Anyone who has spent more than twenty minutes with me knows that I draw much of my creative energy from my experiences in Maine. They also know that I have a passion for the ukulele.
More than once I’ve toyed with the idea of bringing these two things together and holding a MidWest UkeFest style ukulele retreat in Maine. At various times I’ve reached out to inns, resorts and even windjammers, but there’s always something that I can’t work around.
This week I’ve stayed at a delightful old Inn — The Hawks House. It’s a perfect spot for a retreat. There are 3 instructional areas (two large common rooms and a barn) and 12 charming guest rooms. It’s located on a state highway (easy to find) on a neck that ends in a small village (not much traffic). It’s ten minutes from U.S. Route 1 and all the comforts of home and tacky
This is the kind of place that groups will gather around fireplaces and play and sing and laugh into the morning.
The one element that makes this proposal look possible is the innkeeper, Steve Hawks is the most enthusiastic and accommodating host that I’ve stayed with. I asked about sitting at a table and drawing and he moved a desk into my room. He’s the kind of guy that could make this idea work.
I’m thinking out loud. I’ve done this before. It’s time to do it again.
What I’m looking for is interest. Is there an interest? What would you like to see?