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Updated: November 14, 2022

'Boomerang' events to fete Maine returnees and lifers

people at a baseball game Courtesy / Live + Work in Maine Live + Work in Maine hosts several events throughout the year like this baseball game outing shown here.

Live + Work in Maine, a private-sector initiative that aims to boost career opportunities in Maine, is rebranding its "Welcome Home" fall events to celebrate everyone who lives and works here.

This year, the gatherings are being called "For All Mankind," with simultaneous events planned for Nov. 22, in Orono and Portland.

The idea is to celebrate everyone who calls the Pine Tree State home, no matter how long they've been here. The organization is partnering with Amtrak Downeaster to offer train tickets from Boston to Portland for those are heading home for the long Thanksgiving weekend and want to attend the event.

Nate Wildes headshot
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Nate Wildes, executive director of Live + Work in Maine

"We've heard again and again from attendees and our partners how valuable these events have been in making new personal and business connections, and learning what each community has to offer," said Nate Wildes, executive director of Live + Work in Maine. He was recently honored on the Mainebiz NextUp 40 under 40 list.

"After the challenges of the past few years, we realize how many people are craving connection, whether they've just moved to Maine or lived here for a lifetime, so we're excited to celebrate everyone who chooses to call our beautiful state home," he added.

Since October 2021, more than 1,200 people have registered for nearly two dozen events put on by Live + Work in Maine across the state. The organization has partnered with local nonprofits, and civic and educational institutions in each location.

The Orono event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. at Orono Brewing Co., 61 Margin St. The Portland event will be at Aloft Hotel, 379 Commercial St., from 5-8 p.m. 

The events are supported by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

More information

Admission is free but registration is required, and attendees must be 21 or older. Register for either Nov. 22 event here. 

Find the calendar of 2023 Live + Work in Maine events here and register for the organization's newsletter here

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