Even though the chain stores have been pimping Christmas since before Halloween, self-respecting local establishments have honored the unwritten rule that you wait until after Thanksgiving to bust out the garland. Some of the best shopping in Portland happens during the next few weekends when area artists host their annual holiday sales. Below are some of my personal favorites:
Maine College of Art and Society of East End Arts
November 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
December 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four calling birds, three pheasant hens, two mourning doves, and a partridge in a pine tree... on Maine's annual Christmas Bird Count, intrepid birders range out across the state to tally turkeys.
Editorial opinions from across Maine.
America's longest veterans' parade starts in Maine this month.
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America's longest veterans' parade starts in Maine next month. Here's the most up-to-date parade itinerary.
Explosions, leaks, and accidents are tarnishing the reputation of Maine's newest heating source.
But a couple of Wednesdays ago I had an evening literary event to attend-Baron Wormser,