Whoever described Portland's first Sunaana as a "Winter Festival" must have known we'd have one more bone-chilling weekend, perfect for bundling up for a full day of live music and beer with friends. In Greenlandic, "Sunaana" means "What is it?" Likewise, the spirit of this festival is about discovery: new bands you haven't heard, new craft beers you haven't tried, and new food combinations (lobster roll grilled cheese!). About 1,000 people turned out for the first-year festival at Thompson's Point, which organizers anticipate bringing back next year.
It takes more than masks and beads to pull off a Mardi Gras party, and the Portland Club had it all. Music from the Cajun Aces. Hurricanes. A crazy range of attire, from ball gowns to pig snouts. Louisiana-style food including cajun dips, po'boy appetizers, king cake, and chicory coffee. And, last but not least, the City's Mayor dressed as Rex, King of Mardi Gras, proclaiming that all ought to have a good time. Let the good times roll!
So what if it hasn't snowed in a week. OOB365 still managed to build a massive sledding hill on Old Orchard Street! More than 1,000 people picked up a sled and gave it a try between Friday night and Saturday night, sticking around to check out the other Winter Carnival attractions. Cotton candy. A petting zoo. Ice sculptures. A character breakfast. Or just running around the beach. Why wait for spring? Sharri MacDonald, president of OOB365, said the hotels that are open this time of year were filled to capacity for the weekend. Besides being a little boost to the winter economy of OOB, the festivities were a mood boost for local kids wrapping up their February staycations. There's the literal slippery slope for the all ages, and then Saturday night's 21+ Slippery Slope Bar Crawl. www.oob365.com.
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 continued throughout the weekend in Freeport. #flavorsoffreeport
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!
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
"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.
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?