December 31, 6 p.m. Mt. Abram New Year's Eve Bash, featuring music from Brand New Mixture, a reggae, jazz and calypso band, dinner, fireworks, prices vary, reservations required, Mt. Abram Ski Resort, 300 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood. FMI: 207.875.5000.
December 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sugarloaf Family New Year's Eve Party, featuring Alex the Jester, interactive games, activities, crafts and entertainment, free, King Pine Room in the Base Lodge, Sugarloaf, 5092 Sugarloaf Access Road, Carrabassett Valley. FMI: 207.237.2000, www.sugarloaf.com.
December 31 8:00 p.m. Fitzie Niceness and the Irations, Gritty McDuff's Brewery and Pub, 68 Main Street, Auburn. FMI: 207.376.2739, www.grittys.com.
January 1, 9:30 p.m. Downtown Fever, Boston-based band playing everyting from Funk and Motown to Swing and favorite Top 40 hits, The Widowmaker Lounge, 5092 Sugarloaf Access Road, Carrabassett Valley.FMI: 207.237.6845, www.sugarloaf.com.
January 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Family Backed Bean Take Out, includes a quart of baked beans, a pint of coleslaw, yeast rolls or brown bread and family size homemade pie for $15, call to reserve meals, New Sharon Congregational Church, Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon.FMI: 207.778.2366, www.newsharonchurch.org.
January 3, 1-3 p.m. A & E's Hill-Country Music, ole time country music, refreshments for sale, donation box at door, sponsored by the Salem Pine Tree Club, Salem Community Building, Route 142, Salem. FMI: 207.678.2091, www.franklincountymaine.org.
January 5, 12 p.m. Leadership Series: The Difference, discussion of the "difference" found in women's leadership, YWCA, 130 East Avenue, Lewiston. FMI: 207.774.5513, www.mainewomensfund.org.
January 6, 7 p.m. Frantasia Ice Cracker Out Music and Arts Concert, dark drones, free jazz, noise performances, from the Netherlands: Wouter Jaspers, Bram Stadhouders and Bas Verbeek, plus Maine performers Greg Boardman, Bill Dacos, Chris Cathode, Joe Gates, Martin Chartrand and Nicole LePera, Treat Memorial Library, 56 Main Street, Livermore Falls. FMI: 207.897.3631, www.treat.lib.me.us or www.frantasiafestival.com.
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