About a month ago, we ran a story on the Dictionary of American Regional English, a collection of the colorful and varied words used in Americans’ everyday lives, across the country, organized by region — including Maine and New England. We included a short but eclectic list of some of words specific to Maine, and asked readers to submit their own suggestions for Maine words. We received an excellent response, and have since compiled them all and done a little research (to the best of our ability) to weed out the words used elsewhere in the country from the more strictly Maine ones. We’ve come up with our own, revised list of Maine vernacular words and phrases, a little dictionary containing words ranging from the obvious, well-known “dooryard” and “wicked” to lesser-known gems such as “laury” or “sprills.”
Click to read the rest of the story by Emily Burnham of the Bangor Daily News and to read more of the words unique to Maine usage.
As you bid goodbye to summer — so long flip flops, air conditioner and iced beverages on the patio — you say hello to an even more fleetingly beautiful part of the year. The crispness in the air arrived last week, and the leaves have just barely begun to change color.
Summer may look pretty fantastic after four months of winter, but autumn feels just lovely after four months of summer. Enjoy it while you can by trying any of the 25 things to do this fall that we’ve assembled for you.
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They say the clothes make the man. But sometimes, it’s the car that makes the man — or woman. Whether it’s a tricked-out 2006 Toyota, a biodiesel-powered 1980s Volkswagen, or a stately 1950s Chevrolet, there’s something elemental about putting the keys in the ignition and heading out for a drive in your car — your favorite, your indulgence, your baby.
Both Bangor and Brewer will play host to hundreds of car lovers this weekend, with the Wheels on the Waterfront Bangor Car Show on Saturday, and the Brewer Days Car Show on Sunday. Both events are free and open to the public for those interested in seeing some vintage vehicles and some seriously souped-up newer cars. In the spirit of the weekend, we’re celebrating cars and car owners by chatting with a few Maine motorheads about their passion for wheels.
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BANGOR, Maine — The crowd began gathering around 4 p.m. to welcome the sixth annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. With full sun, mid-80s temperatures and cloudless skies forecast for the weekend, the biggest party in Bangor was off to a rousing start for the nearly 100,000 people estimated to attend this year.
The Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band took formation in West Market Square around 6 p.m. and performed for a crowd of several hundred, some of whom arrived early to snag a seat at one of the downtown eateries. Band director Chris White stood atop a platform and conducted the band through a selection of pop hits and the ubiquitous “Maine Stein Song,” the anthem of the University of Maine.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Andrew Day, service manager at Paddy Murphy’s Pub, located just off West Market Square. “We had people get here early to watch the parade from inside. It’s definitely been a boon. West Market is the heart of downtown, and there’s nowhere else the festival should start.”
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