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  • River Fest, Scavenger Hunt, Topsham Fair & one huge ploye: 8 things to do this weekend

    Get covered in colored powder in Brunswick, take to the river in Skowhegan and throw a frying pan in Topsham. And if you're a ploye fan, get to Fort Kent immediately. There's also is Wings & Wheels Spectacular in Owls Head, the Bangor State Fair continues, there's a scavenger hunt in OOB and tea party in Bowdoinham. Read on

  • Peak Organic’s Summer Session Ale hits all the right notes for a crisp summer beer

    After I released my picks for Maine's best summer beers in July, a few people asked how I could leave Peak Organic Summer Session Ale off the list. They were passionate, if not hostile about the absence of this beer from my picks. Read on

  • Portland’s 48 Hour Film Project screens at the Nickelodeon Cinema on Thursday

    It's a frenzied, hair-pulling creative endurance test that, nonetheless, consistently produces some exciting, energetic films, and gives filmmakers an opportunity to gain wider recognition. Read on

  • A unique cocktail list and vibrant, well-stocked bar at The Central Restaurant & Bar in York

    Casual, with a bistro-dining twist, the Central Restaurant & Bar is the place to find great cocktails, local beer on tap and a reliable wine list, in addition to delightful small plates and entrees. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Rock hound in Auburn, eat burgers & custard in New Gloucester

    Playing in the dirt to mine for Maine gems is what makes Mt. Apatite such a fun place to visit. Grab a backpack, a hammer and get your treasure-hunting self to Auburn. On your way back to Portland, take trip down the scenic Route 100 and stop at Fat Guys for burgers and fries and its next door neighbor, Hodgman’s, for some frozen custard. Read on

  • Want to accomplish your goals more easily? Tune up your perspective

    What I am reminded of this week, and any time I am challenged to renovate my perspective, is that positivity is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Read on

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    Photos: PICNIC Music + Arts Festival

    Portland's Lincoln Park was buzzing with shoppers Saturday as the eighth annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival hosted more than 100 vendors. Picnic's eclectic mix focuses on affordable and wearable art, upcycled gifts, vintage vendors and all things Maine-like. Read on

  • Concert review: Weezer at Maine State Pier

    At the band's rare Maine appearance at the Maine State Pier, the sold-out crowd proved this vitality, stretching beyond the venue's gates into the parking area and nearby piers. Read on

  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

  • 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

  • Nominate: Maine’s Greatest Happy Hour

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  • Date Night: Plan your evening with dinner, theater and drinks

    The idea of dinner and a show is as old as dating itself. A little food before a play, a couple of hours in the theater and a drink afterward is the framework for a lovely evening. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 notable restaurants in Boothbay Harbor and Boothbay

    Its picturesque harbors and myriad attractions make the Boothbay peninsula a popular summertime destination. Whether you’ve spent your day visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, hiking a land trust trail or out on a whale watch, you’ll work up an appetite. Having spent many summers in the area, these five places are among my favorites. Read on

  • 35 of the best places in Maine…to say out loud

    Meddybemps. Sagadahoc. Junk of Pork. Some places in Maine - from town names to waterfalls - are just fun to say. Read on

  • Theater Review: ‘Nice Work’ at Ogunquit Playhouse is memorable, captivating

    Stars, broads, bootleggers, colorful choreography and well-known Gershwin songs, combined with an intoxicating brew of laughter and Americana pizzazz, make Ogunquit Playhouse's rendition of Joe DiPietro's musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It" a memorable evening. Read on

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