Last Thursday was The Opportunity Alliance‘s annual Barn Raising event, a party that brings together various members of their community to celebrate and recognize their Volunteers of the Year, Resident Leads of the Year, and Community Partner of the Year.
This event is held at their Family Center, located in South Portland, Maine. If you’ve
never been to this space, I highly encourage you to check it out. It was originally the barn for the boy’s school that became Long Creek Juvenile Detention Center. The Opportunity Alliance lovingly restored the space, leaving as many of the original beams and flooring as possible. It’s filled with windows and light, so that original woodwork just seems to glow.
We also held a portion of the party outside since we were lucky enough to have Mashed in Maine join us! In addition to the BBQ Mashed Potato bowls, we also had empanadas, chips, salsa, and guacamole from Quiero Cafe in Saco. Moe’s Original BBQ and b. Good, both in South Portland, provided us with our
amazing sides: mac and cheese and watermelon cucumber salad from Moe’s Original BBQ and salads from b. Good! Our evening was rounded out with the most magical cheese board and bar service from Dandelion Catering. Finally, we had Sweetie’s Ice Cream join us with homemade ice cream sandwiches to go with coffee from Coffee By Design.
Due to some last minute weather scares, we ended up rearranging the whole layout of the party, bringing our amazing musical duo, Susanne Gerry|Seth Warner, inside and shifting our layout around. However, this opened up a little more space for folks to access the bars, where we had wine donated from Devenish Wine, beer donated from Foulmouthed Brewing, Shipyard Brewing, Baxter Brewing and Rising Tide Brewing, along with ginger beer and root beer donated from Capt. Eli’s!
This event is one of my favorites to plan because everyone who attends is just so happy to be there and see one another! Everyone is committed to the work that The Opportunity Alliance does of helping folks to build better lives and stronger communities, and that’s what really matters.
I couldn’t include all my favorite photos from the amazing Dear Jenna photography, so please check out more below!