French’s Point Legacy – Maybel “May” Harris Brooks

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - 1937

June 21, 1917-June 27, 2009

May Brooks, my sweet paternal grandmother would be 101 years old today. I miss her every day. She was a large presence in my life and really shaped who I am. She is a big part of the reason why we chose to steward the property here at French’s Point. She made this place magical for her children and grandchildren. Caring for and sharing French’s Point is a way to honor the legacy that she and my grandfather Bill started for our family.  

May was born and grew up in Augusta, Maine. She was born the youngest of 5 children. Her father was a deacon of a Baptist Church and she was the granddaughter of the Civil War General Benjamin Foster Harris of the 6th Maine Infantry.  She married my grandfather Willard Nash “Bill” Brooks and they settled in Winslow, Maine, and had three children, two boys and a girl. She was active as a Sunday school teacher, Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader. She was involved in the Winslow High School Band Parents Organization, and the PTA. She chaperoned trips and events for the schools and clubs. She manned the food and ticket booths at high school sporting events. She was a much beloved secretary at the Winslow High School for more than 30 years.

In the summertime each year, May would pack up her children, ride to Sandy Point to our family cottage just down the road from French’s Point, where she would spend the weeks of school break sunbathing, digging for clams, fishing in her tiny tin boat, picking wild blueberries and walking the beach looking for skipping stones and lucky rocks. She was often times the first one in our family to brave the water each year for an invigorating swim. When my cousins, siblings and I arrived on scene, we spent our summers in the same way, often in my grandmother’s care. All of our holidays were spent in her home around her table with my cousins, aunts and uncles. Family was the most important thing to May, and that was evident in everything she did. Our best family moments were spent here together at French’s Point. My best and most vivid childhood memories are filled with this beautiful soul. She loved this magical place because it was about family.

May was an outstanding home cook with her thanksgiving turkey, Christmas roast, apple and rhubarb pies, deviled eggs, BLT sandwiches, homemade french fries, and donuts. She had a sharp wit and big, beautiful smile that could turn your day around in a heartbeat. I inherited my stubborn streak from May. I also have her strong sense of empathy and her desire to love family by feeding them well. I never left my Nana’s house without some sort of treat in my hands.

My grandfather Bill passed at a young age, before I was born and my grandmother never remarried. My sweet father was devoted to his mother. He tenderly cared for her and doted on her (even when she didn’t want him to). My dad also inherited his determination and perseverance from his mom, and though they did not always agree, they loved each other fiercely. Witnessing their love for one another was such a gift. It is truly one of the most beautiful things about my father.

May met my husband Fred a few years before she passed. For this I am grateful. Knowing her has helped him understand me. She gave me the diamond ring my husband used to propose and it never leaves my finger. When we married in 2008, my grandmother was my Matron of Honor and made her way proudly down the promenade to join us at the gazebo to celebrate on that beautiful February afternoon. I could not think of a better soul to be by my side that day. My oldest daughter Bailey May, met her Great Grandmother and namesake before she passed. My other kiddos did not have this blessing. But we keep her alive in the stories we tell them and the family traditions we carry on in her honor. I feel closest to May when I am here at French’s Point, cooking for my family or playing on the beach with my babes. She is only ever a breath away.

Thank you Uncle Jim, for taking good care of our family photos. It was wonderful to walk back through these beautiful memories.

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1991 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration 1987 06-21-87 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Summer of 1977 on the Beach near Sandy Point French's Point Living Legacy: May Brooks - Winter Wedding on the Coast of Maine: Matron of HonorFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel Brooks - Wedding Celebration at the Retreat: Maid of HonorFrench's Point Legacy: May Brooks - 1992 Milestone CelebrationFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks with Crystal & Misti French's Point Legacy: May Harris Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Family Gatherings and CelebrationsFrench's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Milestone Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Holiday Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1992 Crystal's MemorialFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering

French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Celebration - 1992 French's Point Living Legacy: May Brooks French's Point Legacy: May Brooks - Holiday Celebrations with Family in MaineFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks - Family Gathering French's Point Living Legacy: May BrooksFrench's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Summer of 1984 French's Point Legacy: Maybel "May" Harris Brooks Going Fishing on the Beach

 

The Retreat House Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Suite 1, Suite 2, and Suite 3, all located on the second floor, in recent posts. 

The Second Level Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. Suite 4- The Brewer Family Suite, offers a two-bedroom configuration with a queen in one room adjoining a bunk room with two sets of bunk beds and an adjoining bath. Our family LOVES this space and we hope other big families do too. We now have four kiddos that love the bunk beds and my husband and I like the pretty little room next door. When I had my first and second babies, we lived in these suites for a time. I love thinking back to those times rocking my sweet little ones with the moon shining in the window.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.    

The Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael AndersonThe Retreat House Suite 4 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental - Photography by Rachael Anderson

Photography by Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3: The Gay Bean Dion Suite

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

As we do almost every winter, this season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I have shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House, Suite 1 and Suite 2, both located on the second floor, in recent posts.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 3- The Gay Bean Dion Suite is our largest suite with a massive ocean view deck with hammock, hammock chairs, cafe table and chairs to take in the views. The room also offers a sitting area and an en suite bathroom with tub/shower unit.   

When we first opened the Retreat House in 2006, I had connected with a childhood friend that had grown up here on the point with my father in the summer times. Her name is Gay Bean Dion. She became a very dear friend and worked very hard to help get the Retreat House up and running. My children know her as “Nanny Gay”. She just recently moved to Rhode Island to be closer to family and we miss her (and her cookies). I dedicated the room to her because she was such a good friend and like a mother to me in some ways. The views from this room really are remarkable, just like Gay. This room is special to me because I lived in it for a time with my wee little girl, Bailey. She learned to walk in this room. Her swinging cradle made by my father used to hang next to my bed and the breeze blowing in from the ocean rocked her to sleep on summer nights.   

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.  

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

Photography by Rachael Anderson

Including Pets In Your Maine Wedding

Emily Delamater Photography - Pets in your Maine Wedding at French's Point on the Coast of Maine

You invite all of your nearest and dearest to celebrate your wedding festivities, have you considered including your four-legged pet friends as well?

We are pet-friendly at French’s Point and would love for you to bring them along to be a part of your Maine wedding! Dogs are always a welcomed addition to the big day, and many times they play an important role in the wedding party: carrying a sign or acting as an usher or ring bearer.

Things to Think About When Including Your Pets

  1. First of all, make sure your venue allows pets – French’s Point allows well-behaved pets that are current on their immunizations, are crated when left alone in our lodgings, and have a handler.
  2. Then consider how you want your pet to participate in your ceremony. Do you want him to have a central role? As in walking down the aisle as a flower-bearer? Or do you want her in the audience with other family?
  3. Once you’ve figured out what role you want your pet to play, you need to find someone to be in charge of him. This person will walk him where he needs to go, hold onto his leash during the ceremony, and, most importantly, take him elsewhere to discretely do his business if nature calls. Keep in mind that a guest who acts as your pet-wrangler won’t be able to really relax and enjoy your wedding, so consider hiring a pet sitter.

When deciding whether to include a pet, you and your partner should be honest about the risks. Dogs bark, cats can cower or hiss, pigs snort, and as I’ve already mentioned, any pet could make a mess at the worst, possible time.

Still, with a little planning and some practice, a well-behaved pet can make a memorable and adorable addition to the ceremony. And for plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!

“For plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!” – French’s Point

Check out some of our past canine guests below.

Featured photo by Cuppa Photography.

Pets in Your Coastal Maine Wedding at French's Point | Emily Delamater Photography
Emily Delamater Photography
Adorable dogs in Maine weddings | Cuppa Photography
Cuppa Photography
Dogs and Pets at Your Maine Wedding at French's Point | Cuppa Photography
Cuppa Photography
Dogs and Pets at your Maine Wedding at French's Point | Kelci Alane Photography
Kelci Alane Photography
Adorable Dogs and Pets at Your Maine Wedding at French's Point | Mikhail Glabets Photography
Mikhail Glabets Photography
Dogs or Pets in your Maine Wedding at French's Point | Christy Murray Photography
Christy Murray Photography
Dogs at a French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding | Michele Stapleton Photography
Michele Stapleton Photography
Adorable Dogs and Pets at Your French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding | Michele Stapleton Photography
Michele Stapleton Photography

A Sweet Summer Wedding in June

French's Point June Summer Wedding

Carolyn & TJ

Saturday, June 10, 2017

As we begin to shift our focus to the year ahead and another wedding season of hosting beautiful milestone celebrations for our guests here at French’s Point, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the beautiful weekends and guests we hosted here on the shores of Penobscot Bay this past season.

The early-summer wedding of Carolyn and TJ remains a highlight of the summer for our tiny team. This elegant wedding included a guests list of kind, loving and thoughtful family and friends that traveled from near and far to celebrate with the happy couple.  The weather that day could not have been more blessed.

In short, it was the ideal summer day for a wedding; perfectly suited to this wonderful duo. Carolyn and TJ, with help from their wedding planner, Kristin, at Beehive Creative worked to ensure the details of the event came together seamlessly and with the help of Trillium Catering, guests were well fed, always had a drink in hand, and a smile on their face. I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.

“I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.” – Jessika Brooks-Brewer

We are excited to see what the future brings this wonderful couple and were beyond honored to host and serve them here at French’s Point where they got their start in life as a married couple.

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Ocean Seaside Maine June Summer WeddingCoastal Maine June Summer Wedding Oceanfront SunsetCarolyn & TJ’s Vendor Team:

  • Bar Services: Trillium Catering
  • Catering: Trillium Catering
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Unknown
  • Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
  • Design and Styling: N/A
  • Dessert: Trillium Catering
  • Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Double Platinum Celebrations
  • DJ: DJ Chris – Double Platinum Celebrations
  • Month of Coordinator: Beehive Creative
  • Favors: N/A
  • Fireworks: N/A
  • Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
  • Hair: Glow Salon – Kim
  • Makeup: Glow Salon – Katie
  • Officiant: Kat Logan – Friend of the Couple
  • Photo Booth: Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental
  • Photography: Ramble Free Photo Co. – Hannah
  • Reception Venue: French’s Point Sailcloth Tent
  • Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals and  French’s Point
  • Transportation: Bo Mar Transportation and Field of Greens (Limo)
  • Videography: N/A

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6 Best Lawn Games for Weddings

Top 6 favorite wedding lawn games | Photo by Maine Photo Company

There is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon on the coast of Maine than being outside enjoying the fresh air and  ocean views with a cold beverage, good company, and healthy competition playing lawn games. It’s also a fun addition to your wedding day! The expansive waterfront lawn at French’s Point offers ample space to set up games for friends and family during cocktail hour and into the evening. Everyone loves a little friendly competition!

Our 6 Favorite Lawn Games for Weddings

1. Croquet

Croquet is a great way to meet new people. Pair up friends of the wedding couple to get people mingling with each other. This will pay off during the reception when people feel comfortable letting loose and having fun.

Top 6 favorite wedding lawn games | Photo by Emily Blake Photography

2. Bocce Ball

Bocce is a game that will bring together your family across generations. Older family will have great stories of playing the game before it was a popular game for the whole family.

3. Ladder Toss

Ladder Toss is a lawn game played by throwing bolas (two balls connected by a string) onto a ladder. The game was formally known as “Horsey Golf” when it was first created, don’t ask us why.

4. Horseshoes

All you need are four horseshoes and two stakes for hours of fun! This game is fun for all ages because it’s so simple. Divide guests into two teams to see who can throw the best ringers!

5. Corn Hole

Corn hole is a game that everyone can play. Even the kids will be able to play this game with simple instructions and easy to track scoring.

Top 6 favorite wedding lawn games | Photo by Maine Photo Company

6. Lawn Jenga

Have a crafty friend who wants to help out with the wedding? Have them make a giant Jenga set. The anticipation of waiting for the tower to fall makes for a lively lawn game.

Lawn Games at The Farm at French’s Point

If you reserve The Farm at French’s Point, guests staying there will enjoy access to the large recreation lawn during their stay. The The Farm at French’s Point rental includes the following games:

  • Horse Shoes
  • Croquet
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bad Minton
  • Volley Ball

There is plenty of space around the recreation lawn at The Farm, so bring your favorite lawn games from home for everyone’s enjoyment all weekend long!

Featured photo by Maine Photo Company.

Real French’s Point Wedding: Stunning Coastal Maine Wedding of Meagan and Jameson

Beautiful Coastal Maine Wedding at French’s Point

It’s almost June in Maine, and we are gearing up for our wedding season, starting this weekend, at French’s Point. We wanted to share this stunning summer wedding, celebrating Meagan and Jamesons’ nuptials! Our team loved working with these amazing people. There were so many special touches that made this day so special. Meagan and James had the most beautiful weather as witnessed in these gorgeous photos by our friends at Mat and Ash Photography

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who made Meagan and Jameson’s day beautiful:

Venue: French’s Point; Event Planner: Christina Grimsley, French’s Point; Hair: Kim Doll; Makeup: From This Day Forward; Officiant: Emily Tilton (Sister of the Bride); Photographer:Mat and Ash Photography; Ceremony & Cocktail Ensemble: Stretta Ensembles; Floral & Event Design: Lougee and Fredericks; Dessert: Frank’s Bakery; Entertainment: Bob Potts DJ Services

 

Wedding Planning: Invitation Wording

Rebecca Arthurs Photography

Right about now in your wedding planning you are probably starting to think about your invitations. Likely you will meet with and or contact several stationers for quotes, and will learn all about flat vs. letterpress vs. engraved printing. One thing that many couples don’t expect about drafting their wedding invitations, is all of the etiquette surrounding wording! For example, do you include middle and last names for you and your partner? Just first names? While there are many ways to do your invitations, we like the traditional best. Follow this guide to get you started.

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French’s Point Recommended Vendor: The Refinery Events & Marketing

KAngell Photography

One of the first things you’ll cross off of your wedding planning checklist is hiring a wedding planner. Here in Maine we have so many amazing planners, it can be hard to choose which one you’d work best with. One that we recommend all the time is Adrienne of The Refinery Events & Marketing, located down the street in Camden, Maine! Adrienne is one of the sweetest people we know, and her attention to detail in planning is unparalleled. We also love her for her creativity and ability to think outside the box! If you’re looking for a planner who is easy to get along with and who knows the ropes, especially around midcoast Maine, give Adrienne a call today!

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Real French’s Point Wedding: Julie & Bryan

rebecca arthurs wedding photography

A while back we shared Julie and Bryan’s quintessentially Maine rehearsal dinner photos at Young’s Lobster Pound right here in Belfast, Maine. Today we are overjoyed to be sharing the images from Julie and Bryan’s special day at French’s Point. Although the May Maine weather was less than ideal, it sure made for some amazing photos by the incredible Rebecca Arthurs Photography. Julie, being an oyster aficionado, incorporated mollusk in many of her wedding details. To see all of the photos from this gorgeous wedding click over to our website: http://www.fpmaine.com/julie-bryan-wedding-photos.html

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who made Julie and Bryan’s day beautiful:

Venue: French’s Point; Event Planner: Meagan Gilpatrick, Maine Seasons Events; Stationer: Key & Quoin; Hair: Kim Doll; Makeup: From This Day Forward; Shuttle Transportation: Country Coach Charters; Officiate: Friend of the Couple; Photographer: Rebecca Arthurs; Videography: Zach Boyce; Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: The Remixologists; Floral Design: Flora Fauna; Dessert: Sweet Sensations; Bridal Party Preparation Meal Delivery: The Good Kettle