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Better Than an Advent Calendar: Elf on the Shelf

Better Than an Advent Calendar: Elf on the Shelf

We were visited by a pixie elf the day after Thanksgiving this year. It’s the third year in a row he’s showed up. His name is Elfie.

My oldest son, G, named the elf. He was sent to us by Santa Claus himself. He comes every year the day after Thanksgiving. He’s even made appearances in New York City and Massachusetts when we were traveling for the holidays.

If you haven’t figured it out. I’m talking about Elf on the Shelf.

The rules are simple.

The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday

The Creatorium- Rockland's first indie craft show... just in time for the holiday
Holiday Craft Fair
Friday Dec. 2nd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
@ the Lincoln Street Center Rockland's first indie craft show...
just in time for the holiday.

This will not be the church craft fair that you went to last year...trying to decide between the wooden geese, doilies and the rayon yarn vests in red and green.

This will be the juried creatives fair of Rockland, where artists, artisans, craftspeople, and foodies can sell their wares to folks who are looking for the perfect gift for friends, family and coworkers.  Maybe for themselves, too! 

We will be located in the gym of the Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln Street, with over 50 booths!


Fashion Without Limits - Empowering Disabled Maine

Fashionable Giving hosts our third charity fashion show entitled "Fashion Without Limits - Empowering Disabled Maine." This fundraiser benefits the Ms. Wheelchair Maine Leadership and Advocacy Organization. The event will feature local models (including models from the Ms. Wheelchair Maine Organization) and the latest fashion items from local designers and boutiques. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. The event includes a cash bar, live entertainment, raffles and vendor tables. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door while availability last. To order tickets, visit us online at the Title link above. Event is Nov. 18 - starts at 5:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Freebies

Veterans Day Freebies

Restaurants and Retailers are offering Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel freebies this Friday.

Get Your Broderson Award Tickets-A Celebration of Commercial Artists from the State of Maine

Get Your Broderson Award Tickets-A Celebration of Commercial Artists from the State of Maine

We are thrilled to have the 2011 show at the historic State Theatre hosted by Myq Kaplan of Last Comic Standing fame. Purchase your tickets and enjoy a night of fine commercial art, good food and even better laughs!

Individual tickets, six or eight top tables available. Hour d’oeuvres are included for both, with drink service at tables only. There will be a cash bar for both.

Purchased tickets can be picked up at the Broderson’s gallery at 611 Congress Street before the show.

See you there!


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Being Green this Halloween is Simple at Goodwill

Northern New England —Busy families can be earth friendly this Halloween by shopping at Goodwill® stores. Find everything you need at Goodwill to create a unique costume for yourself or your children. All you need is a little imagination to transform your child into a favorite superhero or fairy princess.

By shopping at Goodwill this Halloween, you are purchasing high-quality, affordable items and diverting them from landfills. The 26 Goodwill stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have items donated by nearly one million donors. This vast inventory includes anything you can imagine, from clothing in every color to apparel from different decades and accessories to transform an ordinary look into a fantastic costume.

“Shopping at Goodwill for Halloween is a simple step toward living a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Michelle Smith, Communications Manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

A Newly Crowned Chef

A Newly Crowned Chef

Cooking as a business is brand new to me. I am risking a lot by throwing that out there but it's true.

Over two years ago I was grooming myself for a life in the medical field. I was convinced that there was something truly brilliant out there for me and that I was going to be someone very important. Then I met my husband: got married, had a baby, moved to Maine and forgot about all that crazy stuff. What I found here was enough to distract me from everything I once thought important. Beautiful scenery, a slower pace and more importantly, a greater connection to the food I eat. I started, much like a mad woman, trying all recipes out in the kitchen. I held huge dinner parties, an annual harvest party, I planted a garden, I bought some chickens and now, I am selling my food to all of you.

In this economy am I worried? Sure I am. You bet. But something really wonderful happened this past weekend and a little tiny light bulb went off.