Snaps on the Haps – December 2014

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Sarah Delisle, resident of the Rosemont Neighborhood, and Realtor with our agency, puts together a monthly roundup of all the great events happening in the Greater Portland area. And now, we are pleased to offer “Snaps on the Haps,”  as a feature on our website. From neighborhood harvest festivals to networking opportunities–there’s always something for everyone!

Snaps on the Haps – December 2014

Dec. 1 6-8 pm World AIDS Day Reception at the The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, 561 Congress St.
Dec. 2 6 pm Pub Hub with Heather Blease, CEO of SaviLinx at Casco Bay Tech Hub’s Business Innovation Center – 30 Danforth Street, Suite 206. If you are a self proclaimed techie and you haven’t been to Pub Hub- I highly recommend checking them out.
Dec. 4 6-8 pm Rosemont Market Products is hosting a cheese and wine tasting celebration at 537 Congress St. #510. Come enjoy the evening then stay a while… a long while.

Dec. 5- 23 The Polar Express runs for much of December so grab a kid and get magical. If your kid is on loan I would love an excuse.
Dec. 5-7 The Society of East End Art(SEA) host Art On The Hill. Begins Friday at 6pm and ends Sunday at 4pm.
Dec. 5-6 Breakwater School 856 Brighton Ave., will be hosting The Rosemont Artist Guild Holiday Sale. The sale kicks off Friday at 3pm and ends Saturday at 4pm. Stop by and buy local art. Clay Tile Mom, Pretty Flours and Anne Riggs Designs – to name a few.
Dec. 5 First Friday Art Walk. Stop by Lola Studios to view surreal photos on canvas and greeting cards. A preview of some of the art can be seen here: She will also be demoing The Makeup Eraser Lola Studios Makeup Eraser.
Also… that evening MECA will begin their The Holiday Sale at 5pm- ending Saturday at 5pm.
Dec. 6 12- 5 pm at Rising Tide Brewery pick up a locally made wreath by the lovely Megan Hevenor of Field Sustainable Floristry proceeds benefit The Maine Craft Association. Stay and warm up with their latest winter brew, Ursa Minor.
Later that evening… Santacon starts at 5pm at Pat’s Pizza- they will be prepared for the crowd with $5 pizzas and drink specials.
Dec. 9 5:30-7:30 Uncork Your Holiday Cheer with The Maine Women’s Network
at The Cumberland Club, 116 High St.
Dec. 10 11:30-1:30 Women Standing Together Entrepreneur Round Table at The Cumberland Club.
Dec. 11 5-10 pm Merry Madness “Shop ‘til you drop in downtown Portland! Participating stores will remain open until 10 pm. Merry Madness kicks off in Congress Square outside the Westin Harborview Hotel with music, food, and fun! It’s a night full of fun with your friends- shop, eat, and be merry!”

Dec. 13, 14, 17 
The Victorian Nutcracker Dec. 13 & 14 at 2:00pm Westbrook Performing Arts Center 471 Stroudwater Street with a post show meet and greet with the dancers on the stage! Dec. 17 7:30pm at Merrill Auditorium with PBC Orchestra and Chorus 20 Myrtle Street. My mom and I will be at this one!
Dec. 13 Running With Scissors Holiday Sale. Over 50 Artists. Free to the public!
Dec. 14 11-6 pm Picnic at Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street. Food and beverages by Rosemont, Verbena and Coffee By Design. Get your child’s picture taken with a the Yeti!
Dec. 16 Happy Chanukah!
5:30 at Port City Music Hall Portland Green Drinks. Each month PGD teams up with a local organization and this month it is  Creative Portland . BYOV (Bring Your Own Vessel) $5
Dec. 12-21 The Magic of Christmas by The Portland Symphony Orchestra hosted by The Merrill Auditorium.
Dec. 18-20 beginning at 7pm Thursday evening A Company of Girls performs Charlie Brown’s Christmas. ACOG’s mission is to strengthen and empower girls and their families and foster community through the arts.
Dec. 25 Merry Christmas!
Dec. 31 Happy New Year! 9:30-12:30am Victoria Mansion NYE Black and White Soiree more details to come on their Facebook page.
Gift idea if you don’t make it to the plethora of art sales;
Buoy Local,  a gift card for all of Portland.
The Sunrise Guide, 2015 Portland coupon book is out.
Community Project:
 The Lullaby Project ties together community, music and education. They are almost at $10,000 of their $15,000 Kickstarter goal. Check out the video and consider a donation. As Yasmin Vitalius (my designated brokers wife) explains, in this short and moving video, any gift is appreciated.
Real Estate Update:

The residential market is beginning to slow down as the holiday season approaches. Although it’s hard to see lawns and to trudge through ice, this is still a very good time of the year to buy or sell. As a buyer, upon viewing a home you can get a sense of how well a house is insulated – or if the basement has water from the melting snow. Sellers can take advantage of the holiday cheer and decorations to showcase their homes as warm and cozy. Yes, there is no denying there will be more buyers come spring but there will also be more sellers.  Also, buyers looking in winter are typically serious buyers- why else would you go out in this weather without ski poles?