Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ogunquit Takes Economic Hit Due to Storm

William Heldreth had been counting on a steady flow of tips last weekend at Bintliff's Restaurant in Ogunquit, where he works as a waiter. The restaurant and most of the town's businesses were anticipating a influx of tourists because of the community's annual "Christmas by the Sea" festival.

But with no power, Bintliff's closed its doors, and festival organizers canceled the parade, the concert, the caroling, the chowder contest and the wandering minstrels.

Even Santa was a no-show.

"We kind of look forward to this time of year to get through the winter," said Heldreth. "It was pretty devastating financially."

It was hard to find any winners in Ogunquit, though. Typically, last weekend is the busiest weekend of the off-season, but the seaside community had no power all day Friday and Saturday.

At Village Food Mart on Maine Street, the power outage meant the loss of about $20,000 in gross revenues. The store also was forced to discard or donate $10,000 to $15,000 in food, including the holiday roasts that had been stored in the freezer. (Source)

Wicked Gay Blog: It saddens me to hear this because I LOVE Ogunquit and the great people that live there. It is one of the most romantic gay destinations in all of New England and I have great respect for their local business owners including Normand of the great gay bar & club MaineStreet and Wayne who runs the Front Porch to name just a few! It looks like we will just have to get together a little gay getaway this winter and head to Ogunquit and give their local economy a boost since there are lots of great places to shop, eat, and sleep!


RDP - NYC said...

Ogunquit is a beautiful place and can't wait to get back to the beach. Had the best chicken marsala up there too!

Anonymous said...


I hope this note finds everyone fully recovered from the ice storm and power outages from last weekend. MaineStreet finally got power back late saturday night and we were thankfully able to salvage a portion of the weekend. I am happy to say we are back in full swing :)

All Christmas By The Sea festivities have been moved to this coming weekend, Dec 19-21, including the parade on sat at 3pm, hayrides, chowder and chocolatefest, etc. For a full list of town activities go to gayogunquit.com

MaineStreet's Annual Holiday Party has been rescheduled to Fri night, Dec 19 at 9pm. Also on Fri, we have rescheduled the Drag Show/Male Auction for the Frannie Peabody Center. So, Friday night will be a festive night with food, cheer, and a drag show/male auction...and of course, Karaoke with DJ Bruce :) Hopefully, the weather cooperates :)

Saturday, Dec 20..Women's tea dance from 3-9, followed by dancing with DJ Ken.

NEW YEARS EVE is just 2 weeks away..This years theme is NEW YEAR ..NEW BEGINNING..NEW HOPE!!...check out the attachment for all the details for our end of the year party and for info on how to get tickets.
WIN FREE TICKETS each night in December at the bar...Also, 2 FREE TICKETS for the New Years Eve party at MaineStreet have been donated
by Massage by Wayne. He has two offices located in Ogunquit and can be reached at 401-529-1722. His donated tickets will be given away at MaineStreet on Saturday evenings Dec 20, and 27.

Five-O is offering a FREE TICKET to MaineStreet's party during the first seating for dinner on New Years Eve. For more details check out five-oshoreroad.com
Also, WANT TICKETS FOR HALF-PRICE??? ...just have dinner at Katie's, The Front Porch, Angelina's, Tapas & Tini's, or Five-O (second seating), and you will get into MaineStreet's party for HALF-OFF with your stamped dinner receipt :)

If you are looking for a room for New Years, the Morning Dove has rooms at $125 each night. The Anchorage also has rooms at a special rate so book soon before they sell out. The Gazebo, Distant Sands, Scotch Hill are other hotels that are open for New Years. The Ogunquit Chamber will also have a list of hotels that will be open.

Hope the holidays are treating you well..and hope to see you soon :)

Normand and the MaineStreet Staff :)

PO BOX 2307
Ogunquit, ME 03907

bigpoluka said...

Ogunquit's THE best place to be anytime! I miss you guys!