Varsity Bowling

Thursday nights at Bowdoin have always been my favorite for some reason. Maybe it’s just because the weekend is near and it’s the first night that Super Snack–the late night, unhealthy food “meal” at Thorne Dining Hall–is open for the weekend, but there are a few other things that distinguish Thursdays from other days of the week. And seeing how it’s been cloudy and rainy in typical New England fashion this week, here are some great indoor places to visit in Brunswick.

Although I usually go to read or do work for class, both Little Dog and Bohemian Coffee House are conveniently located on Maine Street and are an easy walk from campus. I prefer Bohemian because it’s a bit lighter inside and typically less crowded, and Little Dog exudes an intense hipster vibe which can be pretty intimidating if you’re unprepared. Both have free Wi-Fi as well with a purchase. Their coffee and food are pretty equally matched, in my opinion. More about these coffee shops can be found here.

The Maine equivalent of Newbury Comics, Bull Moose is another good stop on Maine Street. I’ve talked about how it easy it is to waste an hour at Newbury Comics before, and the same goes for Bull Moose. The two stores are hardly different, and they even have the same incense-like smell inside. There’s a lot here that’s good for presents and Yankee Swaps, so I stopped by a few times right around Christmas.

Page from a medieval book at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Page from a medieval book at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

On Bowdoin’s campus there are two sites open to the public, free of charge, and stocked with great artifacts. First is the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The museum recently underwent huge renovations and now has more space for galleries, storage, and even classes–I once came here for my class on Chaucer, and we looked at medieval artifacts. The scope of the museum is incredible. The collections include Assyrian tablets and pieces from the Renaissance, and the exhibits are constantly changing. There is currently a Per Kirkeby exhibit on display, and a Maurice Prendergast exhibition opens on June 29th.

Second of these places is the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections. Located inside the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Special Collections houses really odd and eclectic pieces, like Lincoln’s handprint, and historic relics, like some of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s personal effects from the U.S. Civil War.

Finally, my favorite thing about Thursdays is the free bowling for Bowdoin students at Spare Time every Thursday night. The Bowdoin Student Government sponsors a free shuttle and free bowling for students at night, and the venue is usually filled with students bowling in the black light. Although it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking of something fun to do and I’m not particularly good at it, bowling usually ends up being a good time here.

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