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Posted: May 12, 2015

MayDay Mission, Fiddlehead Fest & Bulldog MUDRUN: 13 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Fiddleheads are a special thing – and fans of the furled greens can feast on a bunch of fiddlehead-centric dishes during the Fiddlehead Foodie Fest in Gray. Fans of mud can have plenty of that during the Bulldog MUDRUN in Portland. It’s also Plow Day at Skyline Farm, the Maine Comics Arts Fest is in Portland and you can win real treasure during an adventure scavenger hunt in Westbrook.

For the weekend of May 14-17, 2015:

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Jason Quigley photo

Rhett Miller with Salim Nourallah

8 p.m. Thursday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20, $40 preferred seating, 18-plus, portcitymusichall.com
Old 97Æs frontman and songwriter Rhett Miller is well into his career, having released four solo albums , along with the nine band ones. His performance in Portland will be a solo one and salim Nourallah will be opening the show. Nourallah is a fixture on the north Texas music scene and he’s got six albums under his belt while also serving as producer to several acts including the Old 97Æs


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Press Herald file photo

Fiddlehead Foodie Fest

7 p.m. Saturday, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 25 Shaker Road, Gray. $20 in advance, $25 day of. fiddleheadcenter.org
Fans of the fiddlehead, this one’s for you. Area chefs will create fiddlehead-inspired dishes that you get to judge. It’s a fiddlehead cooking competition! Allagash Brewing and Woodman’s Hard Cider will also be served.


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Press Herald file photo

Bulldog MUDRUN Challenge

10 a.m. Sunday, Portland Arts and Technology High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland. $20 students, $30 adults, $100 team of four. portlandbulldogchallenge.com/event.html
The course may only be 2.5 miles, but this is no leisurely jaunt. You’ll be met obstacles along the way and lots and lots of mud. The course will be a challenge, but not to worry, it’ll still be a ton of fun, too.


Heroes for Humanity graphic

Heroes for Humanity graphic

Heroes of Humanity MayDay Mission

9 a.m. Saturday, starts at Riverside Park, Main Street, Westbrook. $75 per person, $45 for team captains. www.weareheroesnow.com
Adventure awaits in Westbrook. During the MayDay Mission, participants will bike, run, geocache, strategize and who knows what else as they compete to find over $1000 worth of silver hidden throughout the city (Westbrook has some amazing nooks and crannies). You’ll use your brain, too, during this three-hour challenge. Compete as an individual or as a team. Tickets: tickets.weareheroesnow.com


Plow Day poster

Plow Day poster

Plow Day

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. Free. skylinefarm.org
See first-hand what “horsepower” really looks like. Teams of horses will plow the paddocks at Skyline Farm and you can watch the impressive work. There will also be $5 pony rides, craft demonstrations, gardening talks, adorable goats and the museum will be open. Plenty of grilled and baked goods, too.


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Press Herald file photo

Bug Light Kite Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Bug Light Park, South Portland. Free. www.facebook.com
There’s a reason people are always flying kites at Bug Light Park in South Portland. The open space and perfect wind make it a kite’s paradise. During the festival, there will be plenty of kites in the sky (and kites available for purchase) plus a candy drop for the kids and barbecue fundraiser for South Portland Historical Society.
Read more: Let’s go fly a kite: Bug Light Kite Festival in South Portland on Saturday http://mainetoday.com/do-this-2/lets-go-fly-a-kite-bug-light-kite-festival-in-south-portland-on-saturday/


Taste of Bar Harbor graphic

Taste of Bar Harbor graphic

Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival

Thursday-Sunday, multiple locations in Bar Harbor. $15 dessert competition, $15 pub tour, $85 Chef’s Table. www.barharborinfo.com
It’s a local food festival “celebrating the traditions and flavors of Downeast Maine.” The festival starts Thursday with a Dessert Night Competition/walking tour of tasty desserts. Friday’s Pub Tour affords attendees 10 samples during the tour and Saturday’s Chef’s Table event has chefs cooking their best cuisine for one table each. Which chef’s table will you be seated at? Find out at the pre-dinner reception.


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Amy Paradysz/MaineToday.com file photo

Maine Comics Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, The Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland. $5 admission, kids under 12 free. mainecomicsfestival.com
Over 120 comics writers, artists and publishers will be under one roof during the Maine Comics Arts Festival. There will also be workshops and panels and featured guests like Chip Zdarsky, writer and artist for both Marvel Comics and Image Comics.

On the cheap

Music at the Museum: Composers in the Dark Room of Creativity
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9500 College Station, Brunswick, free; tickets required, 207-725-3330
For an evening of music and art convergence, head to Brunswick. You’ll listen to pianist George Lopez perform works from Beethoven to Rachmaninov and Schumann during a performance designed to complement the exhibit “A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell.”

‘Stories From the Seven Seas’
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston, free, 207-786-6135
For something very different and quite artistic, check out an Indonesian-Sri Lankan-American wayang golek (rod-puppetry) collaboration with the Bates College Short Term Gamelan. The show features Indonesian guest artists and Sulochana Dissanayake, who has worked extensively in traditional West Javanese puppet theater performance.

Carolyn Currie
10 a.m. Saturday, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland Center, free, 207-829-2215
Start your Saturday morning off on a musical note as singer-songwriter Carolyn Currie plays her soulful, Celtic-influenced original folk tunes. Currie, born in England, is knows for her poetic lyrics. She released her debut CD “No Heroes,” in 1995.

‘Fairy Tales … With a Twist’
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner, $8, $5 kids, johnsonhall.org
Pile the kids – and the young at heart – into the car and head to Gardiner for an enchanting performance that features several well known names from fairy tales and nursery rhymes but with fun plot twists. The Open Book Players show will include the Little Red Hen, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, the Three Blind Mice and several beloved characters.

‘I Am Big Bird’
7 p.m. Wednesday, Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., $10, camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm
The Camden International Film Festival presents a family-friendly and heartwarming documentary that chronicles the life of Carroll Spinney. Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. He’s now 81 and still going strong. The film traces Spinney’s journey from a bullied child to a celebrated performer.

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