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July Greetings from Executive Director Dinah Minot 

POW! WOW! July is in full vacation swing with arts, music, summer reading, and summer festivals for locals and tourists. Like in the Richard Scarry books of my children’s youth, Casco Bay is a bustling port of activity, a flurry of sailboats, picnic boats, and busy ferries. Plein air painters and paddle boarders dot the coast, fishermen haul their catch, and campers pitch their tents. The PSO 4th of July Pops and fireworks display is back this summer, and First Friday Art Walk offers a wide menu of arts enrichment (including Arena at SPACE and Opera Maine’s 25th anniversary exhibit at PPL), with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Greater Portland Festival of Nations in Deering Oaks and PMA’s summer garden party later this month. Stop into Maine Craft Portland, celebrating the  first anniversary of their stunning store showcasing Maine’s finest craftsmen. And here’s an unusual fun tip: Acoustic Paddle on the 14th: Sea Kayak to Fort Gorges for Live Music. Bask in all the amazing choices of Portland’s cultural life or lounge seaside with your eyes closed. Enjoy!


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