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Posted: November 4, 2013

Beer hunt, tweed ride & Leatherface’s chili: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend will be perfect for a beer scavenger hunt, because weekends are always a great time to hunt for beer. Portland Beer Week is coming to a close on Sunday, so check the schedule for all the weekend events. And remember, you can still drink beer the rest of the year, so all is not lost. There’s a Tweed Ride, too, for those of us who are fond of fake British accents and wool, and a Medieval feast for folks who have a strong dislike for utensils. And comic fans shouldn’t miss Comicon, or their chance to serve chili to Leatherface.

For the weekend of Nov 8-10:

1. Scavenge for beer

Portland Running Tours graphic

Beer Week Scavenger Hunt

1 pm Saturday | $20 | Start at at Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland | portcityrunningtours.com
If you’re going to spend the day scrambling around town, tracking clues and solving riddles, shouldn’t it be in the name of beer? Port City Running tours is putting on this event (they have a regular brewery run every Saturday) to celebrate Portland Beer Week, which continues through Sunday. They say: “this scavenger hunt will test your knowledge, and Google skills, as you travel up to 5 miles through the streets of Portland, visiting bars, breweries, and landmarks in an attempt to be the fastest team to complete the challenge.”

More on Portland Beer Week: portlandbeerweek.org


2. Ride like yesteryear

Gillian Cridler photo

Tweed Ride

1 pm Saturday | Free | Meet in Monument Square, Portland | www.meetup.com/Portland-Bike-Commuting
Some cyclists commute. Some race. Some fly across the moon with an alien life form in their bike basket. But during the Portland Tweed Ride, it’s not about getting anywhere. It’s about riding a bike for the sake of riding a bike. And wearing tweed. Meet at Monument Square for a leisurely 5-10 mile ride around Portland and final stop at Novare Res.


3. Get medieval

Franco Center photo

Medieval Feast

6 pm Friday and Saturday | $35 for adults and children | Franco Center, Lewiston | www.francocenter.org
Eat with your hands, dress like a knight (or a damsel) and solve a murder-mystery! The no-utensils dinner menu includes soup and a dinner roll, a meat turnover, half a chicken and pumpkin pie. To entertain you between courses, the Medieval Players, a group of volunteer actors, will stage an original play that unfolds over several acts. But wait, there’s more! Included in the evening are Medieval-era “commercials,” the Dragon Wing-eating contest, and a costume contest.


4. Shop for the holidays. Wait, already!?

Press Herald file photo

State Street Holiday Stroll

9 am-3 pm Saturday | Free | State Street, Portland
We haven’t even thought about Thanksgiving yet (excluding the time we always spend each week to daydream about large meals in our future) and it’s already holiday craft fair season. Venues along State Street in Portland will host an array of vendors selling boutique crafts, jewelry, photography, pottery, holiday decorations, toys, books, yard sale and more. There’ll be food, like chowder, chili, home baked breads and desserts,and Santa will be in attendance.


5. Go Comicon

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Leatherface Chili Cook-Off at Coast City Comicon

2-3 pm Saturday (Comicon runs Saturday & Sunday)| $25 one day, $35 weekend |
Double Tree Hilton, South Portland | coastcitycomicon.com
Coast City Comicon runs Saturday and Sunday with a pretty eclectic schedule, including live pro wresting, film screenings, Q&As, a costume contest, panels, vendors, artists, and more. But Saturday’s chili cook-off is particularly amazing because horror icon Gunnar Hansen, aka Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, will be judging! I can only imagine what he’ll do if he doesn’t like your chili.

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