Weekend Spotlight: Ice, ice baby and some killer road trips

Posted:  Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:00am

There’s a lot of things happening around the state this weekend around the usual themes of food, beer, and fun and games plus an important MLK event. So if you had no idea of what you wanted to do this weekend, here are some events you may not have even heard about.

Samoset’s Annual Glacier Ice Bar

Friday, Jan. 12-14 — Rockland

Well, you know we’ve officially hit winter when Chef Tim Pierce, CEC Executive Chef of the Samoset Resort, gets out the chainsaw and transforms 20,000 pounds of ice into one of the “hottest and coolest lounges” on the Maine coast—the Samoset Resort’s famous Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with specialty cocktails like “Old Man Winter” and you can always grab apps from Enoteca, the lounge inside. Put on your parka and long johns, and get ready for icy selfies. The next go around is January 19-20 (weather permitting) before it all comes  down! Free to the public.

Killer Road Trip: Fyood Kitchen

Friday, Jan. 12 — Portland

No that’s not a typo. Fridays are Fyood-days in 2018! Come unwind, tackle mystery baskets, and enjoy the most unique dinner experience in town at Fork Food Lab.

Gather your friends for a fun night of amateur cooking in a commercial kitchen.  They provide the kitchen, the food, and do the dishes. All you need to bring is your A-game! Create final dishes that incorporate and feature the four mystery ingredients. Once the cooking is done, dishes are presented to judges who will score them. You can channel your own Julia Child and BYOB. Their tickets link seems to be broken so email: https://www.fyoodkitchen.com/home/contact/ Goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Killer Road Trip: Winter Session

Saturday, Jan. 13 — Portland

Beer lovers unite! This is one of the biggest brew sessions in the winter in Maine inside the newly renovated, heated Brick South Building at Thompson's Point in Portland, sponsored by Maine Brewers Guild and featuring dozens of Maine brewers (and some from nearby states). Three ticket options: VIP ($63; early admission at noon), General Admission ($52.44; 1-5 p.m.), and Designated Driver ($22) There will also be live music and plenty of food truck options. Tickets: Winter Session

Snow-Con Table Games

January 13-14 — Bangor

What could be better than a wintery day around a table with friends old and new, playing a game? SnowCon, held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on a January weekend, is packed with tabletop games played face-to-face including board games, card games, roleplaying games, LARPs, miniatures, demo games, strategy games; as well as a packed game library, vendors, exhibitors, costume contests and more for gamers of all ages and experience levels. SnowCon will have a large area dedicated to open gaming again this year. The Open Gaming Area is the place to hang out if you brought a game to play, if you’re looking for a game to play, or if you want to make new friends. The cost to attend depends on whether you’re playing or observing. Check out their website for tickets and schedule http://snowconmaine.com/main/cost-to-attend

MLK Day: Nonviolent Resistance

Sunday, Jan. 14 — Bangor

MLK Day falls on Monday, and this past year we have seen ever more clearly how racism is used to divide and divert people from understanding and challenging the systemic roots of growing inequality and injustice. jhis annual commemoration will look at how our community is addressing racism in relation to the following Martin Luther King, Jr. quote:

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies...True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring...A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Riverside Church Speech April 7, 1967

The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor and ends with a potluck supper. FMI: MLK Day


 Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com