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  • Where everyone reigns: Roam the Ice Castle (and try the ice slide!) in Lincoln, NH

    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. Read on

  • Kill it in the kitchen: Take a cooking class at Black Tie Company, Portland

    Chef Irish leads a series of cooking classes in the commercial kitchen The Black Tie Bistro in Portland - the classes range from South American cuisine to New Orleans favorites, pasta making and Thai soup, noodles and tea. There's even a "cooking for couples" class for you lovebirds. Read on

  • Portland’s getting a curling club: Pine Tree Curling Club hosting learn to curl sessions in March and April

    The Pine Tree Curling Club is a just-forming club that will have a home at Portland’s Ice Arena on Park Avenue. The club is also hosting learn to curl sessions in March and April. Read on

  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby): A new parent and baby mingle at Little Tap House

    New parents can come with with baby in tow, socialize, have a beer, meet other new parents and not have to worry about the stink eye coming from every table within a 15-foot radius. Read on

  • 5 free outdoor ice skating venues in southern Maine

    Here are five spots in souther Maine where you can count on good, free, ice skating most of the time Read on

  • A winter weekend in Kennebunk for killer pastrami, ice skating & antique home improvement shopping

    Kennebunk recently opened a free, ice rink — that alone is reason to give the little coastal town a weekend visit, but the town also has a wicked good sandwich and home-improvement-meets-antique store. Read on

  • Tough Mudder is coming back to Westbrook Sept. 26 and 27, this time with tear gas

    The event is coming back to Westbrook on September 26 and 27. The more than 10-mile course will feature new obstacles, too, like the tear gas obstacle known as "Cry Baby," which we told you about last week. Read on

  • Learn a circus art: Classes now open for aerials, acrobatics & more at Circus Conservatory

    That means you - yes, you - can take a course in aerials, partner acrobatics or general circus. You can try your hand at handstand fundamentals or Chinese pole, among other courses. Read on

  • Ride Maine’s snowy trails on a fat tire bike: the honey badger of the cycling world

    A new winter sport is growing in Maine — one that doesn't require expensive lift tickets or knee pads: Fat tire biking. The mountain bikes usually have 4- to 6-inch tires (compared to 2-inch tires on regular mountain bikes). Read on

  • The best places to nerd out and play games in Southern Maine – pinball or Halo, start your thumb stretches now

    I nominate Portland, Maine as the nerdiest city in America. The benefit: Lots of places to play games with friends. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. Read on

  • Cheap cheep: Become a birder with Thursday morning hikes in Falmouth

    It's a blackbird! It's a plover! No, it's a ... wait, what is that? Read on

  • Bingo in South Portland: cheap weekday fun

    If you're looking for something a little off-beat, new and fun to try I'd highly recommend giving bingo a whirl. Bingo is its own world with its own language, etiquette and rulesets. But if you can bring a friend, a troll doll and a sense of humor you'll be fine. Read on

  • First look at Get Air trampoline park in Portland: Video of the dodgeball room, foam pits and more

    The new trampoline park is really fun. Here's a tour, photos, highlight and what you should know if you're thinking of going. Also there's a flip fails compilation. Read on

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