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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.
Winter fests, chocolate fest, Romeo & Juliet: 8 Things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Masonic Temple, Pritham Avenue, Greenville, $10, $5 kids corner.
mooseheadlake.org There's no better day to satisfy your chocolate craving than Valentine's Day! The Moosehead Lake Region's 12th Annual Chocolate Festival will have 12 kinds of chocolate confections to sample. There will also be a Chinese raffle and silent auction with prizes that include overnight stays, meals and experiences. Courtesy photo
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Bucksport.
bucksportbaychamber.com/frost-fest.html The town of Bucksport is wrapping its arms around winter with Saturday's Frost Fest. Events include an ice skating dance party at the rink on Miles Lane with tunes by Ray J'z Muzik and free public skating. Snacks and such will be for sale. There's also a now sculpture competition that starts at 1 p.m. at the practice field behind Bucksport Regional Health Center. While you're there, you can play a round of winter miniature golf (if there's enough snow). Rental fee for a putter and ball is $5, free for 5 and under. Courtesy photo
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Statewide.
greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org The Maine Outdoor Coalition invites the entire state to participate in the Great Maine Outdoor weekend. Over the course of three days, events include winter hikes, owl watches, ice skating, film screenings, winter backpacking and snowshoe adventures. As an added bonus, many of these events are free! Check the event site for a complete schedule. Courtesy photo
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
mayostreetarts.org Join David Worobec, a classically trained opera singer, puts on a one-man toy theater performance of the tragic love story of Shakespeare's famous pair of star-crossed lovers. And he does this using miniature toy figures on a miniature set designed by his mother Polly Plimpton. Courtesy photo
1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Municipal Ice Rink and High School Sports Complex, Scarborough. scarboroughmaine.org Bundle up and join in the fun that is Winterfest Scarborough. Activities include an ice cube hunt, snow sculpture contest and milk jug curling. Need more options? There will also be ice skating and wagon rides. Families can compete to be crowned the Royal Family and a Royal King and Queen will also be named. The ice rink will be open for free skating for the entire afternoon. A warming hut will have the concessions on the ready and fire pits will be stoked for warming up. Photo by Amy Paradysz
6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Biddeford. heartofbiddeford.org Biddeford busts out the best in winter-themed fun this weekend with their Winterfest that includes a Heart 2 Heart dance, sledding, sleigh rides, snow golf, snow softball, marshmallow catapult, ice skating, crafts, movie, broom ball scrimmage, comedy by Juston McKinney, skating and pizza. Locations include the Pepperell Center, Rotary Park, Biddeford Ice Arena, McArthur Library, City Theater and West Brook Skating Park. Photo by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, $7, free for members. maineaudubon.org For a fantastic time in Falmouth, gather up the kids and head to Gilsland Farm on Saturday. Their Winter Carnival features several outdoor activities including a scavenger hunt, story walk, snow science station and giant snow shelter. You can also rent snow shoes and go for a trek. Indoor arts and crafts will be happening and a snowy owl interactive display will amaze all those who see it. Photo courtesy of Maine Audubon
Portland in Love
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland $23 to $75. Read Bob Keyes' story about the performances Photo by Whitney Hayward, Staff Photographer