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  • Holy fair food! 29 wonderfully gluttonous things to devour (or drool over) at Fryeburg Fair

    The Fryeburg Fair is not a place for diets. It's a place for sugar and meat and dough, sometimes all at once. But hey, it doesn't hurt to look. So go ahead, lean in. Scroll through these photos and salivate. Read on

  • Standard Baking Company’s story: “This connection to tradition is huge”

    In 1995 husband and wife team, Matt James and Alison Pray, opened Standard Baking Company in Portland. Today the neighborhood bakery is a city icon. We talked to Pray about community, quality of life and baking. Read on

  • 5 things to see at October’s Art Walk in Portland: Woodblock witches, antique autos and wine waltzes

    Portland, you sure are feeling reflective this month. Artists are painting from old journals. They're bringing out antique cars. Merrill Auditorium's organ is getting a photography exhibit on its historic restoration project. There's both the pulp book covers of the 1930s AND a woodblock display inspired by 1930s comics. I'm calling this months art walk Look Back October. Read on

  • Electronic dance music from Chile, Switzerland and France? It’s happening at Space!

    Hola! Bonjour! Hallo!International Electronic Dance Music descends on SPACE. Read on

  • This week’s Clash of the Titans at Empire gets emotional as Taking Back Sunday takes on Brand New

    Renee Coolbrith jazzes things up with a free show at MJ’s Wine Bar, Rap Night pops off at The Asylum, Dave Jacquet returns to Cole Farms in Gray for another open mic night, and lots more musical action for your Wednesday night! Read on

  • Buckle-up: Beautiful berry buckles

    Buckles, one of those great old-fashioned desserts, are worth making today with our local Maine blueberries. Read on

  • What do all those blissful relationship posts on Facebook really tell us? | Surprise!

    We all have those Facebook friends who love to post incessantly about their significant others. Specifically, posts about how perfectly in love they are. Besides leaving me feeling vaguely nauseous, those friends also always leave me feeling a little suspicious. Read on

  • Maine beers to drink this fall

    Mainers are no longer limited to the old guard offerings that were once the only options in the fall season. Don't get me wrong, I tossed back my fair share of Geary's Autumn, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and Gritty's Halloween back in the day, but it's time we see what else is out there. Read on

  • 10 easy Maine hikes anyone can do: Great views for the casual hiker

    All these hikes are less than 2 miles. They're not difficult, but they are super gratifying. 6 of them are within an hour's drive of Portland. If you're not a hardcore hiker, but want a mountaintop view, here's our picks for you: Read on

  • Gaelle Win Robin – queer writer, organizer and artist

    Gaelle is a warm, relatable, and enthusiastic person who works at Rock City Coffee in downtown Portland, doing art on the side. A pangender queer person who prefers the pronouns “they, them, their,” Gaelle is also an educator by proxy: Each person who meets Gaelle learns a bit more about life’s endless possibilities and the million ways of being. Read on

  • Monhegan Brewing Company: One more reason to visit Maine’s iconic island

    There are many reasons to make the trip to Monhegan: natural beauty, rugged hiking, local art and now, local beer. Read on

  • The coolest map of Portland, Maine you’re going to find — in 1775 we had orchards, windmills and swamps on the peninsula

    Some things are just too cool to not put on the Internet. Read on

  • Before you date your friend’s ex: 3 things to consider

    In most large cities, the dating experts come out loud and clear: Don't date your friend's ex. But living in a small city with limited options and smaller circles of smart/awesome people, it's a much more nuanced question. Read on

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