Technically, it’s spring, although it mostly still feels like winter. But this weekend, we can celebrate our transitional state with mud runs, melting snow, spring skiing, mud, and more mud.
For the weekend of April 13-15, 2018:
11 a.m. Saturday. Sunday River. Free
Sunday River is putting that melting snow to good us with the annual Pond-A-Palooza pond-skimming event. It’s spring skiing tradition – and it’s free to compete. Registration is open 9-10:30 a.m. the day of the event, and the competition begins at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged, winners get prizes, and spectating is also welcome.
Silks Workshops with Sarah Webb!
12-3 p.m. Saturday. Breakwater School, Portland. $25
Learn the basics of aerial silks with the beginner workshop from 12-1 p.m. If you have some experience, check out the advanced workshop from 1:15-3 p.m. Teacher Sarah Webb fell in love with aerial silks over ten years ago and now teaches others the skills necessary for the circus arts. To register call 215-806-9971 or email email@example.com to reserve a space.
Duck Pond Easement Tour
3-5 p.m. Saturday. Duck Pond, Franklin. Free
Frenchman Bay Conservancy and a landowner will host a tour of private property surrounding picturesque Duck Pond. The landowner will guide a walk around the property and discuss the experience of owning land with a conservation easement, a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation organization designed to protect the land’s natural values.
8 a.m. Sunday. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. $25 adults, $30 families, $5 youth and students
It’s a combination of trail running and air rifle target shooting (don’t worry, you’ll get safety training on the rifles before the race). The trail loop is approximately three-quarters of a mile; racers will alternate shooting and running. Be prepared for muddy, sloppy trails—but that’s part of the fun! Teams are an option and creative costumes are encouraged – the best ones will receive awards at the post-race ceremony. After the race, there will be vegetarian chili, hot chocolate and cider. Midcoast Conservancy will have its fat tire bike fleet at the Nature Center as well, for anyone who would like to take one for a spin on the trails.
Thomas College Dirty Dog Mud Run
8 a.m. Sunday. Thomas College, Waterville. $45, $5 “Mud Puppy Run”
This 5K features 12-15 obstacles (like mud, cargo nets, mud, tire pulls) and multiple mud pits. Also: wall climbs, bucket carries, and hills. Costumes encouraged. It’s a family friendly day, and there will be a mini obstacle course open to children up to age 10. New this year: the open to compete in the lap race, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon. How many laps can you squeeze in?
Bud Light Reggae Festival
April 12-15. Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
There will be spring skiing, of course. But it’s really about the four days of music and non-stop parties at the base of the mountain. Catch headliners indoors and out, with festivities on the beach and reggae music everywhere.