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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine 10 years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: November 11, 2015

Be a winner – in bed! Rolling Slumber Bed Races and early bird shopping in Brunswick

Written by: Shannon Bryan

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The distance between Earth and the Kuiper belt (a ring of debris extending between 30 and 50 AU from the Sun, like a soap ring around the bathtub of our solar system) is pretty colossal.

But you know what distance is even more prodigious? The abysmal length between the blanketed comfort of your bed and the frigid flatness of your bedroom floor. Most of us are required to travel that painful span on a daily basis. And no matter how routine the journey seems, it’s never simple. It requires effort. Some motivating self-talk.

It’s a tough way to start the day – being forced from the warm womb of sleep and into a wicked world of tooth brushing and poorly timed traffic lights. But this weekend, locals with a penchant for their pillow top can avoid the early-morning “stay in bed vs. participate in life” dilemma during the annual Rolling Slumber Bed Races and Early Bird Sale in Brunswick.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, teams of five (four runners, one rider) will battle bed-to-bed in a queen-sized race down Brunswick’s Park Row. The race is part of an all-day Early Bird Sale event that begins with the sunrise at 6 a.m., when a slew of local businesses open their doors for early-rising and/or heavily coffeed shoppers. Shops are offering discounts from 10 to 30 percent, but most of those discounts are only available in the early morning hours and/or if your show up in pajamas.

Let me repeat: You’re encouraged to show up in your pajamas. (Finally! A reason to be in public without changing out of your flannel PJs!)

If that isn’t motivating enough, seek out the free coffee, tea and cocoa at Broadway Deli or swing by Gelato Fiasco after 8 a.m. and eat gelato for breakfast. Because you can.

For all the discounts:

Now back to the Rolling Slumber Bed Races: Each team will push their bed along the race course the old fashioned way – i.e., no engines, jet packs, or other modes of propulsion. Themes are encouraged, and megaphones, whistles, and other implements of distraction are a-okay. The costumes are required.

And win or lose, race participants can finally put the “you won’t accomplish anything staying in bed all day” fallacy to rest.

And then they can take a nap.


WHERE: Downtown Brunswick (races take place on Park Row)
WHEN: Shops start opening at 6 a.m., slumber bed races are at 11 a.m. Saturday


Moonlight Madness
Freeport kicks off its Moonlight Madness shopping extravaganza with a fun run/walk down Main Street just before midnight on Thanksgiving (technically 11:45 p.m. Nov. 26). The late-night sprint has its perks: The first 50 registrants get a goodie bag (registration is $10 in advance at After you catch your breath, you can start shopping at a host of Freeport stores that will open at midnight or earlier, including L.L. Bean (which, to tell the truth, is always open), Sea Bags, Vineyard Vines, Mexicali Blues and others.

Shop for a Cause Day
Saturday, Nov. 28 is Shop for a Cause Day in Portland. Shop downtown businesses and help raise funds for Preble Street, . Participating shops will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the local charity. FMI:

Merry Madness
Those local shops you love stay open late for your winter shopping pleasure during Portland Downtown’s annual Merry Madness event on Dec. 10. Start the evening off at Portland House of Music from 4 to 6 p.m. and retrieve your official Merry Madness wine glass or mug. There will be food, entertainment and raffles, too. Then shop away at participating shops until 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. FMI: 

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