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  • Frugal Friday find: gift wrap kit for $15

    Everything you need for holiday wrapping in one handy kit. Read on

  • 15 fitness classes in southern Maine that actually sound fun: dodge, dance, double-dutch and derby

    Not all of us are going to run on a treadmill for hours, even if it's a Toddler and Tiaras marathon on the gym TV. Heck, maybe you hate gyms (I do). But that doesn't mean we can't work out — and have a blast. Pickleball, anyone? How about moving that Buti? Read on

  • A revolutionary plan for the day after Thanksgiving

    It's the anti-black-Friday to do list! Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 good options for lunch in Freeport

    So you're going to brave the crowds this weekend and head to Freeport. At some point, you'll have to come up for air and fortify your shopping-hardy soul with some food. Put down your shopping bags and lift a fork (or sandwich) at one of these local restaurants, all of which are just steps from L.L. Bean. Read on

  • Tree lightings, ski sale & Christmas at Victoria Mansion: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Thanksgiving is the focus this week, at least until we wake up Friday morning in a mashed potato blur and wondering, okay, now what? This weekend is full-on Christmas, from Victoria Mansion and The Nutcracker to candy cane making and tree lightings. Read on

  • Portland has two “Nutcrackers” for holiday crowds to choose from – and they’re very different

    One show. Two ballet companies. Two very different takes. Read on

  • Embrace the holidays! 35 can’t-miss holiday events in Southern Maine

    Revel in the season, even if your way of reveling involves a bonfire, bar crawl, or cold-air sprint. We can all find something to get us into the spirit this December: Read on

  • Snacktime: Restaurant closings, ‘Tonics & Tutus,’ cheeseburger nights, more

    In this week's food and drink news we say so long to Oscars and Old Vines, welcome a sandwich truck, and tell you about events involving ballet dancers and Moxie. Read on

  • Serving up hamburgers, hot dogs & fries since 1960: Harmon’s Lunch in Falmouth

    The only major choice is whether to have a double or a single hamburger - or a cheeseburger. For those of us who often suffer from menu anxiety, this is a nice change. Read on

  • One Hundred Years Past: See the holiday splendor during Christmas at Victoria Mansion

    The historic home is a knock-out any time of year, but when local designers take over during the holidays, the mansion transforms into a vintage Christmas wonderland. Read on

  • Generous pours and $2 tapas Tuesdays at 50 Local in Kennebunk

    The bar is the focus of the room – thanks to the huge marquee letters – and it's a popular spot for regulars to sit alone or two by two enjoying handcrafted cocktails, vintage wines or local beers. Oh, and really, really gorgeous food. Read on

  • A tapestry of Americana, nu-folk, roots & bluegrass: Crooked Still together again in Rockland

    Plus, Mark Curdo's "Markathon" for the Center for Grieving Children. Read on

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