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  • 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

  • This is what PARK(ing) Day in Portland looks like: Photos of parks made from parking spaces

    Some lucky, hand-picked parking spaces are getting the chance to feel what it’s like to be a park – to live the public space life! – during PARK(ing) Day. We managed to stop by most of them and take a few photos of what's going happens when local businesses, organizations and individuals turn a parking space into a park for the day. Read on

  • Avast ye! International Talk Like a Pirate Day in Maine

    Sept. 19 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Finally! On this day, you're encouraged to speak all pirate-like, which means using phrases like "ahoy, me hearties" when greeting friends, "son of a biscuit eater" when referring to someone who is certainly not your friend, and "blow me down" where you'd usually say, "holy crap." Read on

  • 8 things I am looking forward to at this year’s Common Ground Fair

    The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Country Fair is just about here. When it comes to celebrating agriculture and local food in Maine, this is one of the most important events. Read on

  • Saco lawnmower races: The most fun you’ll have for $5 on a Friday night (with video)

    This may be the Maine-est event I've ever had the pleasure of attending. It has all the ingredients for success: Bleachers in the woods, fair food, coolers full of cheap beer, gasoline and shiny trophies. Read on

  • Get lost in the stalks: Corn Mazes in Maine

    They seem easy, but corn mazes can confound even the most capable problem solvers. Test your sense of direction (and maybe bring a cell phone, just in case) in one of Maine's corn mazes. Read on

  • Your Route 1 antiquing guide: 4 treasure-filled shops you can hit in an afternoon

    The 30 miles of Route 1 from Arundel to Kittery has more than 50 antique shops and is often described as the best hunting grounds for antiques in New England. Read on

  • Farm animals, up close & personal: Meet the stars of Cumberland and Fryeburg Fair

    Everyone loves to see the animals at Maine fairs, but what do we really know about them? 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

  • Burgers, buns and fries: Sebago Brewing vs. The Great Lost Bear

    Brew pubs and sports bars compete for burger and beer business in Portland, and here's a comparison look between the burgers at Sebago Brewing and Great Lost Bear. Read on

  • Agents of Change: The Digital Marketing Conference | September 26, 2014

    Next Friday, September 26, Agents of Change (AOC): The Digital Marketing Conference will be held at the Abromson Center, on the University of Southern Maine campus. It's a fantastic conference and I highly recommend attending. Read on

  • Snacktime: New chef at Brunswick Hotel, apple events, Harvest in the Hood and more

    It's Oktoberfest season, and there's a big one coming up in Topsham. This week's round-up of food and drink news also includes a bunch of apple happenings and a fall harvest wine sail. Read on

  • One of the biggest selections of wine by the glass in Portland: MJ’s Wine Bar

    Genuine and romantic: That's the vibe at MJ's, located at One City Center. The space is adorned with unique features, such as a piano, shelves of vinyl LPs and a record player, a guitar, and a wall lined with 40 fragrance jars beneath what Ohlson calls the "wine mural." Read on

  • Don’t judge guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola by their covers

    The pair, coming to Portland's One Longfellow Square on Friday, prove their virtuosity with songs by The Cars, Hank Williams, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Read on

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