The Weekend Guide June 9th-11th, 2017

The Weekend Guide: Old Port Festival Edition! June 9th, 10th and mostly June 11, 2017!

Friday and Saturday are filled with music, foods and family events so please get out there and have fun because it looks like we will finally have a weekend long voyage of good weather. A big event for Friday is Square Hop and Saturday will be Shop for a Cause but for this Weekend Guide we will focus on a very anticipated yearly tradition here in the Old Port on Sunday June 11th, the one and only 44th annual Old Port Festival!

The family friendly festival takes over the heart of Portland from Congress to Commercial Street including Wharf Street, Dana Street, Moulton Street, Milk Street, Silver Street and Union Street from 6am to 6pm with a high spirited and colorful 11am parade to begin the day at the corner of Federal and Exchange! [Read more…]

Designer Angela Adams Finds New Home in Portland Old Port

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Portland-based designer Angela Adams has been an icon in the home goods world for some time. Originally from the island of North Haven, Angela relocated to Portland in the 1990s and along with her husband Sherwood Hamill, opened her eponymous storefront on Congress Street in 1998, at the base of Munjoy Hill. [Read more…]

Portland House of Music and Events Brings Nightlife to the Business District

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Ken Bell, a long-time supporter of local Maine musicians is back with a new nightclub, Portland House of Music and Events (HOME), scheduled to open Friday, June 12. Bell, who formerly ran the Big Easy for eight years, has been looking for a way to get back in the local music scene since the Big Easy closed in 2013. He found it last summer when he passed by the storefront formerly occupied by Minott’s Flowers. [Read more…]

The Weekend Guide: June 4th-7th

The Weekend Guide June 4 to 7

80s rock n’ roll, First Friday, the Rustic Overtones, and the start of the Portland Summer Films Series – there’s a lot going down in the Old Port this weekend.

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The Weekend Guide: May 15th-17th

The Weekend Guide May 15th-17th

Here are three cool things to do this weekend in Portland.

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The Weekend Guide: April 30th-May 3rd

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Fashion shows, horse races, First Friday – there’s a lot going down in Portland this weekend.

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The Weekend Guide: April 23rd-26th

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If you’re in the mood for live music, drinking beer, art gazing, or a chef-off, check out our guide for what to do this weekend in Portland.  [Read more…]

The Weekend Guide: April 3rd – 5th

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The bar at Sur Lie 450

photo by Ryan Brownewell

If you want to get an early start on your weekend, tapas bar Sur Lie is hosting a wine tasting on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes a tasting of 6 wines, along with some light bites. Bottles of wine will also be 20% off! Sur Lie is located at 11 Free Street.

First Friday Art Walk will be Friday, April 3. As always, the self-guided tour of Portland’s vibrant art scene runs 5-8pm.  You can view the details of the exhibits and participating venues here. Some highlights this month include Art in Our Yard at the Portland Public Library on Congress Street, Australian Art at Roux & Cyr Gallery at 48 Free Street, and photographic exhibit People and Places at Dock Fore at 366 Fore Street.

A gallery at First Friday Art Walk 450

photo by Creative Portland

Sometimes there is nothing like a good old-fashioned pillow fight to lighten the mood and help shake off the lingering winter doldrums. On Saturday, April 4, at 3 p.m., Portland will hold its 3rd Annual Pillow Fight Day at Monument Square. This day of lighthearted fun is celebrated in over 100 cities across the world. The rules are simple – show up with a pillow, wait for the signal, and then…pillow fight! The organizers just ask that you use soft pillows, swing lightly, don’t go after non-pillow combatants, and don’t wear your glasses while engaging in pillow warfare. This event is all ages and while you can wear whatever you want (pajamas are often a popular choice), the organizers will be offering a $100 prize for best costume this year. The theme is spring/Easter, so get creative and channel your inner chick, bunny, or whatever makes you think spring, grab your softest pillow, and make your way to Monument Square. (Photo below by Dispatch Magazine.)Last year's Pillow Fight Day 450

 

 

Old Port Art Walk!

First Fridays are the time for artists in the streets, dancers in the squares, and crowds of revelers. The Arts District gets most of the attention, but there’s great art being shown everywhere in Portland.Once you’ve fought through the crowds lining Congress Street head down to the Old Port for a few more out-of-the-way galleries also celebrating the arrival of June.

Photograph by Sean Alonso Harris On display at Susan Maasch Fine Art June 6, 2014

Photograph by Sean Alonso Harris
On display at Susan Maasch Fine Art June 6, 2014

In City Center, across from MJs Wine Bar you’ll find Susan Maasch Fine Art (4 City Center). On Friday the gallery will open 2 Solo Exhibitions, a colorful collection of abstraction set next to some spectacular black and white photography. This small but welcoming space consistently offers beautiful and interesting artwork, definitely worth a monthly visit.

Move on a couple blocks, scoot up Exchange Street and take a peek at Aucocisco (89 Exchange St), one of the premiere contemporary galleries in Portland. At the moment they are showing some great wood relief sculptures of different animals that look like Bernard Langlais in the intimate gallery space, nestled around a beautiful (retired) brick fireplace.

From there head down Middle Street and stop in at Casco Bay Artisans (63 Market St) for great local art. Accomplished violist Julia Eiten will perform with her peers for visitors from 6-8. Her husband Jonathan Eiten’s lovely still lifes have recently been added to the gallery walls amidst a truly diverse collection of paintings, jewelry and sculpture by Maine artists.

Fish Market by George Anderson

Fish Market by George Anderson

After enjoying the music run back down to Exchange street for a look at the brand-new As 1 Gallery (24 Exchange St). Featuring a variety of local art and crafts, As 1 brings the gallery presence even further into the Old Port, giving some new local flavor.

Finish your Old Port art experience close to Commercial Street, where George Anderson Gallery (342 Fore St) serves as a studio gallery for accomplished New England artist George Anderson. A rotating selection of his colorful acrylics graces the walls, the floor, and framed and unframed prints are for sale in one corner of the space.

Finish your evening on the water at any one of the great restaurants with outside seating, and your First Friday can end on the ocean!

 

 

 

Portland Artist in the Wings: Sarah Perea-Kane

I’m going to show you five works of art you by a Portland artist you might not have seen before!

Sarah Perea-Kane has been an artist from finger-painting to her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to Portland on a whim after graduating in 2012 and is unlikely to leave anytime soon. Sarah’s work is an astoundingly candid testament to the life of a young Portlander; she delves into everyday imagery for layers of comfort, grief and everything in between.  [Read more…]