Arts & Culture

The Lady's Day Out

The Lady's Day Out, the annual fun-filled, day-long  event is slated for Saturday, November 20.

"Women of all ages turned out in droves last year," said LDO organizer Jessica Jones who dreamed up the idea and launched the town-wide event with little fanfare.

Under sunny skies legions of girls could be seen darting in and out of shops carrying bags of loot along the entire length of Main Street, Jones reminisced. 

"Seeing that many people out and about on foot was a first for Bridgton," said Jones.  "Shop owners, eager to promote their unique businesses, handed out gifts, held raffles, and touted discounts throughout the day."

This year's LDO will follow the same plan, but six new vendors have been added bringing the total to 25.

STREB Extreme Action - Great Seats Still Available

STREB Extreme Action
Wednesday, October 27 • 7 pm
presented at a special family-friendly time
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Known as the Evel Knievel of dance, and the originator of "Pop Action" choreography, Elizabeth Streb has been on fire... literally. Her award-winning work incorporates radical moves inspired by boxing, the rodeo, and Hollywood stunt-work with names like skudges, X-flips, sparkles, body slams and suicide dives.

Open Auditions for "Wizard of Oz"

Actors aged 8 to 16 are invited to audition on Nov. 6 or 7 for Fiddlehead Center’s  Musical Theater production of "Wizard of Oz".  Auditions are held at the Center at 25 Shaker Road in Gray (10 minutes from Windham and 2 minutes from Exit 63 of the Turnpike). They are designed to be low-pressure for younger ages and those who haven’t auditioned before. For more experienced actors, a short scene reading and vocal performance is welcome. Call 657-2244 to reserve your audition time or for audition materials. Performances are tentatively scheduled for the last weekend in March, first weekend in April.  FMI call 657-2244. or visit http://www.fiddleheadcenter.org/.
Fiddlehead Center for Art and Science is a regional facility offering enrichment classes for all ages, yoga, pottery, a unique after school program, independent kindergarten, preschool program and more.

15th Annual Halloween Bash

Sid Tripp's 15th Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 30, 2010, between 8pm to 1am
Mariner’s Church Banquet Facility
386 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
$20 cover (check, cash or cards accepted)
Costume Required • Cash Bar • Live Band: Under The Covers

Fasten your seat belts, uber party planner Sid Tripp of Proactive Resources Design & DownEast Pride Alliance fame, is at it again this Halloween. On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, Tripp will be throwing his 15th annual Halloween Bash at Mariner's Church, featuring the bloodcurdling sounds of uber cover band Under The Covers.
Tripp is expecting 450-500 people at this year's Halloween gala event.

Japanese Performing Arts with Taiko Maine Drummers and Katy Rydell

October 30, 2010
7:30 pm
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
at Lucid Stage
29 Baxter Blvd, Portland, Me. 04101
For tix, call 899-3993 or http://www.lucidstage.com/

Taiko drums.  They've been called Rolling Thunder and the Heartbeat of Japan.  They're big.  They're loud.  When Taiko Maine Drummers pick up their bachi and begin to play, the room fills with intense energy, complex rhythms, and visually dramatic dance-like movement.

Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting, which will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 24, in the museum and archives building, located in the old fire station on Gibbs Avenue, just off Main Street.  Following a brief business meeting Jerry Genesio will present a program about his recently-published book, Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird.

Thomas Bird, 40, an Englishman, was tried for murder and piracy in Portland’s First Parish meeting house.  Captain John Connor, master of the slave ship Mary, had been murdered and thrown over-board off the coast of Africa.  The Mary then sailed to the coast of Maine.  Bird was one of four crew members on board when the ship was captured by Portland’s Naval Officer.  Bird was found guilty and hung from a gallows at Bramhall Hill on June 25, 1790, although he swore in his dying statement that he was innocent.  This was the first death sentence handed down by a U.

Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic

The Bridgton Historical Society has invited members and the public to its annual Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm Saturday, October 23, from 3:30 to dusk.  Bring a pumpkin to carve, or buy one from the society.  As darkness falls, the Jack O’ Lanterns will be set up in the field and lit in a spectacular display.  Visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and warm themselves by a small campfire.  There is no charge for admission to the event.

Tours of the house will be available by request, and a special added attraction this year will be a reproduction nineteenth-century coffin in the parlor.  The society will also present an informal discussion of home funerals and 19th-century funerary practices.  The coffin was made by Chuck Lakin, from Waterville, who became interested in home funerals after the death of his father.  He makes simple wooden coffins, many of which are designed to be used