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Posted: March 25, 2015

Stache Pag, scotch tasting & 80s-themed full moon hike: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend, things are going to get a little hairy. The annual Stache Pag takes over State Theatre on Friday, bringing together mustache wearers and the people who love them. There’s also scotch tasting in Brunswick, a food-centric fundraiser featuring circus acts in Portland, a wine walk, a full moon hike, tiki cocktails and more.

For the weekend of March 26-29, 2015:

Stache Pag

7:30 p.m. Friday, State Theatre, Portland. $20 in advance/$30 day of show.
This year’s celebration of the mustache has grown even bigger, much like the mustaches on this year’s competitors. The Stache Pag – at the State Theatre this year – features local and international men of “facial hair intrigue” who strut the catwalk (just for you!) and compete in four categories: The Magnum PI, The 1899 Maine Legislature, The Thigh Tickler, and the Castaway. Expect some awe-inspiring ‘staches, costumes, and celebrity judges. Audience applause helps choose the winner.
Read more: Celebrate the stache: 8th Annual Stache Pag Friday at State Theatre

Scotch tasting at Brunswick Hotel and Tavern

2 p.m. Sunday, The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, 4 Noble St., Brunswick.
Revel in your scotch fandom or use the scotch tasting as a chance to learn more about it. Six scotches will be served (like a 16-year old Lagavulin and 12-year-old Cragganmore) with appetizer pairings (barbecue bison meatball, shepherd’s pie) and you’ll hear all about their history.



5:30 p.m. Friday, Ocean Gateway Terminal,14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. $75.
Portland’s Ocean Gateway will play the part of circus tent during the annual CeleSoiree. The fundraiser benefits the Immigrant Legal Advocay Project and, in addition to the high-flying acts of Portland’s Circus Conservatory of America, there will be a dinner buffet of ethnic food from local restaurants, live music and raffles.

“We Are the Best” Screening with Live Music

11 a.m. (music) 11:30 a.m. (movie) Saturday, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. $8.
Celebrate your inner misfit and the strength it takes to get through adolecence in one piece. The film “We Are the Best!” tells the story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ’80s Stockholm who form an all-girl punk band and the screening is coupled with live music by NEVERLAND, an all-female rock band from Casco Bay High School.

Shannon Bryan photo

Shannon Bryan photo

Wine (and food) Walk in The Old Port: Wines of The Rhone Valley

2:45 to 5 p.m. Saturday, starting at Eve’s at The Garden, Portland. $49.
Walk the Old Port from restaurant to restaurant and learn about the wines of France’s Rhone Valley. Samples will be paired with food at each stop and Sommelier Erica Archer will give you a wine education like you’ve never had.

Chocolate Church Arts Center photo

Chocolate Church Arts Center photo

Hot Chocolate Jubilee VIII

7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. $15.
Comedy, dance and singing acts! It’s a showcase of talent at the annual Hot Chocolate Jubilee, a fundraiser for the Chocolate Church Arts Center. The chorus will perform “California Dreamin’,” “Summer Nights,” “Singing in the Rain,” “April Showers,” “Pennies from Heaven” and “June is Busting Out all Over.”

Left: Suffering Bastard at Zen Chinese Bistro; right, Walking Dead at Eventide Oyster Co. Photos by Ted Axelrod

Left: Suffering Bastard at Zen Chinese Bistro; right, Walking Dead at Eventide Oyster Co. Photos by Ted Axelrod

Tiki Shake Off

6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Maine Craft Distilling, Portland. Free to attend.
Tiki is alive and well at Portland bars and restaurants, where drinks like the Mai Tai and the Suffering Bastard are likely to share the menu with Manhattans and Sazeracs. And on Sunday, five of the city’s top bartenders will compete in a Tiki Shake Off, sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. You get to sample and there will also be punch for purchase.

Deirdre Fleming/Press Herald file photo

Deirdre Fleming/Press Herald file photo

80s-Themed Full Moon Hike

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mt. Abram, Greenwood. Free.
Go on a full-moon trek to Mt. Abram’s peak, where music and mountain revelry await during the Full Moon Hike. There’s a heated lodge up there, not that you’ll need it. The 50-minute climb will do wonders raising your body temperature and you’ll find yourself periodically disrobing. Hang out, have a beverage, then ski, ride or hike your way down. Bonus: This hike is 80s themed and 80s attire is “strongly encouraged.”

On the cheap

‘The Real Dirt on Farmer John’
4 p.m. Thursday, Maine College of Art Osher Hall, 522 Congress St., Portland, $5 donation.
Foraged: Films About Food and You presented by Continuing Studies at MECA, Rosemont Market & Bakery and Cultivating Community invite you to a film about a maverick Midwestern farmer who becomes an outcast before gradually transforming his land into the birthplace of a revolutionary farming community. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion and locally sourced snacks.

‘The Meaning of Tea’
7 p.m. Thursday, Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., free,
Director Scott Chamberlain Hoyt will the storied elixir as he hosts a screening of his film “The Meaning of Tea.” The film is a personal journey into the wonders of tea as you travel from India to Ireland, Taiwan, Japan, Morocco, England, France and the U.S. and meet several tea experts along the way.

Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother
7 p.m. Thursday, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, $8, free for MHS members,
Award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante is doing her part to celebrate Women’s History Month with a talk about Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with her beloved mother. LaPlante’s biography, “Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother” was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2012.

Garden Fever Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Skowhegan Free Public Library, 9 Elm St.,
If you’re thumb needs some greening as spring slowly sets in, Skowhegan is the place to go. The Skowhegan Free Library and Bloomfield Garden Club are hosting gardening experts who will lead workshops on garden design, growing vegetables, raised beds and herbs and perennials.

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