Indoor clubs, groups, and social events to partake in this fall and winter

Mon, 11/06/2023 - 11:00am

    It’s 4 p.m. in November as dusk settles in Maine. You pull back your curtains...and sigh. Another winter approaches as the days get shorter. And everyone cocoons in their houses for what seems like an eternity.

    If you’re not an outdoor person once the days get colder, don’t despair—there are a number of ways to still be social in the Midcoast this fall and winter.

    Trivia Nights

    Trivia Nights are a special kind of bonding with a group of pals or work friends because they require the team (usually six to eight people) to develop a clever group identity and compete with other teams — usually once a week — on questions ranging from science to entertainment. Friendly rivalries between teams are encouraged.

    Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast has Smarts and Crafts Trivia Night on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (‘crafts’ meaning craft beer). FMI: Details

    The Jack in Camden hosts a Trivia Night with Bobby on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Email for more info:

    Lake St. George Brewing Co. in Liberty hosts a Trivia Night every Friday at 6 p.m. FMI: Details

    The Knox Clinic and Thomaston Public Library will be hosting a ‘90s Themed Trivia Night on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Thomaston Public Library, 60 Main Street in Thomaston. FMI: Details

    Book Clubs

    Camden Public Library hosts an adult book club monthly (along with kids’ and YA clubs). For the month of November, the group will be reading and discussing The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich meeting on November 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit the library’s website for more information.

    At the Rockland Public Library, Catching Up With The Classics is a book group that meets monthly. This year they will be exploring classics by Maine authors and settings in Maine. The next club meets on November 20 at 6 p.m. View the library’s website for more information or contact:

    The Thomaston Public Library hosts four different book clubs. The Intergenerational Book Club meets every third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in the main reading room. Let's Talk About It meets on the second Tuesday of every other month at 2 p.m. The Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.  The Pop-Up Book Club began as a limited series of book group meetings outside at the library's gazebo during the summer. View the library’s website for more information or contact

    Cozy Music Nights

    Perhaps you enjoy music, but not late-night rock bands. Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast hosts a fiddlers’ jam weekly every Tuesday around 5 p.m. People can bring an instrument and join in. FMI: Details

    Homeport Tavern in Searsport hosts a "Celtic Music” night with The Irish Session Band from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. FMI: Details

    Movie Nights

    Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. hosts fun, familiar movies on Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Watching it with a crowd usually leads to a lot of extemporizing and shouted-out quotes from the audience. On Thursday, November 9, they’ll be screening Caddyshack. Stay tuned to their website for upcoming movies.

    Craft Nights

    Good Natured boutique natural goods store in Liberty and Lake St George Brewing Co. have collaborated to offer a Craft Night every Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the upstairs loft. It’s a “BYO” craft (knitting, painting, etc.) There will also be an optional simple craft each week with a donation requested for any materials used. FMI: Details

    Cover Me In Art, a  DIY arts and craft studio in Belfast is hosting a Paint Night on Saturday, November 11 at 3 p.m. Connect with friends for a creative experience. Bring your own drink and snacks. All materials included to create a 16 x 20 painting on canvas. Then, on November 20, at 5:30 p.m. they’ll host a wine bottle and glasses painting party. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for future events.

    PechaKucha Night

    After a long hiatus, PechaKucha Night is back! On Friday, November 17, The Strand Theatre will host the latest event. Eight individuals share their passions, projects, and processes in this unique 20x20 presentation format. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, available in advance on the Strand website, or at the door if tickets remain. Stay tuned to its Facebook page for future PK events. FMI: Details

    Skill-Building  Workshops

    On November 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Camden Public Library is hosting an “explosion book” workshop in which participants will make a handmade small square book, which “explodes” into a series of square and triangular pages when you open it up. The fee for this seminar is $10, which covers the cost of materials and includes a small donation to the Camden Public Library.

    Waterfall Arts always has some art-related events going on. On November 30, they’ll host a Fun with Fused Glass workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. In this two-hour workshop, students will learn how to fuse a glass wave using a 4″x4″ flat glass sheet and bits of crushed transparent glass in shades of blue and green.

    Michael Good Gallery in Rockport is hosting a couple of book arts workshops in December. on Saturday, Dec. 2 drop in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a free “Simple Books” workshop with Naomi Howe and Cindy McGuirlLearn how to sew the pamphlet stitch, make an eight-page booklet from a single sheet of paper, and more.Then on Saturday, Dec. 9. drop in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on “Paper Ball Accordion Ornaments” with Joelle Webber.  Paper ornament fun! Come see the Midcoast Maine Book Arts Holiday Pop-Up Show and make your own paper ornament.

    If we’ve missed any Midcoast Maine indoor weekly or monthly events for adults, please email us a detailed sentence (who, what, when, where, etc) as well as a website or social media link so that we can pop it into this list.

    Kay Stephens can be reached at