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  • Pets wearing Halloween costumes: Send us your photos!

    Let's celebrate our costumed pets this Halloween. Send us a photo of your pet dressed in whatever getup you saw fit and we'll post them here for all to see and admire. Read on

  • Creepy cocktails: 4 boozy, easy-to-make Halloween treats for grown ups

    Let the kids have their candy. Adults can sip the cocktail version of Candy Corn, Tootsie Rolls and two more drinks you can make at home. Read on

  • The funky, ghostly Allagash Ghoulschip returns Saturday

    Around a corner, lurking in the looming shadows of some grain storage vessels, is a small, unassuming cabin with a stained glass 'A' on the door. What goes on behind those doors is shrouded in secrecy...  Read on

  • 7 wonderfully Maine-centric Halloween costumes that are cheap & easy to make

    Celebrate Halloween AND your favorite state with these Maine-centric Halloween costume ideas. Read on

  • Sam Roberts Band and special guest Jeff Beam rock and roll at Port City tonight

    Plus Natalie Merchant returns to Portland for a show at The State Theatre, Isaiah Bennett plays a free show at Dogfish Bar & Grille, Kilcollins rock ira, Samuel James & Dana Gross perform at Blue, The Dapper Gents return to Bull Feeney’s, and a veritable smorgasbord of good times to be had for your Thursday evening! Read on

  • Food blogger launches Kickstarter for sandwich truck in Rockland

    After nearly five years of blogging about food, Malcolm Bedell plans to launch 'Wich, Please, a year-round food truck serving "incredible sandwiches." Read on

  • Maine’s hidden secrets #002: The pier at Dick’s Lobster

    Today we're heading up the coast a bit to an oceanfront location in South Harpswell. Dick's Lobster is the destination - a weathered lobster shack literally located at the end of the road on a secluded public beach with a working pier. Read on

  • Saco Drive-In offers four nights of horror: ‘Pet Sematary,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and more

    When it comes to movies, some old things are just better. Video stores are better than Netflix. Horror movies belong at the drive-in, especially around Halloween. Lucky for you, there's a classic horror movie weekend of double (and a triple) features this Thursday through Sunday. Movies include "The Shining," "Silence of the Lambs," "The Exorcist" and more. Read on

  • Snacktime: Eat and burn on Halloween, Pocket Brunch returns, and more

    In this week's round-up of food news and events: four more new restaurants for Portland, a fiery-food Halloween night, all-Maine brunch, wine dinners and a ski-season preview. Read on

  • Get scared by Maine’s haunted history: Ghostly walking tours in Portland, Freeport and the midcoast

    Sure, you can hit a haunted house this Halloween and scream in terror at every blood-covered clown that pops out at you, or you can get scared by Maine's real (and really creepy) history. There are a host of haunted walking tours this season - from Rockland to Wiscasset and Portland to Freeport. Read on

  • The best cut for perfect roast beef? Suprising answers from Maine butchers

    There's no dilemma in the omnivore's delight: Roast beef is the ultimate joy, a universal fondness for red meat! Read on

  • A Q&A with Natalie Merchant: She returns to Portland this Thursday at State Theatre

    She was due to play in Portland last July, but a sudden illness sidetracked those plans. She's back in good health and will play her first show in Portland in many years on Thursday at the State Theatre. Read on

  • The best consignment shop you don’t know about (yet)

    Blink and you'll miss this gem on outer Forest Avenue. Read on

  • Dining Guide: Five under-the-radar restaurants to visit during Harvest on the Harbor

    While a handful of Portland restaurants get all the food-press love, there are other, excellent places to dine. If you’re a visitor in town for Harvest on the Harbor, we suggest you consider these lesser-known local stars. Read on

  • Go to warm and inviting Walter’s, Portland for reasonably priced cocktails and great wine deals

    Walter’s is a well-known Portland establishment that ironically flies somewhat under the radar. Business professionals and an older crowd dominate the restaurant, but this is not to say there aren’t great deals to be had and a warm, inviting atmosphere to experience. Read on

  • Muddy Ruckus’ new self-titled album blends rowdy Saturday night with joyous Sunday morning: CD release party Friday at Empire

    Muddy Ruckus's self-titled debut album touches on the sacred, hints at the profane and encapsulates everything in between, all to the sound of an infectiously toe-tapping backbeat. Read on

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