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Posted: February 20, 2014

Street sledding, ice bars & big mouths: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

There’s a chance that winter’s wearing on you. There’s a chance that one more snowfall could break you – emotionally speaking. But I’m asking you to toughen up, hang on, and show winter who’s boss. And the best way to show winter who’s boss is to build a sledding hill in the middle of the street (except don’t actually do that, because cars and sledding don’t mix). In Old Orchard Beach, they’re closing down Old Orchard Street (which is the safe way to do it) and building a sledding hill – IN THE STREET! Note: Winter Carnival has been postponed to next weekend (Feb 28-March 1). In Lewiston and Freeport, ice is the center of attention, with ice bars in both towns. For folks who want to stay in, catch a screening of the 2014 Oscar-nominated shorts or a performance of the one-woman show “Big Mouth Thunder Thighs.”

For the weekend of February 21-23, 2014:

1. Sled down the street

Press Herald file photo

Old Orchard Beach’s Winter Carnival

Note: This event has been postponed to next weekend.
Friday & Saturday Feb 28-March 1 | Downtown Old Orchard Beach | Free |
The beach doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic in the winter, but Old Orchard Beach’s Winter Carnival aims to bring people beachside for some winter sledding with views of the Atlantic. So what massive hill in OOB will visitors be sledding on? Just a man-made mini-mountain – in the middle of Old Orchard Street. Sledding and pub crawl (for the grownups) on Friday and a sled-a-thon on Saturday. Plus hot cocoa and marshmallow toasting pits.

3. Cocktail in the cold

Ice Bar L/A

5-9 pm Friday & Saturday, 11 am-3pm Sunday | $10 Friday & Saturday, free Sunday | Fountain Plaza at Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston |
By mid-February in Maine, we’re used to spending a lot of time in snow boots and winter coats. Embrace the winter outerwear this weekend during Ice Bar L/A. The event drew a couple thousand people last year, and this year there’ll be six ice bars, over a dozen gorgeous ice sculptures, music, and light hors d’oeuvres from a variety of local restaurants. Sunday is free and kid-friendly. So dress warm, and hang out in the cold.

2. Eat in, drink out

Flavors of Freeport graphic

Flavors of Freeport: Chef’s Signature Series and Flavors Ice Bar

5-8 pm Friday | Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport | $35 |
Food and drink are the honored guests of Flavors of Freeport. Two events run simultaneously: The Chef’s Signature Series (which showcases local chefs and excellent food) and the Ice Bar (which showcases…well, ice). Expect ice sculptures, an ice luge, fire pit, BBQ, and some dancin’ music outside, and plenty of food and beer samples inside.

4. Embrace shorts

“Mr. Hublot” film still

2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

7:30 pm Friday & 4 pm Saturday (animation), 7:30 pm Saturday & 4 pm Sunday (live action) | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $8-$10 |
Shorts. Not a word you’ve used a lot lately, I’m guessing. Forget the weather and huddle in for some good movie watching this weekend. SPACE Gallery is screening the 2014 Oscar-nominated shorts – both animation and live action – during mulptiple screenings Friday through Sunday.
// Oscar-nominated shorts, live action, are also at Frontier Cafe, Brunswick

5. Watch one woman

“Big Mouth Thunder Thighs”

7:30 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 pm Sunday | Mad Horse Theatre Company, The Hutchins School, South Portland | $15 |
This may be a one-woman show, but is speaks to most women. It’s a play about food, about bodies, and about just gettin’ over all the nonsense and accepting the wonderful truth: We are who we are. Also, it’s “an entertaining variety show featuring: roller-skating, stand-up comedy, country-western singing, flamenco dancing, a Shakespearean monologue, a Broadway style song and dance number, an Inuit folktale, original Spoken Word-style poems, and a series of five ‘Death-Defying Acts,'” according the play’s description. So, nice!

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