Happy May Day! The weather (per my local sources) is beginning to feel springlike in Maine, so what better time to get out and about and enjoy this wonderful state? There are a number of events this weekend (May 4th and 5th) that provide an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the indoors, good food, and tasty beverages – check them out below!
On Sunday, May 5th, Gritty’s is sponsoring the second annual “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” 5K run, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. This is a great opportunity to do something good for yourself (exercise, ahem) and something good for others (at the after party, 50 cents from every pint sold is donated to Habitat for Humanity – Greater Portland). The 5K is an evening run and the after party is at Gritty’s Freeport, complete with a bonfire, live music by The Mallet Brother’s Band, and of course, a ready supply of beer. For more information, or to register and/or fundraise for the run, click here.
As many of you know, much of my childhood was defined by enjoying the outdoors in Maine and experiencing the sporting opportunities each season had to offer. So, naturally, I am very excited to share with you that the Bangor Daily News is holding their first Outdoors Expo this weekend at the Portland Expo. Their article, with extensive information on the Expo, is available here, and I have to say – I was so excited reading it that I nearly purchased a plane ticket hoME.
The Expo hours are 10am – 6pm on Saturday, May 4th, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, May 5th. Tickets are $5 per person, and children under 12 get in free (and there’s plenty for a child to enjoy once they’re in). BDN staff will be on hand to discuss any number of outdoor pursuits – whether you enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, or paddling (or in my case, “drifting” somewhere on the open water). Their claim is that “this won’t be like any other outdoor expo you’ve attended in Maine,” and to back it up, they’ve arranged an impressive number and selection of door prizes and activities. Door prizes include opportunities to win an Old Town Canoe, an Old Town Kayak, a tandem skydive adventure from Skydive New England, a whitewater rafting expedition for two from Three Rivers, and a $1,000 shopping spree (gift card) from the Kittery Trading Post. Of course, no Outdoors Expo is complete without a variety of knowledgeable vendors and exhibitors ready to discuss anything outdoors-y with you, and there will also be several speakers presenting throughout the event. I highly recommend checking out their article for the full event listing, and get out there (if you do, please send photos and comments my way – I’d love feedback on the event!).
Another poorly-kept secret of mine is my love of wine. Conveniently, this wine tasting event, held at the Browne Trading Company on Saturday, May 4th, is also in Portland – so if you plan your day effectively, you can wrap up your Outdoors Expo experience and toddle over to indulge in a glass of wine (and nurse any aches and pains you may have accumulated from things like the climbing wall at the Expo). Located on Commercial Street in the Old Port, Browne Trading Company holds these wine tastings twice a month on the first and third Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.
I hope this post gives you the inspiration to get out and enjoy southern Maine this weekend. If it were me, I know I’d be finding a way to attend all three events. And if I couldn’t, it would be because I was hosting a Kentucky Derby party… complete with big hats!