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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29

Getting down and derby

Roller Derby: forming lasting bonds

Roller Derby is a sport of contradictions: a full-contact sport just for women; a demanding sport that requires good cardio and hardcore dedication, but also one that anyone can play; a sport where you are crashing into a woman in a bout and then hanging out over drinks afterwards. It's a sport with theatrical roots but grounded in physical prowess, endurance and skill. In other words, it's pretty awesome.

'I like that it's contradictory. It's an aggressive, full-contact sport, but it's a women's sport. It's tough but it's a big sense of family. It's tough but with expressions of femininity,' said Wined Up, a member of Central Maine Derby, who is a professor of sociology at the University of Maine when she isn't cutting up the derby track. 'I love anything that challenges our normative ideas of femininity of what women are and what they should be. I love the contradiction.'

Published in Cover Story

BANGOR - For those cyclists who think they have what it takes to endure a week-long journey, the wait is finally over! The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is putting on the first ever BikeMaine event, in which riders will pedal 400 miles throughout the state over the course of seven days.

Those brave enough to take on this challenge will pedal 60-75 miles daily across the state, while stopping at various communities along the way. The 2013 BikeMaine route was officially unveiled by the Bicycle Coalition at a press conference last Wednesday. The route starts in Orono before moving on the next day to Dover-Foxcroft and during the week stopping at Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor and Camp Jordan in Bangor.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:14

Memories of The Mecca'

A look back at some memorable tournament moments

BANGOR After 57 years and countless breathtaking moments, the Bangor Auditorium is hosting its final high school basketball tournament. Starting next year, the new Cross Insurance Center will be the home to the tourney, with the old auditorium scheduled to become a parking lot.

Soon, the Mecca of Maine high school basketball will be no more.

The Auditorium has been an iconic part of the Bangor skyline since 1955; the quirky and beloved structure has played a huge part in making high school memories for thousands of Maine kids over the years. To play in the Auditorium is to be a part of the state's sporting history.  

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:22

Call for artists: Art2013

18th annual juried art show at the Harlow Gallery

HALLOWELL - The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artist submissions to Art2013, the 18th annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Art2013 is open to all Maine artists and also to artists with a strong connection to Maine. This year's jurors are Bob Keyes and Dan Kany, both arts writers at the Portland Press Herald.

Over $1,500 in cash prizes and gift certificates from area business sponsors will be awarded at an awards ceremony at the exhibition's opening on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Art2013 the exhibition will be on view May 10 to June 1, 2013 and is free and open to the public.

Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiber art. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art. Entry fees ($25 for members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, or $30 for non-members) are not refundable. The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, membership-based 501(c)3 non-profit; jurying fees help offset the cost of organizing and presenting the juried show and are not refundable. Decisions of the jurors are final.

The deadline for electronic submissions is midnight on April 1, 2013. For a complete entry rules and instructions on how to enter Art2013, please visit the "artists opportunities section" on the Harlow Gallery website: www.harlowgallery.org. The jurors will do a first review based on the digital submissions. Artists whose work they wish to consider for the final review will be asked to deliver their work to the Harlow Gallery April 27-29 for a final viewing of the actual work.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:07

Her Majesty's Cabaret opens up

Local group to present Ferme La Bouche'

BANGOR Local performance collaborative Her Majesty's Cabaret is once more bringing their unique brand of entertainment to area audiences.

This newest show called 'Ferme La Bouche' is scheduled for two performances at the newly opened Coespace, located on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor, on Jan. 19. Performance times are set for 7:30 and 10 p.m.; tickets are $7. In addition, a limited number of tickets are available for presale at the Rock and Art Shop on Central Street.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:33

SnowCon 2013

Five years of fun and games

ORONO For the fifth straight year gamers from across Maine, New England and the United States will gather at the Black Bear Inn to crawl through ancient dungeons, cast arcane spells, try to evade insidious madness and barter for sheep or lumber. SnowCon is back.

This is a weekend of live gaming, as opposed to video gaming. It's people around a table rolling dice, playing cards or moving pieces, whether it's role playing games (RPGs), strategic board games or various card games (think of everything from 'Magic: the Gathering' to 'Apples to Apples').

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:34

Remember the Maine (tax changes)

The Federal Tax Code and the impact of the fiscal cliff received most of the publicity recently. But Maine also has changes affecting your take home pay and 2012 tax preparation. Some of these changes affect everyone having taxes withheld. Others affect fewer filers, but can have a big impact on their Maine taxes.

Published in Money
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn't need to think about it for very long.

Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:20

Bet your bottom dollar on Annie'

PTC presents modern musical favorite

BANGOR One of the most wonderful artistic traditions here in Bangor is the annual holiday production at Penobscot Theatre. It has become a vital part of this celebratory time for many area families.

For a long time, we got various and sundry adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' the occasional 'Gift of the Magi' notwithstanding. In recent years, however, the offerings have diversified. We've gotten to spend time with Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris's 'Santaland Diaries.' We've gotten the musical stylings of 'Plaid Tidings,' and we've watched Ralphie pine for a Red Ryder BB gun in 'A Christmas Story.'

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:07

Allagash Wilderness Waterway highlights of 2012

The year at the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) started out with the winter campground at Chamberlain Bridge full with almost all 48 available sites sold for the entire ice fishing season. Poor ice conditions and lack of snow limited use for the first couple weeks of the season. Those who did venture out were rewarded with excellent catches of native brook trout, togue and whitefish.

As the winter progressed, the book trout fishing slowed, but the togue and whitefish hit well the entire season.

Published in Adventure
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