Posted: November 11, 2015
Martini Madness, Bare Bard & Holiday Stroll: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend
Let the holiday shopping begin! Shop crafts on State Street in Portland or shop in your PJs in Brunswick. Also: Martinis for a good cause, pay-what-you-can Shakespeare, comedy in Auburn and more.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. Friday, SPACE Gallery, 548 Congress St., Portland. $5 suggested donation. space538.org
Writers Bill Roorbach "The Remedy for Love and Life Among Giants" and Dave Gessner ("All The Wild That Remains") will be regaling audience members with a live iteration of their "Cocktail Hour" blog which is humorously described as "bad advice for writers, readers and everyone else. They'll be bringing along Bill Lundgren, Kathryn Mills and Kate Christensen for a night of literary fun.
Comedy Fix XXV
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sapphire Nightclub and Event Center, 150 Center St., Auburn. $10. maineeventcomedy.com
It's a night of comedy with Maine's-own Dennis Fogg and Kyron Hobdy, plus Michele Mortensen, Joe Flynn and Jake Jacobson. Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte hosts the evening and proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank. (Mark Turcott photo)
7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Rd, Scarborough. $40 per person, $70 per couple. campketcha.org
There will be martinis. In fact, your first drink is included in the ticket price, which means you'll have more cash to bid on auction items from Chilton Furniture, Black Point Surf Shop, Evo Rock & Fitness, Vinland and more. And proceeds support Camp Ketcha's mission to provide affordable outdoor programs for kids and families. (Shutterstock.com)
Bare Bard: "Taming of the Shrew"
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, TFK storefront at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. Pay what you can. www.portlandstage.org
Bare Bard brings theater to places that don't typically see it (like pubs, urban parks and the steps of City Hall). This time around, they're stage a compact version of "Taming of the Shrew" in Portland Stage's Theater for Kids storefront on Forest Ave. Expect some sparring, a battle of wits and comedy, of course. (Bare Bard graphic)
Rolling Slumber Bed Races
6 a.m. (early bird sale), 11 a.m. (Slumber Bed Races) Saturday, Park Row, Brunswick. Free to watch. brunswickdowntown.org
Teams of five battle bed-to-bed in a queen-sized race down Brunswick's Park Row. The race is part of an all-day Early Bird Sale event that begins with the sunrise at 6 a.m., when a slew of local businesses open their doors for early-rising and/or heavily coffeed shoppers. Shops are offering discounts from 10 to 30 percent, but most of those discounts are only available in the early morning hours and/or if your show up in pajamas. (Downtown Brunswick courtesy photo)
6th Annual State Street Holiday Stroll
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, State Street, Portland. Free to stroll! www.portlandmaine.com
We haven't even thought about Thanksgiving yet (excluding the time we always spend each week to daydream about large meals in our future) and it's already holiday craft fair season. Venues along State Street will host an array of vendors selling crafts, food and unique gifts. Plus music, caroling and hot beverages. (Press Herald file photo)
9 a.m. to dusk Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday, Woodland Valley Disc Golf, 106 Burnham Road, Limerick. $5 single round, $8 all day pass, 12 and under $3 single round, $6 all day pass. $1 disc rental. woodlandvalley.com
Take a walk in the Limerick woods while getting some exercise and having fun with friends playing a hybrid of golf and Frisbee. Disc Golf at Woodland Valley offers courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced level of players. Each course has 18 "holes" or in this case baskets. all with pars and plenty of organic hazards in the form of trees.
Rock -N- Glow Bowl
7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, The Big 20 Bowling Center, 382 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. $10 per person, $2 shoe rentals. big20bowling.com
When the lights go down, the music goes up and the fun begins. Try your hand at Rock–N–Glow bowling as you'll be knocking down pins while shaking a tail feather to the music. It's fun for all ages in a retro bowling alley setting. Don't like big balls? No problem because this alley is candlepin!
Audio-Guided Walk: The Eastern Promenade in All Seasons
Anytime. Starts at the concrete walkway closest to the condos at the head of Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade, Portland. 99 cents to download audio for your smart-phone. voicemap.me
Sound artist Dianne Ballon invites you to take a leisurely, scenic and informative half-hour stroll around Portland's Eastern Promenade. Once you've downloaded the GPS/web-based audio to your smart-phone, you'll hear audio recollections from Michael Connolly who grew up on Munjoy Hill along with Ballon's recollections of walking the route all year round. Along the way you'll enjoy spectacular views of Portland Harbor as you make your way to the East End Beach.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Outliers Eatery, 231 York St., Portland. $55. outlierseatery.com
Take your regular Thanksgiving feast, subtract awkward family drama (I'm looking at you, Uncle Frank) and add in rare Allagash beers like Interlude, Midnight Brett, Double U and Golden. Oh, and a bunch of friends. The Friendsgiving Dinner celebrates 10 years of wild Allagash beers and a portion of proceeds benefits Good Shepherd Food Bank. (Allagash courtesy photo)
For the weekend of Nov. 12-15, 2015
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