Category Archives: What’s Happening

2015 in superlatives: The top 10 top 10 lists the Portland area landed on

The Pihcintu Girls Chorus performs at Portland Mayor Ethan Striplings inaugural celebration in December at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

A year ago around this time, I posted a somewhat absurd aggregation-of-an-aggregation-of-an-aggregation (etc., etc.) by ranking the top 10 top 10 lists Portland was named to in 2014. A wide range of national outlets lauded Maine’s largest city in 2014, from sports television network ESPN to magazines like Time and websites like Yelp. The Portland area […]

South Portland police find the ‘Elf on the Shelf.’ Kind of…

Elf on the Shelf (BDN photo by Linda Coan O'Kresik)

In case you don’t have children — or any access to social media — the “Elf on the Shelf” has become a bit of a Christmastime craze in recent years. The gist is this: During the weeks leading up to Christmas, parents place the signature elf doll in various places around the house after the […]

Here’s how much Portlanders can spend on the holidays this year, on average

Lee Cannon, one of several hundred people dressed as Santa, elves, reindeer and assorted Christmas characters roaming the streets of Portland's Old Port Saturday night, dances at the Oasis on Wharf Street during an bar-crawl event, Santacon. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

WalletHub, the somewhat ubiquitous data crunching finance website, has come up with approximate holiday budgets for people in each of hundreds of U.S. cities. Researchers for the site — which has in the past released city-by-city comparisons on a wide range of other topics — developed a formula using each community’s personal debt figures, income-to-expense ratios, savings and […]

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland named one of America’s best dive bars


Somewhere along the way, the term “dive bar” became something of an endearing badge of honor, the way science fiction and comic book enthusiasts have grown up and owned the once derogatory term “nerd.” A “dive bar” is now considered a kind of a cozy, unassuming neighborhood spot, in contrast to sleeker upscale bars or […]