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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: January 30, 2018

5 Super Bowl parties in Portland that aren’t at a sports bar

Written by: Ray Routhier

It’s not just another game, so why view the Super Bowl like just another game?

On Sunday, our New England Patriots will be playing in the big game for the 10th time, this time against the Philadelphia Eagles. They’re aiming to win it for the sixth time, which would be tied for the Pittsburgh Steelers for most wins in Super Bowl history.

A game of such importance warrants a setting more prestigious, cool or at least interesting than home on the couch. And maybe something different than watching from a sports bar, though Maine has some great ones.

Luckily, southern Maine has some creative Super Bowl party planners throwing some pretty innovative viewing events. At one, you can eat all game long while cheering the Pats on in a hotel function room, then sleep off all that celebrating in one of the hotel’s guest rooms. Another event, called The Tom Brady Bunch Championship Game Celebration, comes with a Chinese buffet. Another is in a beer bottling plant. And if you want to share the moment but don’t want to share your physical space, log on to the virtual Super Bowl party one Mainer is throwing.

Here are the specifics on some out-of-the-ordinary viewing opportunities for this historic event. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and will air on NBC.


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