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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.
Night of the Living Beer, Barktoberfest: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
5:30 p.m. Thursday. Congress Square Park, Portland. On Facebook For the past several weeks, like-minded, fun-loving locals have been practicing for the big day, and if you
hit Congress Square Park on Thursday, you can see the thrilling fruits of their dancing labor. Thriller Throwdown
is the annual celebration and homage to Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video. It's a perfect kick-off to
Halloween weekend, and the gaggle of zombified dancers will dazzle you as the MJ tunes pours out of speakers. Just
remember that, as your body starts to shiver, it's not your fault because no mortal can resist the evil of
thriller. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
Chilling Celtic Tales
5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $10 per child under 15
includes one free adult, $16 for additional adults. victoriamansion.org When families were out for the evening during Halloween season, the servants at Victoria Mansion likely
shared stories to pass the time, and not just any stories, spooky ones! Local storyteller Lynne Cullen, with
accompaniment from musician Kurt Kish, will recreate chilling Celtic tales, the likes of which were common among
Irish residents of Portland. The performance is geared toward kids between 6 and 15 years old, and this all happens
in the rarely-seen basement of the historic mansion. Emmily/Shutterstock.com
Stroll Haunted Yarmouth
7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Old Meeting House, 25 Hillside St., Yarmouth, $15. thelittleboxoffice.com/royalriver The Royal River Community Players invites you to join them on a haunted stroll through Hillside Cemetery.
You'll hear a number of fictional stories told by actors based on historical facts about some of the cemetery's
residents, including Reverend Thomas Green, Captain Jeremiah Brown, the town's one-legged postmaster and some
Yarmouth women who took care of things while men were at sea. Warm attire and comfortable shoes are encouraged, and
your ticket includes a hot drink and a treat. The stroll lasts just over an hour. Photo by Randy
Pumpkin Patch by the Sea
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Alewive's Brook Farm, 83 Old Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, $9, $5
seniors, kids under two free. alewivesbrookfarm.com Here's a chance for some old school fall fun happening in Cape Elizabeth. Pumpkin Patch by the Sea
celebrates the orange orb with a bunch of fun-sounding farm games. You, and especially your kids, will partake in
pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin putt, pumpkin bounce race, corn launcher and a pirate treasure map
search. Admission includes entry into the corn field, unlimited use of the pumpkin play area, face painting and two
shots from the giant slingshot. You'll also be able to purchase a pumpkin from the farm's huge patch, and food
trucks will be on site. Staff Photo by Ariana van den Akker
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main St., Denmark, free. denmarkarts.org Denmark Arts Center is exploring the mysteries around Halloween season in unusual fashion. It's the time of
year with both harvests and plants dying and returning to the earth, and we humans are reminded to think about the
worlds that lie beyond our conscious realm. Metaphysical Follies is a celebration of these themes with several
elements including guest psychic medium Annette Cohen. You'll also find the Beyond the Veil art opening and a kids'
costume party. Come hungry because Eats food cart will be on hand peddling hot dogs, mac and cheese and Halloween
treats. Image courtesy of Denmark Arts Center
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Mutty Paws Academy, 411 Payne Road, Scarborough, $20 in advance, $25 day of event. On Facebook Halloween has gone to the dogs! Here's a chance for your pooch to put his best paw forward and maybe win a
prize in the Hairy Halloween Contest. That's just one part of Barktoberfest. The festivities also include bobbing
for bones and a canine photo booth. You'll also see training demos while you nosh on complimentary snacks and a
craft beer from the Hoppy Hound Tent, both included with your ticket. You and your pooch will also enjoy tunes spun
by Coast 93.1, and you'll leave with a coupon for 10 percent off at Nonesuch River Brewing and Mutty Paws Academy.
A portion of profits from Barktoberfest will be donated to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.
Night of the Living Beer
5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave., Portland. oxbowbeer.com At the crossroads of Halloween and a tasty variety of frosty beverages is where you'll find Night of the
Living Beer. Oxbow Blending & Bottling will play host to casks from Allagash Brewing Co., Austin Street Brewery,
Bissell Brothers, Liquid Riot Bottling Co., Rising Tide Brewing Co. and a few of Oxbow's own offerings. The late
night un-dead dancing part of the festivities kicks off at 9 p.m. with tunes spun by DJ Fava Le Chic. Popel
Portland Comic Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Portland Exposition Building, 239 Park Ave., Portland, $5. On Facebook Casablanca Comics invites you to the annual comic book convention that jumps off the page with comic
dealers, artists, publishers and cosplay. You can meet and mingle with artists Andrew MacLean, Keith Champagne
(D.C. Comics) and Maine's Scarecrowoven, among others, as you rub shoulders with fellow comic book fanatics. Non-
perishable food items will be collected at the door for donation to Wayside Soup Kitchen, and everyone who donates
will receive a free comic book so be sure to raid your cupboard before heading
Discover Portland Wild
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Deering Oaks Park, Portland, free. peakpursuits.org Peak Pursuits wants to raise awareness about the opportunities to get outside and live a healthy,
sustainable life and is putting on a terrific event to do just that. Discover Portland Wild is a day of fun and
adventure for the whole family with music, food vendors and a wide range of activities. Head to Deering Oaks Park
on Sunday, and you'll find a climbing wall, bike racing, fly casting lessons, orienteering and navigation lessons,
back country practices, gardening, yoga, meditation, pumpkin carving and potato sack races. You'll also meet local
businesses that focus on outdoor recreation, health and well-being, mindfulness, sustainable initiatives and
outdoor gear. ESB Professional/shtterstock.com