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  • Snacktime: New hangout for SoPo, ‘cash only lounge’ in the works, Plow-WOW returns, and more

    In this week's food and drink news, Plow-WOW has a new home for snow day partying, Mama's Crowbar hosts its final Allagash Ugly Sweater Party and Lincolns (where all food is served with Fritos!) is coming to Market Street. Read on

  • Video: Portland’s Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. From ABOVE

    Pretty sure drones were invented for exactly this. It's a view of Portland's annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights (when several boats decked with lights and holiday decor take to Portland Harbor to play a festive game of follow the leader. One boat usually shoots off fireworks, too). Read on

  • An adventurous day in Freeport: 12 fun things to see and do at Christmastime in this historic village shopping mecca

    There are dozen different ways to enjoy a fun day in Freeport at holiday time, and believe it or not, not all involve shopping. Read on

  • The best places to nerd out and play games in Southern Maine – pinball or Halo, start your thumb stretches now

    I nominate Portland, Maine as the nerdiest city in America. The benefit: Lots of places to play games with friends. Read on

  • Sara Hallie Richardson 2013 Holiday Newsroom Sessions Flashback

    A year later, Sara Hallie Richardson's Holiday Newsroom Session, stands the test of time. Give a look & listen! Read on

  • Cold weather beach adventure: Reid State Park in Georgetown

    Reid State Park in Georgetown has a fairly private mile-long beach to walk along and beautiful views along the way. It's truly the perfect afternoon getaway in December - and you'll more than likely have the place nearly to yourself. Read on

  • Bloodshot Bill, Thee Icepicks, The Outsides, El Grande & DJ PJ rock Geno’s tonight!

    Plus Lyle Divinsky plays a free show to celebrate The Top of the East’s one year anniversary, Matisyahu returns to Portland for a show at The State Theatre, Rap Night welcomes Flight Distance & Indigenous Immigrants to The Asylum, Micromasse plays a free show at Frontier and way more! Read on

  • The best biscuits: The secret ingredient is soft wheat flour

    The art of biscuit making ultimately relies on the type of flour used. Try southern soft-wheat flour and see the difference. Read on

  • The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box offers ‘purposeful,’ unmatched atmosphere, cocktails and service

    Portland bartender Nathaniel Meiklejohn, aka The Bearded Lady, has used his alter-ego as the inspiration for his three-month-old cocktail bar in Portland's Arts District. Read on

  • River Bottom Video in Bath staying afloat on optimism and community support

    Local entrepreneurs like Tim Goad in Bath see signs that people prefer them to online businesses. Read on

  • Topsham’s Fairground Cafe gives a diner an appetizer lesson

    The cozy restaurant has fans, but our reviewer isn't one of them after a sampler plate. 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

  • Judith Hill…20 Feet from Stardom and closing in fast. See her Wednesday night in Portland!

    Judith Hill is opening for Matisyahu on Wednesday night. Going? You don't want to miss her set. Read on

  • Wag it forward – lend a helping paw to furry friends in need this holiday season

    As you get ready for your holiday celebrations with your dearly fur-loved, take some time to consider our less fortunate four-paw friends who are still looking for love. There are so many ways you can help make a difference. Here are eight animal loving organizations that work hard 365 days a year to rescue and find happy new fur-ever families for animals in need. Meet their furry ambassadors and see how you can wag it forward this holiday season. Read on

  • Whisky tasting, carol slam & Holiday Spectacular: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    There's "A Christmas Carol," except this version includes fairy tale characters. There's Magic of Christmas, a classic. Take a steam engine train ride to see Santa, see local musicians performing holiday tunes and attend the Carol Slam to vote on your favorite new carol. Read on

  • How to survive a Maine winter – Part 2: Things to do

    In part two of How to Survive a Maine Winter, we’ll look at what activities are available to the average frosty Mainer. Read on

  • Holiday dining guide: Maine restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    From haute cuisine to burgers and egg rolls, there's a Maine restaurant to feed whatever you're hungry for on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on

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