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!”

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

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!

Your Oasis on Route One: The Mexicali Blues Yurt Sets Up at the Newcastle Store this Saturday!

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A traditional yurt is built to travel with nomadic tribes, and Caleb Erskine of Living Intent Yurt Company built the Mexicali Blues yurt to follow ours. We’re creating another oasis for the Mexicali Tribe this Saturday at our Newcastle Store right on Route One! Leave stressful, high-traffic travel behind and step inside a peaceful place filled with FREE relaxing, mindful and wonderful activities: yoga, henna tattoos, guided meditation, and singing bowl sound healing.

Our Route One Oasis opens at 10:00 am rain or shine, and you won’t want to miss:

 

10:00 am (Meditation) and 11:00 am (Yoga Class)

FREE Meditation and Yoga with Adele Gale of Midcoast Yoga Shala

Adele Gale is a long-time friend of Pete and Kim Erskine and a gifted yogi with more than 30 years experience. She spent several years as Sheryl Crow’s personal yoga instructor and has delved deeply into sound yoga and meditation. She encourages all of her students to explore different yoga styles and to practice with different yoga teachers, and she will be bringing her own ashtanga-inspired, vigorous postural practice to our yurt. “My thing as an aging yogi is to find the place of greatest freedom in the body or the breath,” Adele explains. “My classes are always accessible to all skill levels. I want to create a moving meditation, to help you find that comfortable, completely embodied place.” This is a can’t-miss opportunity to meditate and practice with an incredible yogi.  Limited mats are available, so bring your own if you can.

 

Noon to 5:00 pm

FREE Henna Body Art with Ella

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 all through a rainy summer weekend.

 

1:00 pm

FREE Singing Bowls Sound Therapy with Meghan

Enhance your energy with sound healing! Let Mexicali Blues marketing maven Meghan Costello introduce you to the relaxing, uplifting powers of our handmade Nepalese singing bowls. Meghan will show you how the bowls’ frequencies can raise the vibrations of our physical bodies and subtle energy fields through entrainment—the universal physical pull toward harmony.  “Good vibrations” doesn’t begin to describe it, so don’t miss an experience that will let you take on the rest of your day in a refreshed and positive way.

 

1:00 pm to 3:30pm in the Newcastle Store

LIVE Grateful Dead Tunes from Chuck and Gary

Before or after you explore the yurt oasis, step inside the store to groove to the music of guitar masters Chuck Jewitt and Gary McCue. They’ll be playing their favorite Grateful Dead music for us while you browse the marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues.

 

You can relax and rejuvenate on Route One! We can’t wait to see you at our flagship store in Newcastle tomorrow!

Get Ready for Maine YogaFest 2016 at Mexicali Blues!

myf-b.jpgAerial yoga. Beach Yoga. Slackline Yoga. Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Rock Climbers, Hot Rock Star Yoga. Whether it’s your first time on the mat or time to push your practice (and yourself) in an exciting new direction, the Maine YogaFest in Portland has something for you. The annual three-day gathering kicks off tomorrow with Paddleboard Yoga and a Glitter Blowout Pre-Party, and we can’t wait!

Maine YogaFest takes place at the East End Community School and the East End Beach. Surrounded by stunning summertime views of Casco Bay, participants stretch their bodies, minds and skill sets in exciting new ways. Teachers and experts share their knowledge and insight in holistic health workshops, guided meditations, informative lectures and more. There’s wholesome and nutritious foods to sustain us and live music and circus performances to inspire and entertain us. There’s even a yoga camp for kids! It’s a warm welcome for anyone new to yoga, an incredible inspiration for more experienced yogis, and a celebration of community and cosmic unity.

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So before we go, we’re stocking up on summery yoga wear staples like Jai Dharma Tank Tops and Jai Pranayama Palazzo Pants. Staff and customer favorites, these super-soft, flowing jersey pieces are filigreed in florals and so, so flattering. Mexicali Blues stocks yoga mats (exclusively in stores), mat bags, leggings and more, so stop in to get set for an amazing weekend of yoga.

So to all our fellow yogis, whether we see you in your favorite Mexicali Blues store or on the Prom this weekend, Namaste.

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