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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: December 11, 2017

The best of 2017: The big happenings in entertainment around southern Maine

Written by: Ray Routhier

2017 is just about done. What the heck happened?

That question could be addressed in a sort of spiritual and metaphysical sense, exploring why we’re all here, how much time we have on earth, etc. But who’s got time for that?

Instead let’s talk about some of the big things that happened in the crucial areas of food, beer, music and entertainment around Portland and southern Maine. Here’s a look back at some of what happened in 2017 that was intended to please your taste buds and appease your appetite for fun.

And of course what happened in 2017 – such as new restaurants, breweries and night clubs starting up – bodes well for a fulfilling 2018.

Dave Patterson and Staff Writer Bob Keyes contributed to this story.

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