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From Berlin to Portland, pianist Carolyn Swartz provides the sound for silent films and we preview her upcoming series of shows accompanying the Kinonik Film Series. We also send you to Belfast for the sensational, all local All Roads Music Festival.
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.
From swing dancing to antique shopping: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Maine Cabin Masters at Allagash
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Allagash Brewing Co., 50 Industrial Way, Portland, $10. eventbrite.com We sure do love our cabins here in Maine, and here's a fabulous, not to mention thirst-quenching, way to see
the incredible transformation of a cabin owned by Allagash Brewing's sales director and her partner, done by DIY
Network's Maine Cabin Masters. Maine Cabin Masters crew members will be on hand for the screening of the episode, and
a special beer called Knock on Wood, brewed as a collaboration between Maine Cabin Masters and Allagash brewmaster
Jason Perkins, will be on tap. Snacks and beer will be available for purchase. Dare we say this is a terrific cure
for cabin fever? Yep! The "after" shot of Naomi Neville's cabin.Photo courtesy of Dorsey Pictures
Hops & Hooks
7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Bear Bones Beer, 43 Lisbon St., Lewiston. On Facebook Here's a match made in a very specific corner of heaven. Are you a craft beer fan? Excellent. Are you also a
knitter, crocheter or embroider? Also excellent. Here's a chance to hang out with fellow knitters to work on your
projects while enjoying a cold one. Don't worry if you're just learning, all skill levels are welcome to this monthly
meet-up. What a perfect way to, shall we say, unwind? Marionette76/Shutterstock.com
Thursday Night Stomp
7 p.m. Thursday. Mechanics Hall Ballroom, 519 Congress St., Portland, $8, $10. portlandswingproject.com Did you make a New Year's resolution to have way more fun with the added bonus of burning calories and learning a new skill? Boom! Portland Swing Project can make all that happen with its weekly swing dance. The Thursday night sessions kick off with a beginners' lesson at 7 p.m., and then it's a full-on dance party, starting at 7:30, featuring swing music from the '20s to today from DJs and live bands. Don't worry if you have two left feet, Portland Swing Project will get you sorted out, eventually! Ogovorka/Shutterstock.com
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Mad Horse Theatre Company, Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St.,
South Portland, $23, $20 seniors, pay-what-you-can for 25 and under. madhorse.com Catch the New England premiere of a play by Aaron Mark that tells the complicated tale of Ken and Cynthia.
They're a long-married couple on their way to a weekend at their vacation home when they hit a deer. Director Stacey
Koloski says that although the premise of "Deer" may seem simple and mundane, it actually veers off in many
directions, including funny and scary ones. Expect to be able to relate to at least some facets of Ken and Cynthia's
characters, as it examines relationships, breaking points and the difficulty of saying no. Hoof it over to Mad Horse
through Jan. 27. David Heath and Christine Louise Marshall during a rehearsal for "Deer." Photo courtesy of
Mad Horse Theatre Company
'The Lost Battalion'
2 p.m. Friday. Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St., Damariscotta, free. lcct.org Turn the clock back decades to a time before films had sound. The Lincoln Theater presents Celebrating the
Silents, a series of three free film screenings. The series kicks off on Friday afternoon with the 1919 war film "The
Lost Battalion" about units of the 77th Infantry Division penetrating the Argonne Forest of France during World War
I, featuring Major Charles Whittlesey and several actual soldiers from the 77th. Next up is D.W. Griffith's drama
"The Birth of a Nation" from 1915 on Jan. 18 and, finally, on Jan. 25, the romantic comedy "City Lights" from 1931,
starring Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in "City Lights" (1931), screening on Jan. 25.
Image courtesy of The Lincoln Theater
Seacoast Environmental Film Festival
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Star Theater at Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, $5 suggested
donation per film. kitterylandtrust.org Catch one film or spend the entire day in Kittery at the second annual Seacoast Environmental Film Festival.
The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with "Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf." The rest of the day's schedule includes
screenings of documentaries "High Tide in Dorchester," "Albatross," "The Devil We Know" and "Wasted! The Story of
Food Waste," with a panel discussion following every film. There's also a reception in the Morgan Gallery at 6
Udderly Amazing Cows
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, $5. On Facebook Pineland Farms is a fully operational farm that's presenting an opportunity for a truly hands-on experience.
It's got a whole bunch of dairy cows, and you – and your kids – can explore the barns where they live and learn about
Holsteins and how they're cared for. Best of all, you'll also be able to experience milking a cow. We heard the cows
are friendly in New Gloucester, though you might get an eye roll if you ask them, "Got milk?" Udderly Amazing Cows
also happens on Jan. 27 and Feb. 19. Press Herald photo by Carl D. Walsh
Be Well Fest 2019
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Brick South at Thompson's Point, 8 Thompson's Point Road, Portland, $95, $125 for VIP
Bliss pass with lunch. eventbrite.com The tagline of the Be Well Fest 2019 is "the way wellness should be," and they're making this happen by
assembling experts in yoga, beauty, astrology and nutrition. With a goal of leaving you re-energized and inspired,
the day kicks off with intention setting led by Lauren Atwood followed by Flow to Bliss yoga with Kat Cynewski. The
wellness journey continues with workshops including Journey to Handstands with Alexandra Peters, Fuel Your Body to
Bliss with Chelsea Barringer, Aliza Strock and Amy Currie and a Manifest your Bliss Vision Board session led my
Michaela Powers. Hit the marketplace and photo booth during the lunch break and continue with more workshops and a
closing meditation and champagne toast with Ducktrap smoked salmon hors d'oeuvres. Nabilah
Bath Antiques Show
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath, $5, free for under 25. bathantiquesshows.com For three decades, the Bath Antique Sale has been a haven for lovers of antiques and collectibles. Its next treasure hunt happens on Sunday with more than 50 dealers selling jewelry, glass, china, books, rugs, collectibles and an endless array of other prizes waiting to come home with you. An on-site cafe will keep your mind off your stomach, so you can stay focused on finding the one item you've been looking for your entire life. It could happen!