joe says "untd way"

Most Mainers are probably familiar with the United Way, but did you know just how much the United Way of Greater Portland does to serve our Southern Maine community? United Way of Southern Maine (UWSM)’s mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. They UNITE individuals and organizations around our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Southern Maine.

This fall, United Way is UNITING the community around a message of hope and resilience with their campaign theme, Hopeful for a Thriving Southern Maine. The theme embodies the spirit of Maine sculpture and painter Charlie Hewitt whose hopeful and iconic sign on the rooftop of Woodford Corner’s SPEEDWELL projects building, along with other Hopeful signs across Maine, encourages resilience, unification, and of course, hope.

“Hopeful is not a gift – it’s a challenge. To be hopeful requires action.
It requires commitment. It requires being part of something.” 
– Charlie Hewitt

 To be Hopeful requires action. So, let’s all show up - UNITED. Together, we can create a Hopeful and thriving future for all in Southern Maine.

What are you hopeful for? Share your hopeful and learn more about how you can give, volunteer, and advocate at

 TAKE ACTION: This week UWSM kicks off their annual campaign with a drive-thru food drive Friday, September 17 at Wayside Food Programs. The food drive includes a community choice can sculpture contest and event organizations aim to collect over 30,000 meals for the Southern Maine region. Drive-up, drop-off, do good! Learn more at

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here

joe says "mamm rock"

Portlanders will know that this isn't the first time the Time & Temp has promoted the Maine Academy of Modern Music, a local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts.

The good folks over at MAMM hope are putting on summer camps. Students play in a band, perform covers and write original music. Accomplished educators and members of local bands offer inside tips on self-promotion, booking, gigging, the history of rock, and music theory. It’s the total rock star experience!

Learn more about these exciting camps here.

                             Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "itln bazr"

Readers of the blog will recognize this one. This weekend Joe is spreading the word about the Annual St. Peter's Italian Bazaar. Hosted by the St. Peter's Parish in Portland this weekend, the bazaar celebrates the Feast of the Assumption and the Feast of Saint Rocco. The festival includes a road race, delicious food, and more! Find more about the event here, and Joe hopes it's a great success!

                          Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "52 blue"

Readers of this blog are well familiar with Portland Players Theater, the oldest community theater in Maine. Once again, Joe's team wants to let Portlanders know about PPT's newest production. From the teen writing team that created GENZ-The Musical (Winner of the 2019 Broadway World Maine's Best Educational Theatre Production, Play or Musical), 52 Blue is the story of May, a girl who is recovering from the disappearance of one of her closest friends. On the anniversary of his disappearance, she brings herself to read the paper he left about a very special whale.
The production will run from August 12th to the 14th. Joe's team encourages you to learn more about this production here, and more about Portland Players Theater here.

joe says "hart yard"

Followers of the blog are familiar by now with the Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a local all-volunteer organization that provides a safe refuge to hundreds of homeless cats each year. Well, Joe's team wants you to know about a special event taking place from August 11th to the 15th: HART's Meowgnificent Yard and Bake Sale. This great event is several days of deals and bargains, great finds and lots of fun, and all proceeds go directly to the care of HART's cats. Joe's team thinks you should check this event out at the Exhibition Hall at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, and we thank HART for caring for our feline friends!

Find more about HART here.

                   Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "100 wmen"

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but felt like you needed help? Joe knows how much being part of a group can empower an individual, and that's why he's proud to promote the Southern Maine chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting our communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact. The organization's mission is to reach out and help the community by finding 100 or more women (the count is currently almost 400!) to each contribute $50 four times a year in order to give $20,000+ annually to local charities. All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Southern Maine area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that can be seen in our communities!

100 Women's next meeting is tonight, Monday night, August 2nd. Given these strange times, tonight's meeting will be held via ZOOM from 6:30-7:40pm. Lending a helping hand as part of a strong community has never been easier- you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

Find out more about this local organization here, and please consider joining the movement!

                    Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "make musc"

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a Maine summer than with some lovely music? Today Joe's team is promoting Make Music Portland, a day-long, totally free musical event, aimed at bringing local performers into the spotlight. Along with hundreds of cities around the world, every year on June 21 Make Music Portland rings in the longest day of the year with music and artistry. Join them as they fill local parks, restaurants, backyards, and public and private spaces with hundreds of performances, ranging in style and genre.

This is a free event. There are no costs to attend any performance, or to come join in making music.

Joe's team hopes Portlanders enjoy the music filling the city today. Thanks to all the musicians for making this celebration possible.



joe says "meca art"

Joe's team continues to be impressed by how many local businesses and nonprofits are adapting in order to fulfill their missions during these challenging times. Well, add another to the list: Maine College of Art (MECA) is hosting its annual COLLECT sale virtually this year.

The annual COLLECT Art Sale is online at! Buyers have the opportunity to purchase over 450 works from local artists - MECA students, alumni, staff, and friends of the college. During these challenging economic times, artists need your support more than ever.

The sale begins with an online preview, available by reservation now. The sale begins with a virtual opening reception on June 24th. Decor Maine editor Susan Grisanti will host a panel of artists, collectors, and professionals to discuss collecting for both first time and experienced buyers and share highlights from the over 450 pieces of artwork available. Online sales will open at 6pm on June 24th.

Joe's team hopes the event goes off without a hitch, and wishes everyone continued safety and health.

                Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.