Articles by: Jessica Piper

Jessica Piper

  • Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    COREA — Don’t tell Dan Miller to retire. The printmaker and sculptor celebrated his 90th birthday this summer, but, beginning at 7 a.m. each day, he is most likely to be found carving wood in his Corea studio. A native of Brooksville, Pa., Miller also continues to work as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy

  • Monteux School has a new director

    Monteux School has a new director

    HANCOCK — The Monteux School and Music Festival earlier this summer concluded its 75th season and its first under Executive Director Marc Thayer, who took over from longtime director Ron Schwizer in May. “It goes by so quickly,” Thayer said of his first summer in Hancock. A violinist by training, he serves during the remainder

  • Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    GOULDSBORO — In 1971, Dan Weaver moved to town as a broke twentysomething with plans to make a living as an artist. For nearly five decades, the Texan and master of fine arts graduate did just that, hand-crafting pottery and much more at Maine Kiln Works. Now on the other side of his career, Weaver

  • Firefighters ask for new Mariaville-Otis station

    Firefighters ask for new Mariaville-Otis station

    MARIAVILLE — The town’s only fire station doesn’t have running water, unless you count the days when it rains a lot and runoff from Route 181 leaks into the bays. Those bays are barely large enough to fit the station’s four emergency vehicles: firefighters have to fold in the rearview mirrors on Tanker 1 in

  • Local, professional talent to fuse at jazz fest

    Local, professional talent to fuse at jazz fest

    STONINGTON — In the summer of 2016, drummer Joseph Boulet of Blue Hill just wanted to make sure he didn’t “sound like trash” in front of Dafnis Prieto — the Cuban-American bandleader, MacArthur Genius Fellow and Grammy nominee whose group headlined the Deer Isle Jazz Festival that year. Boulet and a few of his fellow

  • West Gouldsboro villagers prize their history

    West Gouldsboro villagers prize their history

    GOULDSBORO — For Nat Bradley, driving north from Boston to Maine is a bit like “moving back in time.” Cottages replace high-rises; the bustle of city life fades into quiet, rocky coastline; toll prices drop and become payable in cash. When Bradley was a child, his family’s annual road trip along U.S. Route 1 to

  • Arborvine celebrates local produce, seafood

    Arborvine celebrates local produce, seafood

    If you’re a regular at Arborvine, located on Main Street in Blue Hill, the Hikade family will have your favorite table prepared. They will remember if you like ice in your water, whether you prefer cocktails before the meal or if anyone in your party possesses the quirkiest of dietary restrictions. It is the kind

  • All-female mariachi band has a message

    All-female mariachi band has a message

    ELLSWORTH — In a time of much division on the politics of immigration, Veronica Robles has a message of love and unity. She just happens to deliver it wearing a bright red sombrero and singing mariachi music with a band of women behind her. Robles and her all-female mariachi band visited Ellsworth on Tuesday, July