO U R
* Carol A. Witham Advanced Health
& Fitness, Rockport
David E. Olivas, DDS, RockportFrancine Bistro, Camden
* Paul Cavalli & Jack McKenney,
Camden
Shepherd’s Pie, Rockport
* Stonewall Kitchen, Camden
Surroundings, Camden
The Good Table, Belfast

A P P LI A N CE S
Brown Appliance & Mattress, Inc.,
Ellsworth
Dave’s Appliance, Winthrop
Kelsey’s Appliance & Sleep
Center, W. Rockport

A R CH I TE C TS
Christian Fasoldt Architect,
Camden
Dominic Paul Mercadante
Architecture, Belfast

Houses & Cottages Architectural D E S I G N/ DE CO R A TI NG
Design, Rockland
* Chatfield Design, LLC, Rockport
Peter T. Gross Architects, PA,
EBS Style Solutions, Camden
Camden
Interiors by Janis Stone, Belfast
Scholz & Barclay Architecture,
Leslie Curtis Designs, Camden
Camden
Lorraine Streat, Rockport
Silverio Architecture & Design,
Margo Moore Interiors, Camden
Lincolnville
New View Studio, Rockport

B U I L DE RS

Cold Mountain Builders, Inc.,
Belfast
Limoges Builders, Rockport
* Phi Home Designs, Rockport
Pine Ridge Carpentry, Hope
Taylor-Made Builders, Inc.,
Northport

C A BI NE TS
Bench Dogs Inc., Rockland
Cornerstone Kitchens, Northport
EBS Style Solutions, Camden
Heartwood Millworks Company,
Northport

FI NI S H E S / M AS O N RY
Distinctive Tile & Design,
Rockland
Freshwater Stone, Orland
Morningstar Stone & Tile,
Topsham
North Atlantic Painting Co.,
Camden
Rockport Granite, Rockport
Smith & May, Inc.—Hearth &
Patio Showroom,
W. Rockport

L A N DS C AP E DE S I G N
Lee Schneller Fine Gardens,
Camden
TREEKEEPERS LLC—Johnson's
Arboriculture, Camden

P LU M BI N G/P LU M BI N G
FI X T U RE S
* Fixtures...Designer Plumbing
Showroom, W. Rockport

* Rock Coast Plumbing & Heating,
Thomaston

S P E CI AL A P P O I N TM E N TS
Barnes Custom Window
Treatments, Warren
Mike Rich Design, Portland

* Neumann Fine Arts, Camden
Rockport Steel, Rockport
Windsor Chairmakers, Lincolnville

* Thank you very much for your extra support!

P.O. Box 893
Camden, ME 04843

Reserve Merryspring for Your Event
Remember to think of Merryspring when you or your friends
are planning a wedding, memorial service, meeting, or party.
Conveniently located near Route 1 in Camden and Rockport,
Merryspring offers a secluded, quiet location for your event.
Stunning gardens and an outdoor hexagon are perfect for
small ceremonies. A well-tended lawn bordered by flower
beds filled with spectacular color from June through September will accommodate a tent for up to 200 guests. And the
meeting room inside the Ross Center can accommodate up
to 50 people.