The Longfellow Chorus in Portland sponsors an annual festival that celebrates poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birthday. On February 26, the festival kicked off with the inaugural "February Frostbite" road race. Sixty runners joined the event, possibly the shortest and coldest race in Maine. Ali Kuzmickas was at the starting line, asking runners and costumed Longfellow look-alikes why they were racing.
My son Tristan, due home Saturday on spring break, has been struggling for days critiquing a book called The Improving State of the World. The book's premise — that things are actually getting better — drives him nearly apoplectic. (Can a nineteen-year-old become apoplectic? One prays not.)
Will Neils, the enfant terrible of Maine politics, tells a story about one of his numerous encounters with the law.
Salt students Nic Tanner and Pierce McCleary attended the Maine Restaurant Week kick-off event on Monday night at the Masonic Temple in Portland and brought back these amazing photos and sounds. Enjoy the party, and make sure you participate in Maine Restaurant week which is running now through March 12.
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.
The blog you didn't read here this week was about a meeting at the local schoolhouse Thursday night. It would have been, had all gone to plan, mildly amusing and mildly exasperating. Here's the capsule version (make sure to swallow with plenty of liquid): 75 Lincolnvillians schlep out on a winter's evening to discuss the future of our town. Depiction of representative local characters. Background: Gateway 1 project, ambitious effort co-sponsored by MDOT to foresee and accommodate future development along an 80-mile stretch of the Midcoast.
On Thursday the Governor laid out his budget plan for the next two years. He called it a "jobs bill." And indeed he touched upon the topic of jobs, lightly, in his closing remarks, making it clear how his administration plans to address this vexing issue.
"Those who can work," said Mr. LePage, "we will simply ask them to get a job."
Problem solved! Standing ovation from the new GOP majority.
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.
My driveway is shrinking.
With each new winter storm (which is to say, about twice a week lately) the navigable channel between parallel ridge lines of snow grows narrower. The turn-around near the house can just about accommodate a rickshaw. I regret now never having taken up the unicycle — a kid in my old neighborhood in Rockport village used to pedal one down to the park and it looked like fun, though of course being a kid he was equipped with rubber bones.