Yearly Archives: 2012
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    Halloween Costume Ideas for the Ladies

    Halloween is almost here and the costume ideas are flowing. Read on

    Posted: October 19, 2012
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    Singing Thursday’s Praises

    So here’s the exceptionally awkward portion of today’s Newz where I have to talk about a band I’m in without sounding like a total douche Read on

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    Posted: October 19, 2012
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    Climb the walls at Maine Rock Gym

    Colder weather leads to cabin fever. Cabin fever makes people climb walls, and the walls in most cabins aren't conducive to climbing. But at Maine Rock Gym, the walls want you to climb on Read on

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    9 perfect places for pub trivia

    Workweeks can be so...blah. If only there were some nighttime occupation you could participate in that would both stimulate your noggin and enable you to unashamedly support your local watering hole. Enter: pub trivia. There's plenty of trivia night to go around: Read on

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    Go on strike at Bayside Bowl

    Bowling was once thought to be the sport of middle-aged men who worked factory jobs during the day and wore bathrobs around the house on weekends. But it's proven to be a much cooler way to spend an evening than previous thought. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012
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    Halloween costume ideas 2013

    1. Be the Portland Observatory

    She’s a survivor, that Portland Observatory. While other maritime signal towers have receded into maritime signal history, our stoic and warmly painted observatory stands her ground. A note of clarification: She’s not a lighthouse. The Portland Observatory communicated to incoming ships with flags, which is why flags are essential to this costume. A white hat makes an excellent cupola and a mauve-colored dress (or something close to it) make up the rest of the ensemble. Costume tip: Dip sponges in black fabric paint to create the windows. It’s faster and will ensure consistently sized windows. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012
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    Halloween costume ideas 2013

    2. Be the North Pond Hermit

    Christopher Knight spent nearly 30 years living alone in the central Maine wilderness. He thrived in his remote camp thanks to his creative use of tarps and a natural talent for burglary. Dubbed the North Pond Hermit, Knight made headlines earlier this year when he was captured, arrested and charged with burglary and theft. This Halloween nod to hermit life is easily put together with a brown tarp, a pair of eyeglasses, and some essential hermit tools like water jugs, flashlights, a map of North Pond and a screwdriver (great for breaking into other people’s camps). You may already have most of these items lying around the house. Or you can break into your neighbor’s house and simply steal them. Better yet, just ask if you can borrow them. Costume tip: Don’t steal stuff. Just don’t. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012
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    Halloween costume ideas 2013

    3. Be a South Portland Oil Tank

    It was originally called the Chapman Building, but you know it as the Time & Temperature building, probably on account of the flashing sign on the roof that dependably tells Portlanders the current time and temperature…and to Call Joe. While it’s difficult to replicate the building’s true beauty, a khaki-colored shirt and pants and some fabric paint can at least give the effect of a building. Costume tips: Use a sponge dipped in paint to make windows. And for the all-important sign, pick up an LED worklight at Reny’s or just about any hardware store. I printed the word “BOO” in a dotted font and wrapped it around the light to give it an authentic Time & Temperature Building look. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012
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    Halloween costume ideas 2013

    4. Be the Time & Temperature Building

    It was originally called the Chapman Building, but you know it as the Time & Temperature building, probably on account of the flashing sign on the roof that dependably tells Portlanders the current time and temperature…and to Call Joe. While it’s difficult to replicate the building’s true beauty, a khaki-colored shirt and pants and some fabric paint can at least give the effect of a building. Costume tips: Use a sponge dipped in paint to make windows. And for the all-important sign, pick up an LED worklight at Reny’s or just about any hardware store. I printed the word “BOO” in a dotted font and wrapped it around the light to give it an authentic Time & Temperature Building look. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012
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    Halloween costume ideas 2013

    5. Be The Marden’s Lady

    Your money goes way fah at Marden’s! Birdie Googins, best known as her gig as the Marden’s Lady, inspired two undeniable Maine truths: Clothes should be loud and we should have bought it when we saw it at Marden’s. While Marden’s and Googins have parted commercial ways, most locals will never forget the Marden’s Lady and her colorful and loveable enthusiasm for bargain shopping. Putting a costume together is simple: Just look for boldly colored clothes and a wide-brimmed hat. Costume tip: Pick up a white gift at a dollar store, write Marden’s on it with marker, and voila! You now have an inexpensive costume-defining piece and a place to put a sandwich, a bottle of Peeper Ale, and other Halloween essentials. Read on

    Posted: October 15, 2012