Despite Bailey Island being well away from where most Maine residents live and work, and the weather turning wretched in the later PM, we had a great turnout of 15! I had promised crashing ocean views, which everyone did get, but not from the deck but the cozy living and dining room of the rental cottage.
We got some input that seemed consistent with signs that this vacation season didn’t seem as robust as ones in recent years, like more empty parking spaces than usual in Brunswick and Boothbay Harbor, less crowding in some restaurants (although there were indicators that went the other way, like shopping center Freeport seeming busy).
The Maine contingent said that the summer season really got going mid-July, which is later than normal. They also said that restaurants and hotels were having trouble hiring. I was skeptical, asking whether the problem couldn’t be solved by paying a dollar or two an hour more. They said no, that there were actual shortages because there were fewer workers from Eastern Europe. I neglected to probe this further, as to whether this was part of the famed decline in foreign students attending US colleges, or something else.
Separately, one guest left a jacket and hat at the house. The rental agency (which is on the main drag in Bailey Island) has them, so if you think they are yours, call them to check it out and arrange pickup.
Your Island Connection
2067 Harpswell Island Road
Bailey Island, ME 04003
Thanks again and hope to see you next year!