Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Please join Architalx in their 21st season as four contemporary design practitioners share their vision to create engaging, meaningful spaces.
April 2 - Tom Kundig, Award-winning Seattle based architect
April 9 - Michael van Valkenburgh, Award-winning NYC based landscape architect
April 16 - Charles Walker, Structural engineer, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
April 23 - Blaine Brownell, Minnnesota based architect exploring new building materials
Lectures will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. Doors open at 5:30. Admission is $8.00
Architalx is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to broadening the awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture and design. Architalx presents lectures, exhibitions, and discussion groups to foster a provocative and creative dialogue within the Maine design communituy.
Funding for Architalx programs comes from their collaborators, lecture attendees, local design firms, corporations, and from the generous support of individual contributors.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Portland Stage Company presents "Trying" Showing March 31 - April 19. A witty and poignant account about growing old, inspired by the playwright's personal experience as the secretary of Judge Francis Biddle, Attorney General. Biddle has little patience for his young secretary, and they have many battles regarding everything from their differing belief systems to grammar. Eventually their struggle gives way to respect and eventually friendship.
Performance Schedule - Previews: Tues., Wed., Thurs., March 31–April 2, all performances at 7:30 pm
- Opening Night: Friday, April 3 @ 7:30 pm
- Special Performances
- Tuesday Evening: Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 pm
- Thespian Thursday Matinee: Thursday, April 16 @ 2:00 pm
- Regular Performances
- Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 pm
- Saturdays at 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm
- Sundays at 2:00 pm
- Final performance: Sunday, April 19 @ 2:00 pm
- ASL performance: Sat., April 11 @ 8:00 pm
Note: Special ticket prices for groups are available. Please call for information.
Adults: $26 • Seniors: $23 • Students: $13
Weekday Performances - Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri.: Adults: $32 • Seniors: $29 • Students: $16
- Saturdays & Sundays: Adults: $36 • Seniors: $33 • Students: $18
Still showing at the Portland Stage Company through April 11th is "The Passion of the Hausfrau" the adventures of a Portland mom and would-be writer who discovers her own creative power by embarking on a hilarious and heartfelt journey of mythic proportions. Adapted from Portland's own Hausfrau muthah-zine, a self-published quarterly that chronicles the passion that is parenting, written and cartooned by Nicole Chaison.
Thurs. & Fri. @ 8:00 pm
Saturday @ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Susan Jeske former Ms. America was facing health issues that led her to a holistic doctor for healing. After hearing what products were in her daily regime, he informed her that they were the cause of her health problems. In only two weeks, her symptoms were gone. This was the first time that Susan realized that what she used on her skin could impact her health. At that point she quit a very successful cosmetic job and started on a journey of study of cosmetics and skin care.
What she found was very disturbing and led to her deciding to share her story and why she is so passionate in her quest to educate the public.
Susan will be speaking at USM on Friday evening March 27 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine. Call 207-767-4622 to preregister for the event.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
An important piece of Maine heritage and history can be celebrated across the State on this Sunday, March 22. Maine Maple Sunday provides an opportunity for Maple Farmers throughout Maine to open their doors to the public. If you have never experienced a Sugar House in operation, you should take advantage of this opportunity to see how it all works. Many farmers have new boilers, but the concept is the same as it has been for generations. Many farms will offer not only syrup for sale for but you can enjoy tastings of the golden nectar and purchase maple related products.
You can watch the process of turning 40 gallons of raw maple sap into one gallon of golden, delicious maple syrup. It will give you a great appreciation for all the love and labor that goes into every bottle you see on the store shelves. Some sugarhouses are also offering sleigh rides, wagon rides and tours. You may get the opportunity to have maple syrup on pancakes or ice cream...yum yum! There may even be some of you out there that have had the pleasure (and oh, yea, the pain) of Rock Maple Splinters. These are a magical concoction of raw sap, lots of ice (or snow) and whiskey. Maine Maple Sunday is usually more enjoyable if you haven't had Rock Maple Splinters on the Saturday night before......
Monday, March 16, 2009
Now through March 22 the Portland Stage Company is in the final days of the offbeat, fun production, "Out of Sterno". Tickets are available at 207-774-0465.
Also in the final days is the exhibition that everyone has been buzzing about on the streets and in the cafes of Portland. Backstage Pass at the Portland Museum of Art is a walk through the history of Rock and Roll through the medium of photography. Remember...Friday nights from 5-closing, the Museum offers free admission!
Cinderella is being presented by the Maine State Ballet on March 21 and 22 at 2 and 7 PM at the Maine State Ballet Theatre. The Theatre is located at 348 US RT One in Falmouth.
The ever popular Smucker's Stars on Ice featuring Olympic, World and National Champion Ice Skaters will be arriving to perform at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday, April 11 at 3 PM. This tour will be featuring Tanith Belbin, Ben Agosto, Evan Luasek and Kimmie Meissner.
The Portland Ballet will be brining the romantic masterpiece, Giselle to the John Ford Theater at Portland High Shool on March 28 at 7:30 and the 29 at 2:00 PM.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Portland Flower Show has begun! A sure sign of spring...thank goodness....is the annual Portland Flower Show. This year promises to be a great one since other New England Flower Shows have begun to go by the wayside due to our flailing economy. Saturday there will even be a special appearance by Bob Crowley, the "Survivor" winner. Shuttles are being offered that will be going up and down Commercial Street until 30 minutes after the Show each day.
The Show is being held at the Portland company Complex which is located at 58 Fore Street. The hours are 10am-6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday the hours will be 10 am-5 pm. At the Cafe you will be able to attend daily lectures and there is also a Children's Discovery Garden. Tickets at the door are $15pp with free admission to Children under 12.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Yesterday kicked off a ten-day marathon with Restaurants across Maine to promote eating out. It is a simple, and great premise....three course price fixe menus with beverage and tip not included. What a great opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been thinking about...but just haven't gotten to. We are so rich in great culinary experiences in Portland, that it can be a challenge to work your way around to even just the best ones! Maine Restaurant Week answers that challenge with an affordable and creative approach. The list of participating restaurants will also show the price range and clicking through to the restaurant will for most of the particpators, show the menu that is highlighted for the week. Some restaurants are changing their menu daily. This opportunity ends on March 10, so call early for reservations and often! Please remember to show some special love to the hard working servers that are helping to make this week possible. We dined at Twenty Milk Street last evening, and had one of the most delightful servers I can remember for quite some time. So cheers to our server, Chris! Thank you for a wonderful evening out, you truly made it special.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
A reflection of needed change. We are updating our name, because although catchy....our blog name was just too long for normal advertising use!
We have shortened it down to:
We do apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
1) First Friday Artwalk March 6, 2009 Downtown Portland.
(more to be posted on this soon.)
2) Restaurant Week Maine
Sunday March 1 through Tuesday March 10.
The concept is simple...A price fixe menu, three course meals at special pricing, featuring wonderful local restaurants. A great opportunity to try something new, and support local businesses.
3) Maine Maritime Museum Exhibition: The Sea Within Us This is an exhibit of Inconically Maritime Fashion and Design.
4) Out of Sterno at the Portland Stage Company
March 3-22. "Wide eyed innocence and perfect pedicures collide in this zany new comedy about life, self-image and the pursuit of a hunky man to call your own."...see website for the entire description and show times.
5) Portland Symphony Orchestra presenting: Revel, Schubert and Poulenc March 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm., and Pathetique March 24 at 7:30
6) Moonlight Madness in Bath March 13, 6-9 p.m.
Celebrate the end of winter with music, entertainment, art exhibits, and stores staying open late with lots of fun sales. This kicks off a weekend of events in the historical city of Bath, Maine. 207-442-7291
7) Maine Boatbuilders Show
March 20-22. 207-774-1067. This is the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boats builders show on the East Coast. You will find sail, power,canoe, and kayak boats here. Peter Spectre of Wooden Boat Magazine says, "The word on the waterfront was that this show was different, and it sure was...the exhibits were real boats, and the parts for real boats. and service for real people, and the folks in attendance were real boat enthusiasts.
8) St Patrick's Day Celebration March 14th in Ogunquit, Maine 207-646-6170
Sponsored by the Ogunquit Performing Arts, there will be Irish step-dancers and Irish Music with Traditional Instruments.
9) Spring Fling Shawnee Peak
The 24th annual Spring Fling is a celebration of Spring with soft snow, live entertainment, great bbq, and the annual Slush Cup!
The Slush Cup (starts at 1:30pm) pits skiers and snowboarders against A 60-foot-long man-made pond of ice cold water. Skim along as far as you can go, before falling victim to the laws of gravity! Register (for free) in the Base Lodge from 10am-11:30am
The Pomegranate Inn has a number of return guests that love to make us part of the ski weekend. Some like to come before, and some like to come after, but all agree that the Pomegranate is a great way to add some romance to a ski weekend!
10) Maine Maple Sunday March 22
Always the fourth Sunday In March, sugar makers around the state open their Sugar Shack doors to the public for a great opportunity to experience Maple Syrup and Sugar in the making. Most also offer free tastings and other products for sale featuring Maple Syrup. Interestingly enough...I always associate Maine Maple Sunday with a headache. Maine Maple Sunday follows a previous night in "the old days" with lots of fun loving people crammed into Gary Pitcher's sugar house enjoying a pot luck and Gary's famous Rock Maple Splinters...delicious, but deadly. A more safe and equally delicious early spring treat is freshly made syrup over shaved ice (or snow to be true to its roots)!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Do you think you would like to run an Inn? Is the concept of owning a business that can also serve as your residence sound attractive in today's economic climate? Innkeeping is a very attractive business and lifestyle to many people who want to be in charge of their own destiny.
To be successful you need to have the tools to apply today's methods and to realize that this is truly a lifestyle, a job, a home and an investment.
This two day seminar will explore these topics and more. You will see if innkeeping is the right fit for you.
Join us and decide if innkeeping is in YOUR future. Our next seminar will be hosted by the eclectic Pomegranate Inn on Portland's beautiful West End. Dates are May 3-5th, 2009. Rates are $525/couple and $275/single. This reasonable rate includes everything! Sunday and Monday nights at the Inn, Monday and Tuesday breakfasts, Monday lunch, Sunday and Monday dinners and all the seminar materials.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a fall session hosted by the Brunswick Inn on Park Row, September 14-16.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Our very own Ellen Domingos is starring in a one woman cabaret-style show, "Is There Fat in That?" at the St. Lawrence Arts and community Center in Portland, presented by the Good Theater, starting February 18, and running through the 22. Ellen developed this biographical show with Brian Allen, the good Theater's artistic director. It is all about her experiences as an actress and model in New York City, but has it's beginnings with Ellen as an 8-year-old prodigy making her stage debut with the Maine State Theatre in Brunswick.
Through the keeping of journals throughout her experiences in New York, both on the stage and as a model for Levi Strass, Sears and other retailers, she compiled a number of stories that are about real life in an industry that is demanding and unforgiving. Allen says, "Ellen took the gloves off, and this is no-holds-barred. It's the truth, and the truth is funny."
Ellen has been accepted into NYU's master's program for theater education and plans to return to New York. She states that she didn't do this show with any particular agenda, that she had a story and wanted to share it. Tickets are available at 207-885-5883.
Maine Maritime Museum opens its latest exhibit, "The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion & Design" and is on view athrough April 19th . This exhibition explores our long standing love affair with anything related to the maritime world and the role of maritime icon in our culture. It takes us through how these nautical artifacts serve as symbols in our daily lives, even if we have never had a personal connection with the item itself. Also included is a display of apparel from naval uniforms and the 19th century women and children's clothing that was inspired from those uniforms to our present day fashion trends that can trace their look back to the maritime world. Midcoast residents have submitted images of their own versions of the classic mariner's motif, the tattoo. Iconic maritime figures from popular culture such as movies and books are also part of the display.
Elsewhere in Portland this week:
Peter Gynt Portland Stage Company, Portland.
Portland String Quartet: Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland 761-1522. 2 p.m. Feb.22
Boris Garcia: One Longfellow Square, Portland. 761-1757. 8 p.m. Feb. 22
Nature Walks: Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport. 10-11 am Thursday, $10.
An Evening with Renee Fleming: Merrill Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Guests arriving today at the Pomegranate Inn are being treated to handmade truffles in their rooms.
Our very talented breakfast chef, (Darcey) created delightful (and beautiful) brownies for our afternoon intermezzo. Intermezzo is served every afternoon from 4-6 p.m., and is frequently a time when guests find themselves sitting around the fire, enjoying new friends and great conversation.
Wherever today finds you, I hope you are with some special people, dear to your heart, sharing some loving moments.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
One Of Five Romantic Getaways you can drive to from Boston, by Travel New England. From New York City to Montreal, this article highlights some magnificent destinations for finding Amour. Even though our focus is on Valentine's Day right now, romantic getaways are fabulous any time of the year. We frequently hear from our guests that it is amazing how just quickly you can feel your batteries recharge. Even just a night or two away in a beautiful setting can give you some of the same benefits that a longer stay in an exotic setting can bring. With our European feel, warm fireplaces, elegant but whimsical rooms, and delicious breakfasts, we have all the ingredients necessary for a special romantic weekend.
From all of us at the Pomegranate Inn....Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30 P.M., Robert Moody will be conducting the Portland Symphony Orchestra in an evening with the World Renowned Renee Fleming in her Maine debut.
All proceeds from this wonderful event will benefit the Portland Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund.
Renee Fleming has been called "America's Beautiful Voice" which perhaps came from her Grammy in 1999 for her Decca Recording of The Beautiful Voice. Just a few of the delights awaiting her audience will be "So in Love" from Kiss Me Kate and "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess.
Please call Portix at 207-842-0800 or visit them online.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
At St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center at 76 Congress Street you will find "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" presented by the Good Theatre. Featuring a cast of 17, led by Actor Tony Reilly from South Portland. Tickets are $20-$28 and available at 207-885-5883.
Portland Stage Company at 25A Forest Avenue is home to a great run with "Peer Gynt", Henrik Ibsen's classic Norwegian Tale. This is on stage until February 22. The lead is held by Noah Brady who is a newcomer to Portland State and receiving great praise. Tickets are from $16-$36 and available at 207-774-0465 or at www.portlandstage.com
Opening February 18 at the St. Lawrence by the Good Theatre will be a one-woman show by a woman near and dear to our hearts at the Pomegranate, Ellen Domingos from Brunswick. This is a one-woman cabaret show about her experiences in New York as an actor and model. Don't miss this show running Feb. 18-22. Tickets are $15 and $19 and available at 207-885-5883. Stay tuned for more information!
Monday, February 2, 2009
And always, the best part of new month, is First Friday Artwalk. Enter here for this month's participating venues. There is more good news...we are expecting highs in the 30's Friday and clear skies. Sounds like happy walking weather to me!
The Syliva Kania Gallery at 148 High Street is home to a cooperative of 18 artists in a setting that provides 360 degrees of dynamic artwork. They will be having live music and tell us that they are not just "another" gallery. Definitely worth a visit.
The Cygnet Gallery at 568 Congress Street will be sharing with us what their artists feel most passionate about. This energy filled contemporary gallery is host to a rotating selection of original paintings, sculpture and fine art furniture.
Acoustic Artisans at 1 Forest Avenue is a must see for the music lover and in particular, the stringed music lover. Here you can visit a collaborative string instrument workshop and actually see the work in progress. They make violins, violas and cellos, and also guitars and mandolins.
They will be featuring live music and light refreshments.
The Pomegranate has two rooms available for this Friday night, if you would like to come into town to soak up some art , have a great dinner while you are here and make a night of it! Please give the Pomegranate Inn a call at 207-772-1006 or as always, you may book online.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thanks to the talent and high energy of the members of Roomful of Blues for a fantastic Concert at the Morse High School in Bath on behalf of the Chocolate Church.
Once again, Chris Vachon was spot on fabulous with his mesmerizing mastery of the guitar, having a blast all along the way. He has produced the band's last six albums and is a talented songwriter as well. He has a gracious nature in his presence on stage and shares the spotlight with each member of the band. Dave Howard on vocals draws in the audience with his gritty, soulful voice. Ephraim on drums always seems to be the kid playing along with the band, just having a good time. He's talented and strong, but always gives the appearance that he is just jamming with the guys. I'm continually more impressed with Travis on keyboard every time I hear him. Doug Wolverton on trumpet is cool and hot...jazzy and blue. Mark on bari and tenor sax always knocks my socks off, he is so breezy and easy in style, but he is a true master of his instrument. Rich Lattaille who has been with the band from the very beginning is always a bit of surprise because he looks so cool....the straight arrow of the band from demeanor, but when he plays you see right down to his soul with his warm sultry tones, just full of heart. And how much fun is Bryan Rizzuto on the upright bass to watch. He is the perfect addition to the band with his playful energy and incredible execution of style.
Roomful has gone through a number of personnel changes through the years, and I have enjoyed them at every stage. Right now their mix of talent and personalities is taking them to a new level of artistic excellence which translates to fun, fun, fun for their audiences.
They will not be back in the area again for sometime, but when they do, if you appreciate blues and jazz, you owe it yourself to become a follower of the Roomful of Blues. Stay tuned here for information regarding their next appearance in the area.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Portland State Company is offering previews of "Peer Gynt" by Henrik Isben starting on Tuesday evening, with the opening slated for Friday night. Tickets run $13-$36. Mad Horse Theatre Company has ended it's brief break and is now performing in the studio theatre at the Portland Stage presenting "The Clean House" through February 8th. The Good Theatre 76 Congress Street, Portland is helping us shake away with winter blues with "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum" through February 15.
We are just a little more than a week away from February's First Friday Art Walk which will be no less magical just because we are in a deep freeze! We have two vacancies left for February 6th at the Pomegranate. This would make a great getaway just before Valentine's Day, and I don't expect these last rooms to be available for long.
Greetings from the kitchen of the warm and cozy Pomegranate Inn. We have tossed the idea of a blog around for a very long time. Unfortunately it kept getting shuffled to the background by other things...like starting a new events and catering management group! After just having a conversation with a guest this morning about Portland and all the really wonderful things there are to do here....even now....deep in the icy winter months....I decided there was no better time than the present to kick off a blog to accompany our web site. Here you will find not only what is happening here at the Pomegranate, but what is happening all around the Portland area. This will be a great place to subscribe to, or to visit as you are planning your trip to the area. Feel free to email me with things you would like to see highlighted here as well. As many of you already know, we have begun an events and catering management company called Pomegranate Parties. This is business we put together to share the beautiful surroundings here at the Pomegranate and also at the West End Inn and the Brunswick Inn on Park Row with people that are looking for a very special place to throw a spectacular, yet intimate event. Pomegranate Parties has its very own blog as well, and a great place to check out what is happening in the events and entertaining world. I am excited about a new avenue for talking up this great town of Portland which I adopted as my home town just a few short months ago. I felt right at home from the first week here, and am really enjoying getting to it better each day. I hope you will enjoy the ride right along with me!