Biddeford wasn't deterred by unusually cold temperatures. Is is Winterfest, after all. Organizers of the Winter Carnival took a more nature-based approach this year, inviting folks to Rotary Park's hills and supplying sleds and tubes for those who didn't bring their own. A couple of runs down those hills--maybe even a race against an on-duty police officer--and most kids were ready to go inside for cocoa and crafts.
The first night of the annual Brunswick Ice Bar was comfortably mild—great for holding ice-cold Manhattans outside, not so great for the ice sculptures. Friday and Saturday nights are anticipated to be colder—and far busier, with Saturday night already sold out to capacity of 500 tickets. For Friday, tickets are $16 through BrownPaperTickets or $20 at the door. Enjoy ice-cold drinks from the beverage luge and cozy fire circles outdoors and appetizers and a deejay dance indoors. The Ice Bar is at The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern at 4 Noble St., Brunswick.
Over 100 releases from some of America's best craft breweries was a big draw indeed. Even with two sessions this year--afternoon and evening--Portland on Tap at Cross Insurance Arena was a sold-out event. Live music, food for purchase, vendors, and games like Genga rounded out the beer-centric festival.
FROSTED was the kick off celebration for Kennebunkport's Paint The Town Red month. With custom ice bar, luge, light fare, and a rockin' band. FROSTED goers kept warm with dancing and drinks.
Saturday night at The State Theatre. Portland musicians delivered a spirited tribute to David Bowie. Met with joy, and enthusiasm from their audience. Joined on stage were Spencer Albee, members of the Rustic Overtones who recorded with Bowie earlier in their career, John Hughes Radio, Weekend Friends, Sunset Hearts, Five of The Eyes, Lyle Divinsky and Mat Zaro, and more. All Energetic and uplifting, this town never fails to deliver an evening of amazing music.
The annual Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel is one of the most anticipated January events for local Mainers–as well as many out-of-staters who make an overnight of it. Who would have thought they’d come to Maine to escape snow? Such is the case this year at the event where martinis are poured over ice…
Portland Spirits Society hosted a sold-out ladies-only absinthe tasting at Vena’s Fizz House. Karen Heck, co-owner of Maine’s only absinthe producer, Tree Spirits of Maine, shared some history and lore. Steve Corman, co-owner of Vena’z Fizz House, demonstrated the traditional ways absinthe was served and mixed up a five more innovative cocktails using local ingredients.
Maine's largest and original ocean plunge, the aptly named Lobster Dip, drew 335 brave souls into the Atlantic on New Year's Day to raise money for Special Olympics Maine. Each dipper raises at least $100 for Special Olympics, and this year's total raised exceeded $110,000. The Brunswick at Old Orchard Beach hosts an after-party for dippers and their support teams. Thanks to warmer than usual temperatures, more than 1,000 watched the spectacle that is the Lobster Dip--including a few who skiied over. For more info: www.somaine.org/