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Posted: June 12, 2014

Haunted ME, lobster bake and music cruise: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

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We’ve finally hit that time of year when we can do just about everything outside: eat lobster, see live music, watch a movie. This weekend boasts movie night on the patio at Bayside Bowl, a community lobster bake with SailMaine, and a music cruise on Casco Bay. It’s also Cape Elizabeth’s annual Family Fun Day (hello, hot air balloon ride!), with a parade, dog show, games and food. There’s some great live music indoors, too.

For the weekend of June 12-15, 2014

1. Check out (supposedly) haunted Maine places.

Haunt ME Soiree

9 p.m. Friday | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $8 | space538.org
Southern Maine’s paranormal investigators, Haunt ME, launch the second season of their web series at Space. The series investigates locations believed to be haunted to see if their is any validity to the claims. There will also be music and dancing with General Vibe, Altered Gee, Video Nasties, and DJ KTTN MTTNZ. As noted on their website: “Paranormal experiences not guaranteed.”

For more Friday the 13th stuff, check out: The horror! Celebrate the superstitious with these Friday the 13th events


2. Eat lobster. Play games

The best kind of lobster: The eaten kind. Press Herald file photo

The best kind of lobster: The eaten kind. Press Herald file photo

Community Lobster Bake

5 to 8 p.m. Saturday | SailMaine, Portland | $25 | www.sailmaine.org
Eat lobster for a good cause this weekend. The Community Lobster Bake is a full-course Maine lobster bake at SailMaine’s headquarters right along the Portland waterfront. There’ll be a cash bar, music and games, too, and proceeds benefit SailMaine’s community sailing programs.


3. Dance to 80s on the water

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Music Cruise with Racer X

7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday | Aboard Casco Bay Lines, Portland | $14 in advance/$15 day of | cascobaylines.com
Travel back in musical time aboard a Casco Bay Lines ferry. 80s cover band Racer X will supply the danceable 80s tunes, and you’re encouraged to dress the part. There’s a cash bar on board, and when you need to cool off from all that dancin’, step out onto the deck for an ocean breeze and the cool Portland skyline.


4. Watch Kellie Pickler

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Kellie Pickler

8 p.m. Friday | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | $25 to $50 | www.statetheatreportland.com
Since gaining fame on the TV show “American Idol” for her spunky charm and powerful voice, Kellie Pickler has gone on to become a bonafide country star. She’ll play Portland Friday with Sam Grow as the opener.


5. Ride in a hot air balloon. Show off your dog

From the Cape Elizabeth Fun Day Parade. Press Herald file photo

From the Cape Elizabeth Fun Day Parade. Press Herald file photo

Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth | Free admission | capeelizabeth.com
Fort Williams has a pretty spectacular view of Casco Bay already. It’s even better from a hot air balloon. The morning balloon rides are just part of the annual Family Fun Day in Cape Elizabeth. There’s also a parade, dog show, Mad Science show, arts and crafts and an inflatable obstacle course. The day kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m.


6. Hear some heartfelt music

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Greg Brown

7:30 p.m. Saturday | Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath | $30 in advance, $33 at the door | www.chocolatechurcharts.org
If you’re looking for a good ole hootenanny, folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown will be at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath Saturday. You might know Brown as the founder of the iconic “Red House” folk label, or as the former musical director for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show. Or maybe you don’t know he’s been influencing folk music with his songwriting for several decades. Either way, this is a chance for you to hear some heartfelt music.


7. Laugh at other people’s embarrassments

Mortified: Portland

7:30 p.m. Saturday | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $10 non-members, $8 members | space538.org
Be a witness to your fellow Mainers’ most embarrassing stories. Locals will share childhood truths that related to specific artifacts from their youth. It’s an over-sharing experience that is sure to entertain, because really, there is nothing boring about childhood memorabilia when there’s a mortifying memory attached to it.

More free (or nearly free) things to do

Lovers of Fiction with The Feather Lungs

9:30 p.m. Friday, Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland. $5, 21-plus. portlandempire.com

Here’s a live music option worth consideration. Lovers of Fiction are a project created by USM professor Dan Sonenberg, who is known for composing off-the-wall operas and chamber music. His posse of proteges includes multi-instrumentalists Jimmy Dority of Foam Castles and Sam Chandler of Theodore Treehouse. You’ll hear funk, vaudeville, Zappa, math rock, alt.county and more with three- and four-part vocal harmonies.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series with poet Jaime Martin

7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bull Feeney’s Yeats Room, 375 Fore St., Portland. $3 to $5 suggested donation. portveritas.com

Port Veritas hosts Portland’s longest running spoken word series and this week, along with their open mic, you’ll hear from New Jersey poet Jaime Martin. Martin’s a writer, performer, comic artist and proudly a professional nerd.

Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social

6 p.m. Wednesday. Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth. Free. maineaudubon.org
Enjoy Toots ice cream and live music while you make your way through historic peony gardens. Between licks, learn about becoming a member of Maine Audubon and mingle with the Peony Circle of Friends.

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