More than 50,000 people gathered on the Eastern Promenade in Portland at Stars & Stripes Spectacular, Maine’s largest annual 4th of July celebration. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Moody in his final year, along with vocalist Susie Pepper, performed their 7th annual “Patriotic Pops” concert, with Casco Bay behind and incredible fireworks above.
In its fourth year, the Wild Vibes yoga, music and art festival relocated to Maine--at Spring Hill in South Berwick. The day-long event features yoga in the outdoors, live music and art, workshops and vendors, all with a wild, hippie vibe. www.wildvibes.org #wildvibesfest #liveyourwild
The inaugural Portland Food Launch & Festival was day to celebrate local food producers. If the Launch, specifically for folks in the food industry, was the meat and potatoes, the Festival was the sweet note on which to end the day. Altogether, 900 people bought tickets for either of these events at Thompson's Point in Portland, held in conjunction with Maine Startup and Create Week. The Festival was an opportunity to interact with growers, brewers, chefs and artists while enjoying local food and drink, live music and even a virtual reality glimpse of lobster fishing.
Portland's most colorful day of the year, the Pride Parade, was a bigger-than-ever celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community. Parade participants included public and private schools and homeschoolers, people of various faiths and political persuasions, contra dancers and yogis and singers, college and university students, members of a retirement community, members of various LGBTQA organizations and workers at health care organizations, banks, insurance companies, coffee shops, grocery stores, phone companies and a burrito shop. The parade concludes with an enormous rainbow flag being carried from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park.
The Old Port Fest is said to be the kickoff to summer, and at 91 degrees it certainly felt like it. The 44th annual festival took over downtown Portland and the Old Port for all of Sunday afternoon with four music and entertainment stages, lots of food and shopping, and the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel. Lots of Mainers are sporting sunburns!
The biggest party of the food-and-drink focused Kennebunkport Festival is The Spirit of Maine. And, this year, the Spirit of Maine went a little bit country. Big flavor, big hats and big dance moves were signatures of this June 9 hoedown... with Kennebunkport-style sophistication.
The second annual Scottish Festival at Old Orchard Beach drew a larger crowd from throughout New England--and beyond. Whether you chose to eat a meat pie and a Scotch egg, order a custom-made kilt, or compete in the heavy athletics expo, there was something for everyone... particularly fans of headline band Albannach.
The Friends of Evergreen Cemetery's annual Memorial Day parade through the Deering neighborhood of Portland and commemoration at the cemetery is steeped in historic traditions and symbolism--from the tiniest of flower girls dressed in white to decorate veterans' graves to the 101-year-old World War II veteran who laid the wreath.