I love my town. Have I told you that? It is a truly remarkable city. In one weekend I got to shop at the Maine College of Art Holiday Art and Craft Fair, take a free horse and wagon ride with my sweetheart through the Old Port, go on the Holiday Stroll at the funky shops in my neighborhood, eat astonishing pizza at the best pizza place ever, rent actual DVDs from a real local video store (remember those?) that has nearly every movie you could ever want in stock, and watch the Maine Red Claws play some seriously good basketball (plus, it began to snow lightly as we left the game).
(I used Kim Klassen's greyday stone texture when processing this photo.)
Next week we'll be joining in with a sing-along of the Hallelujah Chorus at a local church (I hope good singers stand near me and drown me out!) and doing a little more holiday shopping at local stores. I avoid the mall as much as possible during the holidays, partly because I can't stand it, but mostly because I believe in shopping at local businesses. I can't think of a better way to support the community I live in and find beautiful, unique gifts at the same time. Do you have any favorite local places (including perhaps your own shop!) where you go for cool gifts? Share them here!
Oh, and in the last photo that's a detail of the menu on the wall at Otto Pizza. Yes, that is squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza, and yes, it is to die for. Come have a slice with me!