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Shannon Bryan editor 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 from the Midwest seven 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: March 19, 2014

Found Footage, Jewish Film & Maple Sunday: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan - editor -

Nothing screams spring quite like a few jugs of maple syrup. And it is spring! Before the weekend comes to a close under a pile of maple syrup, pancakes, and maple syrup hot dogs (they do exist), check out some historic Maine fashion at a new exhibit at the Saco Museum/Dyer Library. The Maine Jewish Film Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through March 29, and the Found Footage Festival brings the best (and most hilariously awkward) VHS footage together in one place. There’s also a chance to play with Legos and encouragement from me to get outside in whatever way you can – bundle up if you have to – because it’s finally spring, dangit, and we’re going to revel in every minute of it.

For the weekend of March 21-23, 2014

1. Get style tips from 1765

Just one of the many pieces of Maine’s fashionable history at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum exhibit. Heather Steeves/ photo illustration

“200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England”

Reception 5:30 pm Friday (exhibit runs through May 3) | Saco Musem/Dyer Library, Saco | $5, free Friday 5-8 pm |
It’s easy to imagine that Mainers have always worn coveralls and Bean boots, but the Saco Museum’s newest exhibit shows the clothes of fashionable Mainers from the last 200 years or so.  The show, “From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England” opens Saturday, March 15 and runs through May 3. The opening reception is 5:30 pm Friday. And yes, all the clothes are from Maine (or, in some cases, New Hampshire).
Read more: Stylish Mainers: 1750-1950 – a new show proves we’ve always looked fabulous

2. Explore the Jewish Experience

Maine Jewish Film Festival

8 pm Saturday opening film (festival runs through March 29) | Venues around Maine | $8 film, $109 all-festival pass |
This curated program of films explores the Jewish experience through features, documentaries and shorts. And no, you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate them. The festival opens Saturday night at multiple locations and films will be screened through March 29 at locations in Portland, Brunswick, Waterville, Augusta, and Rockland. For the complete schedule:
Read more: 6 must see movies at this year’s Maine Jewish Film Festival (March 22-29)

3. Find this footage hilarious

Found Footage Festival

7:30 pm Saturday | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $12 |
People recorded some disturbing stuff on VHS. Much of it might’ve gone the way of the incinerator if it weren’t for Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. The curators of the Found Footage Festival, Nick and Joe take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. And truly, you won’t believe some of the things people purposefully recorded.
Read more: Hilarious “found” VHS film festival coming to Portland

4. Build a (small, multi-colored) house

Every village needs a Wizard Headquarters. photo courtesy Sally Bancroft

Habitat for Humanity Build a Village Lego Event

3-5 pm Saturday | Yarmouth Masonic Hall, Yarmouth | Free |
It takes individuals to build a village. Even if that village is made of multi-colored Legos. On Saturday,
Join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and the Good Friday Cumberland/Yarmouth/North Yarmouth Walk Committee for a free Lego event. Kids and families can build a structure (a house, a hospital, a wizard headquarters). // more info

5. Eat Maple everything

Hallmarks of Maine Maple Sunday. Press Herald file photos

Maine Maple Sunday

All day Sunday | Sugarhouses and farms around the state | Free |
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: More than syrup: A Maine Maple Sunday visitors guide

6. Celebrate spring

It’s spring! Finally! Go eat ice cream (Gifford‘s and Red’s Dairy Freeze are OPEN). Bundle up and hang out at a park, walk the beach, or ride your bike. The warm weather might be taking its time to get here, but that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating the fact that winter is over!
And if you’d like to say goodbye: Parting words for winter? Post your goodbye to the coldest, cruelest season


25 can’t-miss spring events in Maine

Spring is for falling in love, hiking, tending the garden, catching a baseball game, and finally cleaning out that darn garage (really, this time). Whether you want to take a ride in a hot-air balloon, see your first roller derby bout or eat your weight in maple syrup, we’ve got you covered. Here are 25 events happening in Maine this spring.
Because it’s spring – do stuff.

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