Archive for September, 2015

Student Blog Post #2, by Justin!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Excerpts from the second week of school, by Justin: Cooking, heading off to work sites, visiting Bowdoin College, welcoming a new student & more!

     pink floyd
Tuesday 9/22 This morning we all went to the beach and walked along the water and skipped rocks. Then some students went to their career exploration sites as normal and some went to new exploration sites. Then we went to Bowdoin College to listen to a graduate speak about the “ Black Lives Matter” movement in Ferguson, MO. It was a really Interesting day!
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Wednesday 9/23 Today, students went to their career explorations sites as usual, and then we watched a movie during one of our classes about how people’s pay continuously is being dropped lower since the 1970’s, and we had Brian’s big brother come in for dinner. Brian had prepared bacon meatloaf with mashed potatoes and salad.


Thursday 9/24 Today was very exciting! We all welcomed our new classmate, and new friend to the school! Her name is Allissa Pete! She’s very interesting and funny and she should fit in perfectly here with the rest of us! Also some students’ families came to the house for a lunch. It was a great day!

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Look what you can bid on at our Farm to Sea Auction, October 8 in Portland!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Live Auction Items

     #1 Winter Wonderland

Enjoy three New England adventures this winter, starting with an overnight for two in one of Maine Huts & Trails    world class eco-lodges. The spectacular trails, stunning views and well-appointed huts make this an experience you don’t want to miss! A hearty dinner, breakfast and bagged lunch are included in your stay. Next up: head off for a day on the slopes at Sugarloaf (2 adult lift tickets). Be sure to warm up afterwards with some hearty Italian fare from Hugs ($25 gift certificate) before planning your next adventure. This time, head south to to Cranmore Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy a day on the slopes (2 adult lift tickets) on your brand new snowboard!

Compliments of Maine Huts & Trails, Sugarloaf, Hugs, Cranmore Mountain Resort, and Richard & Barbara Russo

# 2 Lakeside Luxury

Spend three days and two nights at luxurious Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake. You’ll stay in your own private cottage with a fireplace, porch and stunning views of the lake. Meals and activities are included in your stay. Sail the lake, kayak to the private island, hike the nearby trails or simply relax on your porch and enjoy the view. Unwind with sunset cocktails on the terrace or cozy up in front of your fireplace with a good book. Lakeside living at its best! Some date restrictions apply. Call for availability.

2 nights at Migis Lodge

Compliments of Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake

#3 Midcoast Magic

Enjoy two nights of luxurious accommodation at the Inn at Ocean’s Edge, a four-diamond hotel overlooking Penobscot Bay, with fantastic views and close proximity to the best of Maine’s midcoast. Start your day by exploring the latest exhibit at the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum (two tickets), followed by lunch at the award winning Café Miranda (two lunch gift certificates). Head back to Camden to check out the shops, followed by dinner at the highly acclaimed Francine Bistro! ($100 gift certificate). Two days of the best the midcoast has to offer! Choose two nights between October 2015 and April 2016.

2 nights at the inn at ocean's edge

Compliments of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Micki & Jeff Colquhoun, Café Miranda and Wayfinder Schools Board of Directors

#4 Be a Guest Writer for Maine magazine

Did you ever have the fantasy of writing for a highly regarded, widely read magazine? This is your big chance! Maine magazine invites you to be part of their 48HRS team. Meet with the editors to determine when and where you’ll spend your weekend. Take part in the team planning meeting then travel to a special part of our beautiful state. They will then arrange lodging for you and a guest and provide a $400 stipend. You’ll record your adventures in real time, take photos and write about your experience for publication. Maine magazine editors will work with you to refine your text before press deadline. If all goes well, your story will appear in an upcoming issue of Maine and online. A Custom Love Maine Seabags tote is included. Weekend must be selected from one of 12 predetermined weekends on the 2016 48HRS feature schedule.

Compliments of Maine magazine and Seabags

#5 French Country Living in Burgundy

Make this 200-year-old vicarage your home base for exploring the charms of Burgundy. Located just 11⁄2 hours
from Paris, the village of Villefranche offers local outdoor markets, easy day trips to the chateaux of Loire Valley and
quiet relaxation. The area is also well-known for fabulous cycling – it’s on the Tour de France route!  Newly renovated,
this historic home has a living room with fireplace, 4 bedrooms with rustic beamed ceilings that sleep 8-10 people, 2 full baths, full kitchen and stunning views of the surrounding rolling hills. There’s also a large yard with orchard, and a boulangerie directly across the road. This is the place for special getaway with family or friends. Five nights, dates available April to June 30 and August 20 to November 2016; dates to be mutually agreed upon with the owner.

A week in burgundy

Compliments of Jacques and Patricia Santucci

# 6 A Day at the Races

Head to beautiful Newport, Rhode Island this summer for a day at the races with the nation’s original Polo Club! Enjoy this VIP Newport International Polo Series package for up to six people, including tickets to pavilion seating, a tailgate picnic custom built for the winner, and chance to meet the players! Choose any Saturday during the 2016 international polo season, June-September. Need a place to stay? This package also includes $400 toward your trip, allowing you to spend the night and explore the wonders of summer in Newport at your own pace.


Compliments of Mark & Laura Vannorsdall & The Wayfinder Schools Board of Directors

#7 Portland Night Life

Enjoy the best of Portland with this fabulous overnight package for two. Start with dinner at award winning restaurant David’s ($100 gift certificate). Then head to Portland Stage to take in a show (2 main stage tickets), followed by drinks at Portland Hunt & Alpine ($50 gift certificate). Best of all, you’ll spend the night in the heart of the city at the luxurious Portland Westin Harborview.  The whole city at your fingertips!

Compliments of David’s, Portland Stage, Portland Hunt & Alpine and The Westin Portland Harborview

#8 Fish Bones Chef’s Table for Four

 You and your friends are invited to enjoy a special Chef’s Table for Four at Fish Bones in Lewiston. Chef Heidi Parent will prepare five delicious courses especially for you, each paired with its own special wine selection. Maine magazine Food Editor Karen Watterson gives Fish Bones high marks for its hearty fall menu, it’s warm atmosphere and its commitment to giving back to the city so many of our Wayfinder students call home. Dine in style and know you’re supporting our Wayfinders at the same time!

Compliments of Fish Bones

#9 Experience Portland

Experience Portland like you never have before! This exciting package offers dinner at the exceptional Empire Chinese Kitchen, two lanes of bowling for up to ten guests at Portland’s popular Bayside Bowl, a Sea Dogs game for four, two tickets to Maine State Ballet’s Nutcracker and a chance to experience The Escape Room, where you and your group (up to 8 people) will work as a team to escape “The Stephen King Room.” After all that excitement, you’ll want to unwind with dinner for two at Evo and the wonderful sounds of Portland Ovations (2 tickets). This package has something for everyone!

Compliments of Empire Chinese Kitchen, Bayside Bowl, The Portland Sea Dogs, The Escape Room, Maine State Ballet, Evo & Portland Ovations

#10 New Gloucester Rocks!

Here’s your chance to win a beautiful custom built New Gloucester Rocker by award winning furniture designer Thomas Moser. New Gloucester is home to the first Thom. Moser Handmade Furniture shop, and to Wayfinder Schools’ beautiful 350-acre Opportunity Farm campus, where kids come to realize their dreams. Moser, who won a 2014 “Best of the Year” award from Interior Design, says their first shop was from not far from the last remaining Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake and that “this homage to the spare, graceful design found there will bring a place of serenity to your home.”


Compliments of Thom. Moser Handmade Furniture

Silent Auction Items

Art, Jewelry and Clothing

Diane Brown
 Amy Carbon
 Kim & Dan Dorsky   Joan Freiman
 Jill McGowan, Inc.   L.E. Leonard    L.L.Bean
 Stefan Pastuhov  M. Poirer
 Cora Townsend  Helen Wagner  Nathaniel Wellin   Pam Wellin
 Beth Westra


Black Point Inn   Café Miranda   Clayton’s Café

Conundrum   Evo   European Bakery & Café

Gather   Harseeket Inn   Solo Bistro

For Kids & Family

317 Main Music Lessons
 Boston Red Sox Tickets
 Breakwater School Summer Camp
 Two weeks at Camp Cody 
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Family Membership  Telling Room Summer Session

A Day on the Links

Dunegrass Golf Club
 Portland Country Club

For Home & Garden

Cook’s Hardware   Estabrook’s Garden Center   True Value Revision Energy   Wayfinder Schools

Pamper Yourself

Harper Hair Method   Maine Bodyworks
 Nonantum Resort Rejuvenations

 Feed Your Mind

Maine Maritime Museum   Mustard Seed Bookstore
 Royal River Books

Our new student blog! The first week of school, by Marissa

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Tuesday, 9/15

Today was a busy day for the students at Wayfinder in Camden! Everyone got their library cards and we already applied for our memberships at the YMCA. We all had to take an Accuplacer test as well, it looks like the school year is really picking up now. Thankfully though, after all of this work, we all got to have a delicious dinner of Shepherds Pie!

dinnerWednesday, 9/16

     Today some of the students started working at their Career Exploration sites and        getting on track with how the schedule this year will really be once everything gets finalized. We all had our first class and homework assignment as well, and I’m happy to say that it was a success!

   Thursday, 9/17

     The day started off with a beautiful hike and a view over-looking the ocean today. I personally thought that it was a great start to the day. When everyone got back from career exploration sites, we all had a delicious taco bar lunch with staff, it was awesome! We had our first community circle after that, which let everyone get to know each other a little better. Another exciting thing that happened was that we got our Volunteer shirts and information for the International Film Festival this weekend, it’s
going to be exciting!

CIFF 2Friday, 9/18

Today has been more of a relaxing day for us students today. We started off the day with our first art class with Alexis, which was really fun! We learned a lot about monotypes and did you know, the little rollers are called brayers? Little tip though, don’t leave the paper on the ink for too long while making your design. Otherwise, the paper will rip, Jenny learned that one the hard way. Then we came home, and did a science lab, where we all learned about chlorophyll. Tonight we are going to have a delicious spaghetti dinner, go swimming, and see a documentary film as part of the Camden International Film Festival. A successful day I’d say.

splashSaturday, 9/19

A great start to the morning was breakfast, at least in my opinion. We had delicious French toast, with sliced apples. A few hours after that, we traveled to Belfast for lunch and got our choice of pizza, a burger, or sub, etc. It was really great to get out and see what other places have to offer. Thankfully it was kind of a chill day until about five, when us students volunteered at CIFF, one group of students at the Camden Opera House, and the other at the Strand in Rockland. It was a late night, but we came back and had some time to hangout before we crashed.


Sunday, 9/20

We got to sleep in this morning, which I was thankful for since last night was long and tiring after the festival. The day started off really easy and relaxing, we even had pizza for lunch! A while after lunch some students walked into town and we went to a local ice cream shop and got ice cream and milkshakes. Since it was such a beautiful day out, we walked around town a bit before heading back.


Monday, 9/21

This morning we went on a beautiful walk down to the water. It was really nice to get some fresh air and be active before the day got into full swing. After that some students went to their career exploration sites, then we had our first reading class, and green initiatives class, which was actually pretty interesting!

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