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.
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
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.
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…
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
When I’m taking reservations, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “what’s the weather going to be like when I’m there?” 25 years later I’m still stammering over the response.
The honest, child-me says “your guess is as good as mine.” The best advice I have is to always anticipate 30 degree fluctuations; As long as everyone packs an extra pair of shoes and plenty of layers of clothing to add or remove, the vacation will go smoothly.
Tuesday we had a blizzard…more than 30 inches of snow and it was wonderful. Today (Sunday), the thermometer was nudging 55 at around 1 and I had to wear snow shoes to walk around the park because the snow on the ground was so wet and heavy; it was wonderful. My point is, when you are in Maine, live like a Mainer: never be far from 2 sweaters but be prepared to strip down to your t-shirt…and be flexible with your plans…I thought I was going skiing this weekend in Camden, instead I got to tend a couple of gardens and soak up the sun.
We finally got a blizzard! Steve braved the storm early for the flock…I thought you’d appreciate knowing how things look here on the coast…
Have a marvelous St. Valentine’s Day…a little red passion after a blizzard can’t be anything but wonderful…unless of course it’s a nap 😉
You know, I write on this blog all of the time…the problem is, I do it in my mind as though I’m sending psychic post cards to friends yet somehow I have a million reasons for not actually sitting at the computer and typing you a note…if you are on instagram, you can find me there almost daily and Steve is there a couple of times a week. Instagram is my goto for keeping in touch because I love having a mostly uncurated window into other people’s lives…and scrapbooking my own.
As a quick catch up, in November, Steven, Dad and I went to Colombia, South America to soak up the sun and culture. We wanted to learn more about their government supported eco-tourism practices. We visited Cartagena, Santa Marta and Jardin, staying in ecohousing options and talking with local business owners whenever possible. We learned that while hobbit house habitations are a cool concept, they are not particularly friendly to guests with mobility issues and bungalows of bamboo can’t be translated into Maine cedar cabins no matter how hard I try.
Here at the campground we just got our first real snowstorm yesterday and I’m feeling jubilant! I swear it has been nothing but ice and grey weather for weeks on end…a dismal contrast to the blue skies and bright sun we’re usually treated to at the beginning of the year. On the front burner of our lives, we’re working with friends from Belfast to create a new website. Like so many conversations, we find it easy to say “I don’t like that” or “that’s pretty good” but when it’s time to articulate the specifics, we can’t seem to find the words so we’ve brought in the professionals to help us update our story.
First came the site map created by the wonderful illustrator Lisa Griffin
We LOVE this map but couldn’t figure out how to translate its “feel” to our website so we asked Belfast photographer and graphic designer Sally Brophy to help us…one question for you (and we’d REALLY like to hear from you): If we used a mermaid in our logo (not the Disney kind but our billboard kind)…would you think us too childish? Once the web layout and colors are chosen, we’re going to work with Ned Lightner the local cable producer to tell our story with short videos…watch out friends, we’re keeping up with the times ;).
The reservation side of our world is bubbling along nicely…people are starting to get excited about camping and we’re looking forward to a good season. That reminds me, we’d love to host a new worker camper couple…have any suggestions?
In the meantime, be well and please stay in touch. If there are things that you love about campground websites, please tell us…if there’s a trend that you hate…tell us that too. We’d never be the park we are without your input and once again we’re asking.
With hugs from a bright window by the Bay,
PS…in case you hadn’t heard, our free clean up weekend has new dates this year: May 19-21