Ghoulwill Ball is on Saturday. There will be dancing, a cash bar, and a photo booth. And there will be costumes. Lots of them. To celebrate all the creative costuming, the night includes a few costume contests for categories like Best Group Theme, People’s Choice, and Most Creative Use of Goodwill Finds. Winners get $150 gift cards from VISA or Goodwill NNE. And the Grand Prize winner gets a $250 Goodwill NNE gift card. Either way, the event is the ideal time to show off your genius Halloween skills. And if you’re, say, not all that creative, take a look at some of the great costume’s from Ghoulball’s past. Steal an idea, or use them as a launchpad to come up with your own amazing idea. Like Zombie Popeye! Or Clockwork Orange Ninjas!
The Portland Public Art committee is asking for input from the public on where the Langlais bears should find permanent residence (there are restrictions: The sculptures must be placed indoors, and the committee only can place them in city-owned buildings) but we decided it’d be more fun to imagine the bears in a range of possible places. Here are a handful of ideas we came up with.
It’s true that smiles are contagious (they’re also one of the few contagious things that other people are generally happy to acquire, unlike typhoid or a colleague’s bad mood). We posted some photos of happy, smiling Mainers recently which are guaranteed to get you grinning, but we think it’d be great to see some smiling non-humans, too. So send us a photo of your smiling pet – whether it’s a grinning goat, smirking schnauzer, or beaming pet bison. And we’ll post them here for all to see, because smiles are contagious, even between species.
I’ve been to plenty of fairs before, but Monday was my first time at Fryeburg. That means I can say with confidence: This fair is huge. I spent an hour wandering around to get the lay of the land, using the Ferris wheel like the North Star to guide me back to where I started.
The Cumberland County Fair is in full force this week (it runs through Saturday) and attendees are already snapping photos of the rodeos, which are new this year, and plethora of farm animals (the cuter, the better). Of course there are the rides, exhibits, and fair food, too. Want your photo to appear here? Use #cumberlandfair when you’re posting on Instagram.
Television cooking shows love Maine chefs and restaurants. Just a few examples: From “Chopped” Champions to competitors on “Top Chef Masters,” a lobster club sandwich that beat Bobby Flay’s and a lobster pot pie that was Cat Cora’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” our state is a Food Network (and Bravo and Travel Channel) star. Here are some highlights.
We’re ready for warm weather. We’re ready to leave the gloves behind. We’re ready to be outside without the risk of frost bite, slush-covered pants, and an ever-flowing runny nose. It’s be grand, winter. But we’re breaking up.