Monday, December 21, 2009

American Loggers

Leslie and Melanie worked on the American Logggers feature for the January/February issue for months -- Leslie on getting photos and Melanie on interviewing and writing the story.

On her final photo shoot, Leslie recruited her son, Brice Bowman-Laberge, to accompany her to Millinocket for a couple of nights. Brice spent the better part of his time in the Great North Woods up at the Telos logging camp with the men from Pelletier Brothers and the Discovery Channel film crew while Leslie shadowed the town film crew. Thanks to Leslie and Brice's efforts we have put together a bunch of shots that we didn't use in the piece. You can see nine of them below and there are even more on the Bangor Metro facebook page. We hope you like them!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What's Happening This Weekend...

Let's pretend that you have all your holiday shopping done and that you have no parties to go to and nothing to bake or wrap. No need to be bored! Revel in your time management skills and do something fun!

Ottowa International Animation Festival
December 18
The Grand, Ellsworth
Catch a horde of weird, wild, and wonderful animation from around the world. Categories include independent short films, feature films, new media, commissioned films, student films, and work made for children. 7 pm. $10.
www.grandonline.com

Class Action

December 17, 18 & 19
Circuit City building, Bangor
This art exhibit features more than 20 video, audio, performance, and visual art displays from a combination of 27 graduate and undergraduate UMaine students. Check out the Bangor Daily News story here. 5 pm.

The Nutcracker

December 19 & 20
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
This Christmas tradition is a gift for everyone during the holiday season. Characters from the show meet and greet guests following each performance. Sat. 2 pm & 7 pm. Sunday 3 pm.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Gift Drive = Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated gifts to the Bangor Metro/Epic Sports Holiday Gift Drive. Dozens and dozens of area foster kids are going to get a little something extra under the tree this year thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local do-gooders.

This photo is just one of the two boxes of toys, games, and clothing that we brought to DHS today. What a great turnout!

Our holiday gift stocking is really piling up with donations from area merchants like Deja'Vu hair salon, Winterport Winery, and Specialty Sweets to name a few. We will announce the lucky winner on Friday so check back!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekend in Rangeley

By Melanie Brooks

For the past few years, my family has rented a condo/cabin in Rangeley in December. Due to one reason or another, I have never been able to attend -- until this year. On Saturday the whole family (Mom, Dad, Sister, Bro-in-Law, Niece) and I headed to the hills. I took my friend Annie and my dog Miles along for the weekend.

We had a three bedroom cabin all to ourselves a mere 7 miles or so away from Saddleback Mountain. Since Saturday was such a frigid, windy day we decided to hit the condo's indoor pool and hot tubs instead of the slopes. After our swim I challenged my mother to a game of Scrabble while Annie graded papers and my dad and niece watched Dumbo. It was a cozy night and everyone headed to bed rather early to get ready for a day of skiing on Sunday.

While my dad, sis, and bro-in-law headed to Saddleback Mountain for some downhill skiing, Mum, Annie, and my niece, Ayda, and I headed to the cross country ski center at the base of the mountain.

The yurt was cozy and we stopped in to pay and pick up a trail map.


I had rented some skis from Epic Sports for the weekend and was anxious to give them a try.

Annie donned snowshoes and my mother pulled Ayda along behind her in the sled.

There was only one trail opened and groomed, which was a little disappointing but turned out to be ok in the end. The trail had grooves for my cross country skis on the left and enough room that we could all walk side by side. It was a gorgeous day and it felt really good to be outside. And even though my skis were brand new they didn't pinch or hurt me at all -- which was a huge relief.

The only downside to the trip was the price. A half-day of cross country sking/snowshoeing cost us $13 a piece -- even though we were out on the trails for less than 2 hours due to a cold/hungry/tired 2-year-old. We headed back to the cabin for lunch and a nap, awaiting the return of our more daring, downhill skiing family members.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This or That?

Creating the layouts for our features is a multi-step process involving a handful of people including Sandy (our art director), Leslie (our photographer and photo editor), Melanie (managing editor), and Tori (founding editor).

Leslie picks out her favorite photos for each story, edits them in Photoshop, and sends them on to Sandy to put them on the page with the words. But what Sandy sends back and what ends up getting printed aren't always the same thing.

We're not going to tell you which one we used right now...we want your opinion. Which one do you like better? Vote below and leave us a comment on why.



What's Happening this weekend...

If you're not heading to the slopes this weekend here are some alternative events to check out in our area.

A Christmas Carol

December 10-30
Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
After a two-year hiatus, this classic is back an an all-new production. Whether this will be your first or 30th visit to A Christmas Carol, all the "Bah, humbugs," ghosts, music, dancing, and Scrooge's discovery of live and love will keep you festive all season long. 7 pm.
www.penobscottheatre.org

Nate Wilson Group
December 12
Unity Performing Arts Center
This group has drawn comparisons to Led Zeppelin and Cream, as well as neoclassic and stoner-rock contemporaries Wolfmother, the Black Keys, and the Raconteurs. Check them out for yourself! 7:30 pm. $15
www.unityme.org/theater

Annual Downtown Family Festival
December 13
Ellsworth
Sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, their family festival features food, music, and fun for all ages. 1 pm.
www.ellsworthchamber.org

Danu: Christmas in Ireland
December 13
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by the ensemble's virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion, and the gorgeous voice of Muirinn Nic Amhlaoibh. 4 pm.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Maine Ahead on MPBN

MPBN Radio's Anne Mostue conducted a great interview with Tori Britton, editor in chief of Maine Ahead magazine and founding editor of Bangor Metro yesterday. Tori's enthusiasm for Maine Ahead shines through and she sounds smart as a whip. Kudos to both Tori and Anne on a great story! Check it out below...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bangor Creche Exhibit

By Melanie Brooks

The annual creche exhibit opened today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bangor. More than 500 nativity scenes are on display and are on loan from families who practice various denominations.

I stopped by this afternoon when it opened and was pleasantly surprised. What was once a gym was transformed into a softly lit exhibit space with nativity scenes proudly displayed along the walls and on tables covered with jeweled-colored cloth. Greens, golds, reds, and blues permeated the area and gave off a distinct Christmas feel -- even though it's 50 degrees outside with nary a snowflake in sight.

I loved the colors of this one and its simplicity. It looks quite European and I wish I knew where it came from.

This one was my favorite. I love how nature was used in the presentation. There's something about birch bark that draws me in.

Sure, the story goes that Jesus was born in a manger in Bethelem (which happens to be in the Middle East) but that shouldn't mean that Eskimos and Inuit can't put their own spin on it. I love the animals in this nativity scene: a walrus, seal, sled dogs, and a polar bear.

I just loved the simplicity of this one. No gold paint. No ceramic wise men. To me it symbolizes what the season is all about. This is something a poor carpenter and his young bride might have on display in their home...

Check out the creche exhibit yourself this weekend. There will also be entertainment and a live nativity scene on display.

Friday, December 4
12 to 8 pm

Saturday, December 5
9 am to 8 pm

Sunday, December 6
12 to 8 pm

Monday, December 7
12 to 8 pm

For more photos check out Bangor Metro's Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What's Happening for the Holidays?

If you haven’t noticed the ubiquitous Christmas music and twinkling lights, we’re here to let you know that the holiday season is in full swing. This time of year, fun activities abound that are sure to delight people of any age, whether you side with Santa or Scrooge. Read on for a list of local events that will help make this the most wonderful time of the year.

Rebecca’s Holiday Open House
December 4
Bangor
Head to the open house at Rebecca’s Pantry to enjoy some light refreshments and the holiday sounds of the Brian Nadeau Band. Since this is the season of giving, bring a non-perishable food item to donate to less fortunate area families. 6-9 pm.
rebeccasofmaine.com

Santa Scavenger Hunt
December 5
Bangor
Bring your children and Christmas spirit to Santa’s Workshop at 115 Main Street for a one-day-only scavenger hunt. The search will lead to a hidden Santa picture that will earn one lucky winner a grand prize. All those who participate can enter for a chance to win various prizes. 12-4 pm.
www.downtownbangor.com/goingon

Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting
December 5
Bangor
Join in Bangor’s annual holiday tradition and see the magical festival of lights. The tree lighting will take place in West Market Square. This event can’t be missed and is a favorite of the young and old alike. Bring non-perishable foods to help fill the huge Lane Construction float to benefit area food pantries! 4-6:30 pm.
www.downtownbangor.com/goingon

A Christmas Carol
December 10-23
Bangor
After being absent from the stage for two years, the Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas Carol is back. This theatrical event presents the classic story we all know and love in their own festive way, with no shortage of ‘bah humbugs’ to be had. Check the Penobscot Theatre Company’s web site for specific dates and times, as the show runs all month.
www.penobscottheatre.org

Santa’s Workshop

December 12 & 19
Downtown Bangor
Pay Santa and Mrs. Claus a visit this season to make sure you don’t end up with coal in your stocking. This is a free photo opportunity! 12-3 pm.
www.downtownbangor.com/goingon

Holiday High Tea at the Penobscot Theatre
December 13
Bangor
Patrons can enjoy a high tea at the Penobscot Theatre, including scones, tea sandwiches and pastries immediately following the matinee showing of A Christmas Carol. 3-4 pm. Tickets are $35 per person.
www.penobscottheatre.org

Danu Christmas in Ireland

December 13
Orono
Celebrate Christmas with tunes from across the pond by this acclaimed Irish group. Danu has been delighting audiences worldwide with their combination of flutes, fiddles, percussion, accordion and the voice of Muirinn Nic Amhlaoibh. 4 pm. $37.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Santaland Diaries
December 15-26
Bangor
For those of you who err on the side of Grinch and Scrooge during the holidays, this may be just the play for you. From Forever Plaid, Dominick Varney stars as Crumpet the Elf, a stressed-out Santa’s little helper. Watch and have a laugh as he handles the high strung holiday season at Macy’s. Find a babysitter for the kids, as this is an adult only show. See the Penobscot Theatre Company’s web site for specific dates and times.
www.penobscottheatre.org


The Nutcracker

December 19 & 20
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Enjoy another classic holiday tale by attending the Robinson Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. Hosted by the Collins Center for the Arts and including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, it will certainly brighten up your holiday season. See the Collins Center web site for more information.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Calais Border Crossing

By Melanie Brooks

Actually, they prefer you call it a Port of Entry rather than a border crossing, but you get the idea. The new Port of Entry between Calais, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada opens today! All commercial traffic will be re-routed to the new Port of Entry with the hopes of improved efficiency for both truckers on their way south and citizens who want to hop over the border for some shopping.

You can read the Breaking Ground story in the December Bangor Metro here. To see my first blog post about my trip up to Calais click here.

We couldn't publish all of the photos in the magazine (we only have so much space) so I'm including some here. These were provided by Robert Siegel Architects.

This is the shell of the building -- what you see from the outside. It's made from steel shaped to resemble rock formations. As you can see from this photo, the colors and shadows change with the light.

The outer shell provides privacy and security for the people working inside. People on the inside can pretty clearly see out of the building but those on the outside can't see in.

The construction crew used rock that had been blasted from the site to make way for the building's foundation as natural landscaping.

A beautiful sunset over the construction site.

Another view of the outside of the building.

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's here: Maine Ahead

After a year of hard work and perseverance, we have finally launched Maine Ahead. Pfew! Not to brag or anything -- but we think it looks damn fine!


What will you find inside the pages of our very first magazine? Besides dazzling photos and quick-witted cartoons you can read about the following:

  • An in-depth Q & A with five former Maine governors.
  • A private tour of Shipyard Brewery.
  • A rare interview with Hannaford CEO Ron Hodge.
  • Inside a Maine dream home.
  • Crab cakes with Portland chef Alan Cook.
  • A look back in time to Maine's sardine workers.
  • And more....

    In fact, we're so psyched about our first issue that we put it up on our website, MaineAhead.com, for you to look at! Click here to be taken to the digital flipbook to feast your eyes on the first issue.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    Turkey Day is upon us and if shopping at the mall on Black Friday isn't your thing, here is a list of other stuff to do with your days off...

    The Nutcracker
    November 21 & 29
    University of Maine, Machias and the Caribou Performing Arts Center
    The Robinson Ballet once again brings dreamland on the road. Nov. 21 in Machias at 3 and 7 pm and Nov. 29 in Caribou at 2 pm.
    www.robinsonballet.org

    Festival of Lights
    November 27-29
    Rockland
    Celebrate the spirit of giving with this holiday festival. Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat, the historic inns hold holiday open houses, and the Christmas tree is made out of lobster traps. It doesn't get more Maine than this, folks.
    www.therealmaine.com

    Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
    November 29-29
    Brewer
    Find Christmas gifts at this United Maine Craftsmen's event. There's a gift give-a-way every hour!
    www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    History Section: Part Two

    You didn't know we were going to publish a second history issue did you?! Well, to be honest, we didn't either. But we got such rave reviews on our June/July issue that we figured we'd finish the tale -- from Bangor's Great Fire of 1911 to today. And with the help of Dick Shaw, it turned out to be as gorgeous as the first one.

    If you haven't picked up your December issue of Bangor Metro yet, we've provided a little preview below of some of the great images you'll see when you do. It's definitely a collectors issue and we hope you like it as much as you did our summer guide.

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the bustling holiday season, never fear. There are plenty of fun events happening in our area this weekend to help you get some shopping done, relax to the sounds of folk music or enjoy a classic holiday tradition.

    Early Bird Sale & Bed Races
    November 21
    Bar Harbor
    There's no need to attend the craziness of Black Friday if you go to this event. Enjoy early morning sales in Bar Harbor with extra discounts if you're still in your pajamas. Feel free to shop around but don't miss the bed races! Sale starts at 6 am, bed races at 10 am.
    www.barharborinfo.com

    Aztec Two Step

    November 21
    Caribou Performing Arts Center
    Listen to Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, two of acoustic music's stars as they perform Simon & Garfunkel songs as well as their own originals. 7 pm. $14 adults, $8 students/seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under.
    www.caribouschools.org

    Arlo Guthrie and Family
    November 21
    Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
    Arlo Guthrie performed at Woodstock in 1969, and he hasn't lost any of his luster. With simply a few guitars, his voice and a harmonica, he delivers an unforgettable folk music performance. 8 pm.
    www.collinscenterforthearts.org

    The Nutcracker
    November 21
    University of Maine, Machias
    Relive the classic tale of The Nutcracker as performed by The Robinson Ballet. 3 pm and 7 pm. $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, and $5 children 12 and under.
    www.robinsonballet.org

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Pecha Kucha at the Camden Opera House

    By Annaliese Jakimides
    Photos by Leslie Bowman

    Friday night, about 400—including at least a couple of people, Leslie and I, from as far away as Bangor—gathered at the Camden Opera House for Pecha Kucha Night in Midcoast Maine. Simultaneously, Pecha Kuchas (meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, we were told) were happening in Pittsburgh, Bali, and Belgrade, although no one was sure which one (Maine or Serbia).


    Eight artists from the Midcoast showcased their work. Formula for these gatherings all over the world: The artist (loose definition allowed for an importer of wines) stands in front of the audience, while 20 slides of their work (for the wine guy, that meant Italian hillsides, and stunning, gnarled, old vines) flash on the screen. Well, not exactly flash. Each image lingers for 20 seconds, a long time if not accompanied by chatter, which some artists did and others did not. Let me tell you, some of the work was stunning, and some of the monologues entertaining, and at least one of the presenters left us with a compelling need to question ourselves about many things. It was a blast. Actually, it was a controlled blast.

    Afterwards, Camden was hopping. Since neither Leslie nor I have any experience with Camden’s weekend nightlife, it’s hard to judge whether this was because of the two-day Juice Conference about the creative economy, but—no matter—conversation was flowing, and so was the wine.

    Presenters were Scott Minzy, book artist and printmaker; Autumn Cipala, ceramic artist; Bill Laurita, owner of Swans Island Blankets; Mary Barnes, unconventional dry and wet drawings; Paul Chartrand, importer of organic wines; Antonia Small, photographer and writer; Anastasia Fischer, interaction designer; and Sam Cady, shaped canvas painter.

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    L.L. Bean does the holidays

    By Melanie Brooks

    It's the middle of November and I am done all of my Christmas shopping. No, I'm not kidding! It's done! I start my Christmas shopping in the summer so that 1. I don't have to shell out money for gifts all in one month and 2. I can actually enjoy the holidays. If you happen to be a normal individual who doesn't do their Christmas or Hannukah or Festivus shopping all year long you might be thinking a trip to the outlets in Freeport is a good idea to find something for everyone on your list. I would agree with you. But before you hop on the interstate, take a moment and find out what sorts of fun things L.L. Bean and the town of Freeport are doing for the season.

    I'm a big fan of Bean's Summer Concert Series. Little did I know that they hold events during the holiday season, too. Below is a list of events throughout the rest of November and December to help you plan your shopping excursion. Have fun!

    November 20
    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    See one of the largest holiday trees in the state, and the only one alight with thousands of multi-colored energy efficient LED lights, hand strung by local artist and designer Pandora LaCasse.7 pm.

    November 21 to December 27
    Old-Fashioned Carriage Rides
    What is more fun than snuggling under a blanket during a carriage ride? Not much.
    Rides run on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7 pm.

    November 27
    Freeport's Moonlight Madness
    Enjoy midnight shopping around Freeport. There will be refreshments, activities, and special discounts all over town! 12 am.

    November 28

    Meet Author and Filmmaker Ken Burns
    If you haven't seen his newest project, The National Parks, you're missing out on something amazing. Burns will be at the flagship store for a booksigning. 11 am to 1 pm.

    December 4 to 24

    Free Gift Wrapping Weekends
    Enjoy this free service and support local non-profit organizations.

    December 4 to 6

    Freeport's Annual Sparkle Weekend
    Bring your family and enjoy the annual parade, a talking Christmas tree, carolers, cocoa, and of course, a visit with Santa.

    For a more detailed list of events visit freeportusa.com and L.L. Bean's Calendar of Events.

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    With a chill in the air and election day behind us, the holidays are just around the corner. Cross some gifts off your list by visiting a craft show or catch a movie this weekend.

    The Gifted Hand

    November 13 & 14
    Holiday Inn Convention Center, Ellsworth
    This craft show can't be missed. It features over 50 locally and nationally recognized artisans, along with a cafĂ© staffed by Cleonice and Table bistros. There will even be a door prize drawing. Fri. 10 am–5 pm; Sat. 9 am–4 pm. Admission is $2 with all proceeds going to benefit Birds Acre.
    giftedhandshow.com

    Bridal Show
    November 15
    Morgan Hill Event Center, Bangor
    Are you or someone you know planning a trip down the aisle anytime soon? If so, you may want to check out this bridal show including a variety of catering, flowers, dresses, DJs and everything a bride could need. The event will be catered by Jolain's Gourmet and door prizes are available. 1–5 pm.
    morganhilleventcenter.com

    Valentino—The Last Emperor

    November 15
    Strand Theatre, Rockland
    Take a contemporary look into the fashion world with this documentary following the life of designer Valentino Garavani. 3 pm.
    rocklandstrand.com

    Holiday Gift Drive

    Check out our poster -- click on it to make it BIGGER! Print one out and put it up in your office for others to see. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Entrepreneurship Award!

    We work day in and day out to shed positive light on all the people and places in our region who are doing amazing things. But every once in a while it feels good to toot our own horn and we have cause to celebrate here at Bangor Metro world headquarters!

    It has just been announced that Mark Wellman and Tori Britton of Webster Atlantic Corporation (the umbrella under which Bangor Metro, Real Maine Weddings, and the forthcoming Maine Ahead magazines fall) have been selected to receive the Entrepreneurship Award from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. Toot toot!




    Here is what the write-up says in the November 2009 edition of Chamber News:
    [This award] recognizes an individual or business whose innovation and creativity have succeeded in opening new economic opportunities for our region. Mark Wellman and Tori Britton operate the Webster Atlantic Corporation which publishes Bangor Metro, Real Maine Weddings, and Maine Ahead. All of these publications serve to increase the region's visibility.
    We are all honored and humbled by this recognition...especially considering the company we're keeping! Other award winners are...

    Danny and Carla Lafayette:
    The Norbert X. Dowd Award, the BRCC's most prestigious honor.

    Bangor Savings Bank: Business of the Year

    Olympia Snowe: Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service

    Hilda Hutchins McCollum:
    Community Service Award

    Eastern Maine Medical Center: Non-Profit of the Year

    John Simpson:
    Arthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Help spread some cheer to needy foster kids this season

    The holiday season is a time when we are reminded to thankful for all that we have—health, family, friends, a roof over our head, and food on our table. But there are many Mainers who struggle for the very things many of us take for granted. There are currently about 300 children in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties who are living in foster care.

    The Office of Child and Family Services in our area is asking the public to help ensure that these kids, who are often the product of child abuse and neglect, have something under the tree this Christmas. They need donations for their holiday gift drive for children who range in age from infancy to their early 20s. Appropriate gifts include clothing, especially winter outerwear, age-appropriate toys (but not stuffed animals), art supplies, non-violent video games, sports equipment, and gift cards for area stores and restaurants.

    It’s not easy being a foster child. Many children won’t have the opportunity to spend the holidays with their birth family and many foster parents struggle to provide basic necessities.

    Bangor Metro and Epic Sports have teamed up see that these kids have a positive holiday season. Here’s how you can make a difference: drop off an unwrapped gift at either Bangor Metro or Epic Sports by December 13th and sign up to win a stocking stuffed with $100 worth of goodies from local merchants. It’s a win-win situation! Not only will you be boosting your own karma you’ll be helping a needy child and a generous foster family have a happy holiday season.

    For more information on the gift drive contact Melanie Brooks at 941-1300 or Melanie@bangormetro.com. For information on foster parenting click here.

    Drop off locations:

    Bangor Metro

    One Cumberland Place, suite 316
    Bangor


    Epic Sports
    6 Central Street
    Downtown Bangor

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    'Tis the season for holiday craft fairs. Get a head start on your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping this weekend and help support some local nonprofits.

    Designing Women Fine Arts Show
    November 7
    Husson University, Bangor
    Stop by Husson University and pick up some holiday goodies for friends and family. Items for sale include handmade bags, baskets, and jewelry. Leave a donation at the door for some good karma -- the money benefits nonprofit organizations that support women and their families. 9 am to 4 pm.
    www.designingwomen.com

    Las Vegas Night
    November 7
    Bar Harbor
    This annual event helps support local YMCA scholarships and programs. There will be games, appetizers, cash bar, raffles, and prizes. Dress up for the best Vegas costume contest or come as you are. 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
    www.mdiymca.org

    United Maine Craftsmen Arts & Crafts Show
    November 7 & 8
    Bangor Civic Center
    Check out what these craftsmen have concocted at this 21st annual show. Runs Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. $1.50 at the door.
    www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Getting into the holiday spirit

    By Melanie Brooks

    I don't know what it is but this year I'm more excited about the holidays than I usually am. Maybe it's because I'm celebrating in my own house this year for the first time. Maybe it's because I'm on a diet and lusting after holiday goodies. Maybe it's because I'm actually done my Christmas shopping and I'm looking forward to giving my friends and family their gifts. Whatever it is, I'm cheerful.

    To satiate my hunger for all things holiday I have decided to take a couple of fun classes to get my creative juices flowing. I signed up for a Gingerbread House making class with Carmen Montes (from Montes International Gourmet Cafe) at Pairings in Winterport. I absolutely love getting lunch at Montes and if her baking and decorating skills are anything like her delicious lunch menu I know I'm in for a treat. The two classes fall on November 10th and 17th (with some spillover into the Mondays before if there are too many students) and each class costs $15.00. Click here to register.

    I also just heard about floral arrangement classes at Chapel Hill Floral. They have four different holiday projects for you to try throughout November and December. Classes run between $20 and $25 depending on the project. I've always wanted to try my hand at floral arrangements and it looks like this is my chance. Click here to learn more.

    What's Cooking...

    By Melanie Brooks

    In today's economy it's beneficial to be able to wear more than one hat -- meaning it's better to be good at many things instead of one specific skill. Luckily I have many different interests that all sort of fall under the same umbrella of "media".

    For example, I not only love to write and edit, I also enjoy taking photographs, using Photoshop, and shooting and editing video. Back in the days of yore I was a television/film production major at Towson University.

    Last Friday Mark Janicki (chef extraordinaire and culinary professor at Eastern Maine Community College) and I headed to the Portland Regency Hotel to meet head chef Alan Cook and learn all about his recipe for crab cakes for our first issue of Maine Ahead magazine.


    Mark Wellman met us down there and we set up two HD cameras on tripods to capture different angles throughout the demonstration. I was given a small hand-held digital video recorder to use for close-ups of both Janicki and Cook as well as the food. I had forgotten how much I love the production process.

    It was fast and Wellman and I had to scramble. But I think we got what we needed. The best part of the whole thing? Being able to try the food. I really love crab cakes and these were yummy.

    The article by Janicki will appear in the pages of Maine Ahead and our video will be showcased on the Maine Ahead website. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out -- and for next months' assignment.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    A Pressing Matter

    By Kayla Riley

    One of my favorite fall treats is apple cider, and it doesn't get much better than consuming cider made in Maine. On Sunday I made the hour-long drive from Orono to Blue Hill to visit Beth and Bridge DeLong for their annual cider pressing party.

    They have held the event at their home for about five years, but this was my first time attending. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day weather-wise. The sun was shining but there was a definite November chill in the air.


    I had never seen a cider press up close and personal before. Their cider press is a true antique, complete with metal gears and an old wooden crank handle. It all looked complicated, but it turns out that the cider pressing process is fairly simple.


    After rinsing the apples, you dump them into the top receptacle of the cider press. Then as someone starts cranking the handle, you feed the apples through until they have all been squished adequately into a bucket that waits below. The juice from the apples is then strained through a piece of cheesecloth and poured into a bowl at the end of the press, which is covered with a strainer and paper towel to grab any stray seeds or apple pieces.


    To my surprise, once the cider had gathered in the bowl it was ready to drink! Living in Maine my whole life I thought I knew the meaning of fresh cider, but I was mistaken. The cider you can find in your local supermarket or farmer's stand simply can't compare to freshly pressed cider.



    Until next year, I'm savoring every last drop of fresh cider. If you get a chance to attend a cider pressing party, don't turn it down. It's one of the best ways to celebrate the turning of the seasons—and use up all of those fallen apples.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    Halloween falls on a weekend this year, which makes it easy to plan and attend multiple parties. If you're looking for something to do that doesn't include trick or treating read on...

    Anna Mae Mitchell & Rising Tide
    October 30 & 31
    Brewer
    Two nights of great bluegrass music, food and drinks, and a costume contest. The theme? Boograss of course! $10 adults, $8 seniors, students, and military. Free for kids 12 and under. 7:30 pm.
    www.ammrt.netii.net

    Forever Plaid

    October 29, 30 & 31
    Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
    Based on the book by Stuart Ross, this musical follows four young male singers who get killed in a car accident, but are miraculously revived for a second chance at life.
    www.penobscottheatre.org

    UCP's Pumpkins in the Park

    October 31
    Bangor Civic Center
    Looking for a non-spooky way to spend Halloween with your kids? Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a pumpkin pancake breakfast, and hop on a hayride. Breakfast starts at 8 am and Pumpkin picking goes from 12 to 7 pm. $5 for breakfast and $2 for pumpkin picking. Children 3 and under are free.
    www.ucpofmaine.com

    Seasonal Flavor: Pumpkin

    By Melanie Brooks

    'Tis the season of pumpkin carving. But pumpkins are much more than just jack-o-lanterns. Did you know that pumpkins are considered a fruit? They are 90% water and jam packed with beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease. One cup of pumpkin contains 50 calories and 3 grams of fiber.

    I could eat pumpkin pie morning, noon, and night if presented with the opportunity to do so. I love the stuff. But recently I've been tasting other pumpkin-flavored foods that have knocked my socks off.

    Specialty Sweets on Stillwater Ave. in Bangor makes a mouth-watering pumpkin fudge. It is, by far, the most delicious fudge I have ever tasted. Not only does the consistency of the fudge melt in your mouth, it's pumpkin flavored and makes for a tasty fall treat when you have a hankering for something sweet that isn't chocolate.

    I had the opportunity to try some pumpkin bisque at Pairings in Winterport on Tuesday night during a Bangor Chamber of Commerce event. A bit apprehensive at first, I tried the soup with a bit of trepidation. The worry was instantly melted away as the soup happily slid down my throat. I'm not exaggerating when I say it is the best soup I have ever tasted. It had a not-too-sweet and smoky flavor that was unlike anything I had tasted before. The chef created an apple wine reduction sauce -- using Winterport Winery's own apple wine -- and maple syurp to create the creamy bisque. I had two bowls and didn't even apologize for it. I wanted to literally swim in the stuff.

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are an easy way to use pumpkin in your baking and seem to be a distinctively New England treat. When I have made these cookies for friends in the other cities I have lived in (Boston, Baltimore, and New York City), they are always pleasantly surprised and ask me for the recipe. If you are looking to bring something to a party this fall, these cookies are sure to be a hit. Try the recipe out for yourself! I promise, you won't be disappointed.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 egg
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon milk
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

    Directions:
    1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
    2. Add vanilla and chocolate chips.
    3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Wicked Funny

    By Kayla Riley

    On Saturday I witnessed Maine's own comedian, Bob Marley, live at the Collins Center for the Arts. I had seen his DVDs and heard a few tracks from past CDs of his, but I had never seen a live performance. I can sum up the experience in one word—hilarious. After each punchline was delivered, I barely had time to recover from gut-busting laughter before the next joke hit me. Considering Marley's fast rise to comedic stardom, I admit I am a little behind on discovering how truly funny he is.

    Although his popularity is just now hitting its peak, Bob Marley has been a stand up comedian for 15 years. Born and raised in Maine, Marley graduated with a degree in community health from the University of Maine in Farmington. From there he quickly began his tour de force comedy career. He got his start at comedy nights in Portland, soon moving to Boston to widen his scope.

    Since then, Marley has had his own special on Comedy Central and made the rounds to all the major late night shows, including Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, and Craig Ferguson. One of his most well known appearances is his more serious role in "The Boondock Saints", in which he played Detective Greenly. He can be seen in the movie "All Saint's Day" starting Friday in theaters nationwide in "All Saint's Day".

    If you haven't seen Bob Marley live yet, I encourage you to do so. His live performance was even more energetic than I had expected, including jokes from his latest CD, Runamuck, along with some unexpected new material. His act was a hysterical mix of Maine-based, relationship, family, and observational humor that had me laughing until I cried.

    Photo courtesy of bmarley.com

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    Rain and cloudy skies are in the forecast for this weekend, but don't let that get you down. There's plenty to keep you distracted from the gloomy weather. Read on for some rainy day ideas.

    Fright at the Fort
    October 23 & 24
    Fort Knox, Prospect
    Get a jump on spooky Halloween fun with a visit to Fort Knox. You never know what may be waiting around the corner! 5:30-9 pm. $5
    http://fortknox.maineguide.com

    Hillbilly Pirate Halloween Ball

    October 24
    The Grand in Ellsworth
    Dance the night away in your Halloween garb to the tunes of Gandalf Murphy. 7:30 pm. Adults $20, students $12.
    www.grandonline.org

    Bill Evans & Megan Lynch

    October 23
    Unity Centre for the Performing Arts
    A bluegrass banjo player from California and a fiddler from Nashville team up for a foot-tapping performance. 7:30 pm. $15
    www.unityme.org

    Forever Plaid

    Through October 25
    Penobscot Theatre in Bangor
    See the musical that tells the story of four young male singers who get a second chance at life. Check the Penobscot Theatre's web site for various show times. $40
    www.penobscottheatre.org

    Maine ranked in top 10 for energy efficiency!

    Maine is among the 10 states that are doing the most to implement energy efficiency, according to the 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This is the third edition of the state-by-state ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    "The most improved states are stepping up their efforts in several ways, such as adopting new building energy codes and setting aggressive new energy savings targets," Maggie Eldridge, lead author of the report from the ACEEE, said in a press release. Last year Maine ranked 19th.

    Gov. Baldacci is quoted in yesterdays press release as saying: "I am pleased that Maine is being recognized for our commitment to energy efficiency. We began by making State government a model in order to show businesses and residents that reducing energy consumption improves our way of life by reducing harmful effects on our environment and our health, while making a significant impact to our bottom line. We made this commitment in 2003 when the price of oil was $20 a barrel. Since then, we've made new investments in weatherization, encouraged alternative modes of transportation, and encouraged voluntary alternative work schedules for State employees, and we became the first state to purchase 100 percent of our electricity from zero carbon renewable resources."

    The 10 states doing the most include (in order of ranking):
    California
    Massachusetts
    Connecticut
    Oregon
    New York
    Vermont
    Washington state
    Minnesota
    Rhode Island
    Maine

    The states with the most room for improvement include:
    Arkansas
    Missouri
    Louisiana
    Georgia
    Alaska
    West Virginia
    Nebraska
    Alabama
    Mississippi
    North Dakota
    Wyoming
    Washington D.C.

    To learn more about what Maine is doing right regarding energy efficiency check out the October Energy edition of Bangor Metro magazine.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    Gas Guzzles

    By Melanie Brooks

    Yikes! In the past week or so the price of gas has really gone up! Is this a trend? Who knows these days. How much the price of gas changes from one day to the next is an anomaly to me. But while the price of gas is difficult to follow, finding the least expensive gas station is pretty easy. All you have to do is click here and MaineGasPrices will show you the cost of gas at local stations in your area. All you have to do is put in your zip code!

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    Mt. Hope Cemetery

    By Melanie Brooks

    I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day on Saturday and head to Mt. Hope Cemetery for a couple of hours. This might sound weird but I love old cemeteries. It's interesting to read the names on the old gravestones and get a glimpse into someone's past. Some of the gravestones at Mt. Hope are so old they're weathered unreadable. Many are in various degrees of tilt.

    Mt. Hope is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the nation -- second to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. For a short history lesson click here.

    Below is a slideshow of some of my favorite shots.

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Same-Sex Marriage

    By Melanie Brooks

    From television and radio commercials to stories in local and national media outlets, the topic of same-sex marriage in Maine has been everywhere. In case you've been hiding out under a rock lately, here's what's going on...

    On November 3rd Maine voters will get the chance to sound off on whether they support or oppose same-sex marriages. It will be the first time in any state that the voters will have the chance to repeal or uphold a same-sex marriage law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.

    In Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Iowa, same-sex marriages are legal and are currently being performed. Ceremonies for same-sex marriages will begin in New Hampshire in January, 2010.

    Two Maine groups have been behind the ads and public service announcements that we see and hear about daily. The Vote NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign who support same-sex marriages and Stand for Marriage Maine who oppose same-sex marriage believing that marriage should consist of one man and one woman.

    With the race being too close to call, the debate rages on with both sides competing for votes. In our June/July summer guide issue our Soapbox Boys, Sean Faircloth and Scott K Fish shared their viewpoints on the topic. Click here to see what they said.


    And how about you? Where do you stand on the issue? Vote anonymously below:

    Yes = I support same-sex marriage.
    No = I do not support same-sex marriage.

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    Leaf peeping season is all but over north of Bangor so if you're looking for something else to do here are some suggestions...

    Belfast Poetry Festival

    October 16 & 17
    Belfast
    In its 5th year, the festival features 14 artists, 10 visual poets, 4 performing artists, and more.
    www.belfastpoetry.com

    Work of the Hand Art Show
    Through October 18
    Rockport
    Over 40 artists gather at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art for this 20th annual invitational craft show. 10am to 5pm.
    www.cmcanow.org

    Radio Gang
    October 17
    The Grand in Ellsworth
    Get ready for some homegrown bluegrass! 7:30pm. $15.
    www.grandonline.org

    Maine Florist & Growers Association Show
    October 18
    Bangor Civic Center
    Take a moment to smell the flowers at the Maine State Florist and Growers Show on Sunday. Maybe you'll pick up some tips on how to prepare your gardens for the winter months.
    www.basspark.com

    Budding photographer?

    By Melanie Brooks

    Did you know that Bangor Photo has a photo contest each month? Well they do! The topic for October is, believe it or not, cemeteries. Pay respects to the spookiest month of the year by heading out to a local graveyard to snap some photos. You don't have to be a professional photographer to take part -- stretch your creative muscles by trying to capture a different point of view!

    Here are the rules:

    One entry per person.
    Photos must be 8x10 and mounted in an 11x14 mat.
    No glass. No frames.

    The deadline is the last day of the month and photos are voted on the first week of the following month.

    Entries will be displayed in Bangor Photo for voting. Winners receive a $25 cash prize and bragging rights.


    I don't go anywhere without my trusty little Canon digital camera. It's a PowerShot SD600 Digital Elph no bigger than a deck of cards. And while it's not fancy like the professional cameras we use for Bangor Metro photo shoots, it takes some pretty nice photos. Plus it's small enough for me to carry around in my purse. You never know when you're going to stumble upon something worthy of a photo.

    The topic for November is paths -- so start thinking and shooting away!

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    All Hail Mark Ricketts

    By Melanie Brooks

    Have you met Earl Hornswaggle? If you are a regular reader of Bangor Metro you may have already been introduced. Earl is the oldest man in Bangor and was created for Bangor Metro by illustrator Mark Ricketts.

    Each month, Earl is portrayed in the mag doing all sorts of things. In October he took us for a walk down memory lane as he revealed his secrets for staying alive so long -- he is, after all, 123 years old. In our August issue he shared some of his favorite recipes from his restaurant, Earl's Feedbag, was still open. And in our summer guide/history issue he shared a list of little known facts about Bangor that were most fascinating.

    Recently (today in fact) Earl's face peered out at me from an unfamiliar location -- the postcard rack at Book Marc's in downtown Bangor! Earl and Ricketts fans alike can now send a funny postcard to those loved ones who aren't fortunate enough to live in Maine! Here are some examples of Ricketts' designs. At $1 a piece you can't go wrong:



    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    More buzz about Maine Ahead

    Carolyn Callahan and Channel 7 news stopped by yesterday to interview Mark and Tori about Maine Ahead. It's very exciting that the local news stations have taken an interest in our new magazine -- it helps us get the word out!
    Have you ever wanted to get inside the minds of some of the state's most dynamic thinkers? How about go behind the scenes at a prominent Maine company?

    If you answered yes to these questions, Maine Ahead might be just what you're looking for.
    Check out the entire story here!

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

    On the road in Hanover, NH

    By Melanie Brooks

    Hello from your friendly neighbor...New Hampshire! Sandy (who does our graphic designing for all of our magazines) and I are in Hanover, NH visiting with Dartmouth Printing, the 300-year-old company that prints all of our magazines.

    We left Bangor at 8 am this morning. After breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts and a suspicious lunch at a dive called Chantilly's, we made it to Hanover. The foliage is in its peak here right now and it's absolutely gorgeous.

    We took a tour of the printing facility this afternoon with our sales rep. Matthew. He showed us everything from their paper warehouse to their presses to their assembly to their post office. WOW! I had no idea. We brought our own proofing printer along so that the good people at Dartmouth Printing could install some new software on it for us. Luckily our kind and considerate customer service rep., Dale, unloaded it from our rented SUV -- that sucker weighs 85 pounds!

    After an informative tour and a quickie nap at our hotel, Sandy and I met Matthew and Dale in town for dinner at a place called Molly's. Hanover is a quaint New England town with a darling main strip and preppy Dartmouth College students around every corner. Exhausted from our drive and anticipating a long day ahead tomorrow, in which Leslie will join us for more meetings at Dartmouth, Sandy and I have retired to our rooms for the night.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Launching a new Magazine!

    By Melanie Brooks

    It's true! The crew behind Bangor Metro is launching a new state-wide business magazine called Maine Ahead. Tori Britton will be editor in chief for the new magazine while I move into the managing editor spot at Bangor Metro. The new title has been in the works for almost a year now and it's so exciting to see all the hard work Tori, Mark Wellman, and our sales team have been putting in finally come to fruition.


    This magazine will be mailed to 14,000 of Maine's executives, managers, and government leaders. It will also be on newsstands and in waiting rooms across the state. Our goal is to create a publication that will play a role in helping to improve Maine's economic vitality and prosperity by providing a lively source of information and insight. We're sure people are going to love it!

    Maine Ahead was featured on WABI TV 5 news last night. Click here to watch the clip.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Valentine's Day Contest!

    It might seem a bit early to be thinking of Valentine's Day with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on the horizon. But the crew at Bangor Metro is always thinking ahead, and we have put together a sweet deal for one lucky winner.

    Tell us how you met your sweetheart and your story could be featured in the 2010 January/February issue of Bangor Metro.

    The Prizes:
    One night stay, dinner, and breakfast at the
    Hilton Garden Inn
    .
    A dozen roses courtesy of Chapel Hill Floral.
    A Specialty Sweets chocolate basket.

    Tempting isn't it!

    Here's how to enter:
    Send us the story of how you met your sweetheart in 200 words or less by November 26.

    Snail Mail:

    Bangor Metro Magazine
    1 Cumberland Place, Suite 316
    Bangor, ME 04401
    Attn: Melanie Brooks

    Email:
    valentine@bangormetro.com

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    It may be hard to believe, but October is here. With the changing leaves, cool air, and Halloween looming, October is full of fun events. This weekend check out some documentaries, listen to Jonatha Brooke, or channel your inner bookworm. For more, check out the What's Happening section of the October magazine.

    Camden International Film Festival
    October 1-4
    Rockland, Camden, Rockport
    This festival features four days of independent documentary films from talented filmmakers. Individual tickets are $8.50 at the door.
    camdenfilmfest.org

    Jonatha Brooke at The Grand
    October 4
    Ellsworth
    Enjoy Jonatha Brooke's contemporary folk-rock tunes in the historic Grand Theater at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 667-9500.
    www.grandonline.org

    Bangor Book Festival
    October 2-3
    Downtown Bangor
    Browse for a new read and listen to a variety of book readings and panel discussions from local authors and artists, including Douglas Preston and Robert Shetterly.
    www.bangorbookfest.org

    Living History Days
    October 3-4
    Leaonard's Mills, Bradley
    Turn back time to the 1790's Colonial era and enjoy hot cider fresh from the press or a covered wagon ride from 10am to 4pm. $8 for adults, $2 for children.
    www.leonardsmills.com

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    A Ride on the Patience

    For the past two years, Bangor Metro has invited their freelancers, friends, and families to take a cruise on the Penobscot River. If you've ever been to the Sea Dog you have probably seen the steamboat Patience. The boat was built in Stonington in 1982 and has an open air top deck and an enclosed area on the bottom deck -- perfect for a scenic fall cruise.

    The weather was brisk but sunny and we all had a great time up on deck catching up with each other and taking in the foliage.


    Shane Leonard, always with a camera in hand, takes some candid shots on the one-and-a-half hour trip.


    Melanie Brooks and MPBN's Anne Ravana bundle up on the upper deck.


    Jodi Hersey (left) and Joy Hollowell, Maine media mavens, bring their husbands, Brian and Chris, along for the ride.

    The Patience will be cruising the river until mid-October so get out there and have a go! They offer a one hour, one-and-a-half hour, and dinner cruises. You can also charter the boat for a private party. For more information check out their website.

    Common Ground Fair Draws Mainers Down to Earth

    By Kayla Riley
    Photos by Melanie Brooks

    The Common Ground Country Fair held annually in Unity, Maine is now a cultural mainstay, providing locals with information about organic farming, delicious food, Maine made wares, and song and dance. But in its early stages it was small potatoes.

    It began as a “harvest celebration” in 1977 at the Litchfield Fairgrounds. A small group of Mainers with a passion for organic gardening and farming had recently started the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, or MOFGA. An astounding 10,000 people attended, and members of MOFGA soon realized they would have to find a bigger venue.


    In 1981, MOFGA held the Common Ground Fair at the Windsor Fairgrounds. That year, the crowd multiplied to over 50,000 people. For years, MOFGA searched for a more suitable location that could not only house the Fair and its many attendees but also a year-round agricultural center.

    The perfect place happened to be Unity, and in 1996 MOFGA purchased more than 200 acres of land on which to hold the yearly event. The Common Ground Fair was held for the first time in Unity in 1998. Along with the popularity of the Fair, MOFGA has grown to about 5,000 members, 18 staff members and 2,000 current volunteers.


    This year’s turnout was no exception to previous years. With everything from the remarkable sheep dog demonstration to the rather unpleasant Harry S. Truman Memorial manure toss, the Fair had something for everyone. For the kids, there was a wide variety of activities including face painting, arts and crafts and a vegetable garden parade. At the folk arts tents, local artists could be found sharing their talents with eager onlookers.

    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    Fall is now in full swing, and there is no shortage of ways to experience it. For inspiration, read on to find a sampling of area events going on this weekend. A more extensive list can be found in the What's Happening section of the September magazine.

    Common Ground Country Fair
    September 25-27
    Unity
    The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) puts on this 24th annual country fair to celebrate rural and organic living. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitions, and demonstrations. Gates open at 9am. $10 adults, $8 seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
    www.mofga.org

    Planetarium Show
    September 25
    Orono
    The Jordan Planetarium in Wingate Hall on the UMaine campus will be holding a planetarium show open to the public. The theme on Friday is "Ice Worlds". It's a great show for families and starts at 7pm. Admission is $3. For reservations, call 581-1341.
    www.GalaxyMaine.com

    Manhattan Short Film Festival
    September 26
    Ellsworth
    The Grand Auditorium is presenting the Manhattan Short Film Festival from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This Film Festival is being held in over 150 cities worldwide. With the statement "one week, one world, one festival", it is meant to unite audiences by way of the twelve best short films of the year. Tickets are $8 for members, $9 for seniors, and $10 for adults.
    www.grandonline.org

    Friday, September 18, 2009

    With Fall Comes Foliage

    By Kayla Riley
    Photos by Michael Alden

    As daylight decreases and temperatures drop, Maine's fall foliage comes into full bloom. For all you leaf peepers out there, there's a website dedicated to the viewing of foliage. This website lists the current foliage status over 7 regions of the state.

    According the latest foliage report, the viewing is currently best in Northern Maine, but as September ends the lower part of the state will begin to see its own trees turn vibrant shades.



    So once the leaves start turning, where's the best place to see them? That's up to the peeper, but one of the most scenic foliage locations is Acadia National Park, which will be holding guided hikes on Sundays. Those lucky leaf peepers who find an ideal spot can share the wealth on the Maine foliage website in the foliage forum.



    Since summer weather was such a bust, why not take advantage of the beautiful fall we're having? Take a moment to enjoy this season's fabulous foliage, whether it's simply glancing out the window on the drive home or hiking a wooded trail.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    What's Happening This Weekend...

    With temperatures in the 60s this weekend, fall is in the air. Get out and enjoy it this weekend. Here is a listing of some interesting events you might want to check out. For a more extensive list check out the What's Happening section of the September magazine.

    MDI Garlic Festival
    September 19
    Southwest Harbor
    Vampires beware -- the MDI Garlic Festival is in full swing on Saturday. Tempt your taste buds with garlic-smoked meats, garlic flavored beer and wine, and a pig roast. It's all you can eat so come hungry! 11 am to 5 pm. $20 at the door of $15 in advance.
    www.nostrano.com

    BangPop! Comic & Pop Culture Convention
    September 19 & 20
    Bangor Civic Center
    Bringing events from the pop culture fringe to the Bangor area, BangPop! presents its second annual comic con. Meet writers, artists, and other special guests and enjoy panel discussions, film screenings, costume masquerade, and more. Kids Day on Sunday.
    www.bangpopmaine.com

    Art in the Park
    September 19 & 20
    Village Green, Bar Harbor
    Over 35 painters and photographers we be displaying and selling their original works. Rain or shine. Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm.
    www.barharborinfo.com

    Komen Race for the Cure
    September 20
    Bangor Waterfront
    Help fight breast cancer by running, walking, or dancing through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Registration is from 7:30 to 9:30 am. The 5k starts at 10 am. Get some exercise for a good cause.
    www.komenmaine.com

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Pink Tulip Project

    By Melanie Brooks

    I love tulips. And pink ones just happen to be my very favorite. If you feel the same way why not get involved with the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tulip Project? They’re currently seeking volunteers to organize gardens and get digging.

    The Pink Tulip Project will be singing up new gardens until October 1st. Over 300,000 bulbs are waiting to be planted during the week of October 19. Help raise cancer awareness in your community by organizing a pink tulip garden. There are hundreds of volunteers from Portland to Millinocket who are ready to help plant, but the project always needs more. “This can be a terrific community building event and wonderful for schools, community service organizations, and cancer support groups, too,” says Robin Whitten, founder of the Pink Tulip Project.

    Want to get involved? All the tools new gardeners need to set up an official Pink Tulip Project garden is available at www.pinktulipproject.org. Last year the project raised over $50,000 for cancer research grants given through the Women’s Cancer Fund of the Maine Cancer Foundation.

    Photo of the Belfast Garden Club