High above the Atlantic’s lapping waves, helmeted figures scale vertical rock walls. Undaunted, they surmount challenging obstacles and overhangs, building anchors and belaying while learning technical skills from a beginning level. They feel safe with the knowledge that they’re being overseen by American Mountain Guide Association or Professional Climbing Instructors Association-accredited climbers. Director Jon Tierney––who also boasts an international guiding license from the IFMGA––leads Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School’s faculty of experienced guides as they usher first-time and experienced explorers up majestic rock faces, snow-covered cliffs, and frozen waterfalls. Company guides frequently showcase their comfort in varied terrain as well, having applied their climbing skills on film sets to set up safety rigging for Shutter Island.
Guides provide mentorship during multi-day mountaineering trips to distant mountains, and lead day trips to share pivotal climbing skills that help students scale a range of icy and rocky conditions. In an array of advanced or basic classes, they instruct pupils on principles of anchoring, top roping, belaying, and sport or lead climbing—imbuing them with the skills to scale mountainsides or be the first to reach the top of a wedding cake. Instructors also teach students mid-climb rescues, such as how to deal with medical issues and make improvised ascents, or metamorphosize into an instructor.
Moose and Photo Safaris relies on the expertise of two expert spotters: Dale, who brings 55 years of residency to the table, and Vicki, a trained professional photographer. Together, the duo whisks vanloads of sightseers to known moose hideouts to set up expertly framed shots of the animals and the puppeteers that control them. Depending on where the action was last, the guides might take their visitors anywhere within Baxter State Park's 200,000 untouched acres on some of the same roads traversed by the stars of the Discovery Channel’s American Loggers. To view the types of snapshots possible on each tour, check out the company’s Facebook page.
Having taught upward of 5,000 golfers—including more than 20 PGA and LPGA touring professionals—Shaun Webb commands an instructional style that improves students’ consistency from tee to green. Shaun wields certifications in golf fitness and swing biomechanics, which can be incorporated into his lessons for both adults and juniors. He also uses high-speed video to capture the swing during individual instruction and will even tag along with golfers on the course to coach course-management decisions, assist in shot selection, and prevent mid-match swims in water hazards.
Organized and curated by the Maine Film Center, the MIFF has been celebrating local and international cinema since 1998. For nearly two weeks, the society fills the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema with screenings, panel discussions, and catchphrase workshops for aspiring action stars. Every year, the festival presents a worthy performer with their forward-looking Mid-Life Achievement Award, which assures winners such as Malcolm McDowell, John Turturro, Ed Harris, and Terrence Malick that their greatest works are not necessarily behind them.
Drawing on a psychic ability she has experienced since birth, Kat Logan connects with the unseen and works with spiritual energy to help her clients navigate their lives and illnesses. As an intuitive medium with more than 25 years of experience, Kat guides clients through readings—during which she ensures that relationships and careers are headed in the right direction, meets with spirit guides and angels, and delves into past lives. She also discovers patterns and areas of potential, all without using crystal balls or divining cards, which can only tell you how likely you are to win at cribbage. Kat also channels spiritual energy to heal and renew her clients during energy-work sessions intended to reduce stress and realign auric fields. Her other talents include drawing and painting, which she employs to craft aura portraits and personal mandalas. Although she prefers to meet at her home, Kat will travel for group meetings held in the comfort of a host’s sand castle and can do readings over the phone or through email.
The 4-year-old lion Mufasa Obama roams his cage, purring between bites of raw meat, as his sister, Tawana, roars behind him. Mufasa, dubbed “Maine’s Little Lion King” by D.E.W. Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary’s caretakers Bob and Julie Miner, may be the nonprofit sanctuary’s most visible inhabitant, but he’s far from its only attraction. Across 43 acres of land, the roars and deep purrs of big cats mix with the quacks of ducks and the snorts of pigs. A staff of volunteers tends to gibbons, spider monkeys, and lemurs as they swing from trees inside a primate enclosure. Meanwhile, orphaned and injured native-Maine animals such as owls are sequestered for rehabilitation before being released back into the wild or signed for exclusive Tootsie Pops endorsements.:m]]