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  • A multitude of Maine musicians share the stage of OLS during tonight’s benefit for Noyes Street Fire victims

    Plus Michael Krapovicky hosts another free & fun open mic at Pedro O’Hara’s, Caleb Orion & Typhoid Jonny perform a free show at Flask Lounge, Poor Howard sings the blues at Andy’s Old Port Pub and even more music for your Monday evening. 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

  • You are 100%, absolutely, definitely wearing the wrong bra size

    I went to visit the "boob whisperer" with Emily Straubel and my life will never be the same. And I promise you, neither will yours. 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. The Plaid Friday movement is the local-shop alternative to the Black Friday at the big box stores. (We already try to be thoughtful about what we buy and who we buy for - it makes sense to also be thoughtful about who we buy from.) Read on

  • Butter unwrapped in all its glory

    From small-batch artisanal local butters to European style, Maine is chockablock with fine butter producers. See which ones are the best. 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

  • Theater review: Stellar music and cast bring Stephen King’s “Ghost Brothers” to life

    As creators work out the kinks, the supernatural musical has huge potential. 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

  • The Portland Arcade is cheap, nostalgic fun: $5 unlimited play on an Atari, pinball, video games or at the pool table

    It's hidden in an odd apartment-like space and there's not much for food or drink, but if you want a place to hang out and play video games for hours, Portland Arcade is a great deal. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 restaurants worth the drive from Portland for Thanksgiving

    Those who don't want to cook and serve the holiday feast at home have plenty of options in and around Portland. If you want to make more of a day of it, however, consider heading out of town to one of these coastal or mountain destinations. And if you'd rather not drive home afterwards, they also have guest rooms. Read on

  • What the heck is the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association? A library, a gallery and maybe the next great arts venue in Maine

    They won't give you free oil changes, but this might be the next best music venue in Portland. Read on

  • 5 ways to bring beer into your Thanksgiving

    When I first started writing about beer, the idea of bringing beer to the Thanksgiving table was one that would elicit more than a few brow raises and questionable looks. Read on

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