Toss these on the grill

CLAMS AND MUSSELS | Set them directly on the grill and shut the cover for about two minutes. They're ready when they pop open.

CORN | Shuck and de-string the ears, then spread butter on all sides, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Wrap in foil, and grill on medium for 20 minutes.

LOBSTERS | Start by boiling in the normal way, but stop after five or six minutes. Flip 'em over on a cutting board, cut in half lengthwise. Grill, covered, shell-side down on medium, basting with melted butter and any herbs or spices you like, for 10 minutes.

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS | Marinate with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and your favorite herbs; grill steak-style for about 10 minutes.

SWEET POTATOES | Poke each tater with a fork, wrap it in foil, and grill on medium for 20 minutes. Then unwrap and grill directly for another 10.

 

Climb a mountain to find water

OLD SPECK | Grafton Township | Hike up from Route 26 to the fire tower, and find the pond hiding behind a secondary summit just along the Appalachian Trail beyond the main peak. | tinyurl.com/oldspeckpond

SARGENT MOUNTAIN | west of Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park | Possibly Maine's first lake, it's nearly 17,000 years old, nestled between the tops of Sargent and Penobscot. | nps.gov/acad

TUMBLEDOWN | Township 6, north of Weld | A variety of trails lead up to the pond, 600 feet below the top of this ruggedly scenic mountain. | tinyurl.com/tumbledownpond 

 

Watch local videos on a rainy day

MEET YOUR FARMER | A series of very short vignettes profiling agriculturalists around the state, showcasing the very best of modern small farming. | meetyourfarmer.org

RAGGED ISLE | Life — and murder — on a remote Maine island are the drive behind this series now in its second "season" of online-only distribution. | raggedisle.com

SALT INSTITUTE FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES STUDENT WORKS | Watch and listen to stories told through pictures, writing, and sound; check out short segments on South Portland trash collectors or Vassalboro topless waitresses. | salt.edu/studentwork

TEDXDIRIGO TALKS | From neo-luddites to honeybees, from deep-water wind energy to forgiveness, TEDx presentations explore a diverse range of topics, giving you access to local luminaries and their expertise, for free. | tedxdirigo.com/talks

VACATIONLANDERS | No power. No services. No Internet. No law. Such is the off-the-grid life of the characters in this online miniseries filmed in Maine, by Mainers. | vacationlanders.com

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