Take a walk through Portland’s historic Riverton Trolley Park

This photo, from around 1900, shows folks canoeing along the Presumpscot River at Riverton Trolley Park. The canoes in front are called "Kiddo" and "Arrow." The Portland Railroad Company built the park to encourage customers to ride the trolley during off-peak hours, weekends and holidays. The park was very popular at the turn of the 20th century, but suffered a decline in attendance after the 1918 flu epidemic and World War I. It was reborn as an amusement park in the 1920s, but did not last long. Courtesy of Maine Historical Society Item #29409 on MaineMemory.net.

For 20 cents, Portland’s turn-of-the-20th-century day-trippers could climb aboard a Portland Railroad Company trolley car and spend the day at Riverton Trolley Park. According to Maine Memory Network, those folks could dine, dance, play croquet, watch a vaudeville act or even see a hot-air balloon and parachute show by Monsieur Roberto, billed as “Meteor of the Sky.” […]

TV news shooter spends off-hours searching Maine woods for abandoned cars

Photographer David Hill revisits one of the abandoned cars he photographed for his award-nomintaed book "Full Service" in a secluded patch of woods in Westbrook on Tuesday. He first found the car, a 1950 Plymouth, while working a story for his day job as a television news photojournalist. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

South Portlander David Hill, like me, is a news shooter. He’s a camera man at Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. When he’s not running and gunning after the biggest story of the day, Hill likes to traipse through the woods, and troll through Maine’s back roads, looking for old cars to photograph. “This, for […]

No women, wigs or lipstick: All-male Portland cast takes on Shakespeare

Peter Brown, playing the king's daughter, Goneril, rehearses a scene from Shakespeare’s "King Lear" in Portland on Sunday. All female characters in the production are being played by males, a concept knows as “original practices,” because in Shakespeare’s day, women did not act in the theatre. Female roles were played by adolescent boys. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is not a comedy. It’s the story of a monarch who decides to divide his kingdom between his daughters. Two are awful and one is sweet. Loyalties are questioned, deceit is employed by the bucketful, betrayals abound, eyes get gouged out and the innocent are hanged. It’s a real bummer. Kidding aside, it’s […]

I went to the desert in search of sun and sand. What I found instead was mud and adventure

I held the Maine flag aloft while standing on the rocks on the west side of the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes north of Moab, Utah. Dom Chang took the photo for me.

I started planning the April trip before Christmas. It was epic. I drove four days straight, more than 2,500 miles from my home in Portland, Maine, to Moab, Utah, a mecca for desert motorsports adventure. Dragging my Russian sidecar bike behind my truck, I made it all the way out west, over the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, […]