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    Flavors of Freeport Chef’s Signature Series

    The Flavors of Freeport Chef's Signature Series was a sold-out indoor-outdoor party Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown. More than 400 people enjoyed samples from some of Maine's best chefs and local beverages inside. plus ice sculptures, firepits and an ice bar luge outside. Judges kudos went to Bow Street Market, Wilbur's of Maine, Harraseeket Inn and Tempest in a Teapot. Foodie events continue throughout the weekend in Freeport. #flavorsoffreeport

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    Libations for Liberty

    Portland-based content production company Knack Factory hosted a Valentine's Day evening party that raised a lot more money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) than anyone anticipated. Illustrator Sophia Cangelosi of Portland designed an event logo featuring Valentine's cherubs holding a Libations for Liberty banner. And then the whole "Nevertheless she persisted" thing happened, and the design was tweaked for t-shirts to be printed by Table 6 Designs of Portland. More than 600 had been ordered before the Feb. 14 soiree, with orders continuing to be accepted through Feb. 15. Between the party and the tees, the effort raised more than $7,500 for the ACLU of Maine--with one more day to go!

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    Lights Across Congress: PMA’s grand reopening

    The PMA sure knows how to draw a crowd after a month-long renovation. Just turn the building's facade into a giant projection screen for a highly anticipated 6 minutes of 3D wall art... and then open the doors. #LightsAcrossCongress #PMAreimagined

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    Portland Supper Club’s Chinese New Year

    "Portland has so many wonderful restaurants, but people don't often get the back story of why chefs choose certain dishes," said Sid Tripp, organizer of the Portland Supper Club. The club's 6-course Chinese New Year feast at Zen Chinese Bistro sold out, with 50 people dining for $55 each. Each event includes a happy hour, a prix fixe dinner curated by a chef, and communal dining, giving food lovers--and who isn't a food lover, right?--a chance to get to know each other. Past dinners have included "Mobsters, Martinis and Meatballs" and a "Late Summer Luau." The next one, on April 15, hasn't been officially announced yet, but it will go down in history as perfect for maritime buffs.

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    Portland On Tap

    Mainers showed up in a big way to support craft beer at the 3rd annual Portland on Tap! The Cross Insurance Arena was filled to the brim with people sampling 130+ craft beer styles from more than 65 breweries, plus local vendors and live music. What better way to spend a cold winter’s Saturday?

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    Heroes and Villains Masquerade

    Tina "Machina" Lewis, who happens to organize the Super Hero Lady Arm Wrestlers of Portland, decided that what Portland needs in January is a night to dress up and get down. And so the Heroes and Villains Masquerade at Portland House of Music and Events (PHOME), hosted by Portland Masquerade (aka Tina Lewis), was born. She means to make it a monthly thing. Why should October get all the masquerade fun?

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    What a Joke Portland

    Portland was one of 23 cities participating in the What a Joke National Comedy Fest during inauguration weekend as a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Lincolns, which hosts a Laugh Shack comedy night every Thursday (8:30 p.m., $5 cover) was filled to capacity for a liberal dose of political humor from stand-up comedians from Portland, Boston... and Westbrook. Local performers included Jordan Handren-Seavey, who has a comedy album "I Should Have Done More By Now," as well as Aharon Williams, Jed Bloom, Connor McGrath and Micaela Tepler. There's a similar night planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at Bunker Brewing, 17 Westfield St., Portland ($10 suggested donated).

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    Spire and Ice in Gorham

    Downtown Gorham was a hot (and cold) spot for Spire and Ice on Friday and Saturday nights. The ice bar/dance party with DJ Chris Bouchard (and the Patriots game on, of course, on Saturday night) raised money for Helping Paws Rescue. No one's mouth froze to the ice luge.