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It has been a quarter of a century since the current iteration of minor league baseball landed in Maine’s largest city.

The Portland Sea Dogs are celebrating their 25th anniversary this season. The team began life in 1994 as the AA affiliate for the expansion Florida Marlins. However, they were destined to remain part of the Marlins system through 2002 – less than a decade. That was when the team switched affiliation and joined the Red Sox farm system, where they remain to this day.

Nearly 300 players have worn the Sea Dogs uniform over the past 25 years, including a whole lot of future big leaguers. In honor of this auspicious anniversary, it seemed fitting to assemble an all-time lineup.

Here's a look at some of the best players ever to grace the grass at Hadlock Field.

(Note: This list is intended to include only those players whose stint in Portland preceded their major league successes. Players whose Sea Dogs tenure consisted solely of injury rehab will not be included.)

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:33

Bloody, bold and resolute

Portfringe presents Pop-Up Macbeth

PORTLAND – Something wicked just popped up in Portland.

PortFringe, Portland’s fringe theatre festival, brought William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” to life in a most unique fashion this weekend, with 14 individuals or groups each contributing a piece to a weird, wild whole. 

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:29

An education in ‘adulting’

The Adulting School offers life skills assistance

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:12

Pugwash returning to Portland

Irish rock band to play Empire on Oct. 3

PORTLAND - Two years ago, I saw one of the greatest concerts of my life when Ireland's Pugwash played Portland's Empire during their first American tour. It was an unforgettable night.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:51

Portland's 20th Anniversary All-Stars

A look at some of the most successful Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs are celebrating their 20th anniversary this season. The team's first season was 1994; they began life as the AA affiliate for the expansion Florida Marlins. They remained part of the Marlins system through 2002, when the team switched affiliation and joined the Red Sox farm system, where they remain to this day.

A lot of future big leaguers have worn the Sea Dogs uniform. In honor of this auspicious anniversary, it seemed fitting to assemble an all-time lineup. Here's a look at some of the best players ever to grace the grass at Hadlock Field.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:01

Feeling Gritty?

A look inside Maine's first brewpub

PORTLAND/FREEPORT/AUBURN Craft brewing is experiencing something of a renaissance in Maine. The state's 33 breweries ranked Maine fifth in the nation for brewers per capita in 2011, which according to the Brewer's Association is one brewery for every 40,253 people Vermont ranks first with 24, or one for every 26,073. We wanted to take a moment to reflect and focus on one of the brewers who helped start it all: Gritty McDuffs.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:40

A master at work

Notes on watching Louis C.K. live

PORTLAND I am sitting in perhaps the best seats I have ever had for a live performance. We're in the second row and I'm right on the aisle. I am about to get up close and personal with a master of the craft.

I'm about to see Louis C.K.

For those who are unfamiliar, Louis C.K. is perhaps one of the most prominent stand-up comedians out there today. His FX television series 'Louie' is providing a whole new insight as to what is possible with scripted television. With his show, C.K. has a degree of autonomy unseen in the TV world; not only is he the star, but he writes and directs every episode. He even edited much of the first season-plus himself, though those duties have apparently been at least partially handed off as of late. The end result is a deconstruction of the situation comedy; something old is new again.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:52

MECA - Artists at work

PORTLAND Humanity and art have been wrapped together since the dawn of time. It's the earliest form of expression and is what sets us apart from our primal cousins. And though society may not always acknowledge its importance, art will remain inextricably entwined with our cultural identity something close to the core of Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland.

We were recently able to sit down with Dr. Donald Tuski, president of MECA, to talk about the school and some of the programs and events that are offered there.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:37

A Celtic showcase

Four of Portland's best Celtic groups come together for benefit concert

PORTLAND - One Longfellow Square, 181 State Street, Portland, presents the first in a series of benefit concerts for OLS featuring the best of Portland's Celtic talent: Don Roy Trio, Naia, Boghat and The Press Gang on Thursday, July 12 at 8 p.m. This is an official satellite event hosted by Maine's popular Saltwater Celtic Festival at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick.

The artists have graciously donated their time to make this event a benefit for One Longfellow Square. Maine uillean piper Tom Wilsbach will MC the event. In addition to the headliners, the evening will feature short sets from some of Portland's other fine players, highlighting the exceptional traditional Celtic music scene that has been growing in Portland for some time.

Published in Happenings

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