One word describes this weekend: Apples. On Friday, meet John Bunker and learn the history of apples in Maine…while drinking hard cider. On Saturday, it’s Apple Day at Gilsland Farm and Sunday, get on your bike and orchard hop during AppleCycle. There’s also some cigar smoking and comedy watching this weekend, plus a fall festival in Freeport.
For the weekend of October 2-5, 2014
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday | Victoria Mansion, Portland | $75 | www.victoriamansion.org or 772-4841 ext. 102
This popular smoker event returns to the Mansion with pre-embargo Partagas and La Corona Cuban cigars. Enjoy these rare cigars on the lawn along with Madeira wines and light refreshments. Rain date is Oct. 9.
7 to 9 p.m. Friday | Gilsland Farm, Portland | $15, $10 Audubon members, 21+ | maineaudubon.org/events/an-evening-with-john-bunker/
John Bunker, author of “Not so Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchard of Palermo, Maine,” will share a history of apple trees in Maine and how you can plant a successful apple tree in your yard. There will also be heirloom apples and hard cider, on hand, as well as fruit wines and mead from Kennebec Cider, Maine Mead Works, Tree Spirit and Urban Farm Fermentory.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday | Gilsland Farm, Portland | $7 for adults and children, free for Audubon members | maineaudubon.org
It’s an apple-centric afternoon at the historic apple orchards of Gilsland Farm. There will be a cider press and apple toss, as well as live music, crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, beehives and more.
7 p.m. Friday | Chaps Saloon, Buxton | $20 includes dinner | stripwreckedburlesque.wordpress.com
Stripwrecked Burlesque will perform for a Bikers against Breast Cancer event at Chaps Saloon in Buxton. The event will have a dinner buffet and a peepshow.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday | Various venues around Portland | $35, $50 VIP | www.saltwaterfest.com
One ticket, three days, multiple venues. Celtic music fans will find an impressive lineup of traditional and contemporary Celtic music from all of the Celtic nations, the U.S. and Canada, plus dance and music workshops, coracle building demonstration and more.
8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) Saturday | Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland | Free | www.facebook.com/events/771698596207050/
Portland Comedy Co-Op is turning two. To celebrate, they’re taking over Local Laughs at Asylum (and possibly smearing a Cookie Monster-themed cake on their faces, because that’s what two-year-olds do, right?). The free show includes performances from all six members of the co-op plus guest appearances by WBLM’s Brett Groh and others.
Saturday and Sunday | L.L. Bean campus, Freeport | Free | freeportfallfestival.com
This two-day festival is part art, part music, part food and all Maine. Over 100 artists exhibit their work – from watercolor to mixed media to jewelry. Live music all day and plenty of local vendors at the Maine Marketplace. There are also art activities for the kids.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday | Bunganut Pond, Lyman | $75 | www.bikeapplecycle.com
Go biking for apples this weekend with AppleCycle. The course passes by some of Maine’s prettiest apple orchards during prime picking season and includes pit stops at Doles and McDougal Orchards. There’s also a lakeside lunch of wood-fired pizza. Choose the 17-mile, 30-mile or 62-mile route.
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday. Fryeburg Fairgrounds, 1154 Main St. $10, free for under 12, fryeburgfair.org
There’s still time to revel in the state’s largest agricultural fair. Check out the Fryeburg Fair’s exhibit halls, harness racing, livestock shows, midway and of course plenty of food and merriment.
Free Organ Tours and Demos
5 p.m. Friday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. free, foko.org
After a lengthy renovation the historic Kotzschmar Organ is back in Portland. Join municipal organist Ray Cornils and FOKO docents during First Friday Art Walk for a tour and an earful of glorious sound.
Maine State Button Society Show and Sale
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Alumni Hall, 649 Elm St., Biddeford, free admission, mainebuttons.com
Buttons are ubiquitous, functional and quite often quite beautiful. The Maine State Button Society invites you to lay your eyes on antique and modern buttons, some of which will be for sale on Saturday. The theme of the show is “Exploring the World of Buttons,” so you can expect to both look and learn.
Stories on the Staircase
9:30 a.m. Friday. The Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, free, 772-4841 ext. 104 to pre-register. www.victoriamansion.org
Victoria Mansion invites kids ages 3-5 for a story hour and tour tailored just for them. The theme is creepy and crawly and each child will get a take home activity relating to the book. The series continues for two more Fridays on October 10 and 17.