The warm breezes early June are always welcome here in Midcoast Maine.

The schooner fleet is preparing for a season dedicated to sharing the wonders of Penobscot Bay with travelers from around the globe, and inns and other lodgings are mowing lawns, mulching gardens and washing windows. Gardens are being planted for fresh, local produce. Shops are boosting inventory and there is a general tone of optimism throughout our communities.

The economic excesses of recent years should not be forgotten. We must remember what happens when we speculatively spend money we don’t have. But it is good to share the wealth we do have, whether it’s discretionary cash or a priceless view. We shop locally and we invite others to appreciate our landscape and what our communities have to offer, which is a great deal.

Here on the coast of Maine we are wealthy indeed when it comes to freshening breezes, abundant wildlife, quiet walks and glittering ocean vistas. We are fortunate to have many wonderful places to dine, to find unusual and interesting goods, and to be entertained. The season has come when we share the gifts that come through our hard work and those that are bestowed by agencies far beyond our meager human powers.

Summer gives us reason to smile. As we and our neighbors take joy in sprucing up homes, gardens and businesses, we rejoice in the beauty that surrounds us and look forward to a prosperous and happy season.