Maine Day @ Fenway
Submitted by Down East on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 6:47am.
When you're the editor in chief of Down East Magazine and you live in Maine, everything you see can become an idea for a story, which means that you never really stop working. (Poor me.) That's why my wife insists that we periodically venture out of state, to clear the magazine from my head. It rarely works, but what else are you going to do? Our latest attempt came via a weekend trip to Boston to watch the Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers. We grabbed our tickets, hopped in the the rust-bucket Subaru, and arrived at Fenway Park only to discover that our long-planned visit coincided with "Maine Day," the Sox's annual celebration of the Pine Tree State. There was Miss Maine Tara Allain throwing out the first pitch, and there was sixteen-year-old singer Hannah Kramer, of Cape Elizabeth, bringing down the grandstands with her superb rendition of the National Anthem. To one side of us a woman held a sign proclaiming Lewiston's love for the Sox, and to the other a man waved a banner announcing Presque Isle's affection for Wally the Green Monster. Somewhere, we heard, Governor Baldacci was doling out lobster rolls to Sox staffers the way Willie Wonka does candy. Maine was all around us, and I can't say we minded a bit. So what if our planned escape from all things Down East had gone awry? Being surrounded by our neighbors from Maine almost made up for the Sox losing.
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