Now that we’ve got all of last week’s love stuff out of the way, we can get back to our regularly scheduled winter. And this weekend includes a rare and wonderful opportunity to sprint into the frigid Atlantic! On purpose! Or stick to dry land and hit OOB’s Winter Carnival for street sledding and other fun. There’s a Big Lebowski event in South Portland, Ice Festival in Lewiston/Auburn and Mardi Gras in Ogunquit.
For the weekend of Feb. 19-22, 2015
Friday-Sunday, Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach. oob365.com/WinterCarnival.html
The beach doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic in the winter, but Old Orchard Beach’s Winter Carnival aims to bring people beachside for some winter sledding with views of the Atlantic. So what massive hill in OOB will visitors be sledding on? Just a man-made mini-mountain – in the middle of Old Orchard Street. Kids Carnival on Thursday, night sledding and Poker Run pub crawl on Friday and giant snow hill sledding on Saturday (plus hot cocoa and marshmallow toasting and horse-drawn carriage rides). Then hit Jimmy the Greeks for the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at 7 p.m. $10 admission.
Friday-Sunday, Fountain Park, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston. $15, free on Sunday. icefestla.com
Frosty beverages will be served up with a twist and lots of ice will be carved into ice bars and cool ice sculptures and ice luges for chilled winter drinks. There will also be food from area restaurants, live music and plenty of revelry to keep everyone warm. $15 on Friday and Saturday (special VIP event on Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. with a limited number of tickets). The Ice Fest is free and family-friendly on Sunday (there will be food and entertainment for the kids and the igloo might be back).
5 to 8 p.m. Friday| The Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport | $25 | www.freeportusa.com
There will be a martini luge, of course, and ice sculptures, fires and music, plus food from Buck’s Naked BBQ. But your ticket to the Ice Bar also gets you into the Chef’s Signature Series, where you’ll get to sample food from Freeport’s best chefs, along with Maine beer, wine and spirits.
So the Signature Series and Ice Bar have sold out, but there are more events throughout the weekend: Spirit tastings at Maine Craft Distilling, create your own donut at Frosty’s, wine tastings at Bow Street Market and Cascao Bay Cutlery, bread tasting at Artisan Bread, lobster brunch at Harraseeket Inn and more. More info: www.freeportusa.com/flavors-of-freeport-february-20th-22nd/
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., multiple locations in Ogunquit. $5 for mask-making party, $15 for wine tasting. visitogunquit.org
Start things off outside Cornerstone with “great amounts of fire.” A fire juggler will perform bawdy feats of balance. At noon hit the mask-making party and make something to wear in the 1 p.m. parade from MaineStreet to Old Village Inn. There’s a costume contest and wine tasting, too, plus the crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen.
Read more: Too cold for Mardi Gras in Maine? Not in Ogunquit
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Senator Inn & Spa, Augusta. $40. www.senatorinn.com
Wear your country western best as you come to the Bar & Grille and don’t be surprised when Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline tunes fill the air. Someone is trying to take over the Bar & Grille and each of the employees has a plan of their own for the future of the establishment! There are surprises at every turn and don’t be shocked if you become part of the action in this country western mystery extravaganza. Four-course dinner and cash bar, too.
10 a.m. Saturday, East End Beach, Portland. Raise $100 minimum in pledges. csun.convio.net
Chill out during the Freezin’ for a Reason polar dip. The cold water can be invigorating, so we hear. Plus, it benefits Camp Sunshine. And doing good can warm your heart. Raise some funds, then take the plunge. (Then put on lots of fleece and sit in front of a warm fire somewhere.) Update: The dip has been postponed (date TBD) on account of the ice flows in Casco Bay.
8 p.m. Saturday, Easy Day Bowling, 725 Broadway, South Portland. $20. vivalebowski.com
Fans of “The Big Lebowski,” this is your night. Film screening, trivia, costume contest and (but of course!) bowling. Prizes for top rollers and trivia buffs. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. So bust out the bathrobe and warm up your bowling arm.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mad Horse Theater, Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. $20, $15 students & seniors. madhorse.com
Part courtroom drama, part fever dream, the play – directed by Tim Ferrell – is loosely based on the actual obscenity trial that took place in 1965, when “A Book Named Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs” found itself the defendant in Boston Superior Court on charges of obscenity. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with the artists.
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (postponed from Feb. 15), Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland. $5 donation. planetdog.com
Your dog loves you. I mean reeeeally loves you. But it’s hard for him to get the words out. So he’ll resort to expressing his love the way dogs do best: With intense and lavish face licking. Those canine kisses can actually win you and your pooch prizes during the Dog Kissing Contest. Winner gets a $75 of Planet Dog goodies. The afternoon also includes free treats for dogs and treats (like beer and wine) for humans. Proceeds benefit the Planet Dog Foundation.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Shawnee Peak, Bridgton. Free. shawneepeak.com
Events include a scavenger hunt, snow sculpting, pie eating, tug of war and storybook characters come to life, all free.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, The Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. $5. francocenter.org
Calling all playwrights, actors and theater fans. Here’s a chance to get your short play (ten minutes or less) performed on-the-spot. Bring multiple copies of it along with some props and if your play is chosen, it will be performed. You’ll have two minutes to assign roles and offer direction then the audience will provide instant feedback. The evening’s theme is “First Night.”
9 a.m. – Noon. Saturday. Windham Public Library, Windham Center Road. $5 suggested donation. 892-1433
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth you can still learn all about the rich history of maple syrup making in Maine. The Maine Historical Society presents a program by Lyle Merrifield of Merrifield Farms in Gorham.
6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. $8, $6 for members and students, portlandmuseum.org
Catch a film that’s been described as a tragicomic thriller that casts trust as a major theme. A Swedish family is on ski holiday in the French Alps when an avalanche heads their way. Dear old dad ditches his wife and kids to save himself and lives are forever changed. In English, Swedish, French and Norwegian with subtitles.
7 p.m. Thursday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. free. space538.org
Author Michael Mewshaw will be in Portland to speak about his new memoir “Sympathy for the Devil.” The book is an intimate and complex portrait of writer Gore Vidal, whom Mewshew first met in the 1970s.