14 things to do near you February 11-13


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14 things to do near you February 11-13

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At Spectrum News Maine, we want to be your community contact. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Maine, there’s sure to be something to do near youโ€”it’s a “vacation destination” after all.

With the Super Bowl on Sunday and Valentine’s Day on Monday, you might feel the urge to find the perfect gift for your special someone – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Throw away the heart-shaped assorted chocolate box and plan an experience your partner won’t forget. From outdoor activities to romantic dinners, there’s sure to be an event near you to wow your sweetheart.

In the spirit of the 14th, there are 14 holiday-themed events in Maine this weekend:

Friday

US Bobsleigh National Championships
February 11-13 at Camden Snow Bowl
Bring your sled partner and head to Camden for a lively weekend of activities. Whether you ride the slides or not, this will be a weekend to remember. With music, food, crazy costumes and more, see why people from all over the world head to the Central Coast for this annual event. While there is no charge for spectators, parking on the hill costs $10. Avoid the traffic and save money by taking the shuttle bus from Camden city center to Snow Bowl. Pickup and drop off at Village Green. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Valentine’s Dinner
5:30-7:30 pm The Maker’s Galley in Portland
Who doesn’t love good food and wine? Reserve your table for a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner at Portland’s newest restaurant, The Maker’s Galley. Sit back and enjoy Executive Chef Arianna Stefanillo’s delicious menu using locally sourced ingredients. You choose each course and can choose wine pairings to enhance your experience. Two time periods are available. To purchase a reservation in advance, click here.

Paint and Sip: Couples Night
7-9:30 pm Muse Paintbar in Portland
This is my favorite date night idea – so much fun. Sip and paint an evening with your partner or favorite galentine under the guidance of a Muse artist. This Friday’s couples night, you’ll learn how to paint half of an emerald night scene that will (hopefully) piece together perfectly with your partner’s half. No drawing experience required – in fact, it’s more fun that way. Buy tickets online in advance.

Saturday

I (heart) mini session
Soggy Dog Designs in Bath from 10am to 4pm
Forget cheesy iPhone selfies and book professional photos with your sweetheart. 25 minutes for couples meetings, or 15 minutes for solo shoots. If your four-legged friend is your lover, good news – you can bring your pet too! Serious, goofy, gloomy – whatever you like, this is sure to be an experience. To secure your time slot, click here.

Wine and Valentine’s Day
2-3:30 pm at the Kennebunkport Hotel
Bring your brownies and spend an afternoon in Kennebunkport for Team Burleigh’s annual wine tasting. This event is for those over 21, and pre-registration is required for tastings. You can buy tickets in advance on Eventbrite.

Valentine’s Day Wood Tray Paint Night
3-5:30 pm Extreme Energy and Nutrition in Lisbon
Can’t get to the paint to sip with the muse? No problem, we have another chance for you to spray acrylic paint on your sweetheart. Draw a couple on two trays or draw your own – it’s going to be fun anyway. Templates and materials will be provided to ensure there are no squabbles. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.

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Mount Agamenticus in York from 4pm to 6pm
Feeling the effects of cabin heat? Grab your sweetheart, pack up (and maybe bring some hot cocoa) and head outside for the Wildlife Center’s “Finding Sweethearts” this weekend. Enjoy an owl courtship and nesting program followed by an owl snowshoe adventure. This pre-Valentine’s Day event aims to connect friends and family with the natural world. Promoting physical activity, this activity is sure to get you out of hibernation. For event details or to reply on Facebook, click here.

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5pm at the Gracie Theatre in Bangor
Enjoy a two-player game featuring “LA Law” stars and real-life couple Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker in this Valentine’s Day special. Watch the couple read their letters and discuss their hopes and aspirations, dreams and disappointments, triumphs and failures. Stay after the show to meet and greet the duo and enjoy a glass of champagne. Tickets can be purchased on the theater’s website, here.

blue jazz
6-11:45 pm Blue in Portland
What’s more romantic than listening to jazz with your special someone in a dimly lit lounge? I will wait. If you’re looking for a date night in Portland, stop at Blue or stay overnight to hear local and traveling musicians perform this week. To see this weekend’s lineup, click here.

Can’t go blue this weekend? Get in the mood at home and hit the player below to listen to some smooth jazz.

Sunday

Make your own croissants and brownies
Bravo Maine in Portland from 9 am to 2 pm
Who doesn’t love a crunchy croissant for breakfast in bed? Step up your game this Valentine’s Day and learn how to make Austrian pastries in this hands-on workshop. The perfect outing for couples, friends or flying solo, you’ll know how to properly shape, fill and bake your pastries to perfection. Escape the cold this weekend and enjoy an afternoon bake with pastry chef Jasmine at Bravo Maine. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

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12:30-4:30 pm Shawnee Peak in Bridgetown
Head to that “love” mountain and spend an afternoon on the slopes this Valentine’s weekend. Fun for the whole family, Shawnee Peak offers half-price skis and rides from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

Literary Salon: Love, Belfast
2-3pm at Camden Opera House
The Camden Opera House is bringing back the “Literary Salon” with its Valentine’s Day themed matinee “Love, Belfast”. Hear readings from four Belfast poets who have all served as the city’s Poet Laureate. The show is free, but pre-registration is required to ensure social distancing. Doors open at 1:30pm on Sunday. If you cannot attend the live event, the Opera House will stream readings on its Facebook page.

Spread the Love: Live Music
4-5pm at Kittery’s Ballroom
Peggo and Paul, dubbed “P squared” by fans, and Kent Allyn will perform original folk songs at the “Spread the Love” event. Their performance has been described as “light-hearted” and “from the heart” – the perfect way to set the mood for Valentine’s Day. Proof of vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to the event is required upon admission. To purchase tickets, click here.

Valentine’s Day Cabaret
8:30 PM at York Maine Cliff House
Take romantic Broadway to Maine for a holiday-themed cabaret show with stars Jelani Remy and Thayne Jasperson. Bringing old and new Broadway hits to life, Remy and Jasperson have starred in “Hamilton,” “West Side Story,” and “The Lion King,” among others. Click here to buy tickets for Sunday’s show. Note that there will be an additional show at 8:30pm on Valentine’s Day, and tickets for both shows can be purchased through the links above.

There is an event you would like to mention, please email me maddison.raynor@charter.comwe will include it in our weekly list.

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