Maine coun­try inn go­ing to the win­ner of an es­say con­test

The China Post - - ARTS -

A woman who ran a Maine coun­try inn for more than two decades can re­tire now that she’s found a new owner through an es­say con­test.

Jan­ice Sage from the Cen­ter Lovell Inn & Restau­rant an­nounced Satur­day that a win­ner had been picked from among hun­dreds of 200-word es­says on the sub­ject: “Why I would like to own and op­er­ate a coun­try inn.” She said she’d be re­veal­ing the win­ner’s name in about a week.

Sage, 68, took own­er­ship of the inn the same way — by win­ning an es­say con­test 22 years ago.

The 210-year-old inn with seven guest rooms, two dining rooms, a barn and a wrap-around porch over­look­ing the White Moun­tains will be trans­ferred to the new owner within 30 days, ac­cord­ing to rules of the con­test.

Sage said she’ll miss the inn, but not the 17-hour work­days. She be­came owner through an es­say con­test in 1993, when her en­try was among 5,000 re­sponses Bill and Susie Mosca re­ceived from peo­ple around the world. Par­tic­i­pants coughed up US$100 apiece for the op­por­tu­nity to own the coun­try inn.

Sage said she re­viewed all of the es­says in the lat­est con­test be­fore send­ing the top 20 to a pair of in­de­pen­dent judges.

She said pre­vi­ously that she ex­pected more than 7,500 en­tries, mean­ing she’d re­ceive more than US$900,000 at US$125 per en­try. She plans to use the money for her re­tire­ment.

Bill Mosca wrote a self-pub­lished book about his ex­pe­ri­ence, “Pass­ing Along Our Dream,” which de­scribes how he and his wife turned the di­lap­i­dated inn with bro­ken win­dows and a buck­led floor into some­thing spe­cial.

He fell in love with a photo in a mag­a­zine and moved to Maine to run the inn with his wife.

“When love strikes, there’s no sense in re­sist­ing it. You just have to fol­low your heart, don’t you?” he said.

He said he hopes the new owner finds the job to be as re­ward­ing as he and his wife did.

“It gave us a mean­ing and a pur­pose. We raised a fam­ily there,” he said. “It’s some­thing that’s in the core of most peo­ple. You want to have a mean­ing to your life. You want to know that you did some­thing, that you cared, that you loved. In re­turn, you get such a huge sat­is­fac­tion.”

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