Yarmouth Clam Festival Highlights

Summer festivals are not for wimpy parents. There are crowds, children running in two different directions, long lines and the great emptying of wallets. To help, we’re offering our guide to one of the summer’s biggest fetes: The Yarmouth Clam Festival. Yes, it is clam-tastic, as the brochure promotes, but we do have our favorites. The Friday night Clam Festival …

Summer Concerts for Kids

Summer concert season is here and the Cute Potato gang is ready to rock. First, check out Grammy-award winning, Dan Zanes & Friends this Saturday at L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park in Freeport. The eclectic, children’s folk band is great fun and the concert is free (holla!). Better yet, kids and parents are encouraged to wear pajamas to the show. The event …

Road Trip: Sullivan + Schoodic Peninsula

The Cute Potato gang hit the road July 4th weekend to visit friends in Sullivan. If you’re not familiar with Sullivan, it’s near Frenchman Bay with jaw-dropping views of Cadillac Mountain. We spent our first full day at the Schoodic Peninsula—a lesser-known entrance to Acadia National Park. The rocks are flat and easy to climb with parental guidance, and the …

Maine Academy of Gymnastics: Open Gym

After nearly a month of rain, and no end in sight, the Cute Potato kids (and their parents) are a little stir crazy. But when Cute Potato #1 asked, “Is it Fall now?” the gang knew we had to do something—pronto. Westbrook’s Maine Academy of Gymnastics features an Open Gym on Friday evenings for kids of all ages. For just …

Party at Pineland Farms

Last week, the Cute Potato gang celebrated a friend’s first birthday with a tour of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The kids were introduced to the farm’s calves and their (very large) milking mamas. Besides the cupcakes and ice cream, the highlight was meeting a calf that was just six hours old. She was a little wobbly, but even with …

Southern Maine Strawberry Festivals

It’s strawberry season, and this weekend, there are a host of festivals around the state. We like the sound of the Strawberry Fest, June 26-27, at Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth. The farm will also be open for PYO strawberries, perfect for all kinds of yummy, summer recipes. Not close to Cape? Get your strawberry fix at one of these great spots: First Congregational Church, North …

My Big Fat Greek Festival

The Greek Heritage Festival starts in Portland tomorrow, and all of us at Cute Potato are ready to drown ourselves in pastries. Don’t miss the kourabiedes – yummy butter cookies covered in powdered sugar. They’re very messy, but who cares? You’re at a party where eating takes precedence. Or bibs. You choose. There’s also live music, so if you’re little …

Father’s Day: Viva El Papa T-Shirt

Cute Potato #1 and #2 helped make t-shirts to surprise Dad on Sunday. What a fun and easy project! We found our t-shirts at A.C.Moore in South Portland (2/$5), as well as a host of iron-on options. Here are the adorable results:    

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Spring Festival

We love visiting and supporting our local farms at Cute Potato, and Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport is one of our favorites. At the Spring Festival today, the kids enjoyed the music of the Casco Bay Ramblers, whose sound reminds us a little of Johnny Cash. Cute Potato #1 and #2 loved the Ramblers cover of “You Are My Sunshine,” …

Garden Party

All day Thursday, team Cute Potato was hoping it wouldn’t rain, so we could attend the Maine Audubon’s Annual Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social. We love ice cream, especially when it’s free! And we were looking forward to viewing the peony garden. The good news? The stunning pink, white and fuschia blooms at the Audubon’s Gilsland Farm did not …