Construction Nearly Complete

The Dirigo Pines cottage community is growing! Construction is nearly complete on several new cottages and we have a limited number of cottages available now!

To check out what’s for sale right now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Each duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage at Dirigo is 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.

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.

Making Memories this Grandparents Day!

One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a grandparent. Spending time with little ones and watching them grow is an incredible gift. And the best way to celebrate Grandparents Day (or any day for that matter!) is spending quality time with the grandkids. Here are a few fun ways to make some memories…

  • Reap what you sow. Many Dirigo residents in our cottage community enjoy large flower and vegetable gardens in their yards, and our Inn residents have the opportunity to claim a spot in our raised beds. Kids loves seeing what’s growing in the garden and now’s the perfect time to let them help pick a peck or two!
  • Share a family recipe. Now that you’ve harvested all those tomatoes, teach the grandkids how to make your family’s famous tomato sauce! Old family recipes for cookies, pies, and special meals are always the best and full of memories. Share them with the next generation.
  • Craft something together. If you’re a quilter or a knitter or tie flies, share your talents with your grandchildren. Not very crafty? There are tons of fun craft ideas online for every age, and creating something together is a great way to bond with little ones.
  • Brain work. Kids love puzzles — whether they’re jigsaw, word searches or just a fun riddle. Get out some board games or watch a game of Wheel of Fortune together — solving clues together is a fun way to spend time.

For more ideas for fun activities to do with the grandkids, click here! Have an idea of your own? Share it in the comments below!

Golf Tournament Sponsor

Dirigo Pines is pleased to be sponsoring Hole 5 at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament! This fun tourney will be held September 7 at Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor. For information about this great day on the links, visit www.bangorregion.com. Spots fill up quickly — register today!

Dirigo Dish: Pork Tenderloin and Plantains

Never tried cooking plantains before? Now’s a great time to start! Here’s a simple way to enjoy them with a summery Cuban pork tenderloin. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

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    8 clove garlic (peeled)
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    2 green onions (roughly chopped)
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    1/2 cup fresh cilantro
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    1/2 cup 100% orange juice (from 1 orange)
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    1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
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    1/4 cup lime juice (from 2 to 3 times)
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    1 teaspoon ground cumin
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    1 teaspoon dried oregano
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    1 1/4 lb lean pork tenderloin
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    2 ripe plantains, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
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    2 Tbsp canola oil (divided)
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    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (divided)

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add peeled garlic, chopped scallions, cilantro, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin, and oregano. Process until all the ingredients are puréed, about 1 minute. Add pork tenderloin into a large Ziploc bowl or a shallow dish along with marinade. Marinate anywhere from 2 to 24 hours.
  2. To cook, preheat the oven to 450 degrees for the plantains and prepare the grill to medium-high heat for the pork tenderloin.
  3. Trim the ends off each plantain; cut a slit down the middle of each peel and use your hands to remove the peel. Cut the plantains into 1/2-inch thick diagonal slices. Add plantain slices into a bowl with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover 1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller ones with foil and coat with cooking spray. Add plantain slices into one even layer. Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet and use a spatula to flip each plantain over. Cook another 10 to 15 minutes later until plantains are crisp and caramelized on the outer edges; keep an eye on the plantains as they cook to prevent from burning.
  5. Meanwhile, remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade, discarding the marinade and wiping the majority of it off the pork. Season with ⅛ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Brush remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil onto the pork and place on the grill. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning every few minutes, until the thickest part of the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Transfer to a plate and let rest at least 5 minutes. Slice and serve with the plantains.

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!

Meet Our New Director of Sales!

Dirigo Pines is pleased to welcome Laurie Cates as our new Director of Sales! Laurie previously worked in sales for the Bangor Daily News and Bangor Metro magazine. She’s excited to be working with the staff and residents of Dirigo Pines and already working on several events, including a recent Fashion Show with Christopher & Banks and Valentine Footwear featuring Dirigo Pines resident models!

Laurie can be reached at 207-866-3400, 207-745-2419 or via email at lcates@dirigopines.com.

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!