It was a perfect fall day for the Harvest Festival at Shaker Village in New Gloucester, home of the world's only active Shaker community since 1783. Brother Arnold Hadd led folksy story-filled barn tours. Traditional craft demonstrations included a broom maker, weavers, a blacksmith, a wood-turner, a wood-carver, and cider makers. Festival-goers enjoyed fresh apples and cider, sharp cheddar, pickles, and homemade Shaker apple fritters.
Portland’s Feeding the 5000 event featured local chefs and volunteers serving thousands of people a delicious, free lunch made entirely from fresh, locally grown food that otherwise would have gone to waste. The event is part of an international initiative to educate communities and reduce food waste. Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in…
"Cancer beware!" is the motto of Witches Wear Pink, a cocktail party that raises money for Maine Cancer Foundation. With a uniquely festive combination of breast cancer awareness with Halloween culture, a mixed crowd parties through the witching hours for a cure. The cocktail party was at Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth, led by Witches Wear Pink founder JoAnne Christman and board members Nicole Bezanson, Donna Wieland and Sarah Abbott. (Consider this a reminder to do self-breast exams!) More info: WitchesWearPink.org
A few rain showers didn't scare the crowds away on the last day of the 2016 Cumberland County Fair. Crowd favorites include the daily harness racing, the petting zoo, the rides, and a wide variety of food, from giant "dog bowls" of fries to sausages with peppers and onions to hot apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
The 25th annual Maine Marathon attracted close to 3,500 runners from across the country this morning. People participated in relays, the half marathon and the full 26.2 mile marathon, with the support of people at cheering stations and over 600 volunteers. One runner, 71-year-old Larry Macon, completed his 1,772nd marathon when he crossed the finish…
The Fork Food Lab Grand Opening on Tuesday night was a BIG celebration, with food and drink for several hundred people. The new facility in Portland is designed to make it affordable for entrepreneurial food businesses to get started without having to build out their own kitchens. Eighteen small companies are working out of the new Lab on Parris Street in Portland. More info: http://www.forkfoodlab.com/
Picking a place to see a show is not that different from buying real estate: location is crucial. A venue’s acoustics, sight lines, seating arrangements and lighting are all things that can contribute to an entertaining experience. Here’s our take on how well the clubs, arenas and theaters in the area put on a show.
All a neighborhood really needs to create is own festival is some porches and some musical folks. Deering Center's third annual Porchfest brought together a couple dozen performing acts over three hours, with people turning out of their homes to stroll, bike, or skateboard from venue to venue. Musical sampling doesn't get any more laid-back than this free door-to-door afternoon. With flags on porches in commemoration of 9/11, neighbors--and everyone was a neighbor during Porchfest--shared their yards, their talents, their chairs, and their sandwiches.