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Posted: September 10, 2013

Lighthouses, sandcastles, Beach RAID & apple fest: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend starts spooky – in a good way. It is Friday the 13th, so a walking tour of haunted Portland (being sure to avoid black cats and ladders) seems a good way to spend it. The rest of the weekend can be spent on the beach, either building sandcastles or clamoring over obstacles. Heck, there’s time to do both. It’s also Open Lighthouse Day on Saturday, so seize the opportunity to get an insider’s look into some of Maine’s purtiest lighthouses. And apples will be the guest of honor during a two-day festival in Alfred, followed by a Sunday afternoon of amazing food during Eco Appetito in Portland.

For the weekend of Sept. 13-15

1. Walk with the wicked

Press Herald file photo

Friday the 13th Wicked Walk

8 pm Friday | $16/$11 children under 12 | Starts at Bell Buoy Park, Portland |
On Friday the 13th, embrace Portland’s spooky side with a Wicked Walking Tour. This is an old city, after all, it’s bound to have its secrets and specters. Tourgoers will hear stories of ghosts, legends, and a haunted history most locals don’t know about.

2. Create the most-amazing sandcastle

Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest

Noon-3 pm Saturday | $100 registration fee OR raise $200 in team sponsorships | Pine Point Beach, Scarborough |
Sand. It makes for a comfortable place to nap under the sun and an uncomfortable companion between the sheets. It’s also fun to build with. During the Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest, which benefits Birth Roots, teams will have two short hours to build something amazing out of sand. They’ll be temporary masterpieces that will soon be lost to winds and high tides. But the sand will always remember the time you made it into something awesome. Also: There will be prizes.

3. Conquer obstacles on the beach

Beach Raid 2012 photo

Beach Raid

10 am Saturday | $75 | Start at The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach |
You can walk the beach. Or you can sprint, leap, grunt, carry, and climb it. The Beach RAID utilizes deep sand, beach-themed obstacles, and a cycle of punishing boot camp stations to turn the beach into something more menacing. Can you beat it? Or will you end up gasping for breathe halfway through, begging the Atlantic to sweep you away and take you out of your misery? Why not find out?

4. Love lighthouses from the inside

Press Herald file photo

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

9 am-3 pm Saturday | Free | Lighthouses around Maine |
We already know lighthouses are pretty on the outside. Now you have a chance to see how beautiful they are on the inside. A host of lighthouses up and down the coast will be open to visitors for the day. It’s a rare chance to get inside these beautiful beacons of safety. And some keeper’s houses will be open, too.

5. Celebrate the Cortland, the Gala, and the McIntosh

Press Herald file photo

Shaker Hill Apple Festival

10 am-4 pm Saturday & Sunday | Free parking & admission | Former Alfred Shaker Village, Alfred |
It’s apple time in Maine. Celebrate one of Maine’s favorite fruits during this two-day festival on the scenic grounds of the former Alfred Shaker Village. Festivities include arts and crafts, live music, bakery, pig raffle, antique car rides, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and plenty of activities for the kids.

6. Eat well, raise funds

Eco Appetito photo collage

6th Annual Eco Appetito

Noon-3 pm Sunday | $45 in advance/$55 at the door | Vignola Cinque Terre, Portland |
Hungry? During Eco Appetito, Chef Lee Skawinski will create a scrumptious menu using food items donated by local vendors including Maine beef, haddock, lobster, mussels, cheese, veggies, breads and more. And, oh yes, there will be treats, plus a silent auction and entertainment from the staff of Ferry Beach Ecology School. Proceeds benefit Ferry Beach Ecology School and its Food for Thought program. And eating good food benefits you.

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