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From maple syrup to folk music, comedy at the theater to a Caribbean night, there’s plenty of activity to be had in March and April. Here are some of the events we’re looking forward to.

WinterKids Downhill 24

March 3–4, 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
d24.org
Ski the day (and night) away during this team ski challenge and compete to see who can clock the most runs in 24 hours. It’s the only chance to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf and it raises money for WinterKids (which helps get more kids outside in the winter). Win-win! There’s a $50 registration fee plus $200 fundraising minimum.

John Gorka

March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Gardiner
johnsonhall.org
Singer-songwriter John Gorka has come a long way since he started playing music at a  coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania years ago. Catch the folk singer at Gardiner’s Johnson Hall. Tickets are $28.

“Wrong For Each Other”

March 18, 7:30 p.m.
The Public Theatre, Lewiston
thepublictheatre.org
It doesn’t matter if it’s been nearly a decade—running into an ex is awkward. But it can also be fun to reminisce about the old days, the good and the bad, like the couple in this sweet romantic comedy. Performances March 17–26. Tickets are $20, $17 Group (10+), $5 Youth.

Author talk with Jim Shepard

March 20, 7 p.m.
Print: A Bookstore, Portland
printbookstore.com
Author Jim Shepard, National Book Award nominee, talks about his new collection of short stories, “The World to Come.” Among the stories are the tales of English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions and 18th-century French balloonists inventing manned flight.

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CIFF Selects: “Sherpa”

March 22, 7 p.m.
Camden Opera House, Camden
camdenoperahouse.com
In 2014, a massive block of ice crashed down onto an Everest climbing route, killing 16 Sherpas. The film “Sherpas” tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma. Tickets are $10 available at the door.

“Pump Boys and Dinettes”

March 24, 7:30 p.m.
City Theater, Biddeford
citytheater.org
It’s a down-home musical featuring the Double Cupp Diner, where the waitresses are like the coffee—hot!—and the boys from the gas station next door play a high-octane blend of country and bluegrass. Performances March 10-26. Tickets are $20.

Photo by Joseph A. Rosen

Shemekia Copeland

March 24, 8 p.m.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield
stonemountainartscenter.com
Catch this talented contemporary blues singer at one of Maine’s best music venues. Copeland sings R&B, blues and ballads tinged with country and is alternately sultry and roaring. Get to Stone Mountain at 6 p.m. for dinner before the show. Lobby and bar opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are $33.

 

 

Maple products produced at the Balsam Ridge Farm. Photo by Tess Wroblewski

Maine Maple Sunday

March 26
Locations around the state
mainemapleproducers.com
The only words sweeter than “maple syrup” are “free samples.” You’ll get both on Maine Maple Sunday, when sugar houses and farms open up to the public and offer free samples and maple products galore. Most activities are free.

Cooking with Cheese

March 26, 3 p.m.
East Forty Farm and Dairy, Waldoboro
eastfortyfarm.com
Sure, grilled cheese is an easy and well-loved meal, but there’s so much more you can do with cheese. In this class, you’ll learn to make great cheese soups, cheese crisps and some baked treats, too. The class is $35.

“Saturday Night Fever”

March 31, 8 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
portlandovations.org
All the dancing you remember, along with plenty of Bee Gee hits, will take the stage for this contemporary performance of a classic. There’s a high probability you’ll leave the theater doin’ a bit of dancing yourself. Tickets are $45–$70.

Winter Graze at Camp Hammond

March 31, 6 p.m.
Camp Hammond, Yarmouth
theblacktieco.com/graze
Now this is how to dinner right: First, cocktail hour. Then a five-course amuse bouche-style dinner. Lone Pine Brewing Company brings the beer pairings, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Embrace a Vet. Tickets are $60.

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Le Vent Du Nord

April 2, 8 p.m.
One Longfellow Square, Portland
onelongfellowsquare.com
Le Vent du Nord performances are a blend of Québec traditional folk repertoire and their own original compositions—complete with catchy songs and rich instrumentation. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of.

Photo by Jim Vernier

Learn to Curl

April 15, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Troubh Ice Arena, Portland
pinetreecurlingclub.com
It’s never too late to discover the champion curler who resides within you. Or at least have a fun time learning the basics of the sport. The Pine Tree Curling Club offers learn-to-curl sessions Saturdays March 25 to April 15. The session is $35.

Urban Runoff 5K

April 22, 9 a.m.
Deering High School, Portland
urbanrunoff5k.com
Run or walk this annual 5K in Portland. It doesn’t matter how you get through the course, because this race has other goals: to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in the greater Portland and Saco areas. Registration is $12–$20.

Caribbean Night

April 22, 7 p.m.
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
boothbayoperahouse.com
April in Maine isn’t exactly the tropics, but it’ll feel like it inside the opera house, thanks to live music from Pan Fried Steel Drum Band and specialty drinks from the bar. So slip on your flip flops and pretend it’s summer for a night. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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