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What a wonderful morning for the first annual Snow Day at Wells Reserve. There was a snow shoe race, cross country skiing, hot chocolate, sledding, and a bonfire to warm up beside when it got cold. Wells reserve transformed an otherwise brutally cold winter day into a loving, family oriented, day of activities.
The Breakfast cook off was the place to be this morning. Maine restaurants came together for a battle of the dishes today at Seadog brewery in South Portland, In celebration of restaurant week. Folks turned out from all around to sample specialties from select restaurants from around the state.
Bring together Osher Map Library, Yarmouth historians, Gather restaurant, and Boothbay Craft Brewing, and you get a unique sold-out event called "1849, a Year of Conflict and Change in Yarmouth." From traditional Maine lobster stew to New England spider cake with cider syrup, the four-course meal featured recipes developed with a nod to the past. Boothbay Craft Brewing developed an 1849 Spruce Tip Ale that was quite the hit. But what's the big deal about 1849? It's the year the town of Yarmouth broke away from North Yarmouth. Professor Matthew Edney from Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine set the stage, and Yarmouth High School history teacher Alan Hall spun tales of economic and political conflict that splintered one community into two.
There was a good turn out for Lewiston Auburn's 2015 Ice Fest on Saturday night. Folks from all over gathered for entertainment inside and out. There were sponsored ice sculptures outside, drinks, catering from area restaurants, music, and more.
With all this snow, the highlight of the OOB 365 Winter Carnival would be the big hill sledding down Old Orchard Street. Who says beach bliss can't be found amid chest-high snowbanks? With kids grinning, music blaring, and the scent of fried food in the air, Old Orchard Beach shows the wintry side of its kitschy charm. More info: www.oob365.com.
Winter Carnival in Bridgton drew crowds from all over who participated in activities such as dog sled racing, snowmobiling, horse drawn slay rides and the "Freezin for a Reason" dip and dash, raising money for animal welfare. Despite the bitter cold the swimmers, comprised of seven teams, raised upward of $35,000 for the cause, and I'd say they had fun doing it.
Sled dog racers--and their canines--came from all over these parts for the New England Sled Dog Championships at Sunset Ridge Golf Links in Westbrook, near the Windham line. The races were part of Westbrook's Winter West Festival. What was planned to be a two-day weekend of racing was condensed into just Valentine's Day, due to the projected blizzard. Some snow is just too much snow, even for sled dog racers.
WMPG's 20th annual Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin' Challenge brought a taste of Bayou food and music to snow-weary Mainers at the University of Southern Maine Woodbury Campus Center. And the winner was: Bintliff American Cafe (soon to be renamed Bayside American Cafe), serving gumbo with chicken and andouille sausage with mini corn cakes. Contenders included USM Dining, Po' Boy & Pickles, Bayside Bowl, Bintliff's American Cafe, Congress Bar & Grill, Gritty's and Izzy's Cheesecakes.