Salt Stories Blog Archive February, 2011
In Saco, along a stream that empties into a tidal marsh, there is a rectangular stand of woods. The woods are flanked by the following: to the west, the marsh; to the north, a golf course; to the east, a quiet highway and summer homes; and to the south, the Atlantic Ocean. Inside these woods, crammed in by humanity and the sea, spring has begun.
On a cold February night, Portland's newly re-opened State Theater screened the classic film Casablanca. About 600 people attended the screening, many of them dressed up in 1940s garb. When the movie was over, the Portland Jazz Orchestra played live 1940s music. Rachel James and Sharon Mashihi spent the evening at the theater, talking to some of the movie-goers.
Portland has transitioned from a gritty pub town to hub for the arts, but a new Maine Arts Commission study found that in Maine most people who visit art museums are tourists. Salt Student Andrea Muraskin hit the streets in Portland to ask locals what they think about the arts.