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The Loop

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  • Portland’s Fourth of July Celebration continues this year with a tradition of fireworks and a symphony concert

    Singer Melissa Manchester will be the guest vocalist at the free concert, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra will continue to play as fireworks fly. Read on

  • 8-year-old Dinah reviews “Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure” at Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

    Eight-year-old Dinah Routhier, daughter of a Press Herald staff writer, gives us her view of the interactive exhibit that allows children to play as they follow the book's story. Read on

  • Contest: Congratulations to Jason Legassie and Nicole Shaffe! They won free rides!

    Whether you're an experienced cyclist or you're just discovering the joy of riding this season, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has some fantastic rides coming up. And we're giving away registrations to three of them Read on

  • 4 choices for music al fresco in Portland this summer

    There's nothing like hearing music outside. Whether you're out on a deck with a pint, sprawled on a blanket on a hill by the ocean or out on a patio with pals there's something extra marvelous about hearing music out in the elements, especially considering that many of us never thought the snowbanks would melt enough for this to happen. Read on

  • MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2′ is profane, obnoxious and hilarious

    The follow-up to 2012's "Ted," one of my favorite anything-goes comedies of the decade, extends the prankish original to new levels of cheesy genius. Read on

  • Award-winning wine list, ever-changing cocktails and one of Portland’s finest bar experiences at Back Bay Grill

    Known for exceptional guest services, top-notch American cuisine, and a comfortable, white linen atmosphere with an open kitchen, sitting at the bar is a great way to get to know the long-standing servers and bartenders. Read on

  • Outdoor sculpture show at Hawk Ridge Farm in Pownal features work of 50 New England artists

    With "Poetics of Place," LaCombe brings together the work of more than 50 New England artists. New this year is a woodland sculpture trail that wanders across her sprawling farmland setting. Read on

  • Singer Melissa Manchester headlines Portland’s Stars & Stripes Spectacular

    Manchester also will be singing a duet with PSO Conductor Robert Moody. The pair will be performing "Whenever I Call You Friend" a song penned by Kenny Loggins and Manchester that Loggins and Stevie Nicks scored a hit with. Read on

  • Ten Ten Pie in Portland melds Japanese and European flavors in ways most of us never dreamed of

    A Japanese variation of the Spanish "arroz con pollo" featured shiitake mushroom, seaweed, sweetened tofu skin and pickled radish. Read on

  • PBS’s ‘POV’ film series at Portland Library is free and offers wide range of high-quality documentaries

    Last week, the library started showing the 28th season of the acclaimed "POV" series, a roster of great, challenging documentaries on a dizzying array of topics. It's a program that PPL Programming Manager Rachael Harkness is especially proud of. Read on

  • 4 Maine beers perfect for those hot summer days (and summer nights)

    This year, my picks for summer beers are heavy on session ales. A session ale is a low alcohol ale or IPA. It's a 'session' beer, because you can haul down quite a few in a session of drinking without falling down Read on

  • What’s for lunch? Drool over these 30+ delicious-looking lunch options (and maybe make a decision)

    You know those times when you're really hungry, but you can't decide what you want to eat? Let this slideshow of some of the most delicious-looking lunches help you find just what you're hankering for. Or just stare and drool at it. That's what I did. Read on

  • Maine’s Greatest Summer Festival: Yarmouth Clam Festival wins with overwhelming majority of votes

    We chatted with Carolyn Schuster, executive director of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, to tell us about the festival, which celebrates its 50th year this year, and why she thinks it earned a whopping 92 percent of votes in the final round. Read on

  • Tim Sample, classic film & Downeast Soul Coalition: 4 free (or nearly free) things to do in the coming week

    Check out the free screening of "The Harder They Come" at Bayside Bowl next Wednesday or the Scribner's Mill open house on Saturday. Read on

  • PYOBerries: Pick-your-own strawberry farms in southern & central Maine

    Here are some lovely pick-your-own farms in central and southern Maine. While general hours are listed, it's wise to call ahead or check Facebook for updates, as some farms occasionally close for a day to let berries ripen or when the weather's ugly. Read on

  • 25+ can’t-miss summer events in Maine

    What we've rounded up are some of summer's highlights - things we think you shouldn't miss if you've got a choice in the matter. Read on

  • Music review: Guitar virtuoso dazzles sold-out Blue crowd

    Bill Frisell shows why he's considered a world-class talent. Read on

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