About a month ago, I floated the idea of a not-so-secret society known as the Presumpscot Social Club (PSC), whose low-minded intent is to go places and have fun. But as Robert Putnam might put it, the high-minded intent is to build social capital among Westbrook folk. So without further ado, here's the proposed social calendar for the PSC:
June 2008: Scarborough Downs
Your chance to experience life as a Scarborough Downer. The food isn't too bad (read: greasy), and the adult beverages are reasonably priced. There's something else that makes Scarborough Downs fun, but for some reason I can't remember it...oh yeah, winning bets.
July 2008: Willowbrook Museum Village
A chance to get in touch with your inner history buff.
August 2008: Reggae on the Bay (Peaks Island)
A ride on the ferry, laid-back vibes, and fun under the sun. Doesn't sound too shabby to me.
September 2008: Paper City Triangle
Dinner at Don's Lunch, a couple games at Colonial Lanes, and a nightcap at Mill Side Tavern. Does it get any better than that?
October 2008: Downeast Potluck Supper at The Elms
We'd have to charge a fee to cover the $250 + 7% tax rental cost. But I think the setting and the do-it-yourself meals featuring Maine ingredients would be worth it.
November 2008: Maine Brewers' Festival
Beer, beer, and more Maine beer. 'Nuff said.
December 2008: Christmas Prelude
The website makes it looks cool (and cold). Nevertheless, it looks like a good spot for some X-Mas shopping.
January 2009: Neal Dow Pub Crawl
A chance to get in touch with the, ahem, nightlife Westbrook has to offer. (A request for a moment of silence in honor of the late Skybox Bar and Grill.)
February 2009: Lady Ball's Victorian Boutique and Tea Room
I suppose it's only fitting that the place right out of a romance novel should be enjoyed during the month that features the most romantic day of the year. Or something like that.
March 2009: Wayside Soup Kitchen
Life's not always just about us...some of the time.
April 2009: Open to suggestions.
May 2009: Portland Symphony Orchestra
A chance to get all fancy and cultured. I'm specifically thinking about this performance.
June 2009: Beanhole Baked Bean Supper and Pig Roast on the Riverwalk
Just a little shindig on the Friday night of next year's Westbrook Together Days. But does anyone have a stall where I can store a couple piglets this fall? And does anyone have any experience butchering said piglets or cooking beanhole baked beans? Those skills might be useful.
- John C.L. Morgan