As the town’s annual Winterfest approaches, the Camden Opera House has announced its associated events, as well as other winter treats.

The Winterfest week family performance is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. The opera house and Camden Public library partner to present the friendly classic clown duo Pinot & Augustine. Their 45-minute, bilingual, crowd-pleasing shower is, like the duo, inspired by the golden age of circus — filled with physical comedy, virtuosity and musical surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous.

General admission tickets will be $5 (cash) at the door only, free for children younger than 5. The event is sponsored by the Elms of Camden.

The big Winterfest concert Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. features the Mallett Brothers Band with openers the Oshima Brothers. Maine’s own roots rock masters MBB arrives just in time for Toboggan Nationals weekend. The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock ‘n’ roll/Americana/country band, a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.

Midcoast Maine-based duo Oshima Brothers offers dreamy melodies and a harmony-drenched blend of contemporary folk, acoustic pop and Americana. General admission tickets, on sale now, are $22.

Winter will get a roof-raising kick Wednesday, March 6, when Ranky Tanky brings the timeless music of Gullah culture, born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States, to Midcoast Maine. The word Gullah comes from West African languages and means “a people blessed by God” — Ranky Tanky translates loosely as “work it” or “get funky!”

In this spirit, the Charleston, S.C., based quintet performs playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies. The musical roots of Charleston are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. General admission tickets, on sale now, are $36 in advance and will be $38 at the door.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or