80+ reasons to dine out: 2013 Maine Beard nominees & Maine Restaurant Week

February is waning, March is on the horizon, which means it's time to think about food. Farmers are anticipating planting, seasonal ice cream shops...

This and that: News, notes, & events from around Maine

Choo choo! Model railroads and free admission Train fans take note: The Maine State Museum, in Augusta,  is celebrating model railroads Dec. 7 and 8....
Frank W. Benson, George and Betty in a Dory (Study for Calm Morning), 1904, Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 ¾ inches, Anonymous loan

Maine artists showcased in exhibitions in Portland, Rockland, and Waterville

Maine artists are being showcased in exhibitions at both the Portland Museum of Art;  the Farnsworth Museum, in Rockland; and the Colby Museum of...

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Your excuse to play

This weekend, Sept. 28-30, 2012,  is the second Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, with more than 70 outdoor activities scheduled statewide. Even better, most are...

Camden International Film Festival, Sultans of Swing, choral music, open gardens, and free museum...

I’m back from 10 days without Internet access, and my inbox has filled with all kinds of Maine fun. Let’s start with what's happening...
Barbara Prey: America's Artist, Forthy Years of Painting is on view at the Blue Water Fine Arts gallery, in Port Clylde Maine, July 20-Aug 31, 2012.

Bits and pieces: Current and upcoming Maine events worth noting

Here's a round-up of events and activities that have crossed my desk. A few are happening now, some a bit later this month, and...
One of the images that will be featured in a slide lecture on May 31 in St. George, Maine.

Free, upcoming talks highlight Maine history and landscapes

Delve into Maine's history and heritage by attending one of these free upcoming talks this week. SERC Schoodic Series Lecture, Wed. May 30 Dr. James Gramann,...
New England Outdoor Center offers moose-spotting tours in the region near Baxter State Park, Maine. Hilary Nangle photo

Out & about: new, noteworthy, deals, exhibits, and events in Maine

Sun's shining,  birds are singing, grass needs mowing, and Maine is open for the summer. Here's a round-up of news, upcoming events, and interesting...

Quick Picks: Where to stay, eat, and play in Hallowell, Maine

Hallowell hugs the Kennebec River just south of Maine’s capital city, Augusta. Once a major port for ice, granite, and lumber, the well-preserved late-19th-century...
The ceiling, walls, choir loft, and entry of Maine's South Solon Meeting House are a riot of color and art. Hilary Nangle photo.

Maine’s South Solon Meeting House is a surprising visual treat, thanks to artists from...

Open the door to Maine's South Solon Meeting House and Wow! Neither the classically influenced colonial, white-clapboard architecture nor the serene location on a...

Cure what ales you with Maine Beer Week

Celebrate Maine craft brewing at Maine Beer Week, Nov. 10-17. The week-long brew-ha-ha features beer dinners, pairings, tastings, tours, meet-the-brewer nights, and more, all...

News & notes from all over Maine: museums, lectures, exhibits, trails, and talks

So many tidbits, I'm just bundling them in nice package for you. By region: Kennebec Valley • The Maine State Museum, in Augusta, is expanding its...

Four fabulous Maine festivals ring out July

Say good-bye to July in Maine at one of these great festivals. There's something for everyone: folk arts, quilts, artisan quilts, and books. Grand Lake...
Some of the cabins at Castle Island Camps on Long Pond, in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, are built right over the water. Hilary Nangle photo.

Chasing memories on Golden Pond: Long before the movie, Maine’s Belgrade Lakes were drawing...

On Golden Pond, that dreamy sunset-of-life film starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda, may have been filmed in New Hampshire, but playwright...
Make it point to visit the eclectic L.C. Bates Museum, on Route 201, in Hinckley, just east of Skowhegan. It's a classic cabinet of curiosities filled with all kinds of unexpected treasures. courtesy photo.

Maine’s L. C. Bates Museum is an authentic cabinet of curiosities

Offbeat doesn't begin to describe the L.C. Bates Museum, in Hinckley, Maine. Displayed inside the Romanesque Revival, National Historic Register building are eccentric and...