Emily Burnham

Features Reporter

 
Vacationland Inn is seen Thursday in Brewer. The inn will be featured on the Travel Channel show "Hotel Impossible."

Travel Channel series ‘Hotel Impossible’ works its magic on Vacationland Inn in Brewer

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 19, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — When the general manager of the Vacationland Inn in Brewer got a call from the producers of “Hotel Impossible” on the Travel Channel, she thought there might have been a mix-up or someone was playing a joke on her. It was all true, though. Producers had chosen …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 19-21: I got soul, but I’m not a soldier

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
1. It’s a great weekend to be in Maine, isn’t it? Friday night in Bangor, you can start your night off with a few family-friendly events, like the monthly contradance at the UU Church or the annual Battle of the Bands at the Cross Insurance Center, a fundraiser for Acadia …
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From James Brown to General Tso: 10 films to see at the Camden International Film Festival this year

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
The thing that festival director Ben Fowlie likes to point out about the Camden International Film Festival — the tenth edition of which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 25 — is that it’s entirely possible the average festival-goer could end up sitting next to the maker of the film they’re …
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According to new song, country star Tim McGraw doesn’t know where Portland is

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Country star Tim McGraw released his new album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” yesterday, Sept. 16, his thirteenth album in a career than spans more than 20 years. The singer — who performed at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in May of this year — is clearly no stranger to Maine. His show …
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Space mechanics, zombie warriors and former robots slated for 2014 BangPop! Comic Con, this weekend in Bangor

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
The BangPop! Comic Con — the fourth edition of which is set for this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21 at the Cross Insurance Center — is Bangor’s own little love letter to all things nerdy, be it comics, movies, games, TV or anything horror, sci-fi, superhero or fantasy. …
Humble Comfort owner Meghan Black (left) and Justin Eames make drinks at Black's newly opened restaurant on South Main Street in Brewer Friday.

New South Brewer eatery offers ‘Humble Comfort’ with taste-tested, home-cooked favorites

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — When Meghan and Chris Black opened their new restaurant, Humble Comfort Food & Spirits on South Main Street in Brewer last month, they had repeatedly taste-tested most of what was going to appear on the menu. Meghan Black saw to it that every dish created by head …
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Maine album review roundup: If and It, Feather Lungs, Mike Clouds

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
If and It — Asleep In The Forest “Asleep In The Forest,” the eighth release overall from Portland-based indie folk band If and It, is lyrical, intelligent, and at times both delicate and tough — emotionally raw but unafraid to lay it all out there. It’s also by far If …
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Bangor has youngest population in Maine… but Maine has oldest overall population nationally.

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
From the “conflicting statistics” files, here comes a doozy of a trend, as analyzed by the website Business Insider. According to a post that went up today that looked at which municipalities in each state had the youngest overall population, it appears Bangor has the youngest population of any city …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 12-14: These boots were made for art walkin’

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
1. It’s Art Walk night in downtown Bangor! Galleries, studios and shops throw open their doors to the general public. Highlights this time around include a community mural set up in the Pocket Park on Central Street, and new exhibitions from Angela Warren (pictured) at the Rock & Art Shop, …
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ZZ Top cancels Portland show, remaining part of tour after bassist’s injury

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
According to multiple media reports including a New York Times story, rockers ZZ Top have canceled the remainder of their 2014 tour, which included a Sept. 27 stop at the Maine State Pier in Portland, as part of the Waterfront Concert Machias Savings Bank concert series. ZZ Top canceled several …
Community members paint a group mural in the Pocket Park on Central Street during the June art walk; another community mural is set for the Sept. 12 art walk.

Downtown Bangor Art Walk set for Sept. 12, to feature community mural, string quartet, more

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 11, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
The third of the four quarterly Downtown Bangor Art Walks, organized by the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative, is set for 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 12, and will again feature a community mural that any art walk participant can contribute to — from five year olds to folks …
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‘Ghosts of Bangor’ photo project splices city’s past with present

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
It’s easy to walk the streets of Bangor and completely forget that even just 50 years ago, things looked very, very different. Between fires, redevelopment and the misguided urban renewal-inspired demolition of the 1960s and 70s, the architectural landscape of the city has changed dramatically — not always for the …
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2014 American Folk Festival brings in over $100k from Bucket Brigade donations, down from previous years

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
Organizers of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront announced on Monday afternoon that this year’s Bucket Brigade brought in $105,896 from festival-goers over the course of the three-day event, held in late August. That tally is nearly $15,000 less than the $122,000 brought in for the 2013 festival, …
Andy Ricker pours a glass of a blend of hard cider that is being tested at Ricker Hill Hard Cider Plant & Winery in Turner.

5 Maine-made hard ciders to sip on this fall

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 09, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Apple season is upon us — Maine Apple Sunday is this weekend, Sept. 14 — and if you’re not out picking apples at one of Maine’s many orchards, you’re likely getting them at stores and markets statewide. One apple treat that’s always in season is hard apple cider, an increasingly …
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Maine album review roundup: One Shot Nothing, Essence, GK and the Right of Way

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
One Shot Nothing — Watched Out & Waited Guitarist-vocalist Justin Chamberlain and bassist Brendon Bouchard of the Bangor-based power trio One Shot Nothing have been playing together since they were in high school. What started as a teenage classic rock cover band has grown, with the addition of drummer Nate …
Bangor’s Thai Siam is consolidating with sister eatery Zen, shown here in February 2011. A noodle bar is set to open in the old location in October.

Bangor’s Thai Siam consolidating with sister eatery Zen, noodle bar to open in old location

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 05, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
Patrons of Thai Siam in downtown Bangor for the past few weeks may have noticed some construction going on in the restaurant, and a note in their menus, informing them that in mid-September the Thai eatery would be closing. Fans of the longtime Asian restaurant in Bangor need not worry, …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 5-7: Sand castles, sword fights and wiener dogs

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
1. In case you hadn’t noticed, West Market Square in downtown Bangor is finally not a mass of holes, gravel and construction equipment. You can eat outside in the square now, and in a few weeks, all the renovations will be complete, which is very exciting, yeah? Celebrate downtown this …
Bill Cosby is coming to Bangor on Sept. 12, 2014.

Ahead of Bangor performance, Bill Cosby talks education, landing at BIA, the Huxtables

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 04, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Interviewing Bill Cosby is one of the most unique experiences anyone, journalist or otherwise, will ever get to have. For one, the comedy legend is generous with his time — we talked for more than a half hour, about everything from education reform to what Theo Huxtable might be doing …
Crews construct the stage for the Jason Aldean Concert on Sunday at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.

From rigging to rocking: A behind-the-scenes look at how Waterfront Concerts make the magic happen

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
Robbie Snow, production manager for Waterfront Concerts, has seen a lot in his five seasons working with the organization, including Rob Zombie’s custom-made fog-belching locomotive set piece, used on stage during his 2013 concert at the Mayhem Festival; Lady Antebellum’s crew, backstage grilling burgers and watching college football before their …
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Most exciting places in Maine survey names college towns, Portland, Rockland, Bangor to list

on Sept. 03, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
The real estate blog Movoto, in a follow up to their “most boring cities in America” survey earlier this summer, released their state-by-state list of the most exciting cities, across the country. As one might expect, Portland topped the list for the Pine Tree State — but other towns including …
 
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