Coastweek 2016: Help Clean Up the Maine Coast and Keep the Sea Trash-Free

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Headed to the beach on this sunshine daydream weekend? Do your part to keep Earth beautiful, and pack a trash bag in your beach bag! The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup begins Saturday, September 17, and local volunteers are fanning out all across Maine’s 3,375 miles of coastline to pick up over 20,000 pounds of trash.

That’s right—20,000 pounds of trash. Worldwide, 800,000 volunteers collected 18 million pounds of trash during the 2015 Coastal Cleanup! And that’s just the trash we can see from the surface. Human waste and litter makes its way into ocean waters through deliberate dumping, windblown waste, runoff into storm drains, shipping container spillage and much more. And once it makes it way to the sea, it spreads everywhere. Scientists have discovered trash bags in deep sea coral reefs and documented Antarctic fur seals tangled in plastics.

The results are terrible for our oceans—and for our ecosystem:

  • From plastic trash bags to abandoned fishing nets, marine animals are constantly caught and killed by floating trash. Dolphins, sea turtles, fish and seabirds suffocate or starve entangled in litter.
  • Sea creatures often confuse plastic wastes with food, with catastrophic results. Fish confuse microbeads in our soaps with microplanktons, choking them or blocking their digestive systems. (In fact, in many parts of our oceans, plastic particles outnumber plankton!) Sea turtles choke on plastic bags that float like seaweeds. Sea birds fill their bellies with cigarette butts, wrappers and plastic until they always feel full … and slowly starve.
  • Larger pieces of debris create navigational hazards that endanger dolphins, seals, fish—and boats.
  • Chemicals leaching from waste (or deliberately dumped) contaminate the water and close beaches.

Maine’s Coastal Cleanup is focused on tidewrack—the trash the floats on the surface or is washed onto our beaches by the tide. It’s only the tip of the trash iceberg, but cleaning it up makes our beaches safer for humans and wildlife (not to mention more pleasant).

At Mexicali Blues, we’re right on the Damariscotta River—a stunning tidal waterway that empties into the Atlantic. We spend our summers boating, swimming and sunning ourselves on Maine’s bays and beaches. Maine’s oceans are a place of reflection and renewal, a natural resource rich in wildlife and wonder, and a big part of our tourist economy. Our ocean is so rich—and so fragile—that President Obama just designated the first national Marine Monument in the Atlantic of the coast of New England.

So we want every member of the Mexicali Tribe who is beach-bound to take a trash bag and take part in the Coastal Cleanup. You can put together your own Coastal Cleanup Kit, or you can check out the list of Maine coastal communities looking for Coastal Cleanup volunteers. (Community cleanup groups start this weekend and run through October, and will supply volunteers at area beaches with kits and designated disposal areas.)

When you’re done, let the Ocean Conservancy know how many cigarette butts, plastic bags, cups, wrappers, bottles and cans you’ve collected. They’re building an international database of ocean trash to keep an eye on its impact and dumping trends. Together, we can turn the tide on ocean trash!

Mexicali Loves Music: Reflecting on our Summer of Concerts

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We’ve had a full and fabulous summer of marvelous adventures and magical music! Thanks to an awesome collaboration with Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and the Maine State Pier, we were able to share our passionate love of live music by giving away over 200 free concert tickets! There’s not much better to do on a hazy summer night than rock out at an outdoor concert on the breeze-swept waterfront,and we are SO grateful for these two terrific venues and the amazing artists they host! Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Hall & Oates. . . we were there rocking out with you at these shows and more, digging the melodies and the positive vibes of the concert community that forms at each show to embark on a sonic trip together.

Dark Star Orchestra rocked the Pier a couple of weeks ago with their fun and funky cover of an incendiary 1976 Grateful Dead show, and all those kind and joyous vibes we’ve been swimming in at each concert were gloriously and visibly abundant. Love was ALL around: for the music, for the people, for the magic of it all. . . and we’re so thrilled to have been a part of it!

We’d love to hear your summer concert memories, too! What live music have you experienced and loved most in the past few months?

“And the fields are full of dancing,
Full of singing and romancing–
The music never stopped!”

We’re Wild for Maine Blueberries at Mexicali Blues!


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So small, wild and sweet, Maine blueberries are one of the signature tastes of summer. Raking a new crop from the low bushes growing across the barrens is a way of life Downeast, and the annual three-day Machias Wild Blueberry Festival is a can’t-miss celebration featuring live music, artists and artisans, delicious food and carnival fun.

The festival kicks off on Friday, August 19 and runs all weekend. In honor of the Wild Blueberry Festival, we’ve gathered some fun, fresh picks in our favorite hues of blueberry blue:

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The Althea Mudmee Tie Dye Short Sleeve Dress in Turquoise swirls all the colors of ripe blueberries, green leaves and juice-stained fingers into one fun, flirty, summery Mudmee dress.

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The Blues Burst Killer Tie Dye Tee transforms every shade of blue into a tie dye so bold it will blow you away.

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Going berrypicking on a bright summer day? Our hemp Here Comes the Sun Hat in Turqouise is stylish, earth-friendly way to shade the sun.

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Pick them up and give them a squeeze—our Batik Baby Jumpsuit in Blue looks sweeter than sweet on the little ones.

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Our Blueberry Blossoms Tapestry is the perfect picnic blanket or table topper. Enjoy your freshly baked blueberry pies and muffins on a handprinted field of bright blues and greens.

And these are just a few of the beautiful blues you’ll find at Mexicali Blues! Our Bangor location is just two hours from the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, so stop in on your way north to pick your own.

The Mexicali Blues Yurt Sets Up at Our Bangor Store this Thursday, August 18th!

ALL TIME CLASSICSBangor is so much fun (and a little bit frenzied) on Thursdays in the summertime, with music and merriment filling the streets as revelers boogie down at the free shows of the Cool Sounds Concert Series and get ready for the latest Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion concert. Jimmy Buffet and his parrothead posse will be rocking the Waterfront later in the evening, so take a break from preparatory margaritas and dancing at our signature summertime oasis! For our final Oasis yurt of Summer 2016, we’re pitching one of Caleb Erskine’s bright and breezy Living Intent yurts at our store right in Downtown Bangor and filling the airy, serene space with FREE fun activities for mind, body and soul. Escape the bustling foot-traffic and explore henna tattoos, hula hooping, and more at Mexicali Blues.

Our Bangor Oasis opens at 4:00 PM, and you won’t want to miss:

4:00 pm

Yurt Construction with Caleb Erskine

See how quick and easy it is to assemble an awesomely unique and portable nomadic home, and bring Caleb your questions about building or buying one of your own!

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE Henna Body Art with Ella Coose 

Get a FREE, all-natural, temporary henna tattoo from Ella, our amazing henna artist. In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs awaken the “inner light,” and the intricate beauty of the patterns will be illuminating and inspiring (and as fabulous as your latest fashion finds).

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FREE Hoop & Hoodie Giveaway

Grab your entry ticket at the yurt and drop it off in the store to be entered to win a one-of-a-kind handmade hula hoop and cozy Steal Your State hoodie!

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FREE Hooping Demonstration and Instruction with Rochelle Dorr

Our handmade hula hoops in carnival colors are getting everyone in a great summertime groove. Rochelle will help you explore the basics of hooping and get hips swaying (and everyone smiling).

You’ll also be able to browse a marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues. You can relax and rejuvenate in Downtown Bangor—visit our Bangor Store this Thursday, August 18th, and see!

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This will be our last Oasis Yurt event for the summer, but come see us at the Hidden Valley Nature Center Live Edge Music Festival this Saturday, August 21, where we’ll be getting our groove on and rocking the radical rainbow awesomeness of the Tie Dye Mobile!  Tickets are still available, and there are two ways to get them:

1. Buy tickets at Mexicali Blues in Newcastle or any of these other partner/sponsor locations:  Sheepscot General Storethe Alna Store, HVNC and Midcoast Conservancy’s office in Wiscasset.

2. Or click on the link BELOW to order your ticket online (scroll all the way down the page) and HVNC will mail it to you.

buy tickets online HERE

Burning Man Prep: Mexicali Festival Essentials

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It’s nearly that inimitably electric time of year, when the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is transformed into the psychedelic space camp of wonder and transformation that that is Burning Man!  Burning Man is rocking from August 28 – September 5, 2016, and we can’t wait to see what wild co-creation magic will be wrought at this year’s crazy amazing temporary metropolis of art and community!

While you’ll need a lot of gear to participate fully and not be a complete sparkle pony, Mexicali Blues has got a bounty of boho brilliance to bring something special to your festival style–from metallic flash tattoos to homemade hula hoops, tie dye leggings to affordable utility belts, sparkling bindis to rad hippie tapestries for decking out your camp, and a whole lot more!

Stop by a Mexicali Blues store in Maine or visit us at www.MexicaliBlues.com to stock up on awesomeness!

Check out some articles & tips for Burners that we adore:

Must-Know Burning Man Tips for Newbies from Over Yonderlust

Surviving Burning Man from Alex in Wanderland

Staying Sober at Burning Man from Healthy Crush

How To: Prepare for Burning Man from Matador Network

Your Guide to Dining on the Playa from BakeSpace

There’s a Camp For That: 12 Truly Useful Burning Man Camps from Fest300

 

 

You’ll Find the Mexicali Blues Yurt at Our Freeport Store this Saturday!

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Freeport is so much fun (and a little bit frenzied) on midsummer weekends. Take a break from shopping at our signature summertime oasis! We’re pitching one of Caleb Erskine’s bright and breezy Living Intent yurts at our store right on Bow Street in Freeport and filling the airy, serene space with FREE, relaxing activities for mind, body and soul. Escape the traffic and explore guided meditation, massage, reiki, henna tattoos and more at Mexicali Blues.

Our Bow Street Oasis opens at 10:00 am, and you won’t want to miss:

10:00am and 11:00am
FREE Guided Meditation: Allowing What Is with Suse Wicks


Quiet the outer world and amplify the world within. Suse Wicks, manager of our Newcastle store, will guide a mindful meditation to let your conceptual thinking fall away and reveal “the consciousness in which the body and the world appear.” Allow all of the craziness of Freeport in July to simply be, and you can rejoin the fun in a more mindful way.

11:00am to 1:00 pm
FREE Massage with Angela Plourde


Our own Freeport store’s own Angela will provide two- to four-minute chair massages. If you’ve been hunched over the wheel or hauling bags, a quick massage fix will relax your muscles and restore your sense of wellbeing.

11:00am to 1:00 pm
FREE Reiki with Alisha Eckman


For another gentle, hands-on way to get happier and more relaxed, try a Reiki session with Alisha Eckman. Alisha has practiced reiki at her midcoast studio, Channel the Light, for several years. She can’t wait to introduce you to this Japanese technique for stress reduction and spiritual healing.

Noon to 4:00 pm
FREE Henna Body Art with Ella Coose and Alisha Eckman


Get a FREE, all-natural, temporary henna tattoo from Ella and Alisha, our amazing henna artists. In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs awaken the “inner light,” and the intricate beauty of the patterns will be illuminating and inspiring (and as fabulous as your latest fashion finds).

You’ll also be able to browse a marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues. You can relax and rejuvenate on Bow Street—visit our Freeport store this Saturday, July 30th, and see!

BONUS reason to be in Freeport: Grace Potter is playing a FREE show that night at L.L.Bean as part of their summer concert series!

Check out event details here: Grace Potter @ The LL Bean Summer in the Park Concert Series in Freeport

August 21, 2016 Maine Event: Hidden Valley Nature Center’s Live Edge Music Festival

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Mexicali Blues is thrilled to be working with the Hidden Valley Nature Center as a sponsor for the 2016 Live Edge Music Festival! This fabulous Maine festival will boast awesome music, delicious local food, refreshing craft beer, and even belly dancers–all set in the midst of HVNC’s 1,000 acres of trails, pond shore frontage and bogs.

This fest would be a hopping hootenanny anywhere, but it is particularly special as it takes place at and supports the Hidden Valley Nature Center, a wonderful organization that is part of the Midcoast Conservancy, at one of the most magical and ecologically diverse pieces of unspoiled land in Midcoast Maine. With nearly 30 miles of multi-use trails and a beautiful pond at its heart, the Nature Center is a environment and resource that we are SO grateful to have in our veritable backyard!

Each year HVNC hosts over 50 programs designed to get people of all ages outdoors, to learn new skills, and deepen their appreciation of the natural world.

This year’s all-Maine musical line-up includes:

Primo Cubano

The Gawler Family

Oshima Brothers

The Shakes

The festival will also feature the US premier of the belly dance troupe Sirumem. Food from the Sheepscot General Store, authentic Mexican tacos from the Solorzano family, and beer from Liberal Cup, Geary’s and Allagash will keep you going between acts or after you explore the 30-plus miles of trails at HVNC until the next band takes the stage.

There is an amazing bonus for ticket buyers who are quick to get on the bandwagon!  The first 300 tickets sold come with an irresistible offer: buy your $20 ticket (kids under 12 are free!) and get a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a meal at any of 15 amazing local restaurants: Slates, Liberal Cup, A-1 Diner, Newcastle Publick House, El Camino, Frontier, Cloud 9, River Grill, Crissy’s, Savory Maine, Le Garage, Montsweag Roadhouse, The Slipway, Rhumb Line, or Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery. Up to a $20 value, this terrific deal makes your ticket essentially FREE! These tickets are going fast, so get yours ASAP!

There are two ways to get your tickets:

1. You can buy tickets at Mexicali Blues in Newcastle or any of these other partner/sponsor locations:  Sheepscot General Storethe Alna Store, HVNC and Midcoast Conservancy’s office in Wiscasset.

2. Or click on the link BELOW to order your ticket online (scroll all the way down the page) and HVNC will mail it to you.

buy tickets online HERE

We are SO excited to be sponsoring this event, along with Cribstone Capital and Ames Supply.  We’ll be there getting our collective dance on, so be on the lookout for our (hard-to-miss) Tie Dye Mobile!  Instagram a selfie with it to show off your awesome hippie spirit and be sure to tag us #TieDyeMobile and #MexicaliBlues!  We hope to see you there!

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Mexicali Loves Music: Win Free Tickets to Dark Star Orchestra in Portland, Maine!

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Mexicali’s sharing the Live Music Love all summer long, and this week, we’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to see Dark Star Orchestra at the Maine State Pier in Portland! Click here to enter: http://s.heyo.com/093cdf

Dark Star holds a special place in our Deadhead hearts, keeping the Grateful Dead vibe alive and rockin’ with their covers of Dead tunes and entire sets! What song or set would you love to see them play in concert?

We love this version of Scarlet Begonias from the 2013 Gathering of the Vibes fest:

The Mexicali Blues Yurt Sets Up at Our Raymond Store this Saturday!

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Our signature summer oasis is headed to the Lakes Region. We’re pitching one of Caleb Erskine’s bright and breezy Living Intent yurts at our store on Route 302 in Raymond and filling the airy, serene space with FREE, relaxing activities for mind, body and soul. Escape the traffic and explore yoga, henna tattoos, Sanskrit lessons, guided meditation … even hula hooping!

Our Route 302 Oasis opens at 11:00 am, and you won’t want to miss:

11:00am to 5:00 pm
FREE Hula Hooping Demonstrations
Our handmade hula hoops in carnival colors are getting everyone in a great summertime groove. Hula hooping gets hips swaying (and everyone smiling).

Noon to 5:00 pm
FREE Henna Body Art with Ella Coose
Get a FREE, all-natural, temporary henna tattoo from Ella, our amazing henna artist. In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs awaken the “inner light,” and the intricate beauty of the patterns will illuminate and inspire you during your sun-drenched summer weekend.

1:00pm and 2:30pm
FREE Yoga and Sanskrit Lesson with Danielle Federico of Modern Spirit Wellness
Have you ever tried Kundalini yoga? KRI-certified yogi and spiritual teacher Danielle Federico will show us how to awaken the powerful but often dormant kundalini energies coiled at the base of the spine. The Kundalini experience is often described as a “deep electrical current” activated through free flow movement, breathing techniques and the rhythmic chanting of mantras. No matter what your skill level, a session with Danielle will warm your body and activate and vibrate your chakras. Limited mats are available, so bring your own if you can.

You’ll also be able to browse a marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues. You can relax and rejuvenate on Route 302—visit our Raymond store on Saturday and see!

Mexicali Loves Music: Midcoast Maine Music Festival This Week!

 

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One of our very favorite annual local events, theMidcoast Music Festival, is this week–Thursday July 14th and Saturday the 16th–and if you’re in (or can get to) the area, it is a truly magical summer concert event not to be missed!

The lineup this year features Primo Cubano, the Jason Spooner Band, the Oyster Creek Fiddlers, and more! Enjoy Maine’s best music, food, beer, and oysters in the Darrows Barn at DRA’s Round Top Farm, one of the region’s most memorable performance spaces.

No ordinary hay barn, performers and audiences from around the world seek out Round Top Farm – Darrows Barn for its exceptional acoustics and warm ambiance. This place is beyond GORGEOUS! Excellent and affordable food, wine, and local beer will be available at both evening performances, offered by two of Damariscotta’s favorite restaurants, along with fresh-shucked oysters straight from the Damariscotta River.

The Jason Spooner Band, performing on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 PM, brings together the talents of Jason Spooner on lead vocals and guitar, Adam Frederick on bass and vocals, Reed Chambers on drums and Warren McPherson on keyboards and vocals. The band’s unique blend of roots, blues, funk and folk has earned them accolades across the country and skyrocketing popularity. Opening the show is Portland artist Katherine Matzell Frederick. Doors open at 6 PM.

The Saturday, July 16 show, also at 6:30 PM, will feature Primo Cubano playing traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience. Primo Cubano features guitarist Paul D’Allesio, Marc Chilled on trumpet, Lenny Hatch on congas, Eric Winter singing and playing maracas, and Duane Edwards on bass fiddle. Opening for Primo Cubano is ZEME LIBRE, a New England based band quickly gaining a reputation for its unique, high-energy blend of Afrobeat, reggae, ska and funk. Doors open at 6 PM.

On Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 PM, bring the whole family to hear the delightful Oyster Creek Fiddlers. This daytime show is a FREE family dance featuring traditional fiddle music.

Tickets for the two evening concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students with a valid 2015-2016 ID. The family concert on Saturday is free, but tickets are still required.

Tickets are available here: http://www.midcoastmusicfest.com/ This fest sells out pretty much every year, so be sure to get yours ASAP!

The Midcoast Music Fest supports the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association–a non-profit, membership supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of the Damariscotta region, centered on the Damariscotta River. DRA has active programs in the areas of land conservation, stewardship, community education, water quality monitoring, marine conservation and cultural preservation.

We at Mexicali Blues love this event (and the whole mission of the DRA) SO much, we join forces with other local businesses to sponsor the event each year. We’ll be there rocking out, and hope to see you on the dance floor!