Friday April 18th 2014

Out Going

Where everyone reigns: Roam the Ice Castle at Loon Mountain, NH

Where everyone reigns: Roam the Ice Castle at Loon Mountain, NH

January 23, 2014

it's nice to have a castle to go to now and then, to hang out in and to live out our epic "lords of the land" fantasy, if only for an hour. The Ice Castle at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire works for that. The structure is a marvel to look at, with its mounds of frozen water and dangling icicles.

Midweek comic relief: Portland Comedy Showcase at Bull Feeney’s

Midweek comic relief: Portland Comedy Showcase at Bull Feeney’s

January 16, 2014

Pet adoption bumper stickers, stretch pants, and sex (or lack thereof, as the case may be). The subject matter spans to gamut at the weekly Portland Comedy Showcase at Bull Feeney's. But the intention every week remains the same: Make people laugh for 90 minutes on a Wednesday.

Skimmy dipping: Pond Skimming at Saddleback

Skimmy dipping: Pond Skimming at Saddleback

March 27, 2013

Spring lures the green back to the trees and warmth back to the breeze. It also chases away the snow and, with it, the season’s snowboarders and skiers. It’s not easy to ski on melted winter. But then, that doesn’t stop some skiers from trying.

A brew in the oven: Cooking with Beer at LeRoux Kitchen

A brew in the oven: Cooking with Beer at LeRoux Kitchen

March 19, 2013

Beer has always had a place at the dinner table. That place was inside a glass (sometimes a bottle or can), preferably chilled, and conveniently within arms reach. Well stand by no more, dear beers. You lagers and stouts have found a new home on the dinner table: On the plate! At LeRoux Kitchen's recent Cooking with Beer class with staff member and resident chef Matt Burnham, beer wasn't just present, it was the centerpiece.

7 life lessons I learned while doing cool stuff in Maine

7 life lessons I learned while doing cool stuff in Maine

March 13, 2013

There's no shortage of adventure in Maine. Over the years I've learned that I'm a terrible skier, an excellent paddleboard jouster, and not trustworthy with a fly fishing rod. But I've learned some unexpected life lessons, too - sage words of adventurer's advice that come in handy long after the crampons come off.

For the page-turning addict: Beer & Books book club

For the page-turning addict: Beer & Books book club

February 19, 2013

Book fans can seek out fellow reading geeks in libraries, where the conversation might be halted by a shushing librarian, or in book stores, where shop owners will still politely request that you stop haranguing customers at the register. An easier option for the addicted page turner: Beer & Books Book Club.

Great bourbons of fire: Mixology classes at One Dock, Kennebunkport

Great bourbons of fire: Mixology classes at One Dock, Kennebunkport

February 03, 2013

Lighting things on fire is sometimes frowned upon. Especially if you're, say, sitting in your cube at the office, quietly igniting the paperwork in your file cabinet. but comes in handy if you're camping. And it makes a regular 'ol cocktail a whole lot livelier.

Hike up to the hut with Maine Huts and Trails

Hike up to the hut with Maine Huts and Trails

January 30, 2013

Maine Huts and Trails offers 80 miles of trail in Maine's western mountains, with four huts along the way for respite and warming up (or cooling down, if you overdo your layering and sweat most of the way there). The hut and trail system gives hikers access to the mountains, lakes, and woods - and the huts are models of sustainability. And the views along the way? Well, they won't bother you.

Candy factory fantasy: Making chocolate-covered pretzels

Candy factory fantasy: Making chocolate-covered pretzels

January 14, 2013

There weren't any hills covered in edible flowers at Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections in Freeport. There were no Gobstoppers, there were no golden geese. And no one took a sweet-tasting nosedive into a river of chocolate. But that didn't stop me from diving into my own finally realized Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory fantasy on Saturday.

If these hips could talk: Theatrical Belly Dance at Bright Star World Dance

If these hips could talk: Theatrical Belly Dance at Bright Star World Dance

January 03, 2013

It's easy to express joy with your face. And it's no hard feat to furrow a brow or roll an eye, depending on your mood. But conveying an emotion with your hips? That's harder. A Theatrical Belly Dance class, taught by Selcouth of Dark Follies, can get your hips talking. I got a belly dancesampling during a recent free workshop.