Thursday, December 5, 2013
Avery Yale Kamila dishes about southern Maine's hottest parties.
Portland Museum of Art photo
Are you an outgoing person who loves to socialize and attend parties? Would you like to get paid to do so?
The Maine Sunday Telegram is looking for people with writing and reporting experience to attend social events, talk with guests, snap photos and then write columns about what took place at the soiree and who was there to experience it. The ideal candidate will enjoy meeting lots of different people, have interviewing experience, know his or her way around a camera and be able to write on deadline.
This is a paid freelance position with multiple spots available. The individuals who make the cut will be responsible for attending an event as assigned every other week and then submitting a column and five photographs by noon on Friday. The columns and photos will be published in the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Scene & Heard section.
More than 100 college students interning this summer with some of Maine's top companies enjoyed a three-course dinner this evening with two dozen CEOs and top executives from those same companies. The dinner was part of the Libra Foundation's Summer in Maine program, which promotes internships in Maine and provides each year's summer interns with networking and recreational events.
Tonight's party took place at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. Speakers included Bill Ryan, the retired chairman of TD Bank, part owner of the Maine Red Claws and trustee for numerous organizations, including the Libra Foundation.
Flowers and fashions took center stage at tonight's Broadway in Bloom Gala Banquet. The party, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, was part of the 81st annual convention of The Garden Club Federation of Maine. The event wraps up tomorrow, but tonight the dinner party paired floral designers with original musical theater costumes from the vast collection of the Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick.
In the photo above, Suzanne Bushnell, who chaired the convention committee, stands next to a dress from "The Whiz," which inspired the flower design of Sandy Wallen of the St. Mary's Garden Club. Her floral creation included woven palm leaves, which mimicked a woven pattern on the bodice of the gown.
Stuffed with antiques and collectibles, Bubba's Sulky Lounge provided the quirky yet awesome venue for tonight's Winter Kids License to Chill party. About 250 of us party guests wandered from room to room in the the sprawling night club and everywhere there were more people having a great time. Guests who made it to the room all the way at the back of Bubba's, enjoyed barbecue from Buck's Naked and the chance to bid on dozens of silent auction items.
Winter Kids is the nonprofit organization that provides all Maine 5th through 7th graders with free and discounted admission to slopes and trails. The organization also introduces Maine children, particularly new immigrants, to Maine's rich tradition of winter sports.
Deep in the West End this evening, more than 150 guests gathered for the annual Greater Portland Landmarks Historic House Gala at the colonial revival home of Kathy and Bob Whelan, seen above making a few remarks during the party. Behind them you can see Hilary Bassett, executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks, and State Historian Earle Shettleworth, Jr., who both spoke at the event. The house you can see in the background is actually the neighboring home.
But if you were to look to the left you'd see this view of the back side of the Whelan home, where guests mingled during the party and enjoyed martinis and 1950s-themed appetizers. Both inside and out, the home has been carefully and thoughtfully renovated, allowing it to retain its historic charm and character while accommodating the needs of a new era.