Perfect weather and a sold-out crowd came together at the fourth annual Street Eats & Beats at Thompson's Point in Portland on May 20. Dozens of food trucks, beer and drink vendors, lawn games and live music made for the ultimate 21+ lawn party. (Notes for next year: Buy tickets early, and wear sunscreen.)
Crossroads, a provider of addiction and behavioral health treatment services, honored several medical, community and business supporters during its fourth annual awards breakfast May 17 at Clarion Hotel Airport. Honorees included Portland Chief of Police Michael Sauschuck; needle exchange workers Zoe Odlin-Platz and Liz Garnatz; Dr. Michael E. Kelley of St. Mary's Hospital; Nurse Practitioner Alane O'Connor of Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice in Waterville; and Coffee by Design owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear. For information about Crossroads: www.crossroadsme.org/
Six teenage music acts competed in the 2017 Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) Slam Finals at Empire in Portland on May 13. The field included MaineToday Wildcard Winners Spacehaven, The Rubber Band, The Asthmatic, Liam Swift, Yard Sail and Mikayla Gallows. The grand prize, including a recording contract and MECA scholarship, went to girl band Yard Sail: Emma Ivy, Skyler Cummings, Eve and Zoe Gagne and Emse Howland.
Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party drew history buffs to the historic State Theatre in Portland on May 12. The Maine Historical Society fundraiser capped off with the big reveal of sites included in the city-wide Magical History Tour on May 13.
The sixth annual Easterseals Toast on the Coast was an evening of fine wine and gourmet food at Portland's Ocean Gateway. But, more than just an opportunity to sip and sample, Toast on the Coast was a fundraiser for Veterans Count Maine. A program of Easterseals of Maine, Veterans Count helps Maine veterans find housing, employment and needed services. For more information: www.vetscount.org/maine
A dozen awards were given to athletes from across Maine at the Varsity Maine Awards--#VMEA17--at the University of Southern Maine on May 2. Dozens of nominees were honored at a high-energy celebration and swag bags from Olympia Sports. The winning athletes, teams, coaches and fans going home with custom Winterstick snowboards. "Male Athlete of the Year" went to Austin Lufkin of Brewer High School for his achievements in football and track, while "Female Athlete of the Year" went to Lily Posternak of York High School for her achievements in field hockey and basketball.
The inaugural UNITED We Thrive luncheon at the Westin Portland Harborview April 28 honored some of the United Way of Greater Portland's most devoted supporters: organizations and individuals, volunteers and donors. Honorees included individuals Chris Emmons, Sara Ewing-Merrill and David Smith as well as Gorham Savings Bank, L.L. Bean, Unum, Baker Newman Noyes, Horizon Solutions, Dead River Company and Freeport Community Services.
The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine hosted a Patriots Day Race for the Kids that was "all new" despite it being its 88th year. The 5-miler course route was new, starting at Ocean Gateway and ending at the Boys and Girls Club. And there was a 5K as well for the first time, with the same start and end points but in a more direct route. In all, 390 registered for the annual fundraiser (60 more people than last year).