Get Air Portland – Trampoline Park set to Open Friday, October 10

Get Air Portland, a trampoline park offering another indoor activity for young and old in Portland, Maine, is set to open Friday, October 10, at their 25,000 square foot warehouse space located at 921 Riverside Street, Portland.

Get Air Trampoline Park - Portland, Maine

Get Air Trampoline Park – Portland, Maine

The concept has caught on well in other locations around the country, with the warehouse set up with both trampoline dodgeball and basketball areas, along with wall to wall trampolines with various obstacles and such for children to play or their parents to be young at heart.

Guests sign a waiver and begin the fun of bouncing around right away. Get Air Portland will offer birthday party reservations and standard party bookings with the ability to add food to the event.

Definitely something different to do in Portland, and we also hear it’s a heck of a calorie burning exercise!

 

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The Trey Anastasio Band to play State Theatre – Tickets onsale October 17 at 10am

49-atlgThe Trey Anastasio Band will perform at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on December 7, 2014 at 6:30pm (door open) and show begins 7:30pm. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10am.

Tickets for the show are $42.50 and there is a 4 ticket limit for this all ages show. You can visit Ticketmaster to order your Trey Anastasio tickets here.

Buy tickets online at the link above, in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The State Theatre Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show.

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Portland, Maine Named America’s Best Minor League Baseball Town

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Portland, Maine was named America’s best minor league baseball town by the SmartAsset blog. The blog did a study that took each town in America that had a minor league baseball team and based the towns on:

  1. Violent Crime per 100,000 Residents
  2. Property Crime per 100,000 Residents
  3. Disposable Income – The difference between average income and the average monthly rent for a two bedroom apartment.
  4. Unemployment Rate
  5. Dining & Entertainment Establishments per 100,000 Residents 

As well as

  1. Team Win Percentage – Determined by each team’s performance during the 2014 regular season.
  2. Stadium Experience – A ranking of every minor league ballpark, courtesy of StadiumJourney.com, who attended a game at every single minor league stadium.
  3. Minor League Class – A measure from 0-50 based on the level of competition: Triple-A teams receive a 0, Double-A teams a 10, Class A Advanced a 20, and so on.

After coming off of one of the Sea Dogs best seasons in years the fans of the Portland Sea Dogs are riding high. The Sea Dogs posted a regular season record of 88-54, good enough to win the Eastern League’s Eastern Division by five games, with over half of those wins coming in at home. And just as the team dominated on the diamond in 2014, the town has flourished in recent years as well. Portland, Maine boasts the 16th highest disposable income of the minor league towns that were examined, and the 15th lowest unemployment rate. With a Quality of Life Score of 97.47 and a Team Score of 99.37, Portland is the only city on the list to rank in the top 10 in both categories.

For more information visit the SmartAsset Blog.

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Bramhall Pub Opens in Portland

If you had ever been to the old Bramhall in Portland, Maine, you may remember the pool tables and dart boards, well those are gone. But the brick walls, stained glass windows of the Bramhall Pub are still there. The old sign still stands outside, showing the way to the stairs leading down to the grotto-like space, which has the feel of a secret find here in Portland.

The bar now had 12 stools and is on your left when you first walk in. Behind the bar you will find a piece of old slate, that serves as a specials board. You will also find vintage claw-foot bathtubs are filled with ice to chill beer and wine. There are also 14 more seats at tables as well. Jerks of Grass will play for the opening on tonight,  just as they did every Thursday at the old Bramhall. Happy Hour will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees of Maine Medical Center can show their IDs for extended Happy Hour prices. Bramhall Pub opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Beginning on Oct 10 it will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. daily.

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Binga’s Stadium and Shipyard Present: Pumpkin Bash 2014!

Bingas/Shipyard Pumpkin Bash 2014

Bingas/Shipyard Pumpkin Bash 2014

Halloween is getting closer!  Actually too close for some of us who are already missing summer.  Binga’s Stadium and Shipyard are teaming up this year to put on the BIGGEST halloween party in all of Portland!

Well, what makes this party so huge you ask?  Two local favorites Kilcollins and Hello Newman will be performing on the same night, all shipyard brews will be $4 and there will be a $1,000 costume contest winner prize!

Pre-sale tickets on sale now for only $5 online at

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/878458

The night of tickets will be just $10 at the door!

More information as event gets closer, don’t miss out on Portland’s biggest Halloween party!

 

http://www.bingasstadium.com

 

 

 

 

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Maine Brew Bus – The Mix and Mash Tours – Portland

Wine, spirits, and beer?  Turns out Portland, Maine really does have it all. Find out how three of Portland’s unique venues are mixing it up this fall!

1531544_601447286607615_675553392617356248_nFirst you are picked up by the Maine Brew Bus on Commercial Street in Portland. Once aboard the bus and you will head to your first stop, the  Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery. The company, which has been producing award-winning fruit wines at its farm in Union since 2005, opened a beautiful tasting room in Portland’s Old Port in 2013. You will sample from its extensive list of offerings while learning more about the local ingredients used to craft Maine flavors.

Next you will be introduced  to some fermented products that have been distilled. Maine Craft Distilling, which bills itself as a “farm-to-flask” operation, produces everything from rum to gin, and you’ll sip some of each while learning what separates the distillation process from the fermentation process.rising-tide-brewing-company-logo

Your final stop is Rising Tide Brewing Co. The loyal following of locals speaks to the young company’s community engagement as well as to the quality of the beer. You will make your way through the thirsty crowd and taste samples that you will enjoy while learning about the largest brewery in Portland’s booming East Bayside neighborhood.

At the conclusion of the Monday Mix and Mash tour, you will be dropped back off by the Maine Brew Bus on Commercial Street. 

Cost $45 per person
Every Monday 10:45am- 1:30pm
Click for more about this business
207-200-9111
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Commercial St
Portland, ME, ME, 04101
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An Interview With Mark Chimsky

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Mark Chimsky is an editorial consultant based in Portland, Maine. For nearly six years he was the editor in chief of the book division of Sellers Publishing.  Previously, he was the head of top publishing imprints at Harper San Francisco, Little, Brown, and Macmillan.  In addition, he was on the faculty of New York University’s Center for Publishing and recently taught at Emerson College in Boston.  Mark edited Johnny Cash’s best-selling memoir, Cash, and developed and edited the award-winning Creating a Life You’ll Love and 65 Things to Do When You Retire, named by The Wall Street Journalas  “[one] of the year’s best guides to later life.”  Along with Jay Jacques, Mark is the co-author of the original new musical, “The Road of Life.”

 

Where is your favorite place to eat in Portland?

“For a night out with friends, I enjoy going to Boda (671 Congress St.) — their Grill Bar appetizer of bacon-wrapped dates on skewers is out of this world!  On lazy Sundays, BreaLu Cafe (428 Forest Ave.) is my go-to place for brunch.

 Where is your favorite place to hang out in Portland?
“The Eastern Prom Longfellow Books (1 Monument Way), Crescent Beach, Bull Moose (151 Middle St.), going to see the Portland Symphony Orchestra…did you ask for just one place??”
What is the best part of your job?
“As an editorial consultant, the best part of my job is helping authors get their book projects ‘ready for prime time.’ I find it exciting to work with talented authors so they are able to express their ideas as effectively as possible.  After having been in the publishing world for more than 30 years, I’m happy to share some of the secrets of how to create a publishable manuscript or marketable book proposal.”  Mark Chimsky Editorial Services Unlimited | The Premier Source for Writers
Why do you love Portland?
“I love Portland for the wonderful community I’ve found here.  I’m co-authoring a new musical, “The Road of Life,” with local composer Jay Jacques, and we’ve received incredible support for this project from so many people here.  Jay and I presented an early preview of the storyline and songs last March to an audience of 80 people in Portland and we were thrilled by the positive feedback.  We recently had our first staged reading to a sold-out audience at the Granite Theatre in Westerly, R.I., and in the past few months we’ve done an enormous amount of revision to the show, including adding lots of new songs.  On Friday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m., we will present an update of the musical at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church ( 524 Allen Ave.), so people can hear our new material — and let us know what they think of it.  We love inviting a local audience to join us in the process of developing this original musical.  This free event will coincide with the launch of our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise money to record a high-quality, professional demo CD with local musicians, singers, and sound engineers so we can shop our musical to Broadway producers!” http://roadoflifethemusical.com/
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UBER ARRIVES IN PORTLAND, MAINE!

 

Uber is in Portland Maine, and in action! Uber is a company based out of California and what this company does is unbelievable! Everyone knows how expensive cabs can be, while Uber can often be half the price, if not even cheaper! All you have to do to get an Uber driver to pick yoimgresu up anywhere within Greater Portland (or areas where Uber services) is just download the app, type in where you are, and where you want to go and an Uber driver that is closest to you will pick you up. But you don’t need to sit there and stare at your phone while you wait for Uber to find the closest one to you. When Uber has found someone close to you they will text you!

And the best part is that you can choose what size vehicle you need. You can choose the Uberx that are everyday cars that normal people drive everyday. You can reserve your own private driver and car on demand, and there are SUVs for those times when you have about 7-10 people with you, as well as luxury cars available if you want to ride in absolute style.

Now if you’re saying “Oh this sounds awesome but how do I pay for it?” well all you have to do in the Uber app is add a credit card you want to use and once you are picked up and have arrived at your destination you are then charged. So no cash needed. Let’s say you want to split your fare with someone, how can you do that? Well all you have to do is invite your friends on the Uber app to split the fare with you and each persons credit card will be charged equally!  No paper involved, your receipt is sent right to your email.imgres-1

If you are now wondering who are these people that are picking me up? I must say I said that same thing the first time I used Uber in Boston. I thought well how do I know that the people I am getting in a car with aren’t going to steal me? Well Uber has thought this whole process out, and the company does a thorough background check of every driver before they allow them to become a driver with Uber.

After experiencing Uber, I can honestly say that it was a safe, fun, inexpensive, and convenient experience and I would continue to utilize the service and app.

With the roll out of the new service in Portland, Maine, your first five rides in Portland are FREE thru October 16, 2014, which includes existing users!

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Brea Lu Cafe – Great for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch…

portland-press-herald_3599419If you are in the market for a great place to not only have lunch but breakfast then you have to check out Brea Lu’ Cafe. This is the type of place that is the perfect example of a mom- pop kind of place. Not only do you want large portions when you go out to eat but you want to feel like you are in a place that has style, class, and mouthwatering food. Well this is that place! The portions are huge and it tastes even better! There is art hanging on the walls and it has a nice down home family feel to it. Not only is the food to die for it is very inexpensive, and let me tell you, you get what you pay for.

Brea Lu’ Cafe has something to offer to everyone, whether you like your eggs scrambled or poached, they have it all. Not only do they have stIMG_3348acks of pancakes for breakfast, they have a huge variety of sandwiches, burgers, and chili for lunch. The best part about ordering a sandwich, it doesn’t come with your classic fries, it comes with HUGE home fries! So I must say Brea Lu’ Cafe has got it right!

– Jordan Stolt

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Congress Street, Portland, Maine – Named One of Ten Greatest Streets in America

June+2012+Portland+Maine+Congress+Street+Night+View+Winslow+Lofts+by+Corey+Templeton_edited-1  The American Planning Association came out with a list today of Americas top ten streets  and Congress Street here in Portland, Maine, was named number five!

Every October APA comes out with 30 of Americas exemplary streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods that add some sort of value to the local community.

The biggest reason that Congress Street was selected was for its evolution over the years. Congress Street dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War and there are architectural styles from the 18th thru the 21st century. Monument Square was highlighted as one of the most popular areas on the street.

 

 

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