Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn!  Where did the summer go?  Every year it seems to get shorter.Back-to-school time has arrived and along with it, lots of sizzling hot sales in Freeport.  If you have kids to outfit, now's the time to visit, and if you don't, the lull right after the start of school is the perfect time to spend a few days with us to absorb the peace and quiet and just relax. We still have two months of fair weather to enjoy and there's no better place to enjoy it than right here in the state of Maine.  Here's an incentive to get you to visit:

Cabin Fever In August and September!
We're offering our most popular getaway package at the end of the summer! Take advantage of the warm weather and great sales and enjoy a mini-vacation in Maine. This special is only available on the following dates: 

*Sunday, August 26 through Thursday August 30
*Sunday September 2 through Thursday September 6
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This two night package includes: 
*Two nights lodging
*Dinner for Two in the Broad Arrow Tavern
*Lunch Buffet for Two in the Broad Arrow Tavern
*$50. Gift Certificate to L.L.Bean
*Buffet Breakfast each morning
*Afternoon tea daily
Deluxe Room
Cabin Fever Standard/2 nights: $565. + tax
Cabin Fever Deluxe/2 nights: $695. + tax

You deserve a little pampering.  Come celebrate the dog days of summer with us and take advantage of this great package deal!

If you can't make it during those times, give us a call at 1-800-342-6423 and let us know when you can come.  We're working on special packages all the time and you might just luck out! 

The  Common Ground Fair  is coming up on September 21, 22 and 23 in Unity, Maine. In their own words: " If you've ever been to the Fair, you know - and if you haven't been, anyone who has will tell you - it's an event like no other, that brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine."  That just about sums up Common Ground. If you're looking for carnival rides and games, you won't find them at this fair, but you will find the neatest crowd of attendees and exhibitors ever.  Horses and cows, oxen and mules, goats and pigs, sheep and sheep dog trials, they're all here along with their two legged companions. This fair's over forty years old, and I remember going to it many years ago when it was held at the Windsor Fair Grounds, near my brother's home.  By the time it moved to Unity, attendance had soared into the many thousands and the last time I went was with my mother, we were astonished at how much it had grown. So much to see and sample, learn and do. What fun we had! We came home with heaps of organically grown goodies, loads of ideas for next years gardens and a big bunch of Sweet Annie that perfumed her car.That scent still reminds me of the end of summer and the Common Ground Fair.

Recipe of the month: 
Blueberry Cake (Bea Dyer)
A little back history here; Beatrice Dyer was the mother of Nancy Gail (Dyer) Gray (my mother and the innkeeper). I made two other recipes for blueberry cake this summer and none came close to the one I remembered, then my nephew Bill, who lives in Minnesota and is the family historian, provided me with my grandmother's version, which probably came from Addie Dyer back in the late 1800's.  Real Maine wild blueberries have the best flavor, frozen Wymans is fine.
Blueberry Cake:
1 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Crisco
1 3/4 Cup flour
3/4 Cup milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 Cup floured blueberries (or more, I double the amount)
Combine all ingredients in bowl, fold blueberries in last, pour batter into greased 8 x 12 pan (9x13 works fine, I made mine in a round 9 inch cake pan). Bake at 375 for 25 minutes until top is a light golden brown.  Real simple and really good. For those who crave tackling more complicated recipes, stay tuned for Chef Troy's Seafood Melange and his story of the teamwork that went into his unique creation.  
Special Offers and Upcoming Events:
*L.L.Bean  Summer in the Park  Free Saturday night concerts featuring great stars, check out the calendar!
* LL.Bean's Calendar of Events ; everything from kayaking, fly tying, bike maintenance, archery...and some great presentations from world adventurers. 
* Wolfe's Neck Farm  Backyard Gardener Workshops  Learn new skills and get your gardens growing
* Visit Freeport  Sales and fun happenings in town! Everything "Freeport" in one handy website.
*Wolfe's Neck Farm  A wonderful farm to visit just a few miles from the inn, right on Casco Bay and next to Wolfe's Neck State Park.
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There's a great selection of family oriented and educational outdoor events planned at the park, and it's just a short drive from the inn.  Beautiful wooded walking trails along the rugged shoreline of Casco Bay. 
*Freeport Historical Society  Scheduled tours of the Pettingill Farm.  Read about the history and take a self-guided walk if you prefer.  Just a few miles from the inn on the Harraseeket River.
*Maine Agricultural Fairs  are still on-going and the Common Ground Fair is coming up!
This month's trivia question is another fairly easy one:
What's the name of the artist who created this year's Common Ground Fair poster?  All correct answers win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit.  You may redeem up to 12 at one time, a $60. value, preferably in the year they were won.  One per household, please. Be patient with my replies, there are hundreds who respond to this trivia.  But be forewarned, if you don't respond within five days this month, you'll have to be  extremely  patient because you won't hear anything until the next newsletter goes out, and the September newsletter's going to be even later than this one because I'm saddling up to head for Labrador to reacquaint myself with the Great Land's woodland caribou, wolves and legendary brook trout. Enjoy what's left of the summer !
Penny Gray
The Gray family
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