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  • Buttermilk pie: An irresistible dessert to serve during the holidays (recipe)

    As part of a holiday dessert table, custard pies are a fine fit. This old recipe, which dates from the Borden Dairy Company of yesteryear. is a fabulous dessert--sweet and luxurious to serve now. Read on

  • Story of ‘Big Eyes': Tim Burton talks about the movie and its stars

    The director felt a connection to the paintings of Margaret Keane, then her experience as a silent partner grabbed him. Read on

  • Rustic Overtones celebrates 20th anniversary with four-CD box set and New Year’s Eve Show at State Theatre in Portland

    Rustic Overtones began playing around Maine in the early 1990s, when many of the members were in high school. The band's new box set has hard stuff, pop stuff and even a cover of a Miley Cyrus song. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. Read on

  • Beyond Champagne: A sparkling wine primer for New Year’s Eve

    Even if you do drink sparkling wine more regularly than just at midnight on Dec. 31, it can be confusing to choose from the increasing number of options on the wine shop shelf. Read on

  • James Wholey plays a free show at Andy’s Old Port Pub tonight

    Merry, happy, bright, and magical holiday times to you! I hope you all get to enjoy some QT with your friends and family in the next couple of days, but if you are feeling like you need to get out of the house for a little bit this evening, there are a few watering holes open around town. Read on

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas | The social media version

    Sorry, I just had to do it. It is Christmas Eve after all. Anyway, you know the tune. Read on

  • Snow before you go: Saddleback ski conditions report

    Luckily for you, today is the day that every trail was opened and Saddleback is officially and fully open for business. Read on

  • Maine restaurants serve up special menus, good times for New Year’s Eve

    The grand finale to 2014 is less than two weeks away. If you're planning to ring out the old and ring in the new with a special meal at a Maine restaurant, it's time to make reservations. Read on

  • Stevie Wonder Tribute Night on Saturday is not to be missed

    This year marks the 5th Annual show and it's gotten so big they've moved it to Port City Music Hall, where praise will be bestowed upon a musician known as The Messenger of Peace and The Father of Melodic Love. Read on

  • Spacious, bright El Rayo in Scarborough has a great happy hour, huge drink selection

    El Rayo has become a popular place for Scarborough families. But, because of the weeknight happy hour ($5 house margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa), as well as $5 burrito Mondays there's a young professional crowd that can be seen most nights in the raised bar area. Read on

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    Restaurant Reviewvia Portland Press Herald

    Dine Out Maine: Mill 67 feels like Cheers, but on a grand, riverfront kind of scale

    Restaurant critic James H. Schwartz gives 3 stars to the Sanford pub, which serves comfort food in a picturesque setting. Read on

  • New Year’s Eve Music Events: Ring in 2015 with Live Music

    Welcome 2015 with some live tunes. Read on

  • ‘Into The Woods’ Q&A with Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim and Rob Marshall

    Three of the biggest names in musicals and film sit down for french fries and wine to talk about how they adapted "Into The Woods" from stage to screen. Read on

  • Give adventures, not junk: 13 Maine experiences you can gift (even last minute)

    Things don't make people happy, experiences do. Instead of buying your friends and family books and electronics, give them these adventures: Read on

  • Own the snow: Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing events, lessons, rentals and trails

    Imagine it: Just you, the trees, and an expanse of snow. Cross-country skiing is a fine winter way to get outside and get one with the white stuff. Many of the XC spots on our roundup also offer rentals, so first-timers can give the sport a try even if they don't already own equipment. Read on

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