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All Ages

Pancake Breakfast and Old Time Maple Sugaring at Norlands - Livermore, ME

Mar 26, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 290 Norlands Road Livermore, ME
Experience a late winter ritual the old-fashioned way at the Norlands, farm and museum. During Maine Maple Sunday, enjoy pancakes with Norlands’ maple syrup in the farmer’s cottage. Sap boiling demonstrations take place in the sugar house. Help tap trees and collect sap. The one-room school house will be open.  Bring snowshoes and enjoy the beautiful 445 acres at this National Historic Site. No reservations are necessary.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $5-$7 for breakfast; no admission fee
Telephone: 207 897 4366

Children & Families

February Vacation at Old York: History Makers Camp - York, ME

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017 Parsons Center, 3 Lindsay Road York, ME
Design and paint large decorative wall panels following instructions by muralist Rufus Porter. Add your house and pets to your custom land and waterscape along with familiar landmarks. Grind pigments and prepare paints as did limners who decorated early 19th-century interiors here in York. Bring lunch and a smock. Snacks provided. For children grades 2 through 6. Reservations required. Email: Education@oldyork.org
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $110
Telephone: 207-363-1756

School Vacation Week Kids’ Camp at Wells Reserve at Laudholm - Wells, ME

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017 Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME
Wild Winter is February 21. A lot of animals are still out and about in cold winter weather, but how do they survive the cold? Come learn the survival strategies of Maine's winter wildlife. Ages 7-12. Pre-registration required by February 13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Email: caryn@wellsnerr.org
Sea Sleuths is February 22. Come join us in sleuthing out the secrets of the sea! Observe live plankton on the big screen and build and race your own planktonic creature! Become a scientist down at the tidepools. Ages 7-12. Pre-registration required by February 13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Email: caryn@wellsnerr.org.
Winter Wildlife Day & Snow Day is February 23. Celebrate the wildlife of Southern Maine! Join us for lots of family fun with a live animal presentation, guided walk, storybook reading, and critter crafts in the morning. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 207-646-1555

Magic Time: A Program of Story and Song - Brunswick, ME

Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Morrell Reading Room at Curtis Memorial Library Brunswick, ME
Maine State Music Theatre presents two hour-long children’s interactive performances that will combine classic fairytale literature with contemporary musical adaptations. The programs feature selections from MSMT’s 2017 Theatre for Young Audiences shows.
Time: Programs at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 207-725-1199

David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty” - Portland, ME

Mar 2, 2017 - Mar 2, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
n this decidedly modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, master storyteller David Gonzalez uses rhymes inspired by Dr. Seuss, music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and captivating projected images to create a world in which the sleeping princess is a vibrant participant in her own story. Recommended for childrne in grades 3 to 5.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $8.50 performance only; $13 performance and in-class workshop

Kids & Kotzschmar Family Concert - Portland, ME

Mar 5, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
Come explore, experience, & encounter the mighty Kotzschmar with Portland’s Municipal Organist, Ray Cornils, to see how it works to produce its range of sounds, and hear some of its new sounds. Hear familiar tunes and walk through the organ after the concert.
Time: Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00pm
Telephone: 207-553-4364

Dance

BodyTraffic - Westbrook, ME

Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Street Westbrook, ME
Known for its theatricality, BodyTraffic engulfs audiences with their pure joy of dance. Its versatile and ever-growing repertory has landed the company on Dance Magazine’s sought-after “25 to Watch” list
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $36, $28; students, $15
Telephone: 207-842-0800

Festivals

Cabin Fever Reliever - Livermore, ME

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Washburn Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road Livermore, ME
At this celebration of President’s Day, enjoy 1870-style horse-drawn sleigh rides, craft activities, one-room schoolhouse, mansion tours, and a special tribute to George Washington A light soup luncheon, cookies and hot chocolate will warm you up in the farmer’s cottage.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $10, $6
Telephone: 207 897-4366

Film

Maine Jewish Film Festival 2017 - Portland, Waterville, Brunswick and Lewiston, ME

Feb 15, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Various locations Portland, Waterville, Brunswick and Lewiston, ME
The 2017 Festival will feature over 30 films from around the world and present a dynamic week of parties, guests and special events. This year’s slate includes feature length and short dramas, comedies and documentaries. With wide-ranging subject mater that stretches from social justice to Star Trek – audiences in Portland, Waterville, Brunswick and Lewiston are sure to be inspired, educated and entertained.
Time: Consult event website

Museums

Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art From Saudi Arabia - Lewiston, ME

Jan 3, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 Bates Museum of Art, 75 Russell Street Lewiston, ME
This exciting exhibit provides a glimpse into the mind of young Saudi artists and their culture, both so familiar and so foreign to us. Open through March 18.
Time: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities Exhibit - Portland, ME

Jan 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Smith Center at Osher Map Library of University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Avenue Portland, ME
This library has rotating exhibits of old maps, complete with refined art of the art of exploration. The current exhibit focuses on Arctic exploration and the search for the Northwest Passage, and ties old beliefs of an open passage into new crises, as global warming has, indeed, opened a passage that never before existed. Exhibit is open through March 11, 2017.
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Music

Matt Anderson - Rockland, ME

Feb 23, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
With a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Anderson has headlined major festivals and clubs, and shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15-$18

The Sweetback Sisters and Girls, Guns and Glory - Rockland, ME

Mar 1, 2017 - Mar 1, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
This band’s rollicking country swing is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. The Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close harmony, recalling the best of country music. Girls Guns & Glory has forged its sound from the raw materials of rockabilly, country and other American traditions, tempered by a unique musical and lyrical approach.
Time: 7: 30 pm
Admission: $20-$25

The Sweetback Sisters and Girls Guns & Glory - Rockland, ME

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode's precise, family-style harmonies and rollicking country swing recall the best of rock and country music from the 1950s and 60s. Boston's Girls Guns & Glory has forged its sound from the raw materials of rockabilly, country and other American traditions, interpreted with a unique musical and lyrical approach.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25

Muddy Ruckus - Gardiner, ME

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street Gardiner, ME
Muddy Ruckus is a nationally touring Americana-rock duo from Portland, Maine. Muddy Ruckus blends haunting male/female vocals, rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5-$16
Telephone: 207-582-7144

Natalie MacMaster - Rockland, ME

Mar 8, 2017 - Mar 8, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration featuring Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy. Two of Canada's brightest musical stars are captivating audiences all over North America with their exceptional musical skills and obvious joy at playing the fiddle together.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $55-$65

Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - Rockland, ME

Mar 8, 2017 - Mar 8, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
Natalie MacMaster has turned the music of Cape Breton into an international phenomenon by thrilling audiences with her exciting fiddling and dynamic stage persona! MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy, two of Canada's brightest stars, have captivated audiences all over North America with their exceptional musical skills.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $55/Advance, $60/Day of Show

John Gorka - Gardiner, ME

Mar 17, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017 Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street Gardiner, ME
John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Folk meccas like Texas’s Kerrville Folk Festival and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $28

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton - Portland, ME

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 State Theatre, 600 Congress Street Portland, ME
After four decades of singing background for the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last. Fischer is joined by her trio, Grand Baton, for a concert that draws from many sounds: Led Zeppelin, Little Willie John, the Stones and Tina Turner.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$55

Le Vent Du Nord - Rockland, ME

Mar 31, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
Quebec's driving force in progressive folk brings high spirited versions of Quebecois traditional tunes plus original compositions! Award-winning quartet has won audience adoration across the US, Europe and Oceania.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $24-$26

Lakou MIzik - Rockland, ME

Apr 14, 2017 - Apr 14, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
African, French, Caribbean and American influences collide in Haiti like nowhere else in the world and Lakou Mizik draws inspiration from all of them. There's the insistent spirit stirring rhythms of vodou drumming, the French café lilt of the accordion and the joyful percussive punctuation of the Rara horns.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25

Outdoor Activities

Ice Skating and Tubing Daily - Portland, ME

Jan 16, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 The Rink and the Hill at Thompson’s Point, 10 Thompson’s Point Portland, ME
Enjoy your skating experience with up to 10,000 square feet of ice surface and many heating areas to keep those warm and toasty. The Hill is a two-story, four-lane hill that you can tube down all winter long. No snow needed and tubes are provided. Enjoy special events and themed nights of ice skating fun. Calendar and operating hours.
Time: Open daily; see website for hours
Admission: Price per session" skating, $8; skate rental, $2; tubing, $3; all day combo of skate & tube hill, $18

Take It Outside Days at Maine State Parks - Many state parks, ME

Jan 29, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Various state parks Many state parks, ME
January 29 -- Youth Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Saint George State Park, 278 Belfast-Augusta Road, Liberty. 8 am-2 pm
February 4 -- Cross-country skiing, sliding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tote sled rides, hayrides, nature walks, at Mount Blue State Park, 299 Center Hill Road, Weld. 10 am to 3 pm
February 11 - Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sliding, and ice skating, bonfire at Holbrook Island Sanctuary, 172 Indian Bar Road, Brooksville. 10 am -2 pm
February 18 -- Cross-country skiing, sliding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tote sled rides, nature walks, horse drawn sleigh rides at Cobscook Bay State Park, 40 South Edmunds Road, Edmunds Twp. 10 am-3 pm
February 25 Cross country skiing, sliding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tote sled rides, wildlife exhibit, bonfire at Aroostook State Park, State Park Road, Presque Isle. 10 am-3 pm
March 4 -- Kids' Ice Fishing Derby at Range Pond State Park, 26 State Park Road, Poland. 9 am to 1 pm
March 11-- Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing demo, tote sled rides, wildlife exhibit, bonfire at Lily Bay State Park, State Park Road, Beaver Cove, Greenville. 10 am-3 pm
Time: See description above

Shopping & Sales

Paint the Town Red - Kennebunkport, ME

Jan 28, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 Various locations Kennebunkport, ME
The romantic seaside town of Kennebunkport "Paints the Town Red." Red tag sales in boutiques, red plates at the best restaurants, a red light ceremony, and carriage rides are highlights. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, with fine lodging with romantic fires. Getaway packages include dining at cozy intimate restaurants, even spa treatments in a picturesque village setting.
Time: Consult event website

Theater

"Buyer & Cellar" - Portland, ME

Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue Portland, ME
In this one-man show, a star is born. Alex, a struggling actor in LA, finds himself working in a shopping mall. This isn’t your regular shopping center. In his most challenging role yet, Alex plays the shop boy bargaining with Barbra in her basement. With riotously sharp wit, Alex awaits a visit from the ultimate customer, the “Funny Girl” herself.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Previews $32-$37; Evenings $38-$43; Saturday and Sunday matinees, $43-$48

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl - Brunswick, ME

Mar 2, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall at Bowdoin College, 1 Bath Road Brunswick, ME
Eurydice is a contemporary, theatrical event that explores the power and limits of love, loss and memory. Eurydice leaves her wedding for the underworld, searching for her father – but the reunion is costly. Trapped on the opposite side of death, Orpheus fights to retrieve his bride, making a deal that seals both their fates. Celebrated by the New York Times as a weird and wonderful new play, playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the ancient Greek myth with a fresh eye. 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 207 725 3375