June 12 – 18, 2020Vol. 22, No. 1

The call of summer may be slightly muted this year. Photo courtesy of Pierrette Kelly. More

On the Cover

Call of the Belgrades Summer

Welcome to the summer of 2020, to the many great qualities that make this region attractive and unique, to the many small traditions that provide memories lasting and special, to the lore and legacies that set this beautiful area apart. Welcome to a new summer season so full of change and so changeless. More


Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the summer of 2020. Welcome to the season of renewal, of great beauty, of inspiration from small wonders. Welcome to the waters and woods of this beautiful region and welcome to the pages of Summertime in the Belgrades. More

The Luckiest Boy

Spring Has Sprung

Welcome back to all you Summertime readers! This year, the Luckiest Boy segment will alternate articles from personal memoirs as usual, to a new venue called Bringing the Past to the Present. The latter format is a smattering of articles written and published over the last two centuries with commentary comparing the issues, places and people of today. More

Garden Guide

Greens On the Scene

There's more to this weed than meets the eye. Delicate salad fixings, boiled greens, sautéed buds, coffee and even wine. Dandelions are Maine's secret survival edible, protecting early settlers against scurvy. High in Vitamin A, iron and potassium, with a good content of other vitamins and minerals, they are the first green to appear in early spring and the last to linger in the fall. More

Book Review

In Pursuit of On Golden Pond

How many of you have read the original play by Richard Ernest Thompson? I have found very few readers who have. As a newcomer around these parts, I felt obliged, as a curious reader, to find the original script and read it for myself. More

Dams Report

Starting Off at Full Pond

Welcome back to another summertime in the Belgrades and the Dams Keeper Report. As of this writing, we are starting the summer off with the Great Pond's Village dam 0.6″ above full pond with both gates completely closed. More

Take It Outside

Welcome Back!

The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about how we interact with other people, do shopping, and the types of activities that we are comfortable carrying out. It has also clearly shown the great value we place on having clean, healthy lakes and forests where we can safely spend time with family and friends and at least temporarily find refuge from external stresses. More