December 26, 2016
New England Boating TV: Rockland, ME, Airs Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
In this episode of New England Boating TV, co-hosts Parker Kelley and Tom Richardson visit the revitalized coastal port Rockland, Maine. Once dominated by fish-processing plants and the lime-export trade, Rockland has transformed itself into a dynamic Penobscot Bay boating destination filled with interesting things to see, do … and eat!
Featured in the episode is a kayak trip with Mark DiGirolamo, owner of Breakwater Kayak, whose company offers a host of guided paddling tours in and around Rockland. Mark and Tom spend a quiet morning on Snow Cove while checking out some of the local birdlife. Snow Cove is also where you’ll find the big public launch ramp, which Tom showcases during the show’s “Launch Ramp Series” segment.
Also in the show is a visit to the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in the heart of downtown Rockland, where Parker views some original Wyeth works with commentary provided by curator David Troupe.
Another featured downtown stop is the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which contains all kinds of historic lighthouse artifacts, as well as exhibits on the U.S. Live Saving Service and the Coast Guard. Viewers will get a look at the museum’s large collection of Fresnel lenses, an actual breeches buoy rescue system, a Life Saving dory and other primitive rescue gear.
The featured marina in this episode is the transient-friendly Journey’s End, the largest marina in Rockland. Nick O’Hara, whose family has owned the property for over 70 years, discusses the marina’s extensive history and its many amenities, which include a fuel dock, showers, repair and close proximity to the local shops, museums and restaurants.
Speaking of restaurants, this episode’s dock-and-dine segment brings Tom and Parker to Archer’s on the Pier, where they meet its ebullient chef and owner, Lynn Archer. Archer shows off her exquisite lobster Reuben sandwich and lobster club, which won a Bobby Flay’s Throwdown contest.
Lastly, Tom and Parker embark on an extensive harbor tour with Doug Woodbury of Journey’s End Marina. The informative tour starts at the famous Breakwater Light, at the tip of Rockland’s mile-long breakwater, and continues along the entire waterfront. Along the way, viewers will get to know a port that manages to accommodate a range of commercial enterprises while also rolling out the welcome mat to visiting boaters and tourists who simply want to explore this special place.