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Shannon Bryan

Writing about Maine's entertaining goings on

Job Content Producer / MaineToday Media

Lives In South Portland

I discovered Portland in 2005. A travel guide suggested it. So I showed up. I played tourist and made friends and tried new things. I explored and kayaked and tried to ski and surf and climb up walls of ice. I rode a mattress down a mountain and jousted on a paddleboard. As luck would have it, I landed a job writing about those in-state adventures (particularly the weird stuff). I live here to live here - and I write to entice others to do the same.

Why did you choose Portland? A travel guide suggested it. Turned out to be a good suggestion.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Drench them in ocean water (often by way of paddleboard). And then we eat (lobster rolls may be cliche, but they're obligatory). I take them to pick fruit from bushes and trees and we drink beer on a wharf deck. We island hop and - if they're willing - sprint up a mud-covered mountain in matching costumes.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Summer evening on the Portland Lobster Co. deck with a pile of shrimp, a beer, and the waterfront for company.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? Things happen here - and the people making them happen are the same folks you'll regularly run into at an art show, at a local bar, in Monument Square buying an armload of turnips. The movers and shakers of this town are everywhere. They're collaborative. They're approachable. And they're young.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The top level of the Casco Bay Lines parking garage.

Other Portlanders

Liza Kelley

Co-Founder and Lead Designer at Talley-O Design

Lauren Lear

I bring fantasy to Maine.

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Matt Chamberlain

I make upscale comfort food with personality. I throw parties.

Andrew Griswold

I help kids find their voice and share their good work.

Matthew Taylor

I am a menace around town.

Joseph Gomes

I'm a creative type focused on the digital space, tho still actively involved in film and tv.

Conor Leigh Tubbs

I write, I sing and I perform.

2° Portland Connector

Ted Axelrod

If you eat it, I photograph it.

Kelin Welborn

I create the visuals

Winky Lewis

juggling motherhood and photography.....

Robert Sullivan

My work is with paint as much as it is with the creative minds of Maine's foremost art students.

Tyler Kidder

I collaborate with students, staff, faculty, and the community to make and keep USM environmentally sustainable