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  • How to savor a Maine summer (and make it feel as long and leisurely as it did when you were a kid)

    The messages blasting us from supermarket check-out stands is especially clear now that summer's official June 21st start date has passed: There is no time to waste, so pack it all in right now or be sorry when the leaves start to turn. Read on

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    Photos: July 4 Fireworks @ Old Orchard Beach

    Sure, Old Orchard Beach has fireworks every Thursday night in the summer. But the Fourth of July is a whole other level of honky-tonk patriotism not to be missed. Read on

  • Ten Ten Pie in Portland melds Japanese and European flavors in ways most of us never dreamed of

    A Japanese variation of the Spanish "arroz con pollo" featured shiitake mushroom, seaweed, sweetened tofu skin and pickled radish. Read on

  • 25+ can’t-miss summer events in Maine

    What we've rounded up are some of summer's highlights - things we think you shouldn't miss if you've got a choice in the matter. Read on

  • Five places to dine down on the farm in Maine this summer

    From casual dinners on picnic tables under the stars to elegant evenings in historic barns, Maine offers a variety of places to enjoy fresh-from-the-field food in a bucolic setting. Read on

  • 8-year-old Dinah reviews “Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure” at Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

    Eight-year-old Dinah Routhier, daughter of a Press Herald staff writer, gives us her view of the interactive exhibit that allows children to play as they follow the book's story. Read on

  • Contest: Congratulations to Jason Legassie and Nicole Shaffe! They won free rides!

    Whether you're an experienced cyclist or you're just discovering the joy of riding this season, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has some fantastic rides coming up. And we're giving away registrations to three of them Read on

  • 4 choices for music al fresco in Portland this summer

    There's nothing like hearing music outside. Whether you're out on a deck with a pint, sprawled on a blanket on a hill by the ocean or out on a patio with pals there's something extra marvelous about hearing music out in the elements, especially considering that many of us never thought the snowbanks would melt enough for this to happen. Read on

  • MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2′ is profane, obnoxious and hilarious

    The follow-up to 2012's "Ted," one of my favorite anything-goes comedies of the decade, extends the prankish original to new levels of cheesy genius. Read on

  • Award-winning wine list, ever-changing cocktails and one of Portland’s finest bar experiences at Back Bay Grill

    Known for exceptional guest services, top-notch American cuisine, and a comfortable, white linen atmosphere with an open kitchen, sitting at the bar is a great way to get to know the long-standing servers and bartenders. Read on

  • Outdoor sculpture show at Hawk Ridge Farm in Pownal features work of 50 New England artists

    With "Poetics of Place," LaCombe brings together the work of more than 50 New England artists. New this year is a woodland sculpture trail that wanders across her sprawling farmland setting. Read on

  • 4 Maine beers perfect for those hot summer days (and summer nights)

    This year, my picks for summer beers are heavy on session ales. A session ale is a low alcohol ale or IPA. It's a 'session' beer, because you can haul down quite a few in a session of drinking without falling down Read on

  • What’s for lunch? Drool over these 30+ delicious-looking lunch options (and maybe make a decision)

    You know those times when you're really hungry, but you can't decide what you want to eat? Let this slideshow of some of the most delicious-looking lunches help you find just what you're hankering for. Or just stare and drool at it. That's what I did. Read on

  • PYOBerries: Pick-your-own strawberry farms in southern & central Maine

    Here are some lovely pick-your-own farms in central and southern Maine. While general hours are listed, it's wise to call ahead or check Facebook for updates, as some farms occasionally close for a day to let berries ripen or when the weather's ugly. Read on

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