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February 2019


February 21 @ 2:00 pm
The Public Theater, 31 Maple St.
Lewiston, ME United States
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A FREE FAMILY FILM EVENT Maine Jewish Film Festival and The Public Theatre present a FREE family film screening at The Public Theatre, 31 Maple Street, Lewiston. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around…

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Camden Conference

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Camden Conference brings a lot of brainpower to the midcoast every year. The big question the experts will grapple with at this year’s conference: “Is this China’s century?” Over three days, speakers will discuss the ascendancy of China, the rebalancing of international power, and what that means for everything from climate change to human rights to trade.

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Dark Side of the Woods

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Oxbow Brewery, 274 Jones Woods Rd
Newcastle, ME 04553 United States
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The Oxbow brewers might be best known for their pale, tart farmhouse ales, but they have a sneaky good lineup of dark beers too — from porters to stouts to smoked beers — on full display all at once for Dark Side of the Woods, a new event at the Newcastle brewery. And true to the allusion in the event’s name, Pink Floyd will be spinning on vinyl in the taproom.

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Samuel James

February 22 @ 8:00 pm
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Blue, 650 Congress St.
Portland, ME
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Portland-based rootsy/bluesy guitar man Samuel James knows how to hook an audience, both with his virtuoso picking and his clever banter. This month, he plays two shows. The first is a standing engagement at Blue, in Portland, where he and fellow local artist D.Gross come up with a random theme and then improvise back and forth. Later in the month, he has the stage to himself at Frontier, in Brunswick.

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Dining Old School at Harraseeket Inn

February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032 United States
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It’s not very often that you see Chateaubriand or Baked Alaska on a menu – but on Saturday, February 23, they’re making a comeback. Spend the evening reminding your senses why these classics are so famous....and delicious!

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The Half-Light

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Portland Stage Company, 25 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME
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Novelist (and occasional Down East contributor) Monica Wood’s first play, 2015’s Papermaker, about a bitter strike at a Maine paper mill, was the best-selling show in Portland Stage Company’s 45-year history. No wonder they want her back. With The Half-Light, Wood explores new territory but similar themes of loss and redemption. It’s the story of a college secretary, who believes she might have a gift for seeing the dead, and her colleague, who is dealing with grief.

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March 2019

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Winter Three-Day Auction

March 1 - March 3
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, 51 Atlantic Highway
Thomaston, ME United States
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Winter Auction Weekend - Day 1 MAR 1, 2019 • 11 AM EST • THOMASTON, ME 04861 DESCRIPTION The Winter Auction Weekend opening day will focus on rare books, documents, maps, graphic arts, and photographs. Leading this day will be 3 editions (including first, signed limited and first American printing) of Robert Frost’s “North of Boston”, plus a large selection of rare books from a Maine collection. There will photographs by Berenice Abbott, George Tames, and Edward Curtis; plus printed…

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Maine Restaurant Week

March 1
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Since 2008, Maine Restaurant Week has reminded everyone that the restaurant scene is something to explore, celebrate and cherish during all seasons. MRW boosts restaurant business during winter, when it is needed most. During MRW, customers dine out in force at participating restaurants. Dining on specially priced multi-course menus feels downright decadent. Also customers join in great events to celebrate and meet the experts while discovering more great places to eat and drink. See this year's schedule:

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24th Annual Rangeley Lakes Trails Center Loppet

March 2
Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleack Mountain Road
Dallas Plt., ME 04970 United States
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$50 – $70

The 24th annual legendary Rangeley Lakes Loppet will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019. The races are 25k and 50k FreeStyle, 25K Classic, and 25K Touring. Refreshment stations every 8K along the course offer cookies, water, and Hammer Heed® to help you along the way. Bring the family for a weekend of winter fun!

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SPOSE live at BAE Ballroom

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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$20 – $25

Spose returns to the BAE Ballroom on Saturday, March 2! Check out his latest album 'We All Got Lost' at Live music showcases at the Bangor Arts Exchange (BAE) features performing artists that you should know about. BAE is a collaborative project of the non-profit Launchpad and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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