Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport hosted the world's first Pumpkinhead Fest, kicking off the first weekend of October. The Shipyard brew took center stage at the 21+ event, right down to the headless horseman reenactment. You could even spin a bottle to take home ingredients for recipes made with Punkinhead. With punkin chucking going on behind the live band October Road, not to mention the chill in the air, the autumn feel was strong. And then there were kazoo contests--because, what lightens the mood more than a kazoo contest?
We may be north of Nashville, but we still like our country music up here in these parts. The 19th annual Harvest Dance at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport sold out in advance. Hundreds of 21+ guests enjoyed local brews, local food, an old-fashioned contra dance, and a full toe-tapping set by North of Nashville…
The River Jam Festival drew crowds from all over to Saco/Biddeford. Sponsors included Dispatch Magazine and Bangor Savings Bank. The evening's festivities kicked off with a fireworks show that were followed by live music provided by Dominic and The Lucid and Amy and The Engine. The evening's charismatic and illustrious MC was Dispatch Magazine's Trevor Geiger.
A couple hundred people raised a stein--or a plastic cup of beer--and raised money for the Midcoast Veterans Council at Oktoberfest at Topsham Fairgrounds. Some went all out in lederhosen and beer babe outfits, and some took it simply as an excuse to drink outside on a close-enough-to-October day.
Friday night Maine Academy of Modern Music premiered it's new music video "Understand" the song written by Frank Hopkins was chosen to be featured in the school's Playing for Change video. The video features music community veterans like Pete Kilpatrick, Dan Capaldi, and Frank Hopkins but also showcases some of MAMM's very own, profoundly talented students. The all female band Yard Sail, winner's of the 2015 MAMM slam, make a cameo appearance. The video was filmed over the course of two years by videographers Will and Sam Caswell of Herman Mantis. It's clear by watching the video that a substantial amount of love, thought, consideration, and of course talent went in to the execution of video. A few audience members were brought to tears experiencing the song's impactful message. Seeing the video finally come to fruition before a live audience was a success in itself.
What do you do when you're about to open an Italian restaurant and need some funds for coffee equipment like a grinder and an espresso machine? Host a pop-up lasagna dinner at your coffee distributor, Tandem! Roustabout is preparing to open this fall at 52 Washington Avenue in Portland, where they will serve full plates of modern Italian-American food--and, obviously, Tandem lattes.
Planet Dog hosted a fun event for dog lovers of all ages in Deering Oaks park in Portland. Woofminster Doggie Carnival was a celebration of dogs in the community. The event raised money for dogs helping veterans with PTSD.
The Insane Inflatable 5K returned to Maine, this time at the Sunset Ridge Golf Links in Westbrook. Hundreds of crazy people got "pumped up" to run the 5K mixed-terrain and trail obstacle course punctuated by ten different blow-up structures for climbing, sliding, and bouncing their way from point A to point B, possibly in costume. All craziness raised money for Maine Children's Cancer Program--not so insane after all!