We’ve been getting crazy with our red pen; marking things down left and right! From Vikolino linen, to some gorgeous floor models, to our wonderful holiday décor items! But only through today!
AND DON’T FORGET!
The 25% OFF Dash and Albert rug sale is still going on until the 28th!
RACHEL’S TRIP TO AMSTERDAM
I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam earlier this month.
Amsterdam has aspects of other cities I love, like Venice and New Orleans and New York, but is also completely its own place and unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. Everyone rides bikes (without helmets); the people are absolutely gorgeous, super friendly, and English-speaking; the food, architecture and museums are fantastic and the climate is moderate. It’s so very civilized and authentic, and super stylish!
The AirBnB we rented was in the Jordaan neighborhood and I can’t imagine a better location. We had a canal just outside our door, easy walking to tram stops and shopping, and a nice neighborhood cat who spoke English as well. I spent hours at the Dutch Resistance Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank Haus, amongst others. The museums were all so well done that I find myself still moved by my experiences there. There is so much more left to be explored… I’ll just have to go back!
The shopping in the 9 Streets neighborhood, just outside our door, was marvelous – especially as my shopping partner was my friend’s 24-year old daughter, Emily. Shop after shop was selling all manner of fabulous things. We kept seeing textiles in this fabulous copper color; Emily ended up scoring a pair of crushed velvet high-waisted pants in the shade, and I got some socks! We both bought new winter coats, plus I got a faux fur visor, and lots of other fun stuff. I could have easily spent all day in the shopping neighborhood alone.
I highly recommend traveling in Europe in November, and Amsterdam as a destination. Special thanks to our Home Remedies customer, Joyce, who made great recommendations. I’m back home rejuvenated and inspired and ready to face the holiday seasons!
THINGS TO DO IN MAINE THIS WEEK:
LIGHTING OF THE NUBBLE
4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Nubble Lighthouse, 11 Sohier Park Road, York, free. On Facebook
It’s an annual celebration in southern Maine, and people come from miles around to witness the idyllic moment.
That’s right people, it’s the annual lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse.
Carols will be sung, cocoa will be sipped, cookies will be eaten and Santa will be swinging by for a visit.
Grab a shuttle starting at 3:30 p.m. from York High School and the Short Sands Parking Lot. Yes, porta-potties will be on site and nope, you can’t bring your pooch. You can, however, bring every ounce of holiday cheer you can muster up.
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6 p.m. Saturday. Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, $9 to $24. marinersofmaine.com
The puck drops at 6 p.m., hockey fans! Hip-check yourself over to Cross Insurance Arena to catch all of the action as our Maine Mariners face off against New Hampshire’s Manchester Monarchs.
Be one of the first 2,000 fans to arrive and you’ll receive a fantastic, free winter Mariners beanie.
Also, ’tis the season for generosity, so consider bringing a teddy bear or other stuffed toy. After the Mariners score their first goal, you’ll be asked to throw them onto the ice.
Half will be donated to Toys for Tots, and the other half will benefit local children’s charities. Score!
Press Herald photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
‘PRESSING ON: THE LETTERPRESS FILM’
3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Nov. 26 to 28. The Press Hotel, 119 Exchange St., Portland, free. eventbrite.com
We can’t think of a better place to see a screening of a documentary about letterpress printing than the former home of the Portland Press Herald and current location of The Press Hotel in downtown Portland.
“Pressing On: The Letterpress Film” will shed light on the 500-year-old process that was once essential to communication. The film explores why letterpress is kept alive in the digital age at places like Hatch Show Print. Watching it will let you in on the magic that can be created with wood, metal, paper and ink. You’ll also meet a letterpress printer whose personal collection of type includes more than 2,000 fonts.
Image courtesy of The Press Hotel
VICTORIA MANSION CHRISTMAS GALA
6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $75. victoriamansion.org
Here’s a fabulous reason to get all gussied up in festive black tie and winter white fancy threads in the middle of the week. The Victoria Mansion Christmas Gala features sumptuous hors d’ouevres from the Cumberland Club along with signature drinks.
You’ll also feast your eyes on all of the rooms decked out for the holidays. As you roam on the first and second levels of the mansion, you’ll find each room decorated by a different local designer (who will all be on hand), inspired by this year’s theme of Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.
Proceeds benefit the mansion’s mission to preserve and share the 19th-century treasure with the public. What’s more, you’ll find local singer Viva in the upstairs lounge, and she’ll be serenading you with jazzy holiday chestnuts while you sip on a Carriage House Cocktail.
Your ticket also gets you 20 percent off in the mansion’s sensational gift shop.
Press Herald photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette