Flagship Cinemas showcases new-release films in 11 theaters peppered across seven states, equipping each of its 103 screens with stadium seating and digital surround sound. Beyond providing family-friendly entertainment for more than 15 years, Flagship Cinemas strives to maintain a reputation as the "neighborhood theater" by ensuring each location has a presence in its surrounding community through contributions to local organizations. Flagship Cinemas also builds camaraderie with customers by offering free birthday visits and distributing fanatic cards, which guests can use to earn rewards such as free film tickets or an autographed photo of their favorite usher.
Led by 25-year riding veteran and owner Emily Mitchell, Lupine Farm teaches good horsemanship to aspiring equestrians of all ages and abilities during lessons, camps, and clinics. During one-hour private riding lessons, skilled saddlers prepare rookie riders for careers as contemporary cowboys. The first half schools horse-top hitchhikers on how to groom, tack, and care for their equine escorts, and the latter half hour affords students an opportunity to ride around one of two outdoor arenas atop one of the farm’s stable of submissive steeds.
Nestled into an idyllic New England landscape, the Camden Snow Bowl's tubing hills, cross-country trails, and challenging mountain slopes entertain winter warriors of all ages and skill levels. Tracing its history back to lively community winter fests in the ‘30s, the Snow Bowl's rugged hillsides, glassy ponds, and primeval pine forests have entertained thousands of rosy-cheeked visitors over the years. If visitors make it 1,300 feet up Ragged Mountain, they’ll also be rewarded with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, the Ragged Mountain Recreation Foundation ensures that sustainable development practices help future generations enjoy the Snow Bowl's slopes, tracks, parklands, and resort areas for years to come. Adults and kids alike learn their way around the powder during skiing and snowboarding lessons, preparing them to explore the park's four chair lifts, 400-foot toboggan chute, and 850 feet of vertical ski slopes. After winter's chill dies away and the snow machines go on summer break, hikers, boaters, and other adventurers arrive at Ragged Mountain to mountain bike across rustic trails, fish in Hosmer Pond, and find cool unmatched ski gloves just lying around for free.
Shaking hands with a starfish, choreographing a puppet show, and drafting a system of roads and bridges in a single day no longer requires a college degree or being a Nickelodeon executive's son. At Children’s Discovery Museum, hands-on, informative exhibits engage kids' bodies and minds, meting out a palpable understanding of the world under the guise of role playing and interactive fun.
Children can introduce themselves to their coastal counterparts in the Touch Tank for Kids, where crabs scuttle and sea cucumbers swim away from predatory pickle jars. A bona fide Maine campground, equipped by L.L.Bean with tents, backpacks, and live animals, makes a great stomping ground for active legs and imparts the importance of conservation. A functional theater provides a venue for young directors to stage puppet shows and musicals, and bank counters and restaurant kitchens spark imaginative scenarios as kids learn the basics of counting change, preparing healthy meals, and coercing ketchup out of glass jars.
Sensei Kevin Webb, the head instructor at Martial Arts Institute, holds a sixth-degree black belt in goju ryu karate and a fifth-degree black belt in Okinawan kobudo. These did not come easy, and Sensei Webb has been training to this advanced level since the early '80s. Now the senior student of his master, Hiroji Kuniyoshi, Sensei Webb has been honored with the task of preserving the traditions of goju ryu here in the States.
During youth and adult classes, Webb and his team of instructors first teach the martial art's more aggressive tactics, referred to as "go". These include blocks, punches, and kicks. The instructors then teach the equally important soft aspect of their art, known as "ju" tactics, which incorporate breathing and other fluid movements. Through these lessons, the Martial Arts Institute is also giving their students the skills for further self-improvement and discipline.
In The Rum Diary, a recent Hollywood release, Johnny Depp worked with an unlikely costar—Schooner Heron’s 65-foot wooden schooner, which graced the screen in the role of Sanderson’s yacht. When not avoiding the relentless flash of paparazzi, the boat traverses Penobscot Bay’s pristine archipelago of islands during three styles of daily summer cruises. The cruises run the gamut from tours covering local history and wildlife to BYOB adventures, on which guests can watch the sun set and the fish turn on their night lights. US Coast Guard-certified captains helm these journeys, drawing on expertise from their days sailing the Gulf of Maine, the Caribbean, and the trans-Atlantic passages.