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).
For the weekend of July 5-7, 2013:
4-10 pm Friday | $25 | Chebeague Island Inn | chebeaguechebang.com
A private charter, and a day of live music from Lyle Divinsky and The Model Airplane, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Dominic Lavoie, North of Nashville, Joe Gallant Band, and others. Yard games, dunk tank, sack races, and an art fair, and let’s not forget the food, beer and wine.
Wine Wise Sail in Casco Bay
6-8 pm Friday | $65 in advance / $70 day of | Casco Bay | winewiseevents.com
Wine is a welcome beverage in any setting, but tasting your way through Casco Bay aboard an 88-foot schooner…well, that’s a wine experience. Sommelier Erica Archer will guide you in a wine education and discussion on refreshing summer whites from around the world as you sail.
First Friday Art Walk
5-8 pm Friday | Free | Various studios, museums, and galleries, Portland
First Friday Art Walk returns to town, with a host of participating venues showcasing an eclectic mix of art. At Awear’s gallery on Preble Street, art walkers can watch live glassblowing demonstrations, browse the custom onsite artwork, and tour the gallery and studio. Local DJs and beverages will be on hand, too. Festivities begin at 5 pm, DJs from 8-11 pm.
Sunday River Adventure Park
10 am-4 pm Friday-Sunday | $25 adventure pass | Sunday River
Sunday River is for skiers. That’s what people think. And they’re right, except when you take into consideration the ziplines, bike trails, bungee trampoline, geocaching, and hiking. And the disc golf course. Can’t forget the disc golf. In the summer, that mountain becomes an awful nice place for non-skiers to play, too.
The Color Run
8 am Sunday | Free to volunteer | Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
New to Maine, color runs aren’t about speed (hallelujah). They’re about colored powder. Everywhere. Participants start the run dressed in white, but by the end will look like exploded rainbows, having been showered with colored powder along the course. This race is sold out (oh no!) but volunteers are still needed to chuck the color onto the runners. (It’s all the fun, with none of the run!)
But wait! There’s another color run happening in Brunswick in August called Color Me Rad, so if you missed out this time, you can still do some color running this summer: www.colormerad.com