BELFAST – A beloved keystone of Maine’s musical landscape is back.

The All Roads Music Festival is making its return to Belfast, bringing together scores of Maine musicians in celebration of the state’s vibrant music scene. The festival takes place over two days – May 20 and 21 – and features some of the very best that Maine has to offer. Unfolding across four different venues, All Roads promises to be a great time for any music lover. Tickets and more information can be obtained at the festival’s website at

The previous All Roads – the fifth in all – took place back in 2019. The circumstances of the pandemic meant that both the 2020 and 2021 incarnations of the festival were cancelled. Now, we’re just days away from the return here in 2022.

And as per usual, it’s a hell of a bill.

There are bands and artists familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Maine’s current scene. We’re talking Lady Lamb, The Mallett Brothers Band, Dave Gutter, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – talented, inventive musicians bringing their immense gifts together as part of the full-on sonic celebration that is All Roads.

There will be music from across all genres – whatever you like, you’re almost certainly going to be able to find it on one festival stage or another. In addition, All Roads is playing host to the always-wildly-successful Maine Songwriters Circle, where a group of talented songwriters get together and share a little of their collected collective wisdom.

Now, this isn’t to say that EVERY act is from Maine – there are some outliers here and there – but the reality is that even those that are “from away” are very much in keeping with the spirit of camaraderie that marks this event. It’s a spirit that is even more apparent in the can-do attitude of getting back to business after two years.

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BELFAST – Maine’s many musical roads are once again converging on the midcoast.

The All Roads Music Festival is returning to Belfast on May 17 and 18, bringing one of the state’s largest collections of Maine-based musical talent into one place for two jam-packed days of sonic celebration. Spread across five different venues, All Roads is playing host to over 30 acts and something like 150 individual musicians. It’s a scene unlike any other in the state – one fully and utterly devoted to putting forward a cross-section of what Maine’s music scene has to offer.

There will be music from across all genres – whatever you like, you’re almost certainly going to be able to find it on one festival stage or another. In addition, All Roads is playing host to the always-wildly-successful Maine Songwriters Circle, where a group of talented songwriters get together and share a little of their collected collective wisdom.

For tickets, a full schedule or more information about the festival, visit the All Roads website at

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Another year of All Roads

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Major cabbage for a major cabbage

BELFAST - Tanner Carson may only be in the third grade but he's already got a green thumb that would make any horticulturist jealous. The student from the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast recently participated in the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program and won $1,000 for growing an impressive 28 pound cabbage.

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:43

Writing a successful grant

Hutchinson Center holds workshop on nuts, bolts and assembly of grants

BELFAST - The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will hold a certificate program in grant writing Aug. 12 and 13. Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Nuts, Bolts and Assembly is the fifth session in the eight-part 2013 Nonprofit Certificate Program.

For many nonprofit volunteer and community based organizations, funding is raised primarily by grant awards from foundations. Some may be government based, while others are from the private sector. Regardless, competition for funding from these sources remains fierce. Research programs and graduate and doctoral students also compete for the same funding. The key to winning out is a well-rounded grant.

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BELFAST Generally you might not be accustomed to partying on a Monday night. It might feel wrong, even. But move over weekend - for the fifth year in a row, Belfast is turning the week on its head. The fifth annual Belfast Street Party is taking it to the street Monday, Aug. 5 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be music, food and rides, including a climbing wall and an animatronic safari ride.

The street party, put on by Our Town Belfast, is sponsored by the City of Belfast, Front Street Shipyard and Camden National Bank. Our Town Belfast is putting on the event as part of their program to bring entertainment and culture to the city. The organization supports community sustainability following the guidelines of the National Main Street Four-Point Approach: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Due to their efforts, they have been recognized as a Maine Downtown Network Community and earned a Main Street Maine designation for Belfast in 2011.

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BELFAST - With five book stores in the downtown alone, Belfast is becoming known as a destination for bookworms throughout the state. The Third Annual Belfast Bound Book Festival, July 26-28, seeks to celebrate Belfast's literary tradition through author signings at downtown shops, events at the Belfast Free Library, poetry readings in galleries and on the streets and presentations on the bound book itself.

This year, Our Town Belfast is the coordinating force behind the effort. Executive Director Breanna Pinkham Bebb said, 'The book festival is an opportunity for our business community to promote itself to those who love books. We were delighted to take on a larger planning role this year because bringing people to downtown Belfast and encouraging them to support our local businesses is a large part of our mission as a Main Street community.'

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Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:46

Arts in the Park

BELFAST - Next weekend, July 13 to 14, Belfast will hold its annual Arts in the Park festival. The event will be held in the Heritage Park nestled right on the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Sailboats and dinghies dotting Belfast Bay make up the backdrop. In its 18th year, the festival promises a day long activities, art, music and food. It's a great event to visit with family and kids or solo, for the day or a quick visit.

This year the Arts in the Park Committee and Jury selected 85 applicants out of the pool of artists that submitted work for showing. Many different medias are represented. From paintings and photography, to jewelry, craft objects and recycled goods, there is something to pique everyone's interest. There will be clothing and bags, glasses and jugs. Purchase something as a gift, or get a souvenir.

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