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    Portland Food Festival

    The inaugural Portland Food Launch & Festival was day to celebrate local food producers. If the Launch, specifically for folks in the food industry, was the meat and potatoes, the Festival was the sweet note on which to end the day. Altogether, 900 people bought tickets for either of these events at Thompson's Point in Portland, held in conjunction with Maine Startup and Create Week. The Festival was an opportunity to interact with growers, brewers, chefs and artists while enjoying local food and drink, live music and even a virtual reality glimpse of lobster fishing.

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    Portland Pride Parade

    Portland's most colorful day of the year, the Pride Parade, was a bigger-than-ever celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community. Parade participants included public and private schools and homeschoolers, people of various faiths and political persuasions, contra dancers and yogis and singers, college and university students, members of a retirement community, members of various LGBTQA organizations and workers at health care organizations, banks, insurance companies, coffee shops, grocery stores, phone companies and a burrito shop. The parade concludes with an enormous rainbow flag being carried from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park.

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    Old Port Festival 2017

    The Old Port Fest is said to be the kickoff to summer, and at 91 degrees it certainly felt like it. The 44th annual festival took over downtown Portland and the Old Port for all of Sunday afternoon with four music and entertainment stages, lots of food and shopping, and the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel. Lots of Mainers are sporting sunburns!

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    The Spirit of Maine

    The biggest party of the food-and-drink focused Kennebunkport Festival is The Spirit of Maine. And, this year, the Spirit of Maine went a little bit country. Big flavor, big hats and big dance moves were signatures of this June 9 hoedown... with Kennebunkport-style sophistication.

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    Scottish Festival at OOB

    The second annual Scottish Festival at Old Orchard Beach drew a larger crowd from throughout New England--and beyond. Whether you chose to eat a meat pie and a Scotch egg, order a custom-made kilt, or compete in the heavy athletics expo, there was something for everyone... particularly fans of headline band Albannach.

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    Friends of Evergreen Memorial Day Commemoration

    The Friends of Evergreen Cemetery's annual Memorial Day parade through the Deering neighborhood of Portland and commemoration at the cemetery is steeped in historic traditions and symbolism--from the tiniest of flower girls dressed in white to decorate veterans' graves to the 101-year-old World War II veteran who laid the wreath.

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    Street Eats & Beats

    Perfect weather and a sold-out crowd came together at the fourth annual Street Eats & Beats at Thompson's Point in Portland on May 20. Dozens of food trucks, beer and drink vendors, lawn games and live music made for the ultimate 21+ lawn party. (Notes for next year: Buy tickets early, and wear sunscreen.)

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    Crossroads Community Awards

    Crossroads, a provider of addiction and behavioral health treatment services, honored several medical, community and business supporters during its fourth annual awards breakfast May 17 at Clarion Hotel Airport. Honorees included Portland Chief of Police Michael Sauschuck; needle exchange workers Zoe Odlin-Platz and Liz Garnatz; Dr. Michael E. Kelley of St. Mary's Hospital; Nurse Practitioner Alane O'Connor of Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice in Waterville; and Coffee by Design owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear. For information about Crossroads: www.crossroadsme.org/