Trolley museum to take guests back to Roaring ’20s

Take a trolley ride back in time at the Seashore Trolley Speakeasy Aug. 22 at the Seashore Trolley Museum.

From 6 to 10:30 p.m., more than a dozen Prohibition-era street cars will be transformed into cocktail lounges.

Dogfish Bar & Grill will operate the bar, and has created a special drink for the event called the Seashore 75 – a raspberry-infused vermouth and vodka martini, garnished with fresh raspberries.

Vena’s Fizz House will mix mocktails for those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks. The food will be catered by Blue Elephant Events.

Guests will be transported around the event on Car 396, built in 1897 and used in Otto Preminger’s 1963 production of “The Cardinal.” Silent films will be projected outdoors on the side of a car barn, and all the musical acts will perform music written from 1920 to 1933.

Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased by calling 967-2800, ext. 101; by downloading a ticket order form at or by ordering on the website.


Beer and coffee combine in new brew and event

Coffee By Design will hold a launch party for Maine Beer Co.’s annual stout from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at 1 Diamond St.

This year’s brew is nicknamed Bartender’s Brunch and, in a collaboration with Coffee By Design, it contains certified organic Ethiopian coffee.

Guests will receive samples of the stout and of Maine Beer Co.’s Lunch, a West Coast-style IPA, served in a commemorative tasting glass.

In’finiti will serve a sample-sized cocktail made from its spirits and Coffee By Design coffee.

Other samples include a 12-ounce cold brew coffee, a savory hand pie from Maine Pie Line, and a doughnut from Holy Donut.

A limited number of tickets are available online for $25 at

Local food specialists will speak after film showing

Watch a free screening of the documentary “To Make a Farm,” followed by a discussion about Maine’s food future, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library. The event is sponsored by Environment Maine.

The documentary explores the lives of five young people who decide to become small-scale farmers. After the film, a panel of experts active in the local food movement will discuss their own work and field questions from the audience.

The panelists are Penny Jordan, fourth-generation farmer of Jordan’s Farm at Cape Elizabeth and The Farm Stand in South Portland; Ben Tettlebaum, Conservation Law Foundation’s Farm and Food Initiative specialist; David Levi, owner and executive chef at Vinland restaurant; and Blair Currier, the former local food specialist for Portland Public Schools.


Wine and Dine at the Pearl will benefit Make-A-Wish

Celebrity chef Michele Ragussis will host a Wine and Dine event at her restaurant, the Pearl, on Sept. 3 along with three other chefs from the Food Network – Martie Duncan, Linkie Marais and Nikki Martin. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Guests will watch the chefs host live cooking demonstrations while enjoying live music, wine, Allagash beer and tastings of the chefs’ dishes.

Tickets are $100 per person, and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Maine.

To attend, call 221-2306, email [email protected], or click

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer