Posted: December 1, 2015
Golden Chariot, Trolley Caroling & Santacon: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend
Laugh at winter, sing carols from a trolley car and dress like Santa for an Old Port bar crawl. Welcome to December, people.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Winter Brew Haha
8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Banded Horn Brewery, 13-W, 32 Main St., Biddeford. $5. www.bandedhorn.com
The comics of Portland Comedy Co-op know it's not technically winter yet, but considering most of us are now wearing socks every day and/or have turned the heat on - at least a little - it might as well be winter. Might as well start it off on a high note, with comedy and beer. $5 admission and you can buy and Banded Horn beers on tap! (Brew Haha graphic)
An Evening of Comedy and Cocktails
8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Portland House of Music, Portland. $12 in advance, $15 day of. www.portlandhouseofmusic.com
Comedy. Booze. It's a fine combination happening at Portland House of Music. Comedians include Karen Morgan, Kate Ghiloni, Stephanie Doyle, Anna Cranage Conatha and Audra Medunitza Welton.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Mill Creek Park, South Portland. Many activities free. www.facebook.com
Now if this isn't good old-fashioned fun, I don't know what is. Eat hot cider, hot dogs, meatball heroes, cupcakes, hot chocolate and s'mores and sing along to Christmas carols with the South Portland High School and Middle School chorus students. Once properly in the spirit, visit Santa at City Hall or go on a horse drawn carriage ride through the park. Then watch the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Now that's some holiday. (Press Herald file photo)
Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pat's Pizza, 30 Market St., Portland. (Continues on to multiple bars around Portland's Old Port, although the official itinerary not yet released. Check Facebook for the latest). Free to participate. www.facebook.com
Hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Rudolphs, Mistletoes, Christmas trees, Abominable Snowmen and Elves turn out for a festive bar crawl. This is the seventh year for Santacon in Portland and it just keeps getting bigger and more festive. And remember, you're representing Santa out there, so be jolly, be generous and don't drink too much. (Press Herald file photo)
Golden Chariot Ride & Cocktail Party
5 p.m. Friday. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport. $25. www.trolleymuseum.org
It's a trolley-meets-hot-toddy experience! The event takes place two evenings only, Friday, December 4 and Friday, December 11. (the dates correspond to Kennebunkport's annual Christmas Prelude, which runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 13). Attendees will get to ride through the wintry Maine woods in one of the museum's gorgeous cars. Afterward, they'll partake in a cocktail party to warm up. To reserve your spot: 207-967-2800 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Shannon Bryan photos)
Chester Greenwood Day
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Farmington. www.downtownfarmington.com
5K run/walk, cookie walk and white elephant sale, parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, gingerbread house contest, chili challenge, festival of trees, the Annual Polar Dip at Clearwater Lake.
Trolley Christmas Caroling
5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, trolley picks up in front of City Hall, 55 Front St., Bath. Free. visitbath.com
Buddy the Elf says, "the best way to spread Christmas is cheer singing loud for all to hear." It's even better if you're singing from a trolley that's rolling through downtown. Part of Bath's Old Fashioned Christmas, the trolley singing happens Friday and Saturday nights all month. Bring a blanket, hot cocoa and your singing voice! (Downtown Bath photo)
Annual Dance Concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College, 3725 College St., Brunswick, free but tickets required, 207-725-3375
See faculty-directed choreography for students with live, original music by composer Shamou and performances to music ranging from the Brazilian pop classic "Tiko Tiko" to Louis Armstrong's "Alligator Crawl."
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $5. wolfesneckfarm.org/night-tree-event
You and your family can partake in a holiday tradition inspired by Eve Bunting's book "Night Tree." The story tells of a family that feeds forest animals by making decorations for a special tree. You'll read the story together and decorate pine cones with birdseed and string popcorn, dried fruit and cranberries followed by a short hike on the trails to leave these treats for the animals. Reservations suggested.
7 p.m. Saturday. Tuscan Opera House, Main Street, Dixfield, $10. jeffrapsis.com
Watch comedic icon of early cinema, Charlie Chaplin, in the 1921 silent film "The Kid" along with other shorter Chaplin pictures with live music from Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire based silent film accompanist. "The Kid" is considered to be a breakthrough, feature length comedy/drama. Rapsis will also provide background on Chaplin's career and the other Chaplin shorts being screened. "The Kid" follows the story of a tramp played by Chaplin who tries to raise an orphan boy on his own.
Repeal Day Ball
7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. $10. www.facebook.com
Remember when Prohibition happened? More importantly, remember when Prohibition was repealed (it was December 5, 1933)? That was better. Celebrate Repeal Day with Prohibition-era attire and cocktails from the good folks of Sonny's, Central Provisions and Portland Hunt + Alpine Club.
7 p.m. Wednesday. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, $5 suggested donation. 207-871-1700
Join host Lynne Cullen for an evening of swapping stories and an open mic. The featured performance will be from Jamie Pearson with his musical stories. He's a veteran of punk and ska bands in the UK and uses his talents on the bass, guitar, mandolin, melodica and whatever else he can get his hands on to make sounds. (Courtesy photo)
For the weekend of Dec. 3-6, 2015
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