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  • Outdoor ice rink (plus warming hut, skate rentals and BAR) planned for Thompson’s Point in Portland

    The covered rink will also have a warming tent and ice skate rentals. Even better: There will be food trucks. And a bar. Read on

  • Fresh small batch brews, pub food, billiards & fireside seating at Sunday River Brewing in Bethel

    Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Sunday River Brewing will be hopping in the winter and summer months, and serves as a great stop on your way in or out of town. Read on

  • Maine native Patty Griffin releases ‘Servant of Love’ and performs in Orono

    Griffin is performing on Saturday night as close to her home town of Old Town as geographically possible with a show at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono. Read on

  • Peter Yarrow is still singing out

    On Saturday, Yarrow and bandmate Noel Paul Stookey will perform the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 newer places to try for happy hour

    Portland has more restaurants and bars offering happy hour than ever. But if you find yourself stopping into the same haunts again and again, these hot spots — all opened within the past year or so — are worth checking out. Read on

  • Blessed by the tour goddesses: Back-to-back shows from Dar Williams, Patty Larkin and Patty Griffin

    If you're a fan of intelligent, thought-provoking and musically accomplished singer-songwriters, there's cause to celebrate as a triumvirate of them play consecutive nights in Maine. It all starts on Thursday with Dar Williams in Ogunquit. Read on

  • 8-year-old Dinah Routhier jumps at the chance to test Get Air trampoline park in Portland

    We assigned the springy 8-year-old Dinah Routhier (daughter of this reporter), to try out the Get Air trampoline park in Portland and tell us what she thought. Read on

  • Honest food, fair prices at Punky’s on Brighton Ave in Portland

    This is not fine dining. This is good, hearty food, served in plastic containers or wrapped in paper. When I came back for lunch, the parking lot was full and the line to order was eight people deep. Read on

  • 4 Maine fall beers that pair perfectly with autumn: Hop Harvest, D’Automne, Burnside & Red Wheelbarrow

    In this fall beer review, I highlight Maine beers that pair perfectly with cold air and fleece-lined sweatshirts. Many fall beers have been on the shelves since August, but my palate isn't drawn to malty fall brews until the mercury drops. Read on

  • Think you might have serious issues? Here’s how to tell if you do

    It’s not a question of whether or not you have issues, because frankly, we all have issues. It’s more a question of whether you have particular issues that are making your life overly complicated. Read on

  • Portland Stage opens its season with ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

    Anita Stewart chose the Irish play "Dancing at Lughnasa" to open the Portland Stage Company season because it's a beautiful play with strong characters. Read on

  • Special effects master Eric Anderson makes the horror in Maine’s horror films look totally real. And oh so bloody.

    Imagination can only take horror directors so far. They need blood. And lots of it. That's where Eric Anderson comes in. 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

  • Revel in beer, bratwurst & a yodeling competition during Pumpkinhead-fest at Seashore Trolley Museum

    The inaugural Pumpkinhead fest at Seashore Trolley Museum this weekend is a beer fest combined with a pumpkin fest...combined with yodeling, trivia and beer can bowling and with some kazoos and a Hansel and Gretel look-alike contest thrown in for good measure. Read on

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