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The weekend! Grown-up sledding, yoga at a distillery & XC skiing for food

The weekend! Grown-up sledding, yoga at a distillery & XC skiing for food

December 1, 2017787Views
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Hey, remember when you were a kid and it would snow and snow and you’d cross your fingers and flush an ice cube down the toilet and sometimes – just sometimes – you’d be gifted with the gloriousness of a snow day and instead of bathing and going to school and doing work all day you’d play in the snow and build forts and master your skills on the sledding hill? This weekend is kind of like that. Except you’re a grownup now, so after all that sledding, you get a beer.

For the weekend of Feb. 2-4, 2018:

First Night, Grown Up Sledding Party

6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Adams St, Biddeford. $15. www.facebook.com
If all that sled talk a minute ago piqued your interest, then you’re going to love this next event. It’s a Grown up sledding party in Biddeford. Yep, no kids allowed! (No offense, kids, you’re wonderful, but the adults need some sledding time, too. We’ll let you know when we’re done with the hill.) The sledding party is Friday night from 6-7:30 p.m., and it’s part of Winterfest in Biddeford, which runs all weekend long. Sleds are provided, so put on some snow pants and just show up. Cost is $15, which includes all the sledding AND a beer at Dirigo Brewing Company during the after party. See? Perks to adulthood!

Snow Day with Portland Trails

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Conant Property, Westbrook. $7 ($5 Portland Trails members), $20 families. trails.org
Tucked just off Conant Street in Westbrook, the Conant Property this property is Portland Trails newest addition. There’s a meadowy area overlooking the Presumpscot River and it’s perfect for snow-shoeing, fat-biking, and cross country skiing. And you can do all of those things on Saturday. Bring your own gear if you’ve got it – sleds, snowshoes, cross-country skis. Portland Trails will also have snowshoes to lend and Ernie’s Cycle Shop will have fat bikes to demo. There will also be a bonfire and s’mores! The fun starts at 11 a.m. and there’s a suggested donation of $7 per person or $20 per family.

Be Well Yin (Yang) & Tonic

10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3. Hardshore Distilling Company, Portland. $23-$25. www.facebook.com

If you’d like to keep you activity indoors this weekend, how about a one-hour yoga class in a Portland distillery? Be Well is hosting this Yin & Tonic event at Hardshore Distilling Saturday morning from 10:30 am to noon. The yin-yang-style class starts with a half-hour of active practice to build strength, stamina, and then a half-hour of slower practice focused on connective tissues and joints. And afterward, a cocktail, of course!

Annual Super Bowl Sunday Table Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Viles Arboretum, Augusta. $20, $15 for groups of five or more. www.facebook.com

Okay, so I’m told there’s football game on Sunday, and many of you plan to watch it. But if you’d like to get in some physical activity AND some pre-eating before the game, let me direct your attention to the Table Tour taking place at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe or walk the Outer Loop trail, where there will be tables set up at various locations along the way where gourmet food is served, from turkey with all the fixings, soups, chowders, homemade breads, and vegetarian fare. There will also be a bonfire and seating at each stop, so you can eat, relax, and stay cozy. Back at the visitor’s center, enjoy desserts, hot coffee, beer & wine and live music. All in time to get back home to watch the BIG game.

Intro to Yoga 4-Week Series

10:30-11:45 a.m. Sundays, Feb 4-Feb 25. Align Studios, South Portland. $70 for series. www.facebook.com
And finally, if you keep telling saying you’d like to try yoga but you’re feeling a little intimidated about showing up to a class for the first time, there’s a 4-week intro to yoga series starting on Sunday in South Portland. Align Studios is hosting the series, which runs from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sundays all February long. You’ll learn about the breathe, how to connect breath and movement, proper alignment, and the use of blocks and straps to support your practice. All of the things. And of course, no experience is necessary.


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