Arts & living

  • Turn about is fair play

    Turn about is fair play

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American STONINGTON — Chris Joyce recalls with a chuckle his first experience turning wood, decades ago. “I turned my first bowl, and it was horrible,” he said, reflecting on the experience more than 30 years later. “Today I would throw it in a burn pile in two seconds

  • Acadia Winter Festival set for Feb. 7-9

    Acadia Winter Festival set for Feb. 7-9

    WINTER HARBOR — An event planned for the first weekend in February definitely won’t be canceled because of snow. After all, what would a winter celebration be without snow? This year’s Acadia Winter Festival is set for Feb. 7-9 at Schoodic Institute. “We are excited to welcome people of all ages to campus, to get

  • Island Women Speak

    Island Women Speak

    STONINGTON — Opera House Arts’ Island Women Speak, the popular women’s storytelling event at the Stonington Opera House, is coming back for a fourth iteration on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Seven women representing seven generations will share true stories live on stage. Following the wildly successful inaugural evening in January of 2018, and

  • Fiber artist loves to create

    Fiber artist loves to create

    HANCOCK — Fiber artist Hatie Clingerman loves livestock, especially of the four-legged wool-bearing kind such as sheep and goats. “I just really, really love livestock,” Clingerman said. “There’s just something very relaxing about them.” Those animals produce mountains of fleece, from which Clingerman creates all manner of felted hats, scarves and wraps in brilliant hues.

  • Nibbles: Four upcoming events for food lovers

    Nibbles: Four upcoming events for food lovers

    Let’s taco ‘bout it If you love tacos, dancing and supporting a good cause, head to The Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, Feb. 1, when Open Table MDI will host its “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Community” fundraiser. This is the third annual benefit dinner for the nonprofit dedicated to serving free weekly suppers on

  • To bisque or not to bisque

    To bisque or not to bisque

    On a recent foodie trip to Portland we enjoyed three delicious and innovatively different meals. No peeling vegetables, no chopping garlic, no mixing, baking, cooking, and no washing dishes. It was pure luxury. We dined on soul-bending bar food paired with locally brewed beer, Portland Harbor Hotel stylish Eggs Benedicts and champagne cocktails and a

  • Going with the grain

    Going with the grain

    By Mark Messer Special to The Ellsworth American ELLSWORTH — In Maine, we are blessed to have access to locally grown foods, like the Abenaki Flint cornmeal grown by Songbird Farm in Unity. At the organic farm, Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis grow grains and vegetables sold to natural food stores, co-ops and some artisan

  • Young violin duo to perform midday concert

    ELLSWORTH — Violinists Sophie Davis and Luke Fatora will perform works by Leclair, Bartók, Mozart and their own arrangements of American folk music at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute’s next free midday concert at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Moore Community Center. Davis earned degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin

  • The Grand announces the return of “Dancing with Ellsworth Stars”

     ELLSWORTH — Back by popular demand, The Grand will once again stage “Dancing with Ellsworth Stars,” whose contestants range widely from Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Moshier to cheesecake maven Brenda “Momo” Ledezma, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. As before, Star 97.7 morning show news anchor Stu Marckoon will emcee the fundraising extravaganza whose other competing

  • Grand to stage “Sound of Music” in April

    Grand to stage “Sound of Music” in April

    ELLSWORTH — The Grand will begin its community-driven, 2020-2021 season with open auditions for “The Sound of Music” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 26, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The musical will be staged April 3-19. The production will be directed by Leslie Michaud and choreographed by