Oh, ‘the Pastabilities’
Waterfall Arts, the incredibly cool and progressive arts organization and gallery on High Street in Belfast, will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, called “Imagine the Pastabilities.” Local chefs Ted LaFage, Paul Yeaton and Joe Ascrizzi will create specialty sauces to go with pasta, green salad, breadsticks and beverages, and John Ascrizzi will provide his handmade John’s Ice Cream and toppings — longtime favorites at the American Folk Festival. Strolling musicians will entertain diners, and a silent auction of goods made by local artists and artisans will accompany the event. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship program to bring young designers to Project M North, a new program coming to Waterfall Arts this March. Dinner is $10 for adults, $7 for children. For details, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.
It’s January. There is nothing you can do about the fact that it’s cold, cold, cold out there — so embrace your inner polar bear and make the best of it. The Portland Harbor Hotel again will hold its Ice Bar event, Jan. 22-24, in the hotel’s courtyard on Fore Street in Portland’s Old Port. White lights, outdoor fire pits, gleaming ice sculptures and specialty martinis make the Ice Bar a fun way to while away the long hours of winter. The bar is sculpted from more than 7,000 pounds of ice, and an ice sculpting contest will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Admission to the bar is $10, with proceeds going to local charities. Alcohol will start being served at 4:30 p.m. For details, call 775-9090.
Whether you’re celebrating the end of the era of George W. Bush, or the beginning of the new Obama administration, Jan. 20 is a momentous day. The Silver Lane Bistro in Warren will host a celebration of the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, from 6:30 p.m. until close on Inauguration Day. Appetizers and drinks will be available for $15 per person. To RSVP, call 273-6464, or visit www.silverlanebistro.com. If you want to celebrate on your own, try these cocktails, which are set to be served that night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., at its fancy-schmancy Inauguration Ball. The Air Force One features 2 ounces Hpnotiq, 1 ounce citrus vodka, juice from one lemon wedge, and lemon-lime soda to taste; serve in a tall glass with ice. The American Dream features 1 ounce Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, 1 ounce rum (if you can find cherry rum, all the better), 1½ ounce cherry-pomegranate juice and a splash of sour mix in a cocktail glass. Then there’s the Obama On My Mind, which features 1 part Grey Goose Orange Vodka, 1 part sweet vermouth, 4 sections blood orange, a dash of sugar and 4 parts sparkling wine.