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Mark your calendars… for the Kennebunkport Festival 2013!

For many years, the Maine summer event at the forefront of my mind has been the Yarmouth Clam Festival (which will be July 19th – 21st this year). I loved going as a child, as a teen, and a young adult- but more on that to come.  Recently, Twitter activity (follow me @mainerootsgirl) about the Kennebunkport Festival has piqued my interest – so I did some digging.

The Kennebunkport Festival 2013 is June 4th-8th and is produced by the staff of Maine magazine and Maine Home+Design magazine.  Their intent, per the ‘About’ page, is to showcase the finest of Maine – fine art, fine dining, and fine wine.  Set in charming Kennebunkport, Maine, the festival includes dinners at private residences, special events hosted by restaurants and other venues, art viewings, and live music.  For a full listing of events or to purchase tickets, click here.

Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine

Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine

Where the Yarmouth Clam Festival has a casual, family-friendly vibe, the Kennebunkport Festival strikes me as an opportunity for adults to explore and enjoy the upscale side of Maine – I envision sundresses and cocktails, oceanside.   And oh, how I wish I could be there!


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Portland On Ice!

Portland On Ice, a winter festival celebrating the city’s arts’ scene, kicked off yesterday evening, January 25, 2013, and runs through Saturday, February 2nd.

You gotta love this charming city!

You gotta love this charming city!

This event is a celebration of Portland’s diverse music scene, world renowned museums and galleries, and destination shopping (which we know is fantastic!).  The Portland Harbor Hotel featured an Ice Bar to get things started, and the week continues with a series of live music events.  As someone who loves live music, I can only lament that I can’t be there to participate in the festivities!

Today, The Asylum is hosting a free event called Strike A Chord from 12pm – 6pm, which features interactive music exhibits from local studios, labels, musicians, photographers, and more.  It also includes an instrument petting zoo and an open mic session at 3pm.

All week long, various locations in Portland will host bands and other attractions.  Below are just a few from each day – for a complete listing, check out the event page here.

Saturday, January 26th:

Front of Ri Ra in the Old Port

Front of Ri Ra in the Old Port

Sunday, January 27th:

  • Dobra Tea: 3-2-1 Poetry Slam
  • Merrill Auditorium: Happy Birthday Mozart
  • Andy’s Old Port Pub: Peter Gavett

Monday, January 28th:

Tuesday, January 29th:

  • Andy’s Old Port Pub: Dave Magario
  • Big Easy: Mama’s Boomshack

Wednesday, January 30th:

  • Big Easy: Rap Night
  • Blue: Tim Adam’s Bodhran Spectacular
  • Ri Ra: Jeff Cusack

Thursday, January 31st:

  • Ri Ra: Kilcollins Band
  • Andy’s Old Port Pub: Isaiah Bennett
  • Gingko Blue: OCTANE

Friday, February 1st:

Saturday, February 2nd:

  • One Longfellow Square: The THE BAND Band Tribute to Bob Dylan
  • Blue: Jesse Lupica Quartet
  • Civic Center: Portland Pirates vs. Albany
Front of One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine

Front of One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine

I hope you get out there and enjoy this great event – there are certainly plenty of opportunities!