Things to do: Skating, nautical art and an old-fashioned radio show

Ice skaters silhouetted by the sun as it begins to set at Thompson’s Point Ice Rink. Brianna Soukup/staff photographer

Ice skating
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thompson’s Point Rink, 10 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland, $10. therinkatthompsonspoint.com
The Thompson’s Point Rink is open for the season, so get ready to practice your triple toe loop and salchows with the upcoming Winter Olympics in mind. While you’re there, visit Rink Eats for hot dogs, pretzels, and hot chocolate, or head to Yurt Bar, where you’ll find a rotating selection of draft beers as well as wine and hot cider. No worries if you don’t own a pair of ice skates; you can rent a pair for $4.

The living room of the Victoria Mansion in Portland. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Christmas at Victoria Mansion
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Until January 9. Open until 1 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, $16, $14 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 6-17, under 6 and active military free, reservations required. victoriamansion.org.
The Christmas spirit rose to 10 at the Victoria Mansion, where local designers worked their magic in the many rooms of the historic house. Upon arrival, your heart will be filled with nostalgia as you immerse yourself in viewing the beautiful split-level bedrooms and hallways. Ten designers showcase their visions, and seeing it all is a quintessential Portland vacation experience.

“Destroyer Guard” from the collection of Geoffrey Campbell Beaumont. Image courtesy of Maine Maritime Museum

Arthur Beaumont: ‘Art of the sea
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, $18, $16.50 seniors, free for children under 10. mainemaritimemuseum.org
The Maine Maritime Museum is always a fascinating place to visit with its mission to promote an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. The latest exhibit to adorn its buildings is a celebration of Arthur Beaumont’s work as an official US Navy artist, and you’ll see more than 50 paintings and drawings from a career that spanned so many years. Beaumont received his commission as a lieutenant in the United States Navy in 1933 and served in an official capacity, then as a freelance artist for the Navy until his death 45 years later in 1978.

Liz McLeod, director of the Strand Theatre, writer and director of the Strand on the Air Boxing Day Special. Photo by Norrie Thompson

Strand on the Air: Boxing Day Special
5 p.m. Sunday. Strand Theater production broadcast live on WRFR (rocklandstrand.com)
Put another present in your stocking on Boxing Day by listening to WRFR’s live broadcast of Boxing Day from the Strand Theatre. Strand on the Air is an old-school radio variety show kicking off 2021 with the laughs of The Strand Family Players. Edith Menhaden will tell you all about her 200-year-old fruitcake, and at Abysmal Point Mrs. Grunden and Gertie Crummett will try to crack the code of a high-tech informational gadget. You’ll also hear music from mandolinist Jim Coffman and harmony duo Patty Jackson and Rusty Blake.


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