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Old Port Fest expands to 3 days.

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The ever popular Old Port fest that usually is held on a Sunday, is now expanding to a full weekend! The festival this year will span from June 6- June 8.  The event has grown every year and recently has been drawing close to 30,000 people in the last few years, and has called for an expansion.  The same events that happen on that Sunday will still happen as they have in year’s past.  The event now becomes more of a destination rather than a one day event.

After the official announcement today the general reception of the Portland arts scene is very positive as it gives them more of an opportunity to showcase their work.  The first Friday Art Walk that happens every month in Portland will actually be the first day of this three day event this year.  Congress street will close on June 6 during the walk to create more of a festival atmosphere.  Details on the festival activities on Saturday aren’t final yet but will be released soon.

Sunday’s festivities will start as they always do with a parade down Exchange St and will follow with the plethora of live music and food vendors.  This year the music stages will increase from five stages to six.

This is great news for everyone in Portland who enjoys this great event and also for those vendors who look to make more of an impact and showcase the great arts scene in Portland.

We will update you here at I Love Portland Maine as new details emerge on this year’s Old Port Festival.  

For more information on the Old Port Fest CLICK HERE 

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Tough Mudder coming to Westbrook!

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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:



Event Details:

Date: August 23/24, 2014

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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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Shannon Bard of Zapoteca to compete against Bobby Flay on The Food Network

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Shannon Bard’s episode of Bobby Flay’s new show “Beat Bobby Flay” is airing next month on April 10 on the Food Network!  Shannon is the co-owner and chef at Zapoteca restaurant in Portland.  

On the April 10th episode Bard will be going up against Kamel Rose, executive chef at Tribeca Grill in New York City.  The premise of the show is that the two chefs will go head to head competing against each other creating a dish with a secret ingredient chosen by Flay.  Judges then choose the winning dish.  Some of the judges on Bard’s episode will be celebrity chef Michael Symon and comedienne Ali Wentworth.

Tune into the Food Network on April 10 at 10 PM to watch Bard in action and represent Portland!





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3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle! March 15, 2014.

3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle

The Shamrock Shuffle pub crawl and scavenger hunt is back for it’s third installment this year!  The crawl features 13 hours of pub crawling, a photo scavenger hunt, drink/food specials, contests, prizes and much more!  The event starts at 11am on Saturday March, 15, 2014.  11am-1am.

Tickets Before March 7- $15

March 8-Day of Crawl- $20

Buy Tickets Here!



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Portland, Maine rated #6 by Forbes for Young Adults

Portland Skyline

Forbes recently released a list of 15 cities in the United States for young adults based on impressive numbers released on the port city.  Our city, Portland, Maine, has the highest number of small businesses per capita and a relatively high proportion of large businesses and a low unemployment rate of 6.2%  Portland is becoming a more attractive place year by year for young adults to live, work, and run small and large businesses.

Some notable numbers:

-Cost of living index: 101.9 percent of population with college degrees 34.4% (average is 100)

-Median Salary: $41,000

-1 small business for every 35 residents/ 1 large business for every 696 residents

Click Here to see Entire List from Forbes


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Insane Inflatable 5k coming to Maine!

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The Insane Inflatable 5k is coming to Maine on September 27, 2014!  The course is called, “the most insane, fun, wild obstacle course in the world.”  This course features one of a kind inflatable obstacles that allow the participants to be insane but also a kid at heart!  Team registration is encouraged!  Grab your best friends and co-workers!  The biggest team assembled will have their picture taken and be immortalized on the Insane Inflatable 5k’s Facebook page!

Pre-registration is happening now and a full list of dates and prices as the event gets closer is available online at

For more information, team questions, race day information, sample course, and how to volunteer visit online now.

Prices will increase as the date gets closer so don’t miss out on this truly unique event coming to Maine!


Date- September 27, 2014Crazy Fun

Location- TBD


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The Brunswick Heart Ball- February 8, 2014.



The 3rd installment of the Brunswick Heart Ball is happening this coming Saturday, February 8 at Bill Dodge Hyundai in Brunswick.  The proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association of Maine.  This great evening includes live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a raffle with someone special!

Live music will be provided by the band “Janie’s Sister.”  Treats will be provided by The Tavern including heart healthy and flavorful choices!  A full cash bar and signature cocktails will be available.

The Heart Ball invites you to come celebrate life with friends and provide others the opportunity to enjoy theirs!

Call the American Heart Association for more information and tickets at (207) 879-5700.  


$25 in advance, $30 at the door-space is limited!


Bill Dodge Location

Bill Dodge Hyundai

262 Bath Road

Brunswick, ME


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26 Church Street, South Portland – MLS# 1121615 – Charming Home with Many Updates

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine - MLS# 1121615

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine MLS# 1121615


Newly listed by Jeff Mateja of the Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty – 26 Church Street in South Portland is just the right space for you to call your new home. This charming saltbox / cape style home built in 1944 has many recent updates including the custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, bathroom fixtures and vanities, windows, newer forced hot air heating system with new chimney liner, roof shingles, cedar deck, and a one car garage.

You will absolutely love the bright and spacious second floor master bedroom and bathroom suite with double closets, the excellent use of space for lots of storage throughout the home, and the gleaming hardwood and tiled floors. This move-in ready home is very efficient to heat and sits on a wonderfully landscaped corner lot in a great neighborhood.

For more information or to schedule a showing of this beautiful home, please call Universal Properties at 207.553.2605 and visit 26 Church Street, South Portland on

Take a closer look now via the Virtual Tour of 26 Church Street, South Portland



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24th Annual Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show – February 15-16, 2014

mainedatesThe 24th Annual Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show is back at the newly renovated Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland February 15 and 16 with over 180 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home. There will be a number of seminars for visitors to receive expert advice on home improvement topics such as “Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget” to “Saving Money and Energy with Home Energy Audits”

Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors age 65+; $5 for children age 6–16; children younger than age 6 are free. Discount coupons are available; tickets can be purchased at the door. More information at

Show Hours 

Saturday, February 15, 2014: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, February 16, 2014: 10AM – 4PM

Seminar Schedule

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20th Annual Great Chili and Chowder Challenge – Sunday, February 9

chili-22The 20th Annual Great Chili and Chowder Challenge will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay from 12:30pm to 3pm, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste the best chili and chowder recipes from Southern Maine’s favorite chefs and vote for their favorite.

The benefit event is sponsored by Altrusa International, Inc. of Portland, Maine and is open to the general public. Tickets are just $20 in advance ($23 at the door) and only $10 those under 10 years of age. Come sample some great chili and chowder, cast your votes, and enjoy live entertainment from Dick Clark and Curtis (Mowtown) Haines.

For more information, please call 797-4494

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