Snaps on the Haps July 2016

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Snaps on the Haps, July 2016

Warm Summer Greetings,

Summer in Maine—how lucky are we?! Soak in the sun, eat all the oysters, love the fact that you live here and don’t have to leave in a week!

Did you see this article about the fresh strawberry soft-serve at Red’s Dairy Freeze? Sold out for 2016, so what are some other favorite limited edition treats? Love to hear your favorites and your August haps!

July 1

2 pm: Get an early start on First Friday with the Second Annual Casco Bay UkeFest. Workshops start at 2pm and at 8pm, there will be a sing and strum-along using three songs with three of the most common chords – C, F, and G7. Free. (St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St.)

5 pm: The Maine Historical Society opens their newest exhibit, Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866, as part of First Friday. Free. (MHS, 489 Congress St.)

6 pm: Swing by Flowfold’s Summer Fling at Maine Surfers Union. New gear to be had just in time for summer. (15 Free St.)

July 2

12 pm: Speaking of rare treats, Bissel Brothers will be releasing Dangol—an adjunct ale with lime. Swing by to stock up for the weekend. (4 Thompson’s Pt. Rd.)

July 3

10 am-2 pm: Portland’s Flea for All is moving to Congress St. (opening in the fall) and today is their last day on Kennebec St.. Don’t miss the last Flea Bites—fewer food trucks but more yard sale tables. (125 Kennebec St.)

July 4

7:25 am: Kick off your holiday with the LLBean 4th of July 10K. Registration closes June 30, $25.

6pm Shut down the grill early and head over for The Avett Brothers with The Ghost of Paul Revere at Thompson’s Point presented by the State Theatre. $46 advance, $50 day of show. (Thompson’s Point)

7:40 pm: Up on the Eastern Promenade, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will start their ‘Patriotic Pops’ performance before the fireworks go off at 9:20pm. Food trucks and ice cream will be available starting at 2pm.

Prefer to watch fireworks from a boat? Make sure you’ve got enough safety gear for everyone on board or think about a fireworks cruise. Casco Bay Lines has DJ Haunt, food, and a cash bar. Departs 7pm, $30.

July 5

8 pm: 98.9 WCLZ presents The Tallest Man on Earth with Lady Lamb at The State Theatre. $25 advance/$30 day of (609 Congress St.)

July 6

10 am-1 pm: Like cake? And fresh from the farm vegetables? Because it’s Portland Buy Local’s 10th birthday and they’ll be celebrating at the Farmer’s Market. Support both organizations with a combo membership for just $50. After you’ve loaded up on the good-for-you stuff, enjoy cake from Foley’s (~11am).

6 pm: The Maine Historical Society hosts The Great Portland Fire: A Panel Discussion featuring Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., and authors Alan Levinsky and Michael Dacey. $10. (MHS, 489 Congress St.)

July 7

4:30-7 pm: The Maine Farmland Trust will be celebrating their new office space with an open house. (48 Union Wharf)

5:30 pm: Artist Abigail Gray Swartz has a gallery show opening in Yarmouth you won’t want to miss. You may know her work from the Lenny letter, but this show is a love letter to Maine summer. Yarmouth History Center (118 E Elm St, Yarmouth).

6:30 pm Also in Yarmouth, An Unscripted Evening with Lael Couper Jepson. Part book reading, part storytelling, and part riff on questions posed by the audience. $15 or $20 cash at the door. (First Universalist Church, 97 Maint St., Yarmouth)

July 8

5:30 pm: Reserve now for the July Filipino dinner hosted at the Sinful Kitchen. Four courses, $50, this month’s menu includes Lobster Lumpia and a stuffed flank steak. (906 Brighton Ave.)

The Maine YogaFest starts this evening and lasts all weekend at the East End Community School and around town. Variable pricing, and many interesting sessions filling up quickly!

July 9

7 am: If you’ve been ramping up your milage, it’s not too late to register for the Old Port Half-Marathon and 5K. $70 and up.

1-6 pm: The 2nd Annual Allagash Brewing Company Street Fair takes over “Industri-ALE” Way. Tickets are $20 and includes a promotional glass (but not beer—beer tickets will be available on site for $6 each). (50 Industrial Way)

July 11

6 pm: Ever think you could be getting more out of your backyard? Merrymeeting Adult Education is hosting a workshop on Making Tinctures with Wild Medicinal Herbs. Instruction by Katie Munn of Anchor and Rose Apothecary. $30. (35 Republic Av., Topsham)

July 12

7 pm: Thompson’s Point is the place to be this summer. Tonight, head out for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. $35 via Ticketmaster. (Thompson’s Point)

July 13

6 pm: Graze at Pineland Farms will feature Shipyard Brewery beers and delights from Broadturn Farms and North Star Sheep Farm. It’s Maine’s only farm-to-table dining experience and tickets always go fast. $60. (15 Farmview Dr., New Gloucester)

Also at 6 pm, pull out your whitest dresses for PMA’s Midsummer Party featuring a private exhibition viewing with Mark Bessire, the director of PMA, and a garden party with bites from Aurora Provisions and Figgy’s Takeout & Catering. Free for Contemporaries members, $35 public. (7 Congress St.)

July 14

5 pm-8 pm: Forever Farm Party with Bumbleroot Farm in Windham. Celebrate the newly protected farm and enjoy local veggies, grilled meats, local brews, and live music. (196 Highland Cliff Rd., Windham)

7 pm: Head up to Bangor for Daryl Hall & John Oates, plus Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Tickets start at $25. (Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor)

July 15

6:30 pm: Fenix Theatre’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will be at Deering Oaks Park Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights through August 6. Take your bug spray and enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Free. (bandshell, Deering Oaks Park)

July 16

All day Head up to Yarmouth for the 51st Clam Festival today for the 8 am 5 mile road race and lots of other fun activities for the whole family. Today is the 2nd day of 3, so if the pink elephant sale is your thing, make sure you get up there on Friday for the best selection.

7 pm: I did say Thompson’s Point was the place to be, right? Because the State Theatre is killing it. Bob Dylan. And Mavis Staples. You can’t beat that. Tickets range $64-80. (Thompson’s Point)

July 18

2:00 pm: Shanghai Quartet: Masterclass at the Studzinski Recital Hall before a concert at 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation for the Masterclass, concert tickets $40. (12 Campus Rd S, Brunswick)

July 21

11 am: Music at the Museum as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. RSVP required at 207.725.3275. (Bowdoin Museum of Art, 9400 College St., Brunswick)

6:30 pm: Hop on your bike and head over to Bug Light Park for the South Portland Summer Movie Series. They’re kicking things off with “Inside Out”. Movies start at dusk, but before that, enjoy food trucks and face painting.

July 23

7 am: Up in Camden, it’s the 15th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Five distance options, all proceeds help make bicycling in Maine even better. (Camden Snow Bowl, Camden)

1 pm: Head for (wait for it) Thompson’s Point for Summer Session: Maine Brewer’s Guild Beer Festival. Craft beers, live music, local food trucks. $49 (Thompson’s Point)

July 25

5:30 pm: Performance artist Ann Hirsch will be guest lecturing at MECA this evening. She’s a video and performance artist who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her work will be shown all month at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA if you can’t make the lecture. Free. (Osher Hall, MECA)

July 28

7:30 pm: Another event at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music presents the works of contemporary composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and participants. $10 suggested donation. (Studzinski Recital Hall, 12 Campus Rd S, Brunswick) Continues on July 30 and 31.

July 30

10:30 am: Maine Track Club is hosting the annual Peaks Island 5 Mile Road Race. It’s a destination race in our own backyard! Add on the Lion’s Club Lobster Bake afterwards and you’ve hit a Portland trifecta. (Peaks Island)

Plus, there are plenty of weekly events not to miss as well! Thursday night concerts on the Eastern Promenade start July 7, Congress Square Park has Sunday night films and plenty of other activities during the week. And don’t forget to swing by the Deering Oaks castle to check out Tiqa’s new space.

Real Estate Update:

The Portland area real estate market tends to slow a little in the summer as people prioritize summer fun over just about everything else. In addition, the recent Brexit vote has create a degree of market uncertainty and this ripple may be felt in real estate. Home sales have been so hot that real estate professionals are hyper-alter for a turn in the market. It’s too early to say if there is a slight change in the air but I’m watching for signs every day. Off in the distance is a presidential election which, like Brexit, will slow markets with the uncertainly of change.