It’s Saturday!

Which means it’s another Kastaways performance today in the front plaza!  11:15am-1:15pm.

Also, here are some pics from last night’s Electricity Maine Teacher Appreciation Game:

Proud Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Game.

You Know It.

Slugger hanging out with Mr. Belding Pre-Game

Big thank you to Soma Massage of South Portland for taking care of our teachers!

Mr. Belding addresses our appreciated teachers with a great speech.

Jason Lambert, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Gorham Middle School throws out a first pitch. Obviously someone had been practicing.

It was a very fun night, and Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding) could not have been more gracious with fans.  He was tremendous to work with and met each teacher on the field during the recognition ceremony, signed hundreds of autographs during the game and took I don’t know how many pictures with fans.

See everyone at Hadlock this morning for The Kastaways performance!

Hadlock Field, the Place to be this Weekend

If you’re at a loss as to what to do this beautiful weekend, we have planned it all out for you:

Start the weekend with us by honoring those who taught you to read and write, your teachers!   Teacher Appreciation Night is happening TONIGHT thanks to the kind people of Electricity Maine.  Rounding out this evening are chair massages for all of the honored teachers before the game and an appearance by the one and only Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell.  He will be signing autographs in the concourse at the Napa Autograph table at 6pm.

"Best Principal Ever"

Can’t join us Friday night?  Don’t worry, we have a game on Saturday afternoon.  Remember, on Saturdays our band The Kastaways performs in the front plaza from 11:15am-1:15pm.  They are awesome, they are funny, and they are a hit with both kids and parents.  Also on that day before the game we are honoring some Most Improved Students from the State of Maine, thanks to NextGen College Investing Plan.  This is part one of our seven part program which hosts kids nominated by their teachers for having shown the most improvement throughout the school year.  This is such a fun promotion because the kids get to go out on the field, see their name on the video board, and feel proud for their academic accomplishments.  Super Cute.  I was a Most Improved Student myself back in 1999.  Also, because April is Autism Awareness Month, we will be  promoting this cause throughout the game.  Check out more info on Autism here:

Can’t join us Saturday?  Sunday we are also home at 1pm.  On Sunday we will be playing host to more Most Improved kiddos before the game.  Also, Timber Tina will be performing in our pre-game show.  I can’t really describe what will happen, but a quick Google search found this:

Also on Sunday before the game the dancers from Steppin’ Out Dance Centre will be showing us their skills, after the Timber Tina Lumberjill show.  Then of course, since it’s Sunday and the weather looks as though it will permit, after the game we will have Kids Run the Bases thanks to Prime Motor Group.  Here is a cute pic from last Sundays run:

So to recap the weekend:

Friday the 27th 6pm Game

Saturday the 28th 1pm Game

Sunday the 29th 1pm Game

We also have games on Monday April 30th, Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd and Thursday May 3rd.  Those games have their own host of promotions that deserve their own post, like a Poetry Contest with UMF, a Patriots Player thanks to the Asylum, a DARE graduation, a Red Sox Magnet Schedule giveaway, School Groups, Little League Groups, Slugger’s Reading Challenge Kids, and more.

Oh and I heard that Dice-K is making a rehab start here on Saturday, too.

Heading into a New Homestand

You can kick-off this coming weekend with the Sea Dogs, who will be back in action at Hadlock Field on Friday April 27th.  This game is one that I have been looking forward to A LOT, because we will be honoring our hard working teachers at this game AND hosting everyone’s favorite principal, Mr. Belding from the television show, Saved by the Bell.  All of this is thanks to Electricity Maine, who stepped up and sponsored the event, making the additional activities (Mr. Belding, Chair Massages for the teachers thanks to Soma Massage) possible.  If you haven’t checked out Electricity Maine, do so here:  It’s a pretty cool concept.

There are obviously way more games to cover (we are home from the 27th through May 3rd!)  but I wanted to post the “after” picture of my massive hair cut thanks to the lovely stylists at Akari.

When they found out that I was doing this for the promo blog, they insisted that we do Post-Cut shot.  They could not have been more excited about it, and truly made me feel welcomed and at ease.  Their enthusiasm and excitement proves the positive difference that customers can feel when employees truly love their job.

My mom said my pony-tail looked like a "Rodent". Tell me how you really feel...




So there you  have it.  You can’t go wrong with Akari.  Limited spots remain to donate at Hadlock Field on May 8th.  Call or email me to reserve your time.

Making the Cut

In preparation for our hair donation event at Hadlock Field on May 8th, I am chopping off 8-10 inches of my hair this morning at the very accommodating and very comfortable Akari Salon in Portland.   I love going to Akari.  You instantly feel relaxed as soon as you walk in their door and they have a HUGE selection of magazines.

I will package it up into a baggie and send it off to be made into a wig for some battling cancer.  It’s a great feeling for two reasons:  1.  Most importantly, you’re helping a stranger and 2.  The people at Akari do an amazing job.

It’s a turn key hair cut because everyone there knows so much about hair, you know it’s going to look great.  The stylists there are also very nice, you just chat away throughout the entire thing.  Angela has been cutting my hair since 2008 when I first donated.  She does an amazing job both when I have had long hair and short hair.  In addition to being easy to talk to, she’s very versatile and thorough.  She My mom gets her hair cut by D, who is a riot.  If you’re ever feeling down, get a cut by her.  Sometimes I go and sit with my mom as she gets her hair cut just to take in the show.  

This is the fifth year in a row that Akari and 99.9 The Wolf are joining us for our All The Hair You Can Spare event.  Do you have some hair to spare?  If so, here are the requirements for donation:

1.  at least 8-10 inches

2.  Healthy, minimally processed, not dyed.  Some highlights ok

3.  Less than 5% gray

Why these strange requirements?  Because it takes about 6 pony tales to make up a wig, all of which come from different people.  They then dye all of these pony tails one uniform color, and in order for the dye to take, the hair must meet these requirements.

The details one more time:

What: Hair Donation Event

When:  May 8th from 4:30pm-6:00pm

Where:  Hadlock Field

How:  Sign up with me, 

Why:  To help people, of course

In addition to your great hair cut, you will also get two tickets to the game that evening and a Sea Dogs hat.  Not to mention the unbelievable feeling of helping a stranger battling an illness.  (You won’t need the hat that evening, by the way, you’ll be too busy flaunting your new cut.  Save the hat for another game!)

So, if you have got some hair to spare, reserve your donation time now.  Because the Akari folks style your hair after making the cut, we cannot accommodate walk-ins, so book your time with me in advance!  The remaining spaces will go quickly!

Road Trip!

The Portland Sea Dogs are on the road and so is the Promotions Department.  Heading to the beautiful campus of the University of Maine, Farmington to meet with our Poetry Committee!  We will be picking our winners today of our first annual Poetry Contest.

Painting by Nita Leger Casey

I found this watercolor of UMF as I was searching for a sunny picture of the campus.  What a find!  Check out more of her artwork here:

Winners will be contacted next week and honored at the game on May 1st.  It’s a fun promotion that has yielded many tremendous poems!

Highlights of the Opening Homestand

I’ve always thought that the Sea Dogs have the toughest, most loyal fans in baseball and the first home game at Hadlock Field of 2012 proved no different.  In spite of the refreshing mist that began right at game time (it never “rains” here), we were honored to have over 5,000 fans in attendance for our opening night.  The opening ceremony focused on many community groups;  kids who participated in a reading program were honored on the field before the game and a local high school band performed the National Anthem.  (Shout out to the Massabesic Concert Band and their leader Joe Abbiati.  They were some of the nicest kids, obviously talented musicians, and had very sharp polo shirts!)

Massabesic Concert Band in their Snazzy Polos

Also during the anthem we debuted our big FLAG!  If you are interested in your group presenting the Big Flag during the National Anthem, please contact us at 874-9300, code word, FLAG.

The community members helping to make opening day special was a fitting tribute to our late founder, Dan Burke, who passed away in October.  Mr. Burke brought the team to Portland in 1994 with the idea of making a fun, safe, family atmosphere for fans to enjoy a game and be entertained with other activities in the process.  Watch his tribute video here:

In addition to the pre-game activities, the first 1,000 fans through the gates were treated to fleece blankets from U.S. Cellular.   The staff knew they were going to be a hit, and they were.  They also came in very handy once the refreshing mist subsided.

After Thursday night’s opener we played on a lovely Friday evening, followed by games on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in what I think it the best weather anyone could ask for during April.  I actually have a sunburn.  The weekend games were a blast.  On Saturday we debuted our very own band, The Kastaways here in our front plaza.  Check out their video here:

If you missed us on Sunday then you missed out on an amazing pre-game dance performance by the kids from The Dance Studio of Maine.  We also had one of my favorite Maine singers, Susie Peper perform God Bless America During the Seventh inning stretch.

We kicked off Monday’s game with a motor cycle parade around the warning track and a recognition of prisoners of war.  Tuesday we gave away a BEAUTIFUL granite memorial as part of our tax day celebration thanks to Jones Rich & Hutchins.

Wednesday was a great weather day all around, with a great crowd of families, students and business people sneaking away for a working lunch.  The day was punctuated with a heroic bottom of the ninth win by the Sea Dogs.  It’s always great to send away our fans with a win, fireworks and the light house.

Sea Dogs will be back on April 27th.  I will obviously highlight that week soon, but first let me give you these teasers:

Electricity Maine, Teacher Appreciation, Mr. Belding, Timber Tina, High School Bands, Poetry Contest, Patriots Player, University of Maine Farmington…and more!

Eine Kleine Mascot Musik

Check out the feature article on our very own band:

Thank you to Sam Pfeifle and Justin Lumiere of the Portland Phoenix for spending some time with us.  The Kastaways play out in our front plaza before every Saturday home game.  If you’re sick of me telling you about it, then come and check them out and I promise I will move on!

Photo by Justin Lumiere

NOON TIME GAME, What’s Better than Day Baseball?

Noon game today, and the gates open at 10:30am, not 12:30pm as I stupidly wrote last night.  Thank you for all that noticed!

You have less than two hours to take advantage of our special Wolf Wednesday ticket deal which you can do HERE:

It is a fun family package that feeds, entertains, and gets the vacationing kiddos out of the house for a bit.  I LOVE noontime games because it give me an excuse to have french fries at 10:30 in the morning.

The Wolf van will be here cranking music in the plaza and their mascot Prowler will also be here.

The weather once again looks amazing and I encourage everyone to come out and get their daily intake of vitamin D.