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Posted: May 14, 2014

SWAP clothes, fly a kite and show some pride: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend is for the thrifters, shakers, cooks and tasters. Start it off by catching some burlesque and shaking your own (fully-clothed, if you like) booty at the kickoff party for Portland Pride! There will be miles and miles of yard sales in central Maine while in Portland, we have SWAP – a clothing swap and sale. If the sun comes out again (not looking good so far), grab a kite (from a yard sale?) and head out to the kite fest by Bug Light. For the foodies, this weekend offers a cupcake baking course and a sake dinner. Eat, dance, drink, shop and enjoy the sun (maybe). What more could you want in a weekend?

Shimmy with Pride

Portland Press Herald file photo by Derek Davis

Portland Press Herald file photo by Derek Davis

Portland Pride! Launch party

8 p.m. Thursday | $5 or $25 VIP | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland |
Celebrate diversity, togetherness and everyone’s right to be themselves at this dance party organized by Pride Portland. There’ll be several musical acts, a burlesque group, and a fashion show, plus of course, dancing.

Thrift for miles

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31st Annual Cornville 10-Mile Yard Sale

8 a.m.-5 pm. Saturday and Sunday | Free to browse | West Ridge Road, Cornville | 207-474-8973
Imagine the biggest yard sale you’ve ever seen. Now multiply it by 100. The annual 10-Mile Yard Sale in Cornville didn’t start out this big, but it continues to grow every year. Bring cash and clear out the trunk of the car. Who know what treasures you’ll bring home.

Fly a kite by a light

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Bug Light Kite Festival

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday | Bug Light Park, South Portland | Free |
Kite flyers know: Bug Light Park is one of the best kite-flying locations in New England. Bring your kite if you’ve got one or purchase one at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum gift shop. Kite-flying experts will be on hand for tips and workshops, and there will also be food and drinks on sale, as well as a barbecue at the museum. And Bug Light will be open for tours.

Bring your dog to the game

Photo courtesy Planet Dog

Photo courtesy Planet Dog

Bark in the Park

Noon Sunday | Hadlock Field, Portland | $10 per person (and per dog) |
Sure, your dog might be inclined to chase after every pop fly, but you’ll both enjoy a day together watching the Sea Dogs trample the Trenton Thunder. There will be a canine parade before the game and volunteers to help you coordinate your dog and your desire to run to the concession stand. Proceeds benefit the Therapy Dog Program at Maine Medical Center.

Freshen up your wardrobe

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SWAP Maine

10 a.m.-noon Saturday | East End School, Portland | Free if you donate clothes Friday/$5 if you donate Saturday/$10 just to shop |
Help those clothes you don’t wear anymore find a happy home with someone else. Take them to Saturday’s swap. You can drop off your donations Friday evening to get into the swap for free, or bring them Saturday and get in for $5. If you don’t have anything to swap, you can still shop away for only $10.

Bake a (cup)cake

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Cupcake Cooking Class

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday | Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd. Lincolnville | $55 |
Do cupcakes go with wine? Of course they do! The bakers of East End Cupcakes in Portland will join the winemakers at Cellardoor for this “sweet” cooking class. Call 207-763-4478 to reserve a spot.

Sip some sake


Sake Dinner

Seatings beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday | Tao Yuan, 22 Pleasant St. Brunswick | $98 |
The dinner will feature sakes from the Hakkaisan Brewery, located at the foot of Mount Hakkai in Niigata, Japan. They produce high quality sakes with the spring water that flows from the mountain, using a low and slow fermentation process and producing in only small batches. The six-course dinner includes Hakkaisan’s Sparkling Nigori, Junmai Ginjo, Tokubetsu Junmai, Honjozo and Umeshu Plum sakes.

For a list of all your options, visit our calendar.



More things to do…. ON THE CHEAP

The Colwell Brothers

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Waterfront Park, Water Street, Gardiner, free,

Brothers Pat and Bob Colwell kick off the first in a series of free outdoor concerts in Gardiner with a show of high energy electric blues and R&B. Pat’s on lead vocals and handles wicked guitar riffs and Bob is all about New Orleans flavored piano licks, guitars, bass and vocals.

‘Shoot the Pier: A True Maine Surf Story’

7:30 p.m. Sunday, The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8, $6 for Space members and students with ID,

Lewiston-Auburn native Brian Goding unearthed an archive of ’60s era surfing footage shot right here in Maine. The documentary “Shoot the Pier” offers viewers a chance to revisit the early days of hanging 10 in Maine by way of Super 8 film footage shot by the surfers themselves.

Don Campbell Quartet: An Afternoon of Dan Fogelberg Music

2 p.m. Sunday, UMA Jewett Auditorium, 46 University Dr., Augusta, $10, $5 students,

Mainer don campbell and his band play musical homage to the late Dan Fogelberg. You’ll hear Campbell sing the best of the best from Fogelberg’s body of work. Campbell was named Maine’s best singer-songwrter for six consecutive years in the Maine Sunday Telegram annual readers poll.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, The Maine Table Restaurant, 700 Main St., South Portland, $3, 12 and under free, 420-1354

Even if you haven’t lost your marbles, you may want to roll on over to this show to check out the array of classic and antique toy marbles that will be on display, some of which will be for sale, at this annual show.

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