Weekend Spotlight: Mardi Gras and Tobogganville parties, Circus Arts and Music, and Un-Valentine’s Day

Posted:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:30pm

There are some really interesting things going on this weekend; it almost rivals a summer weekend in how diverse and energetic the performances and activities are, so don’t stay in! Go watch the toboggan races and head out for both evenings; there is plenty going on.

Un-Valentine’s Day

Friday, Feb. 9 — Rockland

Admit it. The idea of Valentine’s Day has got you sifting through your all-black Angelina Jolie wardrobe for something suitable to wear on Feb. 14 while you practice your eyeball-straining eye roll over anything heart-shaped. Well, Rock Harbor Pub knows how you feel and they are throwing an Un-Valentine’s Day bash featuring a creative singer-songwriter competition for all those who love to loathe Valentine's Day. With prizes, drink specials, and more, the party kicks off at 8 p.m. and goes to midnight. Free to the public.

Salt Stage Round Two

Friday, Feb. 9 — Rockland

Coming back for another small venue show the second weekend in a row, Salt Stage Live pairs up with Fog Bar and Café to bring Circus Arts, Craft Drink and Music to the Midcoast with Grammy-nominated performer and singer Celia Woodsmith and an acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter, Joe K. Walsh. Performing with them is Jessica Jones, a circus artist. At age 17, she began to study Circus Arts under Russian circus legend, Evgueni Baranok. With Evgueni she began to master aerials while still learning a variety of other disciplines such as hand balancing, contortion, and acrobatics.Tickets to this show are $18 and it tends to sell out fast. Check out more details here.

Toboggan Races & Boogie Nights

Saturday, Feb. 10 — Camden

Here it is again, the annual U.S. Toboggan National Championships with silly costumes, dance parties on the ice and the roar of toboggans down the 400-foot chute!  This is Camden’s biggest tailgate party of the year and expect more entertainment into the night as the Midnight Ramblers, an acoustic alt-country roots and blues band, perform a free show at the Camden Snow Bowl from 7 to 10 p.m.

Chili Challenge

Sunday, Feb. 11— Camden

West Bay Rotary hosts their annual fundraiser at Camden Sea Dog. And someone at the end of the day will have bragging rights to the best chili the Midcoast has to offer. Try chili from at least six local establishments for just $10 (children $6). Tickets available at the event on Saturday - U.S. National Toboggan Championships weekend!

Killer Road Trip: Hallowell Mardi Gras Parade

Sunday, Feb. 11 — Hallowell

Get out your beads and upcycle that Toboggan Races costume. Hallowell has got it going on Sunday with a town-wide Mardi Gras Parade starting at 6 p.m. Check out their Facebook page to find out which restaurants and bars are participating with live music and special Cajun food specials.

Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com