Yearly Archives: 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
  • mainetoday
    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
  • mainetoday
    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
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    Do this

    GET LOST IN THE STALKS

    Tackle the corn labyrinth with only the light of the moon - and your own husky intuition - to guide you. The corn maze is solvable, though it's rumored some maze-goers went in and never came out. Mwuhahaha. Read on

    Posted: October 7, 2012
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    Out Going

    Cobb ovens, alpacas and a tree decked in lights: Twilight Dinners at Turkey Hill Farm

    Maybe it was the alpacas, but something about the Twilight Dinners at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth goes well beyond your typical outdoor dining experience. Read on

    Posted: July 9, 2012
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    Out Going

    Armed and dangerous: SLAP Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland

    A grandmother, a lumberjack, a demonslayer, a pirate, a viking and a pimp all walked into a room. And armwrestled. Introducing SLAP Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland! Read on

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    Maine a la Carte

    Six Maine lobster shacks make Best Lobster Shacks list in Yankee Magazine

    Six Maine establishments made the Best Lobster Shacks in New England list, published in the May/June issue of Yankee Magazine. A story on usatoday.com includes all twelve can't-miss shacks, but the locals are: Read on

    Posted: April 21, 2012
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    Out Going

    New Cook Tip #1: A place for everything and everything mise en place

    It turns out that what's good for my personal growth isn't quite so good for my kitchen's self-esteem. For years it kicked back in a quiet corner of the house, sunning its chipped Formica counters in front of the window and contentedly letting its decades-old appliances snooze the years away. Read on

    Posted: February 27, 2012
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    Out Going

    Toboggan run by winter, extremely painful waterslide by summer: U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden

    Competitors in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships find out first hand what it's like to rumble down the 400-foot-long chute and coast out onto a frozen pond. First timers might focus on their costuming (a cape and a pair of underpants are a surefire hit) and hitting the finish line without losing knuckle flesh to the unforgiving wooden chute walls. Read on

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    Out Going

    Chairlifts are for sissies: Full Moon Hike at Mt. Abram

    Folks who don't typically shapeshift with the appearance of the full moon will appreciate the uphill trek to Mt. Abram's peak, where music and mountain revelry await. There's a heated lodge up there as well, not that you'll need it. The 50-minute climb will raise your body temperature to such a degree that periodic disrobing will be part of the vertical journey. Read on

    Posted: January 10, 2012