Snaps on the Haps – December 2015

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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 2015

Greetings all,

I hope you enjoyed some family, friends, food, and libations this past week. I am super excited for December and all of the performing arts, crafts, and local fun. There are many holiday craft fairs in town this month. It’s a good time to shop for the holidays while supporting the local artists.

 

The Snaps:

Dec. 2 6-9 pm: Maine Gay Men’s Chorus at First Parish Church, 425 Congress St.

Dec. 3 7:30 pm: Comedy and Cocktails: An Evening of Laughter at Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St.

Dec. 4 7:30 am-9:00 am: Boost Your Business Breakfast: Stop Ignoring Your Self Care. Find tickets here. Cumberland Club, 116 High St.

…That evening is First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Show with Jess Lipton at Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St.

5 pm-9 pm: Annual Holiday Sale at MECA, 522 Congress St. (through Dec. 5

5 pm: First Friday for families & Flocks with free horse drawn carriage rides. Monument Square.

5 pm: Free For All at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St.

Dec. 4-6: Art On The Hill by SEA with over 80 artists. I do my holiday shopping here every year. East End Community School, 195 North St.

Dec. 4-6: Sparkle Celebration in Freeport. Check out the weekend events schedule to be sure not to miss anything.

Dec. 4-20: Shrek the Musical at Portland Players, 420 Cottage Rd., South Portland.

Dec. 5-24: The Snow Queen at Portland Stage. The first Tuesday before the show starts is a pay-what-you-can community night. 25 Forest Ave.

Dec. 5 9 am: Night Tree Event at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Each hour a story is read and families decorate pinecones. 184 Burnett Rd., Freeport.

4 pm: Santacon! Grab your Santa hat and join hundreds on a pub crawl in Portland. They also raise money for Family Crisis Services. Fun for a good cause. They will start at Pat’s Pizza this year and will be posting on FB the next stop! 30 Market St.

Dec. 7 9:00 pm: Word Portland at LFK. 188 State St.

Dec. 8 5:30 pm: Craft Night at The Thirsty Pig They will have a different craft every month, hosted by Laura Duffy. 37 Exchange St.

Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 pm: Being Brave on Facebook at Peloton Labs. Learn how to optimize Facebook with Abbie McGilvery. 795 Congress St.

6-9 pm: First Annual Salt Alumni and Friends Holiday Gathering at b.good, 15 Exchange St.

Dec. 10 4-6 pm: Merry Maddness Grab a glass and snack to kick off the fun at Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St.

Dec. 11 5 pm: A Toast To You An adult night out! Come watch a live cooking demonstration by Chef Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm, then stick around to enjoy some wine, shopping & socializing. O’Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St.

Dec. 11-16: A Company of Girls is putting on a production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” running Friday and Saturday nights. Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 671 Forest Ave.

Dec. 12 10am-6pm: Celebrate Running with Scissors 2nd Annual Holiday Pop Up Shop & Open Studios with over 40 artists in their studios. 250 Anderson St.

Dec. 12-13 Various times: Portland Ballet presents the Victorian Nutcracker at Westbrook Performing Arts Center and on Dec. 16th at the Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St.

Dec. 13 11 am-: 7th Annual PICNIC Holiday Sale Art, food, and fun. It was packed last year so I suggest you go early or late. 58 Fore St.

11 am-: 6th Annual Portland Holiday Dash 5K by Portland Trails. RiRa Irish Pub, 72 Commercial St.

5:30-7:00 pm: Portland Buy Local mixer at the Sunrise Guide. 80 Elm St.

Dec. 18 4:30-6:30 pm: Free holiday wine tasting at Rosemont Market and Bakery, 580 Brighton Ave.

Dec. 19 10 am-4 pm: Rosemont Artists Guild of Maine will host the 4th Annual Buy Local Art Holiday Sale at Breakwater School. Pottery, Stained Glass, Textiles, Painting, Wood Turning, Jewelry, Sculpture, Plus so much more. 856 Brighton Ave.

Dec. 31: Try something different this year. All four eco-lodge huts within the Maine Huts & Trails system will be serving champagne to overnight guests on New Year’s Eve but beginning at 6:00 PM the Stratton Brook Hut will host a special New Year’s Eve experience with a decorated dining room and a festive four-course meal serving locally sourced organic ingredients. Catch the Fireworks at Sugarloaf at 9:00 pm.

 

The Local:

The Rink at Thompson’s Point opens Dec. 4th and will remain open until Feb. 22. Enjoy ice skating and warm beverages–even adult beverages–YES! 10 Thompson’s Point.

Buoy Local is one gift card for all of Portland–buy one for the holidays friends, family, clients, teachers, mail carriers, neighbors… Support our local businesses!

 

The Real Estate Market:

Portland area real estate continues to show surprising strength. Cumberland County MSP (median sales price) for the third quarter rose 4.65% from the previous year and the total number of units sold was up 9.85%!! With interest rates still at record lows, long term buyers can feel good about buying into such a hot market. On the flip side, there hasn’t been a better time for sellers since 2005. Low inventory in the winter should be seen as an opportunity for savvy sellers. Buyers are out looking, even in the cold. Sellers can take advantage of the scarce number of listings and get ahead of the pack.

 

Happy Holidays!!

Warm regards,
-Sarah Delisle