Monthly Archives: May 2014

Maine sits pretty when it comes to eating local

“Eat local,” they say—but where is local eating the easiest?

A Vermont-based group has released its annual ranking of states based on the availability of local food to the average citizen. It’s the third annual Locavore Index compiled by Strolling of the Heifers (here’s a hint for the complete story on where that quirky name came from: It’s a play on Pamplona’s running of the bulls).

So which states make it easiest to eat local? Here are the top 10:

1. Vermont
2. Maine
3. New Hampshire
4. Oregon
5. Hawaii
6. Rhode Island
7. North Dakota
8. Wisconsin
9. Montana
10. Iowa

Here’s the whole story by Jason Best, a regular contributor to TakePart.


The Art of Giving Gala

The Art of Giving Gala


In celebration of our 60th anniversary, Down East is partnering with 6 Maine artists to raise $60,000 for 6 Maine charities.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30-9:00 p.m.
The Portland Company Marine Complex
Plentiful hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and cocktails
Special performance by Gunther Brown

Alex Katz, Angela Adams, Barbara Ernst Prey, Eric Hopkins, William Wegman and an up-and-coming artist from Maine College of Art.

Admission ticket includes: hors’ d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and cocktails. Each admission ticket can be exchanged at the event for one (1) Art of Giving raffle ticket entitling you to a chance to win the featured artists’ work. (No more than 1000 tickets will be sold)

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“Summer Art Preview: New shows opening in Portland, Rockport and Ogunquit” | Maine Today

We’ve heard for years that painting is dead.

Not so fast.

The early-summer season at Maine museums is full of what should be terrific art exhibitions spotlighting some of Maine’s best known and most accomplished painters. There are other exhibitions as well, including a major examination of Shaker objects and lifestyle, a focus on art and jazz and a deep examination of sculptor Bernard Langlais.

Follow this link to read the rest of this piece by Bob Keyes in Maine Today.

Deadline nears for Life is Better Contest

Deadline nears for Life is Better Contest

Only one day left to be entered in the Life is Better with MPBN Contest. Please don’t miss your chance!

Make a gift to MPBN before 8:30pm May 31 and you will automatically be entered in MPBN’s Sixth Annual Life is Better with MPBN Contest.

There will be one Grand Prize winner of a 2014 Nissan Juke S, generously donated by Lee Auto Malls of Maine, and two Second Prize winners of a Sugarloaf Weekend getaway and golf package.

You can be entered in the contest and support MPBN right now by clicking on the support button below and making a safe and secure on-line donation to MPBN.

Thanks and good luck!

Vacation, Day 1

Vacation, Day 1: Nothing accomplished. So far, #vacation is a success!