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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
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.
‘Turn of the Screw,’ Topsham Fair: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
'Turn of the Screw'
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, $14.
deertrees-theatre.org The classic Henry James tale dating back to the late 1800s was adapted for the stage by award-winning
playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and you can catch performances at the historic Deertrees Theatre. Find out what unfolds
when a governess caring for two children at an isolated estate realizes that terror is lurking and ghosts just
might be real. "Turn of the Screw" is an spine-tingling nail-biter where secrets are revealed, and the suspense can
be cut with a knife. Image courtesy of Deertrees Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday. Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, $35, $45. vinegarhillmusictheatre.com Make a snap decision and head to Arundel to see comedian, author and radio personality James Judd from
National Public Radio's storytelling series "Snap Judgment." Fun fact: Judd worked in comedy until he turned 30 and
then he went to law school to become a criminal attorney but ultimately realized comedy is his true calling. Known
for autobiographical storytelling and terrific delivery, Judd has been compared to David Sedaris and Oscar
Wilde. Photo by Anatoliy Koval
Thursday to Sunday. Topsham Fairgrounds, $12, kids under 3-feet tall free. topshamfair.net The Topsham Fair dates all the way back to the 1850s, so the people who run it for sure know what they're
doing. Pick your day and prepare for full fair immersion with rides, food, livestock and a wide range of
entertainment options and activities. A quick snapshot of the schedule includes harness racing, steer & oxen
pulling, baking competitions (for cheesecake, whoopie pies, muffins and chocolate cookies), truck pulling, fry pan
toss, demolition derby and all sorts of live music. There's even something called the Back Seat Driver competition,
which clearly illustrates that this fair really does have something for
Second Friday Brunswick
4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Downtown Brunswick. On Facebook Downtown Brunswick comes all the more alive on Friday afternoon into the evening when more than 30 venues,
artists, businesses, restaurants and museums take part in Second Friday merriment. Live music happens all over town
from the likes of singer-songwriter Kate Miller at The Barter Art House, Big Blue at 2 Lincoln St. and Aarondippity
at Spindleworks Art Center, among several other acts. You'll also see all sorts of artwork and can even catch a
pop-up performance by the Maine State Music Theatre at the Tontine Mall. Edel/Shutterstock.com
'The 39 Steps'
6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan's Lane, South Berwick, $15, $10
seniors, $5 kids age 6 to 17, under 6 free. historicnewengland.org Pack a blanket, chairs and a picnic because it's time for Hitchcock al fresco! Radio Mystery Theatre
presents "The 39 Steps, Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry and inspired by Hitchcock's classic thriller. The show
features five actors in period costumes playing several different roles, vintage-style commercials and live sound
effects. It all happens in the gardens of a historic Georgian mansion that dates back to 1785 and is situated on a
bluff on the Salmon Falls River. Photo courtesy of Radio Mystery Theatre
Maine Boat & Home Show
Friday to Sunday. Harbor & Buoys Park, Rockland, $15 for three day pass, kids free. maineboats.com/boatshow The Maine Boat & Home Show will feature more than 60 boats in the water and on land. But there's so much
more than boats to this show. You'll see fine art, hear live music, eat all sorts of tasty food, peruse elegant
housewares and pop into tents with creations by artisans from both here and away. Also don't miss the World
Championship Boatyard Dog Trials at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Middle Pier. There's also the Small Boat Love-In all
weekend long at Buoy Park, where small crafts will gather to show off their stuff and hang out together. The pier
pressure is on, so head to Rockland and seas the day! Photo by Peach Frederic
Kotzschmar Organ Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, free. foko.org The Kotzschmar Organ is a sight to behold and quite a sound to hear. You can satisfy both your visual and
auditory senses with a visit to Merrill Auditorium on Saturday. Local organists will be playing all day long for
20-minute intervals. You can also catch a tour that will get you up close and intimate with the massive instrument
and its many pipes, keys and pedals by way of a behind-the-scenes look. Staff photo by Brianna
Under the Umbrella, Life is a Circus
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Celebration Bath Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris, $14, $12 seniors, $8 kids. celebrationbarn.com From jaw-dropping juggling to stories about worldwide circus adventures, Steven Ragatz will keep you well
entertained. Under the Umbrella, Life is a Circus is his one-man snow, and Ragatz will not disappoint. He's been
dazzling crowds for three decades and is a 10-year veteran of the famed French-Canadian circus Cirque du Soleil.
With his mad juggling skills, knack for physical comedy and cast of colorful characters, Ragatz is a force of
nature who has even performed with symphonies as Cirque Mechanics' comedic violinist. Steven Ragatz photo
courtesy of the artist
2018 Maine Woodcarver's Association Show and Competition
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Poland Town Hall, 1231 Maine St., free. mainewoodcarvers.com It really is incredible what some people can do with wood. See for yourself the fruits of several area
carvers' labors by hitting the Maine Woodcarver's Association Show and Competition in Poland. Carvings from many
categories and skill levels will be on display. Judges will critique submissions based on criteria including
craftsmanship, artistry and degree of difficulty. You'll also be able to cast your own ballot for the People's
Choice Award. You can expect to see some extraordinary work that just might make you believe in tree-
incarnation. Lubos K /Shutterstock.com