Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
6-7:30 p.m. First Night Sledding Party (shhhhh– not for the kids!)
The grown-ups get the sledding hill all to ourselves! Sleds provided, so just show up for sledding fun on the Adams Street hill (in front of City Hall), followed by the Dirigo after-party! $15 includes sledding, and your first beer at Dirigo Brewing Company at the after party (for those over 21). Tickets are limited for this event, so don’t delay! All proceeds from this event will go back into supporting the mission of WinterFest – including providing hats, socks, and/or gloves for kids in need! Tickets are on sale now on EventBrite!
7:30 p.m. Classic Rock Orchestra
From the creators of last years sold out Piano Men concert, Classic Rock presents songs by Journey, Pat Benatar, Heart, Kansas, Boston and many more! Featuring a 6 piece band, classical string quartet and vocalists Susie Pepper and Johnny Martinez. Benefiting Biddeford High School music programs. Learn more at the ClassicRockOrchestra website and get your tickets on the City Theater website now while they last! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This event is sponsored by People’s United Bank.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Winter Fun Time!
Come on out for a FREE day of fun for families in the center of downtown!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sledding (on Adams Street). Sleds provided by New Life Church!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Snow Golf & Snowshoeing, provided by Biddeford Recreation Dept.
10 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Dog Sled Rides (at 3 Lincoln Street). Free pizza at this event, sponsored by Joker’s! Sled rides sponsored by Biddeford Savings Bank!
1 p.m. Mayoral Welcome, and Honoring John Maxson
1-4 p.m. Fat Bicycle Rides (at 3 Lincoln Street). Free event from Community Bicycle Center.
1:15 p.m. Sub-Zero Ice Carving in City Square. A live demo, building a real thrown you can sit on and more! Come watch the live action! This event sponsored by Saco-Biddeford Savings Institution. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Warming Station (McArthur Library). Drop in for hot cocoa, crafts & games.
New Life Church will also provide pony rides, delicious snacks, hot dogs, and cocoa– plus gloves and hats! All for FREE- Wow!
1 p.m. Broomball Exhibition & Demo, Biddeford Ice Arena
Come out and celebrate one of Biddeford’s favorite pastimes!
5-7 p.m. Glace et Feu, Shevenell Park, 145 Main Street
Our own Biddeford WinterFest version of fire and ice. Gather in the snow, under the warmth of heat lamps, with the live music of BillyBilly, and grab a cup for a cold Banded Horn Beer flowing down the ice luge! Tickets are $25 and include your first beer/non-alcoholic beverage and a Cowbell Burger Bar slider! All proceeds go to benefit the Biddeford Education Foundation. Get your tickets on EventBrite. Event sponsored by TruChoice Credit Union!
7 p.m. Juston McKinney, City Theater
With multiple performances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central specials and consistently selling out theaters, he’s at the top of his game. Tickets are $20 and available on the City Theater website.
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
11 a.m. – 3 p.m., “LIMB-O,” at Metta & Equilibrium, Pepperell Mill Campus
“Laugh, Imagine, Move, Breathe!”“Laugh, Imagine, Move, Breath!” Drop in to the Pepperell Center between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for free adult and children classes (included yoga and zumba and even kid’s limbo!) to be held inside the beautiful Equilibrium and Metta studios! Adults and kids are invited to free, short, fun indoor classes offered by the UNE med students of UNECOM SOMA and Biddeford’s “Thrive” group of alternative health practitioners. Adults can even take a class in one studio while their child takes a class in the other studio! Full list of classes will be posted here soon!
Noon, Super Roll Sunday Fat Bike Ride, Community Bicycle Center
The CBC keeps the fat bikes rolling on Super Roll Sunday, with a ride through Clifford Park! The ride starts at the CBC parking lot at 12 (just like New England’s favorite quarterback) and finishes back at the CBC for some post-ride/pre- game chili afterwards. Kids are encouraged to dress in warm layers and wear their favorite team’s jersey or colors for the ride. Fat bikes are limited so first come first served! Kids can also sign up for this group ride on Saturday at the CBC’s fat bike demo from 1-4 pm on Lincoln Street.
1:30-3 p.m. Indoor Skate, Biddeford Ice Arena
For just $3, come for an afternoon of fun skating!
fyi, Cribbage Tournament will not be occurring during this year’s WinterFest after all.
From Mayor Casavant’s Jan. 22, 2018 letter to the community.
Spring will be here soon and what better way than getting directly involved in beautifying your local community? Heart of Biddeford in concert with the City has an “Adopt a Park” program, and we’re always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to help us care for our 12 urban parks.
Individual volunteers, neighborhood groups and local businesses donate hundreds of hours each year for cleanups, plantings, weeding and other essential projects that help our parks thrive as centers for relaxation and recreation for the whole community.
You are in the perfect position to provide valuable service to your neighborhood while nurturing your connections to the community. No experience required, Biddeford Adopt a Park is here to provide guidance and support to anyone interested in helping us with our mission.
For more information about how you or your organization can adopt a park, or just volunteer occasionally, please contact Taylor Carter, an Americorp Vista serving through the Heart of Biddeford.
Riverwalk – *adopter pending
Mechanics Park- *adopter pending
Liberty Park- Union Church
Shevenell Park- Leah Schaffer
315 Main- McArthur Library
Cannon Plaza- Holly Culloton
Washington Street School Park- Joan Brooks, Holly Culloton
Pierson’s Lane Playground & Garden- Holly Culloton, Master Gardeners Project
Williams Court- Joshua McCauley
Clifford Park- Catherine Glynn and Friends of Clifford Park
Here’s the first installment of #SeeingOrange, a blogpost about construction in the downtown between (approximately) April 24-June 30. This is the information Heart of Biddeford has gathered from the City of Biddeford. We will update timelines as more information comes in!
Although it will seem like one large project, there are actually four separate projects coming up.
Project 1: Paving Prep, Started April 24 through approximately May 1
Maine Water is fixing and preparing their shut offs and gate valve boxes for upcoming paving operations. Since the work takes place in isolated locations along Main Street, traffic is routed around the sites.
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.
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!
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.
Top 10 Reasons Your Donation to HOB Will Make a Difference
1. We bring jobs.
We attract and help retain businesses in Biddeford, and inspire entrepreneurs to start-up here. 18 of the businesses that opened in downtown Biddeford since 2012 have brought more than 100 total jobs.
2. We draw new businesses.
We walk prospective business owners through the start-up process, and keep a database of existing properties. Great new businesses started up through the successful Main Street Challenge and Main Street Challenge Encore programs. The downtown vacancy rate has dropped 37% since 2012.
3. We actively support existing businesses.
We host events that draw people downtown, facilitate a Main Street Makeover grant program, provide free marketing in the newsletter, and produce a free downtown map. We also host the monthly Donut Club and Entrepreneurs Group. Many downtown events encourage participants to shop locally. Continue reading…