May Calendar

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A romantic trip through the wilds of Maine . . . The size of the river is greatly increased in the spring.

— Arthur W. Robinson, Sportsmen’s and Tourists’ Guide Book to the Dead River Region of Maine, 1887

“Greatly increased,” indeed. These days, several dam-controlled releases every May amp up the flow on Maine’s Dead River to as much as 7,000 cubic feet per second, creating class III, IV, and V rapids. This high-octane kick-off to the state’s whitewater season takes place over four weekends. Check with Raft Maine or the Forks Area Chamber of Commerce for a (non-exhaustive) list of outfitters who can take you and a raft full of your buddies through the tumult. May 2, 9, 24 & 30.,

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Through May 28

Down East contributing photographer Séan Alonzo Harris shot the players of Dirigo Vintage Baseball for our June issue (on newsstands now!). His stunning black-and-white images from the story (plus a number of others) are on display this month at Susan Maasch Fine Art. 4 City Center, Portland. 207-478-4087.

Reed All About It
May 1—31

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art opens its 2015 season with Verner Reed: New England Life, a collection of portraits by the New England–bred, mid-century Life magazine photographer. Reed photographed the likes of John F. Kennedy, but his shots of farmers, laborers, and kids at play pack the most punch. Part of 2015’s Maine Photo Project. 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. 207-646-4909.

Still Skiing
May 2

Thought winter was over? Think again. Everybody gets a free lift ticket at Ski Maynia, to shred whatever snow is left (or what the resort can manufacture) at this end-of-season bash. Bands and barbecue at the base of the mountain make for a fun spring fling. Sunday River Resort, Newry. 207-824-3000.

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May 14–17

Tourist season is not yet in full swing in Bar Harbor, and the locals are hungry! Join them for three days of epicurean indulgence during the Taste of Bar Harbor. Events include a dessert crawl, where a $15 ticket gets you a ballot and sweet samples at some 20 restaurants and venues across town; a waiter race, in which local servers scramble around a parking lot carrying trays full of food and drink; a wine tasting and pub crawl; a chef’s gala; special menus at local restaurants; and a wide curriculum of cooking classes and demonstrations. Many events free; ticketed events $15–$185. Bar Harbor. 800-345-4617.

Roads Trip
May 16

We’re excited to sponsor the All Roads Music Festival in Belfast, featuring Lady Lamb, The Mallett Brothers Band, Spose, Lisa/Liza, and other great Maine bands you’ve read about in Down East. Locations across Belfast.

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May 30–31

Gearheads, history buffs, and retro car enthusiasts unite — the Spring Auto Show at Owls Head Transportation Museum recalls a time when seat belts were optional and chrome was more than just your Internet browser. $16. 117 Museum St., Owls Head. 207-594-4418.


In Concert

Richard Thompson
May 2

One of the world’s great songwriters, who helped birth the British folk-rock scene. 8 p.m. $70. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. 207-935-7292.

The Baseball Project
May 6

Half of R.E.M. formed a supergroup with three other stellar alt-rock musicians, and they only record songs about baseball. Nope, not a weird dream you had. 8 p.m. $15–$20. One Longfellow Square, Portland 207-761-1757.

Casco Bay Tummlers
May 17

Lively, jazzy Ashkenazi dance tunes from Portland’s venerable klezmer ensemble. 2 p.m. $15–$20. Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine at Augusta. 207-621-3551.

Kruger Brothers
May 29

This North Carolina (by way of Switzerland) trio brings a jazz improv mentality and virtuosic technique to American folk traditions. 7:30 p.m. $25–$30. Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-5159.

Woo Downeast Chamber Trio
May 30

Chamber music veterans Gerard Reuter (oboe), Richard Hsu (violin), and Heidi Powell (violin and viola) give an intimate performance at Steuben’s Eagle Hill Institute. $25–$30. 59 Eagle Hill Rd., Steuben. 207-546-2821.

Featured photo by davidgalestudios via Flickr. This image is available under a Creative Commons license. Car photo credit: binabina | iStock


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