Whether you’re doing the standard Turkey Day with family, Friendsgiving, volunteering or working on Thursday, one thing is for sure: this weekend will be all about blowing off steam. I’ve included a couple of things for locals as well as friends and family visiting for a complete recharge.
Rockland Festival of Lights
Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1 — Rockland
This weekend is tailor-made for little kids and people who love that warm, small-town holiday spirit, but there’s also some fun to be had for the big kids and our out-of-state visitors. Rockland Main Street has so many events going on, but the ones not to miss include free horse-drawn wagon rides all weekend, the official lighting of the iconic Lobster Trap Tree (Friday 6:05 p.m.) On Saturday, downtown’s shops are gearing up for Shop Small Saturday with free tastings and special offers; there’s a Historic Inn Holiday House Tour at 1 p.m., a cool Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. FMI: Weekend Schedule
Friday, November 29 — Belfast
The Belfast Co-op, Maine’s only democratically owned and operated grocery store and cafe, is celebrating Love Local Day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Everyone saves 10% off all locally made and produced items all day.Then skip on over to The Green Store, Belfast’s general store that promotes personal and planetary well-being, which turns 26. They’re hosting a celebration with refreshments. A percentage of purchases benefit three local nonprofits which focus on helping people and animals in the community and work to protect invaluable natural resources. FMI: The Green Store.
The Blue Café presents Dyado
Friday, November 29 — Camden
For a completely chill Thanksgiving aprés, head on over to the The Camden Opera House for a performance by Dyado, made up of “two cousins who reconnected later in life, and bonded over playing classic country, and writing songs. Together, they have crafted a hazy, film-grain sound that phases between dreamy California beach days, and fall fields drenched in fog.” The show starts at 7 p.m. in the intimate third-floor performance space. Free/donations; cash bar by 40 Paper Bistro and Bar. No registration or RSVP needed. FMI: The Camden Opera House
Five Short Comedic Plays
Saturday, November 30 — Thomaston
Come to a family-friendly performance by Watts Hall Community Players featuring five short funny plays with 10 actors portraying all of the characters. Shows start 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations go toward upkeep of Watts Hall. (231 Main Street, Thomaston). Here is a rundown of the plays, all about 15 minutes each!
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