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Everybody has an opinion about the retraction of the best return-or-exchange policy in the history of commerce by the folks at L.L. Bean. Too many cheaters, is a popular one. Too many skinflints wanting a lifetime boot instead of a multiple-season one, may be another. But in the end, times change, and things that made sense in 1912 (Bean’s founding year) don’t really do so in 2018. Have we all been “deprived of the benefit of the bargain,” a phrase from the class-action lawsuit that has cropped up against Bean in response to the policy change?

Whatever the answer, the superstitious among us can tell you that the “real” reason for such upheaval in our once-sleepy state is that the Ides of March fast approach. March 15 — which is, as anyone knows, the famous murder of Julius Caesar on the floor of the Roman senate in 44 B.C. 

So it may be a coincidence, or it may not, that the Beansters are offering a pretty cool Winter Carnival in partnership with, and on the property of, the Maine Coast Waldorf School on Sunday, March 4 from 10am to 2pm. The event is free for you and your kids, although middle-schoolers who want to participate in the 3K Cross-Country Ski Race starting at noon will have to pay a $5 registration fee.

Other attractions include a Snowshoe Story Trail for the younger kids (snowshoes provided), the chance to test out a winter-ready fat-tire bike on a designated snow loop, and free L.L. Bean Sonic Snow Tube rides on MCWS’s sledding hill.

It’s like closing your eyes and believing. All of us together can stem the tide of the Ides of March. As with the idea of creating a government whose members act productively in concert, success is up to the children. Just reiterate to them, no killing on the Senate floor.

"L.L.Bean Winter Carnival" | Sat, March 4, 10 am-2 pm | Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport | $5 | www.mainecoastwaldorf.org

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