Emily Burnham

Features Reporter


5 Things To Do This Weekend, Feb. 13-15: It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely

on Feb. 12, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
1. I feel a sudden urge to sing the kind of ditty that invokes the spring — and worry not, folks, we’re in the home stretch. This Valentine’s Day weekend, on Friday night in Bangor check out Stripped Acoustic Night at Nocturnem Drafthaus, featuring songwriters Danny Herasymchuck and Jim Sobanik …
The mother and daughter team of Pamela Robinson (left) and Betty Robinson stand in front of their new home goods boutique, Ruffles & Ribbons, at 32 Main St. in downtown Bangor as seen in this recent photo.

Mother, daughter to open new boutique in downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 12, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
After 30 years teaching first grade at Glenburn Elementary School, Pamela Robinson retired in October 2014. But she has no plans to stop working — instead, it’s time for a new chapter. She and her mother, Betty Robinson, have spent the past few months readying their new boutique, Ruffles & …
Mix it with Moxie

It makes Mainers mighty: 6 Moxie cocktails to mix up this winter

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
It’s Maine’s official soft drink. There’s a festival in Lisbon Falls every summer that celebrates it. It has been in production since 1886, making it one of the oldest mass-produced beverages in the country. And yet Moxie — it makes Mainers mighty — remains a divisive treat. Some love its …
Gibran Graham (lower right) eats lunch with other Lunch Mob-ers at the Taste of India restaurant in Bangor on Thursday,  March 12, 2009. Graham sends weekly messages to mob members to eat at a particular local restaurant on a certain day of the week. Also pictured are Shane Leonard (lower left) Mark Ricketts (top left) and Jessica Sleeth.

Bangor Lunch Mob returns after six-year absence

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 10, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
Six years after it first happened in downtown Bangor, Gibran Graham — now a Bangor city councilor — has relaunched Bangor Lunch Mob, his social media-driven project to get more people to eat at downtown restaurants. The first of the newly restarted Bangor Lunch Mob events is set for 11 …

Statewide touring show roundup, February through April 2015

on Feb. 10, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
State Theatre, Portland What’s on the bill for the next two months at the State? Well, to round out February, Young the Giant plays a rescheduled show set for Feb. 13; comedian Jim Jeffries is set for Feb. 14, jam voyagers Kongos, Sir Sly and Colony House are set for …

Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay set for Maine State Pier concert June 26

on Feb. 10, 2015, at 9:34 a.m.
For the third time in four years, the Barenaked Ladies will play a summer show for Waterfront Concerts — this time at the Maine State Pier in Portland, after 2012 and 2013 playing at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. The Barenaked Ladies will join indie rock legends the Violent Femmes and …

Bang-or, not Bang-er: NBC Nightly News ends Monday broadcast with “We Are Bangor” segment

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 7:22 p.m.
On the Monday night broadcast of NBC’s “Nightly News” the program featured a segment correcting the world on the pronunciation of Bangor — that’s -GOR, not -GER. The segment featured correspondent Harry Smith interviewing several notable Bangorians, taking in some notable sites including the Paul Bunyan statue, the downtown Bangor …

Pop songwriter Ed Sheeran set for Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion concert on May 24

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
Pop songwriter Ed Sheeran, seen on last night’s Grammy Awards telecast and known for such hit songs as “Don’t,” “Sing” and “Thinking Out Loud,” will perform at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Sunday, May 24 as part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series. Tickets go on sale …

Two new concerts set for Maine State Pier; Pat Benatar May 2, Beach Boys Aug. 13

on Feb. 09, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
Waterfront Concerts announced two new concerts for the Maine State Pier in Portland, as part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series. Rocker Pat Benatar and her longtime guitarist, songwriter and husband Neil Giraldo are set for May 2, and legendary band the Beach Boys are set for Aug. 13. …
Steve and Marta Robbins, seen on their wedding day in August 1971.

From Bangkok to Brewer: Maine couple recount their international love story

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 09, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
In December 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand, Steve Robbins, a Brewer native and a 24-year-old noncommissioned officer in the Army during the Vietnam War, had many jobs assigned to him. One was running entertainment for both the NCO Club and the Officers’ Club, both located in a hotel in the city. …
NBC "Nightly News" correspondent Harry Smith (left) taped a segment for the show Friday morning at the Dysart's on Broadway about the "We Are Bangor" video.

‘We Are Bangor’ video to be featured on NBC ‘Nightly News’ broadcast

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 06, 2015, at 12:07 p.m.
After more than 100,000 views, the “We Are Bangor” video is a certifiable hit. The hilarious clip, produced by local marketing company Sutherland & Weston, parodies the ’80s charity single “We Are The World” and teaches folks from away how to pronounce Bangor correctly — a bone of contention for …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Feb. 6-8: The land of always-winter (please no)

on Feb. 05, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
1. Sorry I missed last week, guys! I was in Florida, riding roller coasters and hanging out with Harry Potter. I missed the monster storm we had last week, but not the follow-up doozies on Saturday and Monday, so don’t be TOO jealous. This weekend in Bangor there’s a panoply …
Tess Gerritsen

Judge to allow Maine author Tess Gerritsen to refile lawsuit over film ‘Gravity’

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 04, 2015, at 4:24 p.m.
Camden novelist Tess Gerritsen’s lawsuit against movie studio Warner Bros. alleging that the 2013 Oscar-winning film “Gravity” was based on her 1999 novel of the same name has been dismissed by a California judge, who said the best-selling author can refile her complaint with new evidence. In the original lawsuit, …

Old ‘Bones,’ fresh songs: OHX, new electronic project from writer and producer Andrew Mead

on Feb. 03, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
Their fans were likely surprised last July to see the posting on Portland electro-pop trio The Other Bones’ Facebook page, announcing that after three years spent building their rep as one of the most engaging Maine acts both live and in the studio, the band was calling it a day. …

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa set for Aug. 12 concert on the Bangor Waterfront

on Feb. 02, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, one of the most popular blues musicians currently working today, will play a summertime concert at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tickets for the show, priced between $71 and $101, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. …
The great Superbowl season downtown Bangor wing test. Wings tested from Geaghan's, Hero's, Nocturnem, Blaze, Paddy's, Sea Dog, Carolina's, Seasons, Hollywood Casino.

Food showdown: Finding the best wings in Downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 27, 2015, at 8:42 a.m.
The big game is just around the corner. You know the one. It rhymes with “Goober Cole.” While football’s biggest game is why we celebrate, let’s face it: The food matters too. Some may say that nachos, chili, ribs or pizza are the perfect football food, but we here at …
The Juice Cellar, Bangor's only raw and plant-based food and drink cafe, opened Friday at it's Maine Street location adjoining the Maine Discovery Museum. Along with a juice and smoothie bar, the cafe also features made-to-order salads, a full line of house-made vegan cheeses, dressings and snacks.

New vegan eatery, juice bar brings the squeeze to Main Street in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
The anticipation has been near-unbearable for Chris Roberts, owner of The Juice Cellar, the new juice bar and vegan restaurant that opened Friday in downtown Bangor. He signed the lease on the space that would hold his animal product-free and gluten-free eatery way back in August and originally planned to …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Jan. 23-25: There will be punch and pie.

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 4:33 p.m.
1. Hey! It now doesn’t get completely dark til 4:30! Progress! We are now past the halfway point for winter — if, like me, you think winter starts after Thanksgiving and ends with St. Patrick’s Day — so get out and enjoy yourself. In the Bangor area this weekend, there’s …
Ben Layman (left), Matt Madore and Scott Johnson (right) star in Penobscot Theatre's "Guys on Ice."

PTC tells the story of ‘Guys on Ice,’ offers free show for displaced Bucksport millworkers

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 22, 2015, at 11:24 a.m.
The thing about the new musical, “Guys on Ice,” which has its Maine premiere at the Penobscot Theatre Company next weekend, is that it’s anything but your typical musical theatre show. Yes, there’s singing and dancing. But aside from that, it’s essentially a show about guys on the ice, out …
Tom McCord, a history and urban planning instructor at the University of Maine Augusta, leads a walking tour in front of the Hannibal Hamlin statue in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The tour was part of the UMaine Humanities Initiative summit and focused on the history of development in Bangor and the changes that have occurred in the area over recent years.

Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day moves to January, offers broad array of topics for discussion

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 22, 2015, at 11:10 a.m.
Defining what the humanities are is the first challenge the organizers of the third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day have to tackle. Broadly, the humanities are disciplines that study human culture — anything from art to anthropology, from history to media, from music to law, and everything in between. …
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