joe says "bach fest"

Have you heard of the "Can't Miss Classical Event of the Summer," being held in Portland right now? Joe is of course talking about this week's Bach Virtuosi Festival.

The Mission of the Bach Virtuosi Festival is to enrich the community by presenting outstanding music performed with brilliance and passion. Concerts are held in St. Luke’s Cathedral and Etz Chaim Synagogue, spaces with marvelous acoustics where the attendees can be close to the musicians while furthering their appreciation for this exalted music.

Joe thinks all music-lovers should check this out. Find more about this great festival here.

joe says "we r one"

This weekend's unifying message was decided on by the winner of the auction at 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine,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. Joe contributed a weekend on the sign to the recent auction, and is glad the winner chose such a nice message.

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 "mamm rock"

Joe was never much of a musician, but he can appreciate talent when he sees it. There's plenty of talent at 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 that you (or your kiddos) can join them this summer for one of their MAMM Camp sessions. A variety of camps will be offered-- Rock, Junior Rock, Songwriting & Recording, Girls Rock, Covers, Strings, and more. There will also be sessions held in Augusta, Bangor, and Machias.

Learn more about these great camp offerings here, and Joe says rock on, Portland!

joe says "big nite"

Joe believes that the ability to write is an essential skill for the 21st century. Effectively communicating is so important in so many walks of life, and that's why Joe is a supporter of The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center in Portland dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. This organization's fun, innovative programs enlist the support of local writers, artists, teachers, and community groups. At its downtown writing center it offers free afterschool workshops and writing help, and host field trips for school groups from all over Maine.

Tonight, Thursday, May 23rd, The Telling Room is hosting its Big Night 2019 Fundraiser, a celebration of student writing and official anthology release! This annual event, held at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, features a reading from the writing contest winner, the announcement of its founders prize winner, student multimedia, live music, lobby activities, and more. Join them as they celebrate another incredible year of programming!

Find more about the event here, and this wonderful local organization here.

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

joe says "strt 2stg"

While this particular message is a new one, this isn't the first time Joe has promoted Portland Ovations, a non-profit performing arts organization in Maine connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences.

Celebrate the launch of Portland Ovations’ highly anticipated 2019-2020 season with a free, family-friendly event celebrating the arts. A block party featuring local performers, food trucks and more kicks off the evening outside of Merrill Auditorium. Then they'll follow the artists from street to stage as their season is unveiled inside of the historic venue with a special performance by the evening’s host, Suzanne Nance. Local food and performers will make this event one not to be missed!

Learn more about this great event here. Joe hopes it's a smashing success!

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

joe says "ted tech"

As an entrepreneur and businessman, Joe is always looking for bright new ways to innovate. One event where there's sure to be plenty of innovative ideas is TEDxDirigo. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience; TEDxDirigo was co-founded in 2010 as a world-class platform to celebrate innovation and creativity in Maine. In the same spirit of the state motto, TEDxDirigo leads the way with ideas from Maine’s brightest innovators and changemakers.

TED's technology team is distributed around the globe, so twice a year, they gather in a different city to plan the coming six months of work and encourage team building while exploring the local culture. At their last event, the team voted to host their spring Tech Summit in Portland. They’re excited to have this lovely city as the backdrop for their brainstorming process.

This year's TEDx Dirigo event will be held on November 2nd at University of New England's Innovation Hall in Portland. Joe hopes to see you there!

Learn more about TEDxDirigo here.

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

joe says "wndo drss"

Readers of this blog may remember Joe's past support of WindowDressers, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption, and CO-2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows.

WindowDressers has developed a community-based volunteer model that taps into individual and collective interest in saving on fuel costs, helping fellow citizens and sparing the environment from unnecessary CO2 pollution. Their target is leaky windows in Maine’s housing stock, the oldest in the nation. Inserts offer an affordable alternative to window replacement.

WindowDressers customers save, on average, ten to twenty percent on their fuel consumption, which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season. They donate 22% of their inserts to low-income families who could not otherwise afford them. Many of these families choose to donate back to the program in order to help other families.

Joe thinks this is a great idea and encourages you to learn more about WindowDressers here. Also, if you have an interest in volunteering, there's no experience needed!

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

joe says "crom well"

This message up in lights is near and dear to Joe, whose favorite local nonprofit is the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Cromwell's mission is to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities. Joe, who serves on the Cromwell board of trustees, is constantly impressed by this local organization and the wonderful work they do in the greater Portland community and is always happy to lend them a helping hand.

Cromwell's Annual Dinner & Auction fundraiser is being held tomorrow, Thursday May 16th, 2019 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland. Dinner & Auction proceeds support the Cromwell Center's programs to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities.

Learn more about the event here, and more about the Cromwell Center here. Joe thanks you for your support.

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