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Lobsters, superheros, and pigs ran the Wicked 5K Road Road in Kennebunkport on Sunday. As the runners' times became less competitive, the costumes became more elaborate. I mean, it's not easy running dressed head to toe like a chicken. The first-place finisher for the men was Jeffrey Cole (18:38). Erika Knudson led the women (23:55). The Halloween-theme 5K ended at Nonantum Resort, which hosted an after-party buffet. Who wouldn't run toward the scent of clam chowder?
The Portland Club was a freaky-fun place when 220 costumed characters showed up for the Ghoulwill Ball. Motor Booty Affair kept the crowd dancing, while costume judges selected the following winners. Best Group Costume: Sushi and Soy Sauce (Kristi Thompson, Cindy Griffin, Rose Leung, and Cynthia Lenna). Most Creative Use of Goodwill Finds: Freida Kahlo (Susan Kramer) and Salvadore Dali (Steve White). People's Choice: Sock Monkey and Banana (Jared and Jennifer Smith). And the Grand Prize: Green Army Guys (Adam Gagne, Ellis Baum, Chad Cote, and John Rohn). All this ghoulish fun raised money for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England to help people find jobs.
The Portland-based group of volunteers running the Voter Education Brigade celebrated a milestone--the printing of the 2014 Voter Guide--with a party at Zero Station art gallery in the Bayside neighborhood. Donations at the party raised enough money to cover the cost of printing a couple thousand Voter Guides! Over the next several weeks, volunteers from the non-partisan organization will be distributing the guides around the city to help voters make decisions at every level of local and state politics relevant to Portland residents. More info: http://www.votereducationbrigade.org/
The Italian Heritage Center (IHC) in Portland was transformed into a country line dancing bar--complete with mechanical bull--for the Red Solo Cup party Friday night. About 180 people turned out for a 21+ evening of country food, drinks, and fancy footwork. More info on IHC: www.italianheritagecenter.com.
Spending the day at Punkinfiddle is a bit like going back in time. With near-peak fall foliage and temps in the 80s, it was a perfect day for the the family festival and National Estuaries Day Celebration at Laudholm Farm in Wells. More info on Laudholm Farm: http://www.wellsreserve.org/
1871 was the year the first Major League Baseball game was played. It's also the number of runners registered for the Trails to Ale 10K on Sunday. That's a lot of cans of Shipyard and slices of Portland Pie at the mid-morning after-party on the Eastern Promenade. It's all for a good cause near to runners' hearts: Portland Trails (www.trails.org/).
The Insane Inflatable 5K at Scarborough Downs was a wildly fun Saturday workout, if not a "race." Ten of the 14 waves sold out. If you've ever been jealous of kids in bounce houses, you want to catch this event next time around. You're big, but these inflatables are bigger. Extra good karma to the 11 a.m. wave of participants who paid an extra $10 to benefit Camp Sunshine. But everyone gets a medal. Crazy, right? More info: www.insaneinflatable5k.com.
Few parties have a raffle where you get on a plane immediately and fly to New York City with whatever you happen to have with you. The Maine Suitcase Party fundraiser for Camp Sunshine is one of them. For one night each September, Keller Williams and Maine Aviation turn a hangar into the city's most happening hot spot, with a red carpet entrance to an evening of cocktails and dancing and even a whiskey tasting on a private jet. Good fun for a good cause: summer camp for kids with life-threatening diseases and their families. More info on Camp Sunshine: www.campsunshine.org/