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    Monday Is The New Weekend

    Portland’s Beer Week kicked off at Bayside Bowl with the release of The Weekender, a collaboration beer brought to you by Foundation Brewing & MaineToday. Everyone bowled for prizes and all proceeds went to benefit Portland Trails. 

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    West End Halloween Parade

    This year marks the 35th annual Halloween Parade in Portland’s West End neighborhood. Robots, rainbows, the Grim Reaper, Gumby and more roamed the streets in celebration, led by life-sized puppets and macabre musicians.

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    Thriller Throwdown

    Zombies took over Portland's Congress Square Park at dusk on Oct. 26 in a flash mob-style Thriller Throwdown. Now in its fifth year, the event organized by Avant Dance Studio in Westbrook is far from a secret. After a couple weeks of Monday-night practices, dancers congregated at the park to re-create Michael Jackson's iconic video. Hundreds of people were there to watch--and join in on the dance party in the rain after a Thriller performance. Props to producer Kristin Sutton and Michael Jackson impersonator Ramon Martinez. #thrillerthrowdown

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    Market on the Harbor

    Harvest on the Harbor, Portland's annual food and drink festival, includes 10 events in 2017, including Marketing on the Harbor on Oct. 21. There, foodies enjoyed a one-stop taste and sipping experience to explore the varied food and drink in Maine, from Maine black bear tacos to Browne Trading Co. caviar to torched treats from The Marshmallow Cart. Dean Ford & the Keepsakes set the tone and 50 food and drink vendors served up their specialties at The Portland Company Complex.

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    Harvest Moon Dance for Habitat

    More than a little bit country, a Harvest Moon Dance organized by the Greater Portland Board of Realtors (GPBR) raised $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity. About 140 people attended the barbecue dinner dance and cornhole tournament at The Event Barn at Flaherty's Family Farm in Scarborough on Oct. 4. The fun in this fundraiser included live music by country band Whiskey Grimace, BBQ by Moe's, a cash bar by Dogfish Cafe, raffles and line dancing lessons.

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    Ales for Tails (beer fest with dogs!)

    "I'm day drinking with my dog," laughed Pamela Boivin of Halowell, who was with her three-legged buddy Dogfish at the annual Ales for Tails fundraiser for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. The BYOD (bring your own dog) beer fest at Thompson's Point on Saturday, Sept. 29 drew more than 1,000 humans and hundreds of dogs. With the dog days of summer behind us, the first day of crisp fall weather was just right for spending an afternoon outdoor with other dog (and beer) lovers.

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    Maine Marathon

    Runners from 48 states and 7 different countries participated in the 2017 Maine Marathon, 1/2 marathon, & relay this year. First-timers and elite runners alike enjoyed the course that went around Back Cove and stretched along the coast to Falmouth (half) and Yarmouth (marathon). Congrats to all!

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    Cumberland Fair

    In its 147th year, the Cumberland Fair remains committed to its mission of promoting agricultural education to its close to 50,000 attendees annually. The only fair in Cumberland County, you can drive 20 minutes from Portland and step back in time, learning what farming & agriculture were like in the 1800s. With the farm museum,…