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Win over winter: 11 can’t-miss winter events in Maine

Win over winter: 11 can’t-miss winter events in Maine
January 03, 2014

The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter’s frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. We need a wintry plan of attack. For, like the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of February shock therapy.” Here are a few options for staving off winter psychosis:

Bed races, chili challenge & some insane skiing: 5 things to do in maine this weekend

Bed races, chili challenge & some insane skiing: 5 things to do in maine this weekend
November 07, 2013

The temperature has gotten notably cooler lately. Thankfully, the events happening this weekend are a perfect blend of winter preparation and cold-weather management. If you’re ready to embrace winter and all its snow (or you maybe need a little encouragement), check out Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” and get excited about playing in the white stuff. If you need tools to fend off the cold, look to the Chili and Chowder Challenge or learn to make mead (mead is also good at giving you that wonderful warm feeling inside). Wear your pajamas in public in Brunswick on Saturday and watch the annual bed races, or cozy up with a fine late-fall dinner at the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Lift, drag, cry, laugh & probably quit: The Aroostook Dirty 30

Lift, drag, cry, laugh & probably quit: The Aroostook Dirty 30
September 16, 2013

Kale Poland swears he isn’t a sadist. And we might be inclined to believe him if we didn’t already know about the Aroostook Dirty 30. The Aroostook Dirty 30 is a 30-mile race of pain that starts with a pre-dawn run along a slippery and slow-going riverbed trail and ends…well, it ends at mile 13 for some, or mile 15 for others, and some might wave the white flag at mile 20 when they simply can’t carry that tire any farther.

Choose The Running Man over Running: The Dance Mile Portland

Choose The Running Man over Running: The Dance Mile Portland
July 08, 2013

The one-mile course loops through Portland, and participants can shake, gyrate, and swing in whatever way suits them, preferably in costume. And at the finish line, a dance party. And all that rasin’ the roof does some good in town, too. Some of money from The Dance Mile will go towards sponsoring an art installation in Portland after the race.

Bathrobes & White Russians: Dudefest at One Longfellow Square

Bathrobes & White Russians: Dudefest at One Longfellow Square
May 30, 2013

Friday is Dudefest, an annual event at the arts venue that celebrates the box-office-dud-turned-cult-classic film, ”The Big Lebowski.” And the aforementioned ingredients are the makings of a White Russian.

If you don’t see the connection, you’re obviously not a bowler.

Santa likes a paddle: Santa SUP cruise in Portland Harbor

Santa likes a paddle: Santa SUP cruise in Portland Harbor
December 17, 2012

On Sunday, nine Santa-loving paddleboaders took to the water in Santa suits and Santa hats and Santa beards (and all the cold-water gear and personal floatation devices we could muster) for the third annual Santa SUP. The cold-weather cruise was organized by Rafael Adams, owner of SoPoSUP, a paddleboard shop in South Portland.

PADDLE SANTA

PADDLE SANTA
December 13, 2012

Santa likes a little paddle on occasion. Who doesn’t? And he’ll get in on Sunday 3rd annual Santa SUP cruise in Portland Harbor. Standup paddleboarders will take to the water in full Santa regalia – the red suits, the beards, the personal floatation devices – for a tour along South Portland’s waterfront. And maybe a pitstop for eggnog.

Mattress, meet mountain: Mattress Races at Shawnee Peak

Mattress, meet mountain: Mattress Races at Shawnee Peak
December 01, 2012

During the America’s Mattress Race, mattresses of all sizes will take to the mountain at Shawnee Peak. They’ll shirk their once-sedentary lifestyle for a chance to make like a toboggan and slide Shawnee’s Main Slope — with a few riders on top clutching the edges in high-speed fear.

SLED UP, CHUTE DOWN

SLED UP, CHUTE DOWN
December 01, 2012

Competitors in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, taking place Feb 8-10 at the Camden Snow Bowl, will find out first hand what it’s like to rumble down the 400-foot-long chute and coast out onto a frozen pond. First timers might focus on their costuming (a cape and a pair of underpants are a surefire hit) and hitting the finish line without losing knuckle flesh to the unforgiving wooden chute walls.