After a one year hiatus, the Black Bears of Portland, a UMaine alumni interest group designed to bring together the more than 20,000 University of Maine graduates who live south of Augusta, are hosting the fourth edition of Cocktails on the Coast on Friday June 20. This year, COTC will be going back to its roots and will take place at the Inn on Peaks Island.
“The event is essentially a summer reunion with about 150-200 alumni coming together for a fast and furious few hours of fun,” said James Morin, President of the BBoP. “This year, we couldn’t be more excited about going back to Peaks Island, where it all began four years ago.”
Cocktails on the Coast is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing, who have graciously donated two kegs that’ll be on tap at the Inn on Peaks (Fill The Steins, indeed!) and University Credit Union, who are helping cover much of the cost associated with the venue. The sponsorship of these two partners is helping keep the cost at a very reasonable $15 per person. Tickets for the event MUST be purchased in advance, and the last day to register is Monday June 16.
“Ultimately, the tickets would be at least double the cost if it weren’t for [their] sponsorship. We don’t like to charge anything for our events, but we don’t often go all-out like we do for Cocktails on the Coast,” Morin told us.
The festivities kick off at 5:00 on the mainland, when alumni will gather at the Porthole on the Custom House Wharf in Portland. Attendees need to get to the ferry terminal no later than 6:45 to pick up their tickets for a 7:00 boarding time. From there, it’s over to the Inn on Peaks for the Shipyard kegs, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Ferries will run back to the mainland at 9:45, 10:55, and, for those of us that really love to fill the steins, 11:55.
After the one year break, Morin and the rest of the BBoP committee are hoping that this year’s outing is a record-breaker.
“Our goal is to have an awesome time and to set an attendance record,” said Morin. “I believe our biggest year had 150 guests. I think we can top that this year…especially with the help of Fill The Steins Nation!”
To that end, both Adam and Brian from Fill The Steins will be there on June 20, and we hope to see lots of you in Fill The Steins Nation in attendance as well. For your convenience, we’ve outlined all the pertinent details below and we encourage everyone to visit the Black Bears of Portland Facebook page for more information!
What: Cocktails on the Coast, sponsored by Black Bears of Portland, University Credit Union, and Shipyard Brewing
When: Friday June 20, 2014 beginning at 5:00pm at the Porthole (ferry boards at 7:00 sharp!)
Where: The Inn on Peaks Island
Cost: $15 (plus the cost of drinks at the cash bar)
Registration Deadline: Monday June 16 at 5:00
Photo courtesy: Black Bears of Portland