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Posted: May 21, 2014

Rooftop dinner, Reggae Sunday & Photorealism: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Three. Day. Weekend. There’s meat on sticks and beach attire this weekend, and Reggae Sunday returns on Peaks Island. Because it’s Memorial Day weekend. There’s also a rooftop dinner, a new exhibit at the PMA, and movies for people who like music – but this weekend also marks the opening of things we’ve been waiting a long time for: kayak rentals, patios, amusement parks, mountain roads, and ropes courses, so be sure to squeeze some of those in, too.

More weekend ideas for you: 11 things to do on Memorial Day Weekend

For the weekend of May 22-25, 2014:

Eat food on sticks

Brewers & Skewers promotional poster

Brewers & Skewers promotional poster

Brewers & Skewers

5 p.m. Thursday | East Ender, Portland | $42 | http://www.mainebeercompany.com/events/
Food. Beer. The Brewers & Skewers event features beers from Oxbow Brewing Company and Maine Beer Company and food from East Ender. $42 gets you four beer tickets and eight passed apps. Call for reservations: 207-879-7669.


Catch two music-related movies

Movies for People Who Like Music

8 p.m. Friday | One Longfellow Square, Portland | $10 | www.onelongfellowsquare.com
Two movies for music lovers with inquiring minds. At 8 p.m. it’s “Anvil – The Story of Anvil” which focuses on the band Anvil, called “the demigods of Canadian metal.” At 9:30 p.m. it’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” the Oscar-winning documentary about two South Africans search for little-known American musician Sixto Rodriquez.


Eat, drink & dance on the roof

Photo courtesy Cellardoor Winery

Photo courtesy Cellardoor Winery

Rooftop Dinner

6 p.m. Friday | The Rooftop at The Portland Regency Hotel, Portland | $90 per person | mainewine.com
This dinner isn’t cheap. We get it. But imagine this: A four-course gourmet dinner including poached sea scallops topped with caviar over Tuscan black rice with white asparagus and cocoa-espresso rubbed tenderloin with mashed white sweet potato. Imagine a rooftop overlooking our little city and plenty of Cellardoor wine. And as the sun sets, imagine yourself gettin’ down to live music from Band of New York.


See photorealism on exhibit

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

“Richard Estes’ Realism”

Opens Thursday and is on view through Sept. 7 | Portland Museum of Art, Portland | $5 in addition to museum admission | www.portlandmuseum.org
The Portland Museum of Art opens its major summer show, a retrospective of Maine-based photorealist painter Richard Estes. The exhibition features 50 years of paintings from New York, Maine and Europe.


“Stigmata: A Tragedy in Three Acts”

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday | Mayo Street Arts, Portland | $5 suggested donation | mayostreetarts.org
A 16th-century Italian nun struggles to keep her sexuality and her ambition alive in an environment of brutal religious repression. Mayo Street Arts hosts a staged reading of Carolyn Gage’s new play “Stigmata.” Saturday’s performance includes a talk-back moderated by Megan Grumbling.


Annual Jimmy Buffet party

Dock Fore promotional poster

Dock Fore promotional poster


1 p.m. Sunday | Dock Fore, Portland | No cover | facebook.com/dock.fore
It’s a three-day weekend, which means Sunday is basically another Saturday. That means you can hit Dock Fore’s Jimmy Buffet Party (decked out in your best island garb, of course) for some beer specials and reprises of Margaritaville and not have to worry about waking up early for work on Monday.


Reggae Sunday

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


Music starts at 1 p.m. Sunday | No cover before 11 a.m. | Jones Landing, Peaks Island | www.facebook.com/
Reggae Sunday returns this weekend (the first in what will be a long summer season of Sunday reggae, so if you can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have plenty of other chances). This Sunday, there will be live music from Royal Hammer. No cover before 11 a.m., and the music gets started at 1 pm.

Eat with the family

Family Feast promotional poster

Family Feast promotional poster

Family Feast Memorial Day Bash

3 p.m. Monday | Bunker Brewing Company & Tandem Coffee, Portland | $20 plus cash for beer | www.facebook.com
Hang with the family (bring your own or hang with the family of locals nearest you). Beers will be poured and meat will be grilled. There will also be Sno cones, pie, and a bouncy house for the kids.

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