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Check out a stunning photo exhibit and celebrate cheese curds and meat pies

“Raising the Cherry Tree” by Jocelyn Lee

“The Appearance of Things”
Through October 14
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland
Photographer Jocelyn Lee’s first solo exhibit in Maine celebrates a multitude of sensual bodies: animals, plants and human beings. In many ways, the photos are cabinets of wonder, echoing 19th-century natural science’s fascination with the diversity of life. (cmcanow.org)

Poutine Feast-ival
Saturday, Sept. 8, 4–8 p.m.
Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston
This indoor-outdoor block party serves up Québécois favorites such as poutine, pea soup and meat pies, as well as a competitive Pichenotte board game tournament ($10 per team). Coupon booklets for food and beverages are $25 via brownpapertickets.com or $35 at the door. (francocenter.org)

Maine Cheese Festival
Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport
The ultimate cheese tasting, this festival brings together more than 30 Maine cheesemakers, as well as featuring local beer, wine and artisan foods. Workshops and cooking demos focus on cheesemaking and pairing, fermenting foods and brewing. Tickets are $15 online, $18 at the door if available. (mainecheeseguild.org)

Common Ground Country Fair
Sept. 21–23
Common Ground Fairgrounds, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity
Celebrate rural living with Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) at Maine’s most extensive agricultural fairgrounds, including a working organic farm, sustainably managed woodlot, organic orchards and demonstration gardens. There’s a bounty of exhibitors, events, entertainment and, of course, local organic eats. Admission is $10 in advance/$15 at the gate for adults and $8 in advance/$10 at the gate for attendees 65 and older. Children, volunteers and people with disabilities are free. (mofga.org/the-fair)

Maine Suitcase Party. Courtesy photo

Maine Suitcase Party
Friday, Sept. 21, 7–11 p.m.
MAC Air Group Private Hangar, 100 Aviation Boulevard, South Portland
Here’s a chance for a girls’ night out that might just turn into a girls’ weekend away. Every ticket to this event is a chance to board a private plane that very night and jet off to New York City for the weekend. It’s a long shot, but how often do you get to party in private hangar, surrounded by planes? Tickets are $100 and up, but hey, it’s a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine. (mainesuitcaseparty.com)

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