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ORONO As the summer draws to a close, the University will be coming back to life as upperclassmen return and freshman arrive. Orono aims to usher in the year right with the 36th annual Festival Day. The event promises to be grand and will spread throughout town from Mill Street to the University Steam Plant. It will run all day Saturday, Sept. 7.

A great many activities have been planned for the day. Activities will be set up at the Asa Adams school, Orono Public Library, Municipal parking lot, Mill Street and the Steam Plant. And there will be something for everyone. Games are provided for the kids, as well as a truck petting zoo with several heavy machines set up to be climbed on. Crafts for children and a celebrity reading tent will be set up.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:27

Subscribe today: Opera House Arts' Winter AltMovie Series 2013-14

Written by PA

STONINGTON Exciting things are happening for movies in Stonington. The list of 'alt movies' independent, foreign and documentary films is long and rich for the coming year. And as much as the long, hot, busy days of August lead us to think otherwise, cooler and darker days are on their way. Opera House Arts' AltMovie Series enters its fifth year beginning in September, and now is the time to purchase your subscription to ensure the AltMovie Series 2013-14 brings an additional film to our local theater midweek each month through April. Only subscribers make these additional movies and screenings possible; the number of individual year-round movie goers cannot independently support the AltMovie Series. Screening dates are typically the second Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday of each month. The series is only possible if 90 individuals subscribe no later than Sept. 15.

In March, Opera House Arts converted its historic, 1941 35mm projector to a true, high-quality digital cinema system with Dolby surround sound, thanks to a successful campaign for the Joe & Sue Rares Digital Cinema Fund. This conversion allows the Opera House greater screening options to show more films. This fall will see the introduction of live streaming broadcasts of theater, special events, sporting events and even gaming nights in super high quality on the theater's giant movie screen.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:24

Music and Beer Festival at Family Dog

Written by Katy England

To benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

ORONO As part of the festivities surrounding Bike Maine and Peddle the Penobscot, The Family Dog (59 Main Street in the municipal parking lot) is hosting a Beer and Music Festival to benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7. There will be a diverse lineup of music, good food and beer. To help celebrate the event, the Black Bear Brewery is presenting a limited release of their American Brown.

Bob Cutler, owner of The Family Dog, had been looking for an opportunity to have a festival, and with the Bike Maine and Peddle the Penobscot events happening it seemed like a perfect match.

'That's just funny right there. I don't care where you're from,' a friend of mine said recently after seeing a YouTube clip of comedian Juston McKinney. He was right - McKinney's comedy is universal.  

Whether he's talking about life with his wife, children and dogs or growing up on the border of Maine and New Hampshire, McKinney, a veteran of 'The Tonight Show' (both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien) and two Comedy Central specials, is as relatable to an auditorium of college students as he would be to a convention of seasoned firefighters. Perhaps an Amazon.com review of McKinney's recent DVD 'A Middle Class Hole' sums it up best: 'He's clean and he's hilarious.'  

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 22:02

Ninth Annual HenryFest

Written by PA

All proceeds to benefit 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - On Sept. 8, 2013, 317 Main Community Music Center presents the Ninth Annual HenryFest, outdoors at beautiful Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Maine. The festival features music from Anger, Walsh, Gordy & Doty; The Jason Spooner Band; The Forge; The Diana Hansen Band; Cumberland Crossing and a 317 Main Student Ensemble. Tickets at the gate are $20 per individual or $40 for a family ticket. The event is open to all ages - children are encouraged! All proceeds will benefit 317 Main Community Music Center, the nonprofit music school located in Yarmouth.

The Festival features an active children's area with face painting, an instrument petting zoo, temporary tattoos, a book corner, a dress-up area and more. HenryFest always features a popular Pie Table, offering a myriad of donated home-baked pies sold by the slice. The local food vendors featured at this year's festival include Otto Pizza, Taco Trio, Toots Ice Cream, Kids Gone Raw and Allagash Brewing.

BANGOR The University of Maine Museum of Art is bringing an evening of music and art to Bangor, Saturday, Aug. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. It is an occasion to celebrate art and more than 10 years of UMMA in downtown. The gala will be held in the sculpture garden of Norumbega Hall beneath a large tent. Guests can mix and mingle and participate in a number of activities, including a social media photo op, a new addition to the gala's itinerary, on the stairwell landing.

Highlights for this year's event range from craft projects to a scavenger hunt. Craft projects include button making as well as polymer bead making. Participants end up with souvenirs to bring home after the gala. The highlight of the craft activities is a large scale Summer Oasis mural that each guest is invited to contribute to.

BANGOR The Bangor Public Library has partnered with the Bangor Arts Society for the inaugural Paint Bangor Day slated for Saturday, Sept. 7 and is calling all artists to participate!

'We are really looking forward to this event with the Bangor Art Society,' said Barbara McDade, director of the Bangor Public Library. '[We] have worked hard over the years to grow our art collection and public awareness of the monthly rotating exhibits in our art galleries we are excited to see how the artists portray our historic building and other areas of Bangor.' 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:24

Howie Carr's Evening of Crime' - in Bangor Aug. 16

Written by Mike Dow

On a recent broadcast of 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM, 103.9 FM and WVQM 101.3 FM), the syndicated talk-show host, author and Boston Herald columnist was discussing the final days of the recently completed trial of notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. 

Carr came close but stopped short of referring to the 'summer of Whitey' as 'the end of an era.' That's too trite of a phrase for Howie Carr - the sort of clich that he would make sport of on the air. But keen listeners knew where he was headed.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:16

Scenes & Songs' takes the stage

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR One of the area's performing arts highlights is soon to take place at the Bangor Opera House.

Penobscot Theatre Company is set to present its annual Scenes & Songs preview event on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are free; you can reserve up to four tickets either by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling the box office at 942-3333.

'Scenes & Songs is perhaps the most popular event of our season,' said Artistic Director Bari Newport. 'I am thrilled to announce that ghastly golf pants, ghosts and ghouls, dancing bears, charming princes, Tony winners, world premieres, and an enduring classic are all a part of PTC's 40th anniversary season. We look forward to sharing snippets from all of our upcoming productions."

Boston-based radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has spent a considerable part of his career exposing the thugs and mobsters of Boston's organized crime scene.   

Regular listeners to 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM 103.9 in Bangor and WVQM 101.3 in Augusta) know that crime kingpin Whitey Bulger was at the top of Carr's list - and, as Carr will explain, he was on Whitey's list. Now that Bulger has been captured and tried (Carr attended the trial), Carr has announced an all-new 'Evening of Crime' billed as a night of 'spellbinding tales of organized crime in Boston,' coming to Bangor on Friday, Aug. 16 at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road. 

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