The first and surest sign of spring in Greater Portland was spotted Wednesday – the open sign at Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland.
The venerable red and white ice cream shop on Cottage Road opened for its 64th season. The news was posted on the Red’s Facebook page and within a few hours, it had 634 likes and 162 shares. People from South Portland and neighboring towns wait breathlessly each March for Red’s to open. In Maine, where the natural signs of spring don’t show up until June, the opening of Red’s is the one many people count on.
On spring and summer evenings the place is often filled with Little League teams, families out for a stroll, or kids on bikes. The take-out stand is a nostalgic nod to the days when a shake or a sundae was a night’s entertainment. And at Red’s, it still is.