Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The midway is just one of the attractions – but it’s a big one for the kids – at the 159th running of the Topsham Fair, which continues through Sunday.
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Summer Benefit Concert Series, featuring Dave Shaffer and friends, benefits local charities, Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, South Portland. $5. thorntonheightsumc.com. 7 p.m. Thursday.
"Music with a Mission," featuring singer-songwriter Amy Allen, part of the proceeds will benefit the Windham Primary School playground fund, North Windham Union Church. $12; $10 for seniors and students. www.mwamconcerts.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Benefit for Burdock Gathering for a Free and Sustainable Future, live bluegrass, dinner, silent auction and raffles, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. $10 to $30; $5 for children. burdockgathering.org. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Summer Benefit Concert Series, featuring Joe Farren and Stepping Stones, benefits local charities, Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, South Portland. $5. thorntonheightsumc.com. 7 p.m. Aug. 15.
159th Topsham Fair, agricultural exhibits, animal-pulling events, crafts, midway and harness racing, Topsham Fairgrounds. $10 Thursday, Friday and Sunday (includes rides); $12 Saturday (includes rides); free for children under 36 inches tall. topshamfair.net. Thursday to Sunday.
195th Skowhegan State Fair, agricultural exhibits, demolition derbies, truck pulls, harness racing, midway, live entertainment and more, Skowhegan Fairgrounds. $6 Thursday, Monday and Aug. 15; $8 Friday to Sunday; free for children under age 5; $4 for parking. skowheganstatefair.com. Thursday to Aug. 17.
Chamberlain Days, celebrates Joshua Chamberlain and 150th anniversary of the Civil War with reenactors' encampment, walking tours, live entertainment and Civil War-related activities, various locations, Brunswick. Various prices; most events are free. pejepscothistorical.org. Friday to Sunday.
Art in the Park, annual show and sale with 185 exhibitors, entertainment, children's activities and food court, Mill Creek Park, South Portland. Free admission. artintheparkmaine.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Sixth Annual Blueberry Festival, craft sale, baked goods and more, benefits Sweetser Family Services, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kennebunk. Free admission. kennebunklutheran.org. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, blueberry pancake breakfast, road race, craft fair, boat races, parade and more, various locations, Winter Harbor. 963-7658. Free. Saturday.
Mind Body Spirit Festival, holistic health practitioners, readings from psychics and mediums, animal communicator, massage, workshops and more, Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. $5 admission; additional fees for services may apply. mindbodyspiritfestival.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Rangeley Blueberry Festival, jams, muffins, pies, gifts and crafts, plus special entertainment for children, Lakeside Park. rangeleymaine.com. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
USM Chemistry Club Show, experimental fun for children, Deering Oaks, Portland. Free. 874-8826. 12:30 p.m.
Moscow Magic & Comedy Show, starring Vladimir Zinczenko, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $22. awesometheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 15.
Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show, more than 200 Maine artisans, demonstrations, vendors and more, Cumberland Fairgrounds. $4. maincraftsmen.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Day Out with Thomas, ride Thomas the Tank Engine, Boothbay Railway Village. $14 to $18. ticketweb.com/dowt. Various times Friday to Sunday.
Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show, boats, fine furniture, arts, home wares, architecture, food and more, Harbor & Buoy Parks, Rockland. $12; free for ages 12 and under. maineboats.com/boatshow. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
AudioBody, multimedia comedy show, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $10 to $25. awesometheater.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Aug. 31.
Mystery Cruises on the Songo River Queen II, "Who Killed Jolly Roger?" hosted by Mystery for Hire, cash bar and food court on boat, Causeway, Naples. mysteryforhire.com. $29.95; includes cruise and show. 7 p.m.
Wagon Ride to the Past History Tours, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport. $14; $8 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. wolfesneckfarm.org. 10 a.m. to noon. Through Aug. 31.
Eastern Cemetery Tours, guided walking tour, Eastern Cemetery, Portland. $7; $4 for seniors and students; free for children under 12. spiritsalive.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. Through Oct. 13.
Perkins Homestead Tour, 2.5-hour guided tour through historic house and extensive grounds, Frances Perkins Center, Damariscotta. $15. 563-3374. 8 and 10:30 a.m.
"Awesome" Juggling Show, with The Tardy Brothers, Freeport Theater of Awesome. $10 in advance; $13 day of show. awesometheater.com. 2 p.m.
MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts), "Summer Circle" hosted by Vernon Cox, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. $5. moosetellers.ning.com. Open mic at 7 p.m.; featured storyteller at 8:10 p.m.
Family Story Time with Xaxa Leon, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. Free/donation. localsprouts.coop. 3 to 5 p.m.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981, Rated PG), outdoor screening of action-adventure starring Harrison Ford, Bug Light Park, South Portland. Free. 767-7650. Thirty minutes after sunset Thursday.
Rudy Burckhardt Mini Film Festival, outdoor screenings of films including "Lurk" shot in Belfast and Waldo County, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. $5. waterfallarts.org. Dusk Thursday.
"The World Before Her" (2012), documentary, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
"Blackfish" (2013), documentary about orcas in captivity performing in sea parks and the perils they face; followed by live video Q&A with former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove after Friday's screening; Space Gallery, Portland. $8. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
"Muppet Treasure Island" (1996; Rated G), children's movie, York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
"RawFaith," documentary about a Maine family's relationship with a boat, a mission and each other, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $7.50; $12.50 for admission and copy of DVD. rocklandstrand.com. 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
"Skyfall" (2012, Rated PG-13), James Bond thriller starring Daniel Craig, York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 7 p.m. Sunday.
"The Mummy" (1999, Rated PG-13), outdoor screening of horror movie, Camden Amphitheatre. Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets. 236-3440. 8 p.m. Monday.
"The Straight Story" (1999, Rated G), heartwarming story about a man who travels via a riding lawn mower to visit his ill brother, Patten Free Library, Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"5 Broken Cameras" (2011), documentary about a Palestinian farmer's nonviolent resistance to the Israeli army, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
"Sally of the Sawdust" (1925), silent comedy starring W.C. Fields with live musical accompaniment, Leavitt Theatre, Ogunquit. $10. leavittheatre.com. 8 p.m. Aug. 15.
David Rosenfelt, author of "Unleashed," Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. Free. mainecoastbookshop.com. 11 a.m. Thursday.
John Chandler, author of "The Fine Art of Murder," Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Author Brown Bag Lecture Series, featuring CJ Box and Paul Doiron, authors of "The Highway" and "Massacre Pond," Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free; bring snack. portlandlibrary.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Poetry in the Round, readings from Kathleen Ellis' summer poetry workshops, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Free. farnsworthmuseum.org. 1 p.m. Friday.
Susan Conley, author of "Paris Was the Place," Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. Free. 729-5083. 7 p.m. Friday.
Mark Scott Ricketts, author of "A Flatlander's Guide to Maine," Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. Free. 563-3207. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Martha White, editor of "E.B. White on Dogs," Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. Free. 230-7335. 4 p.m. Saturday.
Dixie Swanson, author of "The Accidental President," Camden Public Library. Free. 236-3440. 1 p.m. Aug. 15.
Elise Richer and Teresa Lagrange, author and illustrator of "Always in Season: Twelve Months of Fresh Recipes from the Farmer's Markets of New England," Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Sea Dogs, Hadlock Field, Portland. $9, $10. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t546. Vs. Richmond, noon Thursday; vs. Bowie Baysox, 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Swing Dance with Hadacol Bouncers, presented by Portland City Swing Jam, Acoustic Artisans, Portland. Free. portlandswing.weebly.com. Lessons at 8 p.m., dance at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Folk Dance Brunswick, many dances taught, no partner needed, People Plus, Brunswick. $8; $5 for students and seniors. 200-7577. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.