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Portland New Years Eve Dining – Thanks to PortlandFoodMap.com

Reserved tablePortlandFoodMap.com has once again compiled a fairly comprehensive list of New Years Eve dining experiences in Portland, Maine, for those wishing to ring in the new year with great food.  You’ll see a number of multiple course dinners (Back Bay Grill, Hugo’s, Five Fifty Five, Vignola, and Zapoteca, just to name a few) as well as restaurants throwing their own party, like Eventide, which will feature dollar oysters, and Grace, which will have a late night event with a $10 cover charge which will go directly to the Good Shepard Food Bank.

For more information on New Years Eve dining in Portland, please visit our friends at PortlandFoodMap.com below;

http://www.portlandfoodmap.com/NYE/

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Portland New Years Eve 2013! Your guide to the best events, music, and more!

Rustic Overtones with Wild Adriatic and Sarah Hallie Richardson Live on New Years!

Rustic Overtones with Wild Adriatic and Sarah Hallie Richardson Live on New Years!

Portland, Maine is a city that is no stranger to having the ability to please many with it’s wide range of growing eclectic art, music, and food scenes.  This New Years Eve it’s no different.  We here at ILPM would love to spend weeks and weeks displaying every single event we possibly could think of for New Years Eve, but unfortunately, with so much to do we have selected our favorites!

Starting with the ever so strong Portland music scene, and Maine’s very own legendary Rustic Overtones!  The Overtones’ return to Port City Music Hall on New Years with special guests Wild Adriatic and Portland’s own Sara Hallie Richardson.  Ring in the New Year with Maine’s most legendary band as they release their 8th studio album “Let’s start a cult 2″ live at New Years.  A follow up to their 2012 release “Lets start a cult.”  To buy tickets in person head over to the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.  Available online at www.portcitymusichall.com.  The Port City Music Hall Box office will be open one hour before doors on the night of the show. You can also purchase Tickets Online and find more information at Event Info via Rustic Overtones Facebook. 

home_03Moving along to Grace, and their annual New Years Eve event!  This event encourages patrons to dress in their New Years Best. In 2009, the Chestnut Street Church, in downtown Portland, was reinvented as a sister restaurant to the successful Foreside Tavern, and so Grace was born, and years later it’s known for the breathtaking atmosphere and innovative cuisine!  Reservations are encouraged that night with some amazing dinner specials.  At 10pm, the venue will be converted for the annual New Years Eve Party with a DJ, festivities and midnight champagne toast.  $10 cover that will go directly to benefit the Good Shepard Food Bank!  Call  207-828-4422 to make Reservations or visit Grace Online

If New Years Eve Dining in Portland, Maine, is more your thing — then check out our Portland New Years Eve Dining post thanks to PortlandFoodMap.com

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Next up is Midnight Glitter at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, in the grand ballroom!  This is a black tie affair and it takes place in the beautiful Portland Marriott giving guests a few options of tickets and the ability to dance the night away to Bob Charest Band and DJ Brian Zutter!

6:30-7:30 is the events Cocktail Hour, 7:30-9:00pm Dinner, 9pm-1:00 am dancing to Bob Charest and DJ Brian Zutter!  The event features an Ultimate Party ticket, an Ultimate Dance Lover’s ticket, and the ability to have all three and spend the night at the beautiful Sable Oaks Marriott.

For more information and to purchase tickets: Marriott New Year Eve Hotline- 207-347-6974 or in Person at the Sable Oaks Marriott or Bob Charest Band-  http://www.bobcharestband.com or contact cindy@bobcharestmusic.com

Finally, 3rd Annual Old Port All Access Party Pass!  If your goal on New Years Eve is to keep the party going in many different places then this is the perfect pass for you!  The pass $30 and $65 if you want to skip all the lines for the following party venues:

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Why spend the night at one venue when you can experience four to ring in the New Year?!

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Have a different venue, event, or great place to spend New Years Eve?  Let us know!  We would love to hear from you.  These are some of our favorites, and if you have any questions please contact us!

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Merry Madness – Downtown Portland Thursday, December 12 (5-10pm)

Shop Til Your Drop, finish up that last minute holiday shopping, and support our local businesses as participating stores in Downtown Portland stay open until 10pm on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The night will kickoff at 5pm in front of Portland’s Regency Hotel off Market Street with food from Love Cupcakes, Leonardo’s Pizza, RiRa, Others!, White Cap Grille, Fit to Eat, and Buck’s Naked BBQ, as well as raffles and music to get you energized for an evening of fun and shopping throughout the downtown and Portland’s Old Port. Sebago Brewing Company will be offering a signature beer mug with a taste of their Slick Nick Ale.

Here is a look at the participating businesses:

Arcana – Aristelle – Asia West – Cabot Farmers’ Annex – Carla’s – Casco Bay Artisans – Coast Maine Popcorn – Cool As A Moose – Country Noel – CS Boutique – d.cole Jewelers – Designs by CC – Dobra Tea – Edgecomb Potters – Fit to Eat – Folia, Fore River Gallery – Gritty McDuff’s – Haberdashery – Resale Clothing Co. – Harbor View Gifts – justkim – LeRoux Kitchen – Liberty Graphics – Life is Good – Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine – Longfellow Books – Lovell Designs – Lovely Things – lululemon athletica – Maine Potters Market – Maine Surfers Union – Mainely Frames & Gallery – Market Street Eats – Maxwell’s Pottery – Mexicali Blues – Midnight Boutique Lingerie II – Minott’s Flowers – Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – Nomads – Old Port Candy Co. – Old Port Card Works – Old Port Wine – Ollo Hair Salon – Others! – PacaNaturals – Pinecone+Chickadee – Portmanteau – RiRa – Se Vende Imports – Sebago Brewing Company – Something’s Fishy – Tavecchia – The Black Dog – The Fish & Bone – The Leather Exchange – The Merchant Company – The Mind Gift Shop – Vena’s Fizz House – Videoport – Waterlilly – White Cap Grille – Zane.

 

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Portland area – Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

christmas-tree‘Tis The Season! I’ve been asked quite a few times in the past two weeks about where to go for cutting your own Christmas Tree as friends look to return to the annual tradition they experienced with their families of locating their own tree and making it a family event to decorate their home and share the holiday spirit. Thankfully, there are a number of Christmas tree farms in the Greater Portland area for you to take your loved ones and enjoy the trek to find that perfect tree for your home.

So here you go with our list of Christmas Tree Farms and we welcome any additions you might be able to add so we can continue to support our local businesses and economy. Of course there are local establishments like O’Donals Nursery in Gorham, Maine that have pre-cut Maine grown trees for you to purchase as well.

Maine Christmas Tree Farms – Here is a sampling of the locations -Please do call ahead to ensure they are still open and have what you’re looking for in a tree

Rice Tree Farm – 192 Bowie Hill Road, Durham, ME 04222. Phone: 207-926-3622. Alternate Phone: 207-212-3621.

Balsam Ridge Christmas Tree Farm – 140 Egypt Road, Raymond, ME 04071. Phone: 207-655-4474.

Beech Ridge Farm – 193 Beech Ridge Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. Phone: 207-839-4098

Cheechako choose & cut Christmas tree farm – 1581 Long Plains Rd, Buxton, ME 04093. Phone: 207-929-3961.

Staples Christmas Tree Farm – Christmas Tree Way, Windham, ME 04062. Phone: 207-892-7231

Finney’s Christmas Tree Farm – 15 Shortill Farms Road, Buxton, ME 04093. Phone: 207-749-8118

Gammon’s Garden Center – 2832 Turner Road, Auburn, ME 04210. Phone: 207-783-6986

For more information please visit the following websites:
- PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org
- Maine Christmas Tree Association

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BoodleUP, a Rewarding app released by Portland-based group

BoodleUPPortland-based Zylo Media combines promotional advertising (pure promotion, discounts & deals) with simple game mechanics to create a patented new technology that is all about connecting businesses with consumers in a way that’s fun – interesting – rewarding – and engaged.  It’s called BoodleUP – and it’s where the rate of win is high!
Go to www.BoodleUP.com or download the BoodleUP app for iOS or Android (phones and tablets) to play.  BoodleUP is always free to play.  Once you’ve created your account you can choose from two different games to win great offers from great businesses!  Players win an offer, on average, once per minute.  At each win – you are asked if you want to:
  • Accept the offer you’ve won – and if you do, you’ll be “locked out” from accepting another offer for a period of time, or
  • Decline the offer — and keep playing to see what else you’ll win!
BoodleUP is all about player choice. It’s self-selected sampling – where the consumer is in the drivers’ seat!
For more information please visit additional press on this wonderful application and idea:

You can also follow them via social media on Twitter @BoodleUP and on their Facebook page.

 

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Biking in Portland, Maine – Where to begin?

ScenicMaineCycling-1Biking in Portland, Maine – Where to begin?

There’s more than one bike friendly Portland in the United States! One of the advantages of Southern Maine is the number of trails and roads that are available for cyclists.  If you’re looking to ride in Maine, here is some must know info to get you started.

First things first, be sure you’re aware of Maine’s cycling laws. It’s your responsibility to know and follow the rules of the road. Always wear a helmet and be sure you’re visible to all cars and pedestrians. Portland has a lot of trails that are shared with runners, so a bell is a great way to let people know when you’re passing.

There are many great bike shops to choose from, so be sure to check them all out and pick the one that best suits your style.  (ProTip: Once you find the one you like, bring them a 6-pack of delicious Maine beer when you drop off your bike for a tune up. They won’t forget.) Many shops offer group rides for cyclists of all abilities, which is a great way to meet like-minded people and not feel self-conscious about your skill level.  If you’re looking for trails, asking your local shop is a great idea. You should also check out trails.org. The Portland based site is a great resource for people looking to explore the area, on foot, as well as by bike.

There are several clubs and organizations dedicated to all aspects of biking. Mountain bikers will want to check out Greater Portland NEMBA for information on the latest trail building efforts, places to ride, races, and group rides. For general Maine biking news, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the place to be. These groups have active Facebook pages and offer information year round.

Here’s a list of four great rides to get you started in the Portland area!

The Back Bay

Difficulty: Easy

Distance 3.1 miles

Where to begin: Across the street from Forest Ave Hannaford.

Greenbelt Walkway

Difficulty: Easy

Distance 5.7 Miles

Where to begin: You can access the Greenbelt from many places. Starting at the East End Beach, head across the Casco Bay Bridge and continue all the way to Bug Light.

Baxter Woods/Evergreen Cemetery

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 2-4 miles

Where to begin: Access the 30 Acre Baxter Woods Preserve on Forest Ave. Once you’ve ridden it, you’ll be on Stevens Ave. Cross the street and explore Maine’s second largest cemetery.

Presumpscot Falls (MTB Only)

Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 2-4 miles.

Where to begin: These trails are a great place to mountain bike, and there is a parking area located on both ends of the trail if you don’t want to double back. Access the trail on Summit Street or head out towards West Falmouth and park in the designated area on Route 100/26. It’s just before a large bridge that crosses the river. If you get to Hannaford you’ve gone too far.

 

About the Author: When he’s not working at a Maine marketing firm, Erich Pobatschnig spends far too much of his free time cycling and mountain biking the many roads and trails of New England.

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Maine Suitcase Party – Portland, Maine September 27, 2013

SuitcasePack your bags…bring your dancing shoes, and come join Keller Williams Realty at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) on Friday evening, September 27, 2013 for the pinnacle of all parties, The Maine Suitcase Party. a spectacular fundraising event to support a wonderful cause, Camp Sunshine, a Maine camp that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families – the only one of its kind in the country.

The 2nd Annual event begins at 7pm with all guests arriving at the Maine Aviation Hangar and down the red carpet to enjoy an evening of cocktails, food, dancing, live music from Tickle, and a silent auction. At approximately 9pm a Grand Prize winner and their guest will board a private jet thanks to Maine Aviation and depart for New York City for an awesome weekend in the Big Apple before returning home to Portland b0y private jet again on Sunday.

Maine Suitcase Party guests who are not fortunate to win the NYC trip will have the chance to win getaways to luxurious regional resorts and hotels and will be driven by limousine from the Jetport to those destinations immediately following the event which ends at 11pm. We understand there will be some celebrity guests in attendance…stay tuned for details.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Maine Suitcase Party please visit - Maine Suitcase Party Tickets

Keller Williams Realty is very honored to have such wonderful sponsors – Maine Aviation Corporation, Migis Hotels, Residential Mortgage Services, Portland International Jetport, MaineBiz, and BonTon.

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HOOD Heads to Portland’s Monuement Square with New HOOD Harvey Bars

VanillaCrispHood will be providing FREE samples of its newest ice cream novelty, Hood Harvey Bars, to families and guests around Monument Square in celebration of the product’s recent launch and the summer season. Decorated Pedicab drivers will be positioned throughout the area, handing out the pre-packaged treat for on-the-go enjoyment in a variety of flavors: Vanilla, Vanilla Crisp and Cookies n’ Cream.

Are you interested in attending the event? There will be great visuals like bowtie-wearing Pedicab drivers distributing free Hood Harvey Bars and coupons alongside families celebrating the ice cream season.

 

WHAT:

Introduced in the spring of 2013, the Hood Harvey Bar is a delicious Hood ice cream dressed up in a rich chocolate coat. The name “Harvey” is a tribute to HP Hood’s founder, Harvey Perley Hood.

WHERE:              

1 Monument Square, Old Port, Portland, ME

WHEN:

July 23: beginning at 11:00 am,  July 24: beginning at 11:00 am, July 25: beginning at 3:00 pm

 

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Alive at Five Concert Series 2013 – Kicks off Thursday, July 11

The Alive at Five Concert Series in Portland kicks off Thursday, July 11 at 5pm with The Kenya Hall Band and Model Airplane entertaining music fans in Portland’s Monument Square. Each Thursday starting July 11 and going through August 8th from 5-730pm, the downtown will experience free music and ever-popular beer garden brought to you by Shipyard Brewing Company and Portland Pie Company.

According to Portland’s Downtown District, the line up for the Alive at Five Concert Series this summer is as follows:

July 11

The Kenya Hall Band (soul/funk)

Model Airplane (Soul)

July 18

Beware of Pedestrians-MAMM SLAM winners

Old Soul (Folk)

Amy Allen

July 25

ShaShaSha (Indie)

The Other Bones (Electric Soul)

Aug 1

North of Nashville (Country)

Ghost of Paul Revere (Roots)

Aug 8

Jeff Beam’s Loudspeaker Wallpaper (Rock)

Sara Hallie Richardson (Indie)

Arc of Sky

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Craft Beer Comes to Maine State Pier – Saturday, July 13

Photo courtesy of kinkycurlycoilyme.com

Photo courtesy of kinkycurlycoilyme.com

The 3rd Annual fundraiser for the Maine Brewers Guild is set for Saturday, July 13 at the Maine State Pier overlooking the gorgeous Casco Bay.  Come visit with founders, brewers, owners, and craft beer enthusiasts all while enjoying Maine’s finest craft beers. This is a 21+ event from 1-4pm, with a VIP experience beginning at 12pm. Purchase your tickets via Brown Paper Tickets in advance.

100% of the proceeds go to funding the Maine Brewers Guild initiatives to promote Maine’s brewing industry.  There will also be a silent auction with prizes including private tours and tastings, “brewer-for-a-day” experiences, and much more!

There are currently 24 participating breweries with more than 85 different beer selections including: Allagash Brewing Co, Andrew’s Brewing Co, Atlantic Brewing Co, Baxter Brewing Co, Black Bear Brewery, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Bunker Brewing Co, Captain Dick’s, D.L. Geary Brewing Co, Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, Funky Bow Brewery, Gritty McDuff’s, In’Finiti Fermentation & Distillation, Kennebec River Brewery, Maine Beer Company, Marshall Wharf Brewing, Oxbow Brewing Co, Penobscot Bay Brewery, Rising Tide Brewing Co, Run of the Mill, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Sebago Brewing Co, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co, Shipyard Brewing Co, and special guest Victory Brewing Company

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