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April Maine Event Calendar 2015
With all the things to do in Maine in April, this list will continue to grow. Please check back periodically to see what current events have been added, and what to do on Maine vacations!
Activities and Events in Maine, April 2015 are listed by event date. For maps and driving directions click on the Map links.
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Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine opens the fifth annual Creatures and Critters benefit exhibit on Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 AM.
The exhibit features a selection of art works in a broad range of styles from contemporary to traditional realism, in a variety of mediums, covering an array of subjects depicting animals in sporting scenes, wildlife settings, and animal portraits.
The exhibit includes a limited edition bronze sculpture and an oil painting by Jeffrey Ackerman; paintings in oil on canvas by Rob Anderson; paintings in acrylic based gouache, watercolor or mixed media by Amy Bickford; limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe, DVM; and a painting in acrylic by Kathy Weinberg.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception at the gallery on Saturday, April 11 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Each year a portion of Richard Boyd Art Gallery's net income from the sale of art works featured in the exhibit is donated to an animal charity.
The beneficiary this year is the Portland, Maine based group, Friends of Feral Felines (FoFF). The FoFF is a non-profit whose mission is to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in our communities through trapping, neutering, and then releasing them back to their colony sites. Volunteers provide the colonies with food, water and monitor the colonies for new, sick or injured members who need attention.
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor.
The exhibit is open free of charge to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily through April 30, 2015.
For additional information about the exhibit...
...please call the gallery at 207-712-1097
...or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
For weekly updates or news please like the gallery on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery .
Is there a better way to mourn the end of Maine ski season and celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a giant beach party? The staff at Sunday River don't think so, and each year they host an annual celebration with the Parrothead Festival. This year's party scene will include cover bands, a Margarita Mix-Off, Key Lime Pie eating contest, and much more!
In addition to the a visit with the Easter Bunny, kids will stay amused with bounce houses, clowns, face-painting, G-Force Laser Tag, games, two performances by Rick Charette (see link above for ticket information) and...
...The Animal Guy, Jeff Musial with his exotic animal demonstrations. Events will take place from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Cross Insurance Center Arena.
Portland, Maine will certainly be celebrating International Pillow Fight Day. Feathers begin to fly in Monument Square at 3:00 PM, and continue until 5:00. The event is free and open to all age groups.
Toast on the Coast is a successful annual event held in April featuring some of the best food and wine artisans in the state. Held at the beautiful Ocean Gateway Terminal, the evening boasts an impressive display in an elegant setting.
Come and meet the chefs behind the finest gourmet food in the Greater Portland area and beyond as they compete to see who will be chosen as the best dish! Try wine from around the world and learn about pairings, wine growing and how to define your own wine palette.
Each person attending will be entered to win a trip to California Wine Country! Proceeds of the evening will benefit Easter Seals Maine. In order to maintain an intimate event, tickets are limited and the event has sold out each year, so advance ticket purchases are advised.
Admittance to the event begins at 6:00 PM. Everyone who attends and buys a ticket will be entered to win a dream 7 day wine tour vacation in California!
Gardiner is set to shake off the long tough winter with a dose of Spring Tonic. From the A-1 Diner to Zardus Spa, week-long promotions to put spring in your step will culminate with special events on April 9th at Johnson Hall and downtown (Water Street) businesses.
Modeled on art walks, Spring Tonic is a wellness walk that celebrates National Public Health Week’s community day with Gardiner’s special flair. The event showcases many resources in and around Gardiner that contribute to wellness and community well-being with demonstrations, information and special opportunities on Thursday April 9th, at Johnson Hall and throughout downtown.
Gardiner is a national model for how a community comes together to create healthy living. Last summer, a film crew from the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention arrived to film Gardiner’s Healthy Maine Streets programs in action. The video will make its Maine premiere on April 9 at Johnson Hall 6 PM as part of the Spring Tonic celebration.
Spring tonic offers will bubble up all week. Gardiner’s eateries will highlight healthy menu and especially healthy beverage specials (several restaurants are promoting their own "spring tonics"). Other special events on the spring tonic menu including fitness demonstrations, a movie on local agriculture, classes on using natural ingredients to create healthful alternatives to sweetened sodas, and another on making teas and tinctures, as well as a class on how to tap your creativity. Themed retail specials range from seeds to athletic clothing.
The main Gardiner Spring Tonic event is a wellness fair featuring people who practice in or serve Gardiner. Visit downtown Gardiner to see demonstrations, exhibits and information around the downtown and on stage and on exhibit at Johnson Hall from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. We’ll be posting sneak peeks of what will be on tap as the event approaches. Demos include dance, martial arts, Zumba and hula-hooping. Therapists will show and explain massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, chiropractic and other treatments. Learn where to get good food, where to be active, and how to connect with peers for support in making lifestyle changes. Celebrate the other things that keep us well—love, healthy surroundings, and laughter.
We’ll be adding events and specials all month. For more information, and to find out about the specials being offered, check out our website and Facebook event page @ http://www.gardinermainstreet.org/events/spring-tonic/ https://www.facebook.com/events/713423298766160/ .
If you’d like to be an exhibitor, volunteer, or be part of the action, contact Melissa Lindley @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Much like its predecessor, the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival, the Emerge Festival will feature a variety of short and feature films and documentaries from local, national and international filmmakers.
Showings will take place at several venues throughout the Lewiston and Auburn area. It is also anticipated that Emerge will include a Student Film Festival.
The Reggae Festival at Sugarloaf Mountain always has an excellent lineup of Reggae and hip-hop musicians. You'll definitely want to join the party as this annual event gets bigger and better every year!
The show features dozens of vendors selling all things gardening, beautifully landscaped gardens, how-to seminars, golf demonstrations and simulations, children's activities and music.
More Activities and Events in Maine, April 2015...
Chocolate lovers from all around will join together on April 12th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine to celebrate a decadent favorite. Restaurants, candy shops and Chefs in Cumberland and York counties will be represented.
Proceeds from the event are used to benefit the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine - SARSSM.
Paul Fuller Promotions presents several antique shows at the Bath Middle School on Congress Avenue, annually. Other 2015 show dates include January 11th, February 8th, and March 8th.
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Annual Ogunquit Patriots Day Weekend celebration takes place at various venues throughout Ogunquit, ME.
Live entertainment, an American Pie Contest, hayrides, a Patriotic Pooch Pageant and Fashion Show, children's crafts and games, and a Beach Bazaar where over 50 vendors display their wares have highlighted the schedule of event in previous years.
The 2015 Patriots Day celebration promises to be just as much fun!
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015
In commemoration of National Park Week the National Park Service has waived entrance fees for anyone visiting Acadia (and other national parks across the U.S.).
By doing so, the NPS hopes that American's will have an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and history that lives in these protected areas.
The weather in Bar Harbor and Acadia is still chilly at this time of year...
...but it can be perfect for hiking and taking in the sites. The events also marks the 2015 opening weekend at Acadia National Park!
The Kora Shriners are celebrating their 62nd anniversary of presenting wonderfully entertaining shows, for kids AND their parents! See also April 20-22 and April 24-25 for circus show dates in other Maine cities.
The Lewiston circus will be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME.
More Activities and Events in Maine, April 2015...
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015
Visit with dozens of Mineral, Gem, Fossil and jewelry dealers at the Alfond Center...
...Saint Joseph's College of Maine - 278 Whites Bridge Road in Standish.
The two-day event will include...
...silent auctions, hourly door prizes and grand prizes, demos of gold panning, gem cutting and wire wrapping, a Children's area with mini-mine and spin wheel.
Spring is an exciting season on a farm. Do you have children in grades 1-5 that would love a fun Maine vacation week event to look forward to?
Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, ME is running a fun and educational day camp for kids the week of April 20th -24th. Along with making new friends your child will be conducting science experiments, making mini take home greenhouses...
...searching creeks for amphibians and reptiles, playing forest games while keeping an eye out for tell tale signs of the emerging spring, learning the various processes that wool goes through, getting practice in showmanship skills with the farm's lambs.
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register online using the above link.
An annual event, the Portland Kora Shriners Circus 2015 will thrill little kids and big kids alike, just as it has for years and years! See also April 17-18 and April 24-25 for circus show dates in other Maine cities.
The circus will be held at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015
This event will be held in four locations on consecutive days...
April 21: Infinity Federal Credit Union, at 4 Davis Farm Road, Portland ME.
April 22: Infinity Federal Credit Union 202 Larrabee Road, Westbrook ME
April 23: Infinity Federal Credit Union, 1298 Alfred Street, Arundel ME
April 24: Infinity Federal Credit Union 193 Broad Street, Bangor ME
FREE Community Event for Kids 12 and under! Gather your Herd for a "Wild about Saving" Kids Day at Infinity Federal Credit Union!
Join us for: GAMES - PRIZES - CRAFTS - HOT DOGS & POPCORN & THE SPARK'S ARK LIVE ANIMAL SHOW!
If you have ever been thinking of opening an account for your kiddos, NOW IS THE TIME! All you need is your child's Social Security Card & Birth Certificate. The $5.00 minimum opening deposit will be provided by Infinity Federal Credit Union. Kids that open a savings account during this event will each receive a special "Wild about Saving" gift!
The Spring Gardening Seminar at the Turner Public Library (98 Matthews Way) features speakers who provide great information for everyone who is ready to begin digging in.
More Activities and Events in Maine, April 2015...
The day begins with Urban Runoff, a 5K race that takes runners along streets of Portland neighborhoods and through a portion of the Portland Trails system. Later, at Deering High School, community members will have an opportunity to be hands on in water activities, "learn steps to becoming a green neighbor and have an all-around good time".
Join the Mysterious Destinations team for a Midnight Explore at the haunted Winter Street Center in Bath.
Two floors of documented paranormal activity will offer plenty of chances for new evidence to be found by YOU, after a brief training about paranormal detection equipment, how to use it, and the history of the building.
Mysterious Destinations will provide a variety of equipment for guests, though participants are also encouraged to bring their own gear, with cameras and flashlights recommended.
The price for the Midnight Explore is only $35 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Winter Street Center. Hot coffee, bottled water and light refreshments will be provided.
By reservation only, 207-380-4677, email@example.com.
Educational programs, displays, bird walks, and games are typically among the fun events for both adults and children held annually at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal (Saturday) and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport (Sunday).
The Augusta Kora Shriners will be the last time to catch the circus in Maine for 2015. See also April 17-18 and April 20-22 for circus show dates in other Maine cities.
The Augusta circus will be held at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME.
If you're looking for a unique Maine festival you've found one when Boothbay Harbor celebrates a new fishing season. Previous festival schedules have included a Miss Shrimp Pageant, Cod Fish Relay, Lobster Trap Hauling, Dory Bailing, Lobster Crate Running, Tug of War, Fish Fry and a Blessing of the Fleet!
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