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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 WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Sauna session, wine walk, owl prowl: 7 things to do this weekend
Bob Marley’s comedy, a spa retreat and a New Year’s Eve wine walk and more!
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $52.50. porttix.com
Surely he'll have no lack of material from this past year with which to crack wise during his annual end-of-year shows in Portland. Maine's king of comedy Bob Marley has been making people laugh for many years, so you're guaranteed to bust a gut. Comic Mike Spiers will warm you up and then it's off to the races with Marley. Gabe Souza/Staff photographer
4-5:30 p.m. Friday, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, $7. thecenterforwildlife.org
Learn about owl species under the Center For Wildlife's education pavilion, then walk the surrounding grounds, calling out to the birds â€” and hoping to hear back. All ages are invited to this event, but reservations are required. Sounds like a real hoot! Derek Davis/Staff Photographer
’The Northeast by Eastern’
7:30 p.m. Friday. St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $14 in advance, $16 at the door. stlawrencearts.org
It's truly a multi-media evening as film, history and live music merge to tell the story of a simpler America. Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. out of Belfast spent many years sending photographer-salesmen all over New England with cameras and catalogs and the intention of selling buyers and markets for their "real photo" postcards. "The Northeast by Eastern" combines many of these early 20th-century photographs with archival film footage, interviews, oral histories, a soundtrack of period music and an original score by musician Sumner McKane. You'll hear McKane and musician Josh Robbins perform live as part of this unique presentation. Image courtesy of Sumner McKane
Super Sauna Saturday
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Nurture Through Nature Eco-Retreat Center, 77 Warren Road, Denmark, $15, $10 students. ntnretreats.com
Don't sweat it! Well, actually, that's exactly what you'll be doing with a New Year's Eve visit to Denmark, where you'll enjoy deep relaxation in a traditional Finnish wood-fired sauna. Bring a bathing suit, towel and drinking water. There's a changing room right there, and a peaceful attitude is encouraged. Fresh mountain spring water is ladled over hot lava rocks, and, as the eucalyptus-infused steam starts to rise, all of your 2016 worries will start to dissipate. Shower beforehand at home or use the shower room. Photo courtesy of Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center
New Year's Eve Wine & Food Walk: Sparkling Wines
2:45 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Top of the East Lounge, The Westin Portland Harborview, 157 High St., Portland, $54, 21-plus. winewiseevents.com
Make the last day of 2016 truly effervescent with sommelier Erica Archer who will take you on a walking tour to four Portland restaurants where you'll taste foods paired with delicious sparkling wine. You'll learn tips about pairings and how to select, serve and describe the smells and tastes. But it's also New Year's Eve, so you'll surely have plenty of other of reasons to clink glasses as you make your merry way around Portland. YUJISTYLE/Shutterstock.com
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Brian Boru Public House, 57 Center St., Portland, free. t-acadie.com
This bi-lingual folk trio will play a dozen different instruments, from the mountain dulcimer to the jaw harp, while you listen over a pint or a full brunch downstairs at Brian Boru. Their music includes traditional French Canadian tunes and New England dance numbers, as well as Cajun, Zydeco and old-time Southern songs. Fiddle me this! Photo courtesy of the artist
Mackworth Island hike
9 a.m. to sunset daily, Andrews Avenue, Falmouth, $3, $4 for out-of-state residents, $1 for children 5 to 11 and out-of-state seniors, free for children under 5 and Maine seniors. www.maine.gov./mackworthisland
Exploring this 100-acre island can make you feel like your lost in a far away land â€” when, in fact, you're just off of Route 1 in Falmouth. Bundle up and follow the mile-plus trail along the edge of the island, veering off toward the shore or into the woods, if you choose. You'll be rewarded with the sounds of birds and views of Casco Bay. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer