September Ditch The Couch!

Mainely Women Retreat on Coffee Pond
Sept. 7–10
Camp Cedar, Casco
Whether you’re all in for the sleepover retreat at Camp Cedar or just dropping in for the day, this four-day gathering is a time for women to prioritize wellness, nature and sisterhood—to learn, nurture, explore, dance, drum, create, mediate, laugh and just breathe. Classes and group and private sessions include yoga, Zumba, Pilates, drumming, barre work, jewelry making, outdoor survival, swimming, hiking and paddling on Coffee Pond in Casco.

Become a Junior Leaguer
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6–8:30 p.m.
One City Center, Portland
For 95 years, the Junior League of Portland has been training women leaders and making Southern Maine a better place to live—and these ladies sure have fun along the way. The JLP’s current focus area is reaching youth at risk. Intrigued? September is the month to join. Check out a meeting for new members (and prospective new members) at One City Center, in the basement level conference room (entrance on Temple Street). For more information, to RSVP or to get a membership form:

Maine Suitcase Party. Courtesy photo

Maine Suitcase Party
Friday, Sept. 22, 7–11 p.m.
100 Aviation Boulevard, South Portland
Here’s a chance for a girls’ night out that might just turn into a girls’ weekend away. Every ticket to this party is a chance to board a private plane that very night and jet off to New York City for the weekend. It’s a long shot, but how often do you get to party in a private hangar, surrounded by planes? Tickets are $100 and up, but, hey, it’s a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine.

Beer Meets Wood
Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 9:30 p.m.
The Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland
This Allagash-sponsored beer festival will feature more than 200 beers from some of the country’s best brewers dedicated to the craft of maturing beer in wooden vessels. $55 per session: 12–3 p.m. or 6–9:30 p.m.

The Great Inflatable Race. Courtesy photo

The Great Inflatable Race
Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to noon
29 Burbank Ave., Brunswick
Who doesn’t love bouncy obstacles? Courses range from 1.5 miles to 3.1 miles, and the “race” isn’t timed or judged. Athleticism helpful, but sense of humor required. Register online in advance. And don’t forget to coordinate outfits with your peeps.

Witches Wear Pink. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Witches Wear Pink
Friday, Oct. 6, 6–10 p.m.
The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland
Leave it to the ladies to raise money for breast cancer research and preventative care by getting blinged up for a night out in all manner of pink, sparkles and fascinators. These witching hours include music, games, an auction and pink nibbles and drinks. Tickets are $50 per person. (Men welcome.)

Fall Foliage Wine Sail
Through Oct. 8
Casco Bay
Imagine being on a 74-foot sailboat, Frances, getting a wine education from sommelier Erica Archer while sailing through Maine’s Casco Bay with scenic views of lighthouses, islands and fall foliage. Weekend afternoon and sunset sails run through Oct. 8, with different wine themes/regions and varying prices. Purchase tickets online.

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