Maine news and notes from all over

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So much happening, I figured I’d give you a quick round-up of some upcoming cool events, some of which require advance planning and reservations.

Weekend freebies

• Free Admission at Acadia National Park, Sat., Sept. 25, 2010

• Free Admission at the Maine State Museum, Augusta, Sat. Sept. 25: download a ticket from Smithsonian Magazine.

• Pemaquid Oyster Festival, Sept. 26, 2010, Damariscotta

Event includes  music, educational exhibits, boat rides, and lots of oysters harvested fresh from the River that morning.

Upcoming events worth noting

• Guided Fall Foliage Hikes in Maine’s State Parks and Lands

Here’s a nice way to check out the foliage and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Maine’s State Parks; through Oct. 10, 2010

• Inn by the Sea, dinners, demonstrations, and tastings

A calendar listing all the delicious food/drink- oriented upcoming events, through March.

• Autumn Harvest Wine-Tasting Dinner, Brunswick, Sept. 30,2010

Autumn wine tasting dinner at 10 Water Street, the new restaurant in the beautifully renovated Capt. Daniel Stone Inn, in Brunswick, which by the way, is opening a spa, soon.

• Woofminster Amateur Dog Show and Cover Dog Challenge, Scarborough, Oct. 2, 2010

A fund raiser for the Planet Dog Foundation, which has given away more than $750,000 in cash grants and in-kind product donations to canine service organizations nationwide since 2006. Challenge categories include Best Trick, Best Mystery Mutt, Best Beggar, Happiest Dog and the Cover Dog Challenge. Plenty of other activities, too. Get tix in advance for the best price. Definitely a family event.

• Swine and Stein, Gardiner, Oct. 2, 2010

Beer,  pork, music: What more could you want? Ten breweries are participating, it’s a regular brew-ha-ha; $11 admission includes 3 drink tix. Other activities include a chicken fling (?!), dunk tank, and stick pony races.

• Tales of Terror, Portland, Oct. 16, 2010

Bwaahaahaa. Dare to reserve a spot (advance, essential) for the Victoria Mansion’s annual haunting: a self-guided tour of the dimly lit mansion accompanied by eerie music and followed by storyteller Lynne Cullen’s readings of The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions and The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poeand a recitation of  The Haunted Chamber, a melancholy poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

• Harvest on the Harbor, Portland, Oct. 21-23, 2010

Hope you’re hungry, ’cause this annual event is a must for area foodies and a draw for those from away. Three days of nonstop nibbling, feasting, sampling, noshing, sipping, and learning about food. The schedule is intense and long. Check it out, and reserve early, as this is one popular shindig.