Portland, Maine’s annual Old Port Festival kicks off this Sunday, June 12. Our Old Port shops are right in the middle of it, and we can’t wait! Puppet parades winding through the cobblestoned streets, small shops spilling their wares across the sidewalks, live music and fun food on every corner, and the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel spinning over it all.
And because we’re right in the middle of it all, we know it can sometimes be a little bit … crazy. The crowds are big. The volume is high. There’s a chance for thunderstorms in the forecast. If you find that you or your family feeling overstimulated and overwhelmed (or just plain over it), come straight to Mexicali Blues.
We’re creating an Old Port Festival Oasis in front of our stores on Moulton Street. Team member Caleb Erskine of Living Intent Yurt Company has created one of his signature yurts for us, so we can create a serene, airy space for you. Step inside and check out all our calming and centering services—FREE!—so you can get back out there and celebrate.
The Old Port Oasis opens at noon, and our talented staff will have so much to share with you. Don’t miss:
Noon to 5:00 pm
FREE Henna Body Art
Ella is a local creative wonder who is skilled in the art of henna design. Watching her work is mesmerizing, and the results are magical. Take a moment to get an all-natural temporary henna tattoo. In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs “awaken the inner light” during festivals and celebrations. The intricate beauty of the patterns will illuminate and inspire you, too!
1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
FREE Guided Meditation: Allowing What Is
Sit down with Suse Wicks, manager of our Newcastle store, and take part in a mindful meditation to quiet the outer world and amplify the world within. With Suse’s guidance, you can let conceptual thinking fall away to reveal “the consciousness in which the body and the world appear.” Allow all of the craziness to simply be, and you can rejoin the fun in a more mindful way.
Inside and outside the Old Port Festival Oasis Yurt, you’ll find an insanely awesome array of Mexicali Blues outdoor furniture and decor, festival gear, summer clothes in breezy boho styles for the whole family, hula hoops, Frisbees, sunglasses and pint glasses. There will be discounts, concert ticket giveaways, and so much more!
We’ll see you on Sunday!