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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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Portland July 4th, 2013 Stars and Stripes Spectacular to feature Don MacLean

Courtesy of the City of Portland

The annual 4th of July celebration, “The Stars and Stripes Spectacular”, will be held at the Eastern Promenade Park and will feature a free Patriotic Pops concert with Special Guest Artist Don McLean who will perform with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. This year the Patriotic Pops concert will have a Lincoln theme in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation. As part of the day of festivities the Maine Historical Society will present a reading of the Declaration of Independence by former State Representative Herb Adams and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. The readings will take place at noon in front of the Longfellow House at 489 Congress Street.

The Patriotic Pops concert, presented by Bangor Savings Bank, is scheduled to begin at 7:40 PM and will be broadcast live on WHOM 94.9PM. The concert will run throughout the fireworks display which will begin at approximately 9:20 PM. Visit july4thportland.org for the most up to date information or call the city’s hotline at (207) 756-8130.

July 4th Portland’s “Stars and Stripes Spectacular” is entirely privately funded. Support from Founding Sponsors, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Quirk Chevrolet, WEX and the Maine Red Claws make it possible every year. Additional support for this year’s event is provided by The Presenting Sponsor for the Patriotic Pops Concert, Bangor Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors – Unum and Cross Insurance; Silver Sponsors – Woodard & Curran, Famous Dave’s BBQ, and Cumulus Broadcasting. This year’s July 4th Portland is hoping to engage the public through a text to donate campaign. Anyone who has enjoyed the “Stars and Stripes Spectacular” in the past and wants to keep this Maine tradition alive can donate what they can by texting JULY4TH to 41444. All money raised will go directly to support of this event for years to come.

It is estimated that 50,000 people will watch the program throughout the city. To accommodate spectators who want to ride their bikes to Munjoy Hill, Valet Bicycle Parking will be available at Fort Allen Park, allowing cyclists to park their bicycle for free. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Portland Bicycle Community Meetup, people will be able to leave their bike in a staffed parking area, no lock required. Bicycle lights will be available for sale from Gorham Bike & Ski, to ensure that spectators can ride home legally after dark. Valet Bike Parking will be available from 6:00 PM until 10:30 PM.

Suggested viewing spots for the Stars and Stripes Spectacular include:
The Eastern Promenade Park – extremely limited parking on Munjoy Hill, attendees are advised to arrive early to ensure seating space (Munjoy Hill is closed to traffic at 4:00 PM). Patriotic Pops begins at 7:40 PM.

Back Cove/Payson Park – limited parking available at Baxter Boulevard parking lot (across from Hannaford), Payson Park, and the hillside at Cheverus High School.

Peaks Island –view the fireworks at the ferry terminal

Casco Bay – Boaters will be able to view the fireworks from the waters of Casco Bay. Questions regarding anchoring restrictions can be directed to the Portland Harbor Master on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 207-807-7156. Boaters are also reminded to adhere to water safety regulations including making sure that each passenger has a floatation device appropriate for the age and size of the passenger; the boat has working lights, and is equipped with a safety kit. Boaters should be mindful of Coast Guard restrictions in the area.

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The Color Run 2013 – South Portland Maine – July 7

international-logoThis Sunday, July 7, The Color Run South Portland Maine will take to the streets of South Portland around Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and Spring Point for a charity 5k to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. In case you haven’t seen or heard of a Color Run, there are “staff” spread along the route who spray runners with multi-colored nontoxic paints keeping the excitement level and energy high throughout the course. Here is a video of past color runs, so you get the idea… The Color Run Video

While registration for the Happiest 5K on the Planet is sold out, you should certainly go check out what all the excitement is about and cheer on the participants. For more information, please visit us at http://TheColorRun.com.

 

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L.L.Bean 2013 Summer Concert Series – Matt Nathanson, Guster, Pete Kilpatrick, Amy Allen & more!

L.L. Bean’s Summer Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, July 4th, with a performance by singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.  Nathanson, known for his unique blend of acoustic and electric guitar, is releasing a new album this summer on Vanguard Records, and his new single, Mission Bells, is currently in heavy rotation.  The concert will begin at 7:30PM, in L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park, adjacent to the Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine.  A traditional fireworks display by the Town of Freeport will follow the concert.

Families can spend the whole day in Freeport on the 4th beginning at 7:30AM, with L.L.Bean’s 10K followed by the Fun Run/Walk.  The Town of Freeport Parade will march down Main Street at 10am, and the L.L.Bean campus will be visited by its popular Bootmobile from 11am-4pm−cameras encouraged!

The fun continues throughout the holiday weekend, and all summer long with concerts and activities for the whole family.  Friday, July 5th is packed with kids entertainment throughout the day including the Yo Yo People, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players, and on July 6th at 7:30PM there will be a concert by three talented Maine bands− Amy Allen, Endless Interstate and Pete Kilpatrick Band.

“Our customers and the local community look forward to the Summer Concert Series and all of our Summer in the Park events all year long,” says Suzanne Deschenes, Retail Marketing Manager. “Whether someone is a music lover or looking for fun things to do in Freeport, there’s music and activities for every taste and all ages always going on at our stores in Freeport.”

Other concerts this summer include Diane Birch, North of Nashville and Lake Street Dive performing in July and The Head and The Heart, Guster, Tristan Prettyman, Joshua Radin performing in August.  All concerts are in L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park, just outside the Flagship Store, Main Street, Freeport, Maine and start at 7:30PM. They are are open to the public and free.  (In the event of inclement weather, concerts may be cancelled.)

For a complete line-up, more information or directions to the venue, visit llbean.com/summer

July 4th – Matt Nathanson, followed by LL Bean fireworks

July 6th – Three local band talents featured: Amy Allen, Endless Interstate, and Pete Kilpatrick Band

July 13th – Diane Birch

July 20th – North of Nashville (from Portland) and Lake Street Dive (from Boston)

August 3rd – The Head and The Heart

August 10th – Guster

August 17th – Tristan Prettyman

August 31st – Joshua Radin

 

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How to “Fit In” in Portland, Maine

How to Fit In in Portland Maine - by guest blogger Noella Schink

El Rayo - Courtesy of Zwickerhill Photography

El Rayo – Courtesy of Zwickerhill Photography

Many “flatlanders” try, but few succeed at passing themselves off as Real Mainers from Maine. When you land in Portland, first you’ll notice the bracing sea air, second you’ll shove about five pounds of buttery lobster meat in your mouth, and third, you’ll look around and admire how effortlessly hip yet rugged the locals seem. Locals’ harmonious blend of practicality and classic New England style is a subtle art that comes from years of managing fickle weather, enjoying the natural beauty of the region but also having a thriving cultural scene at their fingertips at all times. With these clever tips, you’ll look the part and be rubbing elbows with Portland’s A-List upta J’s Oyster in no time!

Grow a Beard

First thing’s first. In Maine, real men have beards. If you are lacking in the whisker department, girls, just try a pair of thick hipster glasses, those will do the trick! Guys, Portlanders in their natural habitat will trust you based on the overall luster, length and fullness of your beard. You get extra points if you are man enough to let the neck hair grow out too! Ladies, just keep your glasses frames thick and trendy—cat eyes and tortoise shell styles will get you far amongst the art students and intellectuals.

Dress the Part

Bean Boot - Courtesy of Zwickerhill Photography

Bean Boot – Courtesy of Zwickerhill Photography

Your shopping list needs to include a few classic staples and at least a half a dozen flannel shirts—bonus for leather elbow patches. Ladies, replace the flannel with an arsenal of sweater tights in every color. No matter your gender, you need a pair of old-school Bean Boots for any time of year. This boot is so iconic that the style hasn’t been changed in 100 years! Gents can get away with anything from Levis to Carhartts in addition to their flannel—this uniform is considered fair game for most fine dining establishments in town as well as weddings.

Hang Out in the Right Spots

Guys, if you are always on your way to or from a show at Port City Music Hall, you’re all set. Ladies, first make sure you have on your Danskos and Lululemon activewear, and then head to one of about twenty yoga studios in Portland. Men in Portland are appreciative of the fact that a sweaty, red-faced lady just means there’s been yoga in the day’s schedule. Girls are not shy about appearing to dinner or the bar in their yoga pants, so you shouldn’t be either!

Adopt a Dog

Portland is one of the most dog friendly cities around, so be sure to keep your canine close and you’ll be fooling locals into thinking you’re one of them in no time! Savvy dog owners will forsake the smelly dog parks and instead opt for the East End or Willard Beaches, Baxter Woods or Hinckley Park, all off-leash havens for the spoiled pooches of Portland.

Adopt a Tattoo Artist

Second in importance only to whether you choose your apartment in the East End, West End, Old Port or Parkside, is who you pick as your tattoo artist. There is the feminine flair of Jennifer Moore or Cindy Lou, the coveted graphics of Phuc Tran or the intense detail of John Biswell, to name a few. Now, you just need to decide whether to go sentimental, grey scale, full sleeve… Because we all know, not getting inked in Portland is tantamount to living across the bridge in South Portland, or worse, north of I-295.

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Noella Schink is a local blogger who prides herself on fitting the same Portland stereotypes she teases. She recommends local designer Sturbridge Yankee for outfitting your New England home to match the highest standard of rustic-chic Portland, Maine style. Photos courtesy of David Zwickerhill of Zwickerhill Photography.

 

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