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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:55

Great shows grace the Gracie in 2018-19

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – There are some great shows that will be gracing the stage of the Gracie Theatre – located on the campus of Husson University – over the next year.

This marks the seventh season for the Gracie. Seven seasons of quality programming aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of the region. Seven seasons of wonderful performances offering something for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Seven seasons of seeing things you won’t find anywhere else in the area.

Whether you’re looking for music or comedy or one-man shows featuring Hollywood icons, Gracie Theatre Managing Director Jeri Misler has come up with something for you. Misler was kind enough to chat with The Maine Edge about what’s going on at the Gracie and talk about some of the highlights, as well as about the process of assembling such a diverse season.

ORONO – The Collins Center for the Arts is heading into its 33rd season of exceptional arts programming on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono.

The CCA – formerly known as the Maine Center for the Arts – has been a vital hub for the performing arts in the region ever since the Bangor Symphony Orchestra christened its stage all the way back in 1986. The iconic building has played host to memorable acts large and small over the years, bringing a wonderful variety of arts and entertainment to our area.

The Collins Center has long been a foundational piece of the cultural community, offering high-quality programming year after year after year. This season is no exception, with a wonderful variety of music, theater and dance aimed at audiences of all ages. As per usual, the powers that be at the CCA have managed to ensure that there really is something for everyone.

BANGOR – Wayne Harvey has spent the last decade trying to help make wishes come true – with wiffle ball.

Harvey – a television personality for WABI here in Bangor – has been at the helm of Wayne’s Wiffle for a Wish, an annual wiffle ball tournament that raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for years now. The tournament is about to mark its 10th year, with the latest edition taking place on Saturday, August 18 at Union Street Athletic Field.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:32

Summer reads: The last five years

Written by Allen Adams

We’ve reached that point in the season where everybody is trotting out their annual recommendations for summer reading. This is something of which I wholeheartedly approve – I believe that the more we talk about books, the better.

However, I’ve decided to adopt a slightly different tactic with this year’s story. I’ve decided that rather than try and sell you on new or about-to-arrive works, I’d take you on a trip back through the past few years and reintroduce you to some of the works that I’ve written about and enjoyed over that span.

I’ve gone back about five years and put together a list of works that you may have missed the first time around, but that are well worth your attention. There are 18 in all – 11 fiction, 7 nonfiction. There’s literary fiction and genre fiction, biographies and memoirs and a fair amount of baseball-related stuff.

(Note: As you’ll see, there’s no Stephen King stuff on here. That’s because he could basically BE the list. Besides, you don’t need me to tell you about Mr. King and his summer read-worthiness – although I will say that the past decade, his work has been as consistently good as it has ever been.)

So dig into this list. I can almost guarantee there’s something here to fulfill everyone’s summer reading needs, but even if you don’t see anything on this particular list to your liking, go find something. Discover new words and new worlds. Read.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:58

More movie magic courtesy of MIFF

Written by Allen Adams

WATERVILLE - One of the highlights of Maine's cinematic calendar is about to get underway in Waterville.

The Maine International Film Festival is set to take place from July 13 through July 22. The festival - marking its 21st year - will once again feature a vast array of films - nearly 100 in all. Comedies, dramas and documentaries, feature-length films and shorts, movies new and old from all over the world and from right in our backyards here in Maine.

Monday, 02 July 2018 15:37

Fair fare – fun with food festivals

Written by Allen Adams

There’s a lot going on in the summertime here in Maine.

There’s all of the outdoors stuff, of course. There are mountains to be climbed and trails to be hiked. There are oceans and lakes and rivers begging to be swum in or kayaked or sailed upon. There’s even the nigh-ubiquitous ritual of heading “upta camp,” where you can do some, most or even all of these things depending on where you go.

Or if you’re leaning towards the arts, there are a multitude of options for you to take in, whether you’re looking for concerts or live theatre or film festivals. There’s a whole lot on that side of things as well.

But you might not be as familiar with just how many food-based festivals are happening all around the state of Maine over the course of the summer. These events – some taking place in just a single day, others clocking in at a week or longer – are devoted to celebrating various foodstuffs that are inherent and integral parts of life here in Vacationland.

We’re not in time for all of this summer’s festivals – for instance, the always-exceptional Maine Whoopie Pie Festival took place back on June 23 – but there are still all manner of tasty trips there for the taking, with a variety of festivals playing out over the next few weeks.

Here’s a look at just some of what’s to come.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 14:19

Living large with lawn games

Written by Allen Adams

With the solstice behind us, we can start looking forward to the full onset of summer. After a long cold winter and a less-than-ideal spring one has to think that Mother Nature owes us a decent summer experience, right? Time will tell.

Regardless, it's time to really start leaning the fun in the sun portion of 2018. Even the cruelest of weather patterns will allow us a few days over the coming months in which to get out and enjoy what the season has to offer.

However, there's only so much lounging one can do. There are only so many places to go for a swim. And sometimes, you're looking for something fun that doesn't involve taking a trip to the coast or to your favorite dipping spot.

That's where lawn games come in.

BANGOR - Tim and Cameron Ward are two of the most visible people in the Bangor area community.

A single dad to a son with special needs, Tim can regularly be seen strolling along the Bangor Waterfront with Cam. You may find the pair taking in live music at a local establishment, showing support for the Black Bears hockey team at Alfond Arena in Orono, sharing a meal in a local restaurant or attending church at the Newman Center at the University of Maine.

Anyone who knows Tim and Cam has a story to share, and it usually revolves around Tim’s tireless devotion to his son. Spend time with them and you will hear the words ‘I’m proud of you’ directed from father to son. It’s probably Tim’s most frequently used sentence – and he means it.

BANGOR – A former Penobscot Theatre Company stalwart has returned to Bangor to bring a long-beloved theatrical experience to life on the Bangor Opera House stage.

Former PTC artistic director Scott R.C. Levy has made his way back to the Queen City to direct a production of “Shear Madness,” adapted from a 1963 German murder mystery by Paul Portner by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan. The madcap and improvisational comedy is one of the longest running nonmusical plays in the world, having been running nonstop in Boston since January of 1980. The PTC production is scheduled to run from June 14 through July 8.

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