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It's time for our annual roundup of outdoor summer concerts! This year's list includes The National, John Fogerty, Heart with Sheryl Crow and Death Cab For Cutie among several others! We've also got this weekend covered with a glorious array of events to choose from. Live your best life! Go do stuff!
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 News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Little Sea Folk Festival, MECA Art Sale: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Collect: Summer Art Sale
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Maine College of Art Institute of Contemporary Art, 522
Congress St., Portland. meca.edu Want to add to your local art collection? Here's a golden opportunity, and you have three days to hit it.
MECA's three-day salon-style sale helps to support the school's student scholarship funds. Works will be available
from current students, alumni, faculty and friends, including Angela Adams and Dietlind Vander Schaaf. Expect to
find a wide range of art in several sizes, price points and media, including paintings, prints, photography,
textiles, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and more. For these three days, MECA is your mecca for original art created
in Maine. Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Pause, encaustic, oil, and 23 karat gold leaf on panel, 30" x 30", 2018.
Image courtesy of the artist
'Miss Richfield 1981: Born Again'
8 p.m. Thursday. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, $35 to $45. vinegarhillmusictheatre.com Your evening will be a total drag, but in a good way! Colorful Midwestern maven Miss Ritchfield puts on a
hilarious, interactive show about being "born again" in the hopes of bringing the fractured world together. The
show melds small-town charm with provocative improv, and it promises to be a hysterical romp with music, campy
humor and fabulous fashion. Image courtesy of Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
12th Annual Allagash Victoria Ale Premiere
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $35. victoriamansion.org While out on a fabulous lawn you'll sample Allagash Brewing Co.'s Belgian-style 2018 Victoria Ale, meads
from Maine Mead Works and non-alcoholic concoctions from Green Bee Craft Beverages. You'll also eat your fill from
Noble Barbecue. All the while you'll hear roots rock from The Jason Spooner Band. What's more, this all happens at
the historical Victoria Mansion, where you're encouraged to take a tour. Proceeds benefit the mansion's historic
preservation and education mission. Photo by Nadra Photography
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $16, $12
students. chocolatechurcharts.org The Resurgence Dance Company presents their latest show centered around the peaks and valleys of life. The
performance is choreographed by Ashley Steeves of Rockland with a musical score by West Bath's Devin Cromwell.
"Apex" features the character The Wanderer, played by Alison Berry, who is on quest for direction and answers as
she makes her way through forest, fields and valleys. While passing through a tropical rainforest she meets the
Strange Bird played by Sararose Willey and experiences love at first sight while in a forest grotto. The Wanderer
also crosses paths with The Mountain Goddess played by Eliza Rudalevige. Photo by David Mention
Puppet Crimes: El Beto and Kaspar & Gretel
7:30 p.m. Friday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $12, $18 preferred seating. mayostreetarts.org Catch a two-part puppet show in one night at Mayo Street Arts. El Beto is a bilingual puppet based on
Shakespeare's Macbeth and the story's setting is a Mexican drug cartel on the U.S.-Mexico border where fierce
fighting happened between seven cartels from 2006 to 2010. Yes, this will all be depicted by a single, colorful
character. The second half of the night stars Kaspar & Gretel. They're a married couple housed in a rickety shack,
and the action goes from funny to grotesque as the duo tries to raise a baby, make money, strive for a better life
and keep a risky secret hidden from one another. Photo courtesy of Mayo Street Arts
Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Maxwell's Farm,Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, free. capefarmalliance.org The Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Festivities include a
kids tent with art and agricultural activities, food vendors, artisan vendors and agricultural demos. There will
also be plenty of live music from Earth Jams, Matt Loosigian, Downeast Soul Coalition and From Around Here. You'll
also be dazzled by hula hooping queen Tina Tingely. Strawberry season doesn't last very long in Maine, so here's a
chance to give it its annual 15 minutes of fame. P.S. If you'd like to up your Strawberry Festival game, there's a
Friday night lobster bake and pig roast dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $35, and the location is Shady Oak Farm oat 30
Fowler Road in Cape Elizabeth. Vorobyeva/Shutterstock.com
Little Sea Folk Festival
Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, $10 to $45, 12 and under free. littleseafolkfestival.com Spend the day celebrating Irish and Celtic music, culture and history all under one roof. This is the
inaugural year for the Little Sea Folk Festival, and it features workshops, performances, dance performances and
classes, theatrical performances from the American Irish Repertory Ensemble, the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, The
Portland Hurling Club, craft vendors including Emily Armstrong Pottery and Squirrel's Nest Jewelry, food, drinks
and more. The list of musical acts includes Open The Door For Three, Lisa Ornstein, Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme,
Ashley Davis & Colin Farrell, Darlin' Corey and several others. Slainte! Mr.
1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Payson Park, 700 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, free. space538.org Space Gallery invites you and every kid you can round up to an afternoon of fun at Payson Park. Pack a
picnic lunch and head to Field Day. Events kick off at 1 p.m. with a bike parade around Back Bay, and if you're not
the pedaling type, you can partake in mobile printmaking. From 2 to 4 p.m., there's a kids open studio with arts
and crafts projects. From 2 to 5 p.m., all sorts of field games will be happening including costumed kickball,
three-legged races, water balloon tosses, bocce and more. At 5 p.m., the day is capped off with a concert from What
Cheer! Brigade, a 19-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island. What Cheer! Brigade photo by Sean
LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. onelongfellowsquare.com There's something very cathartic about full-body belly laughing, and here's a chance to do plenty of it.
LOLS is a night of local comedy featuring comics Phoebe Angle, Sam Ike, Keith Hebert, Krister Rollins and Caleb
Sherman. Between the five of them, it's likely no funny stone will be left unturned. Hosts Jim and Nikki Martin
will keep the ball rolling and the laughs coming. ONYXprj/Shutterstock.com