Maine Maritime Academy to host fundraising event for scholarships, student programs

CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will host its fourth annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services and academic programs. A Night By the Bay, an evening of dinner, live music, comedic entertainment, and live and silent auctions, will be held Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

Guests at the event may bid on a variety of items and travel excursions ranging from tickets to a Red Sox versus Yankees game to a private, week-long sailing adventure on the academy’s historic schooner Bowdoin for 11 people.

“We began offering this event as a summer celebration in Castine, but our tremendous network of alumni and friends in southern Maine encouraged us to take the event to the greater Portland area,” said MMA President Leonard Tyler in a news release. “Last year it proved to be a great way to break up the post-holiday winter lull, and our supporters either came out on a snowy night or bid online to make it a success.”

Live music will be provided by The Blue Willow Band. The group’s repertoire encompasses a wide selection of light, classic rock and high-energy swing, funk and dance tunes. New Hampshire-based comedian Jimmy Dunn will serve as a comedic auctioneer and entertainer. Dress for the event will be cocktail attire. Bidding for silent auction items will continue through the early part of the evening. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The live auction will kick off at 8:30 p.m.

Online bidding, along with a preview of silent and live auction items, is available at mainemaritime.edu. Tickets for the event are available by advance reservation for $75. To donate an item for auction or to purchase tickets, contact Karen Cukierski at 326-2177.

Maine Boatbuilders Show

PORTLAND — Maine’s boatbuilding industry will be in the spotlight during the 23rd Maine Boatbuilders Show on March 19 to March 21 at the Portland Company Marine Complex on Fore Street in Portland. More than 50 boats will be on display — everything from small rowboats to power boats and sailboats of every size. Traditional construction methods will be alongside the latest in cutting-edge composite technology.