Snaps on the Haps – November 2016

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Snaps on the Haps, November 2016

Hi all,

It is getting colder out, election season is (finally) coming to an end, and the anticipation of holidays are coming up quickly. There is much to do in our great little town this month; from celebrating women, local beer, and getting ready to spread holiday cheer. Hope to see you out there!

November 1

8-9 pm: Warm up for an hour any Tuesday night at Danza Latina by learning the romantic and sensual, Latin American dance, Bachata. If Tuesdays don’t work, or Bachata just isn’t your jam, maybe try Cuban Salsa lessons on Saturday nights from 6-7 pm. $7 for your first lesson, and $10 each time afterward for group lessons. (Danza Latina, 108 High St)


November 2

7:30-9 am:  1 Million Cups has come to Portland! Come to the 1MC Portland Maine inaugural monthly event where entrepreneurs and start-ups can engage and connect. Light refreshments coffee, and good connections await! (Cloudport, 63 Federal Street)


November 5

10 am-6 pm: Looking to unload or upgrade your ski gear before winter? The Allspeed Ski Swap is a great way to take advantage of buying and selling used gear. If you have anything to sell, it must be no more than 5 years old, and you must bring it into the store by 6pm the night before. If the gear you bring in sells, choose from store credit or a check! Come in all day Saturday to buy gently used gear at great prices. (Allspeed Cyclery & Snow, 127 Marginal Way).

12-6 pm:  Maine Women Magazine is hosting the inaugural Maine Womens’ Expo at Ocean Gateway. The expo is designed to provide something for every Maine woman to enjoy or learn more about; from yoga to dancing, cooking, wine tasting, fashion, and even DIY tips. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. All proceeds go to Crossroads, a responsive treatment for substance abuse and mental health. (Ocean Gateway). 4:30-6 pm: If you just want to skip right to the good stuff, consider tying in Ladies Spirits + Chocolate Tasting by getting your Expo tickets through Portland Spirits Society. Your $16 ticket includes admission to the Expo as well as a Maine Craft Distilling tasting along with 3 chocolate truffle pairings from La Creme Chocolat. After all, nothing says “Maine Women” like booze and chocolate.

7-9 pm: As a preamble to Portland Beer week, get in on the ground floor by attending “Freshman Orientation” sponsored by the Maine Brewers’ Guild and held at Coffee By Design in East Bayside. This session showcases all of the newest breweries in the state and giving you the chance to spend quality ‘class’ time with every brewer learning more about what goes into making them all unique. Taste beers from 13 different new breweries opened throughout Maine in 2016.

November 6-12 is the 5th Annual Portland Beer Week, and brings over 60 tastings and events all around town throughout the week to celebrate the local craft beer movement in our town. With over 60 different events, takeovers, dinners, contests, speakers, and general celebrations I couldn’t include them all here, but check out the Portland Beer Week Events and pick your favorites. A few are highlighted below. Attend and support our local economy and all the vibrant and creative brewers  that make Portland even more enjoyable than it already is.


November 6

11 am-2 pm: Start the day off right with the Cask and Cider Brunch at the Thirsty Pig.

11 am-9 pm:  Liquid Swords Bottle Release at Oxbow Brewing and Bottling. Then head over and have more of the same at The Honey Paw where Liquid Swords gets paired with its own menu items.


12-5 pm: The Great Lost Bear will be featuring a variety of Rising Tide Brewing Company PLUS Experimental HOPS WITH NO NAMES: 3 Pilot Batches of Ales each brewed with different experimental hops.

5 pm: If you’re not interested in Beer, and want to do something celebratory in anticipation of the pending election,  Butter + Salt: Salon. Butter + Salt is a Pop-Up concept restaurant in Brunswick. This event will celebrate all that was good and great about Paris’ Left bank. Oysters, Wine and Music.  Two seatings, 5pm and 7:30 pm. $70/person, includes gratuity. (Enoteca Athena, Brunswick)


November 7

6-9 pm: Salvage BBQ is closing its doors to the public to host the PBW Pro Am. This event allows homebrewers to collaborate with local commercial breweries and compete. Your $35 ticket gets you 24 tastings and to cast your blind vote and a glass to take home. Bar will be open and limited menu available.


November 8

8 am-8 pm: VOTE. It is your right. It is your duty. It is important. Please don’t forget. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so up to Election Day. Click Here for more information.

5-10 pm: After you vote (and only after!) Rising Tide is celebrating all of the best of American politics and politicians for an Election Night Pig Roast. Rising Tide Brewing Company Election Day Pig Roast with Locally Sauced.  Pay-as-you-go plates of pig and samples of beer while the results come in on the TV.

6-9 pm: Inn By the Sea is hosting a five course Allagash Beer Dinner, featuring unique dishes served alongside several specialty releases by Allagash Brewing Company. Reservations are required, $70/person. Contact Inn By the Sea for more reservations and information.


November 9

5-7 pm: Barley/Malt at the Thirsty Pig. Pay homage to the two ingredients that make beer great.

5-8 pm: Continue to enjoy Portland Beer Week into Wednesday for Night at the Bear. Head to the Great Lost Bear where Allagash has a tap takeover. They’ll be pouring Farm to Face, Avance, Golden Brett, Monmouth Red, Fluxus, and of course, the White.


November 10

12-11 pm: Oxbow will be combining the Poltergeist Beer Release with a Dance Party. Get Freaky with Oxbow Blending & Bottling Poltergeist Freigeist Bierkultur Release and dance party!


November 12

7 pm-12 am: Battle of the Brewery Bands at Portland House of Music and Events. Beer from every band performing will be available, including Banded Horn, Allagash, Rising Tide, and SoMe. Tickets are $10 -$12 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.


November 13

10:30 am-4:30 pm: Get on down to One Longfellow Square to attend workshops on things you wish they’d taught you at The Adulting School Summit. This premier summit includes several workshops on money and debt management, time management and navigating adult relationships. Whew-  Maybe we all could use this! Tickets are $30 in advance if purchased by November 6, and increase afterward. Local food and beer also served for an additional cost.


November 15

7:30-10 pm: Rising Tide will be premiering the independent ski film, Ruin and Rose. Handcrafted skis form Parlor Ski Company will also be showcased alongside handcrafted beer, and a raffle to benefit the Good Shepard Food Bank. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 followed by raffle, and the film begins at 8:15.


November 16

5-7 pm: Bring on the holidays! Urban Farm Fermentory is teaming up with Broadway Gardens Greenhouses to put on a DIY Wreath Making Workshop. Greenery and some decorations are included! There is limited room, Workshop fee is $25. ( 200 Anderson St.)

5:30-7 pm: My friend (and the man that married Jon and I!) Adam Baukus will be presenting at the next Science Cafe through the Gulf of Maine Research Center. This will be a fun and interesting discussion and conversation about acoustics in the ocean, and learning about tracking ocean life using sound and acoustics. (350 Commercial St.)


November 17

6-8 pm:  NRCM Rising at Maine Beer Company. The Natural Resource Council of Maine will be hosting a discussion about what the election results mean for the environmental and solar energy impact on Maine. (Route 1, Freeport).

6-8:30 pm:  Together We Toast will be put on by Propel, Portland Club, and Black Tie Company are collaborating on this fun night, with a magic show, good eats, mingling, and a cash bar. Free admission but get your ticket in advance. Hosted at the Portland Club.

6-10 pm: 5th Annual Winterkids License to Chill kicks off the winter season at Portland House of Music and Events, includes awesome eighties tunes by The Awesome, food and drinks, silent auction, and parking voucher. Tickets are $25 each or $45 for two.

November 19

1-4 pm: The Portland Public Library is putting on the Season of Light Celebration at Monument Square. An afternoon of family friendly music, arts & crafts, food, storytelling from many religious traditions around the world- all connected by the celebration of light. Silent auction to benefit the Library.

8-10 pm: Another Ski movie. Winter is coming. The State Theater is hosting Warren Miller’s “Here, There, and Everywhere”. Tickets are $17 in advance, and all attendees walk away with a free lift ticket in advance of the hopefully white season ahead.


November 20

1-4 pm: Make a utensil just in time for Thanksgiving. Coal- burned Spoon Carving at Urban Farm Fermentory. Learn how to make a wooden spoon using coals from the fire. Wait- you can do that!? Start with knife sharpening and knife safety, then carve and shape your spoon while imbibing fermented drinks. $15 suggested donation.

2:30-6 pm: Symphony & Spirits offered by the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium. Part one- see PSO’s Classical Concert, Sibelius’s Fifth.  After the concert, join the group to walk over to Portland Hunt and Alpine Club for Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and include one ticket to the PSO and one drink at Hunt and Alpine.


November 21

6-9 pm: Friendsgiving at Fork. The first annual dinner has limited seats available, but includes all the good food you can imagine, as well as beer and wine. Among those present are people that helped make Fork happen, and your new friends. Only 50 spots available, so get your tickets now and make new friends. Tickets are $50 each.


November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! If you are in Portland, consider signing up for a shift serving at Preble Street. They are always looking for individuals and groups to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals throughout the year, and during the holidays. Contact them to volunteer for a shift.


November 26 & 27

10 am-4 pm:  Home for the Holidays Craft Show, The Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen is putting on this traveling event throughout the week, and it is coming to Scarborough this Thanksgiving weekend. After this event, head downtown for Small Business Saturday to continue your holiday shopping.


November 30

5:30-7:30 pm: Make your way down to Cellar Door at the Point for Pairings 101- The Italian Experience to taste some delicioso small bites, wines, and learn how to make your own pairings at home. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance.


Real Estate Update:

Forbes lays out 4 important bullet points to consider when investing in real estate; cash flow, appreciation, loan pay-down and tax benefits for the slow and steady investor. They also reveal a few ideas to fast track your investment.


Enjoy all of fall,

Sarah Delisle

Associate Broker/Realtor