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Posted: February 24, 2015

Breakfast Cook-Off, Snow Day, Elements Anniversary & Pancake Races! 12 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

So how about this winter, amiright? I know something that’ll take your mind off frigid winds and ice dams: Breakfast. Lots and lots of breakfast. Maine Restaurant Week kicks off with the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off on Friday morning. Sign up for Tuesday’s Pancake Race, too. Elements is celebrating it’s two-year anniversary with lots and lots of beer. It’s Snow Day at Well Reserve and Winterfest at Black Mountain. Or stick to the indoors with some theater, George Thorogood or RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons (it seems RuPual won’t actually be there. Bummer).

For the weekend of Feb 26-March 1 (and some events early next week. Holy crud, it’s March!)

Breakfast. Lots of breakfast. Press Herald file photo

Breakfast. Lots of breakfast. Press Herald file photo

The Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off

7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sea Dog Brewing Company, 125 Western Ave., South Portland. $25.
Save plenty of room in the ol’ belly for Friday morning. You’re going to want every inch available for some of the most delicious breakfasts you’ve had in years (or since last year’s Incredible Breakfast Cook-off). The event invites local restaurants to compete for the title of Maine’s “Best Breakfast,” and lucky attendees get to try every dish. Imagine it: French toast, eggs benny, chicken and waffles, donuts, churros and breakfast treats we can’t even fathom. This is the Thanksgiving of breakfasts, so wear the pants with the stretchy waistband. Tickets:

Lisa LaMarche competing in last year's Pancake Race. Amy Paradysz/ photo

Lisa LaMarche competing in last year’s Pancake Race. Amy Paradysz/ photo

The Pancake Race

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, 1 Industrial Way, Portland. $40/team.
Costumed teams of four will race while flipping flapjacks on the course. Winners to receive bragging rights and a golden skillet trophy. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. To register, call Emily at 207-775-2126.

MORE ON MAINE RESTAURANT WEEK EVENTS: Run with pancakes, bowl with chefs & more: Maine Restaurant Week 2015 kicks off March 1

Elements’ 2nd Anniversary Beer Release

Elements graphic

Elements graphic

7 p.m. Friday, Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford. No cover.
Happy 2nd anniversary to Elements in Biddeford! To celebrate, eight local breweries have created one-off batches of beer, which will be tapped at Elements on Saturday night. Breweries include Austin Street , Banded Horn, Barreled Souls, Bunker, Foundation, Gneiss, Maine Beer Company and Rising Tide. Live music from Muddy Ruckus.
Read more: Elements celebrates 2nd anniversary with beer, music, coffee, beer this weekend in Biddeford

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Snow Day

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells. Free admission, $5 snowshoe rental.
What to do with all this snow…oh yes, how about sled, snowshoe and ski all over it! During Snow Day, the seven miles of trails at Wells Reserve are free and open to everyone. They’re even renting snowshoes for only $5 (they’re limited, though, so try and bring your own sled, skis or snowshoes if you got ’em). There will be 100-meter and 200-meter snowshoe races and plenty of hot cocoa, music and a bonfire.

Skiing at Black Mountain. Shannon Bryan photo

Skiing at Black Mountain. Shannon Bryan photo


Friday-Sunday, Black Mountain, Rumford.
Take advantage of Black Mountains budget-friendly lift ticket prices ($15 Friday and $25 Saturday and Sunday) plus all the fun of Winterfest weekend. There will be a torchlight parade Friday night and live music. On Saturday, hit the barbecue, take a $3 scenic lift ride and watch firworks that evening. Sunday’s highlight: The duct tape derby cardboard race!

The Footlights photo

The Footlights photo

“The Long Weekend”

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Footlights, 190 US Route 1, Falmouth. $18, $15 seniors.
Sex. Sass. Laughs. In other words: A pretty good time. “The Long Weekend” shows what happens when two couples decide to go on a retreat together. It’s a comedy about the truth and lies of friendship, with plenty of twists along the way.

Women’s arm wrestling workshop

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Thatcher’s, South Portland. Free.
This workshop is open to all strong women who are willing to take a risk. Come on out and have some fun. The program will focus on safety, stance and grip.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

George Thorogood and the Destroyers with Barrence Whitfield

8 p.m. Sunday, The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
He’s still bad to the bone and is still slinging his brand of blues-infused rock. Catch George Thorogood and The Destroyers as they tear the roof off the State Theater along with booming soul singer Barrence Whitfield.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons

9 p.m. Monday. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25 -$40,
You might not want to drag your heels getting to this show. Michelle Visage hosts a night that features performances by Alaska 5000, BenDeLaCreme, Darienne Lake, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Pandora Boxx and special guest Cary NoKey.

On the cheap

UNE Exhibition Gallery Talk: Kerry Michaels and Liza Bakewell
5 p.m. Thursday, UNE Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. Free.
Check out a collaborative presentation by photographer Kerry Michaels and writer Liza Bakewell. They’ll be speaking about the current exhibition “A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers,” a show runs through April 12 that features 53 pairs of quotations and black and white photographs.

Japanese Gardens in Maine
7 p.m. Thursday, Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. Free.
Get inspired by Camden landscape architect Lee Schneller Sligh who will present an illustrated talk all about Japanese Gardens in Maine. Sligh, who specializes in these distinct creations, has designed over 250 gardens in Maine.

Music & Muffins: Ellen Tipper, Singer-Songwriter
10 a.m. Saturday, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland Center. Free. 829-2215
Enjoy coffee and muffins as you take in a morning musical performance by singer-songwriter Ellen Tipper. Tipper is based in Appleton and her most recent CD is “The Juggler.”

Irish Soda Bread Contest
1 p.m. Saturday, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland. Free.
Join the Irish American Club of Maine and the Maine Irish Heritage Center for a fun filled afternoon that kicks off a month of Irish-themed events. Tea and soda bread will be served and folks are invited to bring a loaf – or two – of their favorite homemade Irish soda bread.

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