Posted: October 6, 2015
Swine & Stein, Symphony & Spirits and Pumpkinfest: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Drink to the symphony, carry your wife and watch pumpkins race. It’s one eclectic weekend filled with pork and competition, plus pumpkin dropping, a craft show, a hay bale maze and more.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Through Monday, various locations around Damariscotta. Many activities free. damariscottapumpkinfest.com
It's pumpkin everything! Pumpkin artists, pumpkinboat building, harvest displays, pumpkin dessert contest, pumpkin derby, Giant Pumpkin Parade, pumpkin pie eating contest, underwater pumpkin carving, pumpkin derby, "splash down" pumpkin hurl and catapult competition, pumpkin hunt & 180' pumpkin drop, and on Monday, the wondrous Pumpkinboat Regatta. Whew! (Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta photo)
11 a.m. Saturday, Sunday River, Newry. $50 to enter, free to spectate. www.sundayriver.com
It's no easy feet, carrying a wife over a 278-yard obstacle course featuring hurdles, sand traps, and a mud pit (they call it a "water hazard). But plenty of husband-and-wife teams will try. It's also an excellent spectator sport. The winner takes homes the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. (Press Herald file photo)
Swine and Stein
11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, downtown Gardiner. $15 in advance, $20 day of, $15 designated driver. www.gardinermainstreet.org
It's the place where pork products and craft beer are celebrated the way they should be: Together. The 4th annual Swine & Stein promises farm-to-table pork (get your pig on bread, plate, or stick) and other local offerings, Maine craft beers, and a lineup of local live music from Maine bands. PLUS: The 4th annual Maine Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship and 2nd annual Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition! (Swine & Stein graphic)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. $8, under 3 free (admission includes all activities). wolfesneckfarm.org
If it's fall-related and farm-related, it's probably happening at the Fall Festival. Think tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, apple pressing, nature art, pumpkin decorating, hay bales to climb, and a hay bale maze. There will also be demos on composting and food preservation and an array of local grub. (Wolfe's Neck Farm courtesy photo)
Symphony & Spirits
2:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, starting at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. $20. www.eventbrite.com
It's a fine fall pairing: classical music and beer. The Symphony and Spirits event starts with a Portland Symphony Orchestra concert performing Beethoven's First Symphony and Berlioz's Te Deum. Festivities then move to Novare Res for some post-concert revelry and beer.
Fall Foliage Festival
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay. $4 adults, children 12 and under and Museum Members are free. Steam train tickets are an additional $5 each. railwayvillage.org
You can take a ride on the narrow gauge steam train and peruse more than 60 antique automobiles during this annual event at Boothbay Railway Village. Or check out the craft show, artisan demonstrations and live music. (Boothbay Railway Village photo)
7 p.m. Thursday. Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland. longfellowbooks.com
Calling all beer fans. Portland, Oregon-based writer Jeff Alworth will be dispelling sudsy wisdom as he presents his ultimate guide, "The Beer Bible." The book takes a deep, global dive into the categories of ales, lagers, wheat beers and tart and wild ales and it covers everything from bitters, bocks, weisses and so much more. The book even includes a primer on pairing beer and food.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, $2 admission, individual fees for products & services. onthenewedge.com
Unlock some of the mysterious within yourself by heading to Maine's premiere psychic event. There will be features angel card and tarot card readings, IET intuitive & akashic records reading, tarot therapy, integrated energy therapy, reiki, artisan jewelry and much more. (shutterstock.com)
7 p.m. Tuesday. Elements Books Coffee Beer, 265 Main St., Biddeford, free. elementsbookscoffeebeer.com
Put your thinking caps on and head to Biddeford for Trivia Night at Elements where teams can have up to six people on them. There will be free prizes and lots of bragging rights awarded to the team with the most knowledge on a wide and ever-changing range of topics. The real question is, are you up for the challenge?
For the weekend of October 8-11, 2015
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