100 things to do in Maine this summer

You’re here, the state’s great, so get to it!

Acadia Night Sky Festival

After an exhaustive search of our brains, experiences, and the insights of our friends and relations, we at the Portland Phoenix unveil a checklist of Maine summer pleasures. Knock off one item in each category, and you'll reap the great rewards of the season. Finish everything, and you'll add to that prize the satisfaction of knowing you're a crazy (but dedicated) list-accomplisher. Hop to it — and remember, it's not a competition, but the one who does the most enjoys life more.


Get galactic perspective

•ACADIA NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL | September 13-17, Bar Harbor | Star parties, planetary picnics, sky photography lessons, and the requisite salute to the Sun. | acadianightskyfestival.com

•BEACH ASTRONOMY | June 19, July 19, August 17 @ 9 pm | meet at Goose Rocks Beach General Store, 3 Dyke Rd, Kennebunkport| Laser-lighted tours of the night sky. | asnne.org

STAR PARTY | June 16, Galaxy Quest, 84 Van Cycle Rd, Lincolnville | July 14, Brower Observatory, Whitefield | August 18, Damariscotta River Association, Belvedere Rd, Damariscotta | Look up and wonder at all you can see, with helpful assistance from friendly enthusiasts. | maineastro.com

•MAINE STATE STAR PARTY | August 10-11, Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds | Camping and stargazing, plus solar observing. | downeastaa.com 


Eat frozen custard

HODGMAN'S FROZEN CUSTARD | 1108 Lewiston Rd, New Gloucester | Keeping it simple with vanilla, chocolate, and one special flavor per day. | 207.926.3553

MAINELY CUSTARD | Across from the big Indian; find their daily special flavors online. | 150 US Route 1, Freeport | 207.865.4417 | mainelycustard.com

RAYMOND'S FROZEN CUSTARD | Creamy deliciousness for folks in the Sebago area. | 857 Roosevelt Trail (Route 35/302), Casco |207.655.1116

RUBY ROSE FROZEN CUSTARD | 1184 Maine St (Route 26), Poland | Where at least one Phoenician tasted this summertime treat — made with milk, sugar, and eggs — for the first time. | 207. 998.2262

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