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  • “Milkman Memories”

    In 2003 the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine produced the exhibit “From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England 1860 – 1960,” honoring the role the dairy industry played in Maine’s history and economy.

    From the growth of New England cities after the Civil War to the 1950s this exhibit looks at how the dairy industry changed in New England from local dairy farmers to dairy sections in supermarkets. As the cities grew getting fresh dairy products became harder for people, as a result the dairy industry came up with the plan to deliver the products door-to-door. Here is a link to the online portion of the exhibit http://www.historicnewengland.org/collections-archives-exhibitions/online-exhibitions/From_Diary_to_Doorstep/index.htm and the page featuring historic pictures of Oakhurst Dairy’s dedicated milkmen. http://www.historicnewengland.org/collections-archives-exhibitions/online-exhibitions/From_Diary_to_Doorstep/page_11.htm

    During the time the exhibition was up, the Maine Historical Society collected “memories” from visitors for whom the milkman of their childhood was often like a member of their family.

    C. Malia
    Best memory. I was in the first grade (1941) when I first had a milk break w/ milk in a carton. What a treat!!

    M.J. Kemma – South Portland
    As kids we would ask the milkman for a piece of ice to chew on – sometimes we would reach in ourselves and grab a chunk of ice when no one was looking. Late 50s.

    G.C. Fiske – Vermont
    We would get finished milking at 7PM and sneak back to the milk house a couple of hours later to get some “top milk” from the milk cans in the cooler. We would add chocolate and have a super treat.

    Jeanne Wright – Windham, ME
    I remember the jingle sound of the glass bottles being left by our door early in the morning.

    Anonymous
    Our milkman was like part of the extended family. He would walk into the house, leave fresh milk, eggs, cottage cheese, and take away the empty glass bottles. He knew all the names and had a good joke for us every time we saw him. Great childhood memories from the 1950’s – 1960’s.

    Sandra Garland – Ft. Myers, FL
    As a child, we got our milk from a small dairy at the end of our street. It was Emery Farm in Kittery Point, Maine. My brother delivered milk for them when he graduated from high school until he went in the Navy. I remember going to the farm on my bike and visiting the cows in the barn and watching the milk being bottled.

    Judith Lailer – South Portland, ME
    When I was a child in the 1940s & 50s our milkman was John Lund. He owned and worked for Lundy’s Dairy of South Portland in the Thornton Heights section of South Portland. He was a very nice man. My mother usually ordered 6 quarts of milk every other day. John Lund sometimes would come in the kitchen for coffee and my mother’s homemade doughnuts when delivering the milk. I remember the stories. Fond memories.

    Greg McGovern – Falmouth, ME
    My memories are very early…I was born into the Oakhurst “family.” My father was employed as the second milk delivery man in the early ‘20s. I remember his horse, Dynamite, having his stall in our small barn next to my Uncle Leo’s horse. My father’s name was Terry McGovern and he worked at the dairy with his brother Leo McGovern and Joe McGovern. He drove his horse and wagon for several years delivering milk in the Rosemont area of Portland. He then drove a truck with canvas sides with Oakhurst Dairy printed on the sides. He would come home after a busy day loaded with all the milk to be delivered well stacked in the truck and thoroughly iced down and covered with a canvas blanket. We were a family of fourteen children and it was great fun to sneak out for a small piece of ice. As the boys in our family grew, each one, or sometimes two, would have to work with dad. He would drive and we would do the running. We often had to deliver with several bottles in our hands and climb three floors.

    When it was just about time for my turn to work with dad the war started and being the youngest of eight sons, I watched as all the older boys left to serve their country. Dad and I worked alone throughout the war. I had to get up at 3:30 a.m., have a full breakfast, and off we would go. After the deliveries were made, I came home and got ready for school. In the innocent world in which we lived at that time it was not uncommon to find the milk money in the bottles, or find a note asking us to wake up the kids for school, or put the milk inside the fridge, because the family was away. I didn’t really love working as hard as I did, but today I cherish these memories as priceless.

    At one time there were six McGovern’s employed full time at Oakhurst Dairy.

    Marci Train – Long Island, ME
    I am the youngest of four children. All of my older sisters had elaborate baby books. Mine, however, is compliments of Oakhurst Dairy from our milkman Weimer. South Portland, 1970.

    G. Callan Rogers
    My dad worked for Oakhurst Dairy for many years and also Cushman Bakery – Sebasco, Bath, Popham – my brother Dick Callan took over his route when dad died – James Callan – We all five of us helped on the route and have many happy memories of the family at Oakhurst in Bath.

    Christine Woodward
    When I was really small, the milkman had a new white truck with refrigeration. He was very proud of it. He’d leave the milk (in glass quarts) in a metal box on our back porch. If I could wake up before my sisters, I’d sneak out and lift all the cardboard caps up to lick off the cream. Then I’d replace them so mom would never know.

    In the afternoon, the milkman returned with a horse and cart to delivery fruits and vegetables. I’d beg for a nickel from my mom so I could buy an apple. Then I’d feed it to the deliveryman’s horse.

    Once a week the “Hathaway Man” came to deliver bread and pastries.

    The Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the nation, incorporated in 1822, just after Maine achieved statehood. Located in downtown Portland, the Maine Historical Society is comprised of the Longfellow House and Garden, the MHS Museum, the Brown Library, and the Maine Memory Network website, a statewide online museum and archive. The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine’s place in a changing world. For more information, visit www.mainehistory.org.

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    Nearly twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum published the #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. This book of short essays by Fulghum, who for 22 years was a Unitarian parish minister and art teacher in the Pacific Northwest, has been read by millions of people since it first hit shelves in 1989.

    Born in 1937, Fulghum grew up in Waco, Texas. In his youth he worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, and singing cowboy. After college and a brief career with IBM, he returned to graduate school to complete a degree in theology before becoming a minister and teacher. It was from his accumulative experiences he realized the great value in the lessons learned from an ordinary person’s typical day.

    His book changed the way people think about every day experiences and decisions. The stories simplified choices.

    From Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:

    These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

    • Share everything
    • Play fair
    • Don’t hit people
    • Put things back where you found them
    • Clean up your own mess
    • Don’t take things that aren’t yours
    • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
    • Wash your hands before you eat
    • Flush
    • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
    • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some
    • Take a nap every afternoon
    • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together
    • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that
    • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we
    • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK

    We, of course, are especially fond of his suggestion that warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Pour yourself a glass of Oakhurst milk and enjoy a couple of your favorite homemade cookies and think about how basic some choices really are in life.

  • We Love Coffee (& Cream)!

    According to Thomas Jefferson, “coffee is the favorite drink of the civilized world.” Here in America, we are definitely obsessed with coffee; it’s the fuel that keeps us all going each and every day. You might say we are coffee crazy.

    We even sing about coffee. This past spring NPR featured a series on how coffee fits into modern life. As part of the series the news organization explored coffee and music. To find out their top 10 songs for coffee lovers jump on over to: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/25/178849497/jittery-jams-10-songs-for-coffee-lovers. Some of these songs may be worthwhile to add to your playlist to enjoy while you have your “cup of Joe” each morning or once the kids have been dropped off at school and you can savor a few moments to yourself.

    You might ask what is it about coffee – what makes us obsessed – is it the taste, the smell or simply the caffeine boost. To show just how coffee crazy we really are, we scoured the web looking for interesting facts about Americans and coffee consumption. Here’s what we found.

    • There are about 100 million coffee drinkers in the United States
    • America consumes 400 million cups of coffee daily; equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year – that’s a lot of coffee
    • The average coffee drinker consumes 3.1 cups of coffee daily
    • 31% of coffee drinkers make coffee the most important part of a morning, brewing a cup first before any other morning behavior
    • 65% of coffee consumption takes place during breakfast hours
    • 60% of coffee drinkers claim to need a cup to start their day
    • 72% of coffee drinkers take their coffee with dairy or non-dairy creamer
    • Americans spend about $20 per week on coffee
    • The average coffee cup size is 9 ounces

    Well if you are one of the millions who drink coffee each day – and fall into the group that likes to add a little cream to make your coffee experience even more enjoyable, we have something special to share – our new fat free half & half. Whether you prefer, milk, fat free half & half, regular half & half or even light cream in your coffee, we’ve got you covered. So sit back relax and treat yourself to a little Oakhurst when you decide to reach for cream for your coffee.

    All you busy moms and dads, teachers, laborers, executives, college students, etc. let us know why you love coffee (with a little cream of course) on our Facebook page.

    Sources
    http://www.statisticbrain.com/coffee-drinking-statistics/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/americas-coffee-obsession_n_987885.html

  • The Importance of a Healthy Breakfast

    “Eat Your Breakfast!” is a common statement most moms and dads use each morning in households across New England. The reason: many studies suggest that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can even help your child learn better at school.

    The many benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, including improved performance and weight control, have been well documented in studies of adults and children. One such study, by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who did eat a morning meal. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/skipping-breakfast-may-increase-coronary-heart-disease-risk/

    Any breakfast is better than no breakfast but a healthier breakfast is definitely the way to go and something to keep in mind each morning during the rush to get out the door now that school is back in session. Especially for teenagers who have a tendency to wake up at the last minute and rush out the door missing breakfast more routinely than younger children. Even having a smoothie on the way out the door can be a good, quick start. Here is a link to a yummy milk based smoothie.

    To create that health breakfast, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests picking 2-3 foods, including at least one from each of the following food groups:
bread and grain (e.g. cereal, toast, muffin), milk and milk product (e.g. low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk), and the fruit or vegetable group (e.g. bananas, apples, carrots).

    Easy ways to get in that dairy serving: an 8 oz. glass of Oakhurst Low Fat Milk with toast, a bowl of a non-sugar cereal with Oakhurst Low Fat Milk and sliced fruit, or by adding milk to oatmeal and having a smaller glass. Or try a smoothie – they are easy to make and something your child can take as they run out the door to grab the bus.

    The United States Department of Agriculture has reported children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. To learn more about how Oakhurst Dairy participates in the free breakfast program provided by Portland Public Schools in Maine go here.

    Just think how much more energy you’ll have and your children will have for a full day if everyone has a solid start with a healthy breakfast. Certainly Alan Alexander Milne, the beloved author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books felt that way. He wrote:

    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

    “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

    “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

    Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

    ― A.A. Milne

  • Chocolate Milk: It Can Help your Student Athlete Refuel After a Tough Game or Practice

    Another school year is just around the corner and many high school student athletes are already hard at work preparing for their fall sports season. Many of them are in the middle of preseason, which means grueling daily double sessions or four to five hours on the field. Staying properly hydrated and refueling between the workouts is important to help these athletes recover and maintain optimal performance.

    When athletes reach for something to chug it’s usually a carbohydrate-based sports drink. However, the better post-exercise recovery drink is lowfat chocolate milk. The reason: it has the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates for muscle recovery. And recent studies have shown that including whey protein found in dairy can further promote muscle recovery.

    Why is Chocolate Milk the Better Post-Exercise Recovery Drink?
    Lowfat chocolate milk has the optimal level of carbohydrate to protein ratio (greater than 3 to 1) which has been scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles after heavy exercise. And when it comes to hydration, chocolate milk is a great tasting, nutrient-laden liquid that helps replace lost fluids after exercise due to sweating.

    Below is a summary list of the liquid assets found in chocolate milk:
    • A natural source of high-quality proteins to build and repair muscle
    • Great-tasting fluid for rehydrating
    • Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium to help replace what is lost with sweating
    • Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and good vision
    • B vitamins for energy
    • Calcium, Vitamin D, phosphorus, protein, magnesium, and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of stress fracture
    • A total of 9 essential nutrients to keep you healthy during a sports season

    How much chocolate milk should an athlete drink and when?
    A recent study found that drinking 16 ounces of chocolate milk with its mix of carbohydrates and protein (compared to a carbohydrate-only sports drink with the same amount of calories) led to greater concentration of glycogen (muscle fuel) in muscles at 30 and 60 minutes post exercise. Athletes should drink at least 16 ounces of chocolate milk within 15-45 minutes of completing their workout/training sessions to achieve the optimal benefit.

    This past weekend we attended Maine’s East/West Girl’s Varsity Preseason Soccer Tournament in Cape Elizabeth where 18 teams competed. At the end of the tournament, we delivered a cooler full of Oakhurst chocolate milk to each of the teams to enjoy on the bus ride home. Most of the teams played three games during the warm day and from the below pictures the girls looked like they enjoyed refueling with our chocolate milk.


    If you’re an athlete or the parent of an athlete, we encourage you to integrate chocolate milk into your training regimen after every game and practice.

    Good luck to all the student athletes preparing for the fall sports season!

  • Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Our Keep Cool Giveaway

    Do you love the refreshing taste of lemonade? Well if you do then today is your lucky day. It’s National Lemonade Day, which means it’s time to take a few minutes to honor this traditional summer drink. So grab your favorite lemonade, find a shady spot, put up your feet and savor the remaining days of summer. To celebrate, we’re announcing our third and final Keep Cool Giveaway — it’s an Oakhurst branded cooler (52-quart) filled with our delicious lemonades and our iced teas. One lucky customer will win. Here’s how it works:

    1. To be eligible for the random drawing, you must be 18 years or older and answer the below question in the comment section of our Natural Goodness blog in conjunction with this blog post.
    2. Please leave your name and email address so that we can be in touch if you are the winner.
    3. And, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook so that you can learn about future special offers and giveaways.

    Question: Where is your favorite place to enjoy a glass of Oakhurst Lemonade?

    Take your pick of eight Oakhurst Iced Tea and Lemonade flavors including: Original Lemonade, Iced Tea & Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Iced Tea with Wild Blueberry, Raspberry Flavored Iced Tea, Pomegranate Flavored Iced Tea as well as our traditional Sweetened Iced Tea and our new Diet Iced Tea for anyone looking for a lower calorie option. Our Iced Teas and Lemonades do not contain high fructose corn syrup. They are available in pint and half-gallon containers and our Sweetened Iced Tea and Original Lemonade are now available in one-gallon containers – perfect for family barbeques and gatherings. Look for Oakhurst Lemonades and Iced Teas in the refrigerated section at major retailers and convenience stores throughout New England.

    Cut-off time to enter the final Keep Cool Giveaway is 5pm EST Friday, August 23 2013. We will draw a name at random and be in touch. The winner will be notified with details on how to pick up their cooler from Oakhurst.

    Congratulations to last month’s Keep Cool Giveaway winner – Ersula Steward (pictured below on the right) from Jay, Maine. Ersula and her friend April Willard (left) stopped by Oakhurst to pick up her cooler and told us she hasn’t enjoyed any Oakhurst teas & lemonades in quite a while, but she was excited to try them again. We hope she is enjoying them and can’t wait to learn her favorite flavors.

    Note: The winner must pick up the cooler from Oakhurst in Portland. Oakhurst employees and affiliates such as producers, retailers and advertising agency representatives are not eligible to win.

  • Fun Summer Dishes With Sour Cream

    Sour Cream is believed to have first arrived in the United States with Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th century. Traditionally, sour cream was used as a thickening agent for stews and soups such as Beef Stroganoff  and Borscht .

    With summer barbecues still in full swing and football season starting up, we thought you might enjoy a few delicious recipes using sour cream. After all, the American Heart Association recommends  eating two to three servings of low-fat or no-fat dairy per day.

    This avocado based dip  from the blog My Baking Addiction is a fun spin on traditional guacamole. Note, if you want a thinner dip, add a bit more sour cream. Delicious with crackers or chips.

    Want to make good use of those herbs, and maybe cucumbers, growing in your backyard garden? Try this recipe for Cucumber-Sour Cream Dip  from Martha Stewart. We are pretty sure this would be as delicious with cut up vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery) as in a baked potato.

    Let this recipe from PBS for Grilled Corn with Poblano Lime Crema  add a bit of zest to your next gathering! For extra fun, let your family and guests get in on the fun by letting them get in on the shucking of the corn.

    Oakhurst Dairy Sour Cream can be found in the dairy case at the grocery store. It is available in 1 lb. and 8 ounce sizes.

  • End of Summer Reading List

    According to the news outlets, television commercials, and supermarket promotions back-to-school season is here. We beg to differ, requesting at least two more weeks before the onslaught of school supply trips begin. What better way to transition from the heat of summer to heading back to school, than with well-suited books. Following is our list of reads, we hope will help members of your family prolong their summer experience and/or prepare for the academic year. *Be sure to check out the snack ideas at the end of this post!

    For kindergarten thru 2nd grade:

    Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – How many kinds of green are there? There’s the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you. Her new book Bully, about bullying, which came out earlier this year is also supposed to be very good.

    The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman – Fish and Snail live in a book. Fish ventures forth to other books daily and brings back stories. When Fish urges a reluctant Snail to come out and experience the adventures firsthand, they have a fight that threatens their friendship, but bravery and fun ultimately prevail.

    For young adults:

    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – A tale of first loves and young heartbreak in a magical place. Tinkerbell narrates the magical, bittersweet love story between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. Tiger Lily has never been truly accepted by her tribe, and now the elders have decreed marriage to a man she doesn’t love. She spends more and more time alone in the woods, where she meets wild, fearless Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys.
 
Tiger Lily is intoxicated by the freedom she feels with Peter, and falls under his spell. Their love is all-consuming, and she risks everything to be with him.
 
Then Wendy Darling arrives in Neverland.

    Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Sixteen-year-old Kali D’Angelo has always known she’s different. Sure, she goes to high school and even attends pep rallies. But every other day, Kali becomes something else, hunting and killing demons, hellhounds and other supernatural creatures. On those days, she is indestructible. When a supernatural creature leaves the mark of death on a popular cheerleader, Kali knows she is the only one who can save her. There is only one problem. Today, Kali is only human.

    For adults:

    The Son by Philipp Meyer – Get a lesson in history from this epic work of historic fiction. A story of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

    Bellfield Hall: Or, The Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) by Anna Dean. In 1805 Dido Kent inhabits a world easily recognizable to readers of Jane Austen. Unmarried at 35, she is regarded as a hopeless spinster and entirely at her family’s disposal to help with illnesses, deaths, lyings in etc. But when the crisis of a niece’s broken engagement summons her to Bellfield Hall – and a dead body is discovered in the shrubbery – Dido finds a much more satisfying outlet for her intelligence.

    Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (she wrote the book Circle of Friends). This was a thoughtful gift from my Irishman J. The novel takes place in a small town on the west coast of Ireland where a young woman has taken on an old mansion and is attempting to turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea. Several short stories introduce you to the guests and staff.

    Snack suggestions for reading:

    • Homemade popsicles
    • Crackers with peanut butter, celery sticks or grapes or locally sourced berries and a glass of Oakhurst Low Fat Milk.
    • Cookies and a glass of Oakhurst Chocolate Milk.
    • Oakhurst Cottage Cheese and fruit
    • Pretzels and a glass of Oakhurst Orange Juice

  • Visiting One of Maine’s Children’s Museums

    There are plenty of things to do with young kids in Maine year-round, like learning how to drive a fire truck, climbing inside a whale, measuring dinosaur fossils, or flossing giant teeth! The Maine Discovery Museum  in Bangor and the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine  in Portland have exhibits and programs that encourage children to explore worlds familiar and distant using lots of hands-on activities designed to inspire them to learn more even after their visit.

    With over a combined 150,000 visitors having been welcomed into the museums since last August, we wanted to learn more about how the museums get their ideas about which exhibits to develop and how they create them. To do this we spoke with Lucy Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, and Niles Parker, Executive Director of the Maine Discovery Museum.

    “Ultimately, we’re looking for concepts that will get children and families excited about learning, and that can be completely interactive,” said Sullivan. “It’s a challenge! At a more traditional museum (one designed for adults), you can expect the visitor to learn by looking and reading. At a children’s museum, your visitor needs to touch, play, climb and explore in a way that’s tactile, hands-on and interactive.”

    The Maine Discovery Museum has plans to develop a new exhibition, Kids in Motion addressing growing concerns about childhood obesity through a focus on movement and fitness. With this addition, they will become a “Let’s Move Museum,” joining over 500 institutions across the country committed to helping get kids moving and eating healthy food. The museum’s staff is working with pediatricians, nutritionists, physical therapists, university professors, musicians, and artists to define concepts and content. Parker said depending on the scale of an exhibit and the budget, the museum will also work with exhibit design companies to help give the museum a better vision with sketches, and measured drawings for the finished product.

    Oakhurst Dairy has sponsored the exhibit Oakie Acres, a child-size farm located in the heart of Our Town, on the first floor of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, since 2001. Our Town was a key component of the museum when it opened in 1993, and the farm was one of the first exhibits within it. “We knew the inclusion of a farm would be important because of Maine’s strong agricultural industry,” said Sullivan. “The farm was placed directly adjacent to the market to encourage children to explore the farm-to-table connection. At the farm, they can gather eggs from our chickens or milk Maggie the Cow (she really milks!); next door at the market, they can buy and sell the dairy products they helped gather!”

    What’s a typical day at a children’s museum in Maine like? According to Parker, the Maine Discovery Museum has about 450 walk-in visitors each day, so variety and exploration are the name of the game. “In the past 24 hours we have had a touch tank with scientists from the University of Maine; fish printing with a biologist from Fish & Wildlife; a 3D printer set up in our lobby by a group of Civic Hackers who created a cool sculpture and explained how the technology worked,” said Parker. “We have made Whoopie Pies, castles, and Egyptian tombs. We have had three summer camps going on. We had a bat house brought in with information about bats and their importance in Maine. We have had our daily animal time when we bring creatures out of their cages for educational programs. We did Funky Art and learned about lobsters (with a live lobster).”

    So, what’s the best way to see one of these museums? In Portland, because of the Museum’s layout, Sullivan said most families start on the first floor (where Our Town and Oakie Acres are located), move through each exhibit there, then make their way to the second floor. “At some point they’ll go to the lower level for a snack or to use the restroom, and of course to play around in the Dress Up Theatre and the Diner (If they have tickets for a play, they’ll go downstairs to see the show),” said Sullivan. If it’s a nice day, visitors will also head outdoors to the backyard and explore the Shipyard and greenhouse/mini farm area (with real vegetables growing in it).

    However, because the museum has more than a dozen programs in a day, every family is different. “Some folks love to make it to every event and program during their visit (our announcements make it easy – just listen for the loudspeaker to announce what’s coming up next and where it will be),” she said. “Other families get thoroughly absorbed in an exhibit and stay there for the bulk of their visit – whether that’s building a campsite in the Discovery Woods, or restocking all the shelves in the Market.” She added that most families like to mix it up by visiting a few of their favorite programs (e.g. a Star Show or a Touch Tank), but leave plenty of time for unstructured, open-ended exploration and play.

    As for the best way to see the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Parker said for some children, seeing the same exhibit in the same place is critical to building learning and familiarity. Others, he said, will head straight to the multi-story tree house and climb, working on their gross motor skills. “It is fun to see repeat visitors and see how their visitation patterns change over time,” said Parker. “There are some definite favorites, like the Treehouse and Dino Dig and the River.” The museum is always trying to find ways to bring in new exhibits (such as the developing “Kids in Motion”) and keep things fresh.

    If your family finds themselves with a free afternoon, check out one of these family-friendly museums and have fun!

    The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor is located at 74 Main Street in Bangor, Maine. Keep an eye out for Family Art Night, a free series of art-making workshops for parents (or grandparents) and children ages 8-11, meeting for three consecutive weeks on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The workshops are held afterhours on weeknights when the museum is otherwise closed to the public.

    The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is located at 142 Free Street in Portland, Maine. On the First Friday night of each month (except May), they hold $2 First Friday nights. On those evenings, the museum is open from 5 – 8 p.m. for $2 per person.

  • Keep Cool Giveaway: Cooler Filled with Oakhurst Iced Teas and Lemonade

    Hurray! The heat wave is over for now although the warm temperatures could return at any time. To help you beat the heat and keep cool for the rest of the summer, we have a special giveaway -— a 52-quart Oakhurst branded cooler filled with our delicious teas and lemonades. One of our loyal customers will win. Here’s how the Oakhurst Keep Cool Giveaway works:

    1. To be eligible for the drawing, you must be 18 years or older and answer the below question in the comment section of our Natural Goodness blog in conjunction with this blog post.
    2. Please leave your name and email address so that we can be in touch if you are the winner.
    3. And, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook so that you can learn about future special coupon offers and giveaways.

    Question: When it’s hot outside, where is your favorite place to enjoy an Oakhurst Iced Tea or Lemonade?

    Note: The winner must pick up the cooler from Oakhurst in Portland. Oakhurst employees and affiliates such as producers, retailers and advertising agency representatives are not eligible to win.

    This summer we added an Oakhurst Diet Iced Tea to our line of Iced Tea and Lemonade products. It’s refreshingly delicious yet low in calorie – only five (5) calories per one cup serving (236 mL). It has 90% fewer calories than our regular Sweetened Ice Tea with Lemon. And, if Diet Iced Tea isn’t the best beverage option for you, we have seven other Oakhurst Iced Tea and Lemonade products to choose from including: Sweetened Iced Tea with Lemon, Iced Tea and Lemonade, Pomegranate Flavored Iced Tea, Iced Tea with Wild Blueberry, Raspberry Flavored Iced Tea, Original Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade. Our Iced Teas and Lemonades do not contain high fructose corn syrup. All products can be found in pint and half-gallon containers. And new for this summer, our Sweetened Iced Tea with Lemon and Original Lemonade will be available in one-gallon containers.

    All of our Iced Teas and Lemonades can be found in stores now. Look for them in the refrigerated section at major retailers and convenience stores throughout New England.

    Cut-off time to enter the drawing is 5pm EST Friday, July 26 2013. We will draw a name at random. The winner will be notified with details on how to pick up their cooler from Oakhurst.

    Congratulations to last month’s Keep Cool Giveaway winners – Marcy Tilas of Wiscasset, ME, and Mary Bobetz of Greenville, ME.

    Marcy Tilas and her daughter picking up her Oakhurst cooler. She said she loves the Oakhurst Lemonade and is excited to try the Blueberry Iced Tea!

     

    Mary Bobetz is exited to try the Oakhurst iced teas!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Good luck and stay tuned for our final Keep Cool Giveaway in August!