Thursday, May 03, 2007

Bartlett Estate Winery and Blacksmiths Winery Headline Maine Wine, Cheese and Chocolate

Governor and First Lady Baldacci and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education will host the Third Annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Extravaganza on Friday, May 4, from 5:00-8:00 pm at One Longfellow Square in Portland. The event is a fundraiser for MAAE, a state-wide nonprofit organization that works to strengthen education in visual art, music, dance, drama, and creative writing for all Maine students.

The Governor and First Lady will join guests in tasting the wares of Maine’s best wine, cheese, and chocolate producers. Musicians from the Portland Conservatory will perform and local student artwork will be shown during the event. The event is open to the public, and tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling Elizabeth at 232-2203 or by emailing The suggested donation for the event is $30 per person, or 2/$50 if purchased by Tuesday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, cash or check only, please.

The event will also include a silent auction in which guests will have the opportunity to bid on valuable items including those from Portland Ballet, Maine Center for the Arts, PCA Great Performances, Waterville Opera House, art books, and gift certificates from area restaurants including Hugo’s, Walter’s, Caiola’s and Pepperclub.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste delicious treats and support arts education at the same time. Bartlett Estate Winery and Blacksmiths Winery will be this year’s wine distributors. Hahn’s End and Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm will be supplying their cheeses. Monica’s Chocolates, Dean’s Sweets, B. Potter Wine Chocolates and Wilbur’s of Maine will present chocolates. Sponsors for the event are Time Warner Cable and Whitney Art Works.

The proceeds of the event will support the work of MAAE whose network of classroom teachers, arts specialists, school administrators, parents, artists, community supporters, and arts organizations work in their local communities to ensure quality arts education experiences for all children. The Maine Alliance for Arts Education is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. For more information, contact MAAE at 207-232-2203 or, or visit the MAAE website at