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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: June 10, 2015

On the Cheap: Budget-friendly things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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Civil War Reenactment Weekend

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, $10, $6 ages 6 to 12, free 5 and younger;

This Civil War reenactment will include living history demonstrations, exhibits and plenty more. Sponsored by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company, the weekend will benefit Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum.

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The Whirling Thunder Memorial Pow Wow

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road, Eliot, free;

Get ready for an old-fashioned family friendly pow wow to celebrate the life of Paul Bullock, Whirling Thunder. Festivities include three formal dance sessions, a hand drum competition featuring The Iron River Singers and The Smoke Trail Singers and much more.

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Seanachie Nights presents Shamrock & Thistle

7 p.m. Monday, Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, $9 suggested donation;

Actress and storyteller Libby Franck will regale listeners with tales from Ireland and Scotland. You’ll hear stories from the Emerald Isle intertwined with the stories of three women from the Boston Public Library who have influenced Franck; Ruth Sawyer, Ruth Hill Viguers and Martha C. Engler. You’ll also enjoy a magical tale of music and fairies before the night is through.

Tony Rielly acts out "Ulysses for Beginners," a humorous, hour-long rendition of Jame Joyce's "Ulysses" back in 2010.  Kat Franchino/Press Herald file photo

Tony Rielly acts out “Ulysses for Beginners,” a humorous, hour-long rendition of Jame Joyce’s “Ulysses” back in 2010. Kat Franchino/Press Herald file photo

‘Ulysses For Beginners’

7 p.m. Tuesday, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, free;

Bloomsday is the annual celebration in June of Irish writer James Joyce. Tony Reilly, co-founder of the American Irish Repertory Ensemble, presents a rollicking performance as he guides us through Joyce’s novel “Ulysses.” With scenes, songs, humor and plenty of irreverence, Reilly explains the famous storyline in an one hour.

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