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Baby robins in garden Greetings from the Harraseeket Inn! April is here, and spring has sprung! The gardens are abloom with snowdrops, crocus and daffodils and the mornings are full of bird song. The Eta Aquarids, a meteor shower from the tail of Haley's Comet, will be dusting the southern horizon on May 6 and 7. If you're an early riser, you might see quite a show. The planet Mars is making its closest approach to Earth since 2005, passing a mere 59 million miles away, and it's also going into retrograde, a curious planetary phenomenon that baffled the heck out of early astronomers who couldn't figure out why a planet would suddenly start moving backward through the night sky. Mars will pause briefly, then begin moving in "retrograde" for about 11 weeks before continuing on a normal trajectory. If you're lucky enough to live in a dark sky area, and Maine is truly blessed that way, it's quite interesting to observe. Mars will also be shining ten times brighter than it did in January when it was 156 million miles from Earth, so it'll be easy to spot in the southeast sky before midnight. Planetary retrograde is an illusion caused by the different speeds of the orbiting planets. The Earth, being closer to the sun, is moving faster than Mars and "retrograde" phenomenon occurs while we're passing the red planet. Here at the inn we're finishing up a long list of winter projects and getting ready for another busy season. The renovation of "Coop's House" (right next door to the inn and fire pit area) is taking longer than anticipated and much of the "LLBean Cottage" furnishings are still absent but I'm going to put a few promised photos in this newsletter to give you an idea of how things are progressing. We're adding another bathroom downstairs adjacent to the kitchen, and upstairs there's a bathroom and three bedrooms. The sun room is a wonderful space, and the fireplace in the living room/library will be the perfect spot for curling up with a book. The house has a friendly feel (how could it not?) and as soon as everything is complete we'll be happy to give you a tour! We'll be renting the house out as soon as it's ready as an Air B&B type offering, perfect for large families or groups.
sunroom at Coop's
Mom in the Solarium at "Coop's House"
"Coop's House"
Living Room/Library
The new menus for the Broad Arrow Tavern and Maine Harvest Restaurant will be on-line soon, and we hope you'll be pleased.As always when planning our menus, our first priority is purchasing locally grown and harvested foods. There are many reasons for this: supporting local farmers and fishermen, preserving traditional skills and open space, and reducing the energy expended to transport foods for great distances. We purchase organically grown produce whenever possible because we believe it is a healthier choice for our customers and our planet. Most of our seafood comes from local waters. As Ken in Tavernincreasing pressure is placed on wild fish stocks, we constantly seek out suitable new additions from sustainable fisheries using low-impact harvest techniques. We are responsible for the future health of our oceans, and the decisions we make locally have a ripple effect across the entire ecosystem. When you dine with us, you're helping to support small family owned Maine farms and Maine fishermen, and our talented chefs make sure you're eating the best of the best. If there's something you want to see on the menu, please let us know, and if you have dietary restrictions, we are happy to accommodate them.
College graduations are coming right up at Bowdoin, Bates and Colby, and how perfect that Mother's Day falls in early May! Check out our Mother's Day Grand Buffet, the menu is on-line. Make reservations soon, and make Mom's day!
Upcoming Events and special Offerings:
*Cabin Fever Special through June 18: Package includes Dinner for Two in the Broad Arrow Tavern, Lunch Buffet for Two in the Broad Arrow Tavern, $50. Gift Certificate to L.L.Bean, Buffet Breakfast each morning, Afternoon Tea daily, Standard Package One Night $260. plus tax, Two Nights $425. plus Tax: Cabin Fever Deluxe One Night $310. plus tax, Two Nights $495. plus tax *13th annual Hospitality for Habitat: Monday April 18th through Thursday May 26 we're offering a variety of rooms at half our regular rate in exchange for a $35. check payable to Habitat for Humanity. These funds will be distributed among the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check.
*Mother's Day Grand Buffet Sunday May 8 featuring Chef Carved Prime Rib of Beef, Chilled Maine Lobster, Soups and Salads, "Noodles of the World" Fresh Pasta Station and a lavish array of hot and cold Hors D'Oeuvres and accompaniments....topped off with a sumptuous assortment of fresh desserts from our bake shop. We utilize all organic and natural ingredients; nothing but the best for the one who deserves it most. So go ahead, make Mom's day. After your meal, why not take Mom for a leisurely coastal stroll at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, or at another favorite but less traveled place, the historic 1810 salt water Pettengill Farm owned by the Freeport Historical Society, which is such a beautiful spot. We'll draw you a map! This year, make Mother's Day a day to remember. We'll be offering our special Lobster Sunday Brunch for as long as we can; check out Mother's Day Grand Buffet and all our menus and special packages at www.harraseeketinn.com. *June 10-12 Girlfriend's Getaway Weekend in Freeport Loads of fun things happening, and we have a great Girlfriend's Getaway package to go along with the theme! This month's trivia question is a celestial one. What's the name of the astronomer who finally figured out what was going on when planets (like Mars) exhibited odd retrograde loops and zig zags in the night sky? All correct answers submitted within the next ten days will win a voucher worth $5. toward food or lodging on your next visit. You may use up to 12 vouchers at one time, a value of $60., preferrably in the year they were won. Be patient with my replies, it takes time to answer all the responses.
Good Luck and we hope to see you soon! Penny Gray The Gray Family
Spring time in Maine!
 
 
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