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The warm weather is here. We’ve had more sun this spring than I can recall in recently memory. It’s gorgeous, with cool breezes and minimal rain. And the tourists really haven’t started getting out yet. All this makes for an ideal opportunity for those of us who stick around all year to get out there and enjoy what our fine state has to offer before it gets too crowded.
When I’m doing a stay-cation I like to stay within a two-hour drive from my home base. So it worked out great when I had an interview in Camden last week. As many of you know, Camden is a tourist Mecca. And for good reason - but since it’s still a couple weeks before Memorial Day weekend, the flood of tourists hasn’t taken over yet. This meant I could follow Route 1 and 3 all the way back to my neighborhood, looking at the towns with a tourist’s appreciation, but without bad traffic.
Previewing some of 2013’s summer cinematic offerings
It’s that time again. Hollywood has opened up their checkbooks and unleashed all manner of cinematic fare onto the masses. That’s right – blockbuster season.
2013 has plenty to offer. Big budgets are abundant. We’ve got iconic characters returning to the silver screen. We’ve got beloved franchises receiving their next installments. And we’ve got a number of different takes on the end of the world as we know it, both in the near-view and from the far-flung future.
Will all of these films be good? Heavens no. Will they all be entertaining? Also not likely. But rest assured, film fans of any stripe will be able to find something that tickles their fancy. There’s a whole lot out there – this handful is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
New play festival marks seventh year
BANGOR – Creating new works for the stage is an incredibly involved process. Playwrights struggle to find ways to see and hear their words so that they might find ways to tweak and improve their product. Hearing your words aloud – and hearing an audience’s reaction to those words – is one of the most vital aspects of building the best possible piece.
Since 2007, Penobscot Theatre Company has been doing their part to help in the achievement of those goals. The seventh annual Northern Writes Festival of New Works is taking place at the Bangor Opera House from May 3 through May 5. Since its inception, over a thousand scripts have been submitted to the festival and vetted by a variety of readers. All told, Northern Writes has produced staged readings of over 100 scripts by writers from all over the country and beyond.
There’s been something going on behind the scenes of your local media. Some of you may already be aware of it, and for others this may be breaking news. It’s almost a pandemic. You have probably seen one on television. You may even be reading a story by one right now. The secret is out: there are a lot of people in the media who have given birth to multiples.
Anyone who follows my Edge Mom column may or may not be aware that my tongue-in-cheek look at life with three kids comes from having three kids at the same time. You feel pretty unique when you have multiples, but that only lasts until you find that your network of parents of multiples is actually larger than you would think. It became clear pretty quickly that there are a lot of media personalities who have been blessed with multiples or are a twin themselves.
50,000,000 music fans can’t be wrong
It’s one of the biggest parties in all of music, and this year’s celebration promises to be the most impressive to date. On Saturday, April 20, music lovers around the world will come together for Record Store Day, an event that has grown beyond even its creator’s wildest imagination.
In 2007, Chris Brown, head of marketing for nine Bull Moose stores in Maine and two in New Hampshire, came up with the idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate independently owned record stores and the customers who love to inhabit them. Five hundred stores around the country liked the idea enough to join for the event’s inaugural in 2008, and within four years the party had blown wide open with more than 1,500 stores in 21 countries on five continents taking part.
Sugarloaf Reggae Festival marks 25th year
CARRABASSETT VALLEY – It might seem a bit counterintuitive to think of a ski mountain when it comes time to consider the dawning of spring. While Sugarloaf is one of the premier skiing destinations on the East Coast, come April, we’re more inclined to think about melting snow rather than snowpack.
However, there’s more to Sugarloaf in the springtime than just some late-season shussing down the slopes.
BANGOR – This year’s AS4MS, which is shorthand for the Acoustic Showcase to Benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, will be held at the Gracie Theatre on April 5 at 8 p.m. This year’s talent includes The Other Bones, The Box Tiger, Beach the Whale and Dustin Saucier.
But this show, which taps not only the deep musical talent that is in Maine and New England, but the technical skills of the Students at the New England School of Communication (NESCom).
Unearthed time capsule offers look at the Edge’s predecessors
BANGOR – The Maine Edge has been part of this area’s cultural fabric for the past six years. What you may not know is that there have been previous incarnations of our fair periodical that have come and gone throughout Bangor’s past. Unfortunately, all records of these past publications have heretofore been lost to the mists of history – until now.
During the construction of the new Cross Insurance Center, a time capsule was unearthed. No record of this capsule’s interment could be found, though our best research indicates that its burial coincided roughly with the onset of construction of the Bangor Auditorium.
It’s that time of year once again. The snow is melting and the grass is showing through. That whiff of spring is in the air.
Time for baseball.
The start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner and there’s plenty of intrigue out there. Some teams went all-out in attempts to get over the hump (Blue Jays, Dodgers). We even saw a team switch leagues for the first time since realignment (Astros). And we saw the San Francisco Giants win their second title in three years. Last year, we saw the first Triple Crown winner in over 40 years with Miguel Cabrera and perhaps the greatest rookie season of all time with Mike Trout. How will they follow history?
The UFC has been the king of mixed martial arts since its first event in the United States back in 1993. Former MMA promotions such as EliteXC, StrikeForce, Pride Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefighting all tried competing with the UFC, only to fall in the end. While all these companies ultimately failed, the UFC has been growing with large pay-per-view buys, record fan attendances, and a huge television deal with Fox.
The UFC might be at the top of its game, but that hasn’t stopped the founder and CEO of the second largest MMA promotion in the USA Bellator. Bjorn Rebney founded Bellator MMA in 2008 and has been pushing his company through the uniqueness it brings of being completely tournament-based. This means that every fighter must win a series of matches through a tournament to become eligible for a title shot.
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