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  • Maine’s hidden secrets #002: The pier at Dick’s Lobster

    Today we're heading up the coast a bit to an oceanfront location in South Harpswell. Dick's Lobster is the destination - a weathered lobster shack literally located at the end of the road on a secluded public beach with a working pier. Read on

  • The best cut for perfect roast beef? Suprising answers from Maine butchers

    There's no dilemma in the omnivore's delight: Roast beef is the ultimate joy, a universal fondness for red meat! Read on

  • A Q&A with Natalie Merchant: She returns to Portland this Thursday at State Theatre

    Earlier this year singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, 50, released her first album of original songs since 2001’s “Motherland.” The self-titled collection of songs is deeply personal, and Merchant’s voice hasn’t lost any of its haunting timbre. She was due to play in Portland last July, but a sudden illness sidetracked those plans. She’s back in good… Read on

  • The best consignment shop you don’t know about (yet)

    Blink and you'll miss this gem on outer Forest Avenue. Read on

  • Creepy Cocktails: 4 boozy, easy-to-make Halloween treats for grown-ups

    Let the kids have their candy. Adults can sip the cocktail version of Candy Corn, Tootsie Rolls and two more drinks you can make at home. Read on

  • Strong performances in otherwise self-conscious “Gruesome Playground Injuries”

    "Does it hurt?" That question is asked more than once by both characters in Rajiv Joseph's play "Gruesome Playground Injuries," presented by Kent Stephens' Stage Force company at the Star Theater in Kittery. The play runs through next weekend at Kittery's Star Theater. Read on

  • Dining Guide: Five under-the-radar restaurants to visit during Harvest on the Harbor

    While a handful of Portland restaurants get all the food-press love, there are other, excellent places to dine. If you’re a visitor in town for Harvest on the Harbor, we suggest you consider these lesser-known local stars. Read on

  • Muddy Ruckus’ new self-titled album blends rowdy Saturday night with joyous Sunday morning: CD release party Friday at Empire

    Muddy Ruckus's self-titled debut album touches on the sacred, hints at the profane and encapsulates everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat. Read on

  • Go to warm and inviting Walter’s, Portland for reasonably priced cocktails and great wine deals

    Walter’s is a well-known Portland establishment that ironically flies somewhat under the radar. Business professionals and an older crowd dominate the restaurant, but this is not to say there aren’t great deals to be had and a warm, inviting atmosphere to experience. Read on

  • 7 wonderfully Maine-centric Halloween costumes that are cheap & easy to make

    Celebrate Halloween AND your favorite state with these Maine-centric Halloween costume ideas. Read on

  • Phyllis Price – docent at Victoria Mansion

    She has a crush on Thomas Jefferson and a special relationship with a mansion. Meet Phyllis. Read on

  • Tall Horse CD release show at Empire and Lady Zen at MJ’s Wine Bar this weekend

    Tall Horse is Nick Poulin, Dominic Grosso and Devin Ivy. Their debut album is called "Glue" and the release show is on Saturday night in Portland. Read on

  • Contest: Win a pair of tickets to Harvest on the Harbor’s sold out Brews, Booze & Blues BBQ

    The Brew, Blues & Brew Barbecue is one of Harvest on the Harbor's highlights. It's an evening of barbecue eating and beer drinking, with plenty of sampling to go around and live music to fill out the atmosphere. And we're giving away five (5) pairs of tickets right here. Read on

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