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  • Maine beers to drink this fall

    Mainers are no longer limited to the old guard offerings that were once the only options in the fall season. Don't get me wrong, I tossed back my fair share of Geary's Autumn, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and Gritty's Halloween back in the day, but it's time we see what else is out there. Read on

  • Aretha covers Adele! Stop what you are doing and LISTEN!

    You haven't lived until you've heard Aretha Franklin cover Adele! Read on

  • Holy fair food! 29 wonderfully gluttonous things to devour (or drool over) at Fryeburg Fair

    The Fryeburg Fair is not a place for diets. It's a place for sugar and meat and dough, sometimes all at once. But hey, it doesn't hurt to look. So go ahead, lean in. Scroll through these photos and salivate. Read on

  • 10 easy Maine hikes anyone can do: Great views for the casual hiker

    All these hikes are less than 2 miles. They're not difficult, but they are super gratifying. 6 of them are within an hour's drive of Portland. If you're not a hardcore hiker, but want a mountaintop view, here's our picks for you: Read on

  • Gaelle Win Robin – queer writer, organizer and artist

    Gaelle is a warm, relatable, and enthusiastic person who works at Rock City Coffee in downtown Portland, doing art on the side. A pangender queer person who prefers the pronouns “they, them, their,” Gaelle is also an educator by proxy: Each person who meets Gaelle learns a bit more about life’s endless possibilities and the million ways of being. Read on

  • Jaw Gems play a free show at Local 188 tonight

    Plus Five Finger Death Punch throttles the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland with some heavy metal, The Thirsty Pigs presents another installment of their open mic night called The Exchange, The Still play a free show at Portland Lobster Company, Mouth Washington, BABE & Purple 7 rock Mathew’s, and a ton more tuneage for your Tuesday evening. Read on

  • Monhegan Brewing Company: One more reason to visit Maine’s iconic island

    There are many reasons to make the trip to Monhegan: natural beauty, rugged hiking, local art and now, local beer. Read on

  • The coolest map of Portland, Maine you’re going to find — in 1775 we had orchards, windmills and swamps on the peninsula

    Some things are just too cool to not put on the Internet. Read on

  • Purrfect Day at Paws in the Park

    The 17th Annual Paws in The Park for Animal Refuge League was a fundraising field day of happy tails, which felt like the dog days of summer. Our Maine Wag pupparazzi photo slider has 24 photos of the day's happy vibe. One of the adoptable dogs might just win your heart. Read on

  • 12 fall food and drink events in Maine to put on your calendar now

    Apples, pumpkins, barbecue, wine and beer, beer beer. There's never a shortage of food and drink events in Maine, but the fall calendar seems to be especially full of them. We've rounded up a smorgasbord of food festivals, dinners, and more tasty happenings around the state. Read on

  • Before you date your friend’s ex: 3 things to consider

    In most large cities, the dating experts come out loud and clear: Don't date your friend's ex. But living in a small city with limited options and smaller circles of smart/awesome people, it's a much more nuanced question. Read on

  • New Portland restaurants: C’mon, open already!

    In the kaleidoscope of new restaurant openings, the pace has been slow but the line-up is very promising as they trickle in and open their doors. Read on

  • 15 fitness classes in southern Maine that actually sound fun: dodge, dance, double-dutch and derby

    Not all of us are going to run on a treadmill for hours, even if it's a Toddler and Tiaras marathon on the gym TV. Heck, maybe you hate gyms (I do). But that doesn't mean we can't work out — and have a blast. Pickleball, anyone? How about moving that Buti? Read on

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