Hmmm. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend. Where to start?
Saturday is the last day of the Wonderama steampunk exhibit at Victoria Mansion. (11 am – 4 pm, now through Saturday, $10 for adults.) I love the mansion a lot, and I think this is possibly the most interesting thing they’ve ever done. Here’s the Facebook page for the exhibition, and here’s a recent article in The Phoenix about the show. Saturday is another croquet game on the lawn, as well, weather permitting. Please go see it before it’s gone.
Saturday the 21st is also national Record Store Day. Now, I could be biased, because I have an actual Victrola in my foyer, but I think you should take the opportunity to teach your kids about what an actual record is, and also perhaps stop in to any Bull Moose Music location and check out the live music and other cool stuff going on.
Friday the 20th is Earth Day. Space Gallery has a ton of events planned, including a showing of the film Locavore (actually, that was Thursday – sorry), a “grow your own food” fair, and a performance by children’s performer Gustafer Yellowgold. There is also a family festival at Deering High school on Saturday, along with some events planned at Maine Audubon in Falmouth. Sunday brings us Urban Earth Day, held in Monument Square from 11 am to 3 pm. This event will showcase many of Portland’s environmental and non-profit organizations, artists and sustainable businesses, and you can take part in free activities for all ages including demonstrations on green technology, local agricultural practices, urban gardening, recycling, bike decorating, a parade, and live music!
(Or, if none of that appeals to you, you could just celebrate Earth Day by going to visit Eartha.)
Finally, I have to recommend two University of Southern Maine music-related events. On Friday night, there will be a student composer showcase at 8 pm on the Gorham Campus. Then on Sunday at 3pm, there will be what should be an epic performance of Carmina Burana at Merrill Auditorium. This performance is part of USM’s first ever Musical Homecoming Weekend, and the Merrill performance will feature both current students and alumni. Suggested donation is $15 for the performance, and all proceeds go toward USM School of Music scholarships.
Oh, and Saturday is the last indoor farmer’s market at the Irish Heritage Center. Next Saturday it’s back to Deering Oaks – I can’t wait!