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Posted: January 20, 2015

Disco fever, Skee Ball & Baxter Brewing anniversary: 12 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Take a trolley that only stops for food in Biddeford, dance disco style in Bath and catch Jonathan Edwards performing in Portland. There’s also a Skee Ball tournament at Bayside Bowl and Baxter Brewing Co. is celebrating its 4th anniversary at Port City Music Hall.

For the weekend of Jan. 22-25, 2015

Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel

5 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Friday and Saturday are already sold out for 2015) | Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland | $25/$33 with drink ticket |
This annual event features bars carved out of ice in the courtyard (and martini luges to chill the drinks and fire pits to keep you warm) plus food from area restaurants and a DJ. Get tickets early – this event sells out every year (Friday and Saturday are already sold out for 2015). Tickets:

WinterFest Portland

Friday-Sunday | Multiple locations in downtown Portland | Free |
WinterFest kicks off Friday night with a Rail Jam on Spring Street, where snowboarders will be doing jumps and tricks and you can eat food and watch. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday there’s a Snow Sculpture event in Congress Square Park and from 1 to 4 p.m., hang out with the Portland Pirates in Monument Square. And all weekend long, you can participate in the scavenger hunt – just download the app to you smartphone and collect points to win prizes. FMI:

Snodeo! Press Herald file photo

Snodeo! Press Herald file photo


Thursday-Sunday | Rangeley |
Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club throws quite the party. There will be scenic helicopter flights, marshmallow roasts, casino night, a chowder cook off and, of course, snowmobile rides.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Jonathan Edwards

8 p.m. Friday | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $35 |
Though it will have set by the time he takes the stage, there will be plenty of “Sunshine” from singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards. He’ll also take you to the “Shanty” where the good buzz is optional but a great night of music is guaranteed. Photo credit: Sayer Bremar

Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald file photo

Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald file photo

Savor the Flavor

5 pm. Saturday | Select restaurants in Old Orchard Beach | $50 per person | 590-4201 or
Ride a trolley to dinner…and drinks…and dessert. Savor the Flavor is a six-stop progressive dinner that starts with a cocktail at Strikezone in Old Orchard Beach and ends with entertainment at Jimmy the Greeks. In between, guests will be taken by trolley from restaurant to restaurant for apps, soup, dinner and dessert. $50 includes tax and gratuity.

Anniversary poster! (At least part of it.)

Anniversary poster! (At least part of it.)

Baxter Brewing 4th Anniversary

7 p.m. Friday | Port City Music Hall, Portland | $12 in advance or $15 at the door |
Anna Lombard and her band taking the stage at 8 p.m. Other musical guests include DJ Mosart 212 and Model Airplane. The whole lineup of Baxter brews will be on tap, with two new varieties making their debut: Window Seat Spring Ale — a porter brewed with coconut & almond — and an anniversary limited release, Ceremony — a session IPA brewed and flavored with green tea.


Anne Macri photo

Skee-Ball Tournament

3 p.m. Sunday | Bayside Bowl, 504 Congress St., Portland | No cost to enter, but bring an item to re-gift |
It’s a competition like never before. Well, aside from the last two years. The third annual Portland Skee-Ball Championship returns to Bayside Bowl. There’s no fee to enter, but you will need to bring a holiday gift you don’t want to be distributed as prizes. And don’t forget to bring your precision Skee-Ball arm.

Maine State Ballet photo

Maine State Ballet photo

Tap, Tap, Jazz

7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday | Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route One, Falmouth | $15-$20 |
This high-energy tap and jazz performances includes over 40 of Maine State Ballet’s dancers. It might just get your feet moving in the audience, too.

"Saturday Night Fever" film still

“Saturday Night Fever” film still

Friday Night Fever

7 p.m. Friday | Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St, Bath | $15 |
Finally, a chance to pull on your bell bottoms again. Or for the first time. The Disco era returns during this fundraiser for Sagadahoc Preservation. There will be disco music and a cash bar. “Saturday Night Fever” will be played on the big screen and you’re encouraged to dress the part.

On the cheap

Megan Jo Wilson
10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sonny’s, 83 Exchange St., Portland, no cover.
For all the night owls out there, stay up late and you’ll hear originals and some jazz standards sung superbly by Megan Jo Wilson. She’ll be backed by the trio of Chas Lester, Adam Frederick and Emmett Harrity.

Love Unlimited Trio
7:30 p.m. Friday, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston, free but tickets required, 786-6135.
Groove the night away with a trio of musicians that include jazz trombonist A.J. Johnson, a member of the Bates music faculty. Expect to hear the soothing sounds of reeds, brass and cello.

Margaret A. Hogan speaks about “A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams”
Noon. Wednesday. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free.
To this day she is the only foreign-born first lady. Louise Catherine Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams, left behind writings in diaries and memoirs that recount her early years in London and Paris, her courtship and marriage to the future president and her years as a diplomat’s wife among other experiences. Margaret A. Hogan will be speaking in depth about the book “A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams.”​

Steamboats of Casco Bay
7 p.m. Wednesday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, $5, free for Freeport Historical Society members, 865-3170.
Longtime Freeport resident Rebecca Hotelling and Freeport Historical Society present an illustrated talk on the history of steamboats in Casco Bay. You’ll learn all about how steamboats ruled the waters of Casco Bay from 1823 through the 1930s with a focus on vessels built in Freeport.

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