Saturday April 19th 2014

Shannon Bryan

Drinks & dessert, circus open house & cardboard box race: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Drinks & dessert, circus open house & cardboard box race: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend
March 05, 2014

You have a chance to do some amazing things with cardboard this weekend (specifically, ride it down a mountain). Craft a sled from cardboard and duct tape for the Cardboard Box Race at Camden’s Snow Bowl. There’s also a record sale (for those who know what records are) at Portland’s Flea-for-All, which runs in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk. Learn some circus arts during the Circus Atlantic open house and end the weekend with dinner’s two best parts – the cocktails and the dessert – during the Signature Event Cocktail and Dessert Competition. Oh, and in between you can get yourself hypnotized and buy and boyfriend!

Give it a twirl: Salsa lessons & dancing Thursday nights in Portland

Give it a twirl: Salsa lessons & dancing Thursday nights in Portland
March 04, 2014

Noche Latina Portland translates to Latin Night Portland, and Latin night is certainly is every Thursday at The Pearl in Portland. The weekly event starts at 7:15 pm with a free salsa lesson for intermediate dancers, followed by a lesson for beginners at 8:15 pm. And at 9 pm, the lights go down, DJ Braulio turns up the salsa, merengue, and bachata music and the floor opens up to local dancers of every age and experience level.

Drink. Dessert. Repeat. The Signature Event Cocktail & Dessert Competition

Drink. Dessert. Repeat. The Signature Event Cocktail & Dessert Competition
March 04, 2014

Considering all that desserts and cocktails have done for us, it’s about time we gave them a celebration to call their own (besides, desserts are frankly tired of playing second fiddle to those first come, always first-served appetizers). The Signature Event rounds up some of Maine’s best cocktails and desserts and celebrates those master cocktail shakers and dessert makers who bake, blend, and create the fare we love the most.

Fat Tuesday in Portland: Cajun Cooking Challenge & Mardi Gras Costume Ball

Fat Tuesday in Portland: Cajun Cooking Challenge & Mardi Gras Costume Ball
March 02, 2014

Wednesday isn’t just any Wednesday. It’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If you observe Lent, you have six weeks of atonement and self-denial ahead of you. But before Lent begins, before the fasting and prayer, there’s another day of the week we can all appreciate: Fat Tuesday. And Tuesday? It welcomes you to eat everything.

Free pancakes! National Pancake Day is March 4

Free pancakes! National Pancake Day is March 4
March 02, 2014

Whether it’s shaped like a letter or poured over with real maple syrup and piled with fruit, pancakes are THE morning comfort food. And most folks have a favorite. So let us celebrate the pancake. Let us give it its due. Let us raise it high – and then eat it.

Eat & bowl in SoPo: Easy Day restaurant & bowling alley is open in South Portland

Eat & bowl in SoPo: Easy Day restaurant & bowling alley is open in South Portland
March 02, 2014

Easy Day had a soft opening Feb 26, and by the looks of things this weekend, word is out. (The grand opening is March 12.) The space isn’t recognizable from its previous iterations (you may have been in Events on Broadway and Beale Street Barbecue). It’s bright, lively, and open from front to back. Best of all: Huge windows looking out over Portland Harbor and the Portland skyline.

STRIVE Rocks 2014 @ The Maine Mall

STRIVE Rocks 2014 @ The Maine Mall
March 02, 2014

Wowza! A whopping $72,803 was raised during the 10th annual STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon at The Maine Mall in South…

27 wonderful ways to stay warm this winter. Wow!

27 wonderful ways to stay warm this winter. Wow!
March 02, 2014

Fire. It’s a classic way to warm up. And so…pretty…to stare at… So if you’re going to be roaming about in Maine this winter, it’s not a bad idea to know where the local heat sources are. In fact, there are a load of ways to beat the chill around here.

Incredible breakfast, amazin’ Cajun & some dancin’: 5 things to do this weekend

Incredible breakfast, amazin’ Cajun & some dancin’: 5 things to do this weekend
February 28, 2014

Eating. And dancing. Those are the ingredients for a happy life. They’re also on the docket for this weekend. Maine Restaurant Week starts Saturday, which means it’s time for you to start deciding which restaurants you’re going to hit and which of those specially priced three-course meals you’re going to start with first. There’s also the Incredible Breakfast Cook-off, pancake race, and Cajun Cook-off to look forward to. The STRIVE Rocks dance marathon is a chance to burn of the calories and shake it ’til the cows come home (or 9 am, whichever comes first).

Incredible Breakfast Cook-off & Sea Dog Brewing Co.

Incredible Breakfast Cook-off & Sea Dog Brewing Co.
February 28, 2014

It was breakfast in all directions during The Incredible Breakfast Cook-off at Sea Dog Brewing Co. in South Portland on…