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Posted: March 17, 2015

Bearded Brewfest, More Beer, Cheese, Chili & Maine Maple Sunday: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Pour some syrup on me – ooooh, in the name of love. Or just let me eat a lot of pancakes and ice cream doused in the stuff. It’s Maine Maple Sunday weekend. There’s also a lot of other food to be eaten in the next few days, like chili and chili dogs at Sunday River, beer and cheese at Vignola Cinque Terre in Portland, pot pies at the Farm Dinner in Yarmouth. More beer at the Bearded Brewfest! (In other words, that winter weight isn’t going anywhere any time soon. But then, neither is winter, apparently.)

For the weekend of March 19-22, 2015:

Cheese. And Beer! Shutterstock.com

Cheese. And Beer! Shutterstock.com

7th annual Beer and Cheese Tasting

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Vignola Cinque Terre, Portland. $30. vignolamaine.com
Vignola Cinque Terre is hosting the Beer & Cheese Tasting for the seventh year, because lots of us really, really like beer and cheese. Allagash and Rising Tide Brewing will be pouring their beers, and each will be paired with the just the right cheese (because you wouldn’t pair up with just anyone, and nor should your beer).


Firefighters Race & Chili Cook-Off (and Chili Dog Eating Contest!)

Race at 10 a.m., cook-off at noon, chili dog eating contest at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sunday River, Newry. $1 per sample for cook-off. www.sundayriver.com
Firefighters compete in full gear as they race down the mountain – carrying a fire hose, of course. Expect impressive maneuvering and impressive wipe outs during this fundraiser for Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. Following the race, there’s a chili contest (only $1 per sample) and a chili dog eating contest.


Photo by Samuel Cousins

Photo by Samuel Cousins

Bearded Brew Fest

1 to 4 p.m. or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sullivan Gym, Portland. $27.50 in advance/$30 day of. beardedbrewfest.com
The Facial Hair Fest run from March 21-27, starting with the Beard Brew Fest on March 21 at Sullivan Gym in Portland. Local breweries like Allagash, Baxter Brewing, Gritty’s, Sebago Brewing and Urban Farm Fermentory will be in attendance, as well as others. Session One will also host The CanAm – Beard and Moustache Competition.
Read more: Beer + Facial Hair: Bearded Brewfest at USM’s Sullivan Complex celebrates the beer/beard connection


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State of the State 3

7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors) Saturday, State Theatre, Portland. $20. www.statetheatreportland.com
A collaboration between Katalyst and the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, this year’s State of the State lineup includes Spencer Albee, the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, Crusoe, When Particles Collide and
Tall Horse. Earlier in the day, catch Dave Mallett at One Longfellow Square as part of the event.

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Comedian Bob Marley

9 p.m. Friday, One Longfellow Square, Portland. $24.50 in advance/$35 day of. onelongfellowsquare.com
You know who he is. You know he is hilarious. That about sums it up!


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Courtesy photo

Todd Snider with Ashleigh Flynn

9 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, $35 preferred seating, 18-plus, portcitymusichall.com
“Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables” is the latest album from Nashville-based alt.country/folk-rocker Todd Snider. You’ll hear tunes from it and ones from his twenty year recording career.


Farm Supper poster

Farm Supper poster

Maine Farm Supper

5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth. $15 adult, $8 child under 8. www.uuyarmouth.org
Two words: pot pie. And roasted potatoes, squash, cornbread, salad and cranberry crisp. And let’s not forget Maine beer and wine. It’s the making of a delicious Maine farm supper at the First Universalist Church. All are welcome to this public dinner (tickets available in advance at Rosemont Market in Yarmouth).


Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Maine Maple Sunday

All day Sunday, sugarhouses and farms around the state. Free. www.mainemapleproducers.com
Over 80 sugarhouses and farms around the state will be open for Maine Maple Sunday. Most sugarhouses will offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more.
Read more: Maple Syrup Guide


Skowhegan’s 9th Annual Maple Festival

Friday-Sunday, multiple locations in Skowhegan. mainstreetskowhegan.org
Leading up to Maine Maple Sunday, celebrate the sap in Skowhegan. Events include a talent show, pancake breakfast, marshmallow roasting, maple cook-off, ice scream social and more.


On the CHeap

‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, University of Maine at Farmington Alumni Theater, $7, $6 seniors, $5 students, 778-7465
Catch Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated tragicomedy, directed by Mainer and UMF faculty member Jayne Decker. The play tells the tale of a Hollywood film crew’s visit to an island off the coast of Ireland and one character’s quest for glory.

‘Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas’
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, free (donations welcome), bowdoin.edu/art-museum
Through June 7 you can keep your feet on earth while you take in an exhibition that explores the impact of the space race, science fiction and the growth of Cold War-era technology on avant-garde American artists from the 1940s to the 70s.

‘Regarding Susan Sontag’
7:30 p.m. Monday, The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8, space538.org
The life of literary, political and feminist icon Susan Sontag is investigated and shown through experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues and lovers and in her own words as read by actress Patricia Clarkson. The film screening is followed by a live Skype Q&A with director Nancy Kates.

Bingo
6 p.m. every Sunday. Salvage BBQ, 919 Congress St., Portland, free, salvagebbq.com
Try your luck as you nosh your heart out and hope that your numbers are called. Hosts Spencer Albee and Loretta Bryant will keep the fun going with a mixed bag of prizes that always includes a $20 gift certificate to Salvage.

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