The holidays have passed but winter has not. However, the slush and snow do not bother us Mainers and winter vacationers, and it will not stop us from embracing this season in the North. We live in a four season playland with several activities from thrilling ski slopes to moving performances to choose from. This month, embrace the winter wonderland by enjoying time in nature amongst the ice and snow. Or support local artists, chocolatiers, and bakers by attending an evening of sweets. This month is full of exciting events that you are not going to want to miss.
Thrifty Thursdays Family Ski Days
Every Thursday, 1pm-7pm
Mars Hill, Maine
$10 Rental Packages, $15 Lift Tickets
Liven up this February by getting outside and enjoying the fresh winter air at BigRock Mountain in Mars Hill, Maine. Home to the highest vertical drop of any ski area in Northern Maine or Eastern Canada, BigRock Mountain is partnering with L.L. Bean to offer discounted prices on lift tickets and rental packages every Thursday from 1pm-7pm. After exploring a few of BigRock’s twenty plus trails, come inside and warm up with a delicious meal provided by BigRock Café! Thrifty Thursdays are a great and fun way to get the family out among nature. Go gather up those scarves, ski jackets, and hit the trails!
Broadway Nation Tour
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
February 9 at 7pm & February 10 at 2pm
Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME
Prices start at $45-$75
Buy your tickets today for a vibrant performance of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The electric retelling of the life of LaDonna Adriane Gaines, known professionally as Donna Summer, from gospel choir to disco dancefloor, contains a score of over 20 of her infamous songs, including “Love to Love You Baby”, “Bad Girls”, and “Hot Stuff”. You are not going to want to miss this moving musical tribute to the “Queen of Disco”. Tickets can be purchased through the Portland Ovations website. Portland Ovations events requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test upon entry. Masks are always to be worn while within the venue.
An Evening of Art and Chocolate
February 5, 6pm-9pm
The Star Theater, Kittery, ME
Calling all art enthusiasts and sweet tooths! Friends of the Earth, Sea and Space Center is hosting a night of delectable chocolates and art Saturday, February 5th! Head to the Star Theater in Kittery to taste special treats from local chocolatiers and bakers while enjoying the sounds of light music. Don’t forget to place your bets for the silent auction on a variety of unique art pieces created by several local and talented artists. Pre order tickets online at www.earthspacemuseum.org for only $25! Or buy your tickets at the door for $30. All proceeds go to supporting Friends of the Earth, Sea and Space Center.
15th Annual Pond Hockey Festival
February 12-13, all day
Haley Pond, Rangely, ME
Head on out to Rangely Lakes to participate in or spectate the 14th annual pond hockey festival. The two-day festival, packed with skates, pucks, exciting plays, and goals, is taking place on Haley Pond February 12th and 13th. Join other teams, families, friends, competitors as they celebrate a time-honored New England tradition! For more information, contact (805) 722-9172.
February 13, 3pm
Collins Center, Orono, ME
$15-$35 Adults, $15 Children K-12
The talented, world-touring female acapella quintet from Zimbabwe, Nobuntu, is coming to perform at the Collins Center in Orono! Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. That is exactly what this internationally acclaimed group is seeking to promote through their music that ranges from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. They believe that music has the ability to transcend barriers of race, gender, religion, tribe, and economy and can be used as a vehicle for change. Come and witness their performance of song through their impactful voices accompanied by minimalistic percussion and traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano), as well as dance.
For more information, visit www.collinscenterforthearts.com
7th Annual Winterpaloozah
February 20, 10am-3pm
Haley Pond, Rangely, ME
Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Winterpaloozah! Pack up the family in cozy coats, mittens, and hats, and head to Rangely for a Saturday of wintry fun. The frozen lake provides the perfect terrain for ice skating, pond hockey, curling and more! If those don’t catch your fancy, enjoy their other exciting activities from horse & wagon rides, a cardboard sled race, saucer bowling, to sledding, snow golf, kick sleds, and snow kiting. Practice your cross-country skiing or snowshoeing before warming up be the campfire to roast marshmallows and sip rich hot chocolate. And who doesn’t like prizes? Pay-for-entry competitions will include a Dog Keg Pull, Firewood Toss, and Buoy Ball! All free family fun!