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Presidential Inaugural poet delivers address at World Refugee Day in Portland

June 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Books, Civil Rights, Photos, World News

Omar Raouf presenting his first published book to Presidential Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, on World Refugee Day in Portland, Maine. Photo by Morgan Rogers

Omar Raouf presenting his first published book to Presidential Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, on World Refugee Day in Portland, Maine. Photo by Morgan Rogers

World Refugee Day was celebrated and well attended in Portland’s Congress Square Park with Richard Blanco, a Maine resident and 2013 Presidential Inaugural poet, who delivered the main address on June 20th.

The celebration is held every year to honor the 15 million people worldwide who have faced war and persecution in their home countries. City of Portland Mayor Michael Brennan welcomed everyone and highlighted Portland’s continued dedication to give refuge to those in need.

“We recognize that we may be citizens of Portland, that we may be residents of the state of Maine, that we may live in the United States of America, but first and foremost we are human beings joined together by our common humanity,” said Brennan. “And that is more important than the distinction we may have as citizens or as documented residents living in the city.”

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Photos

Happy St. Paddy's Day!!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Photos

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Collaborative arts project brings students, organic farmers and area schools together

January 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Creative Economy, Education, Photos

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The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition opens January 16 at the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on Campus at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), with a reception and farmers market from 5 – 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2013 · No Comments · Photos

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Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, exhibits in Miami to help tree campaign

November 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Creative Economy, Photos

Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is in a current group exhibition with her Maine photos of seasons in Miami, Florida from December 3 – December 8th at the Red Dot Art Fair.

The opening reception on Tuesday, December 3rd, will benefit Million Trees Miami. Million Trees Miami Campaign is a Community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade county. Million Trees Miami has partnered with the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve parks and green space. Red Dot and all the exhibitors support the cause.

“It’s a wonderful chance to showcase Maine’s seasons the way I see and feel them,” said Ramona. “It should give folks in Florida a taste of Maine, some may miss. Plus its a great cause.”

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Leaves begin to reach peak throughout Maine

October 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Community Maine, Photos

Western Mountains of Maine are experiencing peak fall conditions. photo by Ramona du Houx

The foliage color is gradually reaching peak perfection throughout the state, according to the fourth 2013 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

“Visitors to Maine and natives will find this fall season to be one of the best ever,” said Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “The government shutdown doesn’t impact state parks or historic sites, which are all open for business.”

The leaf drop is moderate to low between 30 percent and 50 percent, which means residents and visitors can continue to enjoy a spectacular autumn season. The weather forecast for this weekend is excellent with temperatures in the high sixties and sunny skies.

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Local Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, exhibits Maine photos of seasons in New York City

October 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Creative Economy, Photos

Saturn Center by Ramona du Houx

Saturn Center by Ramona du Houx

Local Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is in a current group exhibition with her Maine photos of seasons in New York City from Oct 2 – Oct 6 at the Affordable Art Fair.

“It’s a wonderful chance to showcase Maine’s seasons the way I see and feel them,” said Ramona. “Returning to NYC to hold an exhibit is always a thrill.”

Du houx is represented by the art’s district Storks Gallery of Tokyo, which exhibited her work in a solo show in February of 2012. The Affordable Art Fair offers artists opportunities to exhibit with galleries that represent them worldwide.Her fine art website has more examples of her stunning photos.

“Ramona’s work is unique and captures emotion that stirs the soul. It’s timeless,” said Takafumi Suzuki, Storks Gallery Owner. “It’s a privilege to represent her.”

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Only in Maine: the Belfast Cheese Roll

September 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Community Maine, Issue 38, Photos

Only in Maine: the Belfast Cheese Roll

Only in Maine: the Belfast Cheese Roll

photos by Ramona du Houx

Unusual, unique or eccentric things will be an on going theme to our back cover.

This month we have photos of the New World Cheese Roll Championship at the Seventh Annual Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast on July 21, 2013.

“Many of us are dedicated to chasing our cheese, and the New World Cheese Roll Championship right here in Belfast is a metaphoric event that characterizes our historic quest for justice and scrumptious cheese,” said Bob MacGregor, presiding over the all-volunteer Maine Celtic Celebration Board of Directors.

The Cheese Roll began with a three-pound wheel of cheese rolled down the slope on Belfast Common toward the bay. Each group raced to catch up with and grab their cheese wheel. The spirited winner in each group got to keep the cheese.

Cheese rolling enjoys a complex history going back to at least the 1800s in the U.K. Today the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and held near Gloucester in the county of Gloucestershire in Southwest England. That’s a much steeper slope.

There used to be a similar tradition, much less frequently maintained, down the side of a coombe known as the Horse’s Manger on the White Horse of Uffington, Berkshire, England. A cartwheel was chased with a cheese as the prize. Cheese Rolling has also become an annual event in Stilton, England.

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Belfast, Maine’s unique cheese roll competition at the Celtic festival

July 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Arts & Entertainment, Community Maine, Photos

Noted to be the only cheese roll competition in the USA. The Belfast cheese roll is full of fun, festivity and 15 minutes of fame.
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