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  • Portland’s in-town parks

    See what everyone's talking about Read on

  • Les Claypool and Sean Lennon come together on stage at the State

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium, playing Sunday, features the Primus front man and the son of the famous Beatle. Read on

  • Juliet Karelsen makes quiet “paintings” about forest jewels

    Her needlework is at Maine Jewish Museum. Read on

  • Donny McCaslin Quartet, Mile Twelve, Solas, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and What Cheer?Brigade

    Five shows feature jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, funk and a 19-piece brass band. Read on

  • Electronic Jaw Gems release “HEATWEAVER” at Portland House of Music show on Friday

    Mesmerizing new tunes from instrumental band Jaw Gems Read on

  • Lobster shack season: 21 authentic places to eat Maine seafood

    A quintessential sign that the long Maine winter has finally come to an end is the reemergence of lobster shacks, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Read on

  • How hard do you summer?

    Check yourself, before it's too late. Read on

  • Have a summer day in and around Hollis

    You can pick blueberries, swing into a river and grab a cone to go, all within a few miles. Read on

  • New brewery is up the Saco River – with plenty of paddles

    Saco River Brewing Co. recently opened in Fryeburg Read on

  • Frog & Turtle serves cocktails — and the community

    The Westbrook bar and restaurant balances quality and affordability. Read on

  • “The Irish … And How They Got That Way” serves up history with humor

    The show is a collaboration between Portland Stage Company and Maine State Music Theatre. Read on

  • 7 great beach walks in Southern Maine

    We've rounded up seven southern Maine beaches for you to choose from as you plan your next morning constitutional, afternoon excursion, play date or sunset stroll. Read on

  • Live cheap: FREE things to do in Maine this summer

    So you're broke. Or maybe saving up for something special, like a running kilt or hovercraft. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your Maine summer. There's plenty of free things to do around here. Read on

  • At the Schoolhouse Cafe in Harpswell, lunch is fast, fresh and satisfying

    Open since December 2013, the Schoolhouse Cafe has a threefold mission. It makes lunches for the students at the Harpswell Coastal Academy six miles down Route 123, it sells goods from local farms (all its meats are local) and, on this long stretch of land without many restaurants or cafes, it gives people a pleasant place to socialize and eat. Read on

  • Fairs, burlesque, comedy, train rides, Celtic Thunder and more: 13 Things to Do in Maine this weekend

    So many events to choose from! Catch a fair, two different burlesque performances, comedy from Paula Poundstone and Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally and much more. May the weekend be with you! Yep, you can even see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for free. Read on

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