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Posted: November 7, 2013

Bed races, chili challenge & some insane skiing: 5 things to do in maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

The temperature has gotten notably cooler lately. Thankfully, the events happening this weekend are a perfect blend of winter preparation and cold-weather management. If you’re ready to embrace winter and all its snow (or you maybe need a little encouragement), check out Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” and get excited about playing in the white stuff. If you need tools to fend off the cold, look to the Chili and Chowder Challenge or learn to make mead (mead is also good at giving you that wonderful warm feeling inside). Wear your pajamas in public in Brunswick on Saturday and watch the annual bed races, or cozy up with a fine late-fall dinner at the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

For the weekend of Nov 15-17

1. Ride vicariously

Photo by Ted Ligety, Greenland

warren miller’s “ticket to ride”

8 pm Friday | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | $27 |
The ski season is coming. Let Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” get you inspired for the slopes. The film series takes viewers on an action-packed journey to some of the world’s most amazing places. And if, like me, you can’t ski a molehill, at least you can tackle the mountains vicariously (with less risk of head injury, to boot!).

2. Shop in pajamas, cheer on the beds

Shannon Bryan photo

early bird sale & rolling slumber bed races

6 am (shopping) and 11 am (bed race) | Downtown Brunswick |
We need more reasons to stay in our pajamas all day. And while wearing out sleeping attire out in public is still frowned upon in most situations (work, court appearances), pajamas are encouraged during the Early Bird Sale. Those PJs will even score you discounts at local shops, which are opening at 6 am on Saturday. At 11 am, the Rolling Slumber Bed Races kick off by Park Row. Local businesses and organizations race beds on wheels while dressed in themed costumes. It’s quite a sight.

3. Eat chili

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annual chili & chowder challenge

11 am-3 pm Saturday | Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish | $5 adults, $3 children |
They say imaging yourself in a warmer climate helps you fend off the chill this time year. Some mind over matter thing. You know what else works? Chili. And chowder. This annual event at Schoolhouse Arts couldn’t have come at a better time. Enjoy the taste of some of Maine’s best chilis and chowders, see who wins top prize, and take advantage of the vendors and raffles. There will also be musical entertainment and activities for the kids.

4. Make mead photo

meadmaking workshop

Noon-3 pm Saturday | The Honey Exchange, Portland | $50 |
Mead has made a welcomed comeback in recent years. And why shouldn’t it? The honey wine is delicious. And yes, you should go out and buy mead from one of Maine’s fine local meadmakers. But you can also learn to make it yourself. This workshop includes some Mead history and lore, instruction, and (for a few extra coins) you’ll also have an optional opportunity to brew your own batch of mead and take it (and all the equipment) home with you.

5. Dine at the garden

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens photo

kitchen garden series dinner

6-8 pm Sunday | Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay | $90 |
It’ll be a fine Sunday dinner at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Chef Ray Franklyn of Solo Bistro in Bath will prepare a delightful multi-course meal and you’ll get to eat it.  Wine and gratuities are included in the price. And by the by, the gardens happen to be open year-round and are beautiful any time of year. (Read: Check out the gardens!)

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