Meeting Author Sarah Graves at The Eastern Most Point in the U.S.

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Back in 2007, my wife and I were on one of our trips to Maine. One of our stops was a day trip to Eastport which we learned is the most eastern point of the United States. It’s a neat little town and upon our arrival came upon an unexpected surprise.

Strolling down Water Street, the seaside town’s main street, you get a beautiful view of the Atlantic, and New Brunswick, Canada across the waters. As we walked along we came across S. L. Wadsworth and Son, a local hardware store. There’s nothing special about it except that along with the usual hardware items you’d expect to find in a hardware store window there was a collection of paperback books for sale. The books are all by one author… Sarah Graves. Neither my wife nor I could claim familiarity with Sarah Graves or her work. Avid readers, we went inside and checked out the books. It turns out Sarah Graves is a mystery writer! Perfect!

Both of us are always willing to check out an author new to us so we purchased two paperbacks. The woman behind the counter asked if we would like to meet the author and have her autograph the two books. Seriously? In a hardware store? We willingly agreed and followed her to the back and up a circular staircase (being a reader of mysteries and suspense my mind quickly began to churn wondering, for a moment, if would be the last time anyone will see us alive!) At the top of the stairs, sitting at a desk we were introduced to Sarah Graves. She greeted us and thanked us for buying her books. We chatted for a few minutes; she signed the books and posed for the photo above.

We left with our new books, happy with the chance encounter, a pleasant surprise and an unexpected treat to our trip.

Sarah Graves is Eastport’s local celebrity and like her fictional home repair sleuth, Jacobia (Jake) Tiptree is a home fixer upper. Both are ex-New Yorker’s and both Sarah and the fictional Jake frequent the hardware store.  As one would expect Sarah’s books do well in town with the locals and bring plenty of tourist to the area.

Visions of Maine – Part 3

Part 3 is the final post in the series of photos from my recent trip to Maine. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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Main Street,  Bar Harbor

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View from Inside Ellsworth, Maine Library

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Flowers with Schooner

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Belfast, Maine 

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Opera House – Belfast, Maine

You can read a bit of history at this link.

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Bar Harbor Inn

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Visions of Maine – Part 2

Part 2 in my series of photographs from a recent trip to Maine. You can find Part 1 here.

Somesville, Maine

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Arcadia National State Park

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Somesville, Maine

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Bird Houses

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The First Church of Belfast (Maine)

The steeple bell of The First Church was made by the Revere and Son Co., as in Paul Revere. It was installed in 1819.

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Bar Harbor Schooner 

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Visions of Maine – Part One

A few photographs from a recent trip to one of my favorite states.

Arcadia National Park

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Bar Harbor Reflection

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Bar Harbor

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Bar Harbor Sunset

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Colburn Shoe Store (Oldest Shoe Store in America) – Belfast, Maine 

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Arcadia National Park

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Flowers From the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay Harbor, Maine is a must see stop if you are ever in the area. My wife and I   spent four and a half hours there recently and we saw only the tip of the iceberg. There are multiple gardens, waterfalls, walking trails, sculptures and more. The photographs of the flowers below represent just a small portion of what there is to see.

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