Spring lures the green back to the trees and warmth back to the breeze. It also chases away the snow and, with it, the season’s snowboarders and skiers. It’s not easy to ski on melted winter. But then, that doesn’t stop some skiers from trying.
Beer has always had a place at the dinner table. That place was inside a glass (sometimes a bottle or can), preferably chilled, and conveniently within arms reach. Well stand by no more, dear beers. You lagers and stouts have found a new home on the dinner table: On the plate! At LeRoux Kitchen's recent Cooking with Beer class with staff member and resident chef Matt Burnham, beer wasn't just present, it was the centerpiece.
There's no shortage of adventure in Maine. Over the years I've learned that I'm a terrible skier, an excellent paddleboard jouster, and not trustworthy with a fly fishing rod. But I've learned some unexpected life lessons, too - sage words of adventurer's advice that come in handy long after the crampons come off.
Book fans can seek out fellow reading geeks in libraries, where the conversation might be halted by a shushing librarian, or in book stores, where shop owners will still politely request that you stop haranguing customers at the register. An easier option for the addicted page turner: Beer & Books Book Club.
Lighting things on fire is sometimes frowned upon. Especially if you're, say, sitting in your cube at the office, quietly igniting the paperwork in your file cabinet. but comes in handy if you're camping. And it makes a regular 'ol cocktail a whole lot livelier.
Maine Huts and Trails
offers 80 miles of trail in Maine's western mountains, with four huts along the way for respite and warming up (or cooling down, if you overdo your layering and sweat most of the way there). The hut and trail system gives hikers access to the mountains, lakes, and woods - and the huts are models of sustainability. And the views along the way? Well, they won't bother you.
There weren't any hills covered in edible flowers at Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections
in Freeport. There were no Gobstoppers, there were no golden geese. And no one took a sweet-tasting nosedive into a river of chocolate. But that didn't stop me from diving into my own finally realized Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory fantasy on Saturday.
It's easy to express joy with your face. And it's no hard feat to furrow a brow or roll an eye, depending on your mood. But conveying an emotion with your hips? That's harder. A Theatrical Belly Dance class, taught by Selcouth of Dark Follies, can get your hips talking. I got a belly dancesampling during a recent free workshop.
On Sunday, nine Santa-loving paddleboaders took to the water in Santa suits and Santa hats and Santa beards (and all the cold-water gear and personal floatation devices we could muster) for the third annual Santa SUP. The cold-weather cruise was organized by Rafael Adams, owner of SoPoSUP, a paddleboard shop in South Portland.
Using community service as currency is the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop, opening on Free Street from 6:30-9 pm during First Friday Art Walk. The one-night-only shop will sell handmade goods and art created by MECA students that can be purchased in exchange for volunteer time. Meaning you get the art without paying a penny. But you do have to give something: your time.