1. The bard is back, and wherefore art he? Why, at Indian Trail Park in Brewer, with Ten Bucks Theatre‘s summer production of Shakespeare Under the Stars. This year’s play is Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays, and all shows are set for 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 4 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are, not surprisingly, $10, and be sure to bring a blanket snacks and bug spray.
2. The Downeast Country Fest is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitneyville Fairgrounds just outside of Machias, and though headliner Hal Ketchum will sadly not be able to make it, there’s still plenty of great music to be heard. The concert will feature Country Music Star Michael Peterson, local heroes The Johnny Hiland Band, singer songwriter Travis James Humphrey and a diverse array of other acts. Tickets range from $20 to $35, and are available by going to www.downeastcountryfest.com.
3. The Wood Brothers, a collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Oliver Wood, and bassist Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin & Wood), bring their signature blend of rootsy, acoustic blues and folk to the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are $15 in advance and 18 at the door. For information, visit rocklandstrand.com.
4. For those hankering to get away from the crowds and experience Maine’s natural beauty, might we suggest the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club’s Full Moon Paddle, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday out on the upper Souadabscook stream in Hermon. MOAC members will guide everyone from beginner to advanced canoe and kayakers through the lazy stream, which is rife with wetlands and forests. The cost for the paddle is free, and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the sunset and Saturday’s full moon. Registration is required, and you must bring your own boat and life preserver. To register and for directions, call 825-4709.
5. Finally, don’t miss the 10th annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, set for Friday and Saturday at the Stonington Opera House. Get a sneak preview of American Folk Festival performer Dr. Michael White, a New Orleans clarinet player who will play at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday night will feature Maine piano legend Paul Sullivan, playing a rare night of jazz for devoted listeners. Tickets range from $15 to $35, for information, visit operahousearts.org.