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Posted: June 26, 2013

Greek, swap, raid, speakeasy: 6 things to do this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Rain won’t hinder anything going on this weekend, thanks in large part to giant tents. The Greek Festival is safe regardless of precipitation, and the MaineSwap and Speakeasy are both inside. And as for the Urban Raid? You’ll already be climbing walls, sprinting up hills, and carrying sand bags for the fun of it, so what’s a little rain?

1. Baklava! Spanakopita! Souvlaki!

Greek Festival
11 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday | Free admission | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Portland
Three cheers for big tents. The rain won’t hamper another delicious Greek Festival, where people line up for good reason. The food – like dolmades, kourabiedes, loukomades, spanakopita, baklava, and lamb souvlaki – is made with love by church members. And the love shines through. Greek festivities, dancing, and music, too!
FMI: Greek Festival

We scoped out the Greek Festival!

We took the liberty of going to the Greek Festival when it first opened at 11 am Thursday to eat, eat, and eat. We took some photos, too, so you can see for yourself what it all looks like. Beware: You WILL want to eat all of it.

Photos: Greek food galore at Portland Greek Festival. Now!

2. Flapper Dresses, Jazz, and Prohibition-Era Libations

Rachel’s Speakeasy
6-10 pm Thursday | $20 in advance/$25 at the door | Museum L-A, Lewiston
It’s an evening of Prohibition-era libations and jazz during the first of Rachel’s Speakeasy events. There will be jazz, and attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire (think flapper dresses, fedora hats, and pin-stipped suits). You’ll even need a password to get in. And if you can’t make this one, Museum L-A will be hosting the Speakeasy once a month through September.

3. Experimental Theater, Dance, Performance

Jimmy Grzelak photo, who’ll be performing “How To Be A Terrorist” on Friday at 7 pm at SPACE Gallery, and on Saturday at 8 pm at PSC Storefront.

PortFringe 2013
Wednesday-Sunday | $10 per show/$25 three-show pass | Various venues, Portland
Things are getting experimental here in Portland this weekend. Maybe you’ve noticed. PortFringe runs for five days (it’s already begun) and includes theater, puppet shows, film, performance, a Beastie Boys tribute, dancing, a never-married hypochondriac, some comedy, and, well, lots of other stuff. And the price-point ain’t bad at all.
The full schedule:

4. Wear someone else’s pants

SwapMaine photo

10 am-1 pm | Free/$5/$10 | East End Community School, Portland
Last year’s summer clothes? Maybe you’re just not feeling them this year. And maybe you’ve had a bag full of pants and shoes and accessories that are still in great shape, but you just don’t want to wear them anymore. That’s okay. Let them find a good home with someone new during SwapMaine’s Saturday swap. Drop off clothes in advance to get free admission the day of the swap. Bring clothes to swap on Saturday and get in for only $5. Or just come ready to find some new attire and pay $10 to swap away.

Got SwapMaine questions?

Free clothes. A charitable donation. A new summer wardrobe. And free coffee. Now if you need even more reasons why you should be coming to our fifth ever Swap Maine event on June 29, click on through.

SwapMaine is this weekend! Still have questions? I’ve got answers!

5. Obstacles, urban elements & feeling like a superhero

A tough Urban Raid participant takes on an extra load during last year’s Urban Raid in Portland.Raid Series photo

Urban Raid
10 am Saturday | $65 | Starts at Ocean Gateway, Portland
If you were a gritty street cop chasing a purse-stealing good-for-nuthin’, you’d probably dodge pedestrians, hurdle garbage cans, and scale shaky chain-link fences with the determination of a superhero. And you’d catch that jerk. The Urban Raid is kind of like that, except there will only be good guys on the road with you. Expect a 3.1-mile course that uses the city landscape and urban elements to create a challenging course through the city. Expect also to feel like a superhero.

6. Savasana on the sea

Shannon Bryan photo

Yoga Sail
2-5 pm Saturday | $50 | Aboard Frances, Maine State Pier, Portland
Savasana just feels better on a sailboat. Sure, tree pose is slightly harder to hold when the boat deck is gently tilting one way and then the next under your bare feet (or foot, in this case), but no one at this season’s inaugural Yoga Sail seemed to mind. So whether you’re a regularly practicing yogi or entirely new to the notion of reverse warrior, triangle, and the impressive-if-you-can (I can’t) eagle, please, climb aboard!

We tried it!

We went to the inaugural Yoga Sail last week. And it was amazing. Check out some photos and see what it’s really like to do savasana on a sailboat:

Yoga Sails in Casco Bay: Putting the “mast” in namaste

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