Monday, December 6, 2010

Local Joys

I love my town.  Have I told you that?  It is a truly remarkable city.  In one weekend I got to shop at the Maine College of Art Holiday Art and Craft Fair, take a free horse and wagon ride with my sweetheart through the Old Port, go on the Holiday Stroll at the funky shops in my neighborhood, eat astonishing pizza at the best pizza place ever, rent actual DVDs from a real local video store (remember those?) that has nearly every movie you could ever want in stock, and watch the Maine Red Claws play some seriously good basketball (plus, it began to snow lightly as we left the game).  
(I used  Kim Klassen's greyday stone texture when processing this photo.)

Next week we'll be joining in with a sing-along of the Hallelujah Chorus at a local church (I hope good singers stand near me and drown me out!) and doing a little more holiday shopping at local stores.  I avoid the mall as much as possible during the holidays, partly because I can't stand it, but mostly because I believe in shopping at local businesses.  I can't think of a better way to support the community I live in and find beautiful, unique gifts at the same time.  Do you have any favorite local places (including perhaps your own shop!) where you go for cool gifts?  Share them here!

Oh, and in the last photo that's a detail of the menu on the wall at Otto Pizza.  Yes, that is squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza, and yes, it is to die for.  Come have a slice with me!    


  1. I'm fortunate to love my town, too. There is cafe within walking distance from my front door where they welcome Edward and Apple like family. Outdoor seating, but still! Like you, I do understand the value of community. It's a wonderful thing.

  2. Those pics are amazing, thanks for sharing your world. Pizza sounds good too.

  3. I love the way
    you love your town
    and the whole juicy
    business of life:)

  4. I think I'm in love with where you live to! Wow. what a wonderful weekend.

  5. sounds like a perfect town to live in....

  6. Thanks for the little glimpse of your town! Lovely!

  7. I love shopping
    the little shops
    and knowing a lot
    of the owners....
    I absolutely get
    CRANKY when I have
    to go to the big
    places; some things
    you just can't get
    on Main Street, anymore....
    Love the internet,
    too, as it has introduced
    me to a whole world
    of "little shops!"
    Happy Monday, Gigi!
    xx Suzanne

  8. I have often thought of moving to a small city...I have passed through yours many times and it is just the size city that I would love to move to. It is just a little too far away from my family and friends though so I will enjoy it through your eyes:)

  9. The pizza sounds delicious! Lovely day in your town. I shopped Saturday at an antique mall and found a couple little treasures just for me. Not much shopping needed to do. I just enjoy the music, the sparkly lights, and wish for a little snow.

  10. It sounds like a perfect town, Gigi....your photos are wonderful! Warm hugs to you! xxoo :)

  11. Lucky, lucky are just so lucky! I am so glad you are lucky enough to live in Maine, so I can hear about it from you. :)

    Sending you my love,


  12. Hi, Gigi! What a wonderful weekend...*sigh*... And such food, such pizza...mmm... We're now back from our two-week. Thanksgiving/USA trip--had wonderful time! I'm slowing getting to visiting and such though, as I've not been feeling too well in recent days--but getting there. Great to be catching up with you and back in blogland. Your solitude post spoke very much to my heart. Quiet is the only way I can create. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  13. HI Gigi, Thank you so much for entering my GIVEAWAY... I like what I see here and I too love your town. How beautiful, quaint and charming...Lucky You! Best of luck in the giveaway, your name is in the hat twice...oh yeah, I’m a follower! Cynthia

  14. I so wish I could visit your little corner of the earth. It all sounds so delightful.

  15. I love that last photo...

    I have a cold (be gone by Christmas--I already look like Rudolph!) but I think I could still taste one of those yummy pizzas! Thanks for including the link!


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