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BANGOR – Comic and pop-culture has exploded over the past few years. It used to be, if you were from Maine, you’d have to travel to southern New England – at the very least – to attend a convention. But now there are several to choose from right in our own backyard.
Previewing the 2016 MLB season
Once again, spring has sprung. Regardless of what the weather outside brings, there’s no escaping the fact that we’re just days away from the beginnings of another baseball season. The crack of the bat and the smack of the mitt will soon surround us.
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2016. We get to see the Kansas City Royals as defending champions for the first time in 30 years. We get to watch as generational talents such as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper redefine what a young player can do; we also bear witness to a season-long good-bye from Red Sox all-timer David Ortiz. Exciting young teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will show us the future of the sport.
Maine Maple Sunday on the way
MAINE – The groundhog not only got this one right, he got it right in the best possible way. After a relatively mild winter, Maine is shifting gears from snow to spring, and one of the sweetest signs of the season is Maple Syrup Sunday. This year it falls on March 27, which is also Easter – another holiday that invites us to enjoy the sweeter things in life.
“Maine Maple Sunday is a great family event that allows producers to connect with customers and people interested in maple syrup and learning about it,” said Samantha Howard, the agriculture promotions coordinator for the Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry. “A lot of producers, each year, do something different and special. Some are holding Easter egg hunts or a pancake breakfast. There are samples and goodies that people can buy.”
The blooming businesses of the Bangor area
BANGOR/BREWER – Bangor is often described as a city in the midst of rebirth. And though it seems a new Renaissance has hit the bricked sidewalks, it’s not been a process that happened over night. It has taken the hard work of many dedicated people to keep the momentum going – but it’s going strong. This is a round-up of some of the new and changing faces in Bangor (and their expansions into the Twin City).
Editor's Note: We corrected the date to March 26, and apologize for the error.
ROCKLAND – Legendary singer-songwriter Chris Smither is returning to Maine to perform at the Strand in Rockland on March 26 at 7:30 p.m., as a part of his ongoing tour. Smither is known for his bluesy folk with roots in Louisiana, where he grew up, but he’s no stranger to the North East, living in Boston for a time. He’s played at the Strand is has been a guest at Blue Hill’s the Left Bank when it was the hotspot of the music scene in Maine.
Predicting the 2016 Academy Award winners
It’s that time of year again, folks. Time for Hollywood to dress up and throw statues at one another in a whirlwind of self-celebration and ego stroking.
That’s right – it’s Oscar time!
I’ll be the first to admit that I love the Academy Awards while also acknowledging that they are growing increasingly irrelevant and out of touch. I love the movies and this is the biggest celebration of cinema on the American pop culture calendar.
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