Skip to content

A visit to Happy Acres

12/12/2012

I place an excited 11 p.m. phone call to my buddy Keith in Minnesota from the dirt parking lot outside the big, red barn-like facade of Happy Acres. A glowing white sign with red letters above my head provides the only light:

Me: Lu, is Keith there?

Lu: No, he’s still up at a meeting. He should be back any minute. Should I have him call you?

Me: No, that’s OK. Just tell him that I haven’t been in Maine for two weeks and I’ve already found an Honest To God Honkytonk out here.

Lu: (pause) ….Well, If anyone could find a Honest to God Honkytonk in Maine it would be YOU, Nick.

Here’s a few photos from the Happy Acres Hall (http://www.happyacreshall.com/) in Alton, Maine. Jen’s colleagues Eric and Kristin knew the owners and invited us to join them for a grand reopening celebration at the 59-year-old dance hall in the woods. A couple hundred people brought their own bottles and shook it on the high-gloss hardwood floor. The Mainely Country Band  provided the lap-steel, cry-in-your-beer entertainment. http://themainelycountryband.com/.

Advertisements

From → Music, Photos, Travel

6 Comments
  1. Mike permalink

    Rule No. 8: No Throwing Ice

    LOL!!!

    Please tell me they played at least 1 tune from Ole Waylon.

    “Piano roll blues, danced holes in my shoes
    There weren’t another other way to be
    For loveable losers, no account boozers
    And honky tonk heroes like me”

  2. Christopher permalink

    “Well, If anyone could find a Honest to God Honkytonk in Maine it would be YOU, Nick.”

    There might not have been a truer statement uttered in the history of humanity!

  3. David Ferrara permalink

    Sounds like a blast!

  4. The Bread Winner permalink

    Little did Kristin and Eric know how spot-on they were with this invitation. Fun evening!

  5. janell permalink

    That looks and sounds fantastic! Is it as big as the Club Westerner in Victoria? We’ll have to go when Michael & I come up to see ya’ll.

  6. Frank Dow permalink

    I’ve played at HAPPY ACRES regularly for the last 25 years. Best Honky Tonk in Maine, best stage, best dance floor, best people!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Revisiting Montana's Historic Landscape

30 Years in the Big Sky Country

RoadsideArchitecture.com -- the companion blog

roadtrips & posts documenting vintage signs, statues, buildings, and more

Outside In Duluth

Outdoor. Kid. Fun.

Digital Storytelling | University of Minnesota Duluth

Featuring student work from the University of Minnesota Duluth Journalism program.

Laura's Birding Blog

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

Outdoors with Sam Cook

Exploring the North Woods

365 Days of Birds

Duluth, Minnesota based birder / photographer. Sax-Zim Bog naturalist.

Mark in Maine

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

Ed's Big Adventure

He farms! He writes! He paints!

Zenith City Online

Celebrating Historic Duluth, Western Lake Superior & Minnesota's Arrowhead

Perfect Duluth Day

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

Time to play b-sides

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

Digital Nomad

Travel Dispatches from Robert Reid

SUBSTREET

history under ground

Czechesotans

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

Little Brown Mushroom

Little Brown Mushroom

Penobscot Marine Museum

What happens when a Twin Cities townie follows his wife into the woods?

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: