February Offers Ice Fishing, Toboggan Races and Romance in Maine!

February Offers Ice Fishing, Toboggan Races and Romance in Maine!

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. 

Paint the Town Red
All Month
Kennebunkport, ME
Cost varies  

What better way to romance your sweetheart or surround yourselves with the air of love, than by visiting “New England’s Most Romantic Town”? For the month of February, all of Kennebunkport is festively decorated and embracing the celebration of love. Spend an evening at one of their fine restaurants and order the “red plate” special or browse the through local shops looking for “red tag”. Or maybe you are looking for a longer stay? In that case take advantage of the local accommodations – special packages designed for you to experience the most relaxation and fun in your stay! Keep an eye out for more exciting and romantic events that will be featured. Celebrate love today by visiting Kennebunkport!  

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. 

31st Annual US National Toboggan Championship
February 11 –13
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden, ME
Free for Spectators  

The 31st Annual US National Toboggan Championship is back! Watch is awe as teams from all over the country take traditional wooden toboggans, clocking fast speeds, down the world’s only 440-foot-long wooden chute in the world. Since 1991, the Camden Snowbowl has welcomed teams and spectators to participate and witness this exciting event. Although the championship has resisted postponement through weathering of Nor’easter winds and snow in years past, they were forced to postpone in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions. This year, however, teams are ready and excited to take the ride and glide across Hosmer Pond to victory. The contagion of adventure will have you reserving your own spot down the chute!  

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 

Fire on the Mountain
February 25 – 27
Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley, ME

Prepare to celebrate the electric style of the iconic American band, The Grateful Dead at Sugarloaf Mountain’s third annual Fire on the Mountain Festival! Eight New England bands will be bringing their own style to the enduring catalog of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. The talented bands performing include: A Pine Connection, Englishtown Project, The Maine Dead Project, Skull & Roses, Local 28, Widowmaker All Stars, A Band Beyond Description, and Sans Souci. There are sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that will be free of admission and available for all ages. These will be first come first serve. The following sessions are for adults twenty-one and older. Tickets, ranging in cost from $25-$50, will be required as well as a valid ID.
For more information visit Sugarloaf Mountain’s website at www.sugarloaf.com  

Chris St. Amand of Durhman shows off the landlocked salmon he caught in winning last year’s Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 13.4 ounces. (Photo courtesy of Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby)

Winter Fest Family Ice Fishing Derby
February 26, 7am – 3pm
Long Lake Boat Launch,
$10 Children under 15, $15 Anyone over 15 

What do you, ice, and fish all have in common? The Winter Fest Family Ice Fishing Derby! Held on Long Lake, Harrison recreation is inviting you and the family to try your hand at catching some fins! The top three winners for each category will be awarded some exciting prize you will not want to miss. This fun derby is sure to hook your interest and send you, bundle up, for a day out on the frozen water, enjoying time with friends and family.  

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