Snaps on the Haps – February 2015

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Sarah Delisle, resident of the Rosemont Neighborhood, Community Coordinator of 2Degrees, 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 February 2015



I hope you all have shoveled out of the snow and stayed warm during Juno! I may be in the minority, but snow storms get me excited to go out snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Also, it gives us all the excuse to cozy up inside and watch movies, catch up on work or clean the entire house. Tons of great events for the month of February- I hope you enjoy this edition.


Feb. 1: 4-6pmForaged: Films about Food and You” at MECA’s Osher Hall, 522 Congress Street. This is free but seating is limited. Get tickets here.


Feb. 3: 9-11 pm Live and Local at One Longfellow Square spend a night with the ‘talented and charismatic’ Monique Barrett Music and a solo set by Griffin Sherry of The Ghost of Paul Revere.


Feb. 5: 5 pm- Rising Tide Beer Dinner at Ebb and Flow will offer 5 beer pairings with Mediterranean-inspired dishes. If you haven’t been to E&F yet, they are getting rave reviews; Rising Tide has some delicious beers, too. 100 Commercial St.

That same evening; 7-10 pm The Portland Museum of Art hosts Contemporaries Winter Bash; cruise formal attire is encouraged. 7 Congress Square.


Feb. 6: 7-9 pm Community Contra Night will be held in Breakwater School‘s Jessie Auditorium. The Violin Movers will be playing. All welcome! 856 Brighton Ave.


Feb. 7: 7 pm Presenting Boy Meets Girl, the Portland Ballet brings the American Songbook to life in a series of vignettes set in an Italian restaurant–created especially for Valentine’s week! This show had stellar reviews last year; you don’t want to miss it! 517 Forest Ave.


Feb. 10: 5:30-7:30 pm Green Drinks at Tide Smart Global–BYOV (Vessel) for local brews. This month Green Drinks is highlighting sustainable building and benefits E2 Tech. Free parking or free shuttle from the Old Port. Check the Green Drinks website for exact pick up location. 380 US Route 1 Falmouth.


Feb. 11: 11:30-1 pm Women Standing Together is hosting Calling All Entrepreneurs at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St.

That evening 6-8 pm Women’s Beginner Whiskey Tasting at Portland, Hunt & Alpine “Curious about the rich heritage and flavors of whiskey, but not sure where to begin? Jump into the world of bourbon, scotch, rye, and more while you learn your preferences at this whiskey tasting for beginners. 75 Market St.


Feb. 12: 5:30-8:00 pm Second annual Galentines Day! Last year was so much fun  that I wanted to do this again, and this year I am adding in an auction to raise money for A Company Of Girls, a non profit that empowers young girls through the arts. The main focus of the evening is to connect with all the inspiring women that make my life and Portland so special. (If you have something you would like to donate to the auction, or know someone that may want to, please let me know.) 501 Danforth St.


Feb. 13: 5:30 pm In Austria there are taverns called Heurige that serve wine and food that have been paired for you. Rosemont Market Productions is creating something similar for us here called Hibernating Heurige! It will be held at Think Tank, 533 Congress St.


Feb. 14: 8:30 pm Holly Danger’s Valentine’s Burlesque Show at Geno’s, 625 Congress St.


Feb. 19: 7 pm Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a parade starting at 35 Merrill St. on Munjoy Hill.


Feb. 20: 6:30 pm Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced, friendly social hour where people of all ages meet, show their work, and share their stories. Photographers of all backgrounds present their pictures and stories at Asylum, 121 Center St.


Feb. 21: 8 pm Viva Lebowski  bowling and music while “The Big Lebowski” is on view at Easy Day 725 Broadway St., South Portland.


Feb. 26: 6:30-9:00 pm Sail Maine’s winter auction, Sail Maine Winter Warm Up is held at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St.


March 1: 9 am-3 pm A Family Affair of Maine and Lola Studios present a day of DIY event planning. DIY Event Planning Workshop at Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St.


A Get-away:

Sunny Woods House in Boothbay Harbor is open and active. Jon and I have stayed there twice and loved it so much we are trying to plan to another weekend soon. It’s a cozy house just an hour from Portland. Cross country ski or snowshoe out the front door or walk around the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. There is a cute brew pub and a little restaurant called the Thistle Inn that are fun to check out. Or you could stay in the adorable house, cook your dinners and watch movies on the 62-inch screen.


Ongoing and Upcoming:


Real Estate Update:

At the MEREDA Real Estate Forecast Conference last week my designated Broker, Brit Vitalius, spoke about multi-units, the Portland market, and rental trends. Portland rentals have gone up by about 5 percent over the last couple years which is causing some renters to think about buying. Brit projects this year to go up 8-12 percent in Portland. Realtors will tell you to be in a home 5 years and, many times I agree, but that doesn’t always have to be the case depending on where you buy. In a healthy market, like most of Portland, resale values are so good buying has the potential be a great investment even after a couple years.


Take good care,

Sarah Delisle