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  • 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

  • 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

  • Take a self-guided tour through Portland’s East Bayside: Popsicles, gin, hand pies and beer

    Everyone keeps calling East Bayside "up and coming." I mean, it's pretty much here, isn't it? Coffee, check. Liquor, check. Popsicles, check. What more do you need? More coffee, beer and hand pies? Got those. 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 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

  • Lady Essence releases a new record with a little help from her friends at The Asylum tonight

    Plus a free show at Easy Day in South Portland featuring Don Campbell, Tom Snow & friends at One Longfellow in Portland, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies rock Unity College, and way more to help you get wild this Wednesday! Read on

  • The mighty tomato in the ultimate tomato soup

    With tomato season in high gear, prepare a velvety smooth soup 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

  • The maxi skirt is a great option for any body type and here’s why

    I've heard a few ladies talk about who much they love maxi skirts but simply can't make them "work". Say whaaaat? The maxi is a great option for any body type and here's why. Read on

  • For the love of meat: Tender brisket & crave-worthy ribs at Buck’s Naked BBQ in Portland

    We're lucky in Portland, because we have lots of authentic barbecue to choose from. Lately, I've favored Buck's Naked BBQ on Wharf Street. 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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