Thursday September 29, 2011 | 09:58 PM

Before tomorrow's ribbon-cutting and Saturday's free open house, Maine's political and business leaders had a chance to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while admiring the handsome new $75 million passenger terminal at the Portland International Jetport. Tonight's VIP Grand Opening Celebration took place in the gorgeous space shown above. As I understand it, this is where passengers will queue before entering the security screening area behind the glass doors on the left side of the photo. The terminal will officially open for business on Sunday.

Among the VIPs at the party were Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavadones and Airport Director Paul Bradbury, shown above. Mavadones, Bradbury and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt addressed the more than 500 people in attendance, praising the building and the people responsible for bringing it to fruition.

The party's theme was "An Evening of Foods that Connect Maine to the World!" As a way to highlight the airport's daily nonstop flights to major cities, the food and drinks all paid homage to either Maine or a destination city. Above oysters and lobsters clearly represent Maine. Other offerings included Chicago deep dish pizza, Cleveland cheese pierogies, Philly cheese steaks, Washington, D.C. presidential chili shooters, Orlando cotton candy cones and Georgia peach and pecan cobbler. Cocktail choices ranged from a Baltimore Dark & Stormy to a Traditional NY Manhattan.

If you want to read more about the party and see additional party photos, be sure to pick up the Oct. 2 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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