For most people in this country the third Monday in April passes by without much fanfare. However, in Maine and Massachusetts (and Wisconsin oddly enough) the day is celebrated as Patriots’ Day. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles in the American War for Independence, which were fought on April 19, 1775. Obviously celebrated in Massachusetts, it is also celebrated in Maine, given the fact that Maine remained part of Massachusetts until 1820. Traditions like the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox morning start make it a truly remarkable day in Boston, but the small town of Ogunquit does their best to provide some fun and educational activities of their own. Activities include treasure hunts, a fife and drum parade, beach bazaar, and historical reenactments. Be sure to visit April 21-23 to enjoy this uniquely Maine tradition.
For many years Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort has supported a family for the holiday season, providing gifts to those who may not be as fortunate as others. Once again, the Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort family is working with Caring Unlimited to provide gifts to many children and families to give them a holiday season to remember.
A Christmas tree is displayed in our lobby with tags containing various items for children of all ages, as well as parents. If you would like to help out, and will be staying with us through early December, we encourage you to pick up a tag and drop off any items in the boxes provided.
For those who want to help, but cannot make it up to Wells Beach, below is the list of items that you can purchase and send to us at the hotel. Your generosity is greatly appreciated as everyone deserves to have a happy and fulfilling holiday.
Any questions on this project can be directed to the hotel front office at (207) 646-2831. If you choose to send a gift or a monetary donation, please address the package/envelope to:
Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort
Attn: Christmas Family
P.O. Box 639
Wells, ME 04090
Checks can be made payable to Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort. That money will then be used to purchase remaining items on the gift tree. Please reference “Christmas Family” on memo line. Items will be delivered on Monday, December 19th. If you choose to send a gift/donation, please have them to us by Friday, December 16th.
Gift Tree List:
*List includes more than one family. Duplicates may occur.
Male, Age 1 – Boots (Size 4)
Male, Age 1 – Snowsuit (Size 12 months)
Male, Age 1 – Large mega blocks
Female, Mother – Winter coat (Likes color black, plain styles)
Female, Mother – Wool socks
Female, Mother – Laundry bag and laundry soap
Female, Mother – Pajama lounge pants (Size small)
Male, Age 2 – Luvs diapers (Size 5)
Male, Age 2 – Toddler set of silverware and plastic plate/bowl set
Male, Age 2 – Llama Llama and Curious George books
Male, Age 2 – Wooden building blocks
Male, Age 2 – Stuffed Mickey Mouse
Female, Mother – Gas card(s)
Female, Mother – Hannaford or Market Basket gift card(s)
Male, Age 5 – Boots (Size 1)
Male, Age 5 – Wrestling action toys
Male, Age 5 – Finding Dory DVD
Male, Age 5 – Outfit (Size 6)
Male, Age 5 – Large monster truck
Male, Age 13 – Over-the-door basketball hoop
Male, Age 11 – Pokemon card collection set
Male, Age 10 – Pokemon card collection set
Male, Age 14 – Hooded sweatshirt (Size men’s medium)
Male, Age 15 – Hooded sweatshirt (Size men’s medium)
Female, Mother – Bath towels
Female, Mother – Hannaford gift card(s)
Family – VCR/DVD player
Male, Age 5 – New release children’s DVD
Female, Teen – Purse (side bag style)
Male, Teen – Nike socks (Size 9/10)
As the month of November rolls on our Thanksgiving plans will be in the works, if they haven’t already. If you’re looking for a more relaxing Thanksgiving holiday, come join us at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort in Wells Beach, Maine! We still have plenty of rooms available and there are several area restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving, providing the traditional spread and more. Here are a few of the places you can dine at:
- Jonathan’s Ogunquit — Jonathan’s will be open between 12-8 p.m. on Thursday. For reservations, call (207) 646-4777 or visit www.jonathansogunquit.com. You can check out their Thanksgiving menu here.
- Bull and Claw — For another year the Bull and Claw will be open to the public for a Thanksgiving feast. Starting at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., you can enjoy anything from mussels to prime rib and of course, turkey. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (207) 646-8467. To take a look at the holiday menu, visit www.bullnclaw.com.
- Spring Hill — Located just a short drive into South Berwick, Spring Hill will be open for a Thanksgiving luncheon buffet, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m. Reservations are required, with the cost being $26 for adults and $12 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. To see the full list of details for the event as well as the buffet menu, visit www.springhillmaine.com. Reservations can be made by calling (207) 384-2693.
- White Barn Inn — The beautiful White Barn Inn, a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5 Star Fine Dining rated location will be open between 1-7 p.m. Reservations can be made via Open Table. White Barn’s Thanksgiving menu can be viewed here.
- Merriland Farm Cafe — This dining favorite will open its doors for the afternoon, between 12-4 p.m., serving dinner. Reservations are welcomed and can be made by calling (207) 646-5040. More information on the restaurant can be found at www.merrilandfarmcafe.com.
- Clay Hill Farm — This award-winning restaurant located in York will be open once again for the holiday, beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting until 5 p.m. To reserve your table today, call (207) 361-2272. A look at their Thanksgiving menu can be found right at www.clayhillfarm.com.
- Cape Neddick Inn — The Cape Neddick Inn Restaurant and Tavern will be open for a majority of the day, serving up a delicious menu of soups, salads, lobster, pork tenderloin and more. Opening at 12 p.m. and serving dinner until 7:30 p.m, the Cape Neddick Inn requires reservations for the holiday, which can be made at (207) 351-1145. Click here for a look at their Thanksgiving menu.
- Stage Neck Inn — Dine right on the Atlantic with a well-stocked buffet. Reservations are required, which can be done by calling (207) 363-3850 extension 405. Hours on Thanksgiving are from 12-5 p.m., with a price of $44.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 6-12, while children ages 5 and under are $19.95. A full look at their menu can be found right on their website at www.stageneckinn.com.
- On The Marsh Bistro — Located in Kennebunkport, this restaurant with a view will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. serving not only the traditional turkey dinner, but some of their staple items as well, including a variety of seafood dishes. Table deposits are currently being taken, with reservations being made via telephone at (207) 967-2299 or on Open Table, to which someone will call you after submitting your request. Make sure to check out their menu for all they have to offer.
- Pier 77 — Look out on to the Cape Porpoise Harbor while you enjoy a turkey or ham dinner, or maybe one of Pier 77’s signature items on their regular menu from between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are currently being accepted for the holiday. Place one today at (207) 967-8500.
- East Restaurant and Lounge — If you’re looking for something more casual, pick up your favorite Chinese cuisine at East just a few miles down the road from Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort. East will be open for their regular operating hours. You can also have food delivered right to you room! Choose your favorite meal from one of their menus at www.eastdining.com. Menus are provided here in the main lobby as well.
As always the staff here at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort would be more than happy to see you! Be sure to give us a call and check on our availability for the holiday weekend. We are always booking reservations all year round between 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m at (207) 646-2831.
I have a dream…
It seems hard to believe, but 2015 is over and we’re already a full week into the new year. The holiday season can often times feel like a whirlwind, and for many, can involve a great deal of work. So if you’re in need of some time off to recuperate from the holidays you’re in luck. The first long weekend of the year is nearly upon us. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is being celebrated on Monday, January 18th, and for many that will mean a much welcomed three-day weekend. Oceanfront and ocean view rooms are still available, but they’re filling up fast, so give us a call to reserve your room for the holiday weekend. Happy New Year!
Fun Fact: One of the few places outside the United States that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The day is celebrated with a special banquet at the mayor’s office as a way of unifying the city’s call for peace with Dr. King’s message of human rights and nonviolence.
Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa is a man that goes by many names and is recognizable to nearly everyone. Traditionally portrayed as a portly man in a red suit and a white beard, he comes down the chimney every Christmas Eve to deliver presents and enjoy milk and cookies. But who is he really? Our current version of Santa Claus in the United States is a combination of three different characters, hailing from three different countries.
It all starts with Saint Nicholas of Myra, who was a Greek Christian bishop in what is now modern day Turkey during the 4th century. He was famous for giving gifts to the poor and less fortunate. He died on December 6, 343. His life and generosity would eventually inspire people to hold a feast day on the anniversary of his death. He has since become known as the patron saint of sailors, fisherman, and numerous others, as well as the cities of Amsterdam and Moscow.
Sinterklaas is thought to have inspired the North American version of Santa Claus, while also still existing as a completely different entity in certain countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium. Sinterklaas day is celebrated with the giving of gifts on December 5th, the day before Saint Nicholas Day (Inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra and also known as feast day). Dutch settlers in New York brought this tradition with them to the New World, but over time the date shifted to become more in line with the Christmas holiday. However, in parts of Europe there are those who still celebrate Sinterklaas Day, while others celebrate Christmas.
In England, Father Christmas can be traced back as far as the 15th century. He was not known to deliver presents, but simply typified good cheer, peace, food, and wine. As England no longer celebrated feast day on December 6th, he instead came to be associated with the Christmas holiday. Originally not described as old, nor referred to as father, he assumed his current form some time during the 16th century.
Regardless of his origins and his cluttered past he is now a symbol of cheer and good tidings during the holiday season, and a permanent figurehead for Christmas.
Every year at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort we adopt a local family who is less fortunate, and with the help of our guests we try to provide some comfort and happiness during the holiday season. This year we have a family with three young children, ages 11, 9, and 5. I simply wanted to thank our guests who every year donate toys, clothes, and food. The families over the years have appreciated all of the contributions more than you can imagine, and are often times left speechless by the generosity of our guests. So on behalf of all the families that we’ve been able to help, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helps make the holiday season a truly magical time of the year.