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Christmas spirit hit the Maine Mall with force today as hundreds donned Santa hats, beards, and red sweatshirts and the Santa Hustle 5K or Half Marathon. The after-party at Jimmy the Greek's was packed--at 9 a.m.! The annual event raises money for Easter Seals Maine to help people with disabilities and special needs and their families. For more information on this national race series: http://www.santahustle.com/
Maine ski and snowboard fans packed the State Theatre in Portland for a couple hours of pre-season "snow porn" Friday night. The action-packed snow-thrills documentary got the crowd stoked for winter. More info: http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/
Ski Maine hosted a Ski Season Launch Party at Morong Falmouth Nov. 20 to benefit the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield (http://www.skimuseumofmaine.org/). Skiiers from all over the state gathered to bid on ski-related auction items, visit with friends, look back at Ski history, and anticipate the months ahead.
The Telling Room celebrated their 10-year anniversary with the publication of “The Story I Want To Tell,”. Students read excerpt of their pieces, paired with award winning author’s complementary writing. The party was a celebration for friends, studented, volunteers, board members and public. Richard Russo did a reading with author Richard Akear.
Spectators gathered on a nippy Saturday morning to watch the 4th annual Rolling Slumber Bed Races, generously sponsored by Center for Orthopaedics and Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union. Prizes were awarded for Most Creative Bed Design, Best Team Spirit and Times Race winners.
TEDxDirigo asked Mainers with big ideas to talk about what they do and how they think at Frontier theater in Brunswick on Sunday, Nov. 10. Speakers included innovators, artists, athletes and educators — and the audience of about 300 people was equally as diverse.
You may have heard of Pocket Brunch--the occasionally pop-up feast hosted by Bread and Butter Catering and other guest chefs at unique locations. But this one was the beast of all feasts--a Game Dinner in the Shed (technically, SoPo Wine's warehouse transformed into something like a shabby chic hunting chalet). The sold-out feast attracted more than 70 people for a seven-course spread of locally sourced fish, fowl, beast and beer from the Great North Woods of Maine. How often can you try Boar Belly Banh Mi, Game Bird Ragu, and Hare Pie in one meal? Or a bear claw pastry filled with bear sausage? More info: pocketbrunch.com.
There is an 8-foot "Seven" outside the Portland Museum of Art, and this month's First Friday Art Walk--on Nov. 7, appropriately enough--celebrated the steel sculpture by Vinalhaven artist Robert Indiana newly installed outside the museum, which happens to be at 7 Congress Street. The Art Walk's outdoor vendors struggled in cold, dark, windy conditions (which actually wasn't bad for hat knitter Lian Glover of Portland!). But there were plenty of indoor art spaces, including Maine College of Art (MECA), Space Gallery, Think Tank, and Bridge Gallery. More info: http://www.liveworkportland.org/arts/walk