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Spring is here, membership is growing and we are responding with lots of opportunities to make new friends, visit new places and try new skills! Check out our new FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/26777175812... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/267771758128699/) for more ways to communicate with one another and to increase our diversity and range of offerings! (Rachael posted 3/20/21)

Spring is coming and we look forward to the re-opening of more accessible outdoor locations, as we are not planning on any indoor events in the foreseeable future. In the meantime we will continue our weekly outdoor get-togethers and hikes. Please continue to wear a mask at all Meetup gatherings and exercise social responsibility. If you plan on being vaccinated do so as early as you can and let's all stay safe.

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NOTES on ZOOM: (Zoom meetings do not require that you download Zoom, you only need to follow the link to the meeting. It works best on a tablet, PC or laptop.

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Welcome to 'Portland by Night'! We are planning some frequent and fun events in 2020, including a monthly movie event and other outings to expand our opportunities to do new things and meet new friends. Thanks for joining! (Rachael (co-organizer 12/31/19)

Welcome to Portland By Night Social Group (Your Co-Organizer Chuck)

I am new to the Portland area and wanted to create a meetup for people who exploring everything this town has to offer. This includes music events, art, museums, movies, happy hours, craft beer, biking and hiking events. I began hosting Meetups in the SF Bay Area in 2013 and have hosted over 200 events.

Please remember that this group is a social group, not a singles group. There are plenty of singles groups available in the southern Maine area. This group is totally inclusive and tolerant regardless of AGE, sex, ethnicity or political leanings. Our focus will be on socializing events and locations and the culture around Southern Maine. Please join us.

There are some simple guidelines to keep this fun and fair for all.

Although this group is focused about exploring the Portland area for fun activities it is also about making friends, having fun and meeting new people. Here are some basic guidelines.

1) This is a social group, not a singles group. Please keep that in mind at all events and keep it friendly. Social events are a great way to meet new people and develop new relationships. Please feel free to bring friends, spouses and partners to all events where guests are allowed, if they are included in your RSVP.

2) Please keep all conversations and interactions friendly. This means we would prefer to keep politics out of the conversations as they do not mix well with alcohol. Sports talk is encouraged, and some events will revolve around some sporting events. Again, please keep it civil.

3) Since many events involve alcohol, please drink responsibly. Please use public transportation, Lyft/Uber or designated drivers. The organizer(s) take(s) no responsibility for your behavior and are not liable for any repercussions or legal issues resulting from such behavior.

4) Please post a photo of yourself. We like your dog/cat/horse/lobster, but we request you post a photo of yourself so that we can identify you at event.

5) Feel free to take and upload photos after events. Please be civil and do not post inappropriate or explicit photos on our site or any other social media site.

6) "Bad" behavior will not be tolerated. This includes aggression, sexual inappropriateness, bad language, not paying your share or just being a jerk. These types of behavior will result in immediate expulsion and banning from the group. You are all adults and should know what 'Bad behavior' is.

7) There is no 'Merchandising' or 'Self promotion' allowed withing the group. Your profile should not include links to your business nor should your profile name be a 'DBA'. There are plenty of other social media sites to promote you business.

8) 'NO SHOW' POLICY (Posted April 2, 2021)
We are establishing a 'NO SHOW' policy for the 'Portland By Night' Meetup Group. We feel this is necessary for a couple of reasons.
First, we are growing as a group (600 members) and we now have many members who attend regularly. No-shows have not been a problem because all our events have been outdoors for several months and group size has not been a problem.
Second, as the cities open to limited capacity, we will be adding more meetups in intimate settings. We will still focus primarily on outdoor events until the population gets vaccinated and we return to a more normal activity schedule.
Meetups have a group size limit for a reason. The organizer of the event will determine what the maximum attendance level is for safety and comfort reasons. We also must limit attendance size for restaurants and happy hours for obvious reasons.
For this reason, we are establishing and publishing our 'NO SHOW' policy which takes effect immediately.

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE 'NO SHOW' POLICY and all other group rules. Thank you.
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Each member is responsible for maintaining their own 'RSVP' status. If your plans change, please modify your RSVP so that someone else can take you place.
People on the waiting list are automatically moved to 'GOING' when someone moves off the 'Going’ list. If you are on the waiting list, you are responsible for monitoring your RSVP status.
All members are responsible for monitoring their RSVP status prior to the event, especially in the 24 hrs. before the event.
This is extremely important because some meetup events require us to make a reservation for a maximum amount of people. A 'no show' means an empty spot.
Please send a Private Message (via the Meetup APP or the web version) to the organizer if you cannot attend.

'Portland by Night NO SHOW Policy'
All past 'no-shows' prior to April 1, 2021 are forgiven.
1) A 'No Show' will show up on your personal profile if you fail to attend an event.
2) A second 'No Show' will result in the member being blocked from all events for 30 days.
3) A third 'No Show' will result in the member being excused from the group permanently.
These policies will go into effect on April 1st, 2021.

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'Portland by Night Social Group' - Group Legal Disclaimer and Liability

1. 'Portland by Night Social Group' group is a public group. Attending events and becoming a member of this group is voluntary.

2. By joining the 'Portland by Night Social Group' group as a member or guest you agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers and event coordinators not responsible in the event of accident, personal injury, loss of life, destruction or loss of personal property or any other wrongful act.

3. You also agree to hold the organizers as well as other group members not responsible. By participating voluntarily in the group, you expressly waive any and all such claims against each other member in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizer, assistant organizers or event hosts.

4. The 'Portland by Night Social Group' group holds a variety of different activities involving alcohol but also activities such as, but not limited to: hiking, biking, sports, dancing, beer tasting, hugging, high-fiving and so on. These events can be dangerous. By participating voluntarily in the group, you understand that you are responsible for your own safety.

5. By Joining ‘Portland by Night Social Group' group, you agree to Meetup.com legal disclaimer. Because 'Portland by Night Social Group' uses their services to post events and has no control over Meetup.com legal disclaimer, you expressly waive any and all such claims against 'Portland by Night Social Group'’, the group organizer, assistant organizers or any officer of the group.

'Portland by Night Social Group' Group Photo Release Disclaimer

1. You understand that the 'Portland by Night Social Group' group takes pictures of events and your picture may be taken during one of these events.

2. You agree that we can use your picture/likeness on the 'Portland by Night Social Group' Meetup site and other related sites to promote our group activities.

3. All pictures once posted on the 'Portland by Night Social Group' group will then become property of 'Portland by Night Social Group' group.

4. 'Portland by Night Social Group' group will normally not to use your picture off line and we will do our best to contact you if your picture is posted on a related site however, this is not an obligation and contacting will not be required.

5. By submitting information (comments, message boards, pictures, events) to the 'Portland by Night Social Group' group, you grant us a perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to that information at its sole discretion, including storing it on Meetup.com servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed including without limitation published books.

6. If you do not wish to grant 'Portland by Night Social Group' these rights, do not submit information to this website. 'Portland by Night Social Group' reserves the right to select, edit and arrange submissions, and to remove information from the 'Portland by Night Social Group' website at any time at its sole discretion.

7. No image from this site may be used for any purpose without expressed written authorization from 'Portland by Night Social Group'

If you do not agree to the 'Portland by Night Social Group' group terms and conditions stated above, please leave the group at this time.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand this entire Waiver of Liability, and I agree to be legally bound by it.

By joining the 'Portland by Night Social Group' you agree to the above disclaimer in its entirety. Thank you.

Upcoming events (5)

Gilsland Farm Audobon hike and Lunch

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

The Gilsland Farm Audubon Center is situated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland. We will hike the two mile loop trail watching for Egrets, Ibis, Turkeys and Bluebirds. Bring binoculars.
It is a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through forest, meadow, orchard, and salt marsh. During the summer there is an abundance of song birds and waterfowl. They maintain a series of bird feeders on either side of the building. There are turkeys in the area and we have seen Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Waxwings, Finches, Oriels and many others. In the marsh you might see Egrets and Glossy Ibis (in the spring). This will be a casual hike and it is easy to keep social distance. The trails are mostly wide and in the open with some wooded sections. It's a nice two mile loop.
NOTE: The Audubon Center is a nature preserve. They do not allow any dogs, either on or off leash. Thank you for understanding.
Bring a lunch and we will snack on picnic tables near the bird feeders. There is always a colorful show going on there.

Kayaking fun!

Mt. Division Trail parking

Let's kayak (or canoe) from an easy launch site with lots of parking!
I would love to make frequent yak events - are people interested? Feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts! (I am just a beginner and have no qualifications to teach anyone any skills!)
This is a beautiful location for an introductory event if you want to try it!
If you would like to rent a kayak or canoe, Sebago Trails Paddling Co. opens in May - https://sebagotrails.com/ They will even help you transport it on your car with free use of their foam blocks and straps - https://sebagotrails.com/kayak-transportation/

The Very First Congress Square (Outdoor) Market!

Congress Square Park

Join us for a first!
Here's the write up at - https://fb.me/e/28GPrZNIi
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Introducing the very first Congress Square Market! This open-air, COVID-safe shopping experience features some of our beloved neighborhood shops as well as local makers and artists.
The May 23rd lineup:
Portland Flea-for-All
The Sock Shack
The Lady in the Moon
Yes Books
Little Chair Printing
Pickwick Press
The Cultivated Thread
Timblebee
Craft Candle Company
The Crooked Look
Grab a bite to eat or something to sip from one of our many around-the-block cafes and restaurants!
The market is generously sponsored by Handiwork Portland.

Two Lights State Park and Boone's (Portland Waterfront)

Two Lights State Park

Let's meet in Cape Elizabeth at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, 1.9 mile ( easy) walk along the rocky headland and enjoy marvelous views of Casco Bay, the open Atlantic, crashing surf, and cool breezes.

Walking terrain: Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge, Grass

Prior to becoming a park, the site served as a World War II coastal defense installation with remnants of that use visible today including an observation tower and several bunkers within the park. Along the trail, there are picnic tables and grills, many on the edge of the ocean available to the park visitor. A popular destination for Maine residents and many other visitors, Two Lights State Park allows visitors to enjoy the state's legendary rocky coast. Opened in 1961, the park encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.

Although the park's name originated from the twin lighthouses located nearby at the end of Two Lights Road, there are no lighthouses located at the park. Built in 1828, these lighthouses were the first twin lighthouses on the coast of Maine. Although not open to the public, the eastern light is an active, automated light station, visible 17 miles at sea. The western light ceased operation in 1924 and is now a private home. One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper's famous painting "Lighthouse at Two Lights." Crescent Beach State Park and Kettle Cove State Park are only a half-mile away.

Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing.

https://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/two-lights-state-park

TRAILHEAD INFORMATION
From North and South: From I-295 take Exit 6A and follow signs for ME Route 77 South. If coming from the north, this can be confusing; after merging onto US Route 302/Forest Avenue stay in the lane farthest right (this will not make you get back on I-295) and stay to the right of the dividing barrier and follow signs for ME Route 77 South. Continue straight on ME Route 77/State Street through downtown Portland and over the Casco Bay Bridge into South Portland. After the bridge, continue continue straight through the first light, and at the second light turn right to continue on ME Route 77/Ocean Street. Continue to follow ME Route 77 for 4.6 miles. Take a slight left onto Two Lights Road and continue for another mile until you reach Tower Lane. Take a slight right onto Tower Lane and follow it to the parking lot and trail head just beyond control station. There will also be signs directing to the State Park from ME Route 77. We will meet in the parking lot.

There may be a $5. ( $2.00 senior fee ) entrance fee at the park.

I will add a sign up for Boone's Restaurant on the waterfront Commercial St. For after the hike. Here is their link: https://www.boonesfishhouse.com/#home-section

Please check details before the event.

Above picture is one of my own, not a picture of Two Lights.

Past events (69)

Peak's Island walk/bike ride & lunch

Online event

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