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  • Enchanted Maine: 8 magical Maine places that’ll leave you feeling spellbound

    In story after story, our "sages" reveal to us that magic lives with us and around us, always – experienced by falling down a rabbit-hole, walking through a wardrobe or taking a boat out into the fog. Or possibly, we can find it by venturing into some of these more accessible and magical Maine gateways Read on

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    Summer travel: Dog-friendly stays, brewery tours, summer festivals and more

    Take a brewery tour in Portsmouth, get your hippy on at a festival in Vermont or stay in Maine (with your dog). There are plenty of reasons to get out of dodge this summer (even if you just drive up the coast). Let us give you some ideas in this special edition of MaineToday Magazine. Read on

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    The 4+-mile sheJAMs Dynamic Dirt Challenge was even muddier than planned, with drenching rain adding even more ridiculousness to the costumed obstacle course at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester to benefit Easter Seals. Read on

  • Eagle pose on the East End: Maine YogaFest returns to Portland July 10-12

    Roll out the mats. Maine YogaFest returns to Portland July 10-12. The festival drew hundreds yogis - from novices to the well-practiced - to the East End last year for yoga workshops, meditation and music. Now organizers are adding even more to this year's weekend event. Read on

  • 10 dog-friendly places to stay in Maine – from York to Northport

    Throughout the Pine Tree State, many tourism businesses don't just permit dogs they welcome furry guests with open arms and treat them like Very Important Dogs (VIDs). Read on

  • 8-year-old Ellie Foss made a movie about the tooth fairy (with some help from her mom, Portland actor/director Anna Gravél)

    Ellie Foss is 8, and her mom, local actress, director and producer Anna Gravél of Portland-based Through the Door Productions, is lending her expertise (and that of her filmmaker and actor friends) to bringing Ellie's first film (working title "TF 1138" – the "TF" stands for Tooth Fairy) to the screen. Read on

  • The perfect place to visit for an after-work drink: The Corner Room in Portland

    In its sixth year, The Corner Room is going strong, with a vibrant crowd every night, especially during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. The cocktail list is unique and a collaborative effort with the bartenders and chefs. Read on

  • Banded Horn Brewery’s Greenwarden ale is made with locally harvested spruce tips. Yep, spruce tips.

    During the hop boil, when most craft brewers are tossing in copious amounts of hop pellets, McConnell only uses Summit hops at the beginning of the boil to impart a bitter piney flavor. For the remainder of the boil, spruce tips are used in lieu of hops. Read on

  • Esduardo Mariscal presents ‘Carne,’ a dance, music and multi-media performance piece at Portland Stage

    The cast includes dancers from at least three companies, including Portland Ballet, Maine State Ballet and Art Moves. It is experimental in process, with a result that may change with each performance. "The only one who knows the whole vision of it is me," Mariscal said. Read on

  • Five Maine-based storytellers take the stage for sold-out Moth Mainstage show at State Theatre

    The Moth has found Maine to be fertile ground for storytellers, hosting several shows here over the years. A live version of "The Moth Radio Hour" was recorded in Portland in 2013. Read on

  • Artemisia Cafe in Portland: Still delicious after all these years

    Artemisia and I go back many years and I'm as invested as ever because the quality of their lunches has remained steadfast with new offerings folded into their menu over the years. Read on

  • Nary a dull moment in Portland Players’ classic ’60s musical ‘Hairspray’

    With its 23 songs, 40-plus performers and large handful of subplots, the show could easily have been a little too much of a good thing. But, there's nary a dull moment in this well-constructed production directed by Michael Donovan. Read on

  • Father John Misty, Cibo Matto & more: 6 indoor summer concerts you shouldn’t miss

    As Portland gears up for the biggest summer of outdoor music since The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach hosted concerts, one shouldn't forget to look at the slate of indoor concerts. Read on

  • Theater Review: Laughs and raise-the-rafters songs in ‘Sister Act’ at Ogunquit Playhouse

    With good songs and fine performers this highly-entertaining show tries hard and succeeds in its effort to "Spread the Love Around." 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

  • Summer art highlights: Exhibits to see at 8 Maine art museums

    From "Directors' Cut" at the Portland Museum of Art to the University of Maine's "With Ties to Maine" exhibition, there's plenty of impressive art to see this summer. Read on

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