Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Greendrinks

By Melanie Brooks

The December Bangor Greendrinks was a smashing success! Zeth and Betsy Lundy hosted the party at their new store, Central Street Farmhouse, in downtown Bangor. On the menu was a delicious Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, root beer, wine, cider, and more -- all made right on site. All of the brewing, wine making, and cheese making goes on on the first floor of the Lundy's three-story building. The second floor is baby-central. Organic clothes, cloth diapers, toys, and nursing bras galore -- all for the eco friendly mom. The Lundy's are renovating the third floor as their living space. Way to cut down on your commute guys!

Take a look at some of the faces that showed up:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

The Velveteen Rabbit
December 9-20
Penobscot Theatre
The classic “toy story” comes to life in this modern theatrical adaptation of the favorite children’s book. A holiday treat for the whole family. $20.
www.penobscottheatre.org

Holiday Celebration
December 10
Southwest Harbor
This daylong event includes a craft fair 9 am–3 pm, a community tree lighting with Santa at 5:30 pm, photos with Santa at the Harbor House 6–7:30 pm, and late night sales at select Southwest Harbor merchants 8–midnight.
244-3713

Searsport Victorian Christmas
December 10-12
Searsport
Head to this quaint seaside town for open houses at museums, homes, and bed and breakfasts.
548-6372

Candy Cane Capers
December 11
Belfast United Methodist Church
This is an opportunity for children ages 5–12 to shop for their families at little cost. Each child is given $1 in candy cane money and each gift is tagged and wrapped for them. Refreshments served. 9 am.
www.belfastumc.org

Bar Harbor Merchants Association Open House
December 11
Downtown Bar Harbor
Sigh up for raffles and enjoy the holiday cheer. Santa is in town 12–3 pm and carolers will be singing in the streets and in the shops.
www.barharbormerchants.com

Downtown Family Festival

December 12
Downtown Ellsworth
Sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, this family friendly festival features food, live music, caroling, and more. 11 am.
www.ellsworthchamber.org

The Compassionate Friends Annual Worldwide Candlelighting

December 12
Cary Library, Houlton
One of only four sites in Maine to hold this international event, it honors families who have lost their children. 7 pm.
532-1302

Down East Singers Present: A Holiday Concert

December 12
Camden Opera House
The works of Kirke Mechem are featured in this year’s show, including “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” and “Birthdays in Round Numbers.” Also on the program will be Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” and Heinrich Sch├╝tz’s “Also Hat Gott die Welt Geliebt.” 2:30 pm.
www.camdenoperahouse.com

Holiday Open House
December 12
Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor
Don’t miss the 4th Annual Holiday Open House and all the crafts, games, and holiday treats that go along with it. Free.
288-3519

Verdi's Don Carlo
December 12
Collins Center for the Arts
In this Metropolitan Opera Live Broadcast, director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi's profound, beautiful, and most ambitious opera. 1 pm. $24.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas by the Sea

By Melanie Brooks

This past weekend, Camden celebrated their annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. My mother, Mary, sister, Jennifer, and niece, Ayda headed down to put a little jingle in our step. Luckily the rain held off so we could walk around town without getting wet.

There were Christmas wreathes up on every lamppost and on most storefronts. I wish we had been there at night to see what kind of light display the town had. We just missed Santa Claus, so we stopped into Cappy's for some lunch before heading out to Cellardoor Winery's vineyard in Lincolnville to catch him there.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

The Nutcracker
December 3
Camden Opera House
The Atlantic Ballet Company presents this colorful holiday production. A tradition during midcoast Maine's Christmas by the Sea, this beloved classic story is a seasonal feature at the Camden Opera House. Accompanied by the sparkling music of Tchaikovsky, ABC's talented professional and student dancers create a magical performance to entertain audiences of all ages. 7:30 pm. $12–$16.
www.camdenoperahouse.com

Christmas by the Sea

December 3-5
Camden
A weekend celebration of the holiday season. Shopping, musical entertainment, community tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn wagon rides, Holiday house tour of private residences and inns. Enjoy sales and dining specials, as well as photos and children’s story hour with Santa.
www.visitcamden.com

Plaid Tidings: A Special Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid
December 3-23
Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
The boys are back in the sequel to Penobscot Theatre’s most successful production of all time. Plaid Tidings is a brand new show that offers the Plaids tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top. $35.
www.penobscottheatre.org

30th Annual Christmas Parade

December 4
Downtown Ellsworth
Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, this annual parade is a must-see. 11:30 am.
www.ellsworthchamber.org

Holiday Light Parade
December 4
Presque Isle
Celebrate the Christmas season with a variety of activities in Presque Isle. The light parade starts at North Street and proceeds south on Main Street ending at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. Warm refreshments will be served at UMPI. 7–9 pm.
www.pichamber.com

Holiday Bazaar

December 4
Merryspring Nature Center, Camden
Shop for a variety of fresh seasonal greens, plain and decorated wreaths, live rosemary plants, arrangements, and items for giving and decorating. Merryspring members receive a 10% discount. 10 am–4 pm.
www.merryspring.org

5th Annual Christmas Craft Fair & Benefit Raffle

December 4
Belfast Boat House
Local Maine-made arts and crafts, baked goods, and much more is in store for you at this annual craft fair. Find the perfect handmade or homemade gifts for the holidays. Hourly door prizes and lively entertainment. 8 am–3 pm.
525-4421

19th Annual Poinsettia Ball
The Ramada, Ellsworth
This semiformal charity ball benefits the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and cocktails. Appetizers start at 5:30 pm. Dinner is served at 7 pm. $90.
www.mcmhospital.org

General Henry Knox Museum Annual Holiday Open House
December 4 & 5
Thomaston
Families and friends are invited to walk through the 1790s kitchen where several women with their spinning wheels welcome conversation. Rooms on the salon level of the Museum will be decorated with traditional Christmas greens and fragrant fruits. 1–4 pm.
www.generalknoxmuseum.org

Holiday Stroll

December 5
Downtown Skowhegan
This annual family events includes a parade, retail promotions, Santa’s Village, special lighting and window displays, and more. Sponsored by Main Street Skowhegan.
www.mainstreetskowhegan.org

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gift Wrapping at the Bangor Mall

Heading to the Bangor Mall for some holiday shopping? Stop by the gift wrapping center to have them wrapped before you leave!

UCP of Northeastern Maine is calling on volunteers to help with the wrapping. All proceeds benefit the important work that this group does for our community. It's a worthy cause -- and it's fun!

UCP is looking for individuals as well as groups to volunteer in three-hour slots from now until Christmas Eve. They're there every day of the week so you can volunteer more than once if you want to. If you are interested in helping out, contact Tish Pendergast at 992-0606 or email her at tish.pendergast@ucpofmaine.org.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend...

Comedy Show
November 19
Spectacular Event Center, Bangor
Three Boston comedians will take the stage for a night of laughs. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
www.spectaculareventcenter.com

Primo Cubano
November 19
The Grand, Ellsworth
Come listen to Maine's own salsa band and benefit The Grand and WERU at the same time. 7:30 p.m.; $12; $10 Grand and WERU members.
www.grandonline.org

Alison Chase Performance
November 19
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Alison Chase is a well-known choreographer and founding artistic director of Pilobolus Dance Center. Don't miss the multidimensional performance featuring fusions of film and dance. 8 p.m. $27.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Artfull Gifts at Point Lookout
November 19-21
Northport
Don't miss the Midcoast's premier invitational show for fine Maine-made holiday gifts. Exhibitors will show a variety of work including gold and silver jewelry, woven silk, stoneware and porcelain pottery, ash baskets, blown glass, and more. Gala opening is Fri. 5 to 8 p.m. with cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. The show runs Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $3 per day to attend the fair; $10 includes both days of the fair and the gala. Children under 16 free.
www.artfullgifts.com

Annual "Fowl" Shooting Contest
November 20
Brewer Auditorium
Each participant will get 10 free throws, plus three additional "bonus FOWL shots" which consist of a basketball with a bird attached. There are four divisions for all age ranges -- from kindergartners to adults. One person will win a Thanksgiving turkey. 10:30 a.m. $1 donation.
www.brewerme.org

Early Bird Sale & Bed Races
November 20
Bar Harbor
Shop at your favorite local stores in your PJs 6 to 9 a .m., then catch the bed parade starting from the Village Green at 10 a.m. Head to Cottage Street to find your seat for this fun annual even, sponsored by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
www.barharborinfo.com

Donizetti's Don Pasquale
November 20
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
A Metropolitan Opera Live Broadcast, this production has been called "brilliant" and "wonderful" by The New York Times. 1 p.m.; $24.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Mariachi Los Camperos
November 21
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
This 10-piece band is led by Natividad "Nati" Cano, a traditionalist and a visionary who has mirrored and shaped the history of mariachi music. The ensemble employs the finest musicians from Mexico and the U.S. and has performed for audiences worldwide. 3 p.m. $27.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Bach & Forth with Stephen Prutsman, Piano
November 21
Rockport Opera House
In a fascinating program that will debut here before heading to Lincoln Center in New York, the brilliant pianist Stephen Prutsman connects and juxtaposes the timeless music of J.S. Bach with works of virtually every style since his day. 2:30 p.m. $25-$45; $8 for youth 18 and under.
www.baychamberconcerts.org

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
November 11-14
Aroostook Centre Mall, Presque Isle
Get a jump on your holiday shopping by browsing the wares of local artisans and crafters.
www.pichamber.com

The Savoy Family Band

November 12
The Strand, Rockland
This four-piece family band brings the raw energy of Cajun music of southwest Louisiana to Rockland. 7:30 pm. $15; $18 at the door.
www.rocklandstrand.com

Christmas Fair
November 12 & 13
Belfast United Methodist Church
Homemade crafts and gifts, ornaments, baked goods, gift baskets, plants, jewelry, cookbooks, and a luncheon. $5.
www.belfastumc.org

The Gifted Hand Fin Art, Craft, and Gift Show
November 12 & 13
Acadia Park Hotel, Ellsworth
This 5th annual show features over 50 juried Maine artisans in a benefit art and craft show for Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor. There will be painters, bead makers, illustrators, weavers, and many more. Fri. 11 am–7 pm; Sat. 9 am–4 pm. $2; free for children under 12.
www.giftedhandshow.com

Glam-Rock Hamlet

November 12-14
Gates Community Center, Bar Harbor
A new approach to Shakespeare’s enduring classic. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm.
www.coa.edu

Annual Harvest Craft Fair
November 13
Acadia Christian School, Trenton
This annual craft fair features a bake sale, silent auction, book fair, and tons of kids activities. 9 am–2 pm.
664-0182

Dvorak & Sibelius

November 14
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
The spectacular performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto conducted by Edward Cumming features Stefan Jackiw on violin. 3 pm. $18–$42.
www.collincenterforthearts.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Three Local Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, consulting editor Henry Garfield, sat down with three area veterans to find out what Veterans Day means to them. We'd like to introduce them and share some of their answers.
Photos by Shane Leonard

Charles McClead, Dedham

Do you think America is more or less patriotic today than it was during the time you served?

I think America today at least knows the truth of what's going on a little better. We're no longer blaming the military for things that go wrong. We know that the military is under command of the president and Congress. The right way to look at it is if you don't like it, your elected officials are the ones that are running it.

Was it hard to be back into the routine of everyday life when you returned home?


I came back with a bit of post traumatic stress disorder. I had a lot of anger because of the way the people who fought in Vietnam were treated when we got back. The news media made us look like we were baby-killers, bombing school buses, even though we were doing what we were assigned to do. It was ugly.


Russell Treadwell, Carmel

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

To me it is a day to show my respect and gratitude for all the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country.

What, in your opinion, are the best ways we can honor our veterans?

Don't be critical of them for doing what the civilian leadership directs them to do. Show your support in the community when you interact with members of the military.


Doug Kell, Ellsworth

Why did you join the military?

I was too young to go into the Second World War, and I felt like I hadn't done my duty. The Korean War came along, and I had a chance to be a man.

What would you like the average citizen to know about your military service?

I've reached a point in my life when I think that war is futile. We needed it 100 years ago, but it's no longer necessary. WE can be patriotic without going to war.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Holiday Open House



One Cumberland Place, the home of Bangor Metro, Maine Ahead, and Real Maine Weddings magazines, is hosting a Holiday Open House on November 18 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.

Come do some holiday shopping from the following vendors:
Pampered Chef
Scentsy Candles
Tastefully Simple
Anthony John's Salon
Miche Bags
Tupperware
Lia Sophia Jewelry
Sharon's Stained Glass & Crafts
Dogn'i Apparel
A Body in Knead
Mary Kay
and many more...

You can also purchase Bangor Metro and Maine Ahead gift subscriptions for your friends and family. It's the gift that gives back 10 times a year!

There will also be door prizes and refreshments. Stop by after work and let us put a little jingle in your step before Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

MDI YMCA's Las Vegas Night
November 6
Bar Harbor Club
Games, appetizers, cash bar, raffles, and prizes. All proceeds benefit YMCA scholarships and programs. 6:30–10:30 pm. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.
www.mdiymca.org

Hysterical Comedy Dinner Show

November 6
Spectacular Event Center
The Maine Hysterical Society is back in Bangor by popular demand. Evening events include dinner buffet, cash bar, appetizers, and a ton of laughs. 6:30 pm dinner; show starts at 7:30. $25.
www.spectaculareventcenter.com

Take Pride in Acadia Day
November 6
Acadia National Park
Bring gloves, a rake, water, your family and friends, and prepare the park for the winter. A free lunch of chili, cornbread, and cider follows the morning’s work. Registration is required. 8 am–1 pm.
www.friendsofacadia.com

Outta Sight!
November 6
Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor
The 8th annual museum gala/dinner and auction benefit for the Maine Discovery Museum features 60 fabulously decorated covered wood storage bins painted by Maine artists across the state. From the elegant to the wild, the stately to the whimsical, there are bins for every taste, every age, and every room of your house or cottage. Preview, cash bar, and silent auction starts at 5 pm; dinner at 6:30 and live auction at 8 pm. $50.
www.mainediscoverymuseum.org

Gingerbread Holiday Fair & Luncheon
November 6
First Congregational Church of Brewer
Baked goods, handmade jewelry, mittens, scarves, gift baskets, and more. Luncheon includes homemade soup, salad, bread, and pies. Musical entertainment provided by Jerry Hughes. 9 am–2 pm. Luncheon begins at 11 am.
989-7350

United Maine Craftsmen's Bangor Arts & Crafts Show

November 6 & 7
Bangor Auditorium
Start your holiday shopping early this year and give the gift of something Maine-made. Over 80 artisans will be displaying their unique products at Bangor’s largest craft show. Sat. 9am–5 pm; Sun. 10 am–4 pm. $2; free for children under 12.
www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
November 6 & 7
Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
This new and shocking version of the classic tale of lust, love, and horror features multiple Hydes performed by the cast. $35.
www.penobscottheatre.org

Friday, October 29, 2010

STYX TIX WINNER!

A big congrats go out to Tom Quinn of Bangor today. His impersonation of Billy Idol won him two tickets to see STYX in concert at the Bangor Auditorium.
Rock on!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

MDI YMCA’s Annual Family Halloween Party
October 29
Bar Harbor
This family-friendly event includes games and activities appropriate for children 9 and under. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. 5:30–7 pm.
www.mdiymca.org

Ameranouche
October 29
Unity Centre for the Performing Arts
This award-winning trio plays what has been referred to as hot swing or gypsy jazz. The music is rhythmic, vigorous, and strangely elegant. 7:30 pm. $15.
www.unityme.org

STREB–Extreme Action Company

October 29
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
The action literally never stops as Elizabeth Streb's superbly conditioned action heroes fly, whip, turn, and fall with abandon. With backgrounds in ballet, modern dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and circus skills, they use experimental technologies to create a new vocabulary of performance. 8 pm. $32.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Skowhegan Halloween Haunted House
October 29 & 30
Municipal Building, Skowhegan
The Skowhegan Municipal Building goes haunted for Halloween. Wear your costume or come as you are as you make your way through the halls of the Opera House—you never know what will be around the corner. 6:30–8:30 pm. $4.
www.skowhegan.org

Fright at the Fort

October 29 & 30
Fort Knox, Prospect
Are you afraid of the dark? Ghosts and other scary things are said to lurk in the corridors of Fort Knox. 5:30–9 pm. $5
www.fortknox.maineguide.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

STYX TIX!


Do you know who these hunk-a-licious men are? They're the band members of STYX, the American rock band who brought you "Come Sail Away," "Mr. Roboto," and "The Best of Times" in the mid 1970s-1980s. And while you thought this band went the way of parachute pants and polyester—they're back!

Styx will be performing at the Bangor Auditorium on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. And we've got a pair of tickets to give to one lucky winner. All you have to do to win is send your best photo from the 1970s or 1980s to melanie@bangormetro.com by FRIDAY, October 29th at NOON. We'll pick our favorite to win.

Hey, we lived through this time period too -- and we promise not to judge you on your awesome photo.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Fright at the Fort
October 22 & 23
Fort Knox, Prospect
Are you afraid of the dark? Ghosts and other scary things are said to lurk in the corridors of Fort Knox. 5:30–9 pm. $5
www.fortknox.maineguide.com

A Victorian Evening
October 23
Seal Cove Auto Museum, Tremont
Enjoy high tea served by volunteers dressed in period attire of the 1900s. Reservations required. 5 pm and 6 pm. $15 adults; $8 for children 6–12.
www.sealcoveautomuseum.org

Live Music: Jeff Daniels
October 23
The Grand, Ellsworth
You’ve seen him on TV and you’ve seen him on the big screen. Sit back and listen to works written and performed by Jeff Daniels. 7:30 pm. $32.
www.grandonline.com

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
October 23
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
The Grand, Ellsworth
The Strand, Rockland
the greatest bass roles. 12 pm. $24.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com
www.grandonline.com
www.rocklandstrand.com

Parker String Quartet
October 24
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
The Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation and was recently awarded the prestigious 2009–2011 Cleveland Quartet Award. 3 pm. $32.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

Venetian Masquerade Ball

Last Friday, St Joe's Hospital held their annual fundraiser, disguised as a Venetian Masquerade Ball. The Bangor Civic Center was decked out to the nines. Delicious food was provided by Thistles Restaurant, The Fiddlehead Restaurant, and Winterport Winery. There were wonderful auction items donated by area residents and businesses, too. If you didn't get the chance to go to the ball, take a gander at what you missed! Photos by Shane Leonard.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend...

Venetian Masquerade Ball
Bangor Civic Center
October 15
This fun event, sponsored by St. Joseph Hospital's Auxiliary, is a must-attend event. Get glam from head to toe and support St. Joe's. 6 p.m. $35 per person, $65 for two tickets.

The Toughcats
Unity Centre for the Performing Arts
October 15
This three-piece indie folk band hails from the Fox Islands in Penobscot Bay. All proceeds from this concert will benefit local hunger relief efforts in Waldo County as part of the 4th Annual Arts for Hunger sponsored by the Unity Area Rotary Club. 7:30 p.m. $15
www.unityme.org

Haunted Woods Walk
Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle
October 15 & 16
Take a spooky walk through Aroostook State Park. Bring your flashlight and your courage. Enjoy stories around the campfire and hot refreshments. 6-9 p.m. $5
www.pichamber.com

6th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival
Belfast
October 15 & 16
Artists, poets, and performers from throughout the state will gather at local galleries and venues to present their collaborations developed especially for the festival.
www.belfastpoetry.org

5th Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival
Blue Hill
October 15-17
Join us for a weekend of fantastic food and wine while you enjoy the spectacular scenery of coastal Maine at its best. Events include wine dinners, tastings, workshops, tours, and our flagship tasting gala.
www.bluehillpeninsula.com

Brooks Fall Festival
Brooks
October 16
Family activities including pumpkin painting, horse rides, arts and crafts, and pie- and chili-making competitions. Admission $2.
www.brooks.govoffice2.com

Dave Mallett in Concert
First Congregational Church, Camden
October 16
Singer-songwriter Dave Mallett appears in concert to benefit New Hope for Women. 7:30-10:30 p.m. All tickets $18.
www.newhopeforwomen.org

Son De Madera
The Strand, Rockland
October 16
The three-member band plays son jarocho music, which is the traditional music from the band's home base of Veracruz, Mexico.
www.rocklandstrand.com

Motor Booty Affair
The Grand, Ellsworth
October 16
This ultimate disco band has been lighting up stages with their 1970s extravaganza for several years. From the afros to the bell bottoms, these guys know how to rock. 7:30 p.m. $15.
www.grandonline.com

Caribou Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Caribou High School
October 16 & 17
Aroostook County's oldest and largest craft fair displays the fine work of professional Maine craft artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.cariboumaine.net

Fiber Maine-ia Festival & Conference
University of Maine, Orono
October 16 & 17
Workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and presentations on Maine's textile history, the production and processing of animal and plant fibers, and traditional and contemporary fiber arts.
www.extension.umaine.edu

MDI Marathon
Bar Harbor
October 17
Four island communities will host the 9th annual MDI Marathon. The 26.2-mile marathon follows a seaside route at the peak of fall foliage season. This race is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Starts at 8 a.m.
www.mdimarathon.org

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hiking the Asticou Trail

By Melanie Brooks
Photos by Brian Brooks

On Sunday, Sidekick Shane and I headed down to MDI to meet up with my parents, Brian and Mary Ellen, for a fabulous fall hike. We headed onto the Park Loop Road and over to The Jordan Pond House to find the Asticou Trail. None of us had hiked it before, but my mom had found it in a book and wanted to try it.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend...

Acadia Oktoberfest
Smuggler's Den Campground
Southwest Harbor
October 9
Join in the fun at the 15th Annual Oktoberfest and enjoy Maine products including microbrews, wine, food, music, and crafts. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 for food, entertainment, and crafts; $25 for full admission including beer-tasting tickets.
www.acadiachamber.com

Lubec Harvest Howl
Lubec
October 9 & 10
Formerly the Lubec Fall Festival, the Harvest Howl features activities for the kids, face painting, craft vendors, horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, live music, contests, games, and more.
www.visitlubecmaine.com

Maine Battery Cannon Firings
Fort Knox, Prospect
October 9 & 10
A full-scale Civil War-era Parrot cannon-firing demonstration will take place throughout both days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.fortknox.maineguide.com

Fling into Fall Festival
Searsport
October 9 & 10
Fun, family-oriented celebration with scarecrow contest, bonfire, parade, bed race, games, crafts show, and food.
www.searsportme.com

Fall Harvest Weekend
The General Henry Knox Museum, Thomaston
October 9-11
Enjoy free mulled cider and donuts at this Columbus Day weekend event. Several rooms at the museum will be decorated in autumn colors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 adults; $6 seniors 65 and older; $4 children aged 5-13, free for children under 5.
www.knoxmuseum.org

21st Annual Work of the Hand Craft Show & Sale
CMCA, Rockport
October 9-17
Presented by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, over 50 of the finest craftspeople from Maine and New England converge on Rockport for this event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.cmcanow.org

Family Day
Seal Cove Auto Museum, Tremont
October 10
Celebrate Columbus Day by taking a ride in the 1927 Model T Ford, watching silent movies, and checking out the collection of Brass Era autos. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
www.sealcoveautomuseum.org

Godsmack
Bangor Waterfront
October 10
Godsmack takes its place as part of a season of live music on the waterfront. Performs with special guests Five Finger Death Punch and Drowning Pool. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. $45.
www.waterfrontconcerts.com


Enduro Car Race
Jackman
October 10
The Enduro Car Race, "Moose River Valley 500," is an annual event sponsored by the Border Riders Club. Fun for participants and spectators. 12 p.m.
www.borderridersclub.com

Money Money Money

WARNING: Bangor Metro's price is going to change on January 1, 2011. It will still cost you $4.95 to buy it on your local newsstand, but to help us deal with the rising cost of postage, our subscription rate will go from $19.95 a year to $24.95 a year. Please send your angry comments to the U.S. Postal Service!

So. Now is the time to become a 1 or 2 year subscriber to save yourself $5. The holiday season is right around the corner. Get your friends and family the gift that gives all year long -- a subscription to Bangor Metro!

You can even use this handy form! (Click on it and it will get bigger in a new window.)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Not Your Ordinary Gingerbread Cookie...

By Melanie Brooks

On Saturday morning, Shane Leonard and I hopped in my car and drove to Belfast. The reason? We were going to take photos and interview Elaine Tucker about her fabulous gingerbread cookies for our December magazine. We had a blast hanging out in her kitchen. The weather was gorgeous and we had an amazing view of the harbor from the huge windows in Elaine's house.

We don't want to give anything away...but these cookies were just to beautiful to not share with you. Elaine decorated this one to look like me! I think she did a pretty good job, too! To see more of her fancy cookie decorating skills you'll have to wait for our December issue. I promise, it'll be worth it!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend...

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour
October 1
Bangor
With Halloween right around the corner, it's the perfect time to tour the second-oldest garden cemetery in the country. Meet at the cemetery superintendent's office. 5 p.m. $5 adults; free for children under 12 and Bangor Museum and History Center members
www.bangormuseum.com

Camden International Film Fest
October 1-3
Camden Opera House
The Strand, Rockland
The 6th annual Camden International Film Festival highlights works that show dedication to craft and a unique approach to telling a good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion about documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change, and as an outlet for the independent voice.
www.camdenfilmfest.org

Vinfest 2010
October 1 & 2
Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville
Start the celebration off right with a four-course dinner-dance on Friday night at Cellardoor Winery's vineyard. Each course is prepared by local star chefs and paired with Cellardoor wines. Advanced ticket purchase required. Festivities continue into Saturday and include grape stomping, a home winemaking competitition, live music, hot air balloon rides, and much more. $10 for Sat. only.
www.mainewine.com

Miranda Lambert
October 2
Bangor Waterfront
Don't miss the Miranda Lambert Revolution 2010 tour with special guest Eric Church. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. $25.75 - $39.75.
www.waterfrontconcerts.com

Bells by the Bay
October 2
First Congregational Church, Camden
The Penobscot Bay Ringers bring handbell music to Camden in this not-to-miss fall concert. 4 p.m.
www.penobscotbayringers.org

Annual Family Day
October 2
Walton's Campground, Eddington
Grab the kids and head out to enjoy great music, fine food, a car show, and more. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
www.waltonscampground.com

Lincolnville Fall Festival
October 2
Lincolnville Beach
This annual festival offers family-friendly activities including a parade, games, live music, and food. This year's theme is Scarecrows at the Beach. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.visitcamden.com

Living History Days
October 2 & 3
Leonard's Mills, Bradley
Celebrate the Maine Forest and Logging Museum's 50th anniversary by learning about the early settlers of this historic site. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8 adults; $4 children.
www.leonardsmills.com

Autumn Harborarts Juried Arts & Crafts Show
October 2 & 3
Downtown Camden
Over 100 artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work in the Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.visitcamden.com

Welcome Lucas!
October 3
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
The eclecticism and theatricality of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra's new music director, Lucas Richman, will be highlighted as he leads the BSO in several of his favorite orchestral works, including Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Copland's Lincoln Portrait, and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. 3 p.m.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

By Melanie Brooks

I was so excited when we got our plaque for this year's Komen Race for the Cure. As soon as I can remember to bring in my hammer and nails from home it's going right up on our wall in the lobby where it belongs.

The Bangor Race broke the attendance record for the fifth year in a row. Over 5,600 participants helped raise over $300,000.00. THANK YOU to everyone who walk/ran/jogged/danced over the finish line.

Photo by Scott Wardwell

Scott Wardwell was on hand taking photos of the event and more of them can be found at Komen Maine and even more on Scott's website.Photo by Scott Wardwell

And while it was mainly a fundraiser, it was still a race. Congrats go out to Louie Luchini, the overall winner, Elizabeth Brunton, the first female finisher, and all of the survivors who ran–you are all amazing:

Laura Carey, Terri Coolong, Joy Stevens, Kathy Fogler, Valerie Moran, Karen Boudreau, Diane Hynes, Patricia Spencer, Jane Black, Dodi Saucier, Kathryn Walker, Jane Sawyer, P.J. McCluskey, Mary Talley, Julia Mathies, Mary Jeanne Madore, Teresa Steele, Merry Shepherd, Sherry Applebee, Pam Parker, Sally Swallow, Astrid Raymond, Kathy Hopkins, Joyce White, Sheri Fuller, and Lorna Ladd.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Zipline Tour at Sunday River

By Melanie Brooks

This past weekend Sidekick Shane, our friend Nancy, and I met up in Bethel. Our mission? To tackle the new ziplines at Sunday River. For $40 you get to ride six ziplines partway down the mountain near the South Ridge Base Lodge.

While Saturday was sunny and unseasonably warm, Sunday was cool and wet. Ziplining is probably the most fun you can have in this sort of soggy weather. Our group of 12 adventurers were led by three guides who have been working the ziplines since they opened on August 7th. These three happy souls take three groups of people each day flying through the Maine woods. It's hard to hate your job when you get to have so much fun.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Fall is here so get out there and enjoy it before it gets tooooooo cold!

Common Ground Fair
September 24-26
Unity
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association puts on this 24th annual country fair to celebrate rural and organic living. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitions, and demonstrations. Gates open at 9 am. $10 adults; $8 seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
www.mofga.org

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

September 25
Hollywood Slots Racetrack, Bangor
The memory walk is the most important source of financial support for the Alzheimer’s Association in Maine. Participate in a fun-filled morning of walking, camaraderie, support, and entertainment. 9 am.
www.alz.org/memorywalk

Cherryfield Living History Day

September 25
Cherryfield
Take a step back into life in the 1800s. Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities such as spinning, weaving, cooking, and woodworking. Visit the encampment of Company B 20th Regiment of Maine and observe the life of Civil War Union Soldiers. 10 am–3 pm. Adults $5; under 18 free.
546-3720

Race for Myeloma

September 25
Bass Park, Bangor
This 5K-race raises money for the research of multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer with no cure. Registration begins at 9 am; race starts at 10 am. Registration is $20.
356-0425

The Magic of Lyn Dillies
September 25
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Master illusionist Lyn Dillies has been taking the world by storm and has been named America’s premier female illusionist by the Society of American Magicians. Dillies has developed the perfectly balanced touring illusion show that has Las Vegas components while being family friendly. 8 pm.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Pancake 5K & Child Shall Lead Road Races
September 26
Belfast Area High School
Two races and a helping of carbs. Parents are challenged to walk or run the 1-mile Child Shall Lead Road Race with their children, beginning at 8:30 am. The 17th annual, flat-as-a-pancake 5K road race for adults begins at 9:45 am. Registration for both opens at 7:30 am. Finish the morning with a pancake breakfast, free to all runners; nonrunners may partake for a fee.
www.waldocountyymca.org

John Muir Live
September 26
The Grand, Ellsworth
This stirring production, based on conservationist John Muir, has been presented every summer in Yosemite National Park—and throughout the country and around the world as well—since 1983. 4 pm. Adults $15; seniors $12; children $8.
www.grandonline.org

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Passport to Your Future at Old Town High School

By Melanie Brooks

I was invited to a special career fair at Old Town High School today called "Passport to Your Future." The last time I was there it was 1996 and they were still known as the Indians. I was greeted and expertly taken care of by two wonderful OTHS students, Robbie and Kaylie, who gave me water, diet coke, and checked in on me throughout the day. Thanks guys!

I brought along copies of Bangor Metro, Maine Ahead, and Real Maine Weddings to give away. It seemed like the teachers were just as interested in what we do over at Bangor Metro world headquarters...especially in our recent feature on historical homes in the Bangor area...must have been history teachers.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Get your hike on...

By Melanie Brooks

It's been a busy few days...so busy in fact that I didn't get a chance to post the weekly What's Happening list of weekend events. Shame on me! Thursday I left work early to head down to Portland to have dinner with a friend who just had her second child. I was up bright and early on Friday and spent the day spreading the news about Real Maine Weddings to vendors in the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport area. I spent the day in Kittery on Saturday and on Sunday, Sidekick Shane and I headed to MDI to do a little hiking.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The "Black Ghost" of Maine

By Melanie Brooks
Illustration by Brad Eden

In honor of the hunting guide who was mauled by a bear earlier this week, I'd like to tell you about a neat event the Bangor Land Trust has planned for next weekend...a Bear Walk!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bangor Metro + United Way = Awesome!


Bangor Metro and the United Way of Eastern Maine have partnered up to help raise money for a worthy cause. Readers who subscribe to Bangor Metro will have $5 of their subscription donated to the United Way. All you have to do is give us the promo code: UNITED when you call. Easy enough, right? Do your community a favor and treat yourself to the best regional magazine around and sign up today.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gubernatorial-palooza!

By Melanie Brooks

It's nearly mid-September already and the elections are right around the corner! How did this happen?! If you're like many other busy Mainers, you probably haven't had a lot of time to ponder who you are going to vote for this November...but that can be changed.

ELEVEN organizations are teaming up with Bangor Greendrinks to host a gubernatorial forum on Maine's quality of place at the Bangor Opera House on Tuesday, September 21st. Join Greendrinkers for a pre-forum pint at 5 pm in the lobby and stay for the debate, which will start at 6 pm.

Democratic candidate, Libby Mitchell, along with the trio of Independent candidates, Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody, and Kevin Scott have confirmed their attendance. We're not quite sure about Paul LePage yet but regardless, it's your chance to hear how our next governor intends to protect and promote Maine's productive landscapes, vital downtowns, distinct cultural heritage, and more.

Participating hosts: GrowSmart Maine, Maine Development Foundation's Downtown Center, Maine Downtown Coalition, Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Preservation, Trust for Public Land, Maine Rural Partners, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and Healthy Community Coalition.

Like all Bangor Greendrinks events, this is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! For more information check out Bangor Greendrinks on Facebook and become a fan while you're at it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Contest for the Kids!

The holiday season is fast approaching, and we have an awesome new contest to debut. We want your kids to help us promote shopping locally for all their holiday needs this year. We'll be awarding a $50 Visa gift card to three winners in three age categories. And the three winning ads will run in our December issue!

We can't wait to see what our littlest readers come up with! All the details are below. If you click on the image it will open as a larger file.

What's Happening This Weekend...

The leaves aren't turning yet...but it's definitely becoming fall! Get out there and take advantage of all the fall festivals.

International Seaplane Fly-In

September 9-12
Greenville
Join land and float plane pilots from all over the world for a special weekend of float-plane competitions, educational exhibits, Moosehead Lake Region’s largest craft fair, food, and more.
www.seaplanefly-in.org

Fiber College on Penobscot Bay
September 9-12
Searsport
Celebrate all that is wool, silk, cotton, and wood over four days of intimate classes. Free scheduled demonstrations, presentations, vendor booths, food, and more. Fun for the whole family.
www.fibercollege.org

Acadia Night Sky Festival
September 9-13
Mount Desert Island
Centered on Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, the festival celebrates the protection and enjoyment of Downeast/Acadia's stellar night sky through education, science, and the arts. From an ecotourism panel discussion to day-time hands-on activities to stargazing in Acadia National Park, the public is invited to share the inspiration of Maine's spectacular night sky.
www.nightskyfestival.org

Alan Jackson in Concert
September 10
Bangor Waterfront
Country music legend Alan Jackson will perform live on the Bangor waterfront as part of his Freight Train Tour. 7:30 pm. $30–$80.
www.waterfrontconcerts.com

Trails End Festival
September 10-12
Millinocket
Come to the Katahdin region and celebrate with food, music, activities, and fun for the whole family in downtown Millinocket and the surrounding area. This year’s featured entertainment is David Mallett in Veteran’s Memorial Park.
www.trailsendfestival.org

Eastport Pirate Festival
September 10-12
Eastport
This event is the largest pirate festival in northern New England and the Maritimes for good reason—a swashbuckling good time! Festivities include a pirates ball, parade, bed races, pirate ship race, lobster boat races, and music.
www.eastportpiratefestival.com

Jason Mraz in Concert
September 11
Bangor Waterfront
Popular singer, songwriter Jason Mraz will perform live on the Bangor Waterfront as part of the Hollywood Slots Waterfront Concert Series. 8 pm. $30–$50.
www.waterfrontconcerts.com

Bangor Car Show: Wheels on the Waterfront

September 11
Bangor Waterfront
Come see cars in over 20 classes show off on the Bangor waterfront—over 200 cars are expected to show this year. Rain or shine. 9 am–2 pm. Admission is free.
www.bangorcarshow.com

Garland Days
September 11
Garland
Garland’s annual fair kicks off with a parade. Other events include a craft fair, farmers market, and games for children. 9 am.
924-3053

Medieval Tournament at Fort Knox
September 11
Experience life in medieval times by watching knights in armored combat, listening to live medieval music, seeing art and science displays, and viewing an archery demonstration. 10 am–4 pm.
http://fortknox.maineguide.com

An Evening with C.S. Lewis
September 11
The Grand, Ellsworth
David Payne’s hit one man show is a memorable and entertaining production, which never fails to move the audience. 7:30 pm.
www.grandonline.org

Songs of Broadway

September 11
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
Christina Saffran Ashford, soprano, and Norman Large, tenor, star in this production with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. These two singers will perform hits from shows such as Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, and Chicago. 8 pm.
www.collinscenterforthearts.com

Bangor Gun Show

September 11 & 12
Bangor Auditorium
With over 100 vendors gathering at the Bangor Auditorium, this yearly event hosted by the Penobscot County Conservation Association is a must-see. Sat. 9 am–5 pm; Sun. 9 am–2 pm. $7; NRA and law enforcements officers, $6; children under 12, free.
www.conservationassociation.org

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tim McGraw Lobster Bake

By Melanie Brooks

The good folks at McLaughlin's Seafood teamed up with Bangor Metro to host a killer lobster bake before the Tim McGraw concert on Friday. The day was gorgeous, the seafood delicious, and the company was wonderful.

We'd like to thank the other sponsors of this event -- we couldn't have done it without them!

McLaughlin Seafood for the delicious spread; Waterfront Concerts and Live Nation New England for the tickets; Granville Rental & Party Plus for the tent, tables, and chairs; Cellardoor Winery and Wicked Whoopies for filling our gift baskets; and the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau for helping us pull it all together on the waterfront.

More pictures of the event after the jump...

Friday, September 3, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Hopefully Hurricane Earl will stay at bay so we can enjoy the last official weekend of the summer....

Country Bluegrass Labor Day Festival
September 3-5
Farm Park, Fort Fairfield
Hear the best bluegrass music played by the best bands in the U.S. and Canada. Camping, picnicking, music, and fun.
www.countybluegrass.com

Camden Windjammer Festival
September 3-5
Camden
Join the celebration of Camden's maritime heritage and living traditions. When it comes to a party the crews, captains, craftspeople, business owners, residents, neighbors, and visitors really know how to have a great, family-friendly time in one of the world's prettiest harbors.
www.visitcamden.com

Island Arts Association Fair in the Park

September 4
Bar Harbor
The 36th annual event features handmade dolls, jewelry, photographs, hand-knits, pottery, and quilts. 9 am-5 pm.
288-5246

Eastport Pirate Festival Invasion of Lubec
September 4
Lubec
The pirates of Eastport invade Lubec by land, sea, and air as a kick-off to their annual Eastport Pirate Festival the following weekend. 9 am.
www.eastportpiratefestival.com

Vintage Motorcycle Meet
September 4 & 5
Owls Head Transportation Museum
A much-anticipated annual gathering of antique and classic bikes.
www.ohtm.org

North Country Intertribal Powwow
September 4-6
Newport
This event gives the general public an opportunity to experience Native American culture. 10 am - 5 pm. $5 for adults.
www.wanderingmoosecreations.com

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Christine's Surprise Wedding Shower

The lovely ladies at Bangor Metro decided to throw a surprise shower for our sales manager, Christine Parker, at the Lucerne Inn (where she'll be getting married on October 8th). Thanks to our publisher, Mark Wellman, the day went off without a hitch and Christine was pleased as punch. Thanks again to the Lucerne Inn and Acadia Limo for making this the best Tuesday ever!

Christine had no idea where we were taking her. Once she realized we were having lunch at the Lucerne she got a little emotional.

What's better than a champagne lunch on a Tuesday? Not much...

From left to right: Tori Britton, Alex Parker, Christine Parker, Mindy Hart, Sandy Flewelling, Jen Violette, Loretta England, and Melanie Brooks.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Meadowlark Music Camp

By Melanie Brooks

Yesterday I drove to the tiny town of Washington to take photos at Meadowlark Music Camp on the shore of Washington Pond. Seventy-five people, mostly adults, spent the week practicing the banjo, harp, dulcimer, flute, fiddle, guitar, voice, and more. See some of my photos after the jump...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

There's more than just the American Folk Festival happening this weekend...

Piscataquis Valley Fair
August 26-29
Dover-Foxcroft
Eat homemade ice cream, go on rides at the midway, and view agricultural exhibits and animal pulling events at this fun fair.
943-2650

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival
August 26-29
Presque Isle
When you're not hopping on a hot air balloon ride, enjoy the many other activities, such as the ride-fly-ride bike race, music on the riverside, kids' activities, live music, and BBQs. Balloon launches are at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.
www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org

Shakespeare in Stonington
August 26-29
Stonington Opera House
Measure for Measure
is presented by Actor's Equity performers and directed by Jeffery Frace. 7 pm. $25-$32.50.
www.operahousearts.org

Maine Crafts Guild Fine Crafts Show
August 27-29
Bar Harbor
Come and meet some of Maine's finest professional craftspeople who create heirloom-quality work in wood, metals, clay, natural fibers, and more. Fri. 5-9 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Adults $5; free for children.
www.mainecraftsguild.com

The American Folk Festival
August 27-29
Bangor Waterfront
It's another fun-packed weekend for the AFF. Performers from all across the country will shower the Queen City in music, art, and foods of various cultures and heritages.
www.americanfolkfestival.com

An Evening of Maine Humor With Tim Sample
August 28
Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor
Maine's favorite native-born humorist presents a family-friendly evening of his famous Downeast songs and stories. 7 pm. $20.
www.schoodicartsforall.org

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Cruise on the Katahdin

By Melanie Brooks

Sidekick Shane surprised me with tickets for a ride on the Katahdin steamship this past weekend. It was a 3 hour tour around Moosehead Lake and a ton of fun. He got the tickets at WVII's Half Off Store so we saved a bunch of money -- which was also fun.

I brought along the camera from work to snap some photos. Here's a collection of them. For more, visit our Facebook page!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

September Cover

We had the amazing opportunity to put one of Brian Vanden Brink's photos on the cover of our September Home Issue. Lucky us! We've already sent the magazine to the printer but we wanted to see what cover photo you like best. All of these photos are from Vanden Brink's book Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America. We want to know what one you like best, so please vote! (Note: if you click on the image it will appear larger in the window.)


What's Happening this Weekend...

Get out and enjoy this beautiful weekend!

The Ellsworth Antiques Show
August 18-21
Woodlawn Museum
America's longest-running summer antiques show features 27 nationally and regionally renowned dealers, 12 from Maine and 17 from as far as Missouri. Prepare for a diverse selection, from furniture to paintings, to rare books and ceramics. Thurs. 10 am-6 pm, Fri. and Sat. 10 am-5 pm. $10 per person, $15 for show and Woodlawn tour. $75 for preview party and three day pass.
www.woodlawnmuseum.com/antiques

Shakespeare in Stonington
August 19-21
Stonington Opera House
Measure for Measure is presented by Actor's Equity performers and directed by Jeffery Frace. 7 pm. $25-$32.50.
www.operahousearts.org

Compass Project Boat Building Festival
August 19-21
Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast Waterfront
Build your own boat during two and a half days of boatbuilding for youth groups and their families. All materials and instruction provided. Preregister by June 1. Boats launched on Sat. 9 am-1 pm as part of Harbor Fest.
www.compassproject.org

Machias Blueberry Festival
August 20-22
Machias
The 34th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, located Down East, the region which produces approximately 85% of the world's blueberries. Includes pie-eating and -baking contests, music, foot races, and a blueberry musical comedy.
www.machiasblueberry.com

Come Boating! Annual Regatta
August 21
Belfast Harbor
Races and awards for rowing boats and sailboats in several classes.
www.comeboating.org

Belfast Harbor Fest
August 21
Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast Waterfront
Celebrate a full day of boats on Belfast's historic waterfront. Watch as teams of two race to build a wooden skiff in record time at the National Boatbuilding Challenge, then cheer them on as they test their boats for seaworthiness in a relay race across the harbor. A pancake breakfast, 5K road race, live music, a classic small boat show, marine-related exhibitors, children's activities, and more. Free.
www.belfastharborfest.com

The Wailin' Jennys
August 21
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
Get swept away by the harmonizing vocals of the Wailin' Jennys. With varied musical backgrounds come a unique folk-pop sound and timeless quality. 8 pm.
www.rocklandstrand.com

Union Fair
August 21-28
Union
The Union Fair, one of the oldest in Maine, celebrates agriculture with 4-H exhibits, a sheep shearing contest, horse, oxen, and tractor pulls, an old-fashioned pig scramble, and more. Plus there's a carnival, fireworks, and the crowning of the State of Maine Wild Blueberry Queen.
www.unionfair.org

Maine Fiddle Camp

By Melanie Brooks

Yesterday Shane Leonard and I grabbed our cameras and drove to Montville to check out Maine Fiddle Camp. My friend, Anne Mostue, and her sister were attending this year and I thought a music camp for adults and families was too cool to not visit. So I did.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Maine-Made Ice Cream


If you haven't picked up your copy of our August issue yet, you're really missing out! Because summer is swiftly coming to a close we decided we'd better share our picks for Maine-made ice cream while you can still get it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Summer is coming to an end; get out and enjoy it!

Caribou Cares About Kids
August 12-14
Caribou
Caribou hosts a three-day festival for kids! There's something for every kid: a parade, games, outdoor movies, hayrides, and a bike race.
www.cariboumaine.net

Forest Heritage Days
August 13 & 14
Greenville
Celebrate the history of the Moosehead Lake REgion with wood tours, a graft fair, logging games, and more.
www.forestheritagedays.org

Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show
August 13-15
Rockland
The 8th annual Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbor Show showcases boats in the water and on land. Enjoy arts, food, and marine ware while discovering Maine's best boatbuilders, craftsmen, and architects. Plus historical exhibits, children's activities, the Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials, and more.
www.maineboats.com

The Maine Antiques Festival
August 13-15
Union
This is Maine's largest antiques festival, with over 350 dealers. Expect everything from early period formal to 1950s furniture.

Be Here Now! Festival
August 13-15
Starks
Come to Harry Brown's Farm at 43 Abijah Hill Rd. for music, art, dancing, puppets, and more.
www.harryshill.com

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival
August 14
Winter Harbor
Start off the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival with blueberry pancakes, then go on to watch lobster boat races, a parade, and craft fair. 8 am-6 pm.

Blueberry Wing Ding
August 14
McLaughlin's Restaurant
Route 1, Lincolnville Beach
Celebrate the Maine Blueberry with a blueberry pancake breakfast with sausage, bacon, juice, and coffee. Blueberry crafts and blueberry baked goods, too. Sponsored by the Lincolnville Improvement Association.

Wooden Canoe Festival
August 14
Medway Recreation Complex
Come participate in this daylong event celebrating Medway's wooden canoe heritage.
www.katahdinmaine.com

Medway Old Home Days
August 14-22
Medway
Join in for some old-fashioned fun, small-town style with live entertainment, loggers competition, canoe races, and more. Help Medway celebrate their 135th anniversary.
www.katahdinmaine.com

Summer Sonic Tonic
August 15
Waterfall Arts
52 Kingdom Rd, Montville
11th annual celebration of art, nature, and music. $10 at the gate.
www.waterfallarts.org

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bangor Greendrinks

Bangor Greendrinks is at it again...this time at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor tonight from 5:30 to 8 pm. If you haven't been to one of these fun events yet -- now's the time to check it out. Not only is it going to be in a unique setting tonight, it's going to be chock full of interesting people. Bangor Land Trust will be there giving out information and Ann Marie Orr from Ann Marie's Kitchen will be providing the snacks. And the DRINKS! Of course there will be drinks.

Bangor Metro featured Greendrinks in our August issue. Check out the story below!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Start August off right by enjoying one or more of these upcoming events:

Schoodic Arts Festival
Now through August 15
Winter Harbor
The two week festival features over 80 workshops, 14 evening performances, 12 brown bag lunch performances, and a silent auction.
www.schoodicarts.org

Maine Lobster Festival
Now through August 8
Rockland
There’s more lobster than you could ask for at the Maine Lobster Festival. This huge event has maritime displays, harbor cruises, waterfront activities, and a parade.
www.mainelobsterfestival.com

Athens Fair
August 6 - 8
Athens
Athens’ small country fair comes complete with crafts, midway rides, and animal exhibits.
660-7340

KahBang Indie Music & Arts Festival
August 6 - 14
Bangor
Independent music lovers rejoice for the KahBang Annual Music Festival, bent on discovering “the next big thing.”
www.kahbang.com

Sullivan Daze
August 7
Sullivan
The Sullivan and Sorrento Volunteer Fire Departments raise money by sponsoring this all-day event. Rain date is August 8.
www.downeastmaineonline.com

Sustainability Tour: Homes, Farms & Woods
August 7
Waldo County
The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is offering its 2nd annual self-guided tour of unique homes, farms, and woods that engage sustainable practices and technologies. Volunteers welcome. 10 am–5 pm. Tickets: $10–$20.
www.swlamaine.org

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

WINNERS of the Best Restaurants 2010 Readers Poll!

In case you haven't picked up your copy of the August issue, here are the results of our 2010 Best Restaurants Poll:

Best Seafood: Captain Nick's, Bangor

Best Family Restaurant:
Nicky's Diner, Bangor

Best Romantic Dinner:
Muddy Rudder, Brewer

Best Place to Watch the Game:
Ground Round, Bangor

Best Chowder: Captain Nick's, Bangor

Best Steak: Texas Roadhouse, Bangor

Best Pizza:
Pat's Pizza, multiple locations

Best Value for the Money: Geaghan's Pub, Bangor

Best Dessert: Governor's Restaurant, multiple location

Best Salad: Ruby Tuesday, multiple locations

Best Brunch: The Lucerne Inn, Dedham

Best Sandwich: Harvest Moon Deli, Orono and Jimmy V's, Bangor

Best Place to Throw a Party: Sea Dog Brewing Co., Bangor

Best Cocktails: Woodman's Bar & Grill, Orono and Miguel's Mexican Restaurant, Bangor

Best Wine List:
Muddy Rudder, Brewer

Best Neighborhood Pub: Paddy Murphy's, Bangor

Best Service:
Massimo's Cucina Italiana, Bangor

Best Vegetarian: Fiddlehead's, Bangor

Best Buffet:
Epic Buffet, Bangor

Best Chinese Takeout:
Panda Garden and Oriental Jade, Bangor

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Grasshopper Shop vs. Mexicali Blues

It's official...the owners of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Bangor are selling their building and storefront to the owners of Mexicali Blues, Portland-based store. The Grasshopper Shop has been a staple on the corner where State, Harlow, Main, and Central Streets converge since the late 1980s -- and feelings are mixed on the transition.

We want to know what you think. Are you a Grasshopper Shopper or a Mexicali Blueser?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cool Sounds Concert Series: RetroRockerz

By: Melinda Hart






RetroRockerz drew in crowds of people for the last Cool Sounds Concert Series and Outdoor Market in Downtown Bangor – bringing in the largest audience of the series for its last week.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend...

Make the most of the rest of your summer!

Art for the Animals
July 30-August 1
Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland
Art by some of the finest local and national artists will be auctioned to benefit the Humane Society of Knox County at this 21st annual event. Prices $10-$3,000. Silent and live auction items offered. Free and open to the public.
www.hskcme.org

Bangor State Fair
July 30-August 8
Bangor Fair Grounds
At the Bangor State Fair, there are outdoor concerts, midway rides, great food, a petting zoo, a demolition derby, and more for you to enjoy.
www.basspark.com

Northern Maine Fair
July 30-August 7
Northern Maine Fair Grounds, Presque Isle
A large family fair with rides, exhibits, horse pulling, harness racing, tractor pulling, demolition derby, pig scramble, live music, and more.
www.northernmainefairgrounds.com

Bar Harbor Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
July 31 & August 1
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
All sorts of arts will be on display at the Bar Harbor Summer Arts and Crafts Festival, such as turned wood, pottery, metal sculpture, dried floral, fleece, hats, pewter, and watercolors. The event also features food samplings, craft demonstrations, and live music. 10 am-5 pm daily.
www.casteberryfairs.com

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
July 31
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
Enjoy the unique sounds of the Celtic fiddle from Eileen Iver and Immigrant Soul, the 9-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champions.
www.rocklandstrand.com

Sneak Peak!
July 31
Rockport Opera House
This one-of-a-kind concert features Bay Chamber's Young Stars Prize-winning quartet along with Bay Chamber's resident string quartet: the St. Lawrence. This is a special 50th anniversary event to benefit Bay Chamber's Community Music School. $125.
www.baychamberconcerts.org

2010 Artisan Bread Fair
July 31
Skowhegan
Bakers, Artisans, and Growers (BAG) present breads of all tastes and sizes. Breads are baked in masonry ovens before your eyes. In addition, the event features live music, books, farm foods, and live music.
www.kneadingconference.com

Friendship Day
July 31
Friendship
This 27th annual event offers fun for the whole family and includes a pancake breakfast, children's parade, music, contests, softball games, lobster boat races, and more.

Piscataquis River Festival
July 31
Piscataquis
The annual festival is a great, community-wide summer event for Guilford as well as the the surrounding communities.
www.townofguilford.com