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The Old House Trade Show in Portland, Maine March 28-29, 2015

Old House Trade Show Portland MaineGreater Portland Landmarks is proud to present The Old House Trade Show at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on March 28 – 29, 2015, which will be great for anyone with an old or almost old home to meet with experts in old homes who can help with projects in and around the house. According to Greater Portland Landmarks, the focus of the trade show will be on preservation, high quality craftsmen, traditional construction and sustainable practices. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, plans, and any drawings available to assist in their consultations and conversations with the old home experts.

You can order your tickets online at http://portlandlandmarks.org/shop/old-house-trade-show-2015-2/

The event will run from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, March 28, and from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay located at 88 Spring Street in Portland, Maine.

 

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Keep The Soul of Portland in The Portland Company: Support Thoughtful Development – Thursday, January 8

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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 7pm, a group “Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company” is arranging a meeting with City of Portland Planners to discuss and review the proposed Portland Company Development, on the Portland Company Complex 10 acre waterfront site. The meeting will be held at the East End Community School in the cafeteria on 195 North Street in Portland.

City Planners Alex Jaegerman and Christine Grimando will present the proposal and be available for questions, answers, and discussion. Later in January, the developer will go before the Planning Board for a third workshop regarding their interest in a proposed zoning change.

Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company is encouraging the developer to incorporate into the process and into the product the best of the authentic Portland, Maine that we know and love. They’re asking for and believe it’s most appropriate for the proposed development to go through review process as a contract zone under the existing Waterfront Special Use Zone, rather than the developers request to rezone the property to B-6 with a small component of Eastern Waterfront Port Zone.

Keep the Soul has spread literature throughout the community delivering their message for thoughtful development and encourage the following;

  • Disclosure of the intended development to the public before action is taken on any zone change request.
  • Regulation of heights and massing of new construction in a manner designed to allow reasonable development, but also preserve the neighborhood’s harbor views.
  • Preservation of significant public vistas to and from the water, and continue well-designed physical access to the water through a welcoming public trail system.
  • Celebration of the sites important past and preservation of significant historic structures through their adaptive reuse.
  • If residential use is to be allowed, promotion of lively, year-round occupancy reflective of the diversity of the citizens of Portland, Maine.
  • Preservation of the waterfront for water-dependent uses, provision of meaningful access and upland uses structured so they support waterfront infrastructure.

For more information, or if you wish to learn more and are unable to attend this informative meeting, feel free to connect via email with the group at info@soulofportland.org

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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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Free Tours of The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle This Weekend

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will be arriving in Portland at 10 a.m. tomorrow and will be docked there until Monday, offering free tours throughout the weekend for the public to enjoy as part of its 2012 cruise.

Tours are available on Friday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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10th Annual Festival of Nations This Sunday in Portland

This Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., celebrate Maine’s diversity and traditions at Deering Oaks Park!

This is the 10th year for the Greater Portland Festival of Nations, which is free and open to anyone. It involves performing arts, crafts, music, and food from a variety of backgrounds.

Be sure to check it out! For more info call 541-9173!

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Portland, Maine Featured in MSN Re:Discover

Four Portland, Maine residents got a chance to show off everything they love about the city in a new segment from MSN, Re:Discover. Check it out as they talk about their favorite places in Portland, what they love about living here, and everything the city has to offer!

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L.L. Bean Celebrating 100 Years With 4-Day Event

Happy birthday L.L. Bean! It’s been 100 years since the retailer opened its doors in Freeport, and to celebrate, is hosting  a 4-day extravaganza.

The event began on Thursday and will continue through the weekend.

Today, there is a farmer’s market from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Coyote parking lot, with arts and crafts for children to enjoy.

From 5 to 6:10 p.m., Lissa Schneckenburger will be performing blues and folk music. From 6:30 – 7:40 p.m. Jason Spooner will be singing roots rock, and from 8 – 9:15 p.m., Ryan Montbleau will perform folk and blues. All of the musical performances will be held in Discovery Park.

On Saturday, there will be an L.L. Bean Adventure Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with inflatable toys, games, crafts, and music.

From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., there will be a variety of performances for all to enjoy. This will include juggling, comedy, and music at the Puffin Park, near the Bike, Boat, and Ski Store.

At 7:30 p.m. Chris Isaak will entertain the crowds at Discovery Park.

The grand finale of the event will be fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this historic event!

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Haynes Galleries Present “The Portrait in American Realism”

Haynes Galleries is pleased to present “The Portrait in American Realism,” running June 13-July 27 at 91 Main St. in Thomaston. This traveling exhibition — previously on view at Haynes Galleries’ Nashville location — features drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs from 19th, 20th and 21st century American Realists.

“Dating back to the earliest form of artistic expression on cave walls, the human figure has  remained a constant source of inspiration for artists throughout the centuries,” says Gary R. Haynes. “This exhibit will serve as a visual exploration of the changing approach to portrait making in America.”

While this exhibit highlights significant painters from American art history, it also showcases the talent of a new generation of artists — several of whom have ties to Maine and New England. These contemporary artists bring an exhilarating spectrum of styles and influences to their work — infusing traditional portraiture with elements of classical art, romanticism, abstraction, surrealism and impressionism. The resulting body of work is by turns familiar and completely fresh.

The Portrait in American Realism is a celebration of faces, an ode to the human form, a triumph of expression. It is not to be missed.

For more information, call 207-354-0605 or 615-430-8147 or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

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National Train Day Celebration at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum

Come celebrate the joy of riding on a train during the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum’s weekend-long event on May 12-13!

The weekend will feature demonstrations from railroad personnel on hand and whistle signals, coupling the train, and throwing switches! You’ll learn about the duties and roles that go along with working on a train.

You can go to the Engine House to see the restored Monson Steam Locomotive #4 in action, and take a ride on the Fairmont Car or Pump Car as well.

This event will offer treats and fun for the whole family, so don’t miss out!

The museum is located at 58 Fore Street in Portland. For more information, call Christina Aliquo at 828-0814 or email  info@mainenarrowgauge.org

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Maine Named ‘Most Peaceful State’ by United States Peace Index

Maine earned the top spot in this year’s United States Peace Index as the safest state in the country.

Each year, a survey is conducted by the Institute for Economics & Peace and is based on five criteria: the number of homicides per 100,000 people; number of violent crimes; incarceration rate; number of police employees; and availability of small arms.

The United States in general has experienced a decline in violence compared to the 2011 survey, with a 3.2% drop in homicides and a 5.5% drop in violent crimes.

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