Mysterious Valentines blanket downtown Bangor

Downtown Bangorians awoke to a mysterious — but very pleasant — surprise Tuesday morning, as hundreds of red-and-white paper hearts appeared on Central, Main, Hammond, Broad and State Streets. This Valentine’s Day treat isn’t a new thing, as Portland has had a “Valentine Phantom” for more than 30 years, but it is the first such occurrence in Bangor. Here’s a snapshot of where some of the hearts appeared this morning. Few of these simple Valentines have been removed yet, so there’s still time today to get downtown and take a gander. Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers, whether you’ve got a sweetie or not!

UPDATE: The Bangor Valentine Phantom has a Facebook page. The mystery deepens!

Photos by Pat Lemieux and Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.