Between the pumpkins, the pork, and the potential for new pants, this weekend is looking more promising than ever. And some of you lucky folks even have Monday off. I don’t, which means I’ll be calling in sick and going to watch the pumpkinboat regatta in Damariscotta. The regatta is the final event of Pumpkinfest, which continues all weekend with pumpkin desserts, pumpkin carving, pumpkin hurling, pumpkin catapulting, and pumpkin drops. Over in Gardiner, pork is the center of attention during Swine & Stein, and it’s a cheese-centric Sunday during Open Creamery Day. Husbands will drop wives up at Sunday River during the annual Wife-Carrying Championship, and for those of you who like to keep your closets fresh and well-circulated, don’t miss SWAP Maine’s swap at SPACE.
There’s no lack of action on Fourth of July, but what happens after the fireworks end? There’s still a whole weekend to consider. If your hankering for colorful explosions in the sky isn’t yet sated, head out to Chebeague Island for the Chebeague Chebang, where fireworks will cap off a day of barbecue, music, and sack races. There’s a wine sail Friday, and Art Walk returns, too. And on Sunday, seize the opportunity to throw things at runners (soft, gentle, colorful things that the runners
want you to throw at them).
See, Sunday River is for skiers…in the winter. But once summahtime rolls in, and all that snow flees to colder climes where it can hang about until December, that mountain becomes an awful nice place for non-skiers to play, too.
“It starts snowing in November and we don’t see the ground again until May.” An old roommate once described a Maine winter that way. And while it may historically be true, the winters of recent memory – and, like, right now – don’t seem keen on abiding by the six-months-of-snow-covered-ground rule. It’s been warm-ish in Maine’s southern parts. The snow has melted. And the snowshoeing? Not great at the moment, unless you head farther west or north. So what does one do to keep occupied in Winter when the snow is being elusive? This stuff:
The Ski Maine Peak to Peak Challenge is the simple tally of the number of ski areas a person visits over the course of the winter. The format is based on the popular concept that hikers have followed over the years of “bagging peaks.”
Sunday River Resort launched a new online program today, selling single- and multi-day lift tickets for the 2012-13 winter season with savings up to 35 percent below this year’s window rates available at the resort.