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The interior of Ivy & Lace in downtown Bangor.

Two new downtown Bangor businesses cater to women’s unique tastes

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 26, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Two new businesses that have opened in Bangor in the past month each cater to women looking for something special — be it that unique little gift for a loved one, or the perfect thing to wear on her special day. In December, the clothing, home decor and vintage shop …
George Vosburgh will be the featured soloist at the BSO's Jan. 24 concert in Orono.

‘Titanic’ concert set for next Bangor Symphony performance

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 21, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
It’s big. It’s very, very big. When the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, known as the “Titan,” it’ll be among the largest ensembles the BSO has hosted on the Collins Center for the Arts stage in some time. Around 75 musicians will perform this huge — …
Shawn Laatsch is the new director at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and the Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine.

New Jordan Planetarium head aims to bring cosmos to community

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 20, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
“We also have this incredible resource in the dome itself. It can do a lot of things other than just astronomy. There are so many possibilities here.”
Cristina Thurston, main administrator of the Bangor/Brewer Area Swap and Sell Facebook page.

Bangor area swap and sell Facebook group a grab bag of both personalities and bargains

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 12, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
If there’s one thing that brings all sorts of Mainers together, it’s the love of a good bargain. Rich, poor, young, old, male, female, whatever — if you can find that thing you’ve been wanting for the right price, you’re a happy camper. Which is why it’s not surprising that …
From left to right, Carole Saulnier, Joe Pickering and Carol Kitchenka, seen here in the YMCA Aloupis Pool in December 2015. The three are all Lynn, Massachusetts natives that have randomly become friends while working out at the Y.

After 50 years, an unexpected reunion – and friendship – at the Bangor YMCA

By Jodi Hersey on Jan. 04, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
You never know who you might meet at the Bangor YMCA. There are former athletes, service members, teachers, local TV personalities and gal pals who use the facility on Second Street on a weekly basis — a true grab bag of people from the region, and just about anybody could …
People watch as a ball covered with lights is dropped from the top of Paddy Murphy's at midnight in Bangor on New Year's Eve 2014, into 2015. Gabor Degre | BDN

Downtown Bangor to again ‘Countdown’ to the New Year; music, comedy and more planned

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 28, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
For more than ten years, Bangor has grown in popularity as a New Year’s Eve destination in Maine — in fact, at this point, the Queen City is likely the top locale in the state for those who wish to say goodbye to the old year and ring in the …
Kailee Soucia of Orrington (right) and her friend, Olivia Healy, also of Orrington, bought presents for children on the Angel Tree at the Brewer Walmart, in lieu of Kailee receiving her own presents for her December birthday.

Christmas babies get overlooked on their birthdays; most learn to accept, even enjoy it

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 21, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
By religious definition, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, that’s the most important birthday of the year, and the reason for the season. But for those people who were born on Christmas themselves, or in the few days before or after Dec. 25, it …

Pre-show rituals among many yearly traditions for Robinson Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 16, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
Before the sugar plum fairy dances, the flowers waltz, and Mother Ginger lets her kids run wild from beneath her incredibly voluminous skirt, the dancers in Robinson Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” have a number of little rituals they go through so they’re psyched up for a good show. …
Darth Vader and Stormtrooper cosplayers pose with Star Wars photographs by Jodi Renshaw at the 2015 Bangor Comic & Toy Con, held in April.

Bangor Mall Cinemas, local artists plan four-day “Star Wars” premiere party

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 14, 2015, at 9:31 a.m.
For anyone who even casually loves the Star Wars franchise, Dec. 18 is a really big day.
Gamers play against each other at Paddy Murphy's in Bangor on a recent Wednesday night.

Ready… fight! Maine Fighting Gamers alliance hosts weekly tournaments in Downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 09, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
On Wednesday nights in downtown Bangor, there are some serious brawls going on. These epic battles pit some pretty unique characters against one another, in an all-out fight for total domination. There may also be deep fried pickles and Pepsi. The Maine Fighting Games Alliance has since August met once …
A small selection of items under $20 made in the Bangor area, including (clockwise from top left) Savour Chocolatier chocolates, earrings from Char Chiarito designs, Blueberry Ware mugs, Maine Shellware travel mugs, NyNy's Nest baby booties, Madder Root tea towels and Greetings from Bangor Maine gear.

20 under $20: A hyper-local gift guide for holiday shopping in the Bangor area

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 08, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
Sometimes your family and friends make it easy for you to buy them gifts — small children are fun to spoil, newlyweds and recent homebuyers need all sorts of stuff, and music or sports lovers will take albums or memorabilia every year. But sometimes, it’s difficult. That said, if you …
Luke Cote is the on-stage foley artist for the live radio play adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" at Penobscot Theatre. Photo by Magnus Stark.

Penobscot Theatre adds new twists to adaptation of beloved holiday classic

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 03, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
The cast and crew of Penobscot Theatre Company’s new holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” won’t be offended if you close your eyes during the show. In fact, they’d quite like it. After all, this version of the classic story was written specifically with only the audio in mind …
Brook Ewing Minner, picture in front of the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport in July 2015. Photo by Jeff Kirlin.

Northeast Historic Film director at forefront of Bucksport revitalization

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 01, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
In her office at Northeast Historic Film, just behind the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Brook Ewing Minner has a framed photo of Leslie Knope, the passionately civic-minded protagonist of NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” sitting on a table. “I think she’s a good inspiration for anyone trying to make a …

Eco-friendly Habitat for Humanity house in Bangor features personal touches

By Jodi Hersey, Special to the Weekly on Nov. 24, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
This Thanksgiving will be extra special for Amanda and Shawn Umble of Bangor. The couple and their three young children just settled into their new home, build by them and by a small army of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. For the past four months, hundreds of …

Bangor Symphony and Geaghan’s brew up a sweet-sounding (and tasting) collaboration

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 18, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.
At 120 years old, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra looks younger than it has in decades. It has a robust social media presence. It regularly premieres newer works, whether it’s compositions by music director Lucas Richman or from another contemporary American composer. And it loves craft beer. Specifically, local craft beer …
One of the upper floors of the building at 26 State Street, which formerly housed a cigar factory.

Bangor building renovation reveals hidden history

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 10, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
“It was amazing. It was like walking into the past,” said Abe Furth.
Sarah Parcak is the winner of the 2016 TED Prize. Photo courtesy University of Alabama Birmingham.

Bangor native gets $1M prize for pioneering ‘space archaeology’ work

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 09, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
World-renowned archaeologist and 1997 graduate of Bangor High School Sarah Parcak has been awarded the TED Foundation’s 2016 TED Prize, a $1 million prize given to an individual with a wish to “change the world.” Parcak, 36, the daughter of longtime Bangor residents John and Marjorie Parcak and wife to …
The Focus Group, organizers of the Improv ME Festival

Second annual Improv ME Festival set for Nov. 6 and 7 in Brewer

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 03, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
For the second year of the Improv ME Festival, set for Nov. 6 and 7 at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, organizers have learned from the first year of the event — but aren’t changing the basic premise. Two days of improvisational comedy, featuring groups and performers from all …

Anne Frank, Irena Sendler stories to be dramatized locally this month

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 03, 2015, at 12:28 p.m.
Among the great names associated with humanitarianism and voices for peace and understanding in the 20th century, Anne Frank is numbered among other names like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. Her diary, written in the middle of World War II while she and her family were …

“Evil Dead: The Musical” to bring gore, laughs and campy fun to Orono

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 27, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
Having grown up watching horror movies, Elaine Bard, artistic director of the Orono-based Some Theater Company, has always had a special place in her heart for Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” movies, including the original, “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness.” When she found out there was a musical based …