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 WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Merry Madness Charity Ball, Night of the Nutcracker, PICNIC Holiday Sale: 11 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
The Merry Madness Charity Ball
8 p.m. Thursday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $5 in advance, $12 at the door. portlandhouseofmusic.com You'll dance, drink and be merry, all while supporting the Center for Grieving Children. The ball
will have music from the sensational Viva & The Reinforcements, and WCYY's Mark Curdo will be on hand.
Dress fancy or come as you are. Photo by Brian Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Photo
'Amahl and the Night Visitors'
7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday. Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland, $10, $7
ages 13 to 17, $5 for ages 6 to 12, under 6 free. purplepass.com/amahl16 It's a classic Christmas opera by Gian Carlo Menotti about the story of the Magi from the
perspective of a poor, young shepherd boy named Amahl. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" will feature
professional singers and an orchestra conducted by Kathleen Scott. It is sure to inspire and touch
everyone who sees it. Amanda Carden/Shutterstock.com
Candy Making and Open House
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Baxter's Essentials, 26 Brackett St., Portland, free. facebook.com Sweeten up your Saturday with a visit to Baxter's Fine Candies for an open house. There will be
spicy samples from Regina Spices, cookies for the kids, mulled cider and an endless supply of good cheer.
You can also make your own gifts, including mulling spices, mason jar botanical bath salts and holiday
care packages. Candy-making demos happen at 1 and 4 p.m. Kostiantyn
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, $15, $10 for 12
and under. tatehouse.org Turn back the clocks all the way to the 18th century, and you'll see how wealthy mast agent
Captain George Tate and his family have celebrated the holidays. The house dates back to 1755 and is the
only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland that is open to the public. Stop in for a visit and
experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a time long gone that's been kept alive and holds endless
decades of memories and history. Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
A Broadway Christmas
3 p.m. Saturday. Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., $30, $10 for 25 and under. baychamberconcerts.org Have yourself a very Broadway Christmas. This show will include a whole bunch of modern and
classic Christmas songs with several Broadway chestnuts thrown in for good measure. You'll hear from
pianist, composer and singer Ben Moss, along with singers and musicians Ryann Redmond, Jennifer Damiano,
Matt Doyle, Manuel Bagorro, April Reed-Cox and Malcolm Brooks. An ensemble of local carolers will also
lend their voices to the performance. Nikolay Antonov/Shutterstock.com
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner, $16, $14 seniors. maineeventcomedy.com Maine Event Comedy invites you to bust a gut, roll in the aisle and crack up in fits of
uncontrollable laughter. Leading the charge will be Boston comic Dan Boulger. He'll be joined by comics
Michele Mortensen, Phoebe Angle and host Mark Turcotte. Argus/Shutterstock.com
Picnic Holiday Sale
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Portland Co., 58 Fore St., Portland, free admission. picnicportland.com Creative and crafty types from all over Maine and New England will converge in Portland for the
annual Picnic Holiday Sale. It will be a madhouse of magical handmade indie crafts and vintage goods.
While you're there be sure to visit the friendly Yeti for a photo and nosh on local food. Photo
courtesy of PICNIC
'Mince Pies & Welsh Cakes'
2 p.m. Sunday. St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15
students and kids. stlawrencearts.og British actor Andrew Harris will bring to life some of the more festive works of Charles Dickens,
Dylan Thomas and Kenneth Grahame in a family-friendly afternoon performance. Harris has been working in
theater for four decades and at present is the executive director of Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. As
the Brits say, happy Christmas! Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence Arts
Night of the Nutcracker
5:15 and 6:15 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $15, $13.50
seniors, free for under 17 with every adult admission; reservations required. victoriamansion.org A magical event in a magical setting. Victoria Mansion and Portland Ballet present Night of the
Nutcracker. Kids are encouraged to bring their grownups with them to see the mansion all decked out for
the holidays and to meet some of the dancers who will be donning their Victorian Nutcracker apparel.
There will be music and dance performances, and all children get a special treat before they
leave. Photo by Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
Handel's 'Messiah' sing-along
7:30 p.m. Monday. Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $5, free for students.
choralart.org ChoralArt will perform Handel's glorious "Messiah," accompanied by the Southern Maine Symphony
Orchestra, and you're invited to sing right along with them. Start practicing your "hallelujahs" and get
ready for a rousing evening of song that will brighten even the darkest Monday
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through Dec. 22. The Footlights Theatre, 190 Route 1,
Falmouth, pay what you can. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com It’s a truly spirited play with plenty of music to get you ready for the holidays and help you
overcome any holiday blues. “Holidazed!” is a fun-filled celebration aimed at anyone who is trying to
survive the holiday season with a smile intact. Photo courtesy of The Footlights