Say hello to Traps Sunglasses || Sunglasses made from Maine lobster traps and sea plastic!

Courtesy of John Turner

Courtesy of John Turner

 

Sometimes you see a product that really makes you say, “wow, that s really impressive and cool.”  Personally as someone who appreciates new innovative items and how they are marketed I can say I’m very excited for this.  Traps Sunglasses come from John Turner, a young entrepreneur from Portland who already has tried his hand at the clothing industry with his first venture Louie and Clark.  In the early part of 2014 he decided he wanted to make more of a difference.  He introduced Traps.  He wanted to create quality eyewear from repurposed coastal materials from Maine.  The materials being old wooden lobster traps and sea plastic that would otherwise be hurting the environment.  Who doesn’t want to be fashionable while also helping the coastal environment?  But how good can glasses look made from these materials?  Good, very good.  Actually great.  

Currently, ‘Traps’ are in the developmental stage and are planning for a summer release.  The plan is to start a crowd funding campaign to help with the start up process of opening any new business in the month or so.  This is a unique product that people not just from Maine can appreciate.    

 

While this is happening John wants you to be involved.  Follow them on social media and give your feedback.  At least once a week there will be some sort of interactive question that allows you to voice your opinion on how you want these glasses to look and see the story from the very beginning!

Courtesy of John Turner

Courtesy of John Turner

 

 

 

Personally, I think this is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in years.  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they look phenomenal.  Head over to their website and check out what exactly ‘Traps’ is all about!

 

 

 

http://trapsunglasses.com/

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Enjoy your Thursday!

 

-KP

 

 

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Harvard Pilgrim 5k Challenge- June 27, 2014

Courtesy of www.harvardpilgrim5kmaine.com

Courtesy of www.harvardpilgrim5kmaine.com

 

Get ready for the new Harvard Pilgrim 5k Challenge on June 27!  The race will require you to have teams of 5 for this beautiful route.  Grab some co- workers or friends for the race!  (If you can’t find any takers individual participants will be welcomed as well!)

The out-and-back course starts at the end of marginal way on the bike path, then runs out to the East End beach to the turn around.

Times will be added together to find category winners!

After you have finished your run or walk stick around for some great local food, raffle give-aways and fun!

All proceeds go to support the Portland Police Activities League.

 

For more information on the 5k and to Register-  Click Here

For more information on the awards given- Click Here

 

 

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The Patriot 5K Road Race and Kids Run!- May 17, 2014

 

Courtesy of patriot5k.org

Courtesy of patriot5k.org

 

Dubbed as Maine’s fastest and richest 5k the Patriot 5k Road Race has seen many of the fastest 5k race times in the state set at the event.  This year because of The Liberty Family Foundation there will be a $1,000 prize bonus for the new state record as well as many other prizes!  There seem to be no official records kept so the good folks at the Patriot 5k did their homework and found the fastest times to be: 14:15:72 by Pat Tarpy in 2006 and 16:06:18 by Cathy O’brien in 1996!

New to the event this year is the under 10 age group to hep recognize younger athletes!  The under 10 athletes, 11-14, and 15-19 will receive recognition plaques!

Come out on May 17, 2014 to beautiful Gray and have some fun with the whole family.

To Register- https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=24768

To Volunteer- http://www.doitsports.com/volunteer2/jobs-by-date.tcl?event_id=214146

To donate to charity for the race- https://www.raceit.com/Fundraising/donate.aspx?event=24768

For any other information and FAQ’s- http://www.patriot5k.org/

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The Mallett Brothers Band to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd

Courtesy of Peter Jensen Bissell

Courtesy of Peter Jensen Bissell

 

 

It’s been a long journey for The Mallett Brothers Band.  The Portland based alt-country group features the two sons of famous folk singer Dave Mallett.  The group formed in the summer of 2010 and since then has toured and played consistently across the country.  Last summer the band opened up for Toby Keith in Bangor at the Waterfront Pavilion to thousands and the year before for 38 Special.  With three full length albums under the belt their band is ready to add another big notable accomplishment.  On June 15 , 2014 the band will head one state over to New Hampshire to open up for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion!

  

To purchase tickets and view packages Click Here

For more information on The Mallett Brothers Band Click Here

 

 

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North of Nashville live at Empire- April 19, 2014

Courtesy of Muddy RuckusNorth of Nashville returns to Portland for their last show on their spring tour on Aril 19th with special guests Muddy Ruckus and Forts/Gainsville!  

 

Saturday, April 19th, 9:00pm
The Empire
575 Congress Street, Portland, Me 04101
PH: (207) 747-5063
Tickets $10 available online: https://holdmyticket.com/checkout/event/166687
doors open at 8pm.

www.muddyruckus.com
www.northofnashville.org
www.portlandempire.com

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MAMM SLAM 2014 preliminary round this weekend!

MAMM Slam 2014The Maine Academy of Modern Music and the Portland Music Foundation are back this year with their yearly ‘MAMM Slam’- a battle of the bands for Maine high schools.  The winner of this year’s competition receives a nice prize of $1,000 compliments of The Rusty Rocket Foundation.  The winner will also get opportunities at some recording time, radio, and T.V. appearances.  This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to show their stuff and also for attendees to see the future of the great music scene here in Maine!  Check out MAMM Slam this Saturday!

The prelim round is this weekend March 29 at Bayside Bowl and the finals are May 10 at Asylum.

 

This event will be hosted by Holly Nunan of Newz by the Nunz and will feature a round of guest judges:

Ken Bell- Local Music Promoter

Kyle Poissonnier- Founder/Creative at Be The Katalyst

Kate Beever- Music Therapist and Maine Music and Health

Trevor Geiger-Director of Marketing/events at Dispacth Magazine

Cam Jones- Musician at Worried Well

Toby McAllister- Musician at Sparks the Rescue

 

Event Info-

Where: Bayside Bowl

When: 1:30pm

Price- $10 students/ $12 adults

 

Band Schedule:

1:30 Doors Open
1:50-2:10 Rupture The Fish
2:10-2:30 Fading Dawn
2:30-2:50 Metal Sideburns
2:50-3:10 Pretty Nice Weather
3:10-3:30 Guilty Bystander
3:30-3:50 InvAsian
3:50-4:10 Simple Burden
4:10-4:30 Sasha McClure
4:30-4:50 If You Insist
4:50-5:10 Cover One Eye
5:10-5:30 Alex Roy & Toby McAllister of Sparks The Rescue
5:30 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

 

For more information regarding the event contact: maineacademyofmodernmusicpr@gmail.com // 207-781-2598.

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The road to “The Road of Life.”

Courtesy of George Corsillo/Deisgn Monsters

 

I have said it many times and will always say it.  I appreciate and admire anyone who has an intense passion for what they do.  As much as lyricist Mark Chimsky and composer Jay Jacques were enthused, I was a bit scared because I’m not someone who has ever seen a musical live or many plays for that matter.  Jay is a local musician and Mark has edited a number of best sellers, including Johnny Cash’s memoir Cash, and now is an editorial consultant.  I was intimidated that I may be a bit out of my league in conducting this interview.  However, within five minutes ,we were all talking and laughing and I was being educated on “The Road of Life.”  The musical is set against the WWII era scene in the city of Leningrad.  The Nazis blockaded the Russian city for 900 days, essentially starving the population.  The story is centered around the real historical character of Olga Berggolts, thought the events depicted in the musical were all created by Mark and Jay.

Sitting across the table from me was Jay’s wife, Katrina, who he met while going to school in Latvia, and he explained that her grandfather was an actual survivor of this siege.  Immediately, the events of “The Road of Life” that Mark and Jay started to describe become real.  You feel for someone.  Jay explained that the idea happened for the musical quite out of the blue.  He had written a tune about his wife’s grandfather years ago but had filed it away.  In may 2013 Jay thought of that song again and thought that the subject of the siege may be a good one to explore theatrically.  He explained that he observed Mark’s bookshelves full of musical theatre books, and looked at Mark and said, “we should do a musical.”  They began working on it ernest after reading about the poet Olga Bolggolts.  By Janauary, Jay and Mark had enough of an outline and songs to present to a small group of friends.  They asked for honest feedback from the group and were pleased by the enthusiastic responses.  This was in May 2013.  In January in front of a small group of people Jay and Mark performed the musical and asked for honest feedback from the group.  Jay explained that one of the most memorable things that happened during this session was one friend that came from Germany expressed her gratitude to Jay for humanizing the character of the German soldier. ‘Gunther.’  Jay said, it was important for us to portray him as human and not this killing machine.”  Jay said the friend teared up a bit and Mark explained, “we knew this was valuable feedback and encouraged us to pursue our vision.”

I explained to Mark that I wanted to honestly know would someone like me be welcomed at this event and would any of my feedback be taken seriously having no experience or knowledge of this craft?  Mark said, “yes, you’d be a great person to have come!”  Me, Why?  Jay and Mark explained we want to ask people, “does this song making sense to you?”  ”Does this one move you?”  ”Are you enjoying yourself?”  ”What parts did you dislike or like the most?”  Jay went on to explain they are using more of a mainstream feel for the music, and were actively making this more friendly to more a wide range of people.  Immediately, we dove into the idea that people in 2014 want to be feel involved or like they had a hand in creating any product really.  We agreed that the idea of failing or correcting something needs to be more embraced in our society, and that asking for feedback on how to improve something is invaluable.   

This idea  for the musical, which started in May 2013, and was presented to a small group of people in January 2014, is now being presented again on Friday night of this week.  The people who saw it in January will see a different version now because of the feedback they gave Mark and Jay.  As with the first time, the audience that comes this Friday will be encouraged to voice their opinions.  The next step in their journey will will arrive in August, when Mark and Jay material from “The Road of Life” at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, New York  Both times with audience being encouraged to voice their opinions.    The journey will culminate in August at the Auburn Music Theatre Festival in New York.  The idea that these audiences they are presenting to can be a part of this finished product is an amazing thing, and something rare.  I told them that people will take pride in helping them put their best foot forward.

 

During the interview all I kept thinking was how Jay and Mark truly cared about giving the audience exactly what they wanted. and making the musical more enjoyable.  This pertains to anything I think where a product or performance is given to people.  Jay and I related to each other as being the guys who were given footballs and basketballs as kids and just went through High School and even college playing sports.  Mark explained that he probably went to hundreds of plays/musicals growing up and his first was ‘The Sound of Music,’ which he saw in Cincinnati, Ohio when he was 9.  Instantly he said, “I was hooked, and didn’t mind getting teased about listening to musical cast albums while other guys my age were playing sports.”  Jay said he was always into music very heavy and played in many bands but never really got into the idea of musicals into he met Mark.  This interview was more like a conversation between friends that all agreed on so much.

Although the history of the story that forms the backdrop for “The Road of Life” is of a tragic time, Mark explains, “we wanted to bring some light to this dark time and to show that love is extremely powerful.  Riding on top of all of this is a love story–it’s something that held people together then and will hopefully move audiences now.”

 

Jay told me that he and Mark had created 35 songs for the musical, and probably would keep 25 for the show’s final version.  Mark explained to me how he and Jay plotted the structure of the entire musical at the very beginning of their creative process and Jay described how songs can actually lead the way from scene to scene and how they can dictate everything from new plot twists to the creation of new characters.  Being a complete rookie to this, all my brain is being filled with information about this process that I didn’t expect.  I’m blown away by the sheer amount of work that goes into something like this.

My biggest takeaway through this conversation is, ironically, more about life than anything else: it’s about the passion and sincerity from these two about giving the best possible presentation they can.  On Friday they will run through the musical again in front of a much bigger audience and then open it up once again to feedback.  I know I will be there and am looking forward to being able to say maybe, just maybe I had some impact in how the final product ends up at the end of the summer in New York.  Passion is what separates good from great in any situation.  Mark and Jay will be just fine.

 

Take care everyone!

 

Kyle Poissonnier

 

**Mark Chimsky and Jay Jacques are looking for interested actors for a upcoming reading of the script.  For more information contact Mark directly at markchimsky@yahoo.com

 

Where and When:

Friday, March 28, 7pm at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue

FREE ADMISSION

 

 

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Tough Mudder coming to Westbrook!

Courtesy of toughmudder.com

Courtesy of toughmudder.com

 

Tough Mudder’s popular obstacle course is coming to Westbrook on August 23/24, 2014 and it’s being deemed as the “Great Northeast.”  Over the past few years this has really become a popular national event, and this is your opportunity to finally see what it’s all about!  Parts of the sunset ridge golf course in Westbrook have gone unused for years and mother nature has primed these for tough mudder competition.  Tough Mudder has worked close with Westbrook to push the course boundaries into some dense woods and snowmobile trails.  Don’t miss out on this!

Early registration starts now!  Click the link below to register, buy TM gear and find out conditions before the event.

Register online at: http://toughmudder.com/events/2014-the-great-northeast

 

 

Event Details:

Date: August 23/24, 2014

Courtesy of Toughmudder.com

Courtesy of Toughmudder.com

Sunset Ridge

771 Cumberland St

Westbrook, ME

Travel Time:

Portland- 10 Minutes

Augusta- 1 Hour

Manchester, NH- 1 Hour

Boston, Ma- 2 Hours

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TD Beach to Beacon 2014 registration starts tomorrow!

Courtesy of beachtobeacon.org

Courtesy of beachtobeacon.org

 

The registration process begins this week for the annual race starting this Thursday with Cape Elizabeth residents and general public on Friday.  On 7AM Thursday morning there will be 600 slots available for Cape residents and then 4,000 slots available on Friday morning for the general public at the same time.  The last opportunity for slots will take place from March 14-March 23 with a lottery of 1900 slots!

This is deemed as the “fastest five minutes in road racing.”  

This year’s race is projected to fill up at the fastest rate ever.  In 2013 the Cape resident slot filled up in only 9 minutes the general public was filled in a ridiculous time of under 5 minutes.  The fee is $45, good luck!  

 

Register online at http://www.beachtobeacon.org

Cape Residents Registration- Thursday March 13,- 7AM

General Public Registration- Friday, March 14- 7AM

Lottery- March 14-March 23.

 

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Bridal & Event Showcase- March 30, 2014

Bridal and Event Showcase

 

If you’re planning an special idea/event this is the perfect event for you!  Planning a wedding, bridal shower, anniversary party, or bar or bat mitzvah?  This is a unique opportunity for you to meet with multiple specialists for these events!

This is a great way to find everything you need for any of these events.  The event will feature information on: cakes, cater, florists, gift ideas, jewelry, music ideas, and more!

The event will take place March 30th, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at Captain’s Galley restaurant.

For more information visit the official Facebook for the event!

 

See you then!

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