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Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau announces new hire

BANGOR - The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce its recent hire of Hannah Young, who will be joining the GBCVB team as the events and communications coordinator.

Published in Press Releases
Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:49

Living fossil on Central Street

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I may walk down the same streets, I can still miss amazing sights. 

The other day while waiting to cross the road on Central Street, a small sign caught my attention. It was stuck in the ground at the base of a skinny tree, one I have passed several times. Curious, I took a closer look. And I was quite surprised by what I found.

Published in Adventure

It's difficult to imagine a concert packed with more fun than this year's 'Last Summer on Earth' show, Sunday night at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.  

Barenaked Ladies returned to Bangor for the second summer in a row and brought with them Ben Folds Five and Guster, two other bands who came of age in the 1990s.  

The concert opened with an unannounced set by British singer-songwriter comedian, Boothby Graffo, a longtime collaborator of Barenaked Ladies.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:57

A good walk spoiled

A look at some of Greater Bangor's golf course offerings

The summer heat is reaching its apex; Maine in July is just about as hot a place as you would ever want to be. One thing is certain, though: whether you're in Mount Desert Island or Memphis, Bangor or Birmingham, it is never, ever too hot for a round of golf.

One of the greatest things about the game of golf is the fact that it is one of the few sporting endeavors in our society that you don't have to be good at to enjoy. Sure, there is joy to be derived from a great drive or a long putt, but for most of us, the pleasure comes from just being out there on the grass in the sunshine (and complaining about your round; most golfers I know absolutely love to bemoan their bad shots and bad luck on the course). Once the game gets its hooks in you, chances are good that you're in for the duration.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 18 July 2013 18:42

A raw night of rock and roll

Daughtry, 3 Doors Down blend styles to rock Bangor

BANGOR Co-headliners 3 Doors Down and Daughtry rolled into Bangor July 10 for a summer evening at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion. Earlier this summer Maine Music News interviewed 3DD's guitarist Chris Henderson. We asked him about being on tour and sharing billing with another band. He said simply that 3DD fans are Daughtry fans, a match made in heaven. And by all indications, Bangor fans were feeling the divine connection for this show.

Halestorm , which last appeared in Bangor during the 2011 Avalanche Tour, opened the show. Wide Open. Bangor was one of the last dates with Halestorm on the bill, and the band is impressive let's face it, this is interesting music.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:19

Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game

Brush up your skills and be the last man/woman standing

BANGOR Do you have mad ninja skills? The grace and speed of tiger? No? It really doesn't matter - you can still play and have a ton of fun at Bangor's first Ultimate Ninja Game taking place at Broadway Park on July 21 at 1 p.m.

When it comes down to it, the Ninja Game consists of people facing off in pairs, standing back to back, and when someone yells 'NINJA!' jumping to face each other and strike their best ninja pose. The person who is decided to have the best pose gets to go first. You can only move on your turn or to dodge and attack. The attacks are geared towards slapping your opponent's hands (no wrists or elbows) in one fluid motion. They are allowed to dodge, but they can't move their feet.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:00

Governor Baxter Day: Bangor to Katahdin

Celebrate the legacy of the wilderness and the people

Man is born to die, his works are short lived. Buildings crumble, monuments decay, wealth vanishes. But Katahdin in all its glory, forever shall remain the mountain of the people of Maine.

-Gov. Percival Proctor Baxter

BANGOR - If you walk around Bangor today you might not guess, but around the turn of the century it ranked as one of the three most important cities in the United States the other contenders being New York and San Francisco. The history of the Queen City is inexorably tied to the lumber harvested from the heart of the Katahdin region and along the banks of the west branch of the Penobscot.

Published in Cover Story
Hall of Fame team set to thrill fans at Cross Insurance Center

BANGOR - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will make history in Maine as the first ticketed events in the new state-of-the-art Cross Insurance Center. The Globetrotters will bring their unmatched family entertainment to Bangor for two games on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

'We are thrilled to be part of an exciting time in Northern New England, as we help open Bangor's new arena in September,' said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. 'The fervor of our fans to see the Globetrotters' 2014 tour, combined with the Cross Insurance Center's grand opening, will make this a weekend to remember.'

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:25

Swing like it's the 17th century

Contra dancing is mesmerizing. People weave in and out of each other, sometimes in lines and sometimes in clusters, all directed by a single caller. Swinging skirts, smiles and laughter fill the room. It's intricate and simple all at the same time, like a giant tapestry formed by small stitches. Even beginners can catch on to the simple steps. 

Not only is contra dancing fun, it's also happening in Bangor. The third Friday of every month, people of all ages assemble at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor to get their swing on. The dances are run by the board of directors of the Penobscot Contradancers. Mary Anne Eason, president of the Penobscot Contradancers, says there are many benefits to contra dancing.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 15:50

Bangor student learns Chinese in China

High School junior wins scholarship to study language abroad

BANGOR - While most students will attend camp, work a part-time job or just spend a little time sleeping in this summer, one Bangor High student will be thousands of miles from home learning Chinese.

"Basically what you do is they send you to China for six weeks. It's not to fully learn the language, it's more to spark an interest or familiarity and then come back home and maybe study it or go back to China to study it for a year," explained Patrick Coyne.

Published in Livin'
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