On October 28, Engine opened its doors at 265 Main Street in downtown Biddeford for a one-night only “soft opening” of University of New England student work and a reception/food drive for Canstruction. Despite dust on the floor, no heat, and no handle on the front door, guests found their way inside to enjoy the student work, watch a slide show of the five Canstruction teams’ build day, listen to Sean Mencher & His Rhythm Kings, and enjoy treats by Thai Me, Jewel of India, On the Corner Cafe, and Shaker Hill Kitchen. Over 2oo people attended Engine’s event throughout the busy evening downtown. A surprise appearance by Sisters of the Sun Belly Dancers was a crowd pleaser, dancing to live rockabilly!

The Heart of Biddeford’s Downtown Trick or Treating kicked off the evening earlier at 3pm, attracting over 500 kids and their families to Main Street. As October’s ArtWalk got underway at 5pm, downtown was already alive, from upper Main Street to the North Dam Mill, and restaurants were filling up. Lots of happy faces.

The University of New England’s art department filled the walls with student work. A helium-balloon filled jelly fish, created by Andy Rosen’s sculpture class, had center stage, gently moving with the passers-by.

Awards were also give to the teams who participated in the inaugural Canstruction event, a charitable sculpture competition using cans of food. The following awards were given:

Juror’s Choice: West Quoddy Light House by Oakpoint Associates
Structural Integrity: Portland Head Light by Harriman Associates
Best Use of Labels: West Quoddy Light House by Oakpoint Associates
Best Meal: RiverWalk Team of Richardson & Associates and Wright-Pierce
Honorable Mention: MERC by Caleb Johnson Architects
Honorable Mention: CANgry Bird by Port City Architecture

The top winners’ entries will be submitted to the international competition. Go Maine! Thank you to the teams, to our event sponsor Shaw’s, and to the jurors Cyndy Taylor, Don Bisson, and Jeff Sanborn.

The City Theater’s Rocky Horror Picture Show capped the evening with excellent attendance.