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Posted: January 13, 2015

Milk jug curling, sledding all day & ice bar at night: 12 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

The outdoor revelry is in full effect this weekend, with winter festivals in Portland and Scarborough (Sledding! Snow sculptures! Milk jug curling!). Dress up for an 1800s themed skate night in Kennebunk or bundle up for some outdoor drinking at Spire & Ice in Gorham. There’s also music from Melanie in Ogunquit, “We Are Rebels” in Bath and “Sister Act” in Portland. And there’s a gospel concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. featuring local musicians and choirs.

For the weekend of Jan. 15-19, 2015

Spire & Ice poster. Or at least part of it.

Spire & Ice poster. Or at least part of it.

Spire & Ice

7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday | Spire 29, Gorham | $15 |
There’ll be ice luge and a hand-carved ice bar outside serving up chilled drinks, as well as a full bar inside. DJ Mike Mahoney will provide the music and attendees can have their photos taken in the photo booth.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. The Associated Press

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. The Associated Press

Gospel Concert

7 p.m. Friday | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | $12 in advance; $17 on show day |
Portland’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance includes an annual gospel music concert. Scheduled performers include singer songwriter Samuel James and the Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church choir, plus the Knightlife Ensemble and the King Middle School chorus.

1800s Theme Skate Night

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday | Free & open to the public | Waterhouse Center, Kennebunk |
It’s a night of old-school ice skating at Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk. You’re encourage to bust out your best 1800 attire and skate along with the group of costumed skaters. Prizes to the best dressed! You do need to BYOskates, but otherwise the event is free.

You could totally do this.

You could totally do this.

WinterFest Scarborough

Noon to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 | Municipal Ice Rink & High School Sports Complex, Scarborough |
Ice Cube Hunt. Snow Sculpture Contest. Milk Jug Curling. If those activities haven’t already won you over (and they have) there will also be human dog sledding, a snow shoe obstacle course, snow sling and so much more. Families can compete to be crowned the Royal Family and a Royal King and Queen will also be named.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


8 p.m. Saturday | Jonathan’s, Ogunquit | $37.50 |
She performed at Woodstock despite not being known outside the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene. Then in 1970 she had a hit with “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).” But Melanie is best known for the iconic ditty from 1971 called “Brand New Key.” All these years later she – and her guitar- are still at it.

Sarah Morrill/

Sarah Morrill/

Welcome to Winter Festival

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday | Payson Park, Portland | Free |
All the best winter activities – sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating – will be waiting for you at the annual Winter Festival. The event runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. In between all the outdoor fun, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire, raffles, giveaways and more.

“Sister Act”

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | $45-$70 |
Whoopi Goldberg might’ve popularized the role of wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier in the movie version of “Sister Act,” but the Broadway version is equally fun and hilarious. If you’ve forgotten the plot: Deloris wintnesses a crime and cops hide her out in a convent. Then funny things happen and there’s lots of singing.

"We Are Rebels" poster

“We Are Rebels” poster

“We Are Rebels”

7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday | Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath | $20 in advance/$25 at the door |
“We Are Rebels” is an original tale about standing up to an unjust government and it’s told through contemporary dance, electronica music and acting. Characters include a blissfully ignorant king, a mad scientist and Fea, the woman who aims to change the way things are.

Wishful thinking.

Wishful thinking.

9th Annual Winter Beach Ball

7:30 p.m. Friday | Cross Insurance Center, Bangor | $35 per person |
Winter gotcha down? You need some sunny beach time, a Hawaiian shirt, a pair of shades and a crowd of people who are equally enthusiastic about pretending it’s not 3 degrees outside. The annual Winter Beach Ball supports Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxillary’s pledge to Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center. Music from the Bob Charest Band, cash bar.

On the Cheap

Photo Talks with the Portland Press Herald: Tips, Tricks and Technology
5:30 p.m. Friday, Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free.
Veteran staff photographer Gregory Rec will speak about technological developments in newspaper photojournalism. This includes being able to speedily transmit photos from the field, remote-controlled cameras, time lapses and multimedia storytelling.

The Flipsides, Litehouse and Britta Pejic et sa Band de Cons
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, no cover.
Hang out with a beverage or even bowl a string or two while you listen to tunes from three bands. The Flipsides will shake, rattle and roll with dance hall favorites, Litehouse and their singer Clara Wellons play with a glam pop vibe and Britta Pejic and her Band de Cons are a South Portland outfit who are all about French pop songs.

MLK Day Author’s Lecture- From Slavery to Maine
2 p.m. Monday, Southard House Museum Gallery, 75 Main St., Richmond, free. 737-8772
Historian and author Dr. Candace Kanes will discuss the hundreds of former slaves who came to Maine in the final years of the Civil War and the immediate years that followed. She will share the stories of some of these refugees and what their experience was like, including a former slave who lived in Richmond. A reception will follow the talk.

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