July 16, 2017, York, ME-
My father’s family hails from Maine, and several of us have lived in the Pine Tree State, for certain periods of our lives. Presently, one of my Dad’s sisters lives here, in York, two of her children and their families live nearby, and two other cousins liveculinary center in other parts of the state. It is Aunt Helen’s birthday, today, so this evening was spent at her home, with her youngest child, and her family, on hand for the celebration.
Beforehand, I stopped at Stonewall Kitchen, a large culinary center that celebrates Maine’s agricultural wealth and offers cooking classes. Auntie works there, part-time and is a fixture at the place. I had no trouble finding her, with help from two or three of her co-workers. Since she was at work, I busied myself with checking out the store and the well-coiffed grounds, before moving on to York’s downtown, Old York historic district and harbor area.
Here are some scenes of Stonewall Kitchen (NOTE: It is named for the iconic stone walls, that line many fields in New England.
You can see, from these scenes of the very southernmost part of Maine, why the state has exploded in popularity with travelers, tourists and people seeking to relocate.
I spent three more hours in York’s central districts. The downtown area, like that of so many New England towns, is walkable and most inviting. Here are some highlights, of the area just to the north of Old York.
I began at the town’s Civil War Monument.
The Old York Garden Club maintains the verdure, in this roundabout and at York public Library, as well as in the historic district itself.
The rushes are a natural part of York’s environment, and have been carefully preserved, just west of York Public Library, as a wetlands initiative.
After appreciating the exterior of York Public Library, and finding the building closed, for the Sabbath, I headed to Old York.