The Maine Seafood Festival--the first one in Southern Maine--enjoyed a good turnout on a sunny Saturday on Labor Day weekend. From scholarly talks to touch tanks to a classy four-course dinner overlooking Spring Point Light, there was something for everybody. You could hear about the positive impact that Maine macroalgae is having in our local food culture, agriculture, and aquaculture industries. Or you could sit back and sample Low Tide ice-cream made with kelp and ginger. More info: www.seaweedfest.com.
Labor Day weekend doubles as Portland Brew Festival weekend, with about 40 established and up-and-coming brewers and more than 120 brew products from throughout New England gathered together at the Portland Company Complex on Fore Street. The Brew Festival continues through Saturday evening, with tickets at $40 each. 21+, of course. Food vendors are there with pizza, tacos, and lobster rolls. Parking is free. More info: www.portlandbrewfestival.com.
Teens to Trails (T3), the nonprofit organization that supports high school outing clubs across Maine, went distinctively outdoorsy with its first-ever fundraising party, Bow Ties and Bean Boots at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough. Nearly 200 people turned up--many of them indeed wearing bow ties and Bean boots--and raised over $12,000 to help introduce Maine teens to outdoor adventure. More info: www.teenstotrails.org.
Guests at Portland Ballet's "Summer in the City" gala mingled with the professional dancers and photographer behind the stunning Discover Portland Ballet photo series. And they did so inside the seldom-visited United States Custom House on Fore Street, steeped in the history and traditions of our great city. More info: http://www.portlandballet.org/
What's more empowering than catching a wave? Hundreds of volunteers led by Aquaholics surf shop in Kennebunk bring that feeling of freedom and exhilaration to dozens of area kids with with physical, mental, or emotional special needs. On Special Surfer Night, Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk is THE place to be. The program is free and runs three evenings every summer. More info: www.aquaholicsurf.com.
Mensk took the rooftop film festival to the Eastern Promenade for a free seaside screening of the 1975 Steven Spielberg film "Jaws." Hundreds of people came out and enjoyed the sunset, live music, picnics and food trucks, and a cool evening to hear blood-curdling screams coming from the beach and just pass the popcorn. For more info on the fundraising behind this event: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jaws-on-the-eastern-prom-make-it-even-bigger
The Great Falls Balloon Festival took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lewiston/Auburn. Music, games and activities were schedule each day, along with a hot air balloon launch at 6AM and 6PM. Local charities gathered to raise money by serving fair fare and kids could play at the carnival in downtown Lewiston. The fair had…
Down East magazine threw itself a 60th birthday party, partnering with six Maine artists to raise $60,000 for six Maine organizations. Guests traveled from all over the state for the $100 per person gala held in a transformed boat garage at the Portland Company Complex. Shabby chic décor extended even to Mason jar drinking glasses with guests names written on them. Food and drink, art and music, and doing while having a good time--not a bad way to celebrate 60 years. www.downeast.com/artofgiving/