Thursday, February 25, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

This winter weather is wacky! If you're bumming because you can't ski, snowshoe, sled, and snowmobile this weekend here is a list of some other activities to take part in...

Clay Play
February 26
Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor
Put on a smock and get ready for creative play with clay and dough. We have rollers, pounders, and pressers to help strengthen little hands and develop small motor coordination. Take home recipes each week and join in the messy fun. Recommended ages 2+. 11 am.

Live Jazz at Aarhus Gallery
February 26
Luna Madidus (formerly Agharta Jazz) Luna Madidus will be bringing their spirited, unique, and vibrant original modern jazz sound to the Aarhus Gallery. 12 pm.

Girl Power
February 26 & 27
Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast
An exciting new musical written by Belfast, Maine middle school teachers Jason Bannister and Justin Bari. $6.

Chocolate Factory Tour
February 27
Tour the chocolate factory where the delicious Wilbur's Chocolate is made. Cost is $4.00 per person which will include samples. 11 am to 2 pm. YUM!
(207) 865-4071

Cabin Fever Reliever
February 27 & 28
Brewer Auditorium
The Penobscot Fly Fishers 2010 Cabin Fever Reliever show is a hand’s on and educational show that promotes traditional Maine outdoor activities and crafts through education and demonstration. The show is open to the public and admission is free. Numerous door prizes will be given away throughout the day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tourney Time!

Leslie Bowman has been back and forth to the Bangor Civic Center we don't know if she's coming or going! She's taking photos of this year's basketball tournament for a future feature story she's working on with Joy Hollowell. Leslie has taken some great photos and we figured we'd share some of them with you now rather than waiting until the feature is published (next Jan/Feb issue if you're wondering).

While the tournament is taking place at the Cumberland Civic Center, Augusta Civic Center and the Bangor Civic Center, these were all taken in Bangor during the Class B, C, and D playoffs. Become a Bangor Metro facebook fan and leave comments for your favorite photos!

State finals are this weekend. Get out and support your local teams!

February 26

Bangor Civic Center
Class B

GIRLS: Nokomis defeated MDI in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play York @ 7:05 pm.

BOYS: Camden Hills defeated Ellsworth in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Falmouth after the girls game.

February 27

Augusta Civic Center
Class D
GIRLS: Fort Fairfield defeated S. Aroostook in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Greenville @ 1:05 pm.

BOYS: Schenck defeated Fort Fairfield in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Richmond @ 2:45 pm.

Class C

GIRLS: Calais defeated Washington Academy in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Madison @ 7:05 pm.

BOYS: Washington Academy defeated Calais in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Dirigo @ 8:45 pm.

Portland Expo
Class A
GIRLS: Skowhegan defeated Brunswick in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Scarborough @ 3 pm.

BOYS: Edward Little defeated Brewer in the Eastern Maine Championships and will play Cheverus @ 7 pm.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fuel Shoot

Each month, Maine Ahead's Chef to Chef features a dish prepared by one of Maine's most talented executive chefs. Earlier this week the Chef to Chef crew: Mark Janicki, Mark Wellman, Luke Abbott, Melanie Brooks, and Leslie Bowman drove to Lewiston to check out Fuel, located in the historic Lyceum Hall. Executive chef, Justin Oliver, may look young, but he's been cooking in commercial kitchens since he was just 14-years-old. Justin oversees all aspects of Fuel's kitchen, menu creation, as well as food and staff management. On Tuesday he made a mouth-watering meal -- you'll have to wait until the April issue is printed to find out what it is.

Working on the Chef to Chef piece is a multi-step process and involves a lot of cameras. Not only do we publish a story, we also create a short video of the preparation of the dish for our website,

One of the most important aspects of the project is Mark Janicki's sit-down interview with the chef.

Working in a commercial kitchen isn't always easy, but it does frequently provide for some interesting angle shots.

We had three cameras rolling for this shoot -- Luke worked the main stationary camera you see here. There is another camera on a tripod just off to the side and Melanie stood on a chair next to Janicki with yet another camera. Leslie worked the room taking still shots.

Leslie and Mark Wellman set up for a portrait of Justin in the dining room as well as a shot of the prepared plate of food. Lighting is always an issue and we frequently bring more gear than we need -- better to be safe than sorry.

It took two hours to get everything we needed before heading back north to Bangor. While it's frequently a stressful project, everyone always ends up having a great time. Check Fuel out online here and be sure to catch Chef Justin's creation in the April issue of Maine Ahead.

What's Happening This Weekend...

This mild weather is just begging to be enjoyed. Get outside this weekend and do just that!

February 17 to March 7
Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
Celebrate Black History Month by attending this adaptation of three stories by acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston. With a combination of dance, blues, and evocative prose, Spunk celebrates the strength of the human spirit.

February 19 & 20
Enjoy the winter weather with a visit to Winterfest, featuring and ice carving demonstration, skating and sliding party, fireworks, a chili and chowder cook-off, and much more for the whole family. Proceeds will benefit the Penquis Keep Kids Warm Fund.

Bridal Show

February 20
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
Please join us with some of Maine's finest vendors, here to assist you in creating your wedding, an event to remember for the rest of your life. Admission is free and is open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and give aways!
Email Kerry for more info:

Third Annual Winter Carnival
February 20
Sleigh rides, homemade ice cream, puppet shows, sledding, chili challenge, door prizes, and a bonfire...a great day for the whole family! Events start at 10 am and end at 6 pm.

Planetarium Star Show
February 21
Jordan Planetarium, UMaine Orono
Just like animals, stars have cycles from birth to death and it all plays out in Jordan Planetarium’s February showings of “The Little Star that Could” for ages 5 to 9 Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Whether you have a special Valentine this year or not, there are plenty of ways to be happy this Valentine's weekend.

11th Annual Family Valentine's Day Dance
February 12
Anah Temple Shrine Hall, Bangor
Families throughout the area look forward to this event year after year. This major fundraiser supports Shriner's Hospitals. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. $10. For tickets call: 942-2254

17th Annual Fairfield Chocolate Festival
February 13
Fairfield Community Center
The Salvation Army Waterville Corps & the Town of Fairfield invites your family to the 17th Annual Fairfield Chocolate Festival. Proceeds from the benefit will be used for area residents and will feature live entertainment, children’s events, luncheon & refreshment items, plenty of shopping, and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Prisoners of Love
February 13
Southwest Harbor
The Island Communities in Service (ICIS) group is sponsoring A Prisoners of Love Lock-Up on Saturday, February 13 from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Chow Maine Restaurant on Clark Point Rd. in Southwest Harbor. This is a great opportunity to watch some of your favorite local characters be locked up and where you have the chance to pay their bail or even pay to keep them in jail longer. The Chain Gang March with Police Escort will begin at 10am. Brunch will be served with donations encouraged. All proceeds will benefit The Next Step Domestic Violence Project which provides free and confidential services to women in Hancock County (667-4606/1-800-315-5579) and Washington County (255-4785/1-888-604-8692). 9:30 am to noon.

Harry Manx & Susan Werner
February 13
The Strand, Rockland
Harry Manx mixes the tradition of the blues with classical Indian tunes while Susan Werner blends folk, jazz, and pop for an engrossing show. 8 pm. $24

Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats

February 13
Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School
This talented group of acrobats will amaze and delight you. They embody a tradition that began over 25 centuries ago, and their ability to contort, dance, juggle, and nearly defy gravity is astounding. 7 pm. $25 for adults; $8 for children.

Make a Valentine at the Maine Discovery Museum
February 14
We'll provide fancy papers, doilies, and plenty of sparkly decorations for you to make a valentine for someone special. We'll have safety scissors for even the youngest artists and will show you special tricks and folding techniques. 2 pm.

Chocolate Festival
February 14
Skip the usual box of chocolates this Valentine's Day and go for the real thing. Take your pick of 12 samples from 30 delicious chocolate desserts. Kids are welcome, too, with a children's corner full of unique food and prizes

Cheesecake Revelations

Looking to make something sweet to share with your sweetie this Valentine's weekend? A look back in our archives revealed a once-secret family cheesecake recipe that is too good to keep under wraps. The story about Nancy MacDonald and her cheesecake recipe can be found here.

Nancy's Top Secret Cheesecake

1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
(Optional) 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1 1/2 cups sugar
4 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese
6 extra-large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 pint (2 cups) sour cream
2 Tbs. flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill a round pan with water and place on lower rack in oven, under where the cheesecake will bake.

Crust: Melt one stick of butter in bowl in microwave at 50% power for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Stir with a fork to finish melting. Mix together butter, graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Reserve a little of the mix for the top of the cheesecake. With remaining mix, line bottom and 2/3 up the side of a 9” or 10” springform pan. Refrigerate, unbaked, until ready to fill.

Filling: Allow cream cheese and sour cream to reach room temperature. In a large bowl of an electric mixer or in a food processor, beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs—one at a time—beating well after each. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and mix. Keep speed low to medium; do not beat in a lot of air. Remove bowl and fold in sour cream. Pour mix into prepared pan and sprinkle with crumb mix. Place in oven on rack above water pan. Pan will collect any butter that drips out—saving your oven and the steam helps keep the cheesecake from cracking.

Bake in 350° oven for 40 minutes. Turn off oven—but do not open door—and let sit 60 more minutes in oven. Remove and place on a wire rack. After 15 minutes, loosen sides of springform pan. Cool at room temperature 5 hours. Retighten sides of pan and refrigerate. Move cake after 24 hours to a cardboard round, and box or serve.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Love is in the Metro Air!

A while back we ran a Valentine's Day contest with a bunch of cool prizes including a one night stay, dinner, and breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, a dozen roses courtesy of Chapel Hill Floral, and a Specialty Sweets chocolate basket.

We'd like to congratulate Bob Woodbury of Winslow for winning these super prizes. Bob won our hearts with his story of how he won the heart of his wife. Check it out below:

In July 1959, my ship, the U.S.S. Forrest B Royal, was one of 28 warships that entered the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes for the first time since the War of 1812, participating in the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Our ship was one of four that sailed all five Great Lakes and one of two to go all the way to Duluth-Superior Harbor.

Following the showing of the motion picture John Paul Jones at a Duluth theater, a buddy and I followed two girls down the street and introduced ourselves as they paused in a shoe store window. We were in port three days, then left to continue our voyage.

I corresponded with one of the girls for a year, following which she took two weeks vacation the following July, I took two weeks leave, and she flew to my home state of Maine, where she was wined and dined and show much of the state by me, my Mom and Dad.

The following October, I drove to Duluth and we were married after being together a total of 17 days. This past October we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What's Happening This Weekend...

Welcome to February! Here are some fun things going on this weekend you won't want to miss!

U.S. National Toboggan Championships
February 5-7
Camden Snow Bowl
Don't miss this fun, quirky event as 400 teams from across the nation converge on Camden. Check out the chili-and-chowder challenge on Saturday 11am to 2 pm and the fireworks that night at 6.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

February 5-7
The Grand, Ellsworth
This film festival showcases the works of the world's finest mountain filmmakers for lucky viewers around the world who can't make the trek to the Canadian Rockies. Tickets available at Cadillac Mountain Sports and the Grand. $10. 7 pm.

6th Annual Andy Snaterre Sno-Run
February 6
Caribou Inn & Convention Center
This charity ride featuring NASCAR's Andy Santerre helps to raise funds for the Aroostook Mental Health Center. Sign in at 8:30 am for the 10 am start. $55 includes ride, dinner, and auction; $30 for ride only; $25 for dinner and auction only.