chef-owner of Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Hayward enjoys introducing friends to the seasonal Childsplay concert by Bob Child, a Cambridge fiddlemaker with ties to Maine.
Its absolutely astonishing to see 20 to 30 fiddle players, from amateurs to significant touring artists, on stage with a professional band accompanying them, including keyboards, cello, double base, guitar, wind instruments, sometimes a vocalist or even a Celtic dancer to do jigs and dances.
Preceding that, of course, is dinner at Fore Street. Another must, especially before or after a holiday feast, is walking the roads and trails around Merrymeeting Bay. Its one of the largest freshwater estuaries in the world, and most people have never seen anything quite like it, especially in late fall when migratory birds are still coming through. We might see eagles, bard owls, perhaps a coyote or two.
Upcoming Childsplay concerts: Dec. 4 in Portland, Dec. 5 in Somerville, Dec. 6 in Lexington.