What to do with all this new snow…How about a snow sculpture contest? At SoPo’s WinterFest there will be plenty of outdoor entertainment, and Winterfest in Camden is gearing up to (jump ahead to next weekend’s Toboggan Championships!). There’s a full moon hike at Mt. Abram, mourning talk at Maine Historical Society and, yes, the Super Bowl (food and beer!).
For the weekend of Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2015
Note: Due to the impending storm on Friday and city maintenance crews needed for cleanup, organizers have decided to postpone South Portland’s Winterfest to Feb. 6 and 7. The schedule will remain the same.
4 to 8:30 pm. Friday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Park and Wainwright Recreation Complex, South Portland. Free. southportland.org
On Friday, head to Mill Creek Park for ice skating and a glow-in-the-darnk chuck-a-puck contest, ice carving demo and music. Saturday starts with pancakes, followed by hockey clinics, wagon rides, snow sculpture contests, snow shoeing, ice skating, pond hockey, food trucks and turkey bowling at Wainwright Recreation Complex.
Jan. 30-Feb. 8, various locations in Camden. camdenmaineexperience.com
There will be ice carving, freestyle skiing competitions, a singalong version of “Frozen”, an outdoor film festival, a beer tasting. Festivities are capped off next weekend with the popular U.S. National Toboggan Championships (still spots open in the four-person and experimental divisions).
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mt. Abram, Greenwood. Free. mtabram.com/news-events
Go on a full-moon trek to Mt. Abram’s peak, where music and mountain revelry await during the Full Moon Hike. There’s a heated lodge up there, not that you’ll need it. The 50-minute climb will do wonders raising your body temperature and you’ll find yourself periodically disrobing. Hang out, have a beverage, then ski, ride or hike your way down.
Friday-Sunday, Rangeley. newenglandpondhockey.com
Hockey fans, here’s your chance to be close to the action. Teams compete in multiple divisions during the course of the weekend and champions are awarded on Sunday. And while team registration has already closed, you can still cheer on your local team. Actually, they’re all local teams. So cheer on everyone.
8 p.m. Saturday, The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. statetheatreportland.com. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
Here’s the next best thing for Pink Floyd Fans. For 25 years, American band The Machine has been putting on a Pink Floyd show that includes songs from the legendary band’s 16-album repertoire. The Machine is known for their musical chops, dramatic lighthing and usage of video.
1:30 p.m. Saturday, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. Free. spiritsalive.org
The fact that people die isn’t new. But how we mourn does change. Women no longer express mourning by wearing black for a year, but that used to be common practice in New England. Libby Bischof, associate professor of history at the University of Southern Maine, will explore some of these cultural practices and there will be a collection of mourning artifacts on display, including mourning jewelry made from the hair of the deceased.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Rines Auditorium, Porltand Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland. Free. portlandlibrary.com
Your parents told you how special and unique you are. They were wrong. (No doubt you’re lovely and they were well meaning, but you’re really not that special, according to author David McCullough, Jr.) McCullough will talk about his book and how we should focus on living well rather than feeling like we’re the center of the universe.
Whether you’re cheering on the Patriots at Sunday’s Super Bowl (of course you are!) – or in it for the commercials and half-time show, you’ll want to do your cheering along with others who love football. The free buffets and Bloody Mary bars are nice, too. Here are some noteworthy viewing options for the big game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in Phoenix, Ariz.
HELLA GOOD TACOS
500 Washington Ave., Portland, 207-775-2722, facebook.com/HellaGoodTacos, 4:30 to 10 p.m., tickets: $20
The Super Bowl party with Bissell Brothers Brewing and The Maine Brew Bus includes an all-you-can eat buffet, three Bissell Bros. brews on tap ($5/pour) and the game on a “super screen. Buffet offerings are: Taco bar, Tapatio wings, Substance beer-battered pickles and artichoke hearts, Calabacitas rellenos, Hella Good chili, churros, cookies and more. Get a ride to and from the restaurant via The Maine Brew Bus for $10. Tickets: eventbrite.com
THE THIRSTY PIG $$
37 Exchange St., Portland, 207-602-6284, facebook.com/thethirstypig, 6 p.m.
An iconoclastic, friendly Old Port pub featuring a rotating line-up of 10-plus beers on tap – with a focus on local – plus an impressive bottled beer selection and a small wine list. The menu is limited to a variety of sausages, made in house and offered on their own with various accompaniments, in a sandwich or on a salad. On Sunday, bundle up for an outdoor screening of the big game on the pub’s back deck, which will have heaters. The festivities also include a chili cook-off from guest chefs and beer specials.
” Winter Color” Opening Reception
5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Ocean House Gallery & Frame, 299 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, free. oceanhousegallery.com
View the latest works by artist Jenny Scheu in her show “Winter Color.” The exhibit runs through February at the recently-opened Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth.
“Steamboat Bill Jr.”
7 p.m. Saturday, Emery Community Arts Center, Academy Street, Farmington, $10, 18 and under and students with ID free, artsinstitute.org
Laugh your way through the 1928 Buster Keaton silent film comedy while enjoying live musical accompaniment from pianist Doug Protsik who will be improvising his way through every scene.
11 a.m. Saturday, The Space Gallery, 583 Congress St., Portland, $8, space538.org
This one’s for the kids-and the young at heart. Meet the charming and delightful character of Gustafer Yellowgold via a funny and moving multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animations by award-winning illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor.
Portland’s Black Abolitionists: The Story of the Abyssinian Meeting House
2 p.m. Sunday, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, $5, free for Maine Irish Heritage Center members, 780-0118.
Historian and educator Amy Smith will present a talk about the formation of Portland’s Abyssinian Meeting House in 1828. The landmark structure is currently undergoing restoration at its spot at the foot of Munjoy Hill and it is the third-oldest independent African-American meeting house in the United States.