Joshua's, a Restaurant and Bar in Southern Maine

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Barbara is in charge of the dining rooms.

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This room was called the "Keeping Room" in colonial times. The hearth is, of course, part of the original construction when the house was built in 1774. The room you can see through the door on the right was the original formal dining room of the house. The picture was take from the enclosed porch, which is new construction and our third dining room.

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Bar Manager Christina Holbrook

The bar is in what was the formal parlor of the original house. This room was seldom used other than for entertaining the parson. We enjoy the irony since any liquor that might have been in the house would have been hidden away when the parson came to call.

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Several people have commented recently that our air conditioning was just right, not the blast of cold air you feel in some buildings. Their comments stimulated me to think about how important Barbara’s sensitivity to temperature, sound, light, well, all our senses, is to the comfort people feel at Joshua’s. I have lived with her, what I would call, hypersensitivity for 42 years. She is a Goldilocks with things being too hot or too cold, too hard or too soft, too loud or too quiet. She is always seeking “just right”.

 

Old insensitive me can withstand a considerably wide band of sensual input going barefoot in below freezing temperatures.

 

It is wonderful that after all these years I can now appreciate the value of Barbara’s sensitivity. She raises and lowers the music volume to match appropriately the noise level in the dining rooms. She is always first to recognize that the sun has set and the lights in the bar should be lowered. And she is always on the prowl to try and get the temperature just right. That is the greatest challenge in this old house with a huge fan in the kitchen sucking air out and causing drafts in the winter and the setting sun blasting the dark brown west side of the house on hot days in the summer. It may not be possible to get all the rooms “just right” all the time but that is Barbara’s mission.

Art on the walls

The photographs in the reception area are some photos from the garden taken by friend and professional photographer Darren Setlow. http://darrensetlow.com

Another friend, artist Bonnie D’Abate, did the gelatin monoprints in the bar, the tomato in acrylics on the Porch, the pear pastel and the two amaryllis etchings above the mantle in the Keeping room.

Also in the Keeping Room is a black and white photograph of apples by B. A. King. You will find another B. A. King in the Post Room. This heron rookery is such an amazing photograph you will have difficulty believing it is a photograph. His work can be seen at the Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury Street, Boston. http://www.puckergallery.com Tony is also a long-time friend and he and his wife Judy, also an artist, were our first customers.

The oil painting in the Post Room is by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo of Eliot, Maine http://www.adelinette.com. There are two Paul Plante’s in the Post room. We have long been a fan of his small pastels of fruit and birds’ eyes. His work can be found in a number of galleries in Maine. We purchased ours from Jean Briggs at Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport. http://ww.mastcove.com

On the porch there is a watercolor by Cliff Young of the farm in New Jersey where I (Mort) grew up.

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Our porch dining room

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Two tall tables in the bar are available on a first come, first served basis

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We call this the postroom

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Our bar has eight stools, where the full menu is served.