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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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    Photos: Pumpkinhead-Fest @ Seashore Trolley Museum

    Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport hosted the world’s first Punkinhead Fest, kicking off the first weekend of October. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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