Friday, November 18, 2022

The Cabbage

There is a new member to the family of cabins & cottages that make up the housing part of the On Olive Street project! She is and will forever be known as "The Cabbage" and sits up on the hilly side of Olive Street, tucked into the woods, overlooking the brook. A very special place indeed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

late October at the Sugar Tree Cottage

Instead of the bustling list of activies I had in mind, things are taking a slower pace on Olive Street this October.

Hot spiced apple cider is a regular happening.

An extra quilt or two has been placed on the bed.

All of the potted plants but the mums and cabbages have been brought in from the cold and are currently enjoying the porch, now fitted with its winter hot-house style panels: there are still peppers and tomatos growing. Harvested carrots and pototoes are tucked into their respective baskets in the kitchen.

Peach, the cottage cat, and I have woken up to frost-covered fallen leaves on the ground and trees outside the window.

The theme at the Sugar Tree cottage include sugar skulls my son and I made from molds and decorated years ago - carefully wrapped in tissue paper and stored away each November 2nd for the next October - and a few colorful felt flowers. 

October will be ending too soon. November... brings the woodstove.

Friday, September 30, 2022

October on Olive Street

October is such a beautiful time of year! It brings with it slowing down and a chance to breathe in the cool air. The bright flowers of summer give way to the muted colors of mums, the squirrels start to get a little more serious with thier gathering. On Olive Street it means the transition from the summer season to the winter and the change of activities.  A tiny flea market in being planned to take place at the Tower House this month, as we let a few things from storage go and offer handmade goods from the Sugar Tree Cottage. [contact me if you would like to set up a table here as well]   We are also still seeking volunteers for Halloween to decorate, dress up, and hand out goodies perhaps.... and if there is enough interest we could do a haunted house! Or two or three even? 

November will see us continuing projects, including the repairs to the bridge for my Sugar Tree Cottage, so we can again be welcoming nordic skiiers in for hot chocolate this winter; and the small studio space will be available. Studio space will also be opened at the Tower House. What comes next after that is shifting the Perkins House on it's axis to set a little further back from the corner, and make way perhaps for planting more apple trees next May. Through the rest of the winter the Brook House will be completed, as well as the new Gardeners Cottage... and maybe another surprise or two. 

Right now we are enjoying the last few opportunities to dine at the Lakewood Inn Restaurant, and looking forward to the actor's awards banquet for Lakewood Theater in a couple of weeks. Though that side of the brook gets sleepy soon, we remain to watch the ice and snow arrive, and melt again. Cozy in our cottages

Monday, September 12, 2022

Anything to Declare?

It's the final show of the season and what a farce!

The Dupont family is thrilled that their na├»ve young daughter has married Count Robert de Trivelin. However, upon returning from their honeymoon, it is made clear that the young bridegroom has yet to consummate the marriage, and indeed seems to be suffering from a psychological block brought on by a border crossing guard yelling out “Have you anything to declare?” at a particularly delicate moment. With only three days left to meet his mother-in-law’s demand for a grandson, or at least the promise of one, the count seeks the assistance of Zeze, a courtesan who is passing herself off to her clientele as a prominent artist. The entire Dupont family manages to parade through Zeze’s salon and back to the Dupont home, along with a sobbing ex-suitor of the bride, a camel dealer of unknown origin, and a maid desperate to break ties with Zeze and start a career of her own. As the clock continues to tick away, a chaotic race to consummate the marriage results in everyone learning just a little bit more than they might have wanted to!

With Olive Street's own Autumn Stupca, Tucker Atwood, and Jakob Sutton, along with Midge Pomelow as well!

September 15th - 24th. Tickets available at or call 207-474-7176.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

plein air artist space

Announcing new plein air artist space available! 

It is with great pleasure that we have added another to our family of camps on Olive Street. 

Resting very beautifully on Hayden Brook beside the Brook House, and across from the Perkins House, we have aquired number 16.

Though the camp itself will not be available for guests* until next season, arrangements for artists to visit this lovely garden are open! Please contact us for more information and to reserve a time to enjoy this spot.

*It is my desire that this be a community education building, where classes on the flowers, gardening, uses of botanicals, and perhaps painting workshops can take place; making the most use of it's location. We will be searching for a resident that has gardening knowledge/experiance, and applications will be available later this winter. If you are interested in more information about the position, please see here

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Dirty Rotten Scoundrals

What a great time was had at Lakewood Theater during the performances of the Drowsy Chaperone! The next musical at Lakewood Theater, running August 18th - 27th, will be Dirty Rotten Scoundrals.

"The play based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards."

Olive Street's Jakob Sutton can be seen popping up now and again, with more than half a dozen charectors

Tickets are available online or at the box office office 207-474-7176 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

bathtub tomato

To my surprise, this morning I found there is a tiny green tomato growing an an orphan plant in the bathtub at the Sugar Tree cottage.

Happy to see blossoms on the tomato plants in the containers on the deck, baby cucumbers on the vines. 

However, I also did have to take note that the snails may be the only ones to enjoy the cabbage, and the pepper plants have not grown any taller. The berry bush that I have allowed to push it's way into the light by squeezing itself up between the deck boards will bear no fruit. 

And the morning glories are in the middle of a rather aggressive takeover of the tiger lillies.

My green thumb skills are lacking to say the least. Later this month I take over one of the most beautiful flower gardens on Olive Street and I'm not feeling ready! 


Sunday, July 3, 2022

The Drowsy Chaperone

A musical is up next at Lakewood Theater: The Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another 

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.    

Starring: Jacob Junkins, Gabi Pizzo, Taylor Kruse, Beth Lambert, Art Meneses, Tucker Atwood, Will Stecher, Lyn Govoni, Gary Dorman, Jacob Coombs, Juan Lavalle-Rivera, Chelsea Martel, Kate Kenworthy, Kaelie Merrill, Ben McIntire, Emily West, Miles McIntire, Evelyn LaCroix, Charlie Staples, Jason Iannone, Bianca Stoutamyer, Jakob Sutton

Performances on July 7th - 9th at 8pm, July 10th at 4pm, July 13th at 2pm & 7pm, and July 14th - 16th at 8pm

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, at the box office during open hours, or by calling 474- 7176

Monday, June 27, 2022

joining us on Olive Street

Another actor comes to join our project, coming to stay in the tip top of the tower... in the Tower House!

You may have wistnessed his evil villian side in last season's Bullshoot McCrummond  and this year Jason Iannone will be adding his flair to characters seen in  The Drowsy Chaperone  which runs July 7th - 16th,  Kong's Night Out  August 4th - 19th, and Great Expectations  September 1st - 10th

Saturday, June 25, 2022

tiny studio into guest room

The transformation in the corner of the Sugar Tree cottage from tiny studio to special guest room has begun to take place... which can only mean one thing... we're getting ready for the return of MJ & Willow soon!