A Hunting Paradise in Charleston…..a Bangorism

Posted by: - November 20th, 2014

Bangorisms come in all shapes and sizes, some are physical and some are ideological, this one is the latter of the two.

Unique to Bangor is the surprisingly cosmopolitan lifestyle that we are able to enjoy coupled with the ability to “lose ourselves” in the back woods of Maine within minutes.

The greater Bangor area offers something for everyone. You may choose to enjoy an evening of Lady Antebellum on the waterfront in our open air concert hall, weekly events and live music at Paddy Murphy’s Irish Pub, the 100 year old Bangor Symphony as it plays at the Hutchins Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Maine in the Collin’s Center, or gourmet dining at 11 Central. Located 30 minutes or less from the ocean, several lakes and ponds, there literally is something for everyone who lives in and around Bangor.

Charleston Maine land-Tricia Quirk Real Estate Charleston Maine lodge-Tricia Quirk Real EstatePeople from all over the world come to enjoy Maine and its bounty. This is especially true during hunting season. 30 minutes from downtown Bangor there is an oasis in Charleston. With more than a hundred acres and private pond, this property offers a four bedroom cabin and a 30 X 40 storage facility for all of your equipment and tools.

The deer population is plentiful along with pheasant, duck, geese, wild turkeys, bear, and much more. Mounts that hang in the cabin show the size of the animals that roam the land. On this particular parcel, the owner has cut miles of snowmobile and ATV trails, leaving sacred the “deer habitat”, apple trees and nesting fields. He has maintained privacy by posting the land so the bounty can be enjoyed himself and by his family and friends.

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Jan Campbell and the Holly Hose Fire Station #7, Bangorisms at their best!

Posted by: - September 11th, 2014

Jan Campbell is a Bangorism that I have known and respected for years now. She started a company just after high school by the name of “Cakes by Jan”, and from her home kitchen she created works of art that tasted as good as they looked. Her business grew and she moved a few times before settling into that beautifully maintained brick shop at the top of Hammond Street Hill. She created a reputation for quality and whenever you needed a wedding, birthday or anniversary cake, it would be prepared by Jan. Throughout my real estate career, I have connected with Jan annually while preparing my “famous” gingerbread houses. When Jan contacted me recently saying that she was ready to retire and do some of the things that she hasn’t had time to do, (like woodworking and goldsmithing…..amazing!), I learned a great deal more about her and the building that she has conducted her business from for the past three decades.

Old Holly Hose Fire House, 214 Hammond St, Bangor, MaineThe Holly Hose Fire Station was built in 1888 at the top of Hammond Street Hill, another Bangorism that I just learned of.
At the time of its construction, the fire carriages were horse drawn and although set in this urban environment, the horses were kept in the back of the building and the carriages were kept in the front. When the alarm would blow, the team of horses were brought to the front of the station, hitched and then off and running. The first team to the fire was the team that would be paid. Being at the top of the hill, Holly Hose had an advantage. As we walked through the building I wondered about the pole. Interestingly, the Holly Hose was one of the only stations without a pole; there is a front staircase and a back staircase. The layout of the building is such that the first floor is open with high ceilings, and the second floor served as an open bunk room. The self propelled fire engine was the demise of old Holly Hose as there was a private hospital across the street. The location became impractical as new equipment took a pounding from withstanding a foot drop to Hammond Street from the ground floor threshold, and the length would not allow the engines to navigate the turn easily.

The Holly Hose is now available to you after three decades. Conveniently, there is adjacent parking. Jan has updated the roof, windows, electrical, masonry, and most recently added a new natural gas boiler.

Manly the FiremanManly the Fireman and the Ladder Engine will convey to continue to watch over the well being of the old Holly Hose #7 and all of the good people that grace its doors.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad… Recipe of the Month

Posted by: - July 17th, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Looking for a cold, refreshing lunch or side dish? Then look no further. This salad is sure to become your new “go-to” on these hot summer days in Maine. And talk about easy to make! Mix the dressing and put it in the refrigerator to chill while you slice strawberries and tear up some spinach leaves, toss it together, sprinkle some almonds…and that’s it!

SaladIt’s great on it’s own or topped with crumbled feta or bleu cheese. I also suggest serving it with grilled shrimp or chicken. Enjoy!


  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed, dried & torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 quart strawberries, cleaned, hulled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered

For dressing:

  • 2 TBS sesame seeds
  • 1 TBS poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS minced onion


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover and chill for one hour.

2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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Blueberry Buckle… Recipe of the Month

Posted by: - May 20th, 2013


This decadent little square is every bit as delicious as it looks, which is why I have decided to share this Blueberry Buckle recipe.

I wanted something different to bring to a Mother’s Day brunch; I also wanted to use my blueberries I had frozen from last season. I came upon this recipe and decided to give it a try. I am glad I did and I think the other guests would agree. The cake was dense and rich, the topping was crispy and sweet and the blueberries added wonderful flavor and color.


Blueberry Buckle 2I followed the instructions exactly as written, with the exception of the baking time. I baked mine in a glass dish for 40-42 minutes. If you were to use a dark, metal pan the 25-30 minute time should suffice. You can always add time, but can never take it away. (Tip: toss blueberries in a few pinches of flour to keep them from sinking.)

With blueberry season just around the corner, if you find yourself wanting to try a new recipe, I highly recommend this one. Served as a breakfast treat with coffee or tea, or served as a dessert with vanilla bean ice cream, this Blueberry Buckle recipe is a winner. Bon appétit!



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Signs of Spring

Posted by: - April 12th, 2013

IMG-20130325-00252Living in Bangor we learn to notice the subtle signs of spring. The first Robin feeding on the lawn.. the return of Canadian Geese… and the receding snowbanks giving way to bubbling streams. We search the mulched gardens for green sprouts making their first appearance and the groundhogs along side  the  interstate.IMG_5041

When I planted the crocus bulbs just inches away from the south facing brick wall of 81 Park Street, I gave myself the best gift of all. In the early days of March it happens…the  tender sprouts of the crocus make their appearance and you almost want to tell them to go back…..it’s not time yet….you are going to hurt yourself. Secretly you do a little dance and you share the news  with all of your friends. Summer is on it’s way,  no matter how dreary the day. Over the next few days you watch the temperatures and although it snows, and the weather is frigid….they survive…. just like we do. IMG_5052Well…. this spring it happened again and when the first blossom bloomed a few weeks ago I had to post it on Facebook. 68 Likes and 10 comments later I realized that everyone is looking for that same promise. Now weeks later, the daffodils and tulips are coming…and the next sure sign of spring will be the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race.  If it’s like most years in the past, the weather will be a snowy mix and the crocuses, daffodils and tulips will shiver right along with the paddlers.IMG_5046 If we lived in a different place, these pictures may be a dime a dozen .  However we live in Bangor, and they are precious.  The signs of spring,  just the thing we all need this time of year.

The beauty of rebirth….the signs of the seasons….a Bangorism.

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24 Somerset Street….once a diamond in the rough, now a pearl in the Queen’s crown.

Posted by: - February 3rd, 2013

Built in the “California Craftsman” style, this Bangor “pearl” sits on the corner of French and Somerset Street. You may not recognize it, because it has been completely transformed. Although the luster had diminished, the bones were still there. The term “Craftsman” describes the workmanship detail that went into this home.

On the market for years when finally, Jane Boudreau saw the potential. It wasn’t easy!  It had been used as a doctors office with an apartment on the second floor. The center staircase had been removed, the porch had been winterized, and made into a waiting area. The upstairs apartment was dilapidated and it was an abandoned mess. Because of the city’s re-zoning,  eliminating the possibility of a two family, it had to be purchased by someone who wanted a single family home.


On May 16, 2011 Jane bought it, and the work began with Bob Kelly and House Revivers. The brickwork was re-pointed, the windows were replaced and the shingles restored. They also restored the  front porch and staircase. When it was ready for paint, the colors were carefully selected to display the exterior detail. The once eyesore has become a center piece.  Another example of Bangor’s  architectural beauty, a true Bangorism.

Thank you Jane!

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Michael Shyka …………… a Bangorism.

Posted by: - November 23rd, 2012


Michael Shyka……go ahead…………. Google him.

What pops up?    “Michael Shyka, Wild and Free” along with pages, upon pages, of other “Michael Shyka” information. “Wild and Free”……describing one of his many beautiful collections,  but having known him since our  “John Bapst” days, it describes the man himself.  170 Vivid,  the Gallery that he shares with Sally Gilbert, at 170 Park Street,  is where he is creating these beautiful handpainted silks. The name of the studio truly demonstrates the work that is  created there. The beautiful fabric is a big part of it, but the fashion design is out of this world!  His work is best known in South Beach, on Collins Avenue. But here he is…. in BANGOR, MAINE.           We all are benefiting from the fact that it was here that he grew up. Do yourself a favor and visit the studio to enjoy his silk work. The wall hangings, pillows and fashion design are well worth the trip. You won’t want to miss Sally’s paintings,  felt masks, and other creations while you are there. Watch for a blog on Sally in the not too distant future.

You can also enjoy his creations at the Bangor Public Library until the end of November. His collection, “Visions from the Agean”, a visual narrative of his travels in Greece, are available for viewing during library hours. Just imagine…  a silk painting artist that worked with famous designer Micheal Katz creates fashion in our downtown…. a dream realized at 170 Vivid, on Park Street in Bangor.

Michael offers lessons in silk painting, you can reach him at 305-333-9964. Visit http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/Events/featured_artist.html , to read more about the man behind the silk.

Of course Bart is one of Michael’s biggest fans. Here he is visiting the studio, taking a rest on the “really cool” bed with the beautiful silk pillows. Michael even let him play with the big white tiger that adorns the front window.  Continue reading

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The Art Walk………..tonight!

Posted by: - November 16th, 2012

Tonight you have the great opportunity to enjoy downtown Bangor and experience the creativity of our great Artistic community. The streets of downtown will come alive as hundreds of people participate in the open studios, shop in the boutiques and socialize in your favorite restaurants. Wether you are there to people watch, or to start your holiday shopping, will enjoy yourself.  Pictured are photos of an art walk past taken with a few of the artists. Below you see a photo of Sally holding the painting that we bought.  

Visit www.downtownartscollaborative.org/artwalk-venues to get all of the details, maps and descriptions of the venues…………… and ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Veteran’s Day Parade…………a Bangorism.

Posted by: - November 15th, 2012

Driving down Main Street  on Monday,  I couldn’t hold back the smile that broke through as I watched the young and the old staking claim for their spot to view the Veteran’s Day Parade. The unusually warm November morning set the perfect stage for parade viewing and marching as well. I had the overwhelming urge to roll down my window and to shout out….”what a day for a parade”.  Of course I restrained myself and quietly enjoyed the view. I felt proud to live in a city that recognizes the sacrifices that veteran’s past and present have made and continue to make to keep this country a safe place to live.

The military lifestyle is not unusual to many families that live in our area, it is part of our history. Dow Air Force base was part of the “heyday” of Bangor bringing at times 10,000 additional people to our fair city. Although that base is gone now we still have a large military presence. We have the 101st Refueling Wing of the Air Force National Guard and the Army National Guard, both deploying  soldiers and services to the current war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The young and the old donned their red, white and blue and on a beautiful Monday morning on Main Street in America, we all thanked the soldiers and their families for their service, and enjoyed the safety that they have provided us.

Thank you Veterans.

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Taste of Europe……..Quebec City!

Posted by: - November 9th, 2012

Historic Streets...Pack a bag…jump in the car and  4 1/2 hours later you have traveled to a different world. I have talked about the diversity of the Maine landscape and of all the wonderful things that you can experience very close to Bangor. A few weekends ago Bob and I were invited by friends to Quebec City for the weekend.

We traveled the wooded wonderland of western Maine, through quaint “New England” towns, experienced scenic vistas  across river valleys with the purple mountains in the back ground and ended up in a “European enclave”. Not only was the journey breathtaking but it was stress free.

We crossed the St. Lawrance, through Quebec into the “Old City” and  snaked our down the narrow cobblestone streets and arrived at the centuries old hotel among the stone buildings. The language, the food and the atmosphere lends itself to romance. The Québécois were very warm warm and friendly and although their first language is french they were more than willing to speak english.

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