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Taking Pride in Our Communities
We take great pride in all our communities have to offer along this beautiful stretch of midcoast Maine. The diversity of the rich cultural experiences you find here are unparalled, whether you come for outdoor recreation, a varied selection of the arts, an exciting food environment, unique shopping, or historic treasures.
Perhaps what makes our area special is the communities that populate the region, all nestled along the beautiful Belfast Bay and Passagassawakeag River. And of course – the people who live, work, and play here. From lobstermen, to farmers, business owners, to professionals – of all ages – community members are united in the pride we take in our towns. How do I know? The abundance of community organizations proves my point! Friends of the Parks recently raised funds to build a dog park where dogs and their friends can walk and play free of the leash.
But there’s more, a community Poetry Festival is championed by our Belfast Poet Laureate; a Hiking, Biking, and the Belfast Creative Coalition sponsors Friday night gallery walks and live entertainment. In Lincolnville, a historic committee keeps the Schoolhouse Museum open to the public and a local business group sponsors events like the Blueberry Wingding and Strawberry Festival.The Belfast Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Arts in the Park juried art show, a tradition along the Maine coast.
If retiring to Maine is part of your plan, take a good look at Waldo County and Belfast, a walking friendly city. The surrounding communities are top notch for active retirement. We have a great local hospital, Waldo County General Hospital and an array of retirement communities and support servcies. Be sure to check out our senior college at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center! Life-long learning is part of daily life. Our YMCA offers active senior excursions and day trips
For a young family, the yellow school bus winds its way down our lightly traveled country roads. Our elementary schools and high schools offer the opportunity to learn, grow, play and the university system is world class. Our communities offer safe play grounds and plenty of room for outdoor exploration. Our local middle school is renowned for its innovative greenhouse program that teaches students about botany and more, while stocking the school kitchen with fresh veggies.
Mainers also take great pride in supporting local merchants through local co-ops and farmers markets. Take a look at our Farm To Table movement in this video.