Bloom207: Music, art and dance
1. Start your weekend off right with a two-day music, art and dance extravaganza. Bloom207, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor will feature eight bands, dance troupes performing everything from Celtic to belly dance, lots of delicious food, lot of fantastic visual art, lots of cool vendors and much, much more. The entire event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Foundation, and was organized by local musician Mike Billings, whose brother was stricken with cancer earlier this year. Admission is by donation.
2. In case you’ve forgotten, the wildly popular Bangor contra dances are still going on this summer, and there’s another one set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street. Contra band Upriver Reel and caller Richard Green will perform, and admission is $7, $18 for families. Trust me, it’s the most fun you’ll have dancing all summer. For info, visit bangorcontra.org.
3. The annual Oxxfest is set for this Saturday at the Wiscasset Raceway and Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Last year, 15,000 people came out to listen to heavy music from an array of Maine bands and big time headliners. This year features headliner Shinedown along with Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, Chevelle and Ten Years, as well as acclaimed Maine bands like Deadseason, Diecast, In the Kingdom of Nightmares and many more local bands. Tickets are $37.50 and can be purchased at thecolisee.com. For information, visit oxxfest.net.
Psychic and Paranormal Faire
4. The annual Psychic and Paranormal Faire returns to Fort Knox State Park in Prospect on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This unusual event features presentations from ghost hunters, UFO enthusiasts, an exorcist, speakers on the legacy of psychic Edgar Cayce and a practicing psychic. Psychics and card readers will be on hand for those wishing to purchase a reading and vendors will be present to sell unusual items, and, the Bangor Ghost Trackers will be on hand to talk about their investigations at Fort Knox and other sites around Maine. Admission is $5, which includes state park admission. For information, call 469-6553.
5. Finally, yes folks, it’s that time again: time for the fayuh. The Bangor State Fair opens Friday night at Bass Park, and it’s got all your fair favorites: the zipper, the freakout, dirt bikes, squirt gun games, Italian sausages, gigantic stuffed Bart Simpsons and much much more. New this year are kangaroos and dinosaurs. I’m not making it up, and you’ve got to see it for yourself. You know you’re going. Admission is a flat $10, which gets you onto all the rides and all the events.