The Maine Weekender, November 5—7

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Where do you stand on holiday decorations? Do you immediately pull out twinkly lights and turkey paraphernalia the day after Halloween, or do you prefer to let November unfurl at its own pace? Whether you already have an elaborate lawn display fully fleshed out or are still enjoying jumping into giant leaf piles in the backyard, here’s our roundup for this weekend in Maine: 

Something to Do: 

If you are ready for holiday decorations and want your home to be festive ASAP, try your hand at a Harvest Wreath Workshop! Choose from a series of dried, organic materials from Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth, including balsam and evergreen bases, with options of winterberry, juniper, pinecones, boxwoods, and ribbons to accent each piece. The workshop will be held at the Farm to Table Kids’ greenhouse and have indoor and outdoor stations available based on comfort level—so be sure to wear plenty of layers! 

When: 10 a.m. to noon, Friday and Sunday

Where: 95 The Ln., North Yarmouth

Somewhere to Go: 

After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Harvest on the Harbor is back by popular demand! The headlining events this weekend include Meet Your Maker, hosted by the Maine Distillers Guild, where you will taste a variety of Maine-made spirits and talk to the dedicated distillers who made them, and Maine Oyster Fest, with a choice selection of oysters from farms along the entire coast paired with beer from Allagash Brewing Company, Austin Street Brewery, and Los Dos Cava sparkling wine. Be sure to grab tickets in advance, and please note that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required.

When: Thursday through Sunday

Where: Various locations in Portland

Something to Eat: 

After a successful first pop-up this past Monday, Mexico City–inspired restaurant Pasilla is turning this weekend into a fiesta with pre-made taco kits! Each kit comes with half a pound of your choice of meat, eight handmade blue corn tortillas, chips, salsa, and a dessert. Preorder is open now and supplies are limited, so don’t wait! Kits will be available for pickup Sunday at Mr. Tuna in Portland’s Public Market House.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday

Where: 28 Monument Square, Portland

Something to Read: 

Do you have a little one with a budding passion for food? This weekend head to the Black Birch in Kittery for a reading of Kalamata’s Kitchen by author Sarah Thomas and illustrator Jo Kosmides Edwards! Following the adventures of a little girl named Kalamata and her stuffed alligator Al Dente, the book focuses on how food can serve as a way to learn about new cultures. Thomas and Edwards will be signing books after the reading, followed by a tasting from local restaurants including Tulsi, Vida Cantina, Rose’s Spring Rolls, Anju Noodle Bar, Lil’s Cafe, Botanica, and White Heron Maine. Come hungry and ready to follow Kalamata’s motto: mind open, fork ready. 

When: 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday

Where: 2 Government St., Kittery

Something to Listen to: 

Fans of the Rustic Overtones rejoice! This Saturday, head to the Thirsty Pig in Portland to see frontman and bandleader Dave Gutter perform a rare acoustic solo show. Get there early to grab a good seat, and sit back to listen to a Maine-grown musician while you enjoy expert pairings of sausages and beer. 

When: 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday

Where: 37 Exchange St., Portland

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