Arts & living

  • Joyous listening!

    Joyous listening!

    BLUE HILL — Just in time for Christmas, the Bagaduce Chorale will present a program of holiday music, which is sure to please all the music lovers on your gift list, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The chorale

  • Joy ride

    Joy ride

    STONINGTON — A hundred years ago at Christmastime here and over on the Blue Hill Peninsula, a Cape Racer was the coveted gift for children. Imagine a ladder with two strips of metal on one side and a rope to steer by and you’ll know what the fast sled looked like. Stonington resident Tinker Crouch,

  • Snap, snap!

    Snap, snap!

    ELLSWORTH — What a gas to see the talented actors of Ellsworth High School tackling a new musical. And what a fun show “The Addams Family” is. It’s something of a mystery why this clever musical comedy by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa wasn’t a bigger hit when it opened on Broadway in

  • Nibbles: Holiday cookies, roasted vegetables and a look inside American’s Test Kitchen

    Nibbles: Holiday cookies, roasted vegetables and a look inside American’s Test Kitchen

    Sweet stroll Dozens of parishioners have been baking full bore for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth’s sixth holiday cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 121 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth. Cookies of all stripes, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice, will be on offer. Gluten-free sweets will be

  • Fine art for a bargain one day only

    Fine art for a bargain one day only

    BLUE HILL — In its 20th year, the 10 x 8 artist group will stage its annual small works exhibit starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Emlen Hall on The Bay School campus in Blue Hill. The featured artists will be painters Louise Bourne, Kristy Cunnane, Heidi Daub, Rebecca McCall, Gail Page and

  • Get a Handel

    Get a Handel

    BLUE HILL — For many music-lovers, the holidays would not be complete without Handel’s all-time favorite, “Messiah” and in keeping with tradition, Blue Hill Bach will present Christmas selections from the great work at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Under the direction of conductor and organist

  • Driving rhythm, soaring phrases

    Driving rhythm, soaring phrases

    ELLSWORTH — Mes Amis, a Maine gypsy jazz quartet, will play a mix of traditional gypsy, Latin and American jazz and original compositions at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Moore Community Center. Admission is free. Hosted by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI), Mes Amis is led by Gardner guitarist, vocalist, and

  • In plane sight

    In plane sight

    “You’ve slipped out of your world and to mine. Enjoy the ride,” writes Diana Roper McDowell in her artist statement. The Lamoine artist’s striking watercolors are currently on view through January at the Wine Cellar Gallery at 158 Main St. in Ellsworth. An opening reception/wine tasting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on

  • Primed and ready

    Primed and ready

    ELLSWORTH — For years, Ryan Bates purchased food from a local farm. When that farm shut down, it left him with an important question. “I wanted to know where my food came from,” he said. To answer that question, he got directly involved, starting Acadia Provisions in December of 2017. The store carries a wide

  • A to Z

    A to Z

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American FRANKFORT — Given their backgrounds, it is perhaps only natural that Mike Manner and Lauri Philbrick ended up running a farm. Manner’s father raised sheep and also had Belgian horses, cows and chickens, and Mike fixed the tractors and other equipment when needed. Philbrick’s father, meanwhile, worked

  • Fine art for a bargain one day only

    Fine art for a bargain one day only

    BLUE HILL — In its 20th year, the 10 x 8 artist group will stage its annual small works exhibit starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Emlen Hall on The Bay School campus in Blue Hill. The featured artists will be: painters Louise Bourne, Kristy Cunnane, Heidi Daub, Rebecca McCall, Gail Page and