The Maine Mall Takes Shoppers “From Store to Shore” | Community Spirit
From April 14-22, 2012 The Maine Mall is celebrating Earth Month and kicking off summer shopping with a full menu of activities for shoppers including indoor sailing exhibits, aquarium touch tanks, aquatic robot demonstrations, and a fashion show.
The fields of boating, fishing and lobstering will be celebrated through nautical décor from local marine stores as well as community groups that engage in these fields. Sail Maine volunteers will demonstrate rigging and sail basics on boats in Garden Court while in Center Court, South Portland middle schoolers will show off their STEM projects: aquatic robots, redesigned fishing nets, and special lobster traps.
The ecology of the ocean will also be a common theme throughout the week. For shoppers willing to get their hands wet, there will be a tidal pool touch tank outside of Macy’s staffed by marine biologists. The Maine Strandings Collaborative will be running a seal naming contest to raise awareness and funding for rescues. The creator of the winning name will get to visit the seal at UNE’s Marine Rehabilitation Center and will also get to attend the seal’s release into the wild. Shoppers can even have their entries read on air during a live broadcast from the mall during the event’s opening day, April 14, 12-2pm. Additionally the Wells Reserve, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, LymeBuddies, and Cumberland County Soils and Water District will be sharing information about the various steps every shopper can take to protect themselves and our local ecology. On April 22nd, Earth Day, shoppers who show a receipt will receive a seedling to plant from The Maine Mall as well as a map of suggested places to plant, primarily tree-hungry spots along South Portland Land Trust trails that encircle the mall.
Ending the week on a stylish note, on April 21st there will be an outdoor tented fashion show called The Nautical Runway with live music and a beer garden from 4-6pm. The event is perfect for young professionals looking scope out networking opportunities while eyeing potential additions to their wardrobe.
A full schedule of events is available on http://www.mainemall.com/events