Announcing our 2016 Schedule!

We’re super excited to announce this year’s schedule!

  • 24 Sessions lead by local and national speakers
  • Foundation Friday to get you up to speed on how to use WordPress
  • Contributor Day on Friday, where you can learn how to contribute to the WordPress Core project
  • An action-packed day of sessions on Saturday, featuring speakers from Maine and beyond
  • After sessions conclude on Saturday, enjoy a complimentary after party

Thanks to our Web Designers!

Logo Design – Beth Taylor Weyand

Beth is a designer, artist, and educator. She believes in using design to promote understanding and further ideas. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and currently lives in Portland, Maine.

Beth completed an MFA in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, a BFA in Graphic Design at Maine College of Art in 2008, and a BA in Social Science and Visual Art at Bennington College in 2003.

Along with her love for art and design, she is an avid nester, caretaker of fuzzy beings, and swimmer of oceans.

www.longstockingdesign.com

Web Design – Michael Cain

Michael Cain is a Portland, Maine-based web developer. Born and raised in North Carolina, he moved to New England after graduating from the University of North Carolina with his then-girlfriend (now-wife), Meredith, and then-crazy (now-crazy) black lab, in search of adventure, good food, and great beer.

In general, he spends his days working to fine-tune the theme experience for new users on WordPress.com as a developer at Automattic, his evenings blogging about food and travel on mapandmenu.com, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

www.michaeldcain.com

Places to See While Attending WordCamp In Maine

If you haven’t already heard – WordCamp Maine 2016 will be taking place at the Maine College of Art from May 13-14th! Although this event is exciting enough on it’s own, you may want to take advantage of your visit and explore other attractions in Portland, Maine. If this is your first time stopping in Portland, you’re in for a treat.

Since we are fortunate enough to attract many people who aren’t originally from this area, we’ve compiled our top 13 favorite local places to check out. In a city like Portland, Maine, you can never encompass all of the great places to go, so we encourage you to add your own to this list in the comments.

Good Food

Otto Pizza

If you’re looking for the best pizza in Portland (maybe even the world) look no further. Otto Pizza has a very unique selection of gourmet pizzas. How many restaurants can turn mashed potato into a delicious pizza topping?

  • When: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30-2am
  • Where: (Two locations) 225 Congress St. & 576 Congress St. Portland, ME
  • Food price range: $10-$21 for whole pizza
  • Find them: http://ottoportland.com/

DiMillo’s

A staple of Maine, this restaurant doesn’t just have a view of the water, it’s on the water. DiMillo’s serves guests fresh meals aboard a floating ship. Visit this restaurant for savory dishes and a true experience of the coast of Maine.

Eventide

You can’t visit Portland, Maine without indulging in seafood from the Gulf of Maine. Eventide is famous for their oysters, but they have a many other seafood options. Their menu changes daily to ensure guests enjoy the freshest catch.

Grace

Unless you know what to look for, you might just walk by this building not realizing it’s a restaurant. Set inside a renovated church, Grace takes fine dining to another level. Like Eventide, their menu changes often and their ingredients are always fresh and first-rate.

  • When: Tues-Sat 5-10PM, Fri & Sat 5-10:30
  • Where: 15 Chestnut St. Portland, ME
  • Food price range: $10-$40
  • Find them: http://restaurantgrace.com/

Little Tap House

Sometimes all you want is a burger. Little Tap House features a locally sourced farm to table menu. Their burger, ‘The Tap House Burger’, leaves you feeling healthy and satisfied, ready to tackle the next day at WordCamp.

Fuji

For fresh sushi and hibachi, Fuji sets a standard few other Japanese restaurants can live up to. The interior is very traditional and clean. If the weather happens to warm up (fingers crossed) there is outdoor seating as well.

  • When: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sunday 12:00- 9:00pm
  • Where: 29 Exchange St. Portland, ME
  • Food price range: $5-$15 & special sushi platters $50-$60
  • Find them: http://fujimaine.com/

    Liquid Riot

    Better known for their craft beer and appetizers rather than full courses, Liquid Riot features local brews that will make any beer lover drool. The brewery section is visible from the bar and the entire place has a very “Portland, Maine” vibe. Stop by for a small bite and drinks, head elsewhere for dinner.

    • When: Tues-Thurs 3-11pm, Fri & Sat 12-1am, Sunday 12-11pm
    • Where: 250 Commercial St. Portland, ME
    • Food price range: $5-$11
    • Find them: http://liquidriot.com/

    Fun Stuff

    Bars & Nightlife

    Keep an ear out for the WordCamp after party, which will be announced here on the site as well as on our Facebook page, so make sure to like us! Novare Res, Gritty’s, Ri Ra, and Bingas are popular choices, but it could be anywhere!

    Take a look at this giant list of Portland bars and clubs.

    Portland Head Light

    No trip to Maine is complete without checking out the local scenery. Just a short drive from MECA you can check out one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of Maine. Take a walk around the area and check out the forts that continue to have a mystique about them.

    • Where: 1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
    • Price: Free – just take a cab or ask a local friendly WordCamper to take you over!
    • Find them: http://portlandheadlight.com/

    Open Mic Night

    The Couch showcases both comedy and music every Sunday evening. Local musicians and comedians take the stage for this FREE event!

    • When: Every Sunday, music 6-8pm, comedy 8-10pm
    • Where: Empire at 575 Congress St. Portland, ME
    • Do it: Free. First come first serve.
    • Find them: https://holdmyticket.com/

    Distillery Tour

    If you’re a big gin, whiskey, and/or rum fan, you might enjoy a tour at a local distillery. With a legacy that dates back to the 1850’s, New England Distilling knows how to create quality spirits.

    Portland Sea Dogs vs. Binghamton Mets

    The Sea Dogs are Portland’s proud baseball team. Watch them square off against the Mets, and don’t forget to grab a Sea Dog Biscuit (ice cream cookie sandwich).

    Retro Arcade

    Ready to geek out and reminisce with an Atari 2600 or Donkey Kong? If you’re looking for a more chill environment after WordCamp, stop by the Portland Arcade to blow off some steam. While it’s not technically located in Portland, it’s in Portland’s sister city South Portland.

    Show up for WordCamp Maine and make a trip out of your visit by enjoying one of Maine’s most iconic cities. Check out WordCamp’s event on Facebook for updates and get your tickets here!

    Introducing WordCamp Maine 2016’s Wapuu!

    That’s wapuu, plural!WCME16-wapuu-site2

    So what’s a wapuu?

    It all started when Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of WordPress) went to Japan in 2009. While there the Japanese WordPress community asked him if they could create a mascot. Matt said yes as long as it was GPL licensed and designed by an illustrator who understands the open source community. The community asked Kazuko Kaneuchi, who had experience in creating the Japanese NetBeans mascot, Neko-bean.

    –wapuu fan club

    Since then, wapuu has spread outside of Japan – WordCamp USAustralia, Prague, and others have all released versions of the character.  And don’t forget our very own lumberjack wapuu from last year.  There are even paper dolls, a card gameplugins, a VR experience, and more!

    Stephen Quirk, an Automattician and WordCamp Maine organizer, made the fisherman-and-prey-inspired version for this year’s event.

    You can “catch” this wapuu in sticker form at WordCamp Maine 2016!