Sunday April 20th 2014

Do This Cheap

Try it: Aqua Zumba in South Portland

Try it: Aqua Zumba in South Portland
April 13, 2014

Years ago I took “modern dance” in college out of desperation to fulfill a gen-ed requirement. After the first class my professor emailed me asking if I should be graded differently because of my disability.
I don’t have a disability. Yes, that actually happened.
This was my first dance class since then.

22 grown-up things to learn this spring: clamming, burlesque, archery

22 grown-up things to learn this spring: clamming, burlesque, archery
April 09, 2014

Learning isn’t just for babies. If you find yourself thinking, “I’ve always wanted to ____, but I don’t know how” we’re here to help. Beekeeping? Paddle boarding? How about burlesque? Whatever your dream, there are a lot of cheap classes and workshops in Maine this spring. Here are our top picks:

Back Cove Races offer a cheap 5K every Wednesday night this summer

Back Cove Races offer a cheap 5K every Wednesday night this summer
April 07, 2014

Running is hard and painful, but there‚Äôs something motivating about a race. Especially for people like me who think walking down Congress Street is a competition. At $1.33 a race, the Back Cove 5K summer running series is where it’s at.

Children’s Film Fest is in town through Sunday – face it: 7 months is a long time to wait for the “Hunger Games”

Children’s Film Fest is in town through Sunday – face it: 7 months is a long time to wait for the “Hunger Games”
April 02, 2014

Oh right, you don’t like children’s movies — Your friends had to twist your arm to make you watch the 6th and 7th and 8th Harry Potter movies. And you really suffered through the Hunger Games.

Cushiony combat: Portland Pillow Fight Day

Cushiony combat: Portland Pillow Fight Day
March 24, 2014

Pillows don’t make good fighters. A pillow struggles to intimidate – its fluffy demeanor invites an opponent to take a nap rather than take a swing. But these pulpous bedtime peacekeepers can occasionally be rallied for combat. The cushiony kind.

Hilarious “found” VHS film festival coming to Portland

Hilarious “found” VHS film festival coming to Portland
March 19, 2014

Warning: You’re about to lose an hour of your life watching hilarious videos.

Stylish Mainers: 1750-1950 – a new show proves we’ve always looked fabulous

Stylish Mainers: 1750-1950 – a new show proves we’ve always looked fabulous
March 13, 2014

It’s easy to imagine that Mainers have always worn coveralls and Bean boots, but the Saco Museum’s newest exhibit shows the clothes of fashionable Mainers from the last 264 years.

Best sledding hills in Southern Maine

Best sledding hills in Southern Maine
December 29, 2013

Great sledding spots are a little bit like great fishing spots — no one wants to share their favorites for fear they’ll be overrun. Luckily, there are enough well-known and visible hills across the state that most folks can get their sledding fix somewhere. Here’s a list of free hills open to the public to get you started. If you are looking for more hills to conquer with your flying saucer sled, try contacting a city or town’s parks and recreation folks.

Learn to XC ski (or snowshoe or other stuff) at LL Bean Discovery School

Learn to XC ski (or snowshoe or other stuff) at LL Bean Discovery School
December 27, 2013

For folks who’ve never cross-country skied before, it’s painful to dish out a load of cash for equipment only to find out two days later you hate the sport, so you curse fate and chuck the skis into the basement where they’ll rot for three years until you sell them at a garage sale for $10, which is barely enough money to buy a decent turkey sandwich.

Leaf peeping: 29 stunning photos of fall foliage in Maine

Leaf peeping: 29 stunning photos of fall foliage in Maine
October 02, 2013

Dang, those leaves sure do look purty this time of year. And while locals might give the influx of “leaf peepers” a hard time, there’s truly no shame in staring.