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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com 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 Mainetoday.com. 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 about...music of course.
Steampunk, magic, 80s music and birds: 4 things to do this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Southern Maine Steampunk Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, $2, free for members. brickstoremuseum.org
Steampunk is all about anachronistic technologies or "retro-futuristic" inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them. Fashion, culture, architectural style, invention and art all play into the steampunk aesthetic and you can immerse yourself in it with a visit to Kennebunk. The Steampunk Fair will feature Victorian-futuristic art and crafts, entertainment by Dark Follies, Victorian lawn games, steampunk-inspired crafters and artisans, tea service and much more.
6:30 p.m. Thursday. Memorial Park, Sawyer Road, Scarborough (rain location Scarborough High School) scarboroughcommunitychamber.com
Though the calendar might tell you it's 2015, you'll think you're back in the 80s with a fun night of recognizable tunes from The Awesome. You'll hear the full spectrum from the decade from the likes of Bananarama, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tears For Fears, Talking Heads, Hall and Oates countless others. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!
Peter Boie Magic Show
6 p.m. Thursday. Village Fire Station, North Street, Kennebunkport, free. 976-2778
You and any kids you might know will have a fantastic time as you take in mind-blowing magic and side-splitting comedy from Peter Boie. The show is suitable for all ages, young children should be accompanied by an adult and the event's sponsor, The Louis T. Graves library, asks that you call ahead and pre-register.
Bird & Nature Walk
7 to 9 a.m. Thursdays. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, $8 non-members, $5 members. maineaudubon.org/events/thursday-morning-bird-walks
Through early November you can start your Thursday mornings off in the great outdoors along the Presumscot River estuary. A guide leads a weekly bird and nature walk and you'll take an easy stroll through Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm Sanctuary looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars and meet in the main parking lot.