Celebrating the arrival of spring in Maine is different than nearly anywhere else. After all, we are cooped up inside all winter, so once the sun begins to shine and the temperature rises above 40, we will make any excuse to get out of the house! For local businesses like Elsmere BBQ, the beginning of spring is just as refreshing.

Spring’s arrival means the start of a busier season, and the valuable opportunity to reconnect with the community. Here at Elsmere, we believe that spring is the perfect chance for locals and businesses to support each other! By offering unique events, new inventory, and seasonal specials, businesses and organizations can give locals a great reason to get out of the house and kick off the season while supporting their local economy. As you make plans for your next spring adventure, consider these great options.

Get Out & Get Moving!
One of the best parts of kicking off the spring season is spending weekends outdoors in the beauty of Southern Maine. With the kids home from school, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a family adventure or participate in an outdoor activity together. If supporting our local community while doing your part to protect the environment sounds like a good time, then you should add the Deering High School 2019 Urban Runoff 5k and the Green Neighbor Family Festival to your schedule. This event supports water pollution awareness and clean water education for Earth Day, while giving family members of all ages a chance to participate in the race and Family Fest activities (and even a bouncy castle!) This event will take place on Saturday, April 20th, so mark your calendars!


Find Your New Favorite Thing at Darby Jones
The grueling process of spring cleaning has to happen, but as we purge the old and dusty, it’s fun to imagine what a room might look like with a whole new design. After all that cleaning, you deserve a chance to get out of the house and do a little shopping! Thankfully there’s a local shop with a colorful and curated selection of treasures to inspire your next spring interior design project. Darby Jones in Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood offers a unique variety of colorful home decor, gifts, accessories, books, apparel and so much more. Whether you’re planning a room redesign or searching for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, you’ll definitely find it at Darby Jones.

Great Art and Eats at Elsmere BBQ
If you need an excuse to hit the town and skip a night of cooking ASAP, just do it in the name of art! Work by artist David Conners will be on display at Elsmere, but only until the end of April, so maybe a surprise date night is in order? When you think about it, who really needs to go to a museum when you can support a local artist and enjoy a great meal all in one place? Whether you’re in the market for a new piece of art for your home, or you simply want the gallery experience with a side of culinary artistry, you’ll find it here at Elsmere BBQ!

Happy Spring from Elsmere BBQ, we can’t wait to see you soon!