Beat the Winter Blues

7 fun things to do this January

Snowshoe Adventures. Photo courtesy of L.L. Bean

Snowshoe Adventures
L.L.Bean, Freeport
$25–$79 for a basic lesson up to a full mountain adventure.
Whether you’ve made a resolution to try snowshoeing or you’re ready to be led on a snowshoe adventure under a full moon or up a scenic Maine mountain, sign up for a trek with L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School.

Maine Video Portland (MVP) Awards
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland
Friday, Jan. 19, 7–9:15pm  |  Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door
Remember the MTV Video Music Awards? Maine’s first video music awards show goes way back there for its inspiration. Judges will have narrowed the entries to the top three finalists in each of nine categories, then the audience gets to judge. Dress for the red carpet—rocker, punk, retro glam, whatever feels fun—enjoy the videos and vote for your favorites. Host Cherry Lemonade, local first lady of drag, will award the coveted Golden Lobster.

Ice Bar
Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland
Jan. 25–27, 5–9 p.m.  |  Tickets are $30 for Thursday, $35 for Friday or Saturday
With two martini luge bars, ice sculptures and a fire pit in the courtyard and hors d’oeuvres and more bars inside, this indoor-outdoor celebration of winter would make the perfect girls’ night out.

Sugarloaf. Photo courtesy of Jamie Walter

Sugarloaf Charity Ball
King Pine Room, Base Lodge, Sugarloaf, Carrabasset Valley
Saturday, Jan. 27, 5–10 p.m.  |  Tickets are $100
The Sugarloaf Charity Ball, the biggest Sugarloafer bash of the season, aims to raise a mountain of money to support Maine Cancer Foundation, the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center and—new this year!—the Dempsey Centers. The Ball includes a family-style dinner and silent and live auctions. Afterward, enjoy the music upstairs in the Widowmaker Lounge.

“Shaping Sound: After the Curtain”. Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy

“Shaping Sound: After the Curtain”
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
Friday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.  |  Tickets are $45–$70
If you know Emmy Award-winning choreographer Travis Wall from “So You Think You Can Dance,” you can imagine how incredible this contemporary dance production will be. “Visual musicians” tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love.

“Tell Me the Truth: Exploring Cross-Racial Conversations”
R. W. Traip Academy, 12 Williams Ave., Kittery
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2–4 p.m.  |  Admission by donation
Shay Stewart-Bouley, from the blog “Black Girl in Maine,” and Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White,” will talk about how they became friends and maintain their cross-racial friendship, then open up the dialogue to the audience. Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice Southern Maine/Seacoast.

Maine Women’s Expo. Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

Maine Women’s Expo
Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn
Saturday, February 3, noon to 5 p.m.  |  Tickets are $5
Enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and shopping, including yoga and dance demonstrations, beauty and cosmetic consultations and DIY sessions. Sponsored by Maine Women Magazine.

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