Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Contemplating a move? The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might just be the perfect fit. The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo are designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

Every cottage offers a living room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Customize your own home, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. Your investment in a share of common stock in the cooperative is equal to the value of your cottage. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own home and have added peace of mind knowing that the cooperative covers your home maintenance. From routine mowing and snow removal to prompt service when it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff are available to maintain your cottage inside and out.

This Month’s Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Ever dreamed of living right next to a gorgeous nature trail? Here’s your chance! This beautiful 1,400 square foot cottage was built in November 2017, and features a partly wooded lot, radiant heat, an open concept, gas fireplace, heated sun room, custom kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet and custom armoire, a loft, attached garage with overhead storage, stone patio and more!

 Come visit! Stop by our OPEN HOUSE on August 22 from 9-11:30 a.m.!

For the full list of details on 14 Poplar Drive, click here

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Fun and Fashion for a Great Cause!

In partnership with Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear, Dirigo Pines is sponsoring a Fashion Show featuring on August 16 from 1-4 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place at Dirigo Pines!

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase. Please join us for what is sure to be a great time for all. Residents and Staff of Dirigo Pines will serve as our fashion models!

Christopher and Banks and Valentine Footwear will also be raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner and there will be other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!

Open House! Join us August 15 or 22!

Join us August 15 or August 22 from 9-11:30 a.m. for an Open House at 14 Poplar Drive!

Ever dreamed of living right next to a gorgeous nature trail? Here’s your chance! This beautiful 1,400 square foot cottage was built in November 2017, and features a partly wooded lot, radiant heat, an open concept, gas fireplace, heated sun room, custom kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet and custom armoire, a loft, attached garage with overhead storage, stone patio and more!

For the full list of details on 14 Poplar Drive, click here

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Living in Vacationland — Part 3: August Events

Summer in Vacationland means festivals and fairs aplenty! And they’re not just for tourists. Plan the ultimate “staycation” and check out these fun events and happenings throughout the summer and close enough to Dirigo Pines for a day trip or quick weekend getaway!

Waterfront Concerts 

The Bangor Waterfront is the place to be for great music this summer and the line-up for August might just be the best yet with something for everyone! Rock out with Kid Rock on August 3, get out your cowboy boots for Keith Urban August 5 and Kenny Chesney on August 16, and check out a cappella wonders Pentatonix on August 30!

waterfrontconcerts.com

American Folk Festival

Speaking of the Bangor Waterfront, don’t miss the summer’s biggest event with multiple stages, food vendors and performers from all over the world. The American Folk Festival brings people from far and wide each summer and it’s set to hit the Waterfront August 24-26.

americanfolkfestival.com

Machias Blueberry Festival

There’s more to a Maine summer than just music — there’s food too! Add the Machias Blueberry Festival August 17-19 to your summer to-do list. Tour a blueberry farm, fill up at the pie eating contest and even check out a blueberry musical! While you’re there, stop off at Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls, featuring a larger than life blueberry and all the blueberry memorabilia you’ll ever need! Machias is less than 2 hours from Dirigo Pines in Orono.

machiasblueberry.com and wildblueberryland.com

Maine Red Hot Dog Festival

Don’t miss that other Maine delicacy — the red hotdog, sometimes known as a red snapper. Whatever you call it, Dexter’s got you covered with a red hot dog eating contest, 5K Bun Run, beer and food tents, inflatable obstacle course and lots more. Check it out August 11. Best of all — it’s less than a hour from Dirigo Pines!

redhotdog.org

Stay tuned to DiscoverDirigo.com for more Maine events and fun throughout the summer! And add your own suggestions to the comments area below!

Stuffed Quinoa Peppers with Eggs

Looking for a dish on the lighter side this summer and veggie packed? Here you go! Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

4 Servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium eggplant, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley (divided)
  • 2 red bell peppers (halved)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fat-free feta

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook onion, eggplant, garlic, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes or until eggplant starts to soften. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook for about 5 minutes or until eggplant and tomatoes are tender.

  • Remove from heat and stir in quinoa and half of the parsley. Spoon quinoa and vegetable mixture evenly into red pepper halves. Arrange in greased baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for about 20 minutes or until peppers are tender-crisp.

  • Remove foil. Crack egg into each stuffed pepper and sprinkle with feta. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until peppers are tender and eggs whites are set or until desired doneness. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

Featured Cottage for Sale

Contemplating a move? The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might just be the perfect fit. The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo are designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

Every cottage offers a living room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Customize your own home, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. Your investment in a share of common stock in the cooperative is equal to the value of your cottage. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own home and have added peace of mind knowing that the cooperative covers your home maintenance. From routine mowing and snow removal to prompt service when it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff are available to maintain your cottage inside and out.

This Month’s Featured Cottage: 99 Dirigo Drive

Build in 2008, 99 Dirigo Drive offer 1,679 square feet of living space on our upper pond with a partially wooded lot. Enjoy a heated sunroom and a deck and porch looking over the pond. A hardwood staircase leads to the upper loft area, perfect for guests or an office or studio space. Come visit! For the full list of details on 99 Dirigo Drive, click here

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Hit the Wine Trail

Picture it: A warm summer breeze drifts by as you sit on the sprawling deck of a local vineyard, overlooking acres of grapes and sipping a delicious Maine-made wine. Sound ideal? Then it’s time to hit the Maine Wine Trail! Whether you pick and choose one to visit each week this summer or go for the gold and make a vacation out of tackling the whole trail, you can’t go wrong! Check out just a few of the wineries that are close enough for a day trip from Dirigo Pines.

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery

The owners of Barrett Hill Farm in Union started exploring blueberry wines several years ago, and since have added acres of grape vineyards over the past 13 years to now offer a huge selection of Maine grown grape wines. And check out their Summer Concert Series, featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead on July 15; The Mavericks on July 19; and Chris Isaak on August 17! Union is about an hour and a half from Dirigo Pines in Orono.

175 Barrett Hill Road, Union ∙ www.savageoakes.com

Dragonfly Farm & Winery

With a love of German Riesling Style wines, Dragonfly started a vineyard right here in Maine. Most of their white wines are hybrids of the Riesling Grape, while the reds are French hybrids. They offer seven varieties of whites, six reds and eight fruit wines; a selection that will satisfy most palates! Just over 30 minutes from Dirigo Pines.

1069 Mullen Road, Stetson ∙ www.mainewinegrower.com

Winterport Winery

Winterport Winery is located in the historic village of Winterport, not far from Orono, and offers a selection of award winning fruit wines to complement various cuisines. Sophisticated and supple, their wines both elegantly accompany formal occasions and also stand refreshingly on their own. To expand their beverage offerings to include beer, Penobscot Bay Brewery – an on-site brewing facility – was started in 2009 specializing in small batch, handcrafted brews that are fresh, flavorful and fantastic. Only a half hour from Dirigo Pines.

279 South Main St., Winterport ∙ www.winterportwinery.com

Cellardoor Winery

From cooking classes to tastings to concerts, Cellardoor Winery is a stunning winery in Lincolnville, Maine with a lot to offer. The winery offers over 20 wines, appealing to every palate. Check out their free Complimentary Pairings events online, and find tickets for events like Live at the Vines featuring Aaron Neville. Just over an hour from Dirigo Pines.

367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville ∙ mainewine.com

Better yet, explore the entire Maine Wine Trail! Invite some friends and make a summertime event of it! Download the map and discover more here: www.mainewineryguild.com.

Coffee with the Contractor

Ready to discover retirement living in a 55+ community? Come find out what it’s all about! Join Dirigo Pines for Coffee with the Contractor on Wednesday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 25, both events are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We will provide information on cooperative ownership and you can see how easy it is to customize your maintenance-free dream home.

Get a head start and check out our floor plans here.

You can learn more about our cottage community by clicking here, and what our homes really look like. Then join us to have all your questions answered!

RSVP appreciated but not necessary, to 207-866-3400.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

Living in Vacationland — Part 2: July Events

Summer in Vacationland means festivals and fairs aplenty! And they’re not just for tourists. Plan the ultimate “staycation” and check out these fun events and happenings throughout the summer and close enough to Dirigo Pines for a day trip or quick weekend getaway!

Southern Uprising Concert – July 7

Outdoor concerts are one of the best parts of summer! Check out this amazing grouping featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Outlaws! All together in Bangor at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion on July 7.

waterfrontconcerts.com

Moxie Festival – July 13-15

Since 1982, the Moxie Festival has been held on the second weekend in July in Lisbon, Maine. And just in case you’re “from away” and wondering “What exactly is Moxie?” we’ll fill you in on this Maine treasure. Moxie is a uniquely New England soft drink. Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine, first marketed Moxie as medicine in 1876 in Lowell, Massachusetts, according the Moxie Festival website, and it was guaranteed to cure multiple ills, including “loss of manhood, paralysis and softening of the brain.” To take advantage of the new and growing soft drink market, it was later put on the soft drink market in 1884 as “Beverage Moxie Nerve Food” and eventually just “Moxie.” What’s it taste like? Well, it’s root beer-adjacent but not as sweet — some love it, some say it tastes like the medicine it was originally advertised as. You’ll just have to try it for yourself at the festival!

moxiefestival.com

North Atlantic Blues Festival – July 14-15

Featuring two full days of live music, the North Atlantic Blues Festival at Rockland Harbor Park will feature Bobby Rush, Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Tab Benoit and more! In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor, this festival is not to be missed!

northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Bucksport Bay Festival – July 20-22

Food, crafts, a 5K run, pageant, parade, music and more! All on the on the beautiful Bucksport Waterfront. Bucksport is just a short drive (about 30 minutes) from Dirigo Pines.

bucksportbaychamber.com

Kneading Conference – July 26-27

What’s better than fresh made bread? Farmers, millers, bakers, maltsters, researchers, and grain enthusiasts from around the world gather for two days of intensive baking workshops, wood-fired oven building workshops, and discussions about grain growing and running grain businesses. Attendees choose from hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions and more.

kneadingconference.com

Stay tuned to DiscoverDirigo.com for more Maine events and fun throughout the summer! And add your own suggestions to the comments area below!

Dirigo Dish: Spicy Korean Beef and Cucumber Appetizers

Want to impress at the next neighborhood BBQ? Bring this tasty appetizer from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Appetizer Ingredients

  • 2 beef Strip Steaks Boneless, cut 1-inch thick (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 seedless English cucumber, sliced into 1/8 inch thick, (18-24 slices)
  • 1/4 cup gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1/4 cup plain rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Garnish Ingredients

  • Micro greens, chopped kimchi, chopped roasted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions

Directions

  • Combine cream cheese, green onion, cilantro and soy sauce in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Combine gochujang, vinegar, honey and garlic powder in medium bowl; set aside.
  • Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove steaks; keep warm.
  • To assemble, top each cucumber slice with 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Dice steak into bite-size pieces; toss in gochujang mixture. Top cream cheese mixture with steak. Garnish with micro greens, kimchi, peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro and scallions, if desired.

The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!