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  • Strange trips

    Seeking the Pine Tree State’s weirder side
    If you want this summer’s eerie subject matter to hit a bit closer to home, or a bit closer to reality, check out Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State , by Michelle Souliere (The History Press; $17.99).
  • Rain check

    When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
    We have just the thing to cure your summer-vacation blues: Maine, from the inside.
  • Viral bloodsuckers for the summer

    Could The Passage be the best vampire novel?
    It might require you to buy a bigger beach tote, but there's no doubt that summer's must-read is Justin Cronin's The Passage , a hulking 766-page epic that traces the genesis and fallout of apocalyptic viral vampirism.
  • Pop-up pirate

    A first-time surfer takes to the waves
    I've written first-hand about trapeze lessons, smelt fishing, and cruise vacations (oh, my!), but as I headed toward surf lessons at Scarborough's Higgins Beach one morning in May, I had more butterflies in my stomach than usual.
  • Just hold it

    Portland loves its tourists, so why won't we give them relief?
    To Portlanders, they're a familiar sight: out-of-town victims potty-dancing around town, pained expressions on their faces, one sip away from having polished off an iced coffee the size of a small child.
  • Cinema paradisos

    As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
    Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
  • Summer treats

    Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
    From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
  • Art in the air conditioning

    Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
    From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.

Summer Guide Menu

ART MUSEUMS

BEACHES

CLASSICAL

COMEDY

DANCE

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

FILM

FLEA MARKETS/ANTIQUE SHOWS

JAZZ

POP MUSIC

PRODUCE

SPECTATOR SPORTS

THEATER



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