Maine Seaweed Festival proved it wasn't a one-hit wonder with a the second year of the one-day festival being a very full day indeed. With cooking demos, hula dancing, art workshops, panel discussions, a seaweed identification beach walk, and food vendors incorporating seaweed, there was something for longtime seaweed lovers and newbies alike. Seaweed, if you haven't heard, is the new kale. More info: www.seaweedfest.com.
The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport hosted a rip-roaring speakeasy circa 1920-1933 surrounded by streetcars of that era. About 150 people attended the evening of drink, food, music, dance, and raffles, a fundraiser for the Museum. And they looked quite dapper. More info on the Museum: www.trolleymuseum.org/
Tradition was front and center at the 37th annual Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival. "It's all about the history," said Douglas Williams, an Augusta native of the Clan MacFarlane. "People come from all over and learn about their families." But you don't have to be Scottish to enjoy a day of traditional athletics, pipe and drum corps, Scottish history re-enactors, dancing, and more kilts than you can throw a stick at.
Not all train rides are for kids. Rails and Ales, an occasional event at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, is dubbed "the beer train." For $20, you can sample local brews while exploring the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum at the Portland Company, then ride the train into the sunset with your fellow beer lovers. The next Rails and Ales--the last one for this season--is Friday, Sept. 4, 6-8 p.m., featuring Allagash Brewing. 21+... and you can wave at all the kids NOT on the train. More info: http://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/
Greendrinks is a monthly gathering where participants turnout to socialize and support Maine Non Profit organizations dedicated to sustainability and community growth. Greendrinks is (usually) held on the second Tuesday of every month. This month's Greendrinks host venue was Urban Farm Fermentory. A popular spot in Downtown Portland where you can grab a hard cider or a glass of Kombucha an amazing beverage growing in popularity around the nation. This month Greendrinks was highlighting the efforts of a Non Profit called Ruth's Reusable Resources. To learn more about up coming events or how you can help visit www.portlandgreendrinks.com
How many things can you do for fun that have happened every year since before the Civil War? Not many! But the Topsham Fair, concluding its 161st year on Aug. 9, is one of them. The six-day agricultural fair has all sorts of things you don't see all the time, including horse and oxen pulling, clogging, sheep herding, fry pan throwing, a demolition derby, and a redneck truck pull. Yee-haw! www.topshamfair.net
Portland's Lincoln Park was buzzing with shoppers Saturday as the eighth annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival hosted more than 100 vendors. Picnic's eclectic mix focuses on affordable and wearable art, upcycled gifts, vintage vendors and all things Maine-like.
Dense fog couldn't hold back the bright spirits of the volunteers, kids, and families involved in Aquaholics Special Surfer Night at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. What’s more empowering than catching a wave? Many, many volunteers led by Aquaholics surf shop in Kennebunk bring that feeling of freedom and exhilaration to dozens of area kids with physical, mental, or emotional special needs. Special Surfer Night is free and runs one Tuesday a month during the summer. The next one is Tuesday, Aug. 18. More info: www.aquaholicsspecialsurfers.org.