Emily Burnham

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Chili at Season's in Bangor.

Food showdown: Searching for the best chili in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 11, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
As the temperatures steadily plummet and the threat of snow grows ever stronger, cold weather foods become more alluring. Soups and stews, roasts and casseroles, and, of course, chili. There are so many different styles of chili — from a simple blend of ground beef, tomatoes, onions, beans and chili …
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Alan Jackson to bring ‘Keepin’ It Country’ tour to Maine on Jan. 24

on Nov. 11, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
Alan Jackson, who last appeared in Maine in September 2010 on the Bangor Waterfront, will make a stop on his “Keepin’ It Country” tour at the Cross Insurance Arena (formerly the Cumberland County Civic Center) in Portland on Saturday, Jan. 24, in a Waterfront Concerts show. Tickets for the January …
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Sesame Street’s Count and Dave Gutter of Rustic Overtones play duet on “The Nite Show”

on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
File this under “adorable.” Dave Gutter, lead singer of beloved Maine rockers Rustic Overtones, appeared on a taping of “The Nite Show” this week, along with the Count von Count from “Sesame Street” — the real Count from the actual show, mind you, not an imposter. Anyway, after both TV …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Nov. 7-9: Sweaters and scarves, gloves and hats

on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
1. Winter sure slapped us in the face last weekend, didn’t it? You know what, though? That’s a good thing. It started with a bang, so maybe it’ll end with a whimper. A little early snow never hurt nobody. Now that the lights are back on and the roads are …

7 things to sample at this weekend’s Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 06, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
Each year, the Maine Harvest Festival gets a little bit bigger. Between the food, the music, the demonstrations and workshops, not to mention the fantastic early holiday shopping ideas — handmade baskets! Alpaca sweaters! Adorable retro aprons! Hot sauce! Kitchen gadgets! The premiere of Raye’s Mustard’s new Moxie Mustard! — …
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Nickelback to play August 2015 concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor

on Nov. 05, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
Nickelback, Canadian contemporary hard rock band and one of the most divisive and polarizing musical acts currently touring and recording, will play a show on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, as part of the Machias Savings Bank Waterfront Concerts Series. Tickets for the concert will go …
The Focus Group, a Bangor-based improv comedy group, have planned the first-ever Improv ME Festival, a showcase of New England improv groups set for Nov. 7 and 8 at Next Generation Theater in Brewer.

Improv ME Festival brings troupes from all over New England to Brewer

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 04, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
The upcoming Improv ME Festival, set for Nov. 7 and 8 at the Next Generation Theater in Brewer, was organized by Bangor-area improvisational comedy troupe The Focus Group. Improv is a spontaneous craft, but festivals takes a lot of planning — and this festival is no exception. Rich Kimball, the …
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‘I’ve been trying to find my voice’: Portland songwriter keeps it sad, but not maudlin

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
As a teenager growing up in Fort Fairfield, Dustin Saucier wasn’t into sports, or hanging out, or hunting, or whatever else teenagers do in Aroostook County. On the weekends, you could find him in his bedroom, acoustic guitar in hand, writing song after song after song. “There are probably like …
Pictured is a cappuccino from Hide and Seek Coffee at Stewart Commons on the University of Maine campus.

Hide and Seek, student-owned coffee bar, opens on UMaine campus

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 04, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
ORONO | Before they came to the University of Maine for graduate school, Rachel Nelson, Sarah Hollows and Kris Mason were friends, working in coffee shops in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was there they developed their love of creative community spaces, sourcing things locally and, of course, …
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Comedian Lewis Black set for Collins Center performance on April 9, 2015

on Nov. 03, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
Comedian Lewis Black, known for his politically charged rants, appearances on “The Daily Show” and prolific output, will perform at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in a Waterfront Concerts show. Tickets for Black’s performance go on sale at 10 …
John Mellencamp and Stephen King co-wrote “"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," coming to Orono in November.

Stephen King talks ‘Ghost Brothers’ musical; national tour to launch at Collins Center Nov. 8

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 30, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Twelve years after John Mellencamp first approached Stephen King with a story about two dead brothers, which he thought could be the basis for a musical, the unlikely musical theater duo emerged in 2012 with “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” It’s a southern gothic story about the McCandless brothers, Jack …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2: The bats have left the belltower

on Oct. 30, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
1. Friday night is going to be one for the books. In the Bangor area, your options include such memorable events as the Fiddlehead Restaurant’s annual Halloween party, with music from Magnetic North and $10 entrance fee getting you lots of tasty appetizers and benefiting a little girl in Brewer …
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Maine album reviews: Tall Horse, Arcane Lore and Hunter Finden

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 9:40 a.m.
Tall Horse — Glue For a band that’s been together less than two years, Tall Horse’s debut EP, “Glue,” is remarkably self-assured. The trio of lead singer/songwriter Nick Poulin, bassist Dominic Grosso (Forget, Forget) and drummer Devin Ivy (Lisa/Liza) is a relatively new ensemble, yes, but “Glue” is a strong, …
A chicken, bok choy and roasted corn noodle bowl, made with rice noodles and chicken and pork broth.

New Umami Noodle Bar in Bangor puts menu in hands of customer

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 28, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
When business partners Jira Rustana and Jeremy Abbott decided they wanted to open a restaurant in downtown Bangor, they didn’t have specific ideas aside from the following: inexpensive, fast, open late and not like anything else available in town. The resulting concept, developed by the pair over the summer and …
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Los Angeles Times travel writeup highlights Stephen King’s Bangor

on Oct. 27, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
The Los Angeles Times ran a story over the weekend about Bangor, highlighting specifically the city’s history with Stephen King — from his iconic West Broadway home, to city landmarks mentioned in his books, to SK Tours, the popular tour of Bangor operated by longtime King expert Stu Tinker. The …
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The story of Catherine's Hill is about a woman who was in a vehicle accident with her boyfriend and was decapitated. People say her spirit haunts Black's Woods between Franklin and Cherryfield on Route 182.

A frightful drive on Route 182

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 25, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Even if there was no local folklore or incidents of car crashes both major and minor, the winding stretch of Route 182 that bridges Hancock and Washington counties between Franklin and Cherryfield would be creepy. There’s a reason they call it the Black’s Woods Road. Even the name sounds haunted. …
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5 Things To Do This Weekend, Oct. 24-26: It’s all fun and games until someone turns into a zombie.

on Oct. 23, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
1. Halloween tends to be two weekends regardless of whether the day actually falls on a weekend night. This weekend, you can start it off in a rather non-spooky way on Friday, with music from the Bangor’s own Rotating Taps at Tantrum, bluesman Dave Mello at Nocturnem, a dance party …
Joan Gaudet is welcomed by friends during the debut of "The Way We Get By" at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.

Joan Gaudet, featured in ‘The Way We Get By,’ dies at 81

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 23, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Joan Gaudet, one of three Maine Troop Greeters members featured in the documentary film “The Way We Get By,” has died at the age of 81. Gaudet, along with more than 30 elderly veterans, men and women, was on call for more than a decade to head down to Bangor …

What’s unseen is scarier in Ten Bucks Theatre’s production of ‘The Turn of the Screw’

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 23, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Henry James’ famous 1898 tale, “The Turn of the Screw,” is a classic Gothic ghost story that’s been the foundation for many other stories, from the TV show “Lost” to the 2001 Nicole Kidman movie “The Others.” For local theater director Ben Layman, it’s long been a favorite, and for …
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According to GIS software creator, most of Maine is a desert

on Oct. 22, 2014, at 1 p.m.
ESRI — a company that makes Geographic Information System software, or GIS — recently launched a website that allows the user to plug any ZIP code in the U.S. into a program that finds what they call your “Tapestry Lifestyle Segmentation.” Basically, they take fundamental population statistics, like household income, …
 
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