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We'll help you plan your best summer yet with our annual roundup of can't miss events! Plus we've got a Face the Music interview with vocal powerhouse Josh Groban who is performing in Portland on 6/24. And as always, we'll help you have a terrific weekend with our hand-picked selection of events. Have fun out there!
Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald.
She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.
Maritime Festival in the Kennebunks, Blistered Fingers Festival in Litchfield: 9 Things to Do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Beatles Deconstructed:'Rubber Soul'
6 p.m. Thursday. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, $8, $6 for members and students. portlandmuseum.org Calling all Beatles fanatics! Catch a screening of a documentary that will shine a light on the Beatles' 1965 album "Rubber
Soul," home to classics like "Drive My Car," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "In My Life" and "Nowhere Man." The film takes you
inside a lecture hall for a fascinating and educational look at the inspiration for and making of the album by music producer and
engineer Scott Frieman. Frieman has traveled across the universe giving his "Deconstructing the Beatles" lectures. Image courtesy
of Capital Records
Launch! A Maritime Festival
Thursday through Sunday. Locations in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. launchfestme.com Launch yourself into an array of fabulous events, including the Castaway Cove for Kids, Captain's Cook-Off, River Lights Boat
Parade, Sirens Soirée, Kennebunkport history walking tours, Sailors & Sirens 5K, Rain Gutter Regatta and lots more. Launch! A Maritime
Festival celebrates the community's rich maritime history. Be part of it! Photo by Chris Becker
'A Brief History of Biddeford' book launch
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford, free. mccarthurlibrary.org So you think you know Biddeford? Think again and come help local first-time author and Biddeford native Emma Bouthillette
celebrate the release of her new book, "A Brief History of Biddeford." She'll be reading excerpts from the book and is happy to sign
copies, which will be available for purchase. Did you know that Biddeford was originally called Winter Harbor and was founded by a fella
named Captain Richard Vines way back in 1616? And that's just the tip of the Biddo iceberg. Image courtesy of the
Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival
Thursday to Sunday. Litchfield Fairgrounds, 30 Plains Road, $85 for multi-day pass, individual days $20 to $35. blisteredfingers.com The Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival has been happening every summer since 1991, and its an annual gathering for music fans
of all ages who love banjos, fiddles and lonesome harmonies. The festival attracts local, regional and national acts, and this year's
event features The Gibson Brothers, The Baker Family, The Boxcars, The Deer Creek Boys, Bluegrass Diamonds and more acts than you can
shake a stick – or fiddle – at. Can't make it in June? Not to worry, there's another festival in August. Yeehaw!
NSquared Dance Company
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland, $20, $15 seniors and students. brownpapertickets.com The NSquared Dance Company out of New York City will be making its first visit to Portland as part of its first tour. The
company formed in 2014 and is known for creating narrative-driven works that incorporate a diverse range of movements and contrasting
styles. The Portland performance is called "Four: An Elemental Arrangement," and it will transform and encompass the four elements
water, earth, air and fire in a 33-minute "piece de resistance." The show will also feature three other works from the company's
repertoire, performed with fellow NYC company Koin & Co. Photo by Darial R. Sneed
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Downtown Hallowell, $15, $7 kids, free for under 5, reservations required. redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com Learn about the history of Hallowell in a very ghostly way. You'll be led by a red-cloaked lady who will lead you through town,
where you'll make several stops on back streets and at the oldest building on Water Street. Hallowell has its mysteries and all – or at
least some – will be revealed during this 90-minute, moderate walk. We can't say whether there will be any actual ghosts lurking, but
you never know. Staff photo by Andy Molloy
Greater Gardiner River Festival
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Waterfront Park, Gardiner, free. gardinermainstreet.org Gardiner rocks! Don't believe us? Head there on Saturday for the Greater Gardiner River Festival, and it'll make a believer out
of you. Events include a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts fair, blacksmith demos, free boat rides, talent show, yoga on the boardwalk,
kids games and activities, chainsaw show, fairy village, live music and fireworks. And that's just a partial list. Alessandro
10 a.m. Saturday. Clifford Park, 130 Pool St., Biddeford, free. Facebook Put a gentle, natural twist on your Saturday morning with a mindfulness walk in Biddeford's Clifford Park. You'll meet at the
trail kiosk in the Pool Street parking lot and will take a guided forest walk that will fill up your senses with calm, connection and an
appreciation for the great outdoors. The walk is for all ages and fitness levels, and you'll travel about a mile. Staff photo by
7 p.m. Monday, June 19. Bull Feeney's, 375 Fore St., Portland, $9 suggested donation. lynnecullen.com The Seanachie Nights storytelling series continues with Irish storyteller Jim Hawkins who will have tales and songs from his
homeland, including ones from his childhood. You'll also hear stories by Frank O'Connor and Eamon Kelly. The art of storytelling is kept
alive by groups like Seanachie Nights, and these monthly Monday night gatherings have been happening for