Maine Dreams

Inspirational stories about Maine people

Haunt ME Official Interview with Ty

screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-00-18-am     To wrap up the fall season Maine Dreams interviewed Ty Gowen for a second time from Haunt ME. Listen to Maine ghost stories and the recent paranormal adventures the Haunt ME team has been on! Follow the tv web series at haunt-me.com/ to see haunted locations in your neighborhood!

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Miss Maine 2016 Interview

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Hello Mainers, cheer on Marybeth Noonan Sunday night, September 11th as she competes for Miss America! Watch to see her represent Maine as Miss Maine on ABC at 9:00 pm. Marybeth Noonan’s intelligent grace is undeniable. She lights up any room and is a symbol of hope to follow your dreams. Thank you Marybeth for participating in Maine Dreams, your presence was an honor. Click the link or picture, to see Miss Maine‘s interview.

 

Dale Lowell

“Why do you recommend everyone to live their dreams?”

“It’s who you are. I believe you don’t want to make concessions in your life and sacrifice your dream. It makes me happy, it will make you happy. Step out of your comfort zone, do what you have to do to get your dream to come true.” -Dale Lowell

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     Dale Lowell grew up on a farm in Gorham, Maine. From the moment she could talk and walk, Dale dreamed of having horses. After she learned how to read, all she cared to read about were horses. From reading, drawing and dreaming about them at age 6, it was clear to her Dad this passion was real. One day, Dale was coming home from elementary school and her father surprised her with a pony at her bus stop. Ever since then Dale has always had a horse in her life. She shared how horse’s have a power, strength, quietness and beauty that gives her an escape of happiness during any chapter of her life.

Dale lead a horse 4-H group for 18 years and was given an Outstanding Citizen award for her leadership. She said how her passion for horses has connected her with her closest friends and has created an intimate connection with her neighbors as well. “It is easier to get to know people on a horse. You wouldn’t drive your car into someone’s yard, but if you go by on a horse, people stop and talk. You get to know the neighborhood in a different way, you are grounded through the horse.”

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Dale shared even though horse back riding is one of the most dangerous hobbies in the world, she will ride until she dies because she would not trade it for anything. Whenever she travels she makes sure to ride a horse whether she is in Iceland, Ireland or Arizona. Dale also loves to travel and having a farm could hinder that but not for Dale. She has always found reliable people to watch over the animals. Words from the wise on how to find the perfect balance of having two passions…”if I want something, I go after it!”-Dale Lowell. If your passion is strong enough, there is an abundance of motivation, ready to respond and make things happen.

Some people believe you are born with a destiny or you create your own destiny… or is it both? Are we drawn to our predetermined destiny, that propels us to walk in that direction and live our dreams? Well that is for you to decide. Dale was born with a passion for horses and has enjoyed them her whole life because she has stayed true to her heart. From her commitment and dedication to live her dreams, she felt like karma brought her the perfect log cabin to retire in, with a barn of course to compliment her ideal lifestyle.

“You are drawn to something and you don’t even know why and it turns out to be perfect for you.” -Dale Lowell

 

Sisters Gourmet Deli

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In life we tend to let our ego take over and steer us in the wrong direction because of fear, embarrassment or concern about what others may think of us. Well meet the Queen of overcoming the ego, Ms. Michaela McVetty. She is an ambitious motivated woman who was not afraid to dream at a young age. Michaela recognized an opportunity with a coworker to pursue a Hot Dog stand business. The coworker mentioned it in passing and Michaela caught wind of it and did not let it pass her by. Her creative ambitions lead her to  contact the coworker everyday with new thoughts and ideas for the Hot Dog stand, even when he asked her to take a break from itMM3….Michaela decided she wouldn’t because her excitement out shined her ego. Eventually the coworker agreed to give it a shot and the two had a stand right in Old Orchard Beach for a summer. Michaela shared that it was fun, a lot of work and ultimately a learning experience! From there naturally she studied Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the University of Southern Maine. Michaela then worked her way into becoming Manager/Co-Owner of two restaurants, Fit to Eat and White Cap Grille. Her hard work and leadership skills allowed her to not only do well at both restaurants but gave her memories and bonds with coworkers she now calls family. Michaela laughs because although she technically may have been the boss of girls younger than her and woman older then her she couldn’t just call her coworker’s friends, it felt right to call them Sisters! As season’s changed and working about 90 plus hours a week Michaela realized it was time to take care of herself, clear her head take a vacation and pursue a new business of her very own when she returned. She went back and forth on either going with a more upper scale restaurant like White Cap or something like Fit to Eat, a gourmet deli. Fortunately Michaela said “The Sisters had spoken” and reminded her of how happy she was when she was running Fit to Eat. This made Michaela decide another gourmet deli would be perfect and that she already knows how to take the best of the best from Fit to Eat and make it better. She said how grateful she is for all the help family and friends have put in to turn her new dream into reality. Michaela shared stories on how the development of the gourmet deli has been a blast and how she loves jumping right in to help the carpenter, painting and being truly  100% apart of the whole creative process. Michaela McVetty is a woman who knows how to have a good time while working hard. She noted how she loves the coworkers who are joining her at Sisters Gourmet Deli and enjoys having their strengths shine in the opening process from marketing, design, organization, food ideas etc. So without further a due Michaela will be opening Sisters Gourmet Deli at 15 Monument Square in downtown Portland on May 1st, 2016!!!! It is already clear how fun and successful Sisters Gourmet Deli will be because of who Michaela is as an Owner, Manager, and most importantly as a Sister!

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Maine Dreams Masquerade Ball

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Maine Dreams MASQUERADE BALL

Saturday, JANUARY 30th, 2016!!!
8:00pm @ Spire29, Gorham ME

Join us for a timeless night out! All proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank after the holidays. This is an event for all ages and will provide wristbands for 21+ attendees!

Click here to buy tickets online $13 or $15 cash at door. Come see our opening performance done by the Centre of Movement followed by a Dj from Evlas Entertainment!

 

 

Grant Dodge

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       We all have different ways of coping with the world. When you are aware of the corruption it also reveals the beauty and when you are in a tough place, eventually you wrestle out to see a divine path to a brighter day. There is a paradigm of opposing perspectives and to experience both and succeed is a beautiful thing, called life.

Gdodge2       This pirate who goes by the name of Grant Dodge, uses art as an outlet from the world. He shared how for him being an introvert, art is an avenue where he finds console; sitting in a dark room by candle light and expressing aspects of his soul and imaginations on paper. Grant enjoGdodge1ys how art doesn’t directly bring answers but hints at something greater… “invisible realms of ideals.” -Grant Dodge. He explained how it is important for everyone to find their own personal outlet because you handle life better in a more passionate healthy fashion. “Even if you are not good at whatever your passion is, an outlet is important and really helps everyone at a global level.” -Grant Dodge

       From art, tattoos, acting and music Grant is a pirate of all trades. He enjoys the technicalities of art and high quality art. Grant draws most of his inspiration from everyday life, the Renaissance Era to ancient East and West ideologies. You will often find a hidden dragon or crouching tiger amongst his art work. Grant’s goal is to pool together different art ideas to one day create his own comic book. It is clear from his work, Grant sets a high standard of art and soon we will all be able to enjoy his intellectually deep yet visually appealing comic book!

“Drawing is so natural for me, I couldn’t avoid it!” -Grant Dodge

Chelsea Williams

Why is it worth living your dreams?”

“When I feel connected to an art form, is when I feel most alive. I feel like I am the best version of myself. I don’t even know if I know why. It’s something in me that knows why it is worth it and it keeps me going when times are hard.” -Chelsea Williams

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       Chelsea Williams grew up in Maine singing and was always apart of a choir or chorus in her hometown. She said she was never one to voluntarily go up on stage alone due to stage fright until…her freshman year in high school. Chelsea stepped out of her comfort zone and tried out for the musical Hello Dolly, it was that moment when singing met acting and both worlds collided perfectly. From there Chelsea found her element and since then has fully thrived with her strong presence on stage! She continued to participate in musicals throughout high school and realized she could pursue this passion as a career and study it in college. Chelsea studied Musical Theater at Emerson College. She shared how grateful she is for her family’s continuous support and the connections she has made with encouraging teachers. Chelsea said how important it is to surround yourself with supportive people because they truly understand how happy it makes you feel when you are doing what you love.

Mamma Mia Fox Theater CAST in order of appearance Sophie Sheridan .......................................................................................................CHELSEAWILLIAMS Ali .........................................................................................................................................EMILY PRICE Lisa ......................................................................................................................OLIVIA ASHLEY REED Tanya...............................................................................................................GABRIELLE MIRABELLA Rosie......................................................................................................................................SARA SMITH Donna Sheridan .................................................................................................GEORGIA KATE HAEGE Sky ..................................................................................................................................ERIC PRESNALL Pepper ......................................................................................................................P. TUCKERWORLEY Eddie................................................................................................................................TONY TILLMAN Harry Bright...............................................................................................................MARK A. HARMON Bill Austin ...........................................................................................................MICHAEL COLAVOLPE Sam Carmichael ................................................................................................................JEFF DRUSHAL Father Alexandrios.........................................................................................ROYCE JAMES McINTOSH THE ENSEMBLE ANTHONY ALFARO, FRANCESCA AROSTEGUI, SEAN PATRICK GRADY, CHRISTOPHER HLINKA, ALBERT JENNINGS, TODD MacINTYRE,

       After college, Chelsea landed her dream job with Broadway’s National Tour of Mamma Mia. The past two years she has toured the country performing over 600 shows of Mamma Mia as one of the lead characters, Sophie. Chelsea explained how she is now officially well traveled and doesn’t recommend it to everyone but ultimately it was the best thing for her and it was a true test of her stamina. Now that the tour has come to an end Chelsea picked up her bags and moved to New York City where she is currently auditioning, to pursue her next dream job! With her talent, perseverance, and passion for Musical Theater it won’t be long until we will see Chelsea in her element shining brightly from the stage!

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Dominique Bouthillette

How do you overlook any potential unsupportive judgment towards you Body Building?”

It is my hobby and passion. I may not understand everyone’s hobbies in the world but to each their own. If they don’t understand that is on them, not me. I love seeing my body transform. It is fascinating and I have learned so much from Body Building!” -Dominique Bouthillette

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        Inspiration is a powerful tool, some say the key to life. A certain someone can enter your life or a particular situation can occur and suddenly you become greatly motivated to achieve a goal you never thought you could before. For this Maine woman, Dominique Bouthillette, inspiration came into her life from her Dad. He competed in Body Building contests and won many of them, when Dominique was attending Middle School and High School. She became very interested in Body Building and always wanted to do it but recognized from her father it takes a lot of time and dedication. So she waited until after college… the passion to train and compete for Body Building was still apart of her. Dominique said she had been through a not so easy break up around that time as well but from all of this it aligned her to focus on herself and pursue an interest that was lingering throughout her school years.

        Dominique shared how there was a big learning curve to training and dieting for Body Building. She realized she had a lot to learn about her body and how to find that delicate balance between nutrition and exercise. In 2014 DominiqueDom3 started competing,  her last two shows towards the end of the year were very successful, she won first in the novice Natural Bikini competition and second in an open federation competition missing her Procard by one point. Dominique said how she highly recommends hiring a Coach to help train for Body Building but to do your research to see if the Coach is the right match for you. Dominique said how she appreciates her current Coach’s methods because he allows a healthy balance of diet and exercise, so she feels energized while hitting the gym hard. Dominique’s next two shows are in November and she is proud to share that she competes in the Natural Bikini Federation shows where the athletes are drug tested. She also competes in the International Bikini Federation shows where the athletes are not tested but they usually draw in a bigger crowd. She works hard at training properly and eating properly and is able to say she competes naturally…now that is inspirational! Dominique is a sponsored athlete by Natural Bikini Magazine and is a contributing editor.

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“I just wrote an article on that topic about the 4 Key principles on reaching your goals. It isn’t published yet but I will summarize the key principles to you!

  1. Write them down
  2. Specify, specify, specify
  3. Set Milestones
  4. Set goals you want to achieve”

-Dominique Bouthillette

 

        Dominique explained how some goals can be unrealistic, leaving you feeling tired and discouraged. She shared how she has been there and has since then with her new Coach adjusted her routines to match her body’s needs. She shared her dieting and workout routines and they are carefully calculated. The amount of information she knows about nutrition and the human body is impressive. Dominique is looking forward to the two shows coming up in November because she feels more prepared and confident than ever before!

Do you ever feel nervous on stage?”

I like the thrill of it, the heels, and bikinis. After all that work you put into diet and training, you enjoy yourself and are proud. It is a lot of fun and all the jitters go away!” -Dominique Bouthillette

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        Dominique’s 4 key principles apply to all aspects of life whether your goal is to Body Build or simply reach a dream you have always imagined. Her work ethic is one to admire and her genuine passion for her life is one to strive for! Good luck on your competitions in November, Maine is routing for you!

Courtney Lewallen

You don’t know how long you have on this Earth, I would rather take risks and travel because I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” – Courtney Lewallen

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Courtney always knew she had a passion for the great outdoors growing up in Maine but when she studied abroad in
Australia during college another passion evolved… traveling. She shared how she intentionally chose to eat pasta for six months, didn’t go out to bars and saved every penny to travel all over Australia, New Zealand, and to Fiji. Courtney said this experience changed her life and was bound and determined to weave traveling into her future.

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She studied Outdoor Recreation at the University of Alabama and continued her studies in Conway, New Hampshire for Wildlife Medicine. Courtney is now a Wildlife Medicine Instructor and leads international expeditions for middle school to high school aged students. She works for a couple of World Challenge Expedition companies that fly her into a school where she prepares the students before they all take off for their month long journey. Courtney’s fearless passion for traveling and the outdoors has lead her to beautiful places all over the world. Some of her favorite countries are New Zealand, Malaysia, Morocco and Chile. Courtney said how she loves the unknown and the adventures that come along with it. She enjoys sharing these transformational travel experiences with the students because there is always personal growth afterwards and the AH HA moments that change your life forever.

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Courtney Lewallen was in a Chilean yoga class when
she had her first AH HA moment! She experienced pure presence where she let everything go and was just being. Courtney shared how although she did not know what the Chilean yoga instructor was saying she can vividly remember the smells, sounds and every fine detail about her surroundings in that yoga class. She said how she was not focusing on future plans or on the past,she was just there embracing every aspect in the present moment. Everything made sense to Courtney and she strives to always be fully aware in the present moment and wants to share it with others. On the international expeditions she will have the group of students find a quiet place during a hike and tell them to just sit there, not talk, try not to think about anything, relax, and just be for about ten to fifteen minutes. At the end of the student’s trip, Courtney asks them what was their favorite part of the trip and almost all of them refer back to that quiet moment where all they were expected to do was sit back and enjoy the pure presence.

Americans are consumed with what comes next, which means they are never truly experiencing the moment for what it is.” -Courtney Lewallen

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Courtney Lewallen is now a resident in Fort Collins, Colorado. She said she knew she had to live there so she picked up and moved without a job knowing she could find odd jobs once she got there to settle in. She still teaches 4-5 Wildlife Medicine courses a month and has been doing so for 6 years now. Courtney also does Marketing for Sierra Trading Post and is itching to take her next trip.

Why is travel a must in your life and inspiring others to travel?

I love the unknown, and being off the beaten path compared to the more tourist areas. I want to share my passion with other people. It is a big world out there and you get this incredible feeling abroad. I want other people to witness this and experience it for themselves.” -Courtney Lewallen

The Mallett Brothers Band

Why is it worth living your dreams and doing something you are passionate about?”

It’s the way its supposed to be, you know if you are doing something and you are thinking to yourself… yep this is it, this is perfect, than that means it is. There is not any reason to get locked into ideas of “oh I can’t afford this” or, “oh I should do something more responsible” or, whatever it is. If you are feeling like this is it, it is going to make you happier than anything else.” -Luke Mallett

Best of Big Lake Sessions MBB (1 of 145)          There are times in life where everything comes together at the right time for a reason. People, moments, melodies, all of it falls into place and it just simply works. The Mallett Brothers Band was created and brought together from one of these perfect times in every band member’s life.

We were all in a good place for this thing to happen.” -Luke Mallett

                    
Luke Mallett and Nick Leen were in a previous band together that just ended. Will Mallett moved to Portland after college and started jamming with his brother. Wally was a local sound engineer and musician. Wally also had been in a couple of bands with Brian Higgins before who was and still is heavily involved in the metal music scene. During this time the Portland Music scene was flourishing and Nick started rounding up the guys to form The Mallett Brothers Band.


What is really cool about The Mallett Brothers Band is their chemistry. They all bring different musical backgrounds to the band. From their diverse style, they have developed an authentic rich rooted sound. Their unique sound is hard to place into one genre and they are incomparable in the North East.

We are kind of American Rock n Roll music , sometimes folky, sometimes country.” -Will Mallett

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The Mallett Brothers Band has four albums after the latest, Lights Along the River, released in April 2015. They have been going strong for about six plus years and are touring up and down the east coast,across the U.S. to Texas, Colorado and up to Chicago. They perform well over 100 shows a year so writing songs on the road happens often for them, which adds to their organic sound. Fortunately The Mallett Brothers Band originated out of Portland, Maine so they made sure to schedule summer concerts back home. Take a look and listen for yourself! The link for their tour schedule is on their website at http://www.mallettbrothersband.com/

         
During their free time back home in Maine, if their not jamming in the studio, Nick is often found wetting a line at the nearest fishing hole. Brian still passionately supports the metal music scene and Luke enjoys his horse farm. Will shared how him and Wally just stare at each other and play music in their recording studio while occasionally considering going fishing with Nick.

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Why is it worth living your dreams and doing something you are passionate about?”

I’m living the dream. I have been in the position where I was doing something I didn’t love so I know the difference between the two and this is where its at. I’m in this all the way, I love it! It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.” -Wally

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