Posted: September 9, 2015
Victorian Fair, Woofminster & Acadia Night Sky Festival: 12 things to do in Maine this weekend
It’s a good weekend to show off your dog, with Woofminster and Strut your Mutt both happening Sunday. It’s GreenFest in Portland, there’s a Victorian Fair at Victorian Mansion, crafts at Laudholm and ArtWalk in Brunswick.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Laudholm Craft Fest
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. $7, $5 members. www.wellsreserve.org
Find more than 110 artisans exhibiting their wares - from textiles and ceramics to unique and hand-made gifts. The two-day event will also have music, food, raffles and that stunning setting. (Press Herald file photo)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. $10 adults; $7 college students, under 17 free. www.victoriamansion.org
Experience what life was like in Victorian times (petticoats not required!) during the Victorian Fair. You can tour Victoria Mansion, of course, but there will also be performers and exhibitors - like a wandering musician, a blacksmith and a tin type photographer - to give you a feel for what life was like in the nineteenth century. And best of all: There will be a trained phrenologist to read the bumps on your head.(shutterstock.com photo)
Woofminster Doggie Carnival
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Deering Oaks Park, Park Avenue, Portland. Free. www.planetdog.com
Planet Dog's annual Woofminster Dog Show has been tweaked and turned into a cool (and FREE) doggie carnival in Deering Oaks Park. The popular Cover Dog Challenge returns, along with doggie limbo and musicial dog beds, as well as raffles, vendors music and more. (Press Herald file photo)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Monument Square, Portland. Free. www.portlandgreenfest.org
It's a celebration of all things green on Saturday, with music, films, kids' activities, workshops on composting, gardening, energy efficiency and more. Plus more than 60 exhibitors who'll be happy to educate you on renewable energy, electric cars, green products for your home and more. (GreenFest graphic)
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Thursday to Monday, multiple locations, Mount Desert Island. www.acadianightskyfestival.com
There are a lot of impressive views on Mount Desert Island. One of them is the night sky. To celebrate this fact: The Acadia Night Sky Festival. The five-day festival includes talks and lecture, wine and painting classes, photography workshops, boat cruises, night paddles, films and, of course, plenty of star gazing. (Acadia Night Sky Festival graphic)
Brunswick Second Friday ArtWalk
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Maine and Pleasant streets, Brunswick, free. fiveriversart.org
Ten galleries and churches present art work while local musicians play at St. Paul's Episcopal church for the last ArtWalk of the season. Look for the balloons and flags to identify all the venues. Hop on the Explorer bus for free to ride between locations.
Insane Inflatable 5K
Waves start at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Sunset Ridge Golf Course, 771 Cumberland St., Westbrook. $64. insaneinflatable5k.com/maine
You run, run, climb an inflatable castle, run, run, jump through a bouncy house, run, slide down a huge inflatable slide. Sounds like your childhood dream come true! Wait - it's your adult dream come true! This 5K includes lots of inflatable obstacles and there's plenty of post-race entertainment, too. (MaineToday.com photo by Amy Paradysz)
Strut Your Mutt
11 a.m. (9 a.m. registration) Sunday, Mother's Beach, Kennebunk. $20 per person, $65 teams of 4-9 people, $160 "squads" of 10-20 people. animalwelfaresociety.org
This probably won't be the first time you and your pooch took a walk on the beach, but the annual Strut your Mutt on Mother's Beach in Kennebunk is more than a walk - it's the Animal Welfare Society's largest fundraiser. Money goes to the Sadie Fund and your dog can walk the beach with other do-gooder dogs. (Photo courtesy of The Animal Welfare Society)
Best in the 'Brook Fest
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, downtown Westbrook. Free admission. www.facebook.com
It's a celebration of Westbrook, with a multi-cultural festival on the Riverwalk Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a pop-up sidewalk sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., live music from noon to 2 p.m. and a plein air paint out with a reception at Continium for Creativity. (Best in the 'Brook poster)
Tom Luther Quintet
8 p.m. Wednesday. Frontier, 14 Maine St., Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick, free. explorefrontier.com
In the mood for some music inspired by the likes of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus? Head to Brunswick for a free performance by the Tom Luther Quintet. TLQ performs original, vibrant music that encompasses the worlds of jazz, classical and ambient music. You'll hear drums, saxophone, trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and piano, led by bandleader and pianist Tom Luther. Since forming in 2009, TLQ has released two albums and have performed all over Maine.
6:30 p.m. Thursday. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free. portlandlibrary.com
See a documentary about Pastor Jay Reinke who converted his North Dakota church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center for hundreds of men to stay. He did this despite some of the men's questionable pasts and fears of the church's neighbors because a steady stream of men came to Williston, ND seeking work in the oil business, and for many of them both job prospects and places to live were sparse. "The Overnighters," by filmmaker Jesse Moss explores the parameters of both redemption and compassion in riveting fashion.
The Pedal Car and Radio-Controlled Concourse
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Road, Seal Cove, $6, $5 seniors and teens, $2 kids, free for kids under 5, sealcoveautomuseum.org
Fred Flintstone isn't the only person who used a pedal car. You're invited to bring yours to the Seal Cove Museum on this special day. You'll also see the ones others will bring along with the ones belonging to the museum. Radio-controlled cars, planes and drones are also invited to race and demonstrate with other like-minded enthusiasts. Vroom Vroom!
For the weekend of September 10-13, 2015
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