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  • Bluestocking Film Series brings movies where women talk to other women. Sounds easy; it’s not.

    The Bluestocking Film Festival is going to bring Bechdel Test-passing movies to Portland. That means there are two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than men. Sounds easy, but most films fail that test. Read on

  • Be courageous on the ropes course: Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock, NH

    Tucked into the trees not far from Gunstock's base lodge, the ropes course consists of 91 different challenges - from bridges and swings to wooden barrels and cargo nets. The final course - black - is 50 feet up. Might not sound that high, but trust me, it's up there. Read on

  • A new, free Brew Bus will drive you to drink in Portland on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    Next week the Maine Brew Bus will launch a new, free shuttle. The "Hop and Go" will circle the peninsula 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through October. We went on the trial run of the shuttle to let you know how it was ... Read on

  • Saco lawnmower races: The most fun you’ll have for $5 on a Friday night (with video)

    This may be the Maine-est event I've ever had the pleasure of attending. It has all the ingredients for success: Bleachers in the woods, fair food, coolers full of cheap beer, gasoline and shiny trophies. Read on

  • Portland Paddle popping up in Westbrook for calm river rides this summer

    Imagine floating down a calm river in a kayak while listening to local bands play in a nearby park. Portland Paddle announced today that they're going to rent kayaks and paddleboards on the Presumpscot River this summer at Westbrook's Riverbank Park. Read on

  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

  • 11 things to do with out-of-town friends & family in southern Maine

    These ideas will help you keep everybody entertained, well-fed and happily exhausted by day's end. Careful, though - your visitors are going to fall in love with Maine (and they're going to think you're the best tour guide ever) and they'll be coming back every year. Lucky you. Read on

  • Maine summer bucket list: 24 ways to make the most of it

    We're a couple days away from June. Just let that sink in for a second. Summer in Maine breezes by so we've got to make the most of it. Your mission: Make this summer the most memorable summer ever. Let our summer bucket list help: Read on

  • 10 easy Maine hikes anyone can do: Great views for the casual hiker

    All these hikes are less than 2 miles. They're not difficult, but they are super gratifying. 6 of them are within an hour's drive of Portland. If you're not a hardcore hiker, but want a mountaintop view, here's our picks for you: Read on

  • Free women’s surfing lessons every Tuesday with Aquaholics in Kennebunk

    Nanci started the free surfing lessons 12 years ago to introduce more women the sport. It's free, but people have to sign up online the week before. That's right ... you can learn to surf - no gear or money needed. Just sign up and show up. Read on

  • 14 Maine races that put “fun” before “run” – with colors, obstacles and mud

    There's a litany of upcoming obstacle courses, mud pits, colored powder showers, escaped fugitives and finish-line beers to keep us focused on anything but the fact that we're actually running. Read on

  • Learn to mountain bike: Gear, lessons & extensive trails at Highland Mountain Bike Park, NH

    Highland Mountain is a dedicated bike park that has convenient lift access, much like its ski mountain cousins. Experienced riders will certainly be challenged here, but the mountain is accessible to novices, too. In fact, they’re hoping the whole family will come out. Read on

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