The Maine Weekender, November 19—21

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

You know what we’re going to ask: How’s the Thanksgiving prep going? Do you make everything from scratch and plan weeks in advance, or is ordering takeout more your style? Will you have a large gathering this year, or is a more intimate get-together the way to go? Regardless, some advice that will always ring true: be sure to get your turkey early. Trust us—we’ve learned the hard way. Here’s our roundup for this weekend in Maine:

Something to Do:

Be sure to look up at the stars tonight for a glimpse of a historic celestial event! An exceedingly rare lunar eclipse will be visible for the first time in 580 years, starting at 1 a.m., If the weather cooperates, Maine is positioned for an ideal viewing of the six-hour event. Don’t feel like waking up that early? No worries—you can enjoy the Beaver Moon on the Eastern Trail Alliance’s Full Moon Walk tomorrow evening. 

When: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday
Where: Pine Point Parking Area, 138 Pine Point Road, Scarborough

Somewhere to Go: 

This one is for all the climbing buffs out there: head to the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick this weekend to watch The Alpinist, a documentary about Canadian adventurer Marc-André Leclerc, whose history-making solo ascents were famously private. Get inspired to work on your own climbing projects while you watch this elusive prodigy take on steep, icy rock faces completely unassisted by other climbers or ropes. 

When: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Where: 14 Maine St., Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick

Something to Eat: 

Is preparing a full Thanksgiving feast not in the cards this year? Lean on Maine’s incredible food scene to get you through! Rosemont Market is currently taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving favorites to fill your table, including meat, side dish, and dessert selections. Orders close tomorrow night, and will be available for pick up on November 23 and 45. Be sure to order ASAP—dishes are selling out fast. 

When: Order by 7 p.m. Friday
Where: All Rosemont locations

Something to Drink: 

In addition to releasing a few new beers this week, Mast Landing Brewing Company is getting into the holiday spirit by holding a Friendsgiving at its Freeport and Westbrook tasting rooms this Saturday. Guest beers from Vitamin Sea Brewing, Hoof Hearted Brewing, Equilibrium Brewery, Proclamation Ale Company, and Magnify Brewing will be on tap, with holiday-themed food available from Mainstay Kitchen in Westbrook and Nighthawk’s Kitchen in Freeport. Plus, both locations will be holding food and clothes drives to benefit Freeport Community Services and Maine Needs. Grab a beer with friends, and give back to the community while you’re at it. 

When: Saturday 
Where: Freeport and Westbrook

Something to Look Forward to: 

Ski season is upon us! While the southern coast remains snow-free for now, the mountains are slowly turning wintery, which means it’s just about time to pull your snow pants and boots out of storage to begin the annual battle against boot bite. Ready to hit the slopes? Sunday River opened today for passholders, and Sugarloaf and Saddleback aren’t far behind with tentative opening days slated for November 22 and 23. Need new gear? Keep an eye out for local ski swaps to find some early season deals before the snow flies. 

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