Valentine’s Day Bandit- Spreading love year after year

Every year on the morning of February 14 since 1976 people wake up the city of Portland, ME to thousands of red hearts taped to doorways throughout the peninsula on standard 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper.  Simple, yet effective.  It seems every year this captures the spirit of Valentines’s Day like no other gesture.  

 

 

Originally dubbed the “Valentine’s Day bandit”, the person has yet to be identified nor has anyone come forward to confess.  Throughout the years larger hearts have been taped to locations like the Cumberland County Civic center, The Holiday Inn and City Hall  We personally love this.  Love given with no expectation of it being returned.  Spreading love the way it should be spread.  A little bit of joy to wake up to on Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

 

Here are a few of our favorite photos over the years from the bandit, snap some photos and tag us in them on our page or instagram on the morning of February 14th! @iloveportlandme

 

 

 

Courtesy of Portland Daily Photo

Courtesy of Portland Daily Photo

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

Courtesy of Samuel Cousins Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dirty Dash is coming to Maine!- June 20, 2015

Dirty Dash Mud Run

 

“The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.”– TheDirtyDash.Com

 

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Just announced on their website the Dirty Dash is bringing it’s fun to Portland!  Pre-Registration has started now which means by entering your information you get exclusive pricing and immediate access to registration when this event goes on sale to the public!

For more information on the event and to see the obstacles check out TheDirtyDash.com!

 

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Peloton Speaks tonight in Portland ft Spose/Luke Livingston! 1/21/15

Peloton Speaks

Peloton Speaks

A new business themed event has sprung up in Portland!  It began last month in a city that seems to have so many great options for business owners and entrepreneurs to network and meet one another.  The monthly event takes place at Peloton Labs and is put on by Katalyst and Dream Local Digital as part of the collaboration series.

The event however is unique in a sense that it encourages those who attend to really be honest about their business and their fears.  The first event featured some well known business owners like Chris Avantaggio of LiveME and Emily Straubel of The Red Lipstick Project.  They told their stories of taking a leap, and facing fear.  The event then allows the audience to ask questions and three audience members are drawn at random for those who want to speak.  These attendees tell their story and get instant audience feedback.  

This month’s theme is:  Getting through tough times.  The event will feature Maine hip hop artist Spose, Baxter Brewing founder Luke Livingston and Peloton’s founder Liz Trice.  These three featured guests will tell their stories in a very honest environment.  The event features Beer with from Baxter Brewing, food from Slab Sicilian Street Food and music by Dj Mosart.  A unique atmosphere to network and here some great guests tell their stories.  Come check out Peloton Speaks tonight 6-8pm at 795 Congress St at Peloton Labs.

 

When:  January 21, 2015

Time: 6-8PM

Tickets are available online at until 4pm at: pelotonspeaks.eventbrite.com

Then at the door for $8.  Ticket includes admission and Beer and Food!

 

 

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Portland On Tap- January 24, 2015!

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Portland On Tap will be this  Saturday, January 24th from 2:30PM to 6PM at the Portland Company Marine Complex.  The great event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.  Those in attendance will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, and a great array of live music.  Their will also be great good available for purchase and awesome vendors!

 

 
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased HERE, and they are going fast!

 

 

Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door so get yours early!

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Men Behind The Maine Warrior Gym

Maine Warrior Gym

Maine Warrior Gym

I recently sat down with one of the founders of the soon to open Maine Warrior Gym.  The thing was before I ever met Brandon I had heard buzz about this gym and how different and unique it was.  That told me the guys had been doing something right.  I sat down more of a fan and wanting to know more as I wanted to know exactly what the gym was going to feature and how it would be different than the rock gyms, crossfit, and traditional style gyms in this area of Southern Maine.  With the growing popularity of “Tough Mudder” style obstacle courses and “Spartan Races” it seems like the demand is there.  Last year alone Tough Mudder reached into the high 70 millions for net worth with Spartan Races not far behind.  Last year Westbrook hosted a “Tough Mudder” that brought in over 10,000 people from all over New England giving the local businesses an extra boost in Westbrook and Portland area.  It’s obvious there is a big want for these type of buddy-style group driven athletic courses.  My interview with Brandon was insightful, fun, and I left it feeling that they are well on their way to giving people what they want with this gym! 

 

 

Preview of courses

1.  What gave you the inspiration to want to open this gym?

It’s clear that people are seeking alternative forms of exercise – ourselves included – that offer a way to get more enjoyment and fulfillment from working out. We are both huge fans of American Ninja Warrior, Obstacle Races, and unconventional approaches to exercise and we felt Portland was the perfect market to create a space that offered this unique approach to fitness.

2.  Where did you go up?  Were you into sports?.. or did this come about from a single experience?

Brandon: I was born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY and have always been interested in sports and exercise. After graduating from the University of Michigan I spent two years as a ski instructor in Breckenridge, Colorado before moving to Maine in 2010.

Tim: I’m a native Mainer, raised studying martial arts starting at age 11.  I got my second degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo at age 17, and while studying engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, continued to study and teach Brazilian Capoeira, and Praying Mantis Kung Fu before having twin boys and returning to Maine in 2013.  

3.  As of late with shows like American Ninja Warrior, Crossfit gyms, and lots of tough mudder style obstacle course races the question has to be asked: What is it about this type of fitness is making people want to participate and gain so much popularity?  

This style of fitness accomplishes two major goals. It not only allows for a great workout that breaks from the monotony of a typical gym experience, but also involves team camaraderie and support which can really help to make exercising more enjoyable. Running up a curved wall or swinging on a rope is a lot more exciting than simply running on a treadmill.

People like to be challenged, stepping out of your comfort zone really forces you to be present – to focus on the task at hand – and that’s so much healthier than just cardio or weightlifting.  Healthier for the body, to get out of its standard range of motions, and healthier for the mind to overcome mental obstacles and see new possibilities arise.  It’s the best way to improve your level of self-awareness, self-confidence and shift your entire understanding of your physical capabilities.

4.  Will the gym feature only obstacle style courses, or will it have free weights, classes etc?

The gym will feature an obstacle style course that will be scalable, so people of all ages and ability levels can participate, as well as adaptable, so that the offerings will always be changing and allow for different approaches to completing the course. We will also have an area complete with free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls and boxing equipment such as a heavy bag and speed bag. Additionally, there will be a classroom area offering classes ranging from martial arts to yoga.

5.  What will your rates be?  Hours?

We will offer approximately 25 hours per week of monitored open gym times, and will also have a multitude of daily classes.

6.  When can people expect to see the doors open?

We would love to have the doors open by the end of spring/early summer 2015.  We’re offering discounted early-bird memberships for a limited time in order to build our membership base and gain traction locally.  We’ll also be starting production on a variety of obstacle components that will be available for purchase at www.MaineWarriorGym.com for use at home.

7.  Do you feel like people will travel far to come to your gym?  Do you think it will not just people during the week have memberships?  Like can it be a destination for those in New England?

We want to offer an experience that is not available anywhere else in New England and hopefully this will attract visitors beyond the state of Maine. In addition to our monthly memberships, we will also offer day passes as well as 10-class punch cards that can be used at any visit throughout the year. We will be hosting a variety of obstacle race competitions and the gym will also have programs to host birthday parties, corporate outings and boot camps. We want the gym to serve as a place where families can come to work out together, where elite athletes can come train for their next competition and where obstacle course enthusiasts can prepare for their next race or even their first race.

Ground view

8.  What type of obstacles or equipment will you have?

– Our equipment list will be in a constant state of growth and transition.  New obstacles will be designed and built throughout the year to be cycled into use.  The obstacles will also be modular which will allow the obstacle course to be completely re-arranged possibly several times a month.

For starters our equipment will consist of many items seen on American Ninja Warrior, such as:  Cargo net, climbing ropes, warped wall, incline/declined monkey bars, standing walls, tires, balance beams, slack lines, rings, ball-holds, ledge walls, peg boards, salmon ladders, pull up bars and more.

Our toddler motor-skills development area, for kids ages 1-5, will have a small climbing wall, large various shaped pads, trampolines, balance toys and other equipment intended to help young children improve their coordination and self-control.

9.  How can people support you, how can they find you on social media?

We have begun to sell memberships and punch passes and we frequently have sales where you can purchase a membership for a greatly discounted price. The best way to find out about sales and information on our progress is through our facebook, Google+ and twitter pages. You can also visit our website at www.mainewarriorgym.com. We are very excited to open our doors and we look forward to bringing a new dimension to the Maine fitness community.

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On top of all that, my company Katalyst will be releasing Maine Warrior Gym shirts in a few weeks that will support the efforts with 100% profit going to help get the gym open sooner and also give people who buy a shirt 25% off a one month membership for or a 10 visit punch card!

We will let you know when those are available!

Follow the journey of Maine Warrior Gym on Facebook and Tim and Brandon look forward to seeing you when they open!

Cheers!

Kyle

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Winterfest Weekend 2015 begins January 23!

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Winterfest weekend begins on January 23rd in Downtown Portland.  On Friday there are many FREE family friendly outdoor winter activities and then again on Saturday!  A Winterfest scavenger hunt will also take place throughout the weekend with a chance to win many great prizes!

 

Come out and enjoy the best family fun in Portland this winter this upcoming weekend!  

 

 

Some featured events-

WinterFest Rail Gym

WinterFest 2015 Snow Sculptures

Portland Pirates Hockey Shot

Winterfest Scavenger Hunt

Full List of Sponsored Events Link/Information

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Check out Dutch’s in Portland!

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With a city that is known for it’s great food scene it can be intimating for a new restaurant to open.  Dutch’s opened quietly back in November and since then has been getting rave reviews ever since.  Nestled in between Arcadia and Slab on Preble street Dutch’s is a made from scratch breakfast and lunch style restaurant.

Ian Dutch is a Belfast native with over 20 years of cooking experience in Boston, San Francisco and Nantucket and attended The Culinary Institute of America.  The couple have even been personal chefs for a family in Nantucket.  With 30 years combined experience the couple invite you in to their new restaurant to try comfort food like you have never seen.  Stop in and try some cheesy grits or warm peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches for Breakfast.  Try a Fancy Tuna Melt or an their take on an old fashioned grilled cheese!  Enjoy, and show them some Portland support!

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Check out Dutch’s at 28 Preble St in Portland!  

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Portland Wedding Show Tomorrow! 1/10/15 & 1/11/15

Courtesy of FestivalHill.Org

Courtesy of FestivalHill.Org

 

Recently engaged?  Planning a wedding?  Head over to the Holiday Inn by the Bay tomorrow!  Times for tomorrow are 5pm-8pm, and Sunday January 11th from 11am-3Pm!

Wedding vendors from across Maine will be attending and ready to give you plenty of great options to help you pick out your wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, wedding cakes and more. There will also be plenty of wedding vendors for the groom, best man and grooms men as well.

As an added incentive the main sponsor Springers Jewelers, is also giving every attendee a $100 Discount Card towards wedding bands as well as chance to win a $3,000 wedding package to one lucky couple!

 

 

 

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Guster returns to State Theatre! 5/2/15

Guster's "Evermotion"

 

 

Tickets for Guster’s return to the State Theatre go on sale Friday January 9th!  As an added bonus each ticket comes with a download of their new album “Evermotion” available on 1/13!  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at Cross Insurance Arena, or online at http://www.statetheatreportland.com/

 

 

Don’t miss an opportunity to see a favorite in Portand over the years and also get their new cd with your ticket!

 

 

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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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