Posted: October 13, 2015
Ghostport, Tweed Ride & Maine Wine in the City: 14 things to do in Maine this weekend
Enjoy some Halloween-inspired events this weekend, like Ghostport (pumpkin trebuchet!), Fright at the Fort, Wicked 5K and Mourning at the Mansion. Plus, run in costume, drink wine and enjoy sauerkraut and beer at The Velveteen Habit.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Mourning at the Mansion
6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland. $25 adults, $20 mansion members, $15 for children 17 and under (this event is not recommended for children under 12). www.victoriamansion.org
Learn about the mourning practices our Victorian forebears, some of which might seem strange by today's standards. This themed tour will cover the customs of the time, from how to dress and eat to how to best entertain guests while mourning. After the tour, watch a one-act play, "A Vigil for Aunt Eleanor," written for this event. (Press Herald file photo)
8 p.m. Friday (doors open at 7 p.m.), State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. damnationland.com
Murderous women in a small Maine town (it's a comedy!), vampire poets, ancient evils and a hyper-connected future. These are the plots of some of the Maine-made movies being screened during "Damnationland 2015." All the short films are produced by locals and they're all terrifying in their own funny/scary/creepy way. After the premiere, there are additional screenings in Portland, Ogunquit, Bridgton, Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston and Presque Isle. Oh, and Singapore, too, if you happen to be in the neighborhood. (Courtesy photo from the film "Misandry")
Maine Wine in the City
5 to 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 to 9 p.m. Friday, US Custom House. 312 Fore St., Portland. $30. www.mainewinetrail.com
With all the beer events and beer fests lately, it's about time the wine lovers got some love. And there's a lot of wine love here. Eighteen wineries from around the state will be pouring and attendees will get to sample away. There will also be local cheese makers there. (Promotional graphic)
Local Laughs 2nd Annual Ladies Night
8:30 p.m. Friday, Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. Free, 21-plus. portlandasylum.com
Get your side split and your entire being completely and utterly cracked up by heading to the Local Laughs 2nd Annual Ladies night. Brett Groh will play host to four female comics who will do everything they can to have you rolling in the aisles. You'll witness Aimee Poulin, Gwen Tuttle, Kate Ghiloni and Stephanie Doyle working their comedic magic.
Fright at the Fort
5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Fort Knox, Prospect . $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under ($12 for adult express ticket, $7 child express ticket). fortknox.maineguide.com
Who knows what's happened inside Fort Knox since it was established in 1844. There's bound to be a whole host of specters hanging out there. And you'll likely run into most of them during Fright at the Fort, which continues for the next two weekends. Also this Saturday, just across the water, you can launch a pumpkin from a trebuchet during Ghostport. Coincidence? I think not. (Press Herald file photo)
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Bucksport. ghostportme.com
For a two-fer, go to Ghostport and end with Fright at the Fort. One of the coolest things at Ghostport is the pumpkin trebuchet, where people catapult gourds into the river. There will also be fireworks, coffin races, a little goblins parade, chili cook-off, pumpkin-carving contests and trunk-or-treating. (Promotional graphic)
Oktoberfest at Velveteen Habit
1:30 p.m. Sunday, The Velveteen Habit, 37 Ogunquit Toad, Cape Neddick. $35 in advance, $45 day of (includes buffet and 2 beer tickets). www.tvhoktoberfest.eventbrite.com
Enjoy backyard German cuisine (sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and candy apples), beer from Allagash Brewing Company, music and lawn games during The Velveteen Habit's Oktoberfest. You're welcome to polka, too. (Courtesy photo)
Lantern making workshop and lantern walk
Workshop: 9 a.m. Saturday, walk: 6 p.m. Sunday, Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Free. Workshop info on Facebook Walk info on Facebook
Make a sweet lantern on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then come back Sunday evening for a lantern walk to see all those lanterns lit up. You're welcome to make your own lantern at home and bring it on Sunday, too. The event is organized by Friends of Deering Oaks Park. (lantern walk poster)
Aroostook County Brew Fest
Noon to 5 p.m Saturday, Big Rock Mountain, 37 Graves Rd, Mars Hill. $35 brew fest, $50 brew fest VIP, $10 designated driver. www.aroostookcountybrewfestival.com
Beer and wine-tasting in Aroostook County! Get to Big Rock Mountain early for the the Toughest Mile and stick around for the brew fest, which features breweries from around the state. VIP session starts at noon, general session starts at 1 p.m. Keg toss is at 4 p.m.! Then stick around for a steak of chicken BBQ supper at the lodge. (Aroostook County Brew Fest logo)
'Mothra' & 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon'
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. $10, free for members. mayostreetarts.org
Head to Mayo Street Arts for a double creature feature with a screening of "Mothra" (1961) then "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954). There will be a photo booth, free popcorn and snacks as well as beer and wine specials. Beware of the giant larva worshipped by island tribesmen and guarded by a tiny pair of twin sisters because before too long, a giant female moth emerges and immense panic ensues! And just when you think it's safe to go back into the Amazonian jungle, you'd better watch out for a prehistoric beast that will pull you beneath the depths...never to return. Dress as your favorite creature and you just might win a prize from one of several local businesses.
3:30 p.m. Sunday, meet in Monument Square, Portland. Free. www.facebook.com
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 (and we mean leisurely) ride around Portland, a stop in Deering Oaks Park and end at Victoria Mansion for hot cider and snacks. (Shannon Bryan photo)
1 p.m. Sunday, starting at The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport. $25 in advance, $29 day of. wicked5k.weebly.com
Run in costume! You may have already run through mud, run through colored powder, or run for beer, but have you ever run dressed like a sumo wrestler? Or skeleton? Or Cootie? (I saw three grown men dressed as one Cootie – go ahead, picture it – at this event a few years back. I hope they return this year). It's a scenic course through Kennebunkport that ends with a lunch buffet – and prizes! New this year: Kids 1K fun run at noon. (Courtesy photo)
'The Poets and The Assassin'
2 p.m. Sunday, University of Maine at Augusta, Jewett Auditorium 46 University Drive. Free. hhrcmaine.org
The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, UMA's Diversity Committee, Capital Area Multi-Faith Association and the Department of Theater and Dance at Bates College present a performance of Reza Jalali's play "The Poets and the Assassin." The plays offers historical and contemporary insight into the plight of women in Iran by challenging our assumption about a land what was once home to the rich Persian civilization. It also portrays Iranian women's struggle against religious and cultural tyranny while countering stereotypes about Muslim women.
Fall Family Festival
3 - 5 p.m. Saturday, Farnsworth Art Museum Sculpture Garden, 16 Museum St., Rockland. Free. farnsworthmuseum.org
Throw your arms around fall as you and the entire family join in seasonal fun that includes free-style pumpkin carving, facepainting, crafts and live music. And just when you think it's over, a parade kicks off from the museum at 5:15 and heads down Main Street. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to the Shoe String Theatre. At the end of the parade, head back to the sculpture garden for a sunset pumpkin lighting.
For the weekend of October 15-18, 2015
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