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Posted: August 12, 2014

Italian Bazaar, hot air balloons & Highland Games: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

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Pasta. Cannolis. Greased pole. It’s Italian Bazaar weekend in Portland. But it’s so much more than that. Competitors strut their toughness during the Highland Games in Topsham and hot air balloons show off their inflatable fanciness during the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. There will be a pirate invasion on Popham Beach, a chill nature walk at the Shaker Village in New Goucester and jazz saxophone at Blue in Portland.

For the weekend of August 14-17, 2014

John Patriquin/Press Herald file photo

John Patriquin/Press Herald file photo

Great Falls Balloon Festival

Friday through Sunday | Simard-Payme Memorial Park, Lewiston | Free |
There’s nothing quite like the sight of hot air balloons inflating at sunrise, or sunset. Check out the colorful flying machines and if you’re adventurous you can even go up in one (for a fee). There’s also plenty of entertainment, food and merriment on the ground. photo photo

Popham Day & Pirate Invasion

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday | Popham Village | Free admission |
There will be swashbuckling. There will be sword fighting. Pirates invade the beach at 1 p.m. during Popham Days, complete with canon fire and plank walking. And they will be taking hostages. There will be treasure hunts for kids and adults and costumes are encouraged. Those pirates will even grill up some hot dogs and burgers. There’s also a parade at 7:30 p.m. with bonfire and flares and a fish and chips supper.

Rocky for Equality promotional poster

Rocky for Equality promotional poster

Rocky for Equality

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday | Le Club Calumet, Augusta | $20, $30 VIP |
Rocky for Equality is a small theater company from Augusta producing the annual theater production of “The Rocky Horror Show Live.” This show is for mature audiences and/or parental guidance because of mature subject matter, sexual situations and colorful audience call-backs. Sale proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Colonial Theater in Augusta.

Press Herald file photos

Press Herald file photos

St. Peter’s Church annual Italian Bazaar

5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday (a limited menu available 5 to 8 p.m. Friday) | St. Peter Parish, Portland | Free admission |
It’s a street feast that you’re going to want to prepare for – as in, skip lunch so you have plenty of room in your belly for the homemade pizza, ziti with sausage, pasta e fagioli, chicken parm, meatball sandwich, cannolis, and limoncello cake. And that’s only some of what’s on the menu during St. Peter’s annual bazaar. There’s a four-mile road race Friday and a chance to try climbing the greased pole.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald file photo

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald file photo

Maine Highland Games

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday | Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham | $20 |
Sponsored by the Saint Andrews Society of Maine, this day-long event features pipe bands, a parade of tartans, athletic events, kilt making, fiddlers, Scottish merchandise and food and genealogy booths with information on individual clans.

"Wedding Crashers" film still

“Wedding Crashers” film still

6 p.m. Saturday | Payson Park, Portland | Free admission (ticket required) |
Sam Adams hosts this Brew and View in Payson Park. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be enjoy Sam Adams beer, lawn games, food trucks and live music. When the sun sets, watch “Wedding Crashers” in the park. It’s free, but you’ll need to get a ticket. BYO lawn chairs and blankets.

Derek Davis/Press Herald file photo

Derek Davis/Press Herald file photo

Nature’s Outdoor Classroom at Shaker Village

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday | Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester | $8, $2 children |
Hike through hayfields, forest land and century-old logging trails to learn about the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. You’ll also learn about the many species of birds, plants and animals that occupy the Shaker Village area. Wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile walk along with the bug repellent and sunscreen.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Azar Lawrence CD Release Party

3 and 6 p.m. Sunday | Blue, Portland | $30 standing and $40 sitting |
Tenor and soprano jazz saxophonist, Azar Lawrence, will host a CD release party with his quartet, which includes Benito Gonzalez on piano; Essiet Okon Essiet on bass and Brandon Lewis on drums. They’ll perform tunes from the new CD “The Seeker” (Sunnyside Records).

On the Cheap

Gail Gutradt
6:30 p.m. Thursday | Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth | Free |
Meet author Gail Gutradt who wrote “In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children on Wat Opot.” The books tells of her time as a volunteer at an orphange in rural Cambodia

“To Make A Farm”
6 p.m. Thursday | Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library, Portland | Free |
Environment Maine, Portland Food Co-Op and Maine Farmland Trust invite you night centered around Maine’s local food movement and a screening of the documentary “To Make a Farm.” The film explores the lives of five young small scale farmers.You’ll also hear from a panel of local food leaders.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday | Maine Street, Brunswick | Free |
You’ll see painting, sculpture, photography and fine crafts as you stroll along Maine Street in Brunswick. The festival also includes activities and crafts for kids and live music.

Dusk Sunday | Eastern Promenade, Portland | Free |
The Eastern Prom might not be like the small island community of Amity, but watching “Jaws” near the ocean is just the venue to take you back to the terror of the 1975 classic. The MENSK Summer Film Series will feature the great white shark on the big screen Sunday night.

Jazz On the Water
4 p.m. Saturday | Rockport Harbor Park | Free |
Kick back with a lawnchair, some snacks and an easy smile as you soak up the afternoon sun and enjoy jazz from Creative Ensemble Collective. You’ll hear original tunes with rock, reggae, classical and salsa influences.

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