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Things to do This week





Posted: April 8, 2014

Reggae, April Stools & Eat Brunswick: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan - mainetoday.com editor - sbryan@mainetoday.com

Now that those glaciers of snow are beginning to recede, it’s time to start cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods. Join April Stools Day Saturday and help make Mother Nature sparkle. It’s also Reggae Fest at Sugarloaf this weekend, and EAT Brunswick is offering specially priced menus at participating Brunswick restaurants. Mansion at Muse continues at Victoria Mansion and you can spot birds at Gilsland Farm during their Saturday morning bird walk.

For the weekend of April 11-13

1. Ski to the sound of reggae

Reggae Fest

Friday-Sunday | Some music free/$5 cover/$19 Good Vibes pass | Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley | www.sugarloaf.com
“Sinners on the mountain.” That’s how I heard one father describe Reggae Fest to his young son a few years back (coincidentally, the pair were at Sugarloaf during Reggae Fest weekend, so it was probably a compliment). The spring skiing goes on this weekend, complimented by reggae music throughout the day and night. Some shows are free, others have a $5 cover or require a Good Vibes pass ($19 in advance, $29 at the door).


2. Make Mother Nature shine

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April Stools Day

9 am-noon Saturday | Free | Locations in Portland and South Portland | www.facebook.com/AprilStoolsDay
On Saturday, dog owners (and the people who love them) will spend the morning picking up what their four-legged sidekicks left behind (and plenty of litter left behind by people). Spring cleaning is our responsibility, and it’s a solid “thank you, ma’am” to Mother Nature (who, blizzards and spring snowfalls aside, is pretty darn good to us). Or if you prefer, consider it a down payment on the impending near-perfection that is a Maine summer.
Read more: It’s cleanup time: April Stools Day & Earth Day cleanups


3. Eat Brunswick

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EAT Brunswick!

Through Sunday | $6.14-$30.14 | Participating restaurants, Brunswick |brunswickdowntown.org
Eat Brunswick this weekend. Not the buildings or the not-quite-green grass of the town mall, we mean actual food served up at Brunswick-area restaurants like Enoteca Athena, Frontier, Ebenezer’s Brew Pub, and others. Special pricing ranges from $6.14 to $30.14.


4. Spot fowl

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Saturday Morning Bird Walk

8-10 am Saturday | Gilsand Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth $5 Audubon Members/$8 non-members | maineaudubon.org
Notice the weather these days? It’s gotten nice enough to hang out outside (okay, you still might need a jacket and some light gloves in the morning). Take advantage of the early spring and walk the grounds of Gilsland Farm in Falmouth during a Saturday morning bird walk.


5. See modern-day art in a historic house

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Mansion as Muse

11 am-4:30 pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Victoria Mansion, Portland | $15, $7 college students, $5 kids 6-17 | victoriamansion.org
Victoria Mansion is known for its history – from the historic architecture and furniture to the historic statues, carvings, and portraits. But during the “Mansion as Muse” exhibit, the modern day will take center stage. The exhibit showcases contemporary art from nationally recognized artists – and the art is inspired my the mansion itself. So meta.
Read more: Art Spotting: Mansion as Muse

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