Arts & living

  • A wild ride

    A wild ride

    BLUE HILL — At first nothing much seems to happen in Roxana Robinson’s new book, “Dawson’s Fall” (Sarah Crichton Books, 2019 327 pages.) We are flies on the wall in the household of a young man in London — the future Confederate soldier and newspaper editor Frank Dawson, as he decides to leave his home

  • Shining a light

    Shining a light

    MILBRIDGE — In July, Anthony Surratt of Milbridge spent a lot of time in his kitchen with a large wooden lighthouse. It had actually stood on a kitchen counter but, by late June, it had been moved to the floor. About 7 feet tall, the tower’s bottom was easier for the local artist to paint

  • Life’s journey

    Life’s journey

    STONINGTON — A two-star Michelin chef has opened Acadia House Provisions, a seasonal restaurant in the former Aragosta location on Main Street in Stonington. Island residents and visitors have been feasting on oysters on the half shell and tucking into “butter burgers,” lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese and “The Acadia Dog,” prepared by Chef Ryan

  • Round Table Tales

    Round Table Tales

    DEER ISLE — After more than 30 years writing art stories, previews and reviews of shows in theaters, barns and school gyms, I am rarely surprised by something new under the theatrical sun. But once in a great while something completely unexpected happens. Last Friday was a case in point. I was assigned to go

  • Nibbles: Berry picking, a taste of Mexico and high tea

    Nibbles: Berry picking, a taste of Mexico and high tea

    Berry good cause At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, Fogtown Brewing Co. invites the public on a huckleberry-picking expedition in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Baker Hill Preserve reached via the Punkinville Road in Sullivan. The picked fruit will be used to make a limited edition huckleberry beer to be released at a party from 5

  • Break a peg!

    Break a peg!

    WINTER HARBOR — The 19th century English collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore” will set sail Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, on stage and on the waterfront as part of the 2019 Winter Harbor Music Festival. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hammond Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on

  • Behind the lens

    Behind the lens

    ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hunt made quite an impression on photographer Gerry Monteux. At the time, Monteux had been at Flexit Cafe and Bakery in Ellsworth, one of the many spaces where he exhibits and sells his work. A well-established Maine nature photographer, his images have been acquired by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, among

  • Cut, paint & sculpt

    Cut, paint & sculpt

    ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hewitt, a nationally known Maine-born painter, printmaker and sculptor whose sculpture “Urban Rattle” is installed on the High Line in New York, is the focus of the one-man show “Charlie Hewitt: Abstract Paintings and Electric Dreams” opening next Wednesday, Aug. 14, and running through Oct. 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. The

  • In-flight fueling

    In-flight fueling

    In the Right Place Editor’s Note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. By Richard Leighton What has the appearance of a hawk, the movements of a

  • A very imperfect marriage

    A very imperfect marriage

    MOUNT DESERT — Ever since the ancient Greeks first donned the masks of tragedy and comedy, farce has been a staple of comedic theater. It has always involved ridiculous plots, mistaken identities and unbelievably clueless characters. In most modern farces, it also involves doors — the more doors the funnier the farce. Well, Acadia Repertory

  • Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    By Ellen Booraem Special to The Ellsworth American BROOKSVILLE — In the pantheon of infuriating fictional mothers, Tennessee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield ranks high. But she’s also heart-breaking, and a production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” succeeds only if her actor manages to convey both of those qualities. Bagaduce Theatre’s “Menagerie” does succeed: Director Patricia Conolly