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Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald.
She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
10 Holiday themed things to do this weekend in Maine including Boat Parade of Lights and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
An Evening with Longfellow and Dickens
5:30 p.m. Thursday. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, $20, $15 MHS members. mainehistory.org It will be a holiday-themed evening of conversation, poetry, stories and reminiscences with
longtime friends Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens, who first met in 1842 and became BFFs
right away. You'll hear what Dickens thinks about Maine and what the origins of "A Christmas Carol" were,
among other tidbits. Actors Daniel Noel and Andrew Harris will bring both famous writers to life for a
memorable visit. Illustration by Michael Fisher
'It's A Wonderful Life'
7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804
Washington St., Bath, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. chocolatechurcharts.org With a live orchestra, lavish set and crackerjack local cast, you'll feel all the things when you
see "It's A Wonderful Life" on the Chocolate Church stage. And remember, every time a bell rings, an
angel gets his wings. Photo courtesy of Chocolate Church Arts
Festival of Trees
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday. Dyer Library/Saco Museum, 317 Main St., Saco, free. sacomuseum.org This year's theme is "Reflections of Christmas: Past, Present, Future" at the annual Festival of
Trees in Saco. You'll feast your eyes on gorgeous decorated trees and wreaths and can bid on unique
raffle items. You might even win a tree that can home with you. Oh, Christmas Tree, indeed! (Photo
by Jill Brady/Staff Photographe
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Circus Maine, 4 Thompson's Point, Portland, $14 in advance,
$16 at the door, $12 for 14 and under. circusmaine.org Catch a show inspired by the longest nights and shortest days of the year. Circus Maine's Circus
Solstice performance features the talents of their artists, apprentices and students and was created
under the direction of Michael Trautman. Your eyes will light up in wonder and, should your stomach start
to rumble, food will be available from Classic Sliders and drinks from The Bar Association. Photo
by Casey Jacques
Bossov Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker'
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St., $20, $18
seniors and youth. operahouse.org With visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing in your head, make your way to Waterville for Bossov
Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker." With all the holiday magic that only toy soldiers,
dancing mice, Clara and the rest of the enchanted cast can create, you'll leave the theater glowing after
seeing Tchaikovsky's classic tale brought to life. Photo courtesy of the Waterville Opera
Portland Carol Slam
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St., Portland. carolslam.me Portland Carol Slam celebrates its fifth anniversary with an afternoon performance of new holiday
carols written by local composers and sung by local singers. They've been working harder than elves at
the North Pole getting ready for this, and you can grab a pint and hear the musical fruits of their
'A Child's Christmas in Wales'
1 p.m. Saturday. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Library, 519 Congress St., Portland, free. mainemechanics.org The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Library cordially invites you to a reading of Dylan
Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by library archivist Abraham Schechter. Take a pause from your
holiday shopping and running around and tuck into the library for a spirited interpretation of the
beloved tale that includes lines like, "I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my
brother down and then we had tea." Yongcharoen_kittiyaporn/Shutterstock.com
Boat Parade of Lights
4:45 p.m. Saturday. Various locations along the Portland and South Portland waterfront. cascobaylines.com Landlubbers can catch a great view for free along the waterfront in both Portland and South
Portland. The parade of boats draped in holiday lights and decorations is nothing short of magical both
by land and by sea. Bundle up and secure a sweet viewing spot at several locales, including the Eastern
Promenade, Maine State Pier and DiMillo's parking lot in Portland and, in South Portland, at Bug Light
Park. Aho-ho-hoy! Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
7 p.m. Monday. Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St., Portland, $9 suggested donation. lynnecullen.com The Seanachie Nights musical storytelling series from Celtic and British culture presents
Solstice Revels. The Monday night gathering will feature Lynne Cullen, Janet Lynch and Kurt Kish, and
there will be music, carol sing-alongs and winter tales enthusiastically told. You'll hear the
concertina, fiddle, ukulele and guitar, interspersed with the seasonal stories. Photo courtesy of
Kotzschmar Christmas with Cornils
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $29 to $47. porttix.com If you're still not feeling the holiday spirit, we've got just the thing. Head to a decorated
Merrill Auditorium for the annual Kotzschmar Christmas with Cornils performance of holiday music from
throughout the centuries. Portland's Municipal Organist Ray Cornils will dazzle as always, and you'll
also hear from Kotzschmar Festival Brass, Musica de Filia and the Parish Ringers. During the second half
of the concert, you'll be invited to sing along. Photo courtesy of Friends of Kotzschmar