Lots going on!

This time of year there are lots of activities and events to choose from. I guess that makes up for the rest of the year, when we are hibernating and stuck home due to inclement weather. The Farmer’s Almanac was right on this summer as it predicted a hot, dry summer, and for the most part, that’s what we are getting. Naples is no exception with an abundance of choices for how to spend your free time, especially this weekend.

Reggae Cruise

Friday night is Reggae Night. On selected Friday nights, the Songo River Queen hosts a Reggae Cruise. Enjoy the sunset as you listen to the Stream Reggae Band. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the gate if available. The remaining Reggae cruises sail Aug. 8 and 29 from 7-9 p.m.

Naples for the Arts

This Saturday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date is Sunday) the annual Naples for the Arts festival will overtake the Causeway area. Stroll the renovated Causeway as you enjoy local art and crafts, entertainment at the Amphitheatre and explore vendors in the health and wellness section of the festival. Also planned are children’s entertainment with face painting.

Saturday Night Cruise

Enjoy yourself on the Annual Lion’s Club Golden Oldies Cruise on the Songo River Queen this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person online at www.songoriverqueen.net or $25 at the gate if available.

Casco Days

Of course, the last weekend in July would not be complete without a visit to Casco Days, a fun time for the whole family. What I like about it is it’s not too big, and thus not overwhelming! It is popular though, so allow extra time to wait in some lines. Always fun to strike up a conversation though while you’re waiting with someone you know, or why not make a new friend? The fun begins Thursday night with the Midway opening at 6 p.m. The complete schedule can be viewed at www.cascodays.com.

Holt Pond Preserve Guided Hike

The Naples Public Library along with the Lakes Environmental Association are sponsoring a Holt Pond Preserve guided hike on Saturday, July 26, from 9-11 a.m. This guided hike will be led by Adam Perron, education director for the Lakes Environmental Association.

Holt Pond Preserve is a 400-acre wonderland of beautiful wooded forest, winding trails, Maine wildlife and migrant birds, glacial deposits and natural beauty. Adam will bring attention to all of these wonders by name and explain the importance of wetlands and how they protect water quality. Enjoy a relaxing walk through this beautiful natural resource owned and managed by Loon Echo Land Trust.

Meet at the Holt Pond Preserve parking area: From Naples, take Route 302 west 2.5 miles from Causeway, turn left onto Perley Road. Go 1.5 miles on Perley Road to the intersection of Chapin Mill and Grist Mill Roads (Grist Mill Road is a dirt road); go straight for .3 miles and turn left into the parking lot.

Please leave your dogs at home. Wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes and bring a water bottle. For more information, call NPL at 693-6841.

‘Annie’ a Huge Hit

The Lake Region Community Theatre’s recent production was fantastic. Everything was great, especially the acting and singing. It was a pleasure to watch the show. Even though it was kind of long, and the Lake Region High School Theatre kind of hot, you couldn’t help but sing along! Great job.

70 Years!

Wow! Congratulations to Richard and Alice Fogg of Naples, who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary! I know the 50th Anniversary is “gold,” what is the 70th, platinum?

Bob Caron Jr. of the Naples Golf and Country Club welcomes guests to the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce After Hours event recently held there.  

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