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Posted: October 7, 2014

Swine & Stein, Zombie Run & Wife Carrying Championships: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend

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Beer. Pork. Poe. This weekend, you can revel in craft beer and pork products during Swing & Stein in Gardiner and then head over to The Footlights in Falmouth to hear tales of horror and suspense. Hit MECA’s art sale and pick up something swell to hang up at home or head over to Sunday River and watch other people pick up their wives (and run with them through an obstacle course). There’s a zombie run in Damriscotta and Fall Festival in Freeport, too.

For the weekend of Oct 9-12, 2014:



Literary Jeopardy

7 p.m. Thursday | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $15 general admission, $10 MWPA and SPACE members |
Will the poets be too sensitive? Will the novelists just make stuff up? Will the memoirists keep buzzing in just so they can start telling stories from their childhoods? It’s hard to see which team will triumph during Literary Jeopardy, but it’ll be fun to watch. Local novelists, poets and memoirists will compete against each other during this fundraiser for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and SLICE Magazine.

Some of the art on display at MECA's pop-up sale last year. Shannon Bryan photo

Some of the art on display at MECA’s pop-up sale last year. Shannon Bryan photo

Collect: Maine College of Art’s Fall Art Sale

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday | Maine College of Art, Portland | Free admission |
Maybe the walls of your house are looking sparse. Maybe you just have an appreciation for art you hunted down and captured yourself. The Fall Art Sale at MECA features painting, prints, photography, furniture, textiles, jewelry and more. And it’s all been created by MECA faculty, students, alumni and others. There’s also a broad range of price points, too.

Read more: Build your art collection: Sneak peek of Collect: MECA’s Fall Art Sale (Oct. 9-11)

Swine and Stein

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday | Downtown Gardiner | $15|
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. And if pork isn’t your pleasure, there will even be a local harvest supper that will serve vegetarian samples. Tickets:

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta photo

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta

Friday through Monday | Many activities free | Various locations around Damariscotta |
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!

Zombie Run

9 a.m. Saturday | Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta | $40 |
Almost nothing (real, rabid bears?) will motivate you like being chased by zombies. Trust me. I have that “Zombies, Run!” app on my phone and am regularly chased by the undead. The fun thing about this 5K is that you can register to be a human or – if you’re one of the lucky 20 people allowed – you can register to be a zombie. Humans wear flags on a belt and zombies chase them and try to grab the flags. (This event is part of Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest, so stick around after the race!)

Ragged Mountain Scuttle: 5K mountain challenge

9 a.m. Saturday | Camden Snow Bowl, Camden | $45 in advance. $55 day of |
Complete 20 obstacles on the ski trail and earn your reward: A post-race Sam Adams. For $5, your kids can tackle eight small obstacles of their own.

Footlights poster

Footlights poster

Poe: Tales of Horror and Suspense

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday | The Footlights, Falmouth | $15 |
Edgar Allan Poe remains the master of the macabre. And for two nights only, you can hear some of his darkest tales (like “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and others) told by Kirk Simpson.

Wife-Carrying Championships

11 a.m. Saturday | Sunday River, Newry | Free to watch|
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. Registration is full for this event, but it’s also an excellent spectator sport. The winner takes homes the wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash, and you can stick around after the awards for an outdoor concert by Dead Sessions.

Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Fall Festival

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport | $8 |
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.

Shaker Village Fall Harvest Festival

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday | Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester | Free admission |
Fresh apples, cider press, homemade Shaker apple fitters, pumpkins, squash, pickled beets, apple butter and pumpkin butter. Do we have your attention yet? There will also be plenty of craft demonstrations and free wagon rides.

On the cheap

Brian Daniels
2 p.m. Tuesday. Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., free.
You’ll hear him sing, play guitar and perform funny songs. Author Brian Daniels will also share from his humorous book “Thoughts of an Average Joe.”

Alba’s Edge
7:30 p.m. Sunday. Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland.,$10.
You’ll hear Celtic, jazz and Latin American influences all woven into the music of Alba’s Edge. The quartet is getting ready to record their debut record and here’s a chance to hear the songs before the rest of the world.

Ironclads: Naval Ballads of Iron Warships of the Civil War
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Washburn Norlands Living History Center, 260 Norlands Road, Livermore, $6, $3 for 12 and under,
Spend an afternoon with Dr. Stephen N. Sanfilippo, who will play tunes with guitar and banjo. He’ll introduce the songs with historical context and audience participation will be encouraged.

Pumpkin Hayrides
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $6 (includes pumpkin),
Hitch a ride in Freeport as you sit among the hay behind a tractor and think about the kind of pumpkin you hope to find. This is a kid-centric adventure for sure.

Music Medley Inspired by Maine Coyotes
7 p.m. Tuesday, University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, free,
Celebrate the Maine coyote with a musical medley of original songs inspired by lives of them. The tunes were created by composer, songwriter and musician Elizabeth Starr with the Montsweag Musicians. You’ll also hear poetry and prose and can view the “Coyote Connections” art exhibit with works by 32 Maine artists.

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