Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce

June 18th Newsletter

Business Break Wednesday, June 19th

Being held at The Fuller Center for Housing & Hawthorne House

40 Hawthorne Road, Raymond, ME

Strawberry Festival at Nathanial Hawthorne’s Boyhood Home!

Strawberry Festival Coming to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Boyhood Home Saturday, June 29

Special guest speaker to be Tess Chakkalakal, host of Maine Public Radio’s

“Dead Writers: Great American Authors and Where They Lived” podcast 

One of southern Maine’s beloved annual events—the Strawberry Festival at Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Boyhood Home in Raymond (40 Hawthorne Road)—returns this year on Saturday, June 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. This year’s special guest speaker will be award-winning author/editor Tess Chakkalakal, professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College. Ms. Chakkalakal is creator and co-host of this summer’s podcast series from Maine Public Radio entitled “Dead Writers: Great American Authors and Where They Lived.”

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 8 and under, with reservations at or by calling 207-329-0537 strongly recommended. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Wrapping up the event, all attendees will enjoy yummy homemade strawberry shortcake, served with coffee, punch, and lots of friendly smiles! 

Those who would like to donate to the ongoing restoration of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Boyhood Home in Raymond may do so by sending a much-appreciated check payable to “Hawthorne Community Association” to: Hawthorne Community Association / PO Box 185 / South Casco, ME 04077.  Secure credit card, debit card, and PayPal donations may be made online at:

Psssssst….Wanna win some $$$? Order you Golf Ball’s
by noon on Friday, June 21

The winner will receive 20% of however many balls (numbers) are sold. The potential – maximum – award is $2000 – Click the link below, and order yours today. The Community Golf Ball Drop will happen on June 22, (from 5-5:30pm) at Summerfest, but…you don’t have to be present to win! Buy a ball (number) for $10 and try your luck!


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