EAST BAYSIDE KING TIDE PARTY
In 2013 there were seven tides with a predicted height of 11.6 feet or above in Portland. The last of these occurred at 11:22 a.m. on December 4th. A Portland King Tide event was organized jointly by University of Southern Maine/College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (USM/CAHS) and Maine College of Art (MECA) faculty and students. It took place on December 4th.
The East Bayside King Tide Party, which is linked to the Envisioning Change project, began at Zero Station Gallery with opening remarks by event organizers and Edward Gleason, Director of the USM Planetarium. It then proceeded to Knudsen Pond on Cove Street/Marginal Way where participants observed and interacted with the tidal waters that came up through storm drains to inundate the location. The party was organized in cooperation with Zero Station, the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization and the Resilience Hub + Portland Permaculture.
MECA faculty and students created a Pop-Up-Shop on Commercial Street near the Portland waterfront, where they distributed King Tide memorabilia. Shopkeepers took on the personae of a scuba diver and a mermaid.
Photo Credits: USM College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences