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Amy Paradysz

Amy Paradysz is a "Scene & Heard" columnist for the Portland Press Herald and a "Seen" photographer for She edits everything from proposal bids to blogs to cookbooks--and verbally edits everything she drives by.

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Posted: May 23, 2018

The best of the festivals for the rest of spring

Written by: Amy Paradysz

There’s nothing like warm days to make Mainers get out and celebrate, and festivals are an age-old way of welcoming the summer season. The festivals’ niches range from maritime heritage to ethnic pride, community spirit to the love of music, food and drink. Some, like Portland Wine Week, are first-time events. Others, like the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Festival, have been part of summer traditions for generations. Festivals are good places to try new things: compete in Scottish athletic feats, drink wine on a sailboat, run a relay race with codfish or just chill out listening to live blues acts lakeside. Here are some highlights of this spring and early summer.






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