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For the Week beginning December 11
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11:
Wadsworth-Longfellow Holiday House Tours, 489 Congress St., Portland, Thursdays-Sundays until Dec. 28. Final tour each day 4 p.m. Guides share Longfellow Christmas traditions and more. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt. $15/$12 seniors and students/$3 kids.
"Merry Madness!" in Portland, reception 5-7 p.m. in heated tent on Congress Square, with appetizers and entertainment. 21+. $10. Then shop at participating stores, which stay open until 10 p.m.
Toys for Tots Shindig, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Landings Restaurant, 1 Commercial St., Rockland. Live music, auction, gift basket raffle. Admission $10 plus new, unwrapped toy.
"Let's Hit the Trail," 6:30 p.m., Belfast Library. Reps from Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition give a virtual tour of the new five-mile In-Town Nature Trail and other area trails. Refreshments follow.
"Maine at Work," 6:30 p.m., Maine State Museum, Augusta. Actor David Greenham puts on a one-man show with humor and little-known facts about Maine's historical and current employment picture.
"Shemekia Copeland's Holiday Party," 7:30 p.m., Strand Theatre, Rockland. $20 tix: RocklandStrand.com or 594-0070.
Down East Singers Concerts, the choral group performs a Latin American holiday celebration, "Navidad Nuestra," on Thurs., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Newcastle. $20 suggested donation at door. They perform again on Sun., Dec. 14, 2 p.m., at Camden Opera House. Tix are $20/free under 19 at: The Highlands Coffee House, Thomaston; The Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden; Left Bank Books, Belfast; DownEastSingers.org; 619-0413; or box office day-of.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12:
Jud Caswell Sings in Damariscotta, DRA Round Top Coffee House. Open mic 6:45-8:15 p.m. Feature act 8:30 p.m. $8/$5 seniors/free under 13. FMI: 563-1393.
Free Holiday Concert by Harborside Women's Chorus, 7 p.m., Evening Star Grange, Washington. Refreshments follow. Donations accepted.
Raised by Wolves Play in Rockland, 7-9 p.m., Rock City Cafe. FMI: 594-4123.
Robby Simpson at The Narrows Tavern, 8 p.m., Waldoboro. Acoustic originals and covers of folk. No cover.
Maine Playwrights' Showcase, 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Dec. 12 & 13, and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. Midcoast Actors' Studio puts on monologues and one-act plays. Tix are $6 opening night, then $10 for all ages: 370-7592 or MidcoastActors.org.
St. Cecilia Chamber Choir Presents "Ceremony of Lessons and Carols," Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Newcastle's Second Congregational Church, and Sat., Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick. Tix, $15/students free: Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta; Sherman's Books and Stationery, Boothbay Harbor; Treats, Wiscasset; Gulf of Maine Bookshop, Brunswick; CeciliaChoir.org; and door.
Annual Gingerbread Spectacular, gingerbread house contest at Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Dough Ball preview party Fri., Dec. 12. $20 adv. tickets: 633-5159. Spectacular, free to enter and attend, Sat. & Sun., Dec. 13 & 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
"Eclectic, Electric" DaPonte String Quartet Concerts, classical music played on electric violins, cello and viola. Performances Fri., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor (tix: 963-2569); Sat., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at St. Columba's Church, 32 Emery Way, Boothbay Harbor ($25 tix: 633-6313); and Sun., Dec. 14, 3 p.m., in a free concert at Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle. FMI: DaPonte.org.
Portland Symphony Orchestra's 35th Year of Magic of Christmas, Dec. 12-21, Merrill Auditorium. Performances from Magic of Christmas Chorus; Ray Cornils on Kotzschmar Organ; Falmouth Library Ukulele Ensemble; Maine State Ballet dancers; and many others. Organ Preludes one hour before each concert, except Sun., Dec. 14, 1 p.m. concert, when there's a pre-concert performance by students from the Maine Suzuki Assoc. Tix and times: PortTix.com or 842-0800.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13:
Reindeer Dash, 4-mile race to benefit Toys for Tots, starts 9 a.m. at Landings Restaurant, 1 Commercial St., Rockland. Entry fee is $15 plus new, unwrapped toy, or $20 without toy. FMI: active.com.
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, streamed Live in HD from the Met to Rockland's Strand Theatre and Damariscotta's Lincoln Theater at noon. Strand: 594-0070, RocklandStrand.com. Lincoln: 563-3424, AtTheLincoln.org.
Shakespeare Scenes at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, 1 p.m. Everyman Repertory Theatre members read from some of the Bard's plays. Free with admission. FMI: FarnsworthMuseum.org.
Rockport "Holiday on the Harbor," 1-9 p.m. Village festival 1 p.m. with cookies, cider and kids' fun in Library. RAYR wine tasting 2 p.m. Harlem gospel choir Songs of Solomon concert at Opera House 3 p.m., followed by kids' art, music and pix with Santa in Union Hall, and happy hour at Salt Water Farm. Tree lighting, fireworks at Harbor 5 p.m. Reverse happy hour at Shepherd's Pie. All free, except concert: $25/$10 under 21: 236-2823 or BayChamberConcerts.org.
Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir, 3 p.m., Rockport Opera House. Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts. $25 adults/$10 under 21. FMI: baychamberconcerts.org or 236-2823.
Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, 4 p.m., Blue Goose Center, Rte. 1, Northport. Music by January Men, the UU Church of Belfast Choir, Gawler Sisters, Andrew Boothby and Friends, and Patty Heath; dances by Highland Mary Morris and Shana Bloomstein; and other seasonal entertainment. $10/$5 ages 6-18/$25 families at door. Benefits Interfaith Fuel Fund. FMI: 338-4245. Snow date: Dec. 14.
Stesha Cano Sings in Rockland, 7-9 p.m., Rock City Cafe. FMI: 594-4123.
Penobscot Bay Singers Christmas Concerts, Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Union Hall in Searsport, and Sun., Dec. 14, 3 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Court St., Belfast. Sug. donation $15/kids free.
Portland Ballet Company Presents The Victorian Nutcracker, Westbrook Performing Arts Center Sat. & Sun., Dec. 13 & 14, 2 p.m. With post-show meet & greet with the dancers. Also at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Weds., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., with a live orchestra and chorus. $20-$55 tickets: PortTix.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14:
"Cirque Dreams Holidaze," Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Acrobats perform 20 acts. Tix and time: BroadwaysBestInBangor.com.
Lisa Redfern to Perform, 1-3 p.m., Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main St., Rockland. She brings folk, bluegrass and jazz roots to her original songs. $10 at door. FMI: 594-8700.
"Hey Ho the Holly!" Concert, 2 p.m., St. Andrews Church, 11 Glidden St., Newcastle. Yuletide folk music with audience participation, followed by refreshments and a carol sing. Suggested donation of $10/$5 seniors and kids goes to Heifer International. FMI: 522-3900.
Author Cathie Pelletier to Read, 2 p.m., Stockton Springs Library. From her new book "The Secret World of Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus." Free. FMI: StocktonSpringsLibrary.org.
Holiday Sing-Along, 3 p.m., Rockland Library. Led and accompanied by pianist Sojourner Hodges and banjo player Peter Proeller. Lyric sheets provided. All ages.
Hyssongs Holiday Concert, 6 p.m., Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, 1 Waldo Ave., Rockland. Gospel trio.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15:
CHRHS Empty Bowl Dinner and Silent Auction, Camden Hills Regional High School cafeteria, 5-7 p.m., followed by Winter Choral Concert, with performances by the school's Chorale, Chamber Singers and Women's Choir. Free and open to all, but bring canned food for local pantries. Snow date: Dec. 17. FMI: 236-7800, ext. 295.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16:
Candelia Flute Ensemble to Play, 4-5 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Rd., Newcastle. Light classics and seasonal favorites. FMI: 563-3350.
Free Odeon Ensemble Concert, 6:30 p.m., Rockport Opera House. Bay Chamber Music School's Odeon Allegro, Symphony and Adult orchestras perform, along with guests The Bay Chamber Ukulele Ensemble.
Seacoast Youth & Community Orchestras' Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta.
Handel's "Messiah" Community Sing, 7:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, Thomaston. Area singers are invited to join in. Free to sing or listen; donations appreciated. Rehearsal, not mandatory, Mon., Dec. 15, 7-9:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17:
Music at Noon, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Cellist Ben Noyes and pianist George Lopez play music of Debussey, Beethoven and Piazzolla. Includes lunch from Atlantic Baking Co. and access to museum afterward. Tix: FarnsworthMuseum.org.
Matisyahu, 8 p.m., State Theater, Portland. $25 adv. tix: 800-745-3000 or StateTheatrePortland.com. $30 day of.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18:
Humane Society Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m., The Good Kettle, Rte. 1, Stockton Springs. A veterinarian tells animal tales and answers pet questions. Appetizers are paired with selected wines. Liz Donald's art is on sale. Portion of store sales goes to Waldo County H.S. FMI: 567-2035.
"Homes Down East," 7 p.m., Camden Library. Architect Christopher Glass and historians Earle Shettleworth and Scott Hanson discuss the shingle style and show images from "Homes Down East," published in November by Tilbury House.
"Yuletide Revelry" with Castlebay, Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Ancient folksongs and stories of the solstice and Yule. $10. FMI: 443-5487 or Castlebay@Castlebay.net.
Married with Chitlins to Play, Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., The Narrows Tavern, Waldoboro. Acoustic originals and covers of folk. No cover.
"Santa's Naughty or Nice Holiday Party," Fri., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery, 416 Main St., Rockland. Funky dance music by The Midnight Riders. Santa visits. Men pay $3 at door/women free.
"Sing We Noel" by Oratorio Chorale, Sat., Dec. 20, 1 and 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick. With organ and brass quintet accompaniment. Cocoa-and-cookies reception afterward. All ages welcome. Tix: OratorioChorale.org.
Free 10-Minute New Age Readings, Sat., Dec. 20, 2-4 p.m., Terra Optima Farm Market, 218 South Main St., Rockland. Astrology readings by Ananur Forma. Tarot readings by "Clara the Clairvoyant."
Lincoln Theater's Holiday Gift to the Community, Sat., Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m., Damariscotta. Santa, singing & surprises.
Mt. View Chamber Singers Carols-in-the-Round Concert, Sat., Dec. 20, 4 p.m., John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden. Free; donations defray program expenses.
Community Caroling Event, Sat., Dec. 20, 4 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, South Thomaston. All welcome to meet at Chapel Street, dressed for the weather. Hot soup and bread served at the church afterward. FMI: 409-6905.
"A Home for the Holidays" Roller Derby, Sat., Dec. 20, 5 p.m., Point Lookout, Northport. Skaters from across Maine scrimmage with Rock Coast Rollers' Perfect Storm at the family-friendly event. Halftime gingerbread-decorating contest. Free admission. Bring donation for The Hospitality House - wish list is at: RockCoastRollers.org.
"Game Night!" in Camden, Sat., Dec. 20, 5-7 p.m., Owl and Turtle Bookshop. Scrabble, Monopoly and others available, or bring your fave.
Candy Land Suite, journey through an enchanted land performed by Studio RED dancers, Strom Auditorium, Sat., Dec. 20, 6 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 21, 2 p.m. $10 adv. tix: Studio RED, 143 Rankin St., Rockland. $15 door.
Tapestry Singers Holiday Concert, "Nowell, Nowell!," at Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle, Sat., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Tix, $15/students free: Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta; Now You're Cooking, Bath; and 563-3719. FMI: Facebook page TapestrySingersMaine.
The Nutcracker, Sun., Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Bolshoi Ballet streamed Live in HD from Moscow to Rockland's Strand Theatre and Damariscotta's Lincoln Theater. Strand: 594-0070, RocklandStrand.com. Lincoln: 563-3424, AtTheLincoln.org.
"A Child's Christmas in Wales," Sun., Dec. 21, 3 p.m., Rockland Library. Erika Pfander and Peter Jenks read the Dylan Thomas classic, with musical accompaniment. Free.
"Carols in the Round," Sun., Dec. 21, 4 p.m., United Christian Church, Lincolnville Center. The Mount View High School Chamber Singers perform. Free; donations welcome. FMI: 785-3521.
Polar Bear Dip & 5K in Portland, Weds., Dec. 31. Registration 9:30 a.m. at Back Cove parking lot (across from Hannaford). 5K at 11 a.m. Dip at noon. Benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine. FMI: nrcm.kintera.org/dipdash.
The Ghost of Paul Revere Sings in the New Year, Weds., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. Spencer Albee opens. $15 adv. tickets: 800-745-3000 or PortCityMusicHall.com. $18 day of.
New Year's Eve Dinner Dance in Waldoboro, Weds., Dec. 31, VFW Hall, Mill St. Buffet 7-8:30 p.m. Bad Penny plays 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $20 includes buffet and champagne. Proceeds support Voice of Democracy Program in local schools. Tix: 832-0540.
Sparks the Rescue Plays Portland, Fri., Jan. 2, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St. $12 adv./$15 day of/$20 preferred seating. 18+. Tix: Cumberland County Civic Center box office, 800-745-3000 or PortCityMusicHall.com.
David Mallett Concert in Rockland, Fri., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. The renowned American folkie performs at the Strand Theatre. $20 general admission tix: RocklandStrand.com or 594-0070.
Dyer Neck Gang Concert, Sat., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $10 adv. tix: BoothbayOperaHouse.com, 633-6855. $15 day of show.
Red Sox Winter Weekend, Fri.-Sun., Jan. 23-25, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. Players and coaches have been invited. With a baseball festival for all ages, and clinics for kids. FMI: Redsox.com.
The Boneheads & The Holy Mackerels, Sat., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $10 adv. tix: BoothbayOperaHouse.com, 633-6855. $15 day of show.
Evening of Classical Romance, Thurs., Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Pianist Laura Kargul and violinist Ron Lantz play. $15 adv. tix: BoothbayOperaHouse.com, 633-6855. $20 day of show.
Cajun Concert by BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet, Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Strand Theatre, Rockland. $25 tix: RocklandStrand.com or 594-0070.
Kongos Plays Portland, Tues., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., State Theatre, 609 Congress St. $20 adv. tix: StateTheatrePortland.com or 800-745-3000. $25 day of.
Greg Brown Concert, Weds., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Camden Opera House. $29 reserved seats: CamdenOperaHouse.com, 470-7066, or Camden Town Office, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon.-Fri. $34 day of show.