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  • 5 Maine-inspired Halloween costume ideas for 2015 (plus 12 more from years past!)

    Once again we bring you Halloween costume ideas inspired by our fine state. Some ideas are ripped right from the news headlines, others are a nod to the public art and personalities we've come to love. (And all these ideas are easy to make with help from your local resale shop and hardware store.) Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 places to watch the game in greater Portland

    You could, of course, stay right on your couch with a bag of Funyuns and a cooler parked at your feet. But what fun is that, when you can meet friends, or make new ones, while cheering on your favorite team at a local sports friendly bar or restaurant? These are some of the most popular, and if you're a newcomer, we've also suggested what to order. Read on

  • Beauty Pill in Portland and Gypsy jazz in Kittery

    Beauty Pill formed in 2001 and since then several members have come and gone. The current line-up is Basla Andolun, Jean Cook, Drew Doucette, Devin Ocampo and Clark. Read on

  • Historic cemetery tours around Portland unearth the stories of the people who made the city what it is

    Portland has a legion of enthusiastic cemetery volunteers who spend hours trying to unearth information about the prominent folks buried here. Then they share those stories by conducting historic cemetery tours. Read on

  • Brunswick’s newest eatery: Big E’s for burritos (but no chips?!)

    This is a tough room to be wrapping burritos in. Brunswick's newest restaurant, Big E's, is in the same spot that Flipside was in until about two months ago. Read on

  • Contest: Win a pair of tickets to Harvest on the Harbor’s Rock N’ Roast!

    The Rock n' Roast Barbecue and Brews event combines barbecue eating and beer drinking (sampling galore!) plus live music and a roasted pig thrown in for good measure. Read on

  • There’s a story between the stories during Damnationland: Short shorts by Mint Films

    Always an eclectic, nasty thrill, Damnationland has introduced a new element in the past few years, with linking, interstitial short-shorts between the horror shorts. Read on

  • PMA biennial “You Can’t Get There from Here” opens Thursday

    'You Can't Get There from Here' includes the work of 32 artists. Read on

  • Sizable margaritas and authentic fare served seven days a week Fajita Grill in Westbrook

    Fajita Grill stocks a full bar with plenty of seating and standing room, as well as multiple flat-screen TVs, daily specials and authentic Mexican food and drink. Read on

  • Dave’s top 5 pumpkin beers available in Maine (he tried a bunch so you don’t have to)

    Take a moment this fall to embrace the old New England brewing tradition of beer made with the voluptuous orange winter squash that has come to symbolize the fall season. Read on

  • Halloween in Maine: 30+ haunted houses, costume parties, cemetery tours & more

    Candy, costumes and all things scary. Plus all those old (potentially haunted) house, the haunted museums, haunted swamps, haunted forests, haunted corn get the idea. There are also plenty of parties, scary movies, a ballet, cemetery tours and more. Read on

  • Your Route 1 antiquing guide: 4 treasure-filled shops you can hit in an afternoon

    The 30 miles of Route 1 from Arundel to Kittery has more than 50 antique shops and is often described as the best hunting grounds for antiques in New England. 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

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