Sometimes weekends have a theme. They might be festival focused or full-up on food events. They might be drink-heavy or staunchly sober. And this weekend? Well, it’s a strange amalgamation of cigars, chili, foot stompin’, glow sticks, and a signature drink called the “Muttini.” If there’s a theme in there, I can’t find it. Or maybe the theme is simply: The darn weekend!
6-8 pm Thursday | $30 | Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland | portlandharborhotel.com
Fancy a cigar? The Battleground Cigars event is a collaboration between Portland Harbor Hotel and Old Port Wines. Battleground Cigar roller Vikki Tarnowitz will be on hand, as well as Maine artist Ken Hendricksen. You’ll get a three-cigar sampler, hors d’oeuvres, and Shipyard beer.
7 pm Friday | Free | The bandstand, Deering Oaks Park, Portland | www.tellingroom.org/events
Once upon a time, there wasn’t Hulu. We got our stories from each other. And while storytelling can sometimes seem like a rare art form, we all have worthy stories to tell. The Slant events, which benefit The Telling Room, give local community members a chance to tell their stories. The theme this time around: In Uniform. Each storyteller has done his or her time in the trenches – on the beat, at the hospital, within the hallowed walls of a neighborhood church – and each will “tell true tales of the things they witnessed and how they have come out on the other side stronger, wiser and perhaps a little more aware.” And before the outdoor storytelling begins, enjoy a pre-event picnic at 6 pm.
8:30 pm Friday | $40 | 1st Street and beach, Old Orchard Beach | www.rev3glow.com
Glow in the dark shirts, glow sticks, and running! Prizes for the most reflective and flashy. Afterward, a post-race movie and popcorn.
Running is hard. Running in glow-in-the-dark shirts with a fist full of glowsticks along the evening streets and sandy beach of Old Orchard? That’s something different all together. The Rev3 Glow Run is a 5K that starts around sunset and ends with a movie and popcorn. In between, you’ll shine like giant lightning bugs. Prizes given out for the most illuminated folks.
9 am Saturday | $55 | Brunswick Landing, Brunswick | www.colormerad.com
The event website has a fine description I think is worth sharing: “When Zoloft and balloon animals can’t seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K…it’s a 5K that fires off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, color mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate.” You’ll start dressed in white and end up looking like you just wrestled a rainbow.
11 am-6 pm Saturday | Free admission | Lincoln Park, Portland | www.picnicportland.com
Lincoln Park will be flooded with amazing wares this Saturday. There’ll be 100 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, vintage goods, and more. And we’re talking cool stuff, here. Handmade, repurposed, brought-back-to-life, and crafted-from-scratch kinds of stuff. Plus music all day and food!
5-8 pm Saturday | $25 in advance or $30 at the door | Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm, Damariscotta | www.theanimalhouse.net
It’s a celebration of the four-legged wonders of the world – and perhaps a chance to dress your dog in something embarrassingly sparkly! Highlights of this year’s Fur Ball include the Mr. & Mrs. Maine Mutt Pageant (featuring categories in “Talent”, “Best Dressed”, “Most Creative” and “Best in Show”), live music by local favorites the Horseshoe Crabs and two signature drinks: The “Muttini” and the “Catatonic.” The Fur Ball benefits the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
6:30-8:30 pm Saturday | $5 | Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport | wolfesneckfarm.org
Sure, we all like to live on the edge sometimes (I sometimes carry scissors the wrong way and once ate a piece of cheese pizza that had been on the counter for…well…too long). But there’s a time for good, wholesome fun, too. Something the whole family can enjoy. Wolfe’s Neck Farm is hosting a family barn dance, complete with live music and old fashioned foot-stompin’ in their Big Red Barn.
11 am-3 pm Saturday and Sunday | Free admission | Wells Junior High School, Wells | www.wellschilifest.com
Chili! It’s one of winter’s best dishes. But it’s never to warm outside to appreciate some of the best chili around. This annual event includes cook-offs on both days, and the fine weather means you can chow down outside without freezing your fingers off like you do in February.