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Posted: March 31, 2015

Parrothead Festival, Record Party & Pillow Fight: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Let’s say “hello” to April by whacking it with a pillow. Portland Pillow Fight Day is Saturday, and the free event might just be the biggest pillow fight you’ve seen in person. There’s also some comedy this weekend, a record party at Portland Flea-for-All and circus in South Paris. And let’s not forget Parrothead Festival at Sunday River, where summer is coming early to the mountain.

For the weekend of April 2-5, 2015

Portland Flea-for-All graphic

Portland Flea-for-All graphic

Portland Record Party

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec St., Portland. Free admission. www.facebook.com
It’s all the vinyl and vintage you can ask for during the Portland Record Party. Vendors from all over New England and beyond will be selling and spinning 33s and 45s of all genres – there’s no telling what record treasures you’ll discover. To keep you well fed durind the event, a host of local food trucks will be hanging out, too.


Local Laughs promotional graphic

Local Laughs promotional graphic

Happy Birthday Local Laughs

8 p.m. Saturday, Asylum, Portland. Free. www.facebook.com
Local Laughs is turning 3, which means it’s mostly potty trained and using full sentences! Join local comedians James Spizuoco, Stephanie Anne Doyle, Doug Collins, Kyron Hobdy and Tim Hofmann to celebrate. No need to bring any presents – you’ll actually get the gift of laughter.


Mid Coast Altered Couture Contest

6 pm. Saturday, Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, Brunswick. $12. www.explorefrontier.com
Creativity takes over the catwalk during the Altered Couture Contest. Twenty-five models with strut and dance down the runway, showing off their own designs. And the designs this year will be extra magical – the theme is “Enchantment and Fantasy.”Portland Youth Dance will perform two dance pieces as well. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com


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Courtesy photo

The Gibson Brothers

8 p.m. Saturday, The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. $25. stonemountainartscenter.com
Brothers Erin and Leigh Gibson have been honing their old-timey bluegrass sounds for most of their lives Their latest record is “Brotherhood” and you’ll likely enjoy a healthy serving of songs from it during their intimate Brownfield performance.


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Press Herald file photo

Pillow Fight Day

3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Monument Square, Portland. Free. www.facebook.com
It’s not okay to hit strangers. Unless you both have pillows and have agreed to hit each other, Portland Pillow Fight Day asks pillow-swingers from around the area to show up to Monument Square at 3 p.m. with a pillow in hand and dressed in the proper theme: spring/Easter. Best costume wins $100, and everyone wins a good time, amiright?!!
Read more: Cushiony combat: Portland Pillow Fight Day in Monument Square Saturday


Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Parrothead Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sunday River, Newry. www.sundayriver.com
Jimmy Buffet meets Maine at this annual event at Sunday River. Sure, there will be snow, but there will also be tropical tunes, margarita mix-offs, a Spam-carving contest, and pond skimming, just like Jimmy Buffet would want it.


Circus Ole and Feast of Fools

7 p.m. Saturday, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris. $10 adults/$5 kids. www.circus-ole.com
An impressive array of performers from Maine and Boston will “amaze and astound with fabulous feats” during Circus Ole, an animal-free cirus that includes a variety of acts, like silks, juggling, comedy, dance, acrobatics and giant puppets.


Word Portland photo

Word Portland photo

Word Portland

9 p.m. Monday, LFK, 188A State St., Portland. Free. wordportland.weebly.com
The monthly reading series invites local poets, storytellers, and writers to share their work inside the welcoming confines of LFK, and “good words, good drinks, and good friends” are celebrated equally. Head over for drinks and conversation at 8 p.m. Readings begin at 9 p.m.
Read more: Storytelling + poetry reading + bar: Word Portland at LFK

On the cheap

Primo Cubano
8 p.m. Saturday, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10, onelongfellowsquare.com
Dust off your dancing shoes or park yourself in the balcony. Either way you’ll love Primo Cubano’s traditional Cuban dance music that dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Son is the style of music that came from Cuba and helped shape Latin styles into today’s Salsa sound.

Easter Eggspress on the WW&F Railway Steam Train
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway, 97 Cross Road, Alna, $4 per passenger, 207-882-4193
You and your kids can ride on a stream train and then they can hunt for a golden Easter egg. Find the egg and win a huge basket of goodies but either way a fun time for guaranteed for all. Separate egg hunts will be held each trip for kids 5 and under and six and older.

Windham Chamber Singers
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., free, donations accepted, boothbayoperahouse.com

Spend an evening listening to the soothing and invigorating sounds of the Windham Chamber Singers, a talented and internationally recognized group of young performers.

“Sugar & Spice: Our Vintage Recipes”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until May 31. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, $8, $7 seniors and students, $2 for under 17.
See an exhibit that showcases historic recipes from the 18th century through the 1950s. The Maine Historical Society’s collection includes handwritten and promotional recipes for a wide range of offerings including desserts and snacks to medical concoctions, odd beverages and downright bizarre dishes like calf’s foot jelly.

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