Five Things about Higgins Beach
|Sunrise over Higgins Beach, Scarborough, Maine|
|Mermaid mural in front of the Kettle Cove Creamery, Route 77, Cape Elizabeth, Maine|
|Lenny, the full sized moose made entirely of chocolate. Image imported from http://openplac.es/trips/len-libby-chocolates-in-scarborough-me-04074|
|Sunrise over an area of Higgins beach near the Spurwick River, where the surf creates ripples and ridges.|
|The Judith, 19 Vesper Street. We have been renting here for over 20 years.|
|This photo of the Lowell family may have been taken on a spot near where our cottage now stands. The Lowells still own our cottage and others nearby. Image imported from http://higginsbeachproperties.com/id514.ht|
Higgins Beach is a large area of land in Scarborough near the Cape Elizabeth border. Originally this was farm land; my dad tells of how he and friends worked summer jobs picking vegetables. The farm land was gradually sold off and camping platforms were build. It was a summer tent city as people waited to save up money to build their cottages.
|A current photo of Higgins Beach Inn, a place to stay, to eat a meal or stage a wedding event.|
The Breakers and Higgins Beach Inn are still in operation. Navigate to the Higgins Beach Inn page to read more about the history of the Inn and life at the beach. These inns have features from the olden days, knotty pine walls, screened porches, views of the ocean, with some updated amenities. The Higgins Beach Inn has a restaurant and outside deck where you can eat a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal shaded by umbrellas and tall pines.
|Winslow Homer's A Summer Night, 1890 Image imported from http://www.winslowhomer.org/a-summer-night.jsp|
|The Winslow Homer studio has undergone restoration over the past few years. It is scheduled to open in September 2012. Image imported from http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/homerstudio/visit.php|
Winslow Homer, an American landscape painter from the late 1880's, worked at nearby Prout's Neck. The location is surrounded by grassy fields leading out to a rocky ledge area and the crashing surf. His studio still exists off of the Black Point Road and has been undergoing restoration my the Portland Museum of Art. It is scheduled to open to the public next month. The Portland Museum has many of his paintings on display and they illustrate many of the vistas that we see here at the beach.
|A photo of the Wreck taken in 1929. Image imported from http://www.higginsbeachproperties.com/id125.htm|
The remains of a shipwreck can be found on the eastern end of the beach. A first hand recall of the event can be found here. The Howard W. Middleton, carrying coal from Philadelphia to Portland, ran aground on a very foggy day in August of 1897. I recall as a kid, finding small bits of coal as we walked the beach. The spiny remains of the ship continue as a favorite place for kids to explore seeking shells, starfish and crabs.
|Winter surfing really does happen. Photo from the storm of January 2010. Image imported from http://higginsbeachproperties.com/id646.htm|
|Looking pretty, waiting for the parade to pass by. Image imported from http://higginsbeachproperties.com/id161.htm|
Higgins is a great place for a vacation, thanks to the huge expanse of beach, the cool, clear water and the surf. The web cam is a daily source of homesickness relief; I check it during the winter to see if the surf is churning and the guys are busy plying the waves. Along with surfing, other forms of recreation include fishing for stripers, playing volleyball, Bocce, or Frisbee. Every July, there is a Fourth of July parade. The local gathering spot of the Higgins Beach Clubhouse is a destination on Wednesday mornings; they serve old fashioned, real doughnuts and coffee or juice for only a dollar. They also sponsor live music, craft fairs and monthly dinner events.
|This is the image that comes to mind when I think of Higgins, a timeless view over the beach, painted by the glowing hues of another sunrise. Image imported from http://higginsbeachproperties.com/id733.htm|