Arts & Culture

More Than Just Dinner’s on the Docket at Maine Restaurant Week 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — Restaurants across the state are gearing up for the third annual Maine Restaurant Week, taking place March 1-12. Restaurants around Maine will participate in the event by featuring special three-course dinners ranging in price from $20-$40. Some restaurants will also offer three-course prix-fixe lunches from $15.

Restaurant Week celebrates the vibrancy and richness of Maine’s culinary traditions while giving restaurants a much-needed boost during the slowest time of the year.

More than seventy restaurants are already registered for the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week, from Eliot to Bangor to Rockland. A list of participating restaurants and featured menus is available on www.mainerestaurantweek.com.

Kicking off Maine Restaurant Week is The Signature Event™, on Monday February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland.

Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival Calls for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the contest segment of the Fourth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The Festival is open to any Maine student attending a public or private high school in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties.  Students may submit one poem—no longer than one side of a typed page—on any subject by the deadline, March 1, 2011.  Nationally-known, Maine poet Wes McNair will select twenty finalists, who will be honored at a reading and awards ceremony on May 1 from 3-5 p.m., at Merriconeag Waldorf School, in Freeport. Awards will include gift certificates and publication in a Festival anthology.

Project Linus - Blankets needed

Project Linus - Blankets needed

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of January already.  The year 2010 is just a memory – and it’s amazing that for Project Linus of Cumberland County, we delivered a grand total of 1651 blankets!  Wow!  Thank you everyone for contributing.  So many children. .

South Portland High School Musical

South Portland High School Musical

Opening night of Les Miserables is tonight, Friday, Feb 4 @ 7:00 at the South Portland High School Auditorium.

 

Marissa -- and The Decemberists -- Do Portland

Marissa -- and The Decemberists -- Do Portland

Portland…” a quiet voice dragged off, “our home away from home that is as far away from home as we could get.”

That was how Colin Meloy of the Portland, Oregon band introduced himself to the small but excited crowd that gathered at Bull Moose yesterday evening.

I found myself backstage, nestled between a bag of old garbage and a box of recyclables.

Chinese New Year Festival

The Chinese and American Friendshaip Association of Maine is having its 21st annual Chinese New Festival on Saturday, February 5th, at Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Very colorful and cute traditional Chinese dance and music performances by the children of the CAFAM Chinese School which will be from 11:00 a.m to noon.  Also, Tess Gerritsen, the New York Times best selling author and creator to the TV series Rizolli and Isles will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. about her experiences growing up Chinese in Southern California and living in mid-coast Maine (Camden).  She will do a book signing after she speaks.
 
There will also bea Dragon Dance, arts and crafts for children, mahjong, lectures and demonstrations for adults Chinese craft items and books for sale and delicious Chinese food.
 
This event usually draes 750+ attendees.

Foursquare nuts

Foursquare nuts

In December DH and I got "smart phones."  And with that, I've been able to join the ranks of Foursquare.... with a vengeance.  Naturally, everything's got to be a competition.  So, I was really thrilled when I became the "mayor" of my LYS (that's "local yarn store").  My very first mayorship!  Goodie!  Now, I just have to keep going back to protect my mayorship.  Who knew that this would turn into the One Ring for me... "my precioussssss."  It's only a matter of time before I'm mayor of Shaw's!  Hannaford!  CVS!  The Kennel Shop!  I'll take over the entire Millcreek neighborhood!