April 1, 2012

During mud season, Mainers
are stuck on the mire

We're stuck on mud, and prove it with song, story and very cool pigs.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A toddler makes the most of some mud on an outing to Mackworth Island.

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A MUDDY MELODY

Maine children's entertainer Rick Charette sings the praises of mud -- literally -- every time he performs his song "I Love Mud." Now you can sing along with him:

CHORUS: Mud, mud, I love mud!

I'm absolutely, positively wild about mud.

I can't go around it. I've got to go through it.

Beautiful, fabulous, super duper mud.

Big Teddy White, his clothes were mighty clean.

Went swimming in a pool of mud, he made quite a scene.

He started with the backstroke, followed by the crawl.

You should have seen him swimming when he heard his father call.

CHORUS

Julianna Root had shiny yellow boots.

Saw a pool of mud that she wanted to go through.

She only took two steps and then she disappeared.

Nobody's seen her for twenty-five years.

CHORUS

Little Rusty Night, he was only three.

Was working in the mud on his favorite recipe.

With sticks and bugs and sour milk, it looked like brown ice cream.

When he started tasting it, he heard his mother scream.

CHORUS

Now I would be the last to tell you what to do.

And when it comes to mud you know it's really up to you.

So if you can't decide and you're sitting on the fence,

The most important thing to do is use your common sense.

CHORUS

Words & music by Rick Charette © 1983 Pine Point Publishing

Figuring to return it when the road dries up, the farmer fetches a pole and snags the hat, only to find the neighbor peeking out from beneath it.

"Kinda muddy this year ain't it?" says the would-be Samaritan.

"Ayuh," replies his neighbor philosophically. "It could be worse, though. At least I still got my hoss under me."

GOOD TIME TO GET AWAY

Mud season is not usually the time tourists want to come to the Maine coast. But for the past couple of years, the upscale Camden Harbour Inn (camdenharbourinn.com) has been offering a "mud package" two-night getaway.

Beginning at $329 per person, here's what awaits you: Champagne breakfast, complete with "muddy chip" pancakes; Rituals Hammam Body Mud for a "unique mud shower;" welcome mudslide cocktail; wine tasting; and a three-course dinner with dessert, including Muddy Molten Chocolate Cake.

SPIN THOSE TIRES

Mud bog racing is big in Maine. Though not held strictly in mud season, the sport is certainly inspired by it. Most races begin in May and go through summer, at makeshift muddy patches all around the state. Pickup trucks are souped up and modified for maximum mud power.

One place to check for upcoming races is Godeepmud.com, which lists races in Lebanon. Or see the "Oxford Mud Run" page on Facebook for information about mud racing in the town of Oxford.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

rrouthier@pressherald.com

Twitter: @RayRouthier 

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