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The first Pollinator Parade in celebration of Earth Day was a wild success, already deemed to be an annual event. Many, many kids and quite a few adults dressed like butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife buzzed around Gilsland Farm in Falmouth on Sunday, delighting in a spring community picnic and "parade." Pollinators of all ages learned how to support the endangered monarch by planting milkweed, going organic and building monarch butterfly habitats. More info: www.maineaudubon.org/
A crazy cast of characters from Cast Aside Productions brought a 1989 senior prom to life at the Italian Heritage Club in a wild, campy party not soon to be forgotten. From a cheerleading routine to "Pour Some Sugar on Me" to slow dancing to "Time Of My Life," the music was perfect for a night of big hair, puff sleeves, and neon pink. It was everything a real prom was like in 1989--corsages, photos, a prom king and queen--but with a legit bar. Actors mingled with regular guests, playing roles like football captain, geek, and Asian exchange student. The after-party was, appropriately, 90s-style. Cast Aside Productions (www.castasideproductions.com) is based in Portland.
Holy Grounds Coffee House marked its 10th anniversary with headliner Jim Trick, a Boston-based performing songwriter with a quick wit, and local duo Juniper. Every third Saturday of the month, part of Church of the Holy Spirit in Portland is transformed into an intimate dinner-and-music venue. Don't skip dessert! No cover, but reserve a table to be sure to get a seat. https://www.facebook.com/holygroundsportland
Taking a cue from the 8 in 8th annual, the Inter-Island Cruise went back to the 80s. The five-hour dance party by Casco Bay Lines featured music by From the Ashes and food by the Inn at Peaks Island. From sunset selfies to tipsy dancing over choppy seas, it was a memorable springtime adventure all the way out to Great Diamond and back with guests joining or leaving the party on some of the islands.
The MAMM slam at Bayside Bowl in Portland drew a huge crowd as. MAMM students turned out for a classic battle of the bands. Bands were judged on items such as technical skill, originality, and stage presence.
Next Level Church in Saco hosted a helicopter egg drop at the Thornton Academy track field on Easter Sunday. The drop was divided into three age categories, and the event was free (wrist bands were distributed at Easter service). More info: www.nlc.tv
The 5th annual Altered Couture fashion show took place at the Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick this year. With Proceeds going to the Portland Youth Dance Company. Audience members looked on in adoration as models and designers donned their quirky creations down the center aisle. The enthusiasm was palpable and the evening was delightfully tied together with a sense of community and creative spirit.
More than 1,000 Mainers turned out to volunteer at Deering High School on Sunday as part of Million Meals Maine, packing 217,728 meals to be distributed by Feed My Starving Children, a global hunger relief charity. www.millionmealsmaine.org.