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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
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.
Mountain of Terror, Harvest on the Harbor: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
A Taste of Maine's Beer History
6 p.m. Thursday. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, $20, 21-plus, registration required. mainehistory.com The Maine Historical Society invites you to a celebration of Maine's craft beer scene with the author of
"Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland" Joshua Christie and Don Littlefield from The Maine Brew Bus. Together they'll
share a keg's worth of history about brewing in Maine and the resurgence of craft brewing. The presentation will be
multi-sensory as you'll also get to sample several Maine brews. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to see
the "Maine Brews" and "Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here" exhibits. Julia
Scandals, Scoundrels & Sinners: Walk Among the Shadows
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 28. Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St.,
Portland, $10, $5 for ages 12 and under. spiritsalive.org Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery loves this time of year because spooky storytellers come to life to
share their scandalous stories. You'll be led by lantern light through a public burial ground in Portland that
dates back to 1668. Along the way, you'll make five stops to hear stories written by Lynne Cullen and told by
professional actors who truly embody the deceased souls they're portraying with both respect and
whimsy. Duda Vasilii/Shutterstock.com
'Things My Mother Taught Me'
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 27; through Oct. 28. The
Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston, $20, $5 for 18 and under. thepublictheatre.org A young, happy couple moves into their first apartment and all is seemingly well until both sets of parents
arrive on their doorstep. "Things My Mother Taught Me" is a comedy set in the couples' unfurnished two-bedroom
apartment, and it's a funny, touching way to spend an evening. The Public Theatre also wants you to know that,
before the Friday night performance on Oct. 19, you can partake of a lobby beer sampling, compliments of Baxter
Brewing. Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 day at the
door. space538.org Bare Portland presents movement and performance inspired by Tennessee Williams. Mira is a lonely young
woman who finds friendship through a shared love of poetry. But that's not all. Audience members will choose from a
variety of individual soundscapes to accompany the movement-based performance. Be sure to bring your smartphone or
wifi-friendly device along with headphones, though you may also opt to watch without accompaniment. Photo by
Mountain of Terror
6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Oct. 27. Lost Valley Ski Area, 200 Lost Valley Road, Auburn, $20, $30
VIP Fast Pass. lostvalleyski.com We're in the heart of Halloween season, so if you're feeling the need to make your way through a spine-
chilling dark cellar with unknown dangers around every corner, head to Lost Valley. Should you make it out alive
(spoiler alert: Chances are excellent that you will but nightmares may ensue), for another $5 you can visit the
Zombie Paintball Shooting Gallery. Tunatura/Shutterstock.com
Flamenco, Performance and Poetry
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $20, $25 students, $30 preferred
seating. mayostreetarts.org Dancer Lindsey Bourassa, singer Bárbara Martínez and guitarist Christian Puig are all flamenco artists who
will together perform traditional pieces that integrate their three crafts. You'll see and hear flamenco styles
including Caña, Alegrias and Tientos. Flamenco verses are best described as short poems that reflect the history,
society and geography of Spanish-Romani-Flamenco culture and verses performed during these shows will be printed
and translated to enhance the audience's experience. Photo of Lindsey Bourassa by Arthur Fink
Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. L.L. Bean campus and surrounding downtown Freeport. campsunshine.org Celebrating its 15th year, the Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival turns Freeport into a Halloween headquarters
as somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 carved pumpkins are displayed pretty much everywhere, and at 5 p.m.,
they're all lit, creating a scene that would impress even Harry Potter. Before that magic moment, you and yours can
hit the Cauldron Cafe and the Boo-Tique. You'll also find a Pumpkin Playland with all sorts of fun kids'
activities, the Mad Science slime-making booth, a costume parade and family pumpkin carving station.
Market on the Harbor
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Festival tent, Portland Yacht Services, 100 W. Commercial St., Portland, $40, 21-
plus.harvestontheharbor.com Here's your chance to get in on some Harvest on the Harbor foodie fun. The grand finale event is the Market
on the Harbor, and it's a culinary and shopping paradise. You'll have four luxurious hours to imbibe and feast on
food and drink samples (included with ticket) and can also shop till you drop. Participants include Miss Portland
Diner, Izzy's Cheesecake, Shipyard Brewing Co., Wiggly Bridge Distillery and Zen Bear Honey Tea, among several
others. You'll also taste some preview bites from Wilson County BBQ, opening in Portland next year. Photo
courtesy of Harvest on the Harbor
'The Atomic Cafe'
2 p.m. Sunday. The Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta, $8, $6 youth. lcct.org Along with a screening of 1982 cult classic documentary "The Atomic Cafe," there will be a post-film
discussion with Jayne Loader, one of its directors. "The Atomic Cafe" connects Cold War history, propaganda, music
and culture by way of government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. The result
is comical yet relevant in this day of fake news. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United
States' National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which considers it to be "culturally, historically, or
aesthetically significant." See it for yourself on Sunday afternoon. Publicity still courtesy of Kino