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Families and friends gathered from different parts of New England to take part in The Portland Harbor Hotel's Ice Bar this weekend. The event sported beautiful ice sculptures in the outdoor patio, full bars, catering, and Dj's.
Snowboarding tricks on Spring Street? What better way to kick off Portland WinterFest? Boarders sponsored by Long's Board Shop showed off jumps and flips down the Shawnee Peak rail course. DJ Che Ros brought the tunes, and Gusto's and Love Kupcakes brought the grub. Winterfest, sponsored by Portland's Downtown District, continues throughout the weekend: www.portlandmaine.com.
Scarborough's Winterfest was both bone-chilling and heart-warming. Families enjoyed an afternoon of old-fashioned ice skating and pond hockey, milk jug curling, and winter-theme contests like snow flings and ice-cube hunts. Campfires, hot chocolates, and s'mores helped take the edge off.
Children and adults turned out to participate in Winter Kids today at Payson Park in Portland. Included were activities, such as snowshoeing, sledding, and of course lots of laughter. There was even hot chocolate from Coffee by Design.
With Justin Walker, executive chef of Earth at Hidden Pond, at the hearth, the January tavern dinner sold out days in advance. The winter tavern dinner series transforms Jefferds' Tavern into what it was centuries ago--a place for people to mingle over a hot meal and a bit of ale. But colonists never ate like this!
Hundreds of "dippers" plunged into the frigid Atlantic Ocean at high noon on New Year's Day, raising $105,000 for Special Olympics Maine. Air temp: 28 degrees. Water temp: 36 degrees. Double dippers got extra bragging rights. Are they crazy? Maybe, but they’re also raising money for Special Olympics. Each dipper raised at least $100 to be eligible to register, but some raised thousands as individuals or in teams. The Brunswick Hotel, which hosted the after-party, raised a whopping $12,280 for Special Olympics... and was prepared for a major cleanup effort! More info: http://www.specialolympicsmaine.org/
Good things come to those who wait. After two rainouts, it was a perfectly cold, clear night for the Tree Lighting and Skate-tacular at Falmouth Family Ice. Just as Jesse Rodgerson got on bended knee and proposed to Alicia Matthews--and she accepted--the tree was lit! And then 20 local figure skaters took to Lee Twombley Pond to perform solos to holiday music. Even Santa was impressed.
One of the most popular aspects of Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude, Fire + Ice at Nonantum Resort, sold out both nights. With holiday-theme martinis poured through ice sculptures, a giant bonfire by the waterfront, the Tony Boffa Band in the ballroom, and food samples throughout the indoor-outdoor party, there was something to make just about anyone merry.