There’s no denying it: Fall’s been pretty darn good to us so far. And this weekend’s looking to be another beauty. Take advantage of the fact that there isn’t eight inches of snow on the ground and/or sleet pouring from the heavens (because, mark my words, there will be in the not-too-distant future) and hit the First Friday Art Walk. If you’re willing to turn off your cellphone for a few minutes, you can even have a free conversation in Monument Square with a member of Guerrilla Downtown. The Italian Heritage Center goes country with corn hole, Jello shots, line dancing, and a mechanical bull, and apples are celebrated at Gilsland Farm. And if the combination of wine, sailboats, and sunset sounds appealing (it should, because it’s perhaps the most appealing trifecta known to humankind) then you’ll probably very much enjoy the Wine Wise foliage and sunset sail.
Maybe it’s not that outragous after all. But all that texting, emailing, and messaging we do means we’re doing a lot more typing and a lot less talking. In an effort to remedy the situation – at least for a few minutes – Guerilla Downtown is offering free conversations in Monument Square during the October 4 First Friday Art Walk.
So it might rain a bit this weekend. But it’s nothing an umbrella and/or a little spring fortitude can’t handle. It’s Old Port Fest weekend after all, and while it rains that Sunday almost every year, that’s never stopped the live music or the wonderful glutton of street food.
If you not planning to participate in the April First Friday Art Walk you must have something else really, really (REALLY) important to do. Not only with this be the first Art Walk in a long time to happen in nearly-full daylight (5 to 8 p.m.), it’s also one that has any number of really cool and different exhibits to see. Here are the shows we suggest you see:
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First Friday Art Walk may bring some inspiration for that belief with a show focused on Maine sunsets, some unplugged music and inexpensive massages to get your body rejuvenated.
It may have been chilly, but that didn’t stop art fans from hitting the streets for February’s Art Walk.
A new year has arrived, bringing with it chilly temps for the debut First Friday Art Walk of 2013. But don’t let the cold keep you from getting out of the house and viewing some great works from locals artists. Just bundle up, grab a hot coffee at one of the many venues in downtown Portland – Coffee by Design, Public Market House, Arabica- and enjoy.
Using community service as currency is the concept behind the Yankee Swap Pop Up Shop, opening on Free Street from 6:30-9 pm during First Friday Art Walk. The one-night-only shop will sell handmade goods and art created by MECA students that can be purchased in exchange for volunteer time. Meaning you get the art without paying a penny. But you do have to give something: your time.
Word is that the temps should remain above normal for this time of year thanks to the recent visit by Sandy, so pull on your Reeboks and hit the streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, because by the next time First Friday Art Walk rolls around you may need boots and mittens.