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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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Monday July 02, 2012 | 08:10 AM

Is your horse exhibiting symptoms of exhaustion (lethargy, despondency, panting) during and after jousting tournaments?

Are lance repair costs becoming a financial burden?

Are you often sore from long hours in the saddle?

Why not save a horse and ride a paddleboard in a Paddleboard Jousting Tournament?

Friday June 29, 2012 | 01:34 PM

Gyros, spanakopita and baklava - these are a few of our favorite things. Greek food abounds at the annual Greek Festival, happening NOW at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland.

The ticket line runs out of the tent and onto the street - but like an elderly woman said to me as she shuffled by on her way out: "It's absolutely worth the wait, dear."

Thursday June 28, 2012 | 08:30 AM

Open for a couple months now, I Like That, located at 370 Fore St., Portland, is attracting some attention.

First there's the bright green and blue sign hanging above the store's entrance which is nearly impossible to miss. Then there's the open sign that used to sit on the sidewalk. It caught someone's eye well enough that it was carried off a couple days ago.

Wednesday June 27, 2012 | 09:20 AM

While Mom might've been wrong about plenty ("That's just the sound of God bowling, sweetheart. Really!") she was right about one thing: Playing on train tracks is dangerous. (Seriously. Don't play on train tracks.)

Of course Mom never considered the existence of rail bikes.

Tuesday June 26, 2012 | 08:39 AM

Portlanders love their free music. Especially the outdoor kind.

One of the most popular summer series, the Alive at Five concerts, will start attracting crowds on July 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Thursday night music event runs through Aug. 9 at Monument Square. And don't forget that Sebago Brewing makes the experience that much more enjoyable with a beer garden.

Here's this summer's schedule:

July 12: Phantom Buffalo (indie rock) and Dilly Dilly (folk rock)