joe says "pats prde"

Joe is missing football as much as the next Mainer, but this message is for a different kind of Pats: the Irish American Club of Maine is preparing for it's St Patrick's Day Parade, and Joe is spreading the word!

For over four decades, the Irish American Club has served to preserve and promote Irish-American culture, history, and community in Maine. Joe thinks you should join the IAC for its annual St. Patrick's celebration on Commercial Street in Portland, as well as the following day at Ri Ra for live music and fun. These folks never stop having fun, so be sure to learn more about the IAC here and more about the St. Patrick's Day festivities here.

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


joe says "mjff week"

Joe has been active in Maine's Jewish community since he was a young boy, when he could be spotted hanging out at the Jewish Community Center after school. One of his favorite local traditions is the Maine Jewish Film Festival, which is taking place this week, March 10-18. MJFF curates a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. The festival has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State. You can catch showings of great Jewish films at local theaters from Portland to Augusta and multiple places in between. For more information about the MJFF, visit the official website, and for the day-to-day schedule click here. Joe hopes this festival has another great year and continues to contribute to the rich cultural fabric of Maine!

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

joe says "me eats"

One of Joe's favorite things about Portland is the city's rich and textured history, and that goes for all of Maine, which is why the Maine Historical Society is such a fascinating organization. A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, MHS is located in the heart of Portland's downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.

The Society's current exhibition is Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here. Using historical and contemporary stories of individual people and communities, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, tells the Maine food story. Throughout the interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to engage their senses and to think deeply about the past, present and future of Maine's relationship with food.

Find more about this special event and wonderful local organization here, and more about this exhibit here. Joe hopes the event is a great success!

joe says "join mita"

Of the many things that make Maine special, one of Joe's favorites is our dazzling coastline. Like many Mainers, Joe grew up swimming and exploring the coast of our great state, and that's why he's happy to promote the Maine Island Trail Association. The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the coast of Maine, and MITA's goal is to establish a model of thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship for the Maine islands that will assure their conservation in a natural state while providing an exceptional recreational asset that is maintained and cared for by the people who use it. If you're interested in this organization, find more about MITA here.

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

joe says "wuaw gala"

Joe has been blessed with many amazing women in his life, some of them immigrants, so he's honored to spread the word about Women United Around the World, a nonprofit organization that helps female immigrants acclimate into a new environment and reaches out to women globally to give support and education. Women from over 30 countries who now live in Maine will gather tomorrow, Saturday, March 3, 2018, to celebrate International Women's Day. In honor of their global sisters, Women United Around the World ("WUAW") will hold its 9th Annual International Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser from 6pm to 10pm, at the Italian Heritage Center.

Joe applauds WUAW for the noble work it does, and hopes you consider attending what's sure to be a fun event! Learn more about WUAW here, and more about the gala here.

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

joe says "usm jbfr"

Longtime readers of the blog will be familiar with this message and know that it must be that time of the year for USM's job fair. With over 80 employers attending from a wide variety of industries including healthcare, government agencies, technology, arts, and consumer products, the job fair will give job-seekers the opportunity to explore job opportunities, meet with employers, learn about the hiring process, and build professional relationships. The event is tomorrow, Thursday March 1st, from 11am-4pm at the Sullivan Gym in Portland. For more information about the job fair, check out USM's career services page. Joe hopes the event is a success and wishes you well in your job hunt!

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

joe says "girl 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.

Each March as part of Women's History Month, MAMM hosts its annual Girls Rock! concert. The event is a celebration of girls' involvement in music and will showcase the talents of MAMM's students who will be performing a combination of solo and full band sets. This year's Girls Rock! show returns to Port City Music Hall on Saturday, March 3.

Learn more about MAMM here and more about Girls Rock here.

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

joe says "ilap 3 23"

As a descendant of immigrants himself, Joe is proud each year to sponsor and promote the CeleSoirée, a celebration of immigration through the arts, held by the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP). ILAP is a non-profit organization that helps low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. Find more about this great organization here.

If you're a fan of immigration and a good party, come to the Ocean Gateway on Commercial Street on Friday,March 23rd, at 5:30PM, for the CeleSoirée 2018, where there will be a salsa dance party, a sumptuous international buffet, and incredible raffles and musical guests. Joe wants to thank ILAP for all the great work they do, and hopes to see you there! Find more about this event here.

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