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PORTLAND TALL SHIPS® WEEKEND – August 4-7, 2017

Courtesy of TallShipsPortland.org

On Friday, August 4, 2017, Portland, Maine will welcome the two largest sail training ships in the United States to the Portland Ocean Terminal for Portland Tall Ships Weekend through Monday, August 7.

According to TallShipsPortland.org, the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle based out of New London, CT will arrive in Portland, Maine, at 9am on Friday. The 295-foot ship will be open for FREE public tours on Saturday, August 5th from 10am-7pm, and Sunday, August 6th from 10am-7pm.

The Oliver Hazard Perry, based out of Newport, RI, and the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the United States will arrive in Portland on Saturday, and will be available for FREE public tours on Saturday, August 5, from 10am-5pm, and again on Sunday, August 6, from 10am-5pm.

For further information on Portland Tall Ships Weekend, please visit Tall Ships Weekend FAQs. Enjoy!

 

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Portland’s Maine State Pier getting into the act with outdoor concerts.

Courtesy of Portlanddailyphoto.com

Courtesy of Portlanddailyphoto.com

With the growing outdoor concert scene that happens every summer in Bangor many were wondering when bigger outdoor shows were going to make their way into downtown Portland.  

As of now there are three shows proposed for this summer on the Maine State Pier in the Old Port put on by Bangor Waterfront Concerts.  Waterfront Concerts operates the 15,000-seat Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.  Some big name acts scheduled there this summer are Tim McGraw and Dave Matthews Band.

On August 10 there is a Reggae fest, featuring an array of acts and headlines by Freddie McGregor.  Scheduled and the national act 3 Doors Down will play an acoustic set on August 3.  The third act has yet to be announced but it has been said that it will most likely be a national act and household name for the June date.    

The momentum comes from how successful the shows have been in Bangor, and a few summers back when Mumford and Sons brought 15,000 to the Eastern Promenade.  The Maine State Pier has a capacity of about 3,000.

This is good news for concert goers who love being outdoors in the summer!  Enjoy Portland!

 

 

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Say hello to Traps Sunglasses || Sunglasses made from Maine lobster traps and sea plastic!

Courtesy of John Turner

Courtesy of John Turner

 

Sometimes you see a product that really makes you say, “wow, that s really impressive and cool.”  Personally as someone who appreciates new innovative items and how they are marketed I can say I’m very excited for this.  Traps Sunglasses come from John Turner, a young entrepreneur from Portland who already has tried his hand at the clothing industry with his first venture Louie and Clark.  In the early part of 2014 he decided he wanted to make more of a difference.  He introduced Traps.  He wanted to create quality eyewear from repurposed coastal materials from Maine.  The materials being old wooden lobster traps and sea plastic that would otherwise be hurting the environment.  Who doesn’t want to be fashionable while also helping the coastal environment?  But how good can glasses look made from these materials?  Good, very good.  Actually great.  

Currently, ‘Traps’ are in the developmental stage and are planning for a summer release.  The plan is to start a crowd funding campaign to help with the start up process of opening any new business in the month or so.  This is a unique product that people not just from Maine can appreciate.    

 

While this is happening John wants you to be involved.  Follow them on social media and give your feedback.  At least once a week there will be some sort of interactive question that allows you to voice your opinion on how you want these glasses to look and see the story from the very beginning!

Courtesy of John Turner

Courtesy of John Turner

 

 

 

Personally, I think this is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in years.  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they look phenomenal.  Head over to their website and check out what exactly ‘Traps’ is all about!

 

 

 

http://trapsunglasses.com/

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-KP

 

 

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Valentine’s Day brings special menus in Portland

Photo Courtesy of www.restaurantgrace.com

Photo Courtesy of www.restaurantgrace.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couples in Portland will consider themselves lucky this Valentine’s day because a handful of many great local restaurants in Portland will be preparing special dishes just for this special night!  Some of the best restaurants in the city will be featuring dishes prepared just for the night only, and here are a few of our favorites!

 

Five-Fifty Five, 555 Congress St-  Offering a chef’s tasting menu for $88 a person with additional wine parings for an extra fee.  They will start with peekytoe crab bisque then allow you to move on to dishes like vaoduvan curried shrimp, beef tenderloin, organic scottish salmon, and pine nut crusted rack of American lamb!  Call 207-761-0555 for reservations or visit http://www.fivefityfive.com

 

Grace, 15 Chestnut St-  There will be an amuse for every table and many specials just for this special night.  Guests will choose their own reservation time and style of eating.  Call 207-828-4422 or visit http://www.restaurantgrace.com

 

Hugo’s, 88 Middle St-  Hugo’s will offer a new menu just for the night with 7 courses priced at $80 per person and wine pairings for an additional $55 a person.  This will be running between the hours of 5-10pm.  Call 207-774-8538 or visit http://www.hugos.net for reservations!

 

Petite Jacqueline, 190 State St-  Petite Jacqueline will offer a three-course tasting menu for $55 a person.  Wine tastings and champagne flights will be available.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 207-553-5687 or visit http://www.bistropj.com

 

The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St-  Salt Exchange will actually be running their Valentine’s Day special all weekend from 4-9pm.  The theme is “Midnight in Paris” and guests are advised to dress accordingly!  The menu will include great items like local oysters with lemon sorbet, fish and meat courses such as pouched Maine lobster, grilled swordfish and duck three ways.  Dessert will include choices like chocolate dipped strawberries and red velvet cake.  All six courses will cost $65 a person.  For reservations call 207-347-5687 or visit http://www.thesaltexchange.net

 

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and enjoy these fantastic specials by some of Portland’s best restaurants!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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BoatUS Magazine names Portland, Maine to 10 Great Boating Towns for Retirement list

BoatingPortland, Maine continues to receive recognition from far and wide including the most recent accolade from BoatUS Magazine as they named Portland among their “10 Great Boating Towns to Retire, Play and Thrive”.

In the article the author described Portland as “another town with a big-city feel, there’s lots to do on the water and ashore with plenty of cultural offerings, a historic port area, and reasonable home prices. It offers the best of New England boating with lots of protected coves and weekend hideaways’.

We’re sure boating enthusiasts would agree with BoatUS Magazine’s inclusion of our wonderful city in their list and trust this will attract an influx of boaters to test the Casco Bay waters sometime soon.

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Portland Maine 2013 Cruise Ship Schedule

Explorer of the Seas – Courtesy of Cruisemates.com

The 2013 Cruise Ship Season in Portland, Maine will see 58 cruise chips visit our wonderful city between June 1, 2013, and November 1, 2013, with approximately 71,255 passengers visiting our beautiful waterfront. You’re not alone if you’re interested in their arrival to witness these massive ships or to simply stay away from the downtown area to avoid the hustle and bustle of the increased tourism during those busier times.

According to the 2013 Portland Maine Cruise Ship Schedule, the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas will arrive on September 3rd, 10th, and 27th with 3,114 passengers, making it the largest ship visiting the port this season.

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Harvest on the Harbor – Maine’s Premier Food and Wine Experience..

The GreatMaine's Best Farm to Table Chefer Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau presents Harvest on the HarborOctober 24th-27th at the Ocean Gate Pier in Portland.

The harvest season is a beautiful and unique time in Maine. Take this opportunity to enjoy an amazing array of food and wine offerings, educational sessions and a bit of friendly competition.

Tickets are going quickly!  Visit the link below for more event details.

http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day – Saturday, September 15, 2012

Open Lighthouse Day across the country is Saturday, September 15, 2012, where the U.S. Coast Guard, State of Maine and American Lighthouse Foundation, open up select lighthouses to the general public. Going on its 4th year, the event draws large crowds and is fun for all ages.
For more information on lighthouses available for tours and visits, as well as schedules, please visit, www.LightHouseDay.com

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Portland, Maine Photo of the Week

This week’s best photo of Portland is by local photographer Lauren Sawyer! To see more of Lauren’s work, check out her website here!

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