After being stranded in Lisbon Falls last week, I was ready to bust out of the house on Saturday. So I did. My first stop was the Saint Dom’s Holiday Fair. (You can read all about it and the Ho-Ho-holiday fair thang in this Sunday’s Sun Journal b-section.)
It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled Route 4; my plan was to drive to Jay, eat lunch, and then turn around. Why Jay? Jay has been in the news in the past few weeks because of the Verso paper mill layoffs and I’m a papermaker’s daughter. I remember the strikes and the shut downs and the worries about Dad and his job. The news pulled me towards Jay and I also wondered if I might find a few more holiday fairs along the way for my article research.
It was a pleasant day, sunny and unseasonably warm. I didn’t get far from Gracelawn Road when I saw the sign for Tripps Primal Farm and Kafe. A friend recommended it to me; I stopped and picked up a delicious slice of gluten-free breakfast pizza for the road.
I passed a sign for St. Philip’s “Christmas by the Lake” fair; it’s not until November 21. Dang.
I jumped off Route 4 when I saw the sign for the Nezinscot Farm Store. I’d read about their local milks and cheeses when I was doing research on the dairy scene. I wish I’d been hungry because they had some beautiful and crispy fresh donuts sitting on the counter. I picked up a wedge of Griswold, which is a goat milk hard cheese similar to Parmesan. They’re having a “Holiday Farm & Fiber Craft Fair” this Saturday, November 14.
Back on Route 4, I almost missed the sign for a craft fair and bake sale on the Church Road in Livermore. I backtracked and made my way to the Livermore Community Center. The center, which sits back from the road about 100 yards is a simple and non-descript building. I didn’t know what to expect. But when I opened the door, it was a warm, cozy room full of sunshine, cheer, Chex mix and homemade scrubbies, just to name a few things!
And holiday bling!
Back on Route 4, I detoured down the Crash Road and fittingly got behind a pulp truck hauling a load of wood to the mill in Jay. It was past the lunch hour and I was full of fair food, so I scratched my plan to dine and stopped instead at the Jay-Niles Memorial library to rest my eyes behind a magazine for a few minutes before hitting the road home.
The holiday fair season gets into high gear this weekend and will extend into the first week of December. So many places to go close to home. I’m not sure where I’ll travel this weekend, but it’s never boring to explore destinations in my own back yard.