The Animal Refuge League’s 4th annual Martinis for Mutts fundraiser was a huge success! Partygoers of the two and four-legged variety gathered at the Portland Regency Garden Bar to celebrate the good work of the ARL of Greater Portland. 125 people and 75 dogs came out to support the treatment and care that the Refuge League…
Sunday afternoon at the Great Falls Balloon Festival was comfortably breezy--not safe weather for a balloon launch. But there was plenty else to enjoy, including watching medieval jousting, local dance groups, or super-talented dogs chasing down frisbees in the wind. Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston was full of people enjoying the food booths, vendors, face painting, bungee jumping, rock climbing--or just lying in the shade by the river, listening to live music.
The Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Topsham brought more than a wee bit of Scotland to Maine over the weekend. The 38th annual gathering organized by the St. Andrew's Society of Maine featured heavy athletics (like throwing logs and stones) and traditional music, dancing, and food. There's no need to be a clansman to enjoy the Highland Games, though it makes your tartan selection easier to make.
Rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of people who turned out for the summer's third and final Special Surfers' Night at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Close to 100 kids with special needs got the chance to experience the joy of surfing, thanks to Aquaholics Surf Shop and hundreds of volunteers. Only once the two-hour program was coming to a close did the skies open up and really pour.
Tradition is good old-fashioned fun at the Italian festival that St. Peter's Parish has hosted at the corner of Federal and India Streets in Portland for 91 years now. Like most ethnic festivals, food is central: in this case, pasta, meatballs, sausage, pizza, cannoli, gelato, and homemade Italian cookies. But the other big draw is watching teens try to shimmy up the grease pole--an oddly captivating collaborative test of strength, agility, and patience, helped along by a good number of cleaning rags.
Maine Historical Society (MHS) welcomed an atypical crowd on First Friday–Pokemon GO players. The room housing the exhibit “Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866” was filled with people–little kids, twenty-somethings, grandparents–looking at their phones and, to some extent, interacting.
The Festival of Nations brought an incredibly diverse crowd to Deering Oaks Park to enjoy food from the Middle East, Caribbean and Latin America and music and dance from all over the world. This 14th Festival featured singer Michael Odokara (of the Dartmouth Aires on "The Sing-off"), who has been helping his mother with the festival since he was 12. The event is co-hosted by the City of Portland, the Mugadi Foundation, Women in Need Industries and Poland Springs.
Hundreds of people gathered at Portland’s Thompson’s Point to celebrate the amazing craft beers and brewers of Maine. The craft beer industry is thriving in Maine and the turnout was a testament to that!