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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Things to do this Fourth of July: Parades, fireworks & boat rides

    Between the politically incorrect parades, the BBQs and the Casco Bay fireworks cruises, there's plenty to do this Fourth of July: 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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    Photos: Craft Brew Races @ Payson Park Portland

    Craft Brew Races in Portland. Participants ran a 5k and ended up at Payson Park where breweries from around the state had tents set up, serving samples. Read on

  • Songs in the Key of Marriage Equality…History is Made

    Celebrating Marriage Equality with Music! Read on

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    Maine’s Greatest Summer Festival Winner: Yarmouth Clam Festival!

    Congratulations to the Yarmouth Clam Festival! We asked which summer festival was Maine's Greatest, and you answered! Read on

  • 11 classical music concerts featuring incredible talent and summer music magic

    We're lucky to live here, because really good performers like visiting us, especially in July and August. We get the chance to see and hear the finest musicians in the world in an environment where they can relax, collaborate and stretch their creative muscle. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 great Portland-area places for outdoor dining

    Lots of restaurants put tables outside at this time of year. Some however (who are lucky to have the space), go above and beyond to create especially appealing outdoor dining environments. Because food and drink just taste better in the fresh air. Read on

  • The sandwiches are piled high at Home in Portland (the prices are a bit high, too)

    Home, a 3-month-old retail location for the Portland-based catering company of the same name, looks like home if you happen to come from food-crazed, small-batch Brooklyn. Read on

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