Wednesday April 16th 2014

Dog psychic, whiskey, haggis & SNODEO: 6 things to do this weekend

By: Shannon Bryan

Frigid temperatures? P’shaw! When it comes to the weekend, who cares about the thermometer. You’re going to get out there and enjoy it, no matter what. That said, it is nice that many of this weekend’s events are inside. Find our what your dog is really things about with the “animal communicator” at Planet Dog. Celebration poet Robert Burns with Scotch and haggis during two events on Saturday. And brave the cold for some snowmobiling entertainment (and parades and food and fireworks and other stuff) during Rangeley’s annual SNODEO.

For the weekend of Jan 23-26

1. Hear your dog’s innermost thoughts

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Yappy Hour with Sara Moore

6 pm Thursday | Planet Dog, Portland | $15 donation | www.planetdog.com
Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? I mean, a tail wag can say a lot, but beyond that – what are your dog’s innermost thoughts and dreams? Find out during Yappy Hour, when animal communicator and reiki master Sara Moore will be offering 10 minute sessions to help you learn what your dog is thinking or how he’s feeling. The $15 suggested donation helps support the Planet Dog Foundation, which funds canine service programs.


2. Collaborate. And get stuff done.

Super Coworking Day at Peloton Labs

7:30 am-6 pm Friday | Peloton Labs, Portland | $40 for full day, $30 for half day | http://supercoworkday.eventbrite.com
Coworking is hard by yourself. And while there’s something to be said for solitary brainstorming, there’s also something to be said for collaboration and idea-generating with creative folks around town. Peloton Labs is hosting Super Coworking Day, which will give locals a taste of coworking with a day that includes yoga, business coaching, help desk, networking groups, personal assistance resource, chair massages and happy hour. Now that sounds like a mighty fine workplace.


3. Honor Robert Burns: Drink Whiskey

Robert Burns Night

7 pm Saturday | Portland and Rochester Public House, Portland | $30 | http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/557716
Celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns in the way he’d want to be celebrated: With poetry readings, whiskey, haggis, and whiskey. Also, whiskey. The $30 ticket includes three whiskey tastings. The revelry is free!

4. Honor Robert Burns: Drink Whiskey and Cock-a-leekie

Robert Burns Supper

6:30 pm Saturday | Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick | $35 | www.innatbrunswickstation.com
The Robert Burns celebrations continue up in Brunswick. There will be poetry, Scotch, and a bagpiper. There will also be a feast of Cock-a-leekie soup (chicken soup), Bubbly-Jock an’ Trimmins (turkey and trimmings), Tipsy Laird (trifle) and more, before concluding with Cheese an’ Bisquits.


5. Say ‘happy birthday’ to the beer

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Baxter Brewing 3rd Anniversary

7 pm Saturday | $10 in advance/$12 day of | Port City Music Hall, Portland | www.portcitymusichall.com
Happy Birthday, Baxter Brewing Company! As the commercials say, beer in can makes us happier than any man. Unless that man is Colin Firth. He makes my coworker very happy. But I digress. Celebrate Baxter’s three-year anniversary with music from Spose, The Mallett Brothers Band, Sly Chi, and Dave Rowe, plus Baxter drink specials; giveaways; and a chance to try “On the Count of 3,” the limited edition Imperial Hefeweizen commemorating the brewery’s third year in beer.


6. Ride that snowmobile. Ride it good!

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Thursday-Saturday | Rangeley Inn and Haley Pond, Rangeley | Many activities free | www.rangeleysnowmobile.com
For snowmobile enthusiasts and the people who love them: Start off Thursday with a Chili-Chowder Cook-Off at Bald Mountain Camps, followed by Casino Night at the Gingerbread House Restaurant in Oquossoc. Demo rides, family rides, radar run, poker run, displays and vendors, children’s activities, canoe sleigh rides, Rave X show, parade, fireworks.