Things to do indoors and out
Spend your winter outdoors with starlit snowshoe adventures and saunas in the woods or stay cozy inside and learn about South American wines, solve a murder mystery and listen to the classic songs of Bob Dylan and The Band.
Those are just some of this winter’s highlights.
Starlight Snowshoe Tour
Jan. 14, 6–9 p.m.
L.L. Bean’s Fogg Farm, 11 Desert Road, Freeport
This is an all-inclusive snowshoe trek under the stars. L.L.Bean provides the equipment and some hot cocoa and snacks after. The tour is guided and the terrain is beginner- and family-friendly. Other starlight snowshoe tours are on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11. Tickets are $40.
Super Sauna Saturday
Jan. 14, 4–6 p.m.
Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center, 77 Warren Road, Denmark
A sauna in the woods awaits at Nurture Through Nature, a retreat center in Denmark. The center offers group retreats and workshops, yoga and eco-cabin and yurt rentals. They also have a Finnish-style wood-fired sauna, which is open to the public every Saturday from 4–6 p.m. October through March. $15 per person, $10 for students.
The Jones Family Singers
Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
High-energy gospel meets vintage soul, funk and R&B. Led by Bishop Fred Jones, The Jones Family Singers includes five of his daughters and two of his sons, and the family’s performances are uplifting to the utmost. Tickets are $35–$40.
Wine (and food) Walk: Delicious South America
Jan. 21, 2:45 p.m.
Starting location TBA
Explore great wines from well-known and up-and-coming regions of South America with this winter wine walk with sommelier Erica Archer. The tour includes delicious food pairings at four Portland restaurants. It’ll feel like a mini-vacation for your palate. Tickets are $54 in advance, $60 the day of.
Liberal Cup Amateur Biathlon
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
There are multiple categories—beginner, intermediate, advanced, junior and high school—but really, it’s about having a good time skiin’ and shootin’ on the scenic grounds of Hidden Valley Nature Center. Plenty of beer, snacks and hot toddies to enjoy after your race. Entry is $35.
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek
Feb. 10, 5–8 p.m.
Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal
Climb half a mile to the summit of Pisgah Hill Preserve with the setting sun to witness the rising of the moon. Bonfire, roasted marshmallows and camaraderie await! Make your way down under the light of the moon. Bring headlamps, blankets and snowshoes (weather depending). Sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust. The event is free.
Hot Chocolate Valentine Cabaret
Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day warm-up with an afternoon of romantic tunes. Bring your sweetheart or come on your own or with friends. Love will be in the air, and dessert and beverages will be available. Tickets are $15 per person, $25 for couples.
Murderous Dinner Mystery Theater, “The St. Valentine’s Day Mascara”
Feb. 11, 5 p.m.
Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity
The era of Prohibition, Capone and the Valentine’s Day Massacre are long over, but you’ll relive the glitz of the speakeasy and the mystery that’s sure to unfold during the night. Dress the part and prepare for a night of old-school entertainment. Tickets are $50.
Comedy For Cumston – Improv at the Hall
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Cumston Hall, Monmouth
No pre-packaged comedy here. Capital City Improv will create the hilarity on the spot using audience suggestions and stories. Proceeds support Friends of Cumston Hall. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors.
Music@Dusk: Peter and Will Anderson
Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Union Hall Theatre, Rockport
Jazz musicians and twins Peter and Will performed a sold-out show at Union Hall last year, and they’re coming back for another great night of jazz as part of the Music@Dusk series. Guitarist Alex Wintz will join them. Tickets are $30.
The “THE BAND” band: Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band
March 3, 8 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, Portland
The “THE BAND” Band has kept the music of The Band alive, performing songs like “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” During this performance, they’ll honor Dylan by performing some of his classics as well. Tickets are $23 in advance, $28 the day of.