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  • Lobster Fest, HarborFEST & Open Farm Day: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Want lobster? Go get yours at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, where 20,000 pounds of the crustacean will be cooked and eaten in short order. It's also Harbor Fest in Wells, complete with lobster trap tossing and a doughnut-eating challenge. Hang with the animals during Open Farm Day, catch a performance about love (love!) and dance it out to some summer jams. Read on

  • SingldOut | New dating site uses DNA and LinkedIn | Sexy, scary, or super-boring?

    Is OkCupid leaving you cold? Is Christian Mingle sending you atheists? Are the eHarmony TV spots driving you nuts? Well, you may be in luck. Just when you thought online dating couldn't get anymore ridiculous (and dull), along comes SingldOut.com. Read on

  • Original songs & old-time harmonies: Milk Carton Kids play Port City Music Hall

    The duo, playing at Port City Music Hall Thursday, attract comparisons to The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 restaurants with outstanding wine lists

    While beer and cocktails have taken their well-deserved places at the table, wine remains an key element of the dining experience. These restaurants have all been recognized for their wine offerings and service. Read on

  • Explore Maine’s most easterly town: 8 things to do in Lubec and Campobello Island

    Lubec is an intriguing hamlet of homes and fishing wharves, a few shops and restaurants. Nothing fancy. But this far Down East region of Maine has a special character. Read on

  • Pop in The Umbrella Cover Museum on Peaks Island to enjoy the mundane while you wait for the ferry

    You’ve probably never thought to think about umbrella covers. But people who’ve had time to kill between ferries on Peaks Island have witnessed the bland wonder of the Umbrella Cover Museum. The museum holds the Guinness World Record (after being rejected several times) for owning the most umbrella covers. It’s also the only umbrella cover museum… Read on

  • Snacktime: Vinland chef at Flanagan’s Table, singles night on The Maine Brew Bus, more

    Smoke cigars and drink Madeira at Victoria Mansion, get on the Maine Brew bus to meet beer-loving singles, and more food and drink happenings. Read on

  • Bikes and wine go together perfectly at Cape Elizabeth’s Flock & Vine

    Flock & Vine Bike & Beverage, located at 541 Ocean House Road, turned a year old on Memorial Day Weekend, but some are still getting used to the combination of fine wine and bicycle repair. Read on

  • Crookneck yellow squash is a glorious summer vegetable – recipes for soup and pudding casserole

    Heirloom varieties of crookneck yellow squash are an essential summer vegetable--see these two great recipes for summer dining Read on

  • Hit the new Hilltop Superette for burgers, Italians & pizza to go (and pick up some groceries)

    The newly opened market on the East End offers hot and cold sandwiches for lunch. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Rock hound in Auburn, eat burgers & custard in New Gloucester

    Playing in the dirt to mine for Maine gems is what makes Mt. Apatite such a fun place to visit. Grab a backpack, a hammer and get your treasure-hunting self to Auburn. On your way back to Portland, take trip down the scenic Route 100 and stop at Fat Guys for burgers and fries and its next door neighbor, Hodgman’s, for some frozen custard. Read on

  • All things dough at the 2014 Kneading Conference this weekend in Skowhegan

    One of my favorite events of the year is coming up in just a couple days in Skowhegan, Maine – bakers, grain growers, and a whole bunch of other folks intensely passionate about all things dough related will gather at the 8th annual Kneading Conference.  There will be classic Italian Semolina bread, artisan doughnuts, wood-fired… Read on

  • Ride horses on Peaks Island: Horse Island Camp offers trail rides along the ocean

    Sure, you've biked on Peaks Island, but have you galloped along the beaches? Have you trotted your horse up to old WWII forts? Well, you have to. It's just plain magical. Read on

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