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Hi to all the Permies here in Maine.

I had an idea to find a restaurant with good food, somewhat centrally located here in Maine, and invite any permies around the state to come hang out. Just a chance to meet people in person with similar mindsets over some good food.

If this sounds like something you think might be interesting, tell me what town you live in so I can see what would be reasonably central for the most people.

I'm in Freedom.  
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi to all the Permies here in Maine.

I had an idea to find a restaurant with good food, somewhat centrally located here in Maine, and invite any permies around the state to come hang out. Just a chance to meet people in person with similar mindsets over some good food.

If this sounds like something you think might be interesting, tell me what town you live in so I can see what would be reasonably central for the most people.

I'm in Freedom.  



I am up for that.

I live close to Waterville...
 
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I'd be interested in a few weeks.  I just finished maple season and am a couple weeks behind getting my seeds started, so that, and repairing winter/mud season damage, is my life for the next little while.
 
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Hi Steve and S,
I had the last Friday evening in May or perhaps the last Sunday afternoon in May in the back of my head as possible times. I have seen quite a few people in Maine on Permies and I hope maybe more will come.

@S, what part of Maine are you in. I'm maybe 30 minutes from the Waterville area that Steve mentioned.
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi to all the Permies here in Maine.

I had an idea to find a restaurant with good food, somewhat centrally located here in Maine, and invite any permies around the state to come hang out. Just a chance to meet people in person with similar mindsets over some good food.

If this sounds like something you think might be interesting, tell me what town you live in so I can see what would be reasonably central for the most people.

I'm in Freedom.  





We are definitely interested. Would be nice to meet some like minded, positive people in maine. Let us know when is looking
For good everyone. We are next to patten
 
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Hi Richard,
Good to hear from you.

With the info I have now, Bangor seems to be the most central place. The dates and times are completely made up, just giving us a starting point. May 26th at 6pm or May 28th at 1pm. There is a Brunch menu for the Sunday option and there is a full menu for Friday evening. While I don't have one, I was thinking that people would bring their significant other? Thoughts on kids? I'm ok with well behaved kids, but some people prefer these sorts of things to be adults only.

The Timber Kitchen and Bar has really good food and I know a lot is local food. It is more pricy compared to chain restaurants. https://www.timberkitchenandbar.com/
I have heard very good things about The Lazy Hound, but I've never been there myself yet. It is not open on Sunday. https://lazyhound.business.site/

Please give me some feedback on times and places and whatnot. I'm open to suggestions. If we can get a majority consensus, then I will setup some reservations.



 
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in bangor at present until we can find our final property. i would be down to meet up!
 
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Ha ha... we should meet up then. I have some property in Waldo County. It's not on the market currently, but it would be nice to sell. A house and between 3 to160 acres of land.
 
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Bangor works for me.  The projected timing also works (at the moment).  

I'm in far eastern Penobscot County, near Springfield.
 
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Bangor is doable. Not sure what were doing in a month were looking too start bringing animals to the farm next month. Looking to start with guinea fowl and a few goats see how this year goes. Oh! I have a huge question for everyone, "foes anyone know where we can get some bass to stock our pond?" We ant find any available to purchase in maine.
 
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Oh and kids are fine with us as long as they are well mannered.  
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi Richard,
Good to hear from you.

With the info I have now, Bangor seems to be the most central place. The dates and times are completely made up, just giving us a starting point. May 26th at 6pm or May 28th at 1pm. There is a Brunch menu for the Sunday option and there is a full menu for Friday evening. While I don't have one, I was thinking that people would bring their significant other? Thoughts on kids? I'm ok with well behaved kids, but some people prefer these sorts of things to be adults only.

The Timber Kitchen and Bar has really good food and I know a lot is local food. It is more pricy compared to chain restaurants. https://www.timberkitchenandbar.com/
I have heard very good things about The Lazy Hound, but I've never been there myself yet. It is not open on Sunday. https://lazyhound.business.site/

Please give me some feedback on times and places and whatnot. I'm open to suggestions. If we can get a majority consensus, then I will setup some reservations.



have we settled on a day yet? I'm down for any food, there are also some decent breweries like Sea Dog, Masons and High Tide that are pretty popular spots for a good meal!
 
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Hi Anthony,
As someone who doesn't drink alcohol, I am not as familiar with those, but I'd be willing to try sometime. I'd like to make this an annual thing or maybe bi-annual. I have heard good things about the Portland Pie Company too.
 
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First Annual(?) Maine Permies Meetup:

***Please RSVP via purple moosage with the number of people coming so I can give them a count.***

Who? Anyone who wants to, but the focus is adult permies from Maine or the surrounding area. This first time, I'm going to suggest no kids, but we can plan something later for the whole family
What? Food and Fellowship. Very casual. The only planned thing will be going around the table to share your name and a little about yourself
When? May 28th, 2023 starting at 1pm
Where? Timber Kitchen and Bar, Bangor, ME
Why? Because I wanted to meet some other permies in the area, and doing that over a meal sounded like a good idea


 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi Anthony,
As someone who doesn't drink alcohol, I am not as familiar with those, but I'd be willing to try sometime. I'd like to make this an annual thing or maybe bi-annual. I have heard good things about the Portland Pie Company too.

as we head to timber kitchen and bar 😜 lol see you then!!
 
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@Anthony

Fair enough :), lol

Though in my defense, they do have plenty of non-alcohol drinks too, haha
 
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Just bumping this one more time for those people who have not confirmed.

I have 4 people who are planning to be there and 2 maybes so far. If everyone gets back to me, we could possibly double that number.
 
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Apologies, I haven't been on permies in a bit. My wife and I are definitely interested in attending.


 
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6 Yes
4 maybe
2 can't make it

This is exciting. When I first posted this, I thought I would be lucky to get more than 2 people :)
 
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8 Yes
4 maybe
2 can't make it
 
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I might be able too.

I got no kids this weekend so it’s just me and my girlfriend, in low flow with a damaged dam so not much going on here.

 
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If you are like me, and need a reminder, please send me your email address via purple moosage, and I will send out a reminder the Saturday before.

Currently we have

10 Yes
2 probably yes (@Steve Zoma, I wasn't sure because you said this weekend in your post and the event is the following weekend on the 28th)
2 new maybe's
2 probably can't make it
2 can't make it

 
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Put this on your calendars!

Currently we have

12 Yes
2 probably yes(?)
4 can't make it
 
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Looking forward to it!
 
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Great meeting everyone today.  I enjoyed the exchange of ideas and knowledge.  

Cheers, happy land hunting to those looking, happy and blackfly-free progress to those with projects under development!

Thanks for setting this up, Matt!
 
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S Trevor wrote:Great meeting everyone today.  I enjoyed the exchange of ideas and knowledge.  

Cheers, happy land hunting to those looking, happy and blackfly-free progress to those with projects under development!

Thanks for setting this up, Matt!


Was so great meeting you all, I hope we can help each other out with projects and thoughts!
 
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Hi All,
That was a great afternoon. A big thank you to all those who showed up. We had 10 people attend, and (for me at least), it was what I had hoped. A great time, over some great food, sharing stories, ideas, and information. It was good to hear the different stories of where people are at in their journey to greater resiliency and self sufficiency.

Based on the feedback, I definitely think this should be an annual thing at the least.
 
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I knew I would regret not being there and I do, but just have a lot going on. I thought it was last weekend, but got mixed up.

Sorry I missed everyone and hope to be there next year.
 
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Steve Zoma wrote:I knew I would regret not being there and I do, but just have a lot going on. I thought it was last weekend, but got mixed up.

Sorry I missed everyone and hope to be there next year.

sorry i didnt see this as well. was given 3 acres of farmland to plant and have about 60 planted with 60 more to go so i havent been online much. looking forward to the next one. maybe we can trade plants or crafts with each other next time. that would be cool. maybe contact Fedco and see if we could have the meeting there? i always wanted to go to their plant/ tree sale. maybe have the next meetup at that time? what you guys think?
 
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I am all for it, but I only live 5 miles from Fedco.

I never have been to their sale either but am good friends with a guy that grows fruit trees for them.
 
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We’re 2 hours west of Bangor so probably couldn’t attend anything that far. Bummer.
 
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I understand people cannot always get away for that long. It is a bit of a drive. We did have a couple from Portland (though I think they had some property closer to Bangor), someone from an 1 and 1/2 north, a couple people from 1 hour south.

I'd love to plan something next year that would be valuable enough for people to come from farther away. I'm not quite sure what that would be. As I see people from Maine, I message them and send them this link. My goal is in January I will start a new thread for ideas for the 2024 Maine Permies Meetup.  
 
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Manda Bell wrote:We’re 2 hours west of Bangor so probably couldn’t attend anything that far. Bummer.

come on Manda!  im 4.5 hrs from Clinton.
 
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come on Manda!  im 4.5 hrs from Clinton.

Seriously!? Are you insane? 😃
 
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come on Manda!  im 4.5 hrs from Clinton.

Seriously!? Are you insane? 😃 nope. where i live is the most remote northern most point in Maine. im 5.5hrs from Portland. its where Rt.1 starts. we are used to driving these distances being from here. i used to drive down there to icefish with some folks i met online.
 
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“nope.”

Ummm, I beg to differ. Wowza!

We’ve only been in Maine since October. We do love living in our little piece of nowhere but we’re fine mostly not driving much too. I mean, it’s so beautiful everywhere! We haven’t had to go far to enjoy nature here— that’s why we chose Maine to begin with. We’ve made it to the coast and plan to do some more lake kayaking if it ever stops raining long enough. (Not that I’m complaining about cool, rainy weather. It’s my favorite tbh.)  
 
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Manda Bell wrote:

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“nope.”  Ummm, I beg to differ. Wowza!

We’ve only been in Maine since October. We do love living in our little piece of nowhere but we’re fine mostly not driving much too. I mean, it’s so beautiful everywhere! We haven’t had to go far to enjoy nature here— that’s why we chose Maine to begin with. We’ve made it to the coast and plan to do some more lake kayaking if it ever stops raining long enough. (Not that I’m complaining about cool, rainy weather. It’s my favorite tbh.)  



You'll leran Maine is a state with a lot of driving, most commute close to an hour for work, some even further for shopping. welcome to Maine, "The way life should be" :D
 
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Hahahah. Oh wow. We never would’ve moved here (or any other nowhere for that matter) if we had to commute. The last time we moved and worked outside the house we only considered homes within a 15-minute drive of the office. It limited our choices sure but oh man it was worth it. That’s usually the most time we can stand to waste in a car. Personal preference, I guess!

Since moving here though we are slowly getting used to shopping errands taking all day (despite our best efforts.. haha) 😃 No place is perfect but so far we absolutely love it here. Right now I’m enjoying my coffee while listening to birds and rain. A bear literally just strolled past the window as I was typing! We’ve never experienced anything like this place before. I mean, this is what we moved here for! I can’t even say how much we love it. Maine had exceeded all of our expectations. It’ll be even better when my planned food forest starts really coming together.

Who knows, perhaps after a few years here a few 2-hour away adventures won’t seem so cumbersome. Maybe?!
 
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Who knows, perhaps after a few years here a few 2-hour away adventures won’t seem so cumbersome. Maybe?!  


Haha :), if more people were as content as you, I think the world would be a better place.

Tell you what... if you don't mind, I will still send you an invite next year. And you can decide then if you think a 2 hour adventure is worth it or not :)
 
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Who knows, perhaps after a few years here a few 2-hour away adventures won’t seem so cumbersome. Maybe?!  


Haha :), if more people were as content as you, I think the world would be a better place.

Tell you what... if you don't mind, I will still send you an invite next year. And you can decide then if you think a 2 hour adventure is worth it or not :)



Hahaha. That sounds great!
 
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