Memorial Day Weekend at last. Awesome. Bring on the sunshine, the tourists & traffic, and the thinking I’m totally going to go to the beach and go camping and go to a music festival and then all of a sudden it’s September. Well, I hope you all get to do all the fun things on your summer to do list. And I’m here to help! Here’s what we have for fun activities this weekend–
Botanical Gardens have Free Admission for all Maine residents May 24,25, & 26.
Friday May 23
- Smokestack in Camden has Vodka Redbull for $5
- Drop the kiddos off at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope from 6-8.30 p.m. and go enjoy date night while the kids enjoy fun art acitivites. Cost: $25 per family. Register in advance. More info: http://www.sweettreearts.org/
- Trackside Station has a Beer Pong Tournament. It’s $10 for a two person team to play.
- The 220s at The Speakeasy 8-11 p.m. Cost: $5. The 220s! They do progressive rock. It’ll sound like 90’s alternative. It’s good. You’ll have fun.
- AIR/ Arts In Rockland has announced a special Memorial Day Weekend Arts Walk this Friday night 5-8 p.m.!!! I love Art Walks! Wine, Art, Friendly folks and fun in downtown rockland, what’s better?!
Come out and mingle and see all the beautiful exhibits on display. Stop into any downtown gallery and you can pick up an AIR brochure with a map of all the downtown galleries. I recommend stopping in to Harbor Square Gallery. You can see all the work ( some eclectic collections, some awesome abstract exhibits, very impressive) and then go to the top floor to see the sculptures on the roof top patio and a great view of Rockland’s Main St.
- Ale House String Band plays at The Narrows Tavern, Waldoboro, 8 p.m.
- Dom Colizzi brings live music to Rollies – 9-11 p.m.
- Rock Harbz (aka Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery) is gettin’ wild tonight. DJ VJ. Drink specials. Jello Shots. Fun starts at 9 p.m.
- Golden Oak is playing some folk music at The Landings in Rockland. Music starts at 7 p.m. If you haven’t been to the landings it’s well worth paying them a visit. Nice little bar, great food, water views. They’re located on the water, just past the police station in Rockland. Check the band out on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/goldenoakband
- Learn about reading food labels this Fri 5/23, 8:30 a.m. at The Juice Cellar (They’re located on Beaver Street, on the backside of the Opera House building). Event is free. Space is limited, so please RSVP by clicking “Join” on the facebook event or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clayton Clemetson will perform during the Belfast Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
- Concert to benefit Maine Lighthouse Museum will feature “NEPTUNE’S CAR” with Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes. They will play at the museum located at One Park Drive in Rockland, 5-7 p.m.
- Rockport Dance Conservatory will have their Spring Showcase 6:30 p.m. at Camden Opera House on Friday & Saturday. Cost: $15. www.rockportdance.com
Saturday May 24
- Nukulele will perform at Rock City Cafe, Rockland. Jam/funk & rock covers. Music is free, but give ’em a tip. Enjoy some beer, wine, coffee & delicious treats from the cafe and enjoy some tunes. 7-9 p.m. These guys are the bomb. But don’t worry, if you blow it and don’t make it in time they’ll be playing at the Myrt afterwards.
- Waterfall Arts in Belfast has some music for us! Jim Dandy will bring their awesome punk rock, Merther will have jam music and When Particles Collide does power pop/rock. Show starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Event info here.
- Tricky Britches playing at The Speakeasy, 8-11 p.m. Cost: $5. Remember to try the $5 cocktail special. These guys are from Portland and they do some mean old timey/bluegrass/folk music.
- Blind Albert & Co. will be jamming at Highlands Coffeehouse in Thomaston for the monthly Blues Jam 7-10 p.m.
- Midcoast Swing is hosting a Swing Dance and Frankie Centennial Celebration at High Mountain Hall inCamden, Saturday, May 24. Dance classes are from 3-6 p.m. and focus on Lindy Hop, the original swing dance.They will then have Movies and Munchies (videos of Frankie Manning & lindy hop, and snacks provided or bring your own) from 6 – 7 pm.Then the Swing Dance is 7-10 pm, open to all. The $7 admission includes a beginner lesson, refreshments, door prizes, videos, and dance demonstrations. FMI: www.joyfuldancing.com or facebook.Schedule:
3:00 Lindy Hop Basics
4:00 Frankie Favorites
5:00 More Frankie Favorites
6:00 Movies and Munchies
7:00 Free Dance Lesson
7:30 Swing Dance!Costs:
Single Workshop – $10
Two workshops – $18
Three workshops – $24
Three workshops and dance – $29
Dance only (includes beginner lesson) – $7
- Trackside Station has a dance party with DJ VJ starting around 9 p.m.
- Free Butcher Demos at Maine Street Meats (in the State of Maine Cheese building) Rockport, 3 p.m. And! Wine tasting today 12-2 p.m. at Maine Street Meats and meet the wine maker!
- Grasshopper Shop in Rockland has their annual yardsale with lots of discounts, 9a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Circle the Wagons – Bragg Community WOD & Fundraiser – 10 a.m.
- Camden Farmer’s Market – in the old MBNA parking lot.
- Myrtle Street Tavern has Nukelele. Band starts at 9 p.m. Cost: $3.
- March Against Monsanto & FOR HEALTHY ORGANIC FOOD!! Meet at Rockland Universalist Unitarian at 1:30. Wear your marching shoes and get ready to Say No to GMO!!
- Tom Luther Quintet will play jazz at Åarhus Gallery, Main St. in Belfast, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10.
- So What Band will be playing classic rock at Bowen’s Tavern, Belfast, 9 p.m. – close.
- Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse’s First Open house for the season – They are open every weekend through Columbus Day from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. tides and weather permitting and volunteers available. Do check the tide charts before you go! Sometimes high tide means you can’t make it all the way out to the light house.
Sunday, May 25
1. Botanical Gardens have Free Admission for all Maine residents May 24,25, & 26. Beautiful, beautiful gardens.
2. It’s Cribbage Night. They supply the cribbage sets, and anyone playing gets 15% off their bill at 3Crow, Rockland. Also, I hear their brunch is slammin’.
3. On Sunday,The Narrows Tavern is hosting their 1st Lebowski Day!! I hope you are as excited for this as I am. The game plan: meet at the Tavern around 5:30 p.m. for a Caucasian and then they’ll head up the street for a few strings of bowling at All Play Bowling Alley! Afterwards, the Dude Fest continues at the pub! With White Russians and the movie will be on and costumes! Awesome! If you’ve never been to The Narrows, it’s flippin’ sweet. Has that classic tavern feel, welcoming vibe. You’ll love it. So come on out and have some fun. Sometimes you just gotta put on a robe and get a White Russian, man.
4. Drink & Draw at the FOG, downtown Rockland, is a fun way to spend a Sunday evening. They have art materials available and a different theme each week. It’s happy hour all night so enjoy discounts on beer, wine, cocktails & the bar menu while you color and draw.
5. The Waterworks has $1 off draft beers all day. Cheers to that!
6. Rock Harbz has Sunday Funday for ya: $5 Bloody Mary’s, $2.50 Bud Light drafts, & half off wings.
7. Gabriel Donohue playing at Sail Power and Steam Museum, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
8. Cappy’s Shipyard Party! at Cappy’s Chowder House in Camden. They have lots of free food, happy hour drink specials and shipyard giveaways. Also – the Cappy’s Bakery is open now and they have some nice outdoor dinng set up behind the restaurant with views of the harbor.
9. Trackside holiday specials: $4 Red, White & Blue Shot, $5 Patriotic Punch & $4 Bloody Marys & Mimosas.
10. Rollie’s in Belfast has 50 cent wings.
Damarsicotta Parade begins at 11 a.m.
Camden ceremony at Public Landing at 9 a.m. and parade at 9:30 a.m.
Lincolnville parade begins at 1 p.m.
Rockland parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
Rockport parade starts at 11 a.m.
And my suggestions for how to spend your memorial day? Well, I’m not much for parades. If I wanted candy I’d go buy it instead of picking it up off the ground, and if I wanted people to wave at me from their cars I’d go to Vinalhaven. Kidding. I love island life. And candy. So, if you aren’t BBQin’ here are my suggestions:
- Trivia Night at Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery at 7 p.m. & Mug Night. Come around 6 p.m. to get a seat at the bar, it fills up. Bring a few friends to play on your team (I think it’s no more than five, maybe six per team). Grab dinner and drinks while you play. Top three teams will get a percent off your bill. It’s wicked fun!
- Alexis P Suter will be performing at the Time Out Pub for Monday Night Blues, 7-10 p.m. Soulful/spiritual/powerful blues singing. http://www.alexispsuter.com/ Cost: $15
- Trackside Station has $3 margaritas.
- Smokestack has $4 margaritas, $2 Tacos, $3 Coronas
- Down East Singers and Mozart Mentors Orchestra directed by Anthony Antolini present a Memorial Day concert at the Camden Opera House, 5 p.m. Cost: $20.
- Lots of art galleries, restaurants, schooners, and other seasonal businesses are just opening up for the season or switching to their summer schedules. Yippee! Now you can Mini-golf any gosh darn day of the week at Golfer’s Crossing in Rockport. It’s a nice set up with the outdoor dining/outdoor bar at Blue Sky Cantina right there and then ice cream too. That set up has my name all over it.
- Botanical Gardens are just begging for a visit. Admission is free for all Mainers. mainegardens.org
- There are always Memorial day sales. Who doesn’t love retail therapy? I think I saw Mexicali Blues advertise 75% off.
- The Farnsworth is open. It’s worth checking out the current exhibit, The Story of the Land and It’s People which features photography by local students.
- Lots of schooners are ready to set sail. Go now while it’s early in the season and they may have discounts. Or maybe a guided paddle tour.
- Celebrate BBQ season by not doing any work and still enjoying a delicious burger! Try The Best Burger in The State right here in Midcoast Maine.
- Talk a walk on the breakwater in Rockland. They’re ready to begin tours of the Rockland Lighthouse & the light for the season and they’ll be having a special Memorial Day Open House from 2-5 p.m.You can learn about some of the history and have a view from up high where the light is. Remember to check tide charts before you go and dress warm, it’s windy out there, I always wear something that can cover my ears when I go, but I’m not your mom.
- Sit outside and soak up some sun! Check out this sweet list of neat places that have outdoor dining/drinking options: DOCKtails & DECKadence.
- Savory Maine Organic Restaurant in Damariscotta will host musicians Gary McCue & Lora Stanchfield tomorrow- Saturday 6-8pm.