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  • Of Women by Women: 2 artists’ perspectives on women & self image at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

    Together, both women tackle themes that relate to self image and how women are perceived and portrayed in culture. Their joint exhibition is on view at the Falmouth gallery through Sept. 20. Read on

  • See the light: Take a tour of Wood Island Lighthouse in Saco Bay

    As part of its fundraising efforts (restoring a centuries-old lighthouse is no cheap endeavor) Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse runs tours out to the island a few times a week during July and August. Read on

  • BBQ, Brew HaHa, BINGO, Chebeague Chebang: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend

    This weekend is your chance to milk some of those last drops of summer. Do that during a beachside picnic in Saco (water balloon toss AND BYOB!) or during the Chebeague Chebang. The Portland Brew Festival returns Friday and Saturday and there's a Brew Haha at Rising Tide Friday night. Win at bingo (it's a play, but still gives out prizes), take a haunted tour or have dinner with someone from beyond. Read on

  • Paws for a Cause dog-friendly fundraiser at L.L. Bean reels in wags and dollars

    Paws for a Cause, hosted by L.L. Bean's Dogs Days of August festival in Freeport, was a howling success. Get the scoop on the fundraising action and meet some canine stars. Don't miss The Maine Wag pupparazzi photo slider at the tail end with 24 fun event photos. Read on

  • Corland Richards & friends perform at Empire in Portland tonight

    Plus Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang at Port City Music Hall, some Drum & Bass action at Flask, a free show out on the Porthole deck with Lyle Divinsky, Sparks the Rescue rocks the Pier in OOB and much more! Read on

  • Portland’s inns and B&B’s are proof that small is beautiful

    At these eight properties, you won't find 24-hour room service or fitness clubs, but you will find stylish, comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts and caring innkeepers. Read on

  • Snacktime: Uncle Andy’s on ‘Restaurant Impossible’, farm and wine dinners, and more

    In this week's food and drink news: a local diner gets a makeover, Rosemont plans a farm dinner and if you like sour beers, head on up to Bangor. Read on

  • Portsmouth, NH: Explore this fun little city’s breweries, parks, shops and try to meet Emilio

    Portsmouth is fun and closer than a lot of our Maine-based mini adventures. It's a fun place to shop, catch a show and explore. For instance, try to meet Emilio, the king of non sequitur etymology lessons. Read on

  • Humble and here to stay, Ruski’s in Portland’s West End is no ordinary dive bar

    Ruski's Restaurant & Pub is a Portland mainstay for cheap beer, good pub food and exceptional service. Established in 1892, Ruski's takes pride in being everyone's favorite dive bar, but alas, it's not so much dive-y as it is home-y. Kick back and relax at this humble relic of Portland's history. Read on

  • Jazz singer Tierney Sutton does it right in Joni Mitchell tribute album – see her Friday in Ogunquit

    Naturally, when I heard that a jazz singer unknown to me until a few weeks ago had put out an entire album of Mitchell songs, I worried. That lasted all of 24 seconds into the first song. Once I heard Tierney Sutton's voice, all worry vaporized. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. And, when the gorgeous strings came in, I sank further back into my seat. Read on

  • 3 great places to hike Down East – inland reserves offer rugged trails, great views

    Ambling about the top of Schoodic Mountain, my son and I savored not only the views but the just-ripe wild blueberries sprouting about. I had anticipated the stunning vistas but was also taken with the trail itself. Orangey red mushrooms, some as big as my palm and others as small as a tack head, adorned the path. A switchback revealed a scenic view. At one spot we “squeezed” between room-size boulders. But mostly the woods themselves charmed me. Read on

  • Maine Huts & Trails has cheap accommodations in autumn ($35) so you can hike, mountain bike, paddle and fish in western Maine

    As the forest colors change from leafy summer green to autumn orange, red and gold, take to the extensive trails and waters set in the shadow of the lofty Bigelows for some pretty fine days of hiking, mountain biking and paddling combined with relaxing nights of hearty food, good company and comfy backcountry accommodations. Read on

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