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Posted: October 8, 2013

Harry Potter, cornhole & wine sail: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

There’s no denying it: Fall’s been pretty darn good to us so far. And this weekend’s looking to be another beauty. Take advantage of the fact that there isn’t eight inches of snow on the ground and/or sleet pouring from the heavens (because, mark my words, there will be in the not-too-distant future) and hit the First Friday Art Walk. If you’re willing to turn off your cellphone for a few minutes, you can even have a free conversation in Monument Square with a member of Guerrilla Downtown. The Italian Heritage Center goes country with cornhole, Jello shots, line dancing, and a mechanical bull, and apples are celebrated at Gilsland Farm. And if the combination of wine, sailboats, and sunset sounds appealing (it should, because it’s perhaps the most appealing trifecta known to humankind) then you’ll probably very much enjoy the Wine Wise foliage and sunset sail.

For the week of Oct 4-6, 2013

1. Laugh at Harry Potter

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“Potted Potter,” a Harry Potter Parody

7 pm Thursday | $40 to $60 | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | www.portlandovations.org
Reading is awesome. But it does take time. And we’re busy with important stuff like Orange is the New Black. Thankfully this Harry Potter parody will condense all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into one 70-minute performance, saving you the effort of reading those pages and pages of words. Also, it will be funny!


2. Talk and art walk. For free!

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first friday art walk

5-8 pm Friday | Free | Downtown Portland | www.liveworkportland.org/arts/walk
Studios and galleries are open for your perusal.
All this texting, emailing, and messaging we do means we’re doing a lot more typing and a lot less talking. In an effort to remedy the situation – at least for a few minutes – Guerrilla Downtown is offering free conversations in Monument Square. Yep. Free conversation. Sans cellphone. Participants will select a topic of conversation from a menu of subjects and “experience the face-to-face social media of social interaction.” Otherwise known as: Talking.


3. Ride the mechanical bull

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Red Solo Cup Dance Party

7 pm Friday | $15 | Italian Heritage Center, Portland | On facebook
Sure, the Italian Heritage Center isn’t the first place you think of when someone says “cornhole” or “Jello shots” or “mechanical bull.” But maybe it should be. The Red Solo Cup event is Western madness, with line dancing lessons, a cornhole tourney, a mechanical bull, and DJ Jeff Rockwell. You’re encouraged to arrive in Western attire.


4. Sip wine with the sunset

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Wine Wise Fall Foliage & Sunset Sail

5-7 pm Saturday | $65 in advance / $75 day of event | Aboard Frances on Casco Bay | www.winewiseevents.com
Three words: Wine. Sailboat. Sunset. I think that pretty much sums it up, but if you want more details how about this: It’s a wine education on Casco Bay. This particular event will highlight the wines of Bordeaux, France. And if you can’t make it this Saturday, there’s another wine sail next weekend.


5. Crush some apples

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Maine Audubon’s Annual Apple Day Celebration

10 am-2 pm Saturday | Free | Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth | maineaudubon.org
Celebrate apples the best way we know how: By crushing them in a cider press! Because there’s no better way to express your affection than to squeeze the dickens out of the things you love. The afternoon at Gilsland Farm includes live music, apple press demonstrations, food, crafts and activities for kids. Also, it’s free!


6. Fair while you still can!

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Fryeburg Fair

Fryeburg Fairgrounds | $10 | Through Sunday | www.fryeburgfair.com
Maine’s biggest fair continues this weekend, but it isn’t going to go on forever. If you want a piece of Fryeburg, you better get on it. (And while you’re there, do pet a few goats and eat some fried Oreos.)

The Best of Fryeburg

I’ve been to plenty of fairs before, but Monday was my first time at Fryeburg. That means I can say with confidence: This fair is huge. I spent an hour wandering around to get the lay of the land, using the Ferris wheel like the North Star to guide me back to where I started. Here’s what else I learned.

A first-timer’s guide to Fryeburg Fair

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