Posted: November 17, 2016
Tree lightings, comedy, theater, beer: 9 Things to do this weekend in Maine
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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'Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)'
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 4. Cumston Hall,
796 Main St., Monmouth, $25. theateratmonmouth.org
Imagine if you threw a vaudeville show into a blender with "The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (Abriged)" and then added some peppermint, gingerbread and spiked eggnog. That should give
you some idea of what "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)" is all about. It's a fast,
furious and funny comedy that takes aim at holiday classics and traditions with appearances from Santa
Claus, Rudolph, The Grinch and a sleigh full of other iconic holiday characters.
Portland Tree Lighting
5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Monument Square, Portland, free. portlandmaine.com
Every who in Whoville — or, in this case, the Portland area — is invited to gather downtown for
the annual tree lightning. You can sample Hood Eggnog, snap photos by the giant inflatable snow globe,
listen to children's singer-songwriter Rick Charette and say hello to Santa Claus. There will be free
horse and wagon rides happening from 4 to 8 p.m, and you can stroll through town to check out the holiday
window displays. Your heart might even grow three sizes tonight.
Photo by Jill Brady/Staff
Kennebunk Tree Lighting
5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Kennebunk Plaza, downtown, free. kennebunkmaine.us
Santa Claus himself will be arriving via horse-drawn sleigh to downtown Kennebunk for the 33rd
annual tree lighting festivities. To add to the merriment, the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir will
be singing carols, and you can skate with Santa and some of his elves at the Waterhouse Center. Local
merchants will provide free refreshments.
8 p.m. Saturday. Jonathan's, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, $42.50 to $81.50. jonathansogunquit.com
Never have the words "laughter is the best medicine" been more true and few people on the planet
are as unique, quirky and hilarious as comedian Paula Poundstone. Even if you're still stuffed from
Thanksgiving, you'll bust a gut laughing at her observations and commentary on all sorts of
Photo by Michael Schwartz
Andrew W.K.: The Power of Partying
8:30 p.m. Saturday. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $18 in advance, $23 day of show, all
He wears several hats, including those of a singer-songwriter, TV host, entertainer and
motivational speaker. Get this, on Saturday night, Andrew W.K. is hosting a rally about partying with all
politics set aside. His missions is to "add something unifying to the divisive atmosphere surrounding us
in so many different forms." What does this all look like? Find out by catching this ... show? Event?
Party? Whatever you want to call it, here's an extra fun fact: The Power of Partying is co-sponsored by
Otto, which will be giving a free slice of its beloved pizza to every attendee.
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Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bissell Brothers Brewing Co., 4 Thompson's Point, Portland. bissellbrothers.com
Fill your belly with some of Maine's finest beer while filling your heart by donating non-
perishable food items to The Locker Project on Sunday. The Locker Project has a mission to connect food-
insecure children in Maine with nourishing meals to improve their learning capacity, health and future.
The organization will be set up at Bissell Brothers, which will donate all proceeds from the five-hour
love fest. This is the ultimate win-win. For anyone who can't attend on Sunday but wants to donate, the
taproom will be accepting donations all week leading up to Sunday's event.
Photo by Whitney
'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
2 p.m. Sunday. Cinemagic Grand & Bistro at Clark's Pond, 333 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland,
Spend an afternoon seeing a classic 1961 film that will have you walk out of the cinema wistfully
yet cheerily humming the Oscar-winning song "Moon River." "Breakfast at Tiffany's," starring Audrey
Hepburn in her most famous role as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul "Fred" Varjak, is based on
Truman Capote's book and is a funny, charming and poignant film that includes a cat named Cat and famous
Golightly lines, such as "It's useful being top banana in the shock department."
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1 p.m. Monday. Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, free. yarmouthlibrary.org
If you're kicking around on Monday and need a free injection of holiday spirit, head to
Yarmouth for a screening of "Love Actually," the 2003 romantic comedy set in London at Christmas. If
you've never seen it, you're actually going to love it and if you've seen it multiple times then you know
that it's an absolute gem of a movie, especially this time of year.
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6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.30. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $60. victoriamansion.org
If you've never been to the Victoria Mansion, there's no better time than during the holidays.
Kick your season off at its annual gala, where you'll enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you roam from
glorious room to glorious room, all decorated by local designers with this year's theme of "A Currie and
Ives Christmas." Deck the halls indeed.
Photo by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer