Snaps – December 2016

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Snaps on the Haps, December 2016

I hope you all had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. This is my favorite time of year in Portland, and though our longest nights are this month, the lights are on all throughout downtown. There are so many activities around giving, comfort, and warmth. It is a busy month for everyone and it’s tempting to remain focused on my own holiday plans, but then I remember that being involved in my community is really as much a part of the holidays as my own family’s traditions.

Since it is the season of giving, I’ve also included opportunities this month for giving back in whatever capacity is right for you-whether it be your time, treasure, or talents. Browse hundreds of other ideas for lending a hand or making a financial or educational contribution at United Way of Greater Portland.

December 1

5:15 pm: World AIDS Day. The evening begins with a Candlelight Vigil at Congress Square park at 5:15 followed by a special World AIDS Day film screening of “Uncle Howard” across the street at the Portland Museum of Art commencing at 6:30.

December 2

5 pm: I always feel like December’s First Friday Art Walk is the most exciting Artwalk of the year. Complete with all of the lights, artists, and happenings all over downtown throughout the night. Victoria Mansion Art Show will also be featured this month, offering special admission through 7:30 pm to view the mansion as well as a gallery of creations by the docents and volunteers of the Victoria Mansion on display. No reservations necessary; $5 at the door. 109 Danforth Street.

6 pm (Fri, Sat, Sun): Society for East End Arts – SEA Art on the Hill. Join over 80 local artists for an incredible weekend of holiday shopping!!!!!!!!! There is something for everyone on your shopping list & MORE, so put it on your calendar & join us for our 3 day extravaganza filled with holiday cheer & so many fun gifts! Free. 195 North St.

7 pm: All weekend, matinees and evening performances for  Maine State Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This is just one of a variety of different performances  offered in Portland featuring this great ballet. (Later in the month are others at the Victoria Mansion and a burlesque version at St. Lawrence Arts). Tickets are still available for both matinees (2 pm) and evening performances (7 pm) Friday December 2 through Sunday the 4th. Tickets are $21- $66. 348 US Rt 1, Falmouth.

December 3

9 am-2 pm: Morrison Center Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Poinsettia & Wreath Sale. This festive, family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Enjoy 40+ local crafters, a visit from Santa, raffle, bake sale, homemade lunch, and much more! The greenhouses will be open and stocked with poinsettias, wreaths, and other plants. Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Rd, Scarborough. FMI, please call Meghan at (207) 883-6680 x 1102.

10-11 am: Stories on the Staircase. Every Saturday during the Christmas season (Through Dec. 31) at Victoria Mansion, children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a free story hour and a tour tailored just for them. This winter’s books will feature stories that fit with the holiday theme of a Currier and Ives Christmas. Each child will get a take-home activity relating to the day’s books. 109 Danforth St.

10 am-12 pm: A Company of Girls is offering  multiple Saturday Workshop Series for kids (girls and boys) ages 5-8 on December 3, 10, and 17. Workshops will take place from 10 am-12 pm at ACOG’s program space and will include a mix of visual, culinary, and performing arts activities and offer parents and caregivers some time to get a little holiday shopping done! Call (207) 874-2107 for pricing details. Advanced registration required. 671 Forest Ave, Portland.

10-4 pm: International Artisan Fair at Partners for World Health. Shop for gifts from around the world. A large collection of international craft items and local artisan crafts will be offered. 2112 Broadway West, South Portland.

4 pm-1 am: 9th Annual SantaCon! This jolly bar hop will begin at Pat’s Pizza and Lincoln’s, and conclude at Brian Boru, with many stops along the way. No cover charges to participate, but this year participants will be collecting donations for Family Crisis Services, a domestic violence support and prevention agency in Portland.

December 4

7 am- : Register now for the Maine Santa Hustle 5k or Half Marathon. Every registrant will receive a santa hat, beard, and lightweight performance hoodie. The event begins and ends at the Maine Mall, and proceeds go to Easter Seals. Music and festivities will be held afterward.  ($50 and up).

12-4 pm: A great event for your little ones! Write to Santa at Little, the adorable boutique on Exchange Street. Come + let them write to Santa so he knows! The store will provide the letters, stamps, + even Santa’s address. Santa will also write back later that week! This event is free + open to all ages. 42 Exchange St.

6-9 pm: 2nd Annual Repeal Day Ball at Mechanics Hall. Celebrate the end of Prohibition with food, music, photo booth, and of course, drinks! Drink Hudson and Chartreuse cocktails, Sonny’s will be serving up some incredible food, and we have a few more surprises up our sleeves for guests. Don’t miss out on one of the biggest cocktail parties of the year! 519 Congress St.

December 6

6-8 pm: Partners for World Health offers education opportunities for Mainers to learn about issues in global healthcare delivery. Host speakers have spent time in other countries working to improve the quality of and/or access to healthcare. For this latest educational event. Board-certified emergency room physician at Mass General Hospital, John Moussally, MD, will speak about Bangladesh and an organization he started called TraumaLink. 2112 Broadway West, South Portland.

December 8

4 pm-10 pm: Merry Madness, a fun night of friends, shopping, and festivities. Head downtown for a night of shopping, wine, and general merriment with your friends. Portland House of Music will host the Kickoff Party from 4-6:30 pm, complete with live music and delicious snacks. Your $15 advance ticket ($20 at door) guarantees you entry into the event, a collectible glass, one pour of wine, yummy snacks and a Merry Madness shopping bag. 25 Temple St.

7 pm: A Company of Girls’ Fledgling girls will be performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” accompanied by a live jazz trio on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 with a suggested donation price of $20 for adults in honor of ACOG’s 20th anniversary. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St.

December 9

This is the Deadline to sign up for The Opportunity Alliance’s annual Holiday Gift Drive. Individuals and local businesses sponsor children or individuals in need for the holidays. TOA will provide a detailed wish list OR will accept financial contributions to fill clients’ needs. Gifts should be delivered to TOA’s Family Center (50 Lydia Lane, South Portland) on weekdays between 9 am-5 pm any time up through December 9.

2 pm or 7:30 PM:  All this weekend and next enjoy Portland Symphony Orchestra’sMagic of Christmas.” Tickets are still available for both matinees and evening performances on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays (1 pm or 5 pm) through December 18. Tickets are $32-$82. Merrill Auditorium.

December 10

9 am – 3 pm: Hannaford Associates Holiday Craft Fair. All proceeds from table rentals, raffle ticket sales, and special Hannaford bags will be donated to United Way. Refreshments will be available. Keeley Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave., Portland.

December 11

9 am – 1 pm: Saltbox Cafe Season Finale Brunch Fundraiser. SBC is raising money for Lucky Pup Rescue and offering brunch with a  twist. All profits from the day will be donated to Lucky Pup Rescue in order to further their goals. The menu will consist of The SaltBox Cafe’s best selling weekly specials and summer menu items. We’ve decided to make this a menu without prices, with a “pay as you want” structure! Come on out and help us raise some money for a cause. Eastern Prom.

3 pm: Dreidel Crafts, Stories and Dance, a family Hannukah Celebration! Co-presented by the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, at the Woodfords Club. Free and open to the public.

December 12

5:30-7 pm: Buy Local Holiday Mixer at Caravan Beads. Come unwind and catch up with other indie biz enthusiasts, plus get updates on the latest happenings in the Buy Local scene. Portland Buy Local mixers are generously supported by Sebago Brewing Company. Free, Forest Ave., Portland.

December 13

6-8 pm: Wrap and Label gifts for the Boys & Girls clubs. Local Boys and Girls Clubs seek volunteer support to prepare for two of their annual holiday parties during the busy holiday season. A group of volunteers is needed to wrap, label, and set up 60-80 gifts for members of the Riverton Park Clubhouse. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 10am- 12pm, volunteers are needed to assist with wrapping and labeling of 50 gifts for Sagamore Village Clubhouse members. Volunteers will enjoy music, warm drinks, and donuts or cookies while helping at either clubhouse.

December 14

12 – 2pm: Elfternoon Lunchtime Shopping sponsored by Portland Downtown and several participating local merchants. Whether you are working or living downtown, why not shop while you eat? Participating stores offering complimentary nibbles. Elfternoon Lunchtime Shopping is free and open to the public.

7 – 8:30 pm: Field to Glass: Follow the Grain at Oxbow. Get a taste of what it takes to make Maine-grown grains into Maine-made beer.Sample Oxbow farmhouse-style ales made with Maine grain while you take an interactive tour through the field-to-glass process with the people who grow, malt and brew with that grain. Tickets are $5 and available through the Maine Farmland Trust.

December 15

5:30 – 7:30 pm: An Evening with Longfellow and Dickens. Join the Maine Historical Society for a holiday evening of conversation, poetry, stories, and reminiscences with longtime friends Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. $15 for MHS Members, $20 general admission. 489 Congress St.

December 16

9 am: Portland Pottery Holiday Show and Sale. Over 80 artists selling handmade functional and sculptural pottery, jewelry, fiber art, soap, mittens, and more! We hope you will join us for this very exciting holiday show and sale. A portion of the proceeds go to Portland Education Foundation to support arts programs in Portland Public Schools. 118 Washington Ave.

7:30 – 9:30 pm: 2016 Nutcracker Burlesque. Shows run nightly through December 23. This looks to be a brilliant and fun redo of the classic ballet put on by Lawrence Street Arts. Tickets $18. 76 Congress St.

December 17

10 am – 4 pm: Rosemont Artist Guild Holiday Sale at Breakwater Learning. What a better way to support your local Portland art community than coming out to do you holiday shopping with us. We will be featuring all hand crafted and wonderful works in :POTTERY • STAINED GLASS • TEXTILES PAINTINGS • SCULPTURE • JEWELRY WOOD TURNING • PRINTS • AND MUCH MORE… including a bake sale and fun activities like chair massage and holiday cheers.

10 am- 3 pm: Fork Holiday Market. Fork and Whole Foods collaborate to put on this Winter Market. Try some of the newest items being produced at Fork, pick up some tasty treats for the holiday, or have a hot drink on a cold day. Fork members will be showing off their goods, as well as this beautiful space. Admission is free, VIP admission includes a holiday gift bag from Fork. 75 Parris St.

12 – 2 pm: Portland Potluck! Plan ahead and host a potluck at your office to raise money for the Press Herald in the Spirit of Bruce Roberts Toy Fund. Gather your colleagues. Toast the season. Here’s how it works: Organize a potluck in your office for Friday, December 16th. Get colleagues to sign-up to bring food – appetizers, side dishes, soups, main dishes, and dessert. Invite the entire office to come for the feast. People make a donation of their choosing for a plate of food and all proceeds go to the Press Herald/Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.

December 19

6 – 9 pm: Maine Beer Company Dinner at Sur Lie. Sur Lie teams up with Maine Beer Company for a 5 course, family-style beer dinner on Monday, Dec. 19th, 2016! Bar opens at 5 pm, followed by dinner from 6 – 9 pm. $80/person not including tax and gratuity. $75 Early Bird Special if you reserve before December 5th. Beer lineup and menu to follow. Limited seats available and reservations are required. Call Sur Lie at (207) 956-7350 to reserve your spot. 11 Free St.

December 22

8 – 11 pm: Head into Sonny’s this and any other Thursday for From Viva, With Love to enjoy traditional and sexy Jazz music and song with one or several of their drinks (99 Problems is my favorite). Viva & The Reinforcements bring spicy cosmopolitan grooves and the region’s premiere jazz musicians to Sonny’s every Thursday evening. First set: Jazz Standards for Fine Dining; second set: Next Deco Jazz Lounge. 83 Exchange St.

December 24

Hannukah Begins- Happy Hannukah!

December 25

Merry Christmas!

December 28

9 pm: Versus at Port City Music Hall– Janet Jackson vs. Beyonce. Two DJs take on the hits of two of music’s heavy hitters for a night of one for one song match-ups. This time around, it’s Beyonce vs. Janet Jackson. Should be a fun way to dance out all those holiday calories. Guest DJs to be announced! Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm.$6 Advance / $8 Day of Show. 504 Congress St.

December 31

9 am-12:30 pm: Natural Resources Council’s Polar Bear Dip and Dash. Run, Walk, Make a Splash! This is a benefit for NRCM’s work to fight climate change.Walk or run a 5k, plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, or both. Registration will open at 9:00 am at the Back Cove Parking lot (across from Hannaford) for the 5k. A 5k or ocean dip in winter in Maine is a great way to raise awareness and funds to combat climate change. The race will start at 11 am and the Dip will be at noon at East End Beach. $35 Registration fee. Get friends and family to pledge you through our secure webpage. Exciting prizes when you hit fundraising levels!

New Years Eve festivities abound. Here are two options:

In addition to various other parties sure to be happening throughout the night, consider attending the Black and White New Year’s Eve Party at Ri Ra. Rock out downstairs with the Dapper Gents or dance the night away with DJ Tiny Dancer upstairs! Complimentary appetizers and a dessert buffet, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Free, no cover charge.

Alternatively, if you want to get out of town, the Birches Resort in Rockwood, Maine reopens for New Years to host a night of dinner, entertainment, and lodging. As is tradition, they will open the restaurant and lodge for the winter season on New Years Eve, serve a buffet dinner including prime rib and haddock. As soon as dinner ends, the band, Full Drive, starts and will play us right in to 2017. They are also running a lodging special for the New Year weekend, book 3 nights and get a 4th night free.

Real Estate Update

If you’ve been following the market at all, you’re aware that following the election there was a spike in interest rates. Only time will tell if the jump was a temporary reaction to the conclusion of a long Presidential campaign, or this is the beginning of an upward trend.“The markets were already factoring in an increase in rates by the Federal Reserve Board before the election. That increase is still expected to come in December. As long as the Fed does not surprise the markets with a 0.5% increase, instead of the expected 0.25%, then calm might return to the markets. Remember that long-term rates do not necessarily rise in reaction to the Federal Reserve moving short-term rates upward. As a matter of fact, after the increase last December, rates on home loans decreased due to other factors. Even with the present increase, keep in mind that rates are still very low by historical standards — and that is the best news.” -Mortgage Daily

Happy holiday season, 

Sarah Delisle