Lots of new doings in Frenchboro, a fishng village on Long Island, eight miles off Mt. Desert.
• First things first, the date of this year’s Lobster Festival: Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 (August 14, 2010). The Maine State Ferry service makes a special run that day for visitors to take part in the festivities and enjoy a lobster dinner, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Outer Long Island Congregational Church.
• The Frenchboro Bakery: Baked goods (biscotti, whoppie pies, cookies), jams and jellies, and handmade chocolates (truffles! caramels, filled chocolates, English toffee).
• The Offshore Store and More: The basics and then some, including brownies, stews, lobster rolls, sandwiches, homemade pies, live lobsters (cooked at no charge) and more. Also a rental cottage.
Of course, Lunt’s Dockside Deli (a treasure) is still going strong, and I highly recommend taking Kim Strauss’s Morning Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro, departing from Bass Harbor, as a perfect way top sample the island.