The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
Focal Point Gardens transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends a bright, blossoming accent to porches with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The nursery’s horticultural experts help visitors select the fullest butterfly bushes to line their gardens’ sunny pathways and the hungriest flytraps to station beside their homes’ unlocked doggy doors. The garden shop’s Felco pruning shears and Dramm watering products keep leafy friends healthy and well-groomed, and its trellises lend support to climbing vines and bungee-jumping grasshoppers. The store’s professional landscape architects draw on more than 20 years of industry experience to consult with homeowners before erecting terraces, planting shrubs, and coordinating flowers.
Wolfe's Neck Farm's 626 acres are dotted with campsites?some with ocean views, others in forested inland spots, and still others nestled next to electricity and water hookups. For a more upscale stay, visitors can hole up in the oceanside cottages, complete with galley kitchens. However, camping is only the beginning of an adventure on the 50-year-old campgrounds. Hiking trails criss-cross the terrain and the waterfront provides ample opportunities for fishing, kayaking or seeing what a hug from a fish feels like. The property also offers bike rentals or family farm tours and is located just five miles from the LLBean flagship store.
At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Anytime from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 or Sunday, December 5, families can embark on 25-minute hayrides through the woods and pastures of Harris Farm. As you travel over the scenic Reedy Creek, gorge your eyes on area wildlife and cute farm animals as you chat with Santa himself about wish lists, cheerful holiday memories of yore, and the universal appeal of Seinfeld -themed stocking stuffers. Bring home some seasonal spirit by getting your photo snapped with St. Nick (an additional $5) or picking out the perfect evergreen from the farm's Christmas-tree lot.