Friday, August 4, 2017

The Founders and Evolution of SUMMER RESORTS and KIDS' CAMPS on Four Lakes in Central Maine ~ Torsey, Echo, Lovejoy and northern Maranacook

During the summer season Maine’s lakes come alive. Cottages and kids’ camps fill with people of all ages – some whose families have come here for five or more generations.  In the Winthrop Lakes Region it all started with the advent of the railroad in the 1840s, followed by the founding of hotels, summer resorts and kids’ camps. By 1890 an entirely new era had begun and those lakes, which were once invisible and virtually inaccessible, had become crowning jewels! This book tells the story. 350 pages with more than 200 vintage photos; $24.99 plus Maine sales tax and S&H

book reviews…
George Smith, Maine Author and Sports Writer says…
"What a great book! I whipped through it, absolutely fascinated... Even the footnotes were interesting...I can’t imagine the amount of research Dale and Charles must have done to create this wonderful book, complete with photos and details about the families, resorts and kids’ camps, farms, railroads, tourist boats, and more that made this region prosperous for more than 100 years." 

John Ford, Sr., Maine Author and Maine Game Warden, retired says…
"I highly recommend SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS CAMPS to anyone interested in exploring and reading about a special Maine way of life that was second to none. Dale and Charles have superbly recorded these events, both in pictures and print. This book was a great read, one that hopefully will provide many of you with your own pleasant memories from a time long ago. I think it should be in every library in Maine!" 

Dwayne Rioux, Freelance Writer and former Outdoors Sports Writer, Guy Gannett Publishing Co. says…
"This book is of outstanding quality and well researched. I know how much it takes to produce something like this and Potter-Clark and Day have done an excellent job of researching the bygone era and the places and people they wrote about. The pictures are excellent and very good quality and the captions are great too! As an angler I was especially interested in the information about early fishing in the area and about Readfield native George S. Page and his cousin, Henry Stanley, the 19th century Maine Fisheries Commissioner.  The authors have captured an excellent historical piece and did a good job of bringing it to the present time. I highly recommend SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS’ CAMPS. This book is a good read!"

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Upcoming book talks and signings

1. Sat., Aug. 5th Lovejoy Pond Improvement Assoc. annual meeting and pot luck 5-7pm. Book talk starts at 5:45 followed by book sale and signing. At the "old North Wayne School" on Old Kents Hill Rd.
2. Sat. Aug. 12th 11:30am-2pm at Readfield Historical Society, 759 Main St. Book sale, signing and Q&A
3. Wed. Aug. 16th 6-7:30pm Underwood Memorial Library, Fayette. Book talk, sale and signing
4. Sat., Aug. 19th 9am-3pm 220 Main St. Mercantile, Winthrop. Book sale, signing and Q&A
5.  Fri., Oct. 27th 10am-12noon Book reading and tour of Camp Kirkwold on Lovejoy Pond
6.  Thurs. Nov. 9th 12:30-1:30pm Manchester Community Church, reading and signing
7. Mon. Nov. 27th 9:30-11am Senior Café, Maranacook Middle School Cafeteria, presentation about the Rise and Decline of Readfield Depot and book reading
More coming in 2018, Dates to be announced
Check back for updates on places and times for book talks and signings.
To arrange for an appearance at your library, historical society or organization contact Dale Potter-Clark at

Follow these links to read two newspaper articles about the book and authors:
1. Readfield native reveals history of camps, resorts on area lakes by Betty Adams; KJ and Sentinel; 8/28/2016
2. When the Winthrop Lakes were booming by George Smith; KJ and Sentinel; 9/14/2016

Friday, May 5, 2017


2017-2018 CALENDAR:

100% of profits from this new 13 month (June 2017-June 2018) calendar will benefit Readfield Historical Society. A similar calendar in 2015 was about the history of Readfield farms, past and present. This new calendar includes brief histories and photos of various Readfield organizations, both past and present, including Scouts, Lions Club, Masons, Readfield Recreation Association, Little Town Club and Community House, Grange, Readfield Fire Department and much more! The 2017-2018 calendar will be available on opening weekend at Readfield Historical Society, 759 Main Street, Sat. & Sun. May 27-28, 2017 (Memorial Day weekend) and throughout the summer. They will go fast, so get yours soon! Cost is $10 per calendar. S & H is $5 regardless of how many ordered. This calendar is a keepsake that you will enjoy throughout your lifetime, full of historical information as well as photos.

Also new in 2017…


A history of the various buildings is included on the back of each card. Cost for the package of six cards and envelopes is $5.00 plus $1.50 S&H regardless of how many are ordered. 100% of profits benefit the Readfield Historical Society. They are ready for shipment at any time.

Both the calendar and notecards can be ordered online via PayPal - see the shopping cart buttons to the right. Or, Call (207) 685-3812; email to make purchase and arrange shipping. If you wish to buy them at the Readfield Historical Society, open hours this summer of 2017 are Thursday and Saturdays 10am-2pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The building will be open some Sundays this summer as well. If the flag is out we are open. Call (207) 377-2299 to inquire about those hours.