Happy Days

What a day it is today- the degrees are slowly nudging into the 80’s, with a cool breeze and a clear sky. I think my favorite part about living on the ocean is the smell- I have always loved the smell of the ocean (perhaps that’s why I’m a marine biologist). The past few days have been great- we got new t-shirts! Don’t worry, there are some for sale in the store so you can snag your own.

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NEW SHIRTS!

I am also officially the mother of two (cats) now! Emily and I were hiking in the middle of the woods, and we heard meowing. We were really confused, but kept walking. Eventually, this tiny white kitten popped out of the bushes- we decided to keep her and name her Pia. I have another child named Blaze, who is 17, and the biggest Maine Coon cat you’ll meet. They love each other which is awesome and Pia walks around the campground on a leash like a dog, so when you see us come say hello! Pia met Trevor yesterday and loves him.

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The other day I got to go practice my screen printing with Susan Tobey-White. She’s actually offering some classes at fiber college this year! She’ll also be doing rolling classes, and her assistant will be on of my close friends, Allysun. Susan focuses on printing with everyday objects and working with texture- it was a really cool day off.

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Lovely painting by Susan!
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What an artist!

I also love doing the lobster bakes- serving has always been something I’m passionate about- along with customer service! I love talking to and mingling with the guests. This may be a little weird, but I also love the colors at the lobster bake. The food is right from the bay, or our gardens, so it’s super fresh, and the colors really pop.

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Lobster bake!

 

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Lobster bake!
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Lobster bake!

Can’t believe I only have a month and a half left here, but I’m focusing on enjoying the moments now!
See you soon 🙂
xo, Amber

 

 

 

 

 

Busier Than The Bees

Hello all! It’s been a great few weeks, even through all the stress. Our old computer system was hacked, so we switched everything over to a new site- on the fourth of July no less. We were all bored anyways- we wanted a challenge 😉

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We were in the fourth of July parade, which was really fun. I never thought children were scary though. Not until I had a sack of candy, at least. I can’t tell you how many lollipops I threw that day, but every time I made eye contact I threw a handful. It was a great time, and seeing the community come together was a meaningful experience.

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Chad, Wayne and I were in the spirit!

Lately I’ve been figuring out how to operate the new computer system, but when I’m not doing that I’m either mowing, weed whacking or hauling brush. I love being outside and being active, so any chore outside is great to me.

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skippin rocks

The weather has been great- the sweet peas, tomatoes and cherries are growing through the roof. The gardens are so beautiful, the bees are buzzing and making honey, and I’m so happy here! It’s really a special place. We had bubble blowing and hula hooping the other night- I’ve been practicing some new hooping tricks (not great at them) so if you see me around feel free to call me out on them! Emily and I also got to go to a Celtic music festival, I’m 25% Gaelic, so I knew some of the songs they were preforming.
I hope everyone has a great week. 🙂

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Belfast Celtic festival

xo,
Amber

Oh What A World I Live In…

Hey everyone, it’s been an interesting few weeks.

The weather has slowly progressed from ‘meh’ to ‘eh’ to ‘wow!’ It’s really starting to feel like summer here, and I love it. Although I’ve lived in Maine my entire life, the hotter the weather the better for me. I went kayaking last week when the weather hit the 90’s, and it was lovely. I hung around the ocean that day, and all of the sea urchins are starting to venture in.

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Kayaking on a foggy morning

My biggest project has been our new goat/sheep village- I want to call it Shearsport Shores. Emily and I were given five colors, blue, pink, green, yellow and orange- and were asked to combine them in such a way that they complimented and stood out from our huge billboards. We have a general store, a watch tower, two town houses, and a church! So far, Trevor and Ester have taken oven the church we have- not together of course. As soon as Trevor steps out, Ester runs right in! Lollie is enjoying the smallest house we have, and Maggie and Millie love the watch tower.

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Bringing the first house up to the village on route one!

Another huge project we had was to tear our Store At The Shores apart. We ripped everything out and reorganized the entire store. On the plus side, it really came together beautifully and I’m excited to sell some lovely things very soon. We got these beautiful handmade ornaments in the store as well, they really stand out.

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Store at the Shores!

 

I think my favorite thing about working the store is asking the question “How did you hear about us?’ I was on the phone making a reservation yesterday and I guess Searsport Shores is a huge hit in the Smoky Mountains… how neat!

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Xo,

Amber

Uke’ Crew

We are currently fortunate to have a very experienced musician, Jeff Weinberger, coming in and teaching the entire staff to play ukulele. We had our first lesson on Thursday, and through all the laughter and strumming, we actually made serious progress. We learned multiple chords, and put them all together to play the song “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams.

Playing our first tune

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Uke Crew
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Jeff, our instructor

Emily came to Searsport too!

Hey everyone! My name is Emily Corrales. I just graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Sports Management and minors in Business and Coaching.  So what brings me here you ask? A new adventure in an unfamiliar place, I would say! I am a recent graduate originally hailing from Connecticut, and it is safe to say I had never been up this far into Maine (I even thought this was the top of the state, I was wrong. Apparently, there’s still five more hours to go…). So, when this opportunity arose I jumped on it immediately. I will be doing a little bit of everything this summer while enjoying my stay here at Searsport Shores. From gardening, woodworking, grounds keeping, to marketing for Searsport and all the events we host –  keeping busy is not a concern of mine at al

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My first few weeks have been neat. I’ve learned to drive every vehicle we have on the campground. From the tractors to golf carts to a mini manual tractor/car mix, I have loved every second.

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Learning about new things has always interested me, and I am learning new things every day. I get to do a lot of agricultural work while I’m here, which is always nice. I love being outside and I love to garden, so Searsport is a great fit for me. These past few weeks, in between rain showers, I have been planting hundreds of plants all over the campground. Norma, who is our head gardener, has already taught me so much. For example, when you plant potatoes, you want two or three ‘eyes’, or sprouts, off the potato’s so they can clone themselves. The rest you cut off and plant somewhere else. For corn, you must plant it in rows of four so it will be able to pollinate itself. I enjoy learning about facts like these to supplement my future.

Currently, I am working on a big mermaid display in the store. The sections we are (attempting) to have in the store this year, are ‘Maine Made’, ‘Vintage Camping’, and ‘Mermaids’. We brought in a 10-foot piece of driftwood (which is literally twice my size) and we are trying to turn it into a mermaid haven. It’s coming out pretty good, the hardest part was getting it inside…

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I’m looking forward to meeting new people this summer as well. Please feel free to say hello to me the next time I see you around the campground!

Your friendly staff member,

Emily

our world is Amber’s world this summer

Any new adventure is exciting, especially one located at such a special place. However, agreeing to pack up my life and move into a camper for three months, three hours away from my home, was more than a little nerve racking. Hello! My name is Amber Jenkins, and I will be working at Searsport Shores- and blog posting- all summer.

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searchin’ for urchins’

I’m currently a junior at The University of New England, studying marine biology and animal behavior. I want to rehabilitate animals, specifically sea life, and release them back into the ocean. I also have an interest in art, with a few of my pieces currently in an art exhibit in Rockland, Maine. For those of you who know Searsport Shores, it seems like this is where I would belong. With the ocean and artwork embracing me with every step around the campground, I should feel right at home every day. And so far, I do.

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Sea Urchins

As we have taken the first few steps into June, the campground is thriving. The honey bees are about, the birds are singing, the leaves are finally green, the sky is a clear blue, and -knock on wood- the sun is shining. The past few weeks have been quite rainy. Although lovely for our gardens, it doesn’t help the seedlings we have been planting on and off throughout the short dry spells. Tomatoes, corn, popping corn, strawberries, scallions, golden & red potatoes and wild parsley are a just few of the veggies you can sink your teeth into come mid-July.

On top of gardening, I have been very busy. One of my first tasks was putting up a billboard with a mermaid as tall as I am, about 5’10. It certainly was a crazy start to my week. I got to go to a farmer’s market and I tried gelato made with buffalo milk, which is apparently much healthier than cow’s milk for you because of the extra calcium.

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Love Trying New Things

I got to lead a beach and nature walk, in which I got to share some knowledge about the ocean & the sea life. I’ve also managed to improve my lawn mowing skills, and along with my newly acquired goat wrangling abilities, I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I now know how to drive a tractor and I must say; I think I may start diving it around instead of the golf carts.

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Chugging Along

I’m currently learning how to run the store, which is a huge job in itself. I do enjoy it though, and the people here make my job a lot easier.  I hope you’ll say hi when you come in!

xo,

Amber

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Hard To Be Crabby With This Job

Photo Safari 

April melted into a memory quicker than it ever should. May is following along the same path. We haven’t suffered the dramatic weather that we’ve seen in other parts of the country but I think in 45 days, we’ve had 6 without rain. Cold, gloomy and punishing if you want to get outdoor chores accomplished. A perfect excuse to work in front of the computer and play in the studio if that’s your inclination. Yup, I’ve been more happy than I probably should be considering how much work needs to get done before we open.

Rather than list off our chores, here’s a bit of a photo essay of our days:

We met with Shae of Knotty Goat farm and she’s agreed to make her special soaps for our store…we’re going to have Slippery Mermaid and Sultery Neptune…curious?  It’s really fun to work with another shepardess who LOVES her animals and her life!


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I made new cushions for the Frog & Faerie cabin with Steve’s worn out jeans and printed fabric from a shopping trip of 20 years ago.  The quilting style is Gee’s Bend…the ladies will be coming up from Boykin Alabama for Fiber College this fall and I want to honor their style.
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We’ve been propagating like crazy…with 40 acres on one side of the road and 150 acres on the other, we have alot of planting we’d like to do.  We’ve been taking advantage of these weeks of wet weather to root dozens of forysthia, pussie willows, lindens and dogwoods to brighten up the woods for years to come.
We’ve designed a new billboard…but the prep work is a bear!  Working between the raindrops we’ve finally got the background prepped and painted.
This fall we’ll be hosting three events in September: Fiber College, Vacationland Jam Camp and the Old Time Music Campout.  Nancy and Joe Segari of “Eat at Joe’s” Food Truck have agreed to provide the food right here on the campground.  Their menu is local, fresh, organic…and whenever possible kosher and gluten free…I wish they’d move in!
Painting, painting, painting for the billboard!
We have a new favorite place for Pie!  Searsmont is a charming village about 15 minutes from us and the General Store makes the BEST pie…definitely worth the drive and if you’re lucky enough to be here for an early evening of pie and light music…Go!  Did I mention there’s a micro brewery in the same village square?  Fraternity Village General Store
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We’ve got new mugs in the office.  Do I hear you say that’s not much of an accomplishment?  Au contraire my friends!  There are hundreds of styles, endless handles, multitudes of color combinations, manufacturing ethics to consider…and then the graphics.  It took two years of thought and conversation followed by two weeks of actual research and waiting for samples.  But we’ve got them now!  In red, green, blue and orange.
There’s terrific hiking right from the campground…miles of trails with oodles of waterfalls this time of year…just pack an extra pair of boots because you can’t avoid wet feet this time of year.
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Shearing done…wool sent to Aroostick County for processing…just waiting for the yarn.  I’m yearning to get it into the dye pot and on the shelves for a limited sale of “Searsport Shores” yarn…we need a mermaid kind of name 😉  This is a not so great shot of Esther our Leicester…she’s tired and cranky from all of the rain.