At The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program, classes are geared toward kids and adults with varied artistic levels. Friday afternoon and Saturday-morning children's lessons introduce age-appropriate projects to improve painting and sculpture skills while encouraging creative problem-solving. Adults, meanwhile, receive step-by-step painting instruction through intimate BYOB evening workshops.
Bubbles break the surface of the water as the beast makes its way upward for a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, her back can be seen atop the waves as her spout releases a geyser-like explosion of air and water. From the decks of Odyssey Whale Watch’s vessels, passengers take in sights such as these and further their understanding of the creatures with the help of an on-board naturalist, who identifies humpback, finback, and minke whale species. His job is made all the easier by the cruise ship’s captain, an experienced mariner who has committed to memory the most densely populated feeding areas for Maine’s massive mammalian residents, which often hang out about 20 miles off shore. In addition to whale-watching tours, Odyssey Whale Watch takes passengers out on deep-sea fishing trips to reel in cod, haddock, and mackerel.
From their outposts in Portland and Falmouth, Maine Surfers Union outfits aquatic adventurers with surf and paddle boards before sending them off to enjoy watery recreation. The staff boasts more than a decade of experience in the surfing industry, lending them the confidence to recommend specific gear from an inventory of boards by Hobie, McDermott, and Bing. They also set thrill-seekers up with rental surf and paddle boards, available in time increments from two-hour blocs to week-long rentals—long enough for beginners to get the hang of standing up, catching waves, and scaring off feral dolphins by shouting "cowabunga."
In order to reach the finish line of the Urban Raid obstacle course, participants must hoist a sandbag, leap over marine hurdles, and scale a cargo net. The course is designed to emulate a run through the city streets, right up to the finish line, which is actually a climbing wall. It's one branch of The Raid Series, a trifecta of terrain-inspired 5Ks that also include the Mountain Raid and Beach Raid.
Artist Adria Moynihan brings her creative visions to life as she lavishes canvases with bright daubs of paint and helps students realize their artistic potential during lessons that empower with fun and constructive artistic exploration. As her pupils take brushes or charcoal in hand, Adria helps them unlearn old, constrictive rules or inspires them to add personal, fanciful twists to realistic depictions, such as nestling a magic 8 ball among the apples in a fruit bowl. Students can steer their learning toward shading landscapes with pastels or fluttering acrylics and oils over canvases as they get acquainted with color theory, paint mixing, and how to document their work for a digital portfolio. Adria's encouraging style of positive reinforcement and periodic showerings from her watering can ensure that brush wielders of all skill levels blossom and develop their own artistic niche.
The logo for the International Cryptozoology Museum is a coelacanth, one of the science's great success stories. Believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago, a specimen of the armored fish was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938 and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer despite its false mustache. In the optimistic spirit of that amazing discovery, the International Cryptozoology Museum displays exhibits profiling such mysterious creatures as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, along with lesser known beasties such as the Dover Demon, the Montauk Monster, and the Fiji Mermaid.