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  • Lobster shack season: 21 authentic places to eat Maine seafood

    A quintessential sign that the long Maine winter has finally come to an end is the reemergence of lobster shacks, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Read on

  • Mesmerizing tunes from SHEL on Friday and new tunes from Samuel James on Saturday

    Four-member sister act from Colorado are in the Face the Music spotlight this week Read on

  • Joe Walsh, The Paper Kites, Matrix Music Festival, Counting Crows & Rob Thomas

    Classic rock, Australian indie folk-rock, music festival at Mt. Jefferson and a pair of 90s rockers Read on

  • PORTopera’s Carmen: Tough as nails

    Maya Lahyani spent two years in the Israeli army before becoming an opera singer. Read on

  • Munjoy Hill might be changing, but The Front Room isn’t going anywhere

    The Front Room offers a cozy bar scene with outdoor seating on the sidewalk on Congress Street in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood. Read on

  • The young cast of ‘Icarus and Daedalus’ at The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine entertained and inspired our 9-year-old reviewer

    She liked the lighter take on the classic Greek Myth about a minotaur and a labyrinth, especially the scenes where Nola Chandler played a fun-loving seagull Read on

  • 7 great beach walks in Southern Maine

    We've rounded up seven southern Maine beaches for you to choose from as you plan your next morning constitutional, afternoon excursion, play date or sunset stroll. Read on

  • Summer festivals in Maine: 40+ ways to celebrate Moxie, lobster, windjammers & more

    We sure do love a good festival in Maine. And we have plenty of them. From waterfront lobster celebrations to street festivals that champion Maine blueberries, clams, whoopie pies and hot air balloons (and one with a rolling wheel of cheese), these festivals make Maine summers even greater. Read on

  • Maine’s town festivals and fairs offer a laid-back way to have fun in a picturesque setting

    During the summer, there are such festivals all over the state, where the lines won't be as long and the parking won't be a huge hassle. But there will be amusement rides, fireworks, parades, boat rides, food and music. Read on

  • Wendy Turner’s lifelong love affair with Maine

    The painter from Kittery Point is showing 'Island Light' at Discover Portsmouth. Read on

  • At Monmouth, the broadswords come out for ‘Henry V’

    Epic fight scenes set the tone for the bloodbath. 'It takes a lot of practice to give the illusion of real danger.' Read on

  • Live cheap: FREE things to do in Maine this summer

    So you're broke. Or maybe saving up for something special, like a running kilt or hovercraft. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your Maine summer. There's plenty of free things to do around here. Read on

  • Nina’s Variety in Falmouth gets fast food right

    The little store just off I-295 has what you need for a quick take-out dinner after a busy day at work Read on

  • Will Ackerman performs in Pownal

    New series highlights accomplished performers in an intimate setting. Read on

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