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Maine Best Bargains 2010

Maine Best Bargains 2010
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by in May 2010

Cheap Eats
SILLY’S, Portland
Families love this funky li’l spot, with a big menu, bigger portions, and low prices. Few items are over $10, the kids’ menu tops out at $6.50, and where else will you find a milkshake made with marshmallow Krispies? 40 Washington Ave. 207-772-0360;

Bring a blanket or chairs, bring a picnic, but claim a space early for free outdoor performances by great artists. This year’s lineup: Tift Merritt (June 16), Trombone Shorty (July 10), Rogue Wave (July 24), Mike Doughty (Aug. 7), Ingrid Michaelson (Aug. 21), and Joshua Radin (Sept. 4). Visit the Web site for other “Summer in the Park” family events, too. Discovery Park, Morse St. (off Main St./Route 1). 800-341-4341 x37222;

Artscape Duo
Two top venues offer free admission once a week. Save up to $10 per person at Portland on Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; up to $12 at the Farnsworth on Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. 7 Congress Square, Portland, 207-775-6148,; 16 Museum St., Rockland, 207-596-6457,

Party On
FLASH IN THE PANS, Blue Hill Peninsula
Almost every Monday night from late May to mid-September, one of the largest community steel bands in the country performs a benefit street dance and concert in local communities; admission is by donation.

Tee for Five
The outlet here makes some of the coolest, high-quality T-shirts and sweatshirts, producing them for museums, attractions, and nonprofits across the country. Seconds, often test runs with multiple graphics, begin at $5. 58 Main St. 207-589-4035;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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