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  • Clever and cheap gift ideas for the last-minute Thanksgiving guest

    You've snagged a last-minute invite to Thanksgiving dinner — now, what to bring? Skip the wine and flowers for something that shows your creative side. Read on

  • For Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss, make a reservation at one of these 25 Maine restaurants

    Don't feel like doing all that cooking, cleaning up and catering to everyone's different dietary requirements on Thanksgiving? Maine restaurants are here to save your turkey day. Read on

  • Just show up: Get your post-Thanksgiving workout in Tommy’s Park with the November Project Pop-up. 6:30 a.m.Friday!

    The November Project is a fitness movement that was founded in Boston "as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months." It's now spread to other cities, and it's coming to Portland for one day only: This Friday at 6:30 a.m. Read on

  • One Hundred Years Past: See the holiday splendor during Christmas at Victoria Mansion

    The historic home is a knock-out any time of year, but when local designers take over during the holidays, the mansions transforms into a vintage Christmas wonderland. Read on

  • Thanksgiving puppy pacifiers – toy stuffing recipes for your holiday dog

    These tasty dog-friendly toy stuffing recipes, only take 5 minutes to make and are perfect for freezing. Our Wild Bluenana Pup-fait, Just Ducky Turkey Pie and Pumpkin-Nutter Pup Pie will be the perfect puppy chill pills to serve up during the festive holiday madness. Read on

  • Check out Monique Barrett at Slab in Portland tonight

    Plus Isaiah Bennett performs at Andy’s Old Port Pub, Superorder & Herbcraft rock Live & Local at One Longfellow Square, O.A.R. make some noise at The State Theatre, Jacob McCurdy hosts another free open mic at Bull Feeney’s, Jaw Gems jazz things up at Local 188, and much, much more live music to take in this Tuesday! Read on

  • Sophal Smel and Mullyna Oul – owners of an import grocery store

    Their grandmother ran a small business in Cambodia, now an aunt and a niece do the same here in Maine. Meet Sophal and Mullyna. Read on

  • The ultimate pumpkin pie: a Mainer’s old family recipe

    Here is the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from a Maine farming family's recipe that turned out to be a prize winner! Read on

  • A tapestry of Americana, nu-folk, roots & bluegrass: Crooked Still together again in Rockland

    Plus, Mark Curdo's "Markathon" for the Center for Grieving Children. Read on

  • Ask Fore Front: Daily face care, pastel shorts & more

    The emails have come rolling in! Here's a few answers to your most pressing fashion and beauty questions. Read on

  • The Grade | Dating app grades guys who have bad grammar

    There are SO many dating sites and apps out there to choose from. Finally, there is an app out there that will give you a hand in weeding through the losers. Read on

  • Winter (drinking) will be here soon: Ice Bar 2015 tickets on sale (yes, already)

    The folks at Portland Harbor Hotel are thinking about the future. They're planners like that (they're probably already done with their Christmas shopping). Read on

  • First look: Studio 55 is now open on Market Street with dueling pianos, lounge singers & burlesque

    Calling itself Portland's "first mixology show lounge," the new bar features dueling pianos, lounge singers, burlesque performances, cabaret and more, all performed by Studio 55's own bartenders and waitstaff every hour. Read on

  • This beer drinker also likes holiday cocktails from local distillers (eggnog and Maine-made rum, anyone?)

    During the holiday season, when filling my belly with turkey, stuffing, siding from a gingerbread house, and everything else imaginable, this guy likes to sip on a good ol' mixed beverage. Read on

  • Experimenting with fiber: “Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art” at Museums of Old York

    Exhibitions show the range of contemporary textile work in Maine. Read on

  • Brace yourself: holiday relationships are coming! Here’s how to survive the season

    I am begging you. PLEASE! Chill out. Take a deep breathe. Don't fall for the holiday hype. It will save you your sanity, and could save your relationship. Read on

  • Chicks with birds: 9 ridiculous stock photos of women posing with live turkeys

    Sure, these photos were staged, perhaps as part of some strange vintage Thanksgiving fantasy, but they’re still a wonder to look at. Read on

  • Thanksgiving Guide 2014: Eat, drink & do stuff on Turkey Day

    Turkey Day brings mashed potatoes and stuffing as far as the eyes can see. It also brings grouchy in-laws, Turnpike traffic, and sinks full of dirty dishes. Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. Read on

  • 3 Ice fishing tips: Discover the excitement this winter

    This is the point you should start planning for one of my favorite times of the year – Ice Fishing Season. In just over a month, our lakes will be frozen and folks will be bundled up and setting traps on the hard water. Whether you’ve never stepped foot on a frozen lake or you’re… Read on

  • Dominate Black Friday, Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday: Shop smart & shop local in southern Maine

    Around southern Maine, plenty of stores will open their doors early for Black Friday - some even Thanksgiving evening. That includes many local and independent businesses who are hoping to turn Black Friday a little plaid this year. Read on

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