Friday, April 23, 2010

Big Wind Regatta at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

This posting to GAG is by way of an announcement, I suppose. I made the acquaintance of the most wonderful of Maine ladies. Nancy Gray, owner of the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, is generously hosting a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Highland Mountains.

A gala event is being held at the Inn on June 5th, and Mrs. Gray is not only providing the beautiful conference room, but she is serving a sumptuous buffet meal, too. For a small, $10.00 donation, guests can look forward to hors d’ouevres and a cash bar at 5:30, followed by the meal. There will be several brief speakers during supper, and then we will have the premiere showing of the DVD, ‘Save the Mountains of Highland, Maine’. After this awesome video, our guests will be entertained by a bit of Big Wind.

Yeah, that’s me. I’ll be performing a little ‘stand-up comedy’. Oh, Lord. Here we go again! How do I get myself into these things???

See, there’s a reason why I’ll put myself through this agony yet again. When I’ve concluded the entertainment portion of the evening, we will wrap things up by auctioning off some awesome items donated by generous people from all corners of this state, and even a few friends ‘from away’. I am humbled by the generosity of so many people who are dedicated to preserving the wildlife, ecology, environment and quality of life in these western mountains of Maine. And it’s a proven fact: people tend to spend more money when they are happy. Therefore, I will make a complete and total ass of myself beforehand.

It’s all for a good cause. Really. That’s what my friends keep telling me.


Those who care to spend the night in this elegant Inn can also take advantage of the special rates Mrs. Gray is giving to our friends. Rooms, each normally rated at $235.00 on a Saturday night, can be reserved for a mere $95.00, and that price includes a full, hot buffet breakfast and afternoon tea. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out at 11:00 a.m. If you’d like to reserve a room from this block that is being set aside for us, please do so before May 10th, and reserve under the name ‘Turbine Wind Power’.

Wow. The awesome generosity of the people of Maine humbles me every time. Wow.

Come down to Freeport. Eat, drink, learn some facts about industrial wind, and see me have some fun at my own expense… and maybe at the expense of the Windustry.

Big Wind... can I say that it blows? Come find out if I dare. June 5, 2010, 5:30, at the Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032. (To make reservations, please call (207) 865-9377) Hope to see you there.

P.S. Please tune into Maine Outdoors, the North Woods Sporting Journal's live, interactive radio show on Sunday night, 4/25, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a discussion about mountaintop industrial wind and it's impacts on the pristine mountains of Maine. I will be the guest of host V. Paul Reynolds, and I encourage you to listen and call in. This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the facts about Big Wind to the people of Maine. WVOM-FM, 103.9 and WQVM-FM 101.3.


  1. Speaking of stand up performances, we are still waiting to hear how the last one went.

    Did they roll hysterically about the aisles? Did they laugh boisterously? Dir they laugh because it was the polite thing to do at the time? Or did they throw rotten vegetable matter?

    Do tell.

  2. Hiya, CP! I started to respond to this an hour ago when I got home, and I conked out, instead! Head on my desk, big line of 'ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc's' in the box. Whoops. i guess I must be tired.

    Anyhoo, you're right. I never did talk about my performance in front of CHILDREN, did I?

    Well, it went very well, thank you for asking. I really am too hot to handle... too cool for my own good. The turn-out at the benefit was amazing... over 300 people, which for a town of 680, is amazing in itself. And of course... I was funny.

    I was lucky in that I knew many of the people there... so I razzed the audience a little. Got some great participation by the little ones, too. I talked about snot, farts and boogers... something guarnateed to be a hit with the kids. One little boy came up on stage and when I asked him if he liked boogers, he said 'no. But when I asked him if he ever ate boogers, he said 'Sometimes'... his mother had a fit. Hehehe

    Some of the one-liners were hits, others were bombs. But the bombs were the ones I had the most fun with. And I truly think the audience enjoyed it... I had several people come up to ask for autographs (on their arms and hands... what's up with that?) One guy asked me 'out' -- even after talking 'boogers' and with my husband standing right there... and one woman asked me if I would come do my 'adult' comedy at the Legion Hall sometime soon.

    So... another episode behind me, another catastrophe averted.

    And CP... one fellow in the audience actually tried to explain quantum mechanics to me. I made him suffer for it, trust me!


    Happy Anzac Day (a day late now, I suppose... sorry.)


  3. That's great news! I'm working with their daughter Penny on wind over here (Saddleback Mountain in Carthage).

    Lisa Lindsay (Wilton)

  4. Hi Lisa.

    How nice to hear from you! And thank you for your efforts on behalf of our mountains!

    I hope you'll come out to our fund-raiser. I would love to meet you. And please pop in here on GAG anytime. The more, the merrier!


  5. Will do. You, too! I just started blogging, though I'm trying not to spend too much on wind. I need an escape.

    Would love to try to make it in June. Good luck with the planning.


  6. Yes, Lisa, 'escape' is very important. An occasional break from Big Wind is vital for our mental health. It's especially important when one doesn't have much mental health to begin with!

    Come again, and please make sure to find me on the 5th of June. I'll be the really tall woman with the yellow post-it note on my back that says, "I'm Horny". (My fellow "Friends" think they're soooo funny... but not one of THEM will get up on stage! Hmmmph!)