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 https://lakewoodmaine.csstix.com/ 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! 

Sunday, June 19, 2022


Some of the blueberries by the Brook House are looking mighty plump, and even in the the green stage, they look pretty tasty. 

When the apple trees were planted earlier this year there were also a few blueberry bushes of a different variety planted on the little hill over the Perkins House. They have a lot to live up too. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

opening night!

Tonight is opening night of the first show of the season!

The Lakewood Theater website describes it thusly:

Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancĂ©es, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spur paranoia throughout the convent that a spy has been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce.

Starring  Kily Hilton, Cheryl Seamans, Dee Pizzo, Ethan Richards, Kristen Alberts, Bianca Stoutamyer, Mike Clements, and Olive Street's own Jakob Sutton 

Performances  May 26th - 26th at 8pm, May 29th at 4pm, June 1st at 2pm & 7pm, June 2nd - 4th at 8pm

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

Thursday, May 12, 2022

sunrise & the new season

Watching the beautiful sun rise over Lakewood Theater from my porch* with my cup of tea & the cat.

This comming week marks new beginnings, with three new theater guests moving into the Tower House.

Colton Bagley is returning to the costume shop to lend his talent, and will also be found waiting tables at the Lakewood Inn Restaurant.

August Thornton returns to our stage -  you may remember him from  Mid-Summer and  Living on Love in 2021 -  and can be seen in  The Girl on the Train  playing June 9th - 18th, and  Great Expectations which runs September 1st - 10th.  He will be one of your waiters at the Inn as well.

Travis Harden is making his debut on the Lakewood Theater stage, in The Girl on the Train.

Tucker Atwood & Autumn Stupica are going to be staying in the Perkins House again this season. Autumn will be making her Lakewood debut in Critic's Choice  which runs June 23rd - July 2nd, and will also be in  Anything to Declare  September 15th - 24th. . Tucker can be seen in  The Drowsy Chaperone  July 7th - 16th,  and  Anything to Declare.

Arriving later this season, MJ Clifford & Willow-the-cat will be my very honored guests at the Sugar Tree Cottage again, with MJ performing in  Halfway There  July 21st - July 30th while Willow keeps an eye on the cottage and soaks up some sun: and then returning for Great Expectations

Already here on Olive Street of course is Jakob Sutton.  Jakob will be in the opening production of the year  Drinking Habits  May 26th - June 4th, an ensemble member in both of the musicals -  The Drowsy Chaperone  July 7th - 16th &  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  August 18th - 27th - and in the closing production of the year Anything to Declare  September 15th - 24th.

Looking forward to the 2022 Season!

*The theater building itself may be hidden from view in the photo by the porch screen door frame in this photo, but it is surely there, standing fast. One of the benefits of being at the cottage through the late autumn to early springtime is the view during and following abscission, through the time of budding.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

apple trees on Olive Street

We have planted six apple trees - four on the little hill behind the Perkins House, and two beside the Brook House - on Olive Street and it's exciting to see them bud! We have two Pink Lady, a Cortland, a Gala, and an Empire. The start of a tiny orchard. 

This beautiful spot of deep pink is, appropriately it would seem, on one of the Pink Lady varieties. Can't wait for the blossoms!

The gardens and flower beds are not put in yet for the year, but in makes my heart sing to see these begin their journey!