Three good reasons to get on the water this weekend, plus early-morning yoga by a pond and a heart-pumping workout on the lawn.
For the weekend of August 3-5, 2018:
Glow Stick River Run
8:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Cleaver Boat Landing, Skowhegan. Free. www.facebook.com
Bring your kayak, canoe, or SUP for an evening paddle on the Kennebec River. Add some glow sticks and whatever other glowy things you’ve got to make this event even more spectacular. It’s free to participate, and if you need to borrow a canoe or kayak, the Skowhegan Parks and Rec Deptartment has some to lend. Skowhegan River Fest continues all weekend with raft rides, live music, guided paddles, family-friendly activities, food, fireworks, and more.
Rise & Shine Yoga at Mt. Chase Lodge
6-7 a.m. Saturday. Mt. Chase Lodge, Patten. Pay what you can. mtchaselodge.com/rise-and-shine-yoga/
Wake up early Saturday for yoga at the edge of Upper Shin Pond, followed by a complimentary cup of coffee and baked goods on the patio at Mt. Chase Lodge in Patton. All levels are welcome at this outdoor yoga class (if the weather’s not cooperating, class will move indoors). It’s also a donation class, so pay what you can, if you can. Classes continue every Saturday in August.
Open Air Fitness
9-10 a.m. Saturday. $10 drop-in. 15 Shannon’s Way, Standish. sunrisefitnessme.com
Trainer Amy Kilburn has led open-air fitness classes in the front yard of her home for a couple of years now. The bootcamp-style Open Air Fitness class on Saturdays will get your heart up as you do burpees and lunges and flip tires in the grass.
Read more about it: Open-air bootcamp & circuit training with Sunrise Fitness in Standish
Floating Down The Kennebec
10 a.m. Sunday. Hallowell Boat Landing, Hallowell. Free. www.facebook.com
Another chance to float on the Kennebec River, this time from Hallowell to Gardiner. This free annual event is an easy-going group float that takes about 3.5 hours. Float in whatever watercraft you’d like. Donations to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society are appreciated. All are welcome.
3-7 p.m. Sunday. Nonantum Resort, Kennebunport. $25 in advance, $35 day of. www.nonantumresort.com
If you’re a paddler who wants to get a little competitive, check out the Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort. The race is open to kayakers, paddleboarders, canoeists, and surfers. And you can also be totally chill about it, too – recreational paddlers are also welcome. There’s also a family-friendly BBQ, live music, and activities.