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/
Portland Greendrinks went off-peninsula for the first time with an idyllic evening at Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.
The afternoon heat was deceptively tropical for the first annual Portland Reggae Fest on the Maine State Pier. The lineup included Soul Rebel Project, New Kingston, The Mighty Mystic, Etana, John Brown’s Body, and Freddie McGregor. Reggae + Mainers = island flavah.
South Portland's annual Art in the Park kicked things up a notch with an after-party--a street festival in the Knightville neighborhood. Local fashion designers put on a show, the Substitutes got the crowd rocking, guys checked out classic cars, and kids were amused by face painting, chalk art, goats, and mangoes on sticks.