Heart of Biddeford is pleased to share our 2015-16 Annual Report, in which we thank you – the volunteers, donors, sponsors, and downtown enthusiasts – for another year of positive change! Please take a moment to review some inspiring photos, understand where HOB funds came from and where they were spent, and see the list of people who stepped up to make a difference in Biddeford this year.
Our fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30, so each fall we communicate about HOB’s accomplishments and all the people and organizations with whom we partner in revitalizing Biddeford. We are honored to be a Nationally Designated Main Street program, and to have remarkable support from the City of Biddeford in doing this work!
Please read the Annual Report here!
Artists are invited to submit creative holiday lighting design concepts to brighten downtown Biddeford for the holiday season. Ten artists will be selected, and will receive a $100 stipend to defray costs of the installation. These 10 artists will be eligible to compete for a $750 Grand Prize.
Below are great charitable events and services that make Biddeford better for everyone!
Cycle for Sweetser, Saturday, September 17
Cycle for Sweetser is a fun community event that takes place entirely on the scenic Eastern Trail, which runs alongside Sweetser’s Saco campus and makes for a perfect ride for families, community members, and biking enthusiasts. The bike ride includes three distances, including a 2 mile course for kids, 8 miles, and 14 miles. Click for more information.
Alzeheimer’s Walk, Saturday, Sept. 17, in York Beach.
Meet at the Ruby Tuesday parking lot in Biddeford at 7:45 am and car pool to York together. Registration begins at 8, the opening ceremony starts at 9 and the walk starts at 9:30. It’s a 2 mile walk along York Beach so we should be done by 10:30. Make a donation here!
Free Bean Supper, Saturday, September 17
The Knights of Columbus are hosting a free bean supper in the downstairs hall at St. Joseph Church from 5-6:30pm. Included are all the fixings of a bean supper along with pizza for kids of all ages. Cost is FREE in appreciation for all in our Parish and Community who have helped make your local Knights of Columbus Council successful. Donations will be accepted but not required. For more info, contact Mike Bolduc at 468-0106.
Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm at Second Congregational Church, Saturday, September 17
An all women’s percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to cultural diversity, education, and healing thrugh the universal language of music. Blending western vocal harmonies with the polyrhythms of West Africa, the Meddle East, and Brazil, they create a multicultural fusion beyond tradition. The band takes it name from the ancient Sumerian Goddess Inanna, who was worshiped more than 4,000 years ago when it is believed that the drummers were predominantly women.vSecond Congregational Church
Fri., Nov. 4 The 2nd Annual YCCAC Fall Ceilidh & Silent Auction
Join York County Community Action Coalition for a Celtic-themed fundraiser at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport on November 4th. Click here for more information and tickets.
Second Congregational Church
Click here for information about Thursday Gospel and Praise, Scripture and Message, Saturday Community Clean up (8-9:30 a.m.), and Sunday Free Pancake Breakfast (9 a.m.) and Worship Service.
Sept. 22, Biddeford Savings’ Burger Crawl
Watch here for more information here about a fun event that gives you a taste of four different burger experiences in downtown Biddeford! Proceeds benefit Biddeford Food Pantry.
Friday, Sept. 23, 2-4 p.m. Grand Opening of The Lofts at Saco Falls
Please join the Szanton Company, MaineHousing, City of Biddeford, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, Peoples’ United Bank, CEI and Genesis Fund as they celebrate the opening of The Lofts at Saco Falls. An adaptive re-use of historic Saco Water Power Company’s Machine Shops No. 1 and No. 2 into 80 mixed-income apartments 75 Saco Falls Way, Biddeford (for GPS, use 24 Pearl Street) Friday September 23, 2-4 p.m. With featured speakers at 2 p.m. After the program, explore the property and enjoy light refreshments. Please R.S.V.P. by September 16th 207-245-6431 or by email.
Oct. 1, YMCA Free Community Event
Don’t miss the YMCA of Southern Maine’s FREE community event on October 1, 2016 from 8am-1pm! Join them Saturday, October 1 and receive a free one-week guest pass valid Oct 1-7th for you and your family! Already a member? Bring your friends and family for free all week long! For a full schedule of events, visit their website (schedule available after September 15th).
Saturday, October 22, Polio Awareness Walk, hosted by Rotary Club of Saco.
The event is meant to bring awareness at the community level that we are “just this close” to eradicating this debilitating disease within our lifetime.
Sewer construction will be taking place at the Main/Lincoln/Adams intersection from Thursday, Sept 15 thru Friday Sept 23.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Biddeford + Saco Chamber Expo: TODAY!
Check out the Chamber’s Expo for a full day of opportunities to network and B2B! Find more information here!
@Elements: Dirigo Brewing Company Debut at Elements, 4 p.m.
@Cowbell Burger Bar: 6 p.m. Debut Tapping of Dirigo Brewing Co
@Engine: Kindling Fund Info Session. 6 p.m. Info session about grant funding for individual artists.
Thursday, Sept. 15
@Engine: PechaKucha, “Pain Unplugged.” Doors open 5:30 p.m., event at 6 p.m. No admission. UNE and Engine sponsor an evening of stories of chronic pain and recovery.
Friday, Sept. 16
The River Jam Weekend kicks off on Friday night with the Mayors’ Ball: a festive evening to raise funds for local food pantries. Get all the info and where to buy tickets here.
@Elements: 8 p.m. Spencer Albee, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Get all the info here.
@Edge Bar: 7 p.m. After Dark Weekend Shows, with drink specials. fmi check out EDGE Bar’s FB page.
@Banded Horn: The Eastern Sleds, originals, 7:30 no cover. For more info.
Saturday, Sept. 17
8 a.m., HOB River Jam 5K
Enjoy a great course that loops through the downtown, on the morning of the River Jam Festival! Find out more and register here!
10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. River Jam Festival Get all the River Jam Festival details right here!
Edge Bar: 7 p.m. After Dark Weekend Shows, with drink specials. fmi check out EDGE Bar’s FB page.
Now hiring. Go to their website, for the application.
After School Makers Club, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., ages 7-11. Join the Facebook group here.
Sign up now for Lindy Maine’s Beginner Swing Dance Classes at Engine. Starting on Sept. 12, the 7 week session goes from 6-7 pm, plus free practice session 8-9 pm. Click here for more info and to register.
@The Yard at the Mill
Now through September 15th, purchase a 3-month membership, and receive a $15 gift certificate! Keep it for yourself, or they make great gifts! (membership is for 3 consecutive months, beginning on day of purchase). Click here for more info.
Yin Yoga series, Balanced Athlete, Gentle Yoga. Find out all the info at this link!
@The Biddeford Beat
The City’s official weekly electronic newsletter is now available online!
@Biddeford Police Department
Catch up on news and information from Biddeford’s Police Chief through the Chief’s newsletter.
Heart of Biddeford and Saco Main Street bring you the River Jam Festival, Saturday, September 17! River Jam promises to put Biddeford and Saco on the map as the ultimate end-of-summer celebration! We don’t want you to miss one River Jam minute, so this newsletter spells out all the details in one place. Other ways to be in the know:
8 a.m. River Jam 5K.
Start your day with a fun, certified 5K road race or walk. With an 8 a.m. start at Clifford Park, you’ll wind through an exciting course that culminates in Mechanics Park. Prizes in all age-categories and a free River Jam t-shirt for all who pre-register (and t-shirt for day-of registrants while supplies last). Registration is $20 through Sept. 14. Day-of registration is $25. Register here now!
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. SUP and Kayak Races, and Try a Boat
Get right on the Saco River, with boating events that depart from Rumery’s Boat Yard from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mechanics Park has wonderful views of the river, so come early to watch the races! All water events are free. Personal floatation devices provided.
10:30 Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Race. Sign up here!
Noon Kayak Race. Sign up here!
1:30-3 Try a boat! Get in a kayak or canoe and have some fun on the beautiful Saco River! No pre-registration necessary.
Noon – 4 p.m. Family Fun and Maker’s Market
From Noon-4, make your way to Mechanics Park in Biddeford for lots of family fun! The Maker’s Market, brought to you by Engine, will feature the whimsical, practical and sustainable art of talented Maine makers. Here’s a sample of the dozen makers you’ll meet!
Kids can go bounce-happy with a huge obstacle course plus the Dance Dome! (Yes, free!) Ten local non-profits are providing kid’s activities, snacks and info booths! Sweetcream Dairy will be there with their ice cream cart too, with a portion of profits going to Maine Farmland Trust. *NEW* We can hardly wait for you to meet the good folks from Sellam Circus, who will be setting up some circus fun!
3 p.m. Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show
Twelve exciting events packed into a 75 minute show! Axe throwing. Log Rolling. Underhand Chopping. Power Hot Sawing. Obstacle Pole Relay. Crosscut Sawing. Pole Climbing… And More!
Tina was a Castaway on CBS’s Survivor, a competitor on National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska. She has been competing in lumberjack sports since she was seven years old. A World Champion in both Log Rolling and Jack & Jill Crosscut Sawing, she’s bringing her crew here for River Jam! Learn more about Timber Tina and her show here!
4 p.m. Gates Open and Food Trucks/Run of the Mill Brew Tent
At 4 p.m., gates open (yep, gate entrance is free) on Saco Island with Run of the Mill‘s brew tent and five fantastic food trucks! Enjoy Wicked Good Street Kitchen, Love Cupcakes, On the Wagon, Fishin Ships, and Riz Martz for snacks and beverages.
5 p.m. Sarah Blacker
There’s a reason Sarah Blacker was voted Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards! You wont want to miss a moment of Sarah Blacker’s feel-good, sundress rockin’ set!
6:30 p.m. Ghost of Paul Revere
Born on the banks of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s holler-folk band. With a sound built around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music, their songs have unique identities while still remaining undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. Listen to their incredible sound here.
8 p.m. Rustic Overtones
We are thrilled that Rustic Overtones will headline at this year’s RiverJam Festival. Check out great Rustic Overtones video clips here! Rustic Overtones are a seven piece rock band from Portland Maine with a discography that spans 20 years. The bands unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60’s and 70’s. “A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia.” -Rolling Stone
9:30 p.m. Mallett Brothers
Cap off an incredible River Jam with the Mallett Brothers! Over the last 6 years, The Mallett Brothers Band’s busy tour schedule has helped them to build a die-hard fanbase across the U.S. while still calling the state of Maine their home. With songs that can range from alt country, to americana, honkytonk, jam or roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as it is by harder rock, twang and psychedelic sounds.
Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Adam Cogswell on drums, Nick Leen on bass, Wally on dobro and electric guitar, and Andrew Martelle on fiddle and mandolin. It’s song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that’s equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. Watch videos and hear their great music here!
Thank you to our Festival Sponsors, City of Biddeford, City of Saco, Biddeford Savings, Deering Lumber, Saco & Biddeford Savings, and Unitil! For the full list of Sponsors and Partners, please click here!
Donut Club Minutes
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
1. Update from Linda Waters, Community Development Coordinator (CDBG)
-Biddeford has received entitlement funding for last 12 years, which mandates a 5 year plan, and an annual action plan.
-Linda implements those funds, and takes the city through the proper federal regulations.
-In Biddeford’s plan, 25% is for infrastructure.
-The sidewalk/lighting project in the 100’s blocks of Main Street continues the sidewalk project on lower Main Street. Continue reading…
Check back here on the HOB website regularly, as we update you on the Summer Construction Season!
Traffic Alert: Monday, June 13, Sewer Repair Detour
Read the police chief’s full description of the construction impact on travel on western Main Street (the section from Elm Street to the railroad tracks).
Traffic Alert: La Kermesse Festival Traffic Impact
Read the police chief’s information about traffic related to La Kermesse Block Party, Parade, and Fairgrounds.
Keep Up to Date about Sidewalk and Lighting Project for the 100 block of Main Street
Plan to attend Donut Club, Tuesday, July 5, 8-9 at Reilly’s Bakery for a comprehensive update on the plans for sidewalks and lighting!
Sometimes all you need is a little healthy competition. And maybe in order to win a healthy competition, you need calculated and subtle sabotage. All is fair in love and war, or at least all is fair in an intra-office exercise throwdown.
On April 11th, the Heart of Biddeford office officially entered into our “Excise Office Throwdown.” The throwdown is an eight week exercise competition that pits once friendly co-workers against each other. Each week, an office member can earn a maximum of five points. These points are won by a co-worker who achieves their weekly self-selected goal, with the difficulty of goals increasing each week. On the eighth week, points will be calculated, and a winner will be crowned.
Personal goals range anywhere from eating kale salads to sleeping eight hours a night. As an office, we have committed to increasing healthy snacks, taking walking meetings, and using alternative methods to get to work, like walking or biking.
Although as an office we are committed to supporting each other during this eight week competition, no one has forgotten that only one person can be crowned the true victor. “I want to win,” says office manager Catherine Glynn, “I really need this right now.” Unfortunately for Glynn, she is currently tied with volunteer coordinator Katie Labbe for second.
Executive director Delilah Poupore has stayed strong each week, and maintains the position as projected winner unless Glynn or Labbe make a quick surge. Labbe is doubtful of earning the top spot. “Honestly,” explains Labbe, “I have asthma, so I’m just trying my best.”
The air of competition has shrouded the HOB office, and although only one person can proudly place the trophy upon their desk, everyone in the office has won by making healthier choices.
Biddeford Restaurant Week kicked off with a very successful Community Soup-er on Sunday, March 13. Ten downtown restaurants donated delicious soup and breads/biscuits and more than 100 guests helped raise $1500 for our food pantries! We are grateful to all the restaurants, Billy Billy for creating a great atmosphere with their music, the Pepperell Mill Campus for donating the space, and to all the volunteers who made the event possible!
Make the most of Biddeford Restaurant Week by checking out the Eat Biddeford Facebook page each day for specials and promotions offered by the businesses. Then, when enjoying your meal, fill out the entry form and leave it at the restaurant. At the end of the week, HOB will collect all the entries and choose one entry to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice!
And, check out some great press that our downtown eateries have received!
Palace Diner: Bon Appetit names Palace one of 50 top new restaurants of the year! Here’s their feature article in Down East Magazine. And, here’s what the Portland Press Herald has to say about Greg and Chad!
Elements: Books Coffee Beer: MaineEater says Elements is among 20 best wake-up spots in the state. Business Insider names Elements the best coffee shop in the state!
Elements, Banded Horn, Thai Me and Los Tapatios are featured in this article in Maine Magazine!
Make up your own mind about what’s tops! All of the downtown restaurants are listed here.