Thursday, January 28, 2010

Maine Movie Trivia Contest: LAST DAY!

Pfew! It's been quite a week and we here at MaineBuzz headquarters are thrilled with the response to our first annual Maine Movie Trivia Contest! Thanks to all of you that have taken part this week and our sponsors who have been so nice to offer up free schwag.

Today's trivia question is sponsored by Bangor Mall Cinemas.

The rules are simple:

1. Read the trivia question.
2. Send an email with the answer to by 3:00 pm. Please put TRIVIA in the subject line.
3. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random.

The prize?

Four tickets to Bangor Mall Cinemas.

Here's the question:

One of the following Stephen King movies was shot in our state capitol. Which one was it?

a. Pet Semetary
b. Thinner
c. Carrie
d. Cujo

Good luck!


What's Happening This Weekend...

Looking to get out of Dodge this weekend? Head down to Camden for their annual Winterfest! This 8th annual winter celebration provides shovels of fun! Here's a list of events for the entire day:

12:00 pm: Opening Ceremony
12:00 - 4:00: DJ Vistas
12:00 - 4:00: Warm food and drink available in front of the Camden Public Libary
12:15-1:00: Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood Kids
1:00 - 1:45: Open Mic
2:00 - 3:30 Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood Kids
12:00 - 2:00: Living Art: Meredith Alex designs
12:00 - 3:30: Ice carving in amphitheatre
12:30 - 3:30: Horse and Wagon rides
12:00 - 2:00: Children's winter crafts in Picker Room of the Camden Public Library
1:00 - 2:30: Music in Library: ALL THAT JAZZ and other local musicians
12:00 - 4:00: Family activities in Harbor Park: Snowman Building, Sledding (please bring your own sled), and the Snowball Olympics

For more information click here.

3:30pm: Closing Ceremony

Maine Movie Trivia Contest: Day 4

Happy Thursday everyone! Today's trivia question is sponsored by Epic Sports. I bet you're wondering what a sporting goods store has to do with movies. Epic sponsors The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour every year at the Bangor Opera House. The Banff Film Fest is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, showcasing thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. NOT to be missed. If you don't win today's prize of two free tickets, stop by Epic Sports and pick some up. You won't regret it. Now, on to business....

The rules are simple:

1. Read the trivia question.
2. Send an email with the answer to by 3:00 pm. Please put TRIVIA in the subject line.
3. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random.

The prize?

Two free tickets to the show on Tuesday, February 9th.

Here's the question:

Name the film starring Sean Connery that features a Maine town.

Good luck!

correct answer: Hunt for Red October.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Maine Movie Trivia Contest: Day 3

You've made it to hump day and to day 3 of our Maine Movie Trivia Contest! Give yourself a pat on the back. We've been impressed with the number of you who have sent Melanie the right answers. Today's trivia question is sponsored by The Grand in Ellsworth.

The rules are simple:
1. Read the trivia question.
2. Send an email with the answer to by 3:00 pm. Please put TRIVIA in the subject line.
3. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random.

The prize?
Buy one ticket get one free!

Here's the question:

In what part of “Forrest Gump” does Maine make a cameo – and where in Maine is the cameo located?

Good luck!

correct answer: During the part of the movie where Forrest runs across the nation, he turns around at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde.

Maine Movie Trivia Contest: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of our week-long trivia contest! Today's trivia question is sponsored by Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor.

The rules are simple:
1. Read the trivia question.
2. Send an email with the answer to by 3:00 pm. Please put TRIVIA in the subject line.
3. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random.

The prize?
Two free tickets and $8 worth of concessions for Reel Pizza!!

Here's the question:

Which film starring Tobey Maguire was partly shot in Maine?

a. Cider House Rules
b. Seabiscuit
c. Pleasantville
d. Empire Records

Good luck!

correct answer: Cider House Rules

Monday, January 25, 2010

Maine Movie Trivia Contest: Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of our week-long trivia contest! Today's trivia question is sponsored by Bangor Mall Cinemas.

The rules are simple:

1. Read the trivia question.
2. Send an email with the answer to by 3:00 pm. Please put TRIVIA in the subject line.
3. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random.

The prize?
Four free passes to the Bangor Mall Cinemas!

Here's the question:
"Peyton Place" starting Lana Turner is one of the earliest movies to be filmed in Maine. Though the town in the movies is set in New Hampshire, it was filmed in a Maine town. Which town was it?

a. Kennebunkport
b. Bar Harbor
c. Camden
d. Rockland

Good luck!

correct answer: Camden

Friday, January 22, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

It's a sunny Friday and the weekend is close at hand. The peeps who put together Maine Ahead will be working to meet deadline this weekend, but if we weren't we'd probably check out some of this musical fun...

Suzanne Vega
January 24
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
For years, Suzanne Vega has garnered fans with her poetic musical style. Now with her new album gaining national accolades, the Grammy winner will perform for a Maine audience. 3 pm. $32

Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
January 24
The Strand, Rockland
Get ready for some top-notch bluegrass courtesy of Ralph Stanley, one of the best in the business. His legendary work over the past 60 years has earned him a Grammy and a National Medal of Arts. 2:30 pm.

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Mark McCall

Mark McCall has been a part of Real Maine Weddings from the start. His photos have also appeared in several issues of Bangor Metro. What can we say? He's good at what he does.

One of the brides I interviewed last year told me that Mark was so unassuming she didn't even notice him snapping photos for most of her wedding day -- and that's just how she wanted it. His photojournalistic style and use of black and white photography isn't your typical, traditional wedding photo look -- but it's still gorgeous. It's what sets Mark apart from the crowd and what makes him such a sought after wedding photographer.

Pick up your copy of Real Maine Weddings today at Hannaford Supermarkets and bookstores across the state.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Nadra Photography

This is Nadra Edgerley's first appearance in Real Maine Weddings and we couldn't be happier! Not only are her photographs amazing she's a peach to work with.

We had a hard time deciding between the three photo features she submitted, but loved the fall photos of Ross and Nicole's southern Maine wedding. To see more of her photos (and a collection of her favorites from Ross and Nicole's wedding) check out her website.

Check back tomorrow for our final photo slideshow featuring Mark McCall.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Contest

By Melanie Brooks

I've been hinting a lot on Twitter and Facebook about a new contest we're starting on Monday. It's called the Maine Movie Trivia Contest and it lasts all week long.

Each day I will be posting a trivia question that has to do with Maine and the movies. Readers will have until 3 pm to email me their answer. I will pick a random person from the collection of right answers -- that person will win the prize of the day. Here's what's up for grabs:

Monday: 4 free tickets to the Bangor Mall Cinemas
Tuesday: 2 free tickets and $8 in concession credits for Reel Pizza (Bar Harbor)
Wednesday: Buy one ticket get one free package at The Grand (Ellsworth)
Thursday: 2 free tickets to the Banff Film Festival sponsored by Epic Sports (Penobscot Theatre)
Friday: 4 free tickets to the Bangor Mall Cinemas

Remember -- you have until 3 pm each day to cast your vote to Only one vote per person per day. Good luck!

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Carl Walsh Weddings

This is the second time Carl Walsh has appeared as a feature in Real Maine Weddings. We loved this wedding because of the story: the couple wanted to build their own timber-framed barn to get married in, but realizing how long it was going to take set out to find one already built instead.

The Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick was perfect -- and had never been featured before by our magazine. It's cozy atmosphere and gigantic stone fireplace melted our hearts.

Check back tomorrow to see photos from Nadra Edgerly's Kennebunk wedding.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Michelle Turner

This is Michelle Turner's first feature in Real Maine Weddings, though one of her photos made our editor's pick in 2009. While she spends most of the year photographing weddings in Maine, Michelle escapes the cold and travels to Mexico and Central America during the winter to shoot destination weddings...lucky!

Along with her very cool website, Michelle also keeps a very cool blog. Check them both out for more examples of her fantastic photography style.

Her photos of Jenny and Justin wowed us. The colors! The candid shots! The different points of view! If a picture is worth a thousand words, this wedding was priceless.

Come back tomorrow to check out the rustic barn wedding shot by Carl Walsh Weddings.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Eager Eye Photography

Rogier Van Bakel, founder and owner of Eager Eye Photography, has been featured in Real Maine Weddings for the past three years. His journalistic training and skills as a storyteller have clearly influenced his photographic style. Based on Mount Desert Island, Rogier's wedding photography has become so popular that he's set up an Eager Eye Weddings website where you can view photos from several galleries online.

The slideshow below are some of our favorite shots from Rogier's Orono and Dedham wedding of Jenny and Nic. The military uniforms, classic white church, and the views from the Lucerne Inn made for some stunning photography. Jenny's huge smile didn't hurt, either.

Check back tomorrow to see shots from Michelle Turner's wedding on Penobscot Bay.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Brush With History Art Exhibit

By Melanie Brooks

Even though it was colder than a polar bear’s pyjamas on the shady side of an iceberg last night, a friend and I headed out to participate in the Brush With History Art Exhibit.

Organized by Rod Rodrigues, a photographer and owner of the gallery DESIGN, the event featured over 100 works from 75 artists across the state. The works of art will be displayed at the following five venues from January 15 through April 15:

Bangor City Hall, 73 Harlow Street, 992-4200
Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, 947-6618
Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, 947-8336
Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, 262-7200
the gallery…by DESIGN, 20 Harlow Street, 947-0077

Here are some photos from last night's event:

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Andree Kehn

The Real Maine Weddings website has been successfully re-designed and updated thanks to our techie guy Luke Abbott. The site is gorgeous thanks to our art director, Sandy Flewelling, and all the wedding photographers whose photos stunningly captured six different weddings around the state.

To celebrate the re-design and give credit and kudos to the six photographers who have worked with us to bring the 2010 issue to fruition, we're putting together a slideshow of photos from each of our featured weddings.

Some of the photos made their way into the magazine while some didn't. We can't print every single incredible photo, but luckily we can show them to you on this blog.

Andree Kehn is a wedding photographer based in Bethel. Her Red Sox wedding in Greenville was the very first wedding we chose for the 2010 edition. We loved everything about this wedding, including the heartwarming story that accompanies the photos. Click here to read it for yourself.

Don't forget to check back next week for a glimpse into the other five featured weddings and see the photography of Michelle Turner, Nadra Edgerly (Nadra Photography), Mark McCall, Carl Walsh, and Rogier van Bakel (Eager Eye Photography).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

The ice skating rink is open in downtown Bangor -- but if it's too cold for you to head outside there are plenty of inside activities this weekend...

Winter Beach Ball
January 15
Bangor Civic Center
Dance away those winter blues at this 4th annual event, hosted by Eastern Maine Healthcare Charities. The Tony Baffa band will be performing, with a cash bar and light refreshments. Casual dress is acceptable. All proceeds go to benefit CancerCare of Maine. 7:30-11:30 pm. $30.

January 16
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono and The Grand, Ellsworth
The Met: Live in HD presents Carmen, an opera addressing the themes of violence and racism. 1 pm.

19th Annual Bangor Bridal Show

January 16 & 17
Spectacular Event Center, Bangor
This highly anticipated event features a live runway fashion show, food, and festivities for brides-to-be. The first 100 attendees get a one-year subscription to Modern Bride and a free Real Maine Weddings magazine. One lucky woman will win a free honeymoon! Sat. 6-9 pm; Sun. 11 am-3 pm. $10. Free for grooms.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sleigh Ride at Leonard's Mills

By Melanie Brooks
Photos by Brian Brooks

On Sunday, my parents and I took my niece, Ayda, to Leonard's Mills in Bradley for a sleigh ride. A living history site, Leonard's Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum. In the summer and fall, the museum comes to life as an authentic pioneer milling community circa the 1790s. In the winter, the museum offers old fashioned horse-drawn sled rides.

There were two sets of horses and sleds this Sunday. We rode the black team of Ben and Bill.

We bought out tickets at the Blacksmith's Shop ($8 for adults; $4 for children). There was a lot of stuff to look at including old tools. Volunteers were heating up hot chocolate on the old cast iron box stove for visitors to warm up with after their ride.

The day was sunny but a bit cold. We brought some wool blankets to sit on and cover ourselves with for the ride, which proved to be a good idea. The ride lasted about 20 minutes -- just long enough for our cheeks to turn pink.

Looks like fun, right? Visit Leonard's Mills site and get more information. A schedule of horse-drawn sled rides for the rest of the winter is listed below. All rides are offered between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm.

January 24
February 7 & 21
March 7

Friday, January 8, 2010

Real Maine Weddings 2010: Covers

An overwhelming majority of you voted on our two covers this week and left interesting and insightful comments. THANK YOU! We love to see your feedback. We said that we'd let you know which cover we chose by today, but it was a bit of a trick. Since we publish the magazine twice with two different covers we are actually using BOTH of the covers!

As of 10 am this morning, the cover on the left (the one we're using for Spring 2010) was the clear favorite, with 67% of your votes. Here were some of your comments:

As mentioned above the photo to the right not only looks staged but could be taken anywhere in New England. The picture to the left is genuine and definitely says Maine. - Anonymous

Both couples appear to be happy, but I agree that the one on the left seems more genuine, a natural moment captured for posterity. - Bruce

I too found the picture on the left to look deary - not full of hope and light like the picture on the right. Young love (ok I am old) is full of hope and the one on the right just has more warmth to it, more hope. The one on the left make look a wee bit more natural we still can tell it was a suggestion vs. a real candid - but it really lacks the brightness & hope. Feels more like these deary economic times. - Anonymous

I choose the one on the LEFT. It is very magical, they way you should feel on your wedding day. The one on the right is nice, but it seems generic, like any photographer could have taken it. I think the photo on the left has more emotion. - Kris

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

The holidays are officially over. What should you do with all your extra time? Here are some suggestions:

Bob Marley
January 8 & 9
The Grand, Ellsworth
Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. $5. 7 and 9 pm.

Evening at the Arts
January 9
Gracie Theatre at Husson University
Kick off the New Year with this fun event featuring talented Bangor Ballet dancers and a performance of Porgy and Bess Suite. Cocktails and appetizers will be available. Tickets are $35 and include a discount at Luna Bar & Grille. 5 pm.

Ice Skating at Pickering Square

All weekend long
Downtown Bangor
Grab your skates and check out the free skating rink in Pickering Square. The City of Bangor will maintain the rink (no matter what Mother Nature throws at us) throughout the winter season. Visit Downtown Bangor's website to check conditions.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Real Maine Weddings 2010

Some of you might not know that besides Bangor Metro we also publish a wedding magazine called Real Maine Weddings. We've been doing it for three years now and each year it's gotten bigger and better -- and this next issue is no exception. There are 66 pages jam packed with photos and tips on how to plan for your Maine wedding. All the content is Maine-centered, meaning you wont find any generic fluff in this publication.

Below are two covers for the 2010 publication. Vote for which one you like better! Both are taken by photographer Russell Caron. We'll let you know which one we chose at the end of the week so check back.