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The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit organization that strives to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community by presenting films that explore the global Jewish experience. November 2 & 3. Various locations in the Portland area.

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October 2019

United States Custom House Tour

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until 10.16.19

United States Custom House, 312 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$8.00 – $10.00

Constructed soon after the Great Fire of 1866, it opened for business in 1872 becoming a gateway for one of the five largest ports in the county. New Hampshire granite, walnut woodwork, and Italian marble were used in construction to ensure the building would stand for generations as a symbol of stability, wealth and strength. The building has been closed to the public since 2001 except through this special 45 minute guided tour. Come see the space a young United States of America created to impress merchants from abroad as they came into Portland, one of the country's biggest, busiest and vital harbors at the time.

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Western Promenade in the Gilded Age Walking Tour

October 17 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 10.17.19

Portland’s Western Promenade, 75 Bowdoin Street
Portland, ME 4102 United States
$8.00 – $10.00

Portland’s Western Promenade in the Gilded Age is a brand new tour this year that walks through one of Portland’s most exclusive neighborhoods uncovering the hidden connections between neighbors during the area’s building boom from the 1870s to the1920s.

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THE ORIGINALS PRESENT WAIT UNTIL DARK

October 17 @ 7:30 pm
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Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd
Bar Mills, ME 04093 United States
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$15

Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (A Picasso, Cousin Bette) has updated and refreshed Fredrick Knott’s taut 1966 Thriller, now set in 1944 in Greenwich Village. Susan Hendrix, a woman who has recently lost her sight in an automobile accident, becomes imperiled by a dangerous psychopath and a con man who are on a quest to retrieve a lost doll with a very valuable secret - a doll they are willing to kill for.

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Stroll Haunted Yarmouth

October 18 @ 7:00 pm
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The Old Meeting House, 25 Hillside St
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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$15

October will mark the second annual historical drama,”Stroll Haunted Yarmouth,” staged at the Old Meeting House and adjacent cemetery on Hillside Avenue. Meet some of the colorful residents from Yarmouth’s early history, who tell their stories by their gravesites.

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Tales by Poe | Portland Ballett

October 18 @ 7:30 pm
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Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 71 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092 United States
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$10 – $35

Portland Ballet opens its 2019/2020 season on a haunting note with 'Tales by Poe', inspired by the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Mixed Woods @ Rock City Cafe

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St,
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Free

Mixed Woods is an indie folk band from Unity, Maine, and will be performing live at the Rock City Cafe in Rockland from 6-8pm.

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The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra “Delight & Despair”

October 19 @ 7:00 pm
The Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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$22 – $75

In our first series of the season the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Rohan Smith, presents “Delight & Despair,” a celebration of the carnival season, the tragedy of a love story, and every emotion in between.

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The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra “Delight & Despair”

October 20 @ 2:30 pm
Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Avenue
Topsham, ME 04086
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$22 – $75

In our first series of the season the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Rohan Smith, presents “Delight & Despair,” a celebration of the carnival season, the tragedy of a love story, and every emotion in between.

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Lakin’s Gorges Cheese and East Forty Farm Table Suppers

October 20 @ 5:30 pm
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East Forty Farm and Dairy, 2361 Friendship Rd
Waldoboro, ME 04572 United States
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$75

Dine under the grape arbor at East Forty Farm and Dairy in Waldoboro for our monthly Farmhouse Table Suppers June to October. Each supper is limited to 20 guests and we dine together at one long table, with many dishes served family style. We view these suppers as a way to make a connection with our food system by meeting the chefs, growers or producers.

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Maine Conservation Voters

Evening for the Environment

October 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Innovation Hall at UNE, 772 Stevens Ave
Portland, ME 04103 United States
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We’re excited to join Maine Conservation Voters to celebrate the climate and environmental victories of the year at the annual Evening for the Environment on October 22 in Portland. The keynote speaker is Richard Louv, journalist and author of the national bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. To register, go to www.maineconservation.org/evening.

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Portland Landmarks

Greater Portland Landmarks Tours

June–October 2019 (Various dates and times)
Portland Area
  • Homes of Portland’s Golden Age – Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. from June 25 to October 18
  • United States Custom House Tour – Wednesdays from June 26 to October 16 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., or 1 p.m.
  • Western Promenade Walking Tour – Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 27 to October 17. No tour July 4
  • Neighborhood Stories – Mondays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 24 to October 14

Evening for the Environment

Tuesday, October 22, 5:30–8 p.m.
Innovation Hall at UNE, Portland

We’re excited to join Maine Conservation Voters to celebrate the climate and environmental victories of the year at the annual Evening for the Environment on October 22 in Portland. The keynote speaker is Richard Louv, journalist and author of the national bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. To register, go to www.maineconservation.org/evening.

Wichita Falls Comic Expo

Oct. 26, 10 a.m.; Oct. 27, 4 p.m.
Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall
Wichita, Texas

The Wichita Falls Comic Expo is a two day pop culture celebration taking place in Wichita Falls, Texas. It is a family friendly & all fandoms are welcome event. Cosplay is encouraged and there will be a cosplay contest as well as other events to partake in. Gaming, photo ops, artists, creators, vendors, and more announcements coming soon! Children 5 and under are free with an adult ticket.

TEDx

TEDxDirigo

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Innovation Hall, University of New England, Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

X. It marks the spot. It blows kisses. It’s exponential, experimental…unknown. This Fall, join us for TEDxDirigo’s tenth (X) annual event as we explore the power of persistence, creativity, and community through The Power of X.

Maine Jewish Film Festival

The Yiddish Culture Festival

November 2 & 3
Various locations in the Portland area

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit organization that strives to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community by presenting films that explore the global Jewish experience.

Paris Hill Holiday House Tours 2019

Paris Hill Holiday House Tours 2019

Dec. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Paris Hill Academy
Paris, Maine

Join the residents of the historic Paris Hill village on December 6 or December 7 while they open their holiday-decorated homes for tours! With many of the houses on Paris Hill dating back well into the 1800s or earlier, what better way to kick off the holidays and get in the spirit!

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