Arts & living

  • The joy and rewards of growing your own

    The joy and rewards of growing your own

    Get ready. On Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. we will “fall back” to Standard Time. Those who like to come home from work and putter in the garden have already felt the curfew of the shortening days, and soon there will be a whole hour less for leaf clean-up, compost-making, beet-digging and other fall jobs,

  • Come one, come all

    Come one, come all

    CHERRYFIELD — On Sunday afternoons, the Weald Bethel Community Center has the feel of an old-fashioned family dinner. People gather in the Maine Seacoast Mission’s community center off Route 1 to socialize, taking in the aromas coming from the kitchen. Some sit on upholstered furniture in a setting that resembles a cozy living room. Others

  • A spin back in time

    A spin back in time

    STONINGTON — Danny Oliver’s Stonington is scattered with vivid, memorable stories told to him over and over again by his father, Clarence Oliver Sr., and his late grandmother, Myrtle Sturdee. The native son is full of so much history that he has produced a book titled “Stonington & Deer Isle: Then & Now,” recently published

  • The language of music

    The language of music

    BAR HARBOR — Iraqi poet Kifah Abdulla, Burundian singer Maisha Mustafa and Guinean percussionist Namory Keita hail from Maine’s more recently immigrant communities. They and other guest artists will join Portland’s Palaver Strings for a “Welcome Home” performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Criterion Theatre. A traveling show that is being

  • Nibbles: Apple crisp, blueberry ale and seasonal soups

    Nibbles: Apple crisp, blueberry ale and seasonal soups

    Pass the pandowdy In the second issue of the former Peninsula Gazette, which was launched and edited by Bernice “Bunny” Richmond in 1954, the May 4, 1954 issue’s “Cook’s Corner” column featured a recipe for apple pandowdy. Over half a century later, the recipe might come in handy for all those apples recently picked from

  • Add crunch to your meal

    Add crunch to your meal

    We Mainers love our coleslaw; Saturday night baked beans and hot biscuits with fresh and crunchy coleslaw. Traditional lobster feeds with a side of creamy coleslaw, corned-beef sandwiches bursting with slaw, even at barbecues and picnics, a bowl is always a welcome treat. Originating from the Netherlands, koolsla, or cabbage salad, features crisp shredded green

  • The gang’s all girls

    The gang’s all girls

    LAMOINE — Lamoine Community Theatre will stage Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple, Female Version,” revolving around Vera, Mickey, Sylvie and Renee, who play Trivial Pursuit in Olive’s unkempt apartment in New York City, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Lamoine Grange Hall.

  • Writers on writing

    Writers on writing

    BLUE HILL — Word, the literary arts festival slated for downtown Blue Hill Oct. 24-27, has opened registration for its paid workshops including “Getting Unstuck” with Cynthia Thayer, memoir writing with Katherine Koch, fan fiction with Elizabeth Minkel, “Songcrafting” with Noel Paul Stookey and George Emlen as well a master class in poetry with Richard

  • In the Right Place

    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 shares a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. The eyes have it By Richard Leighton While trying to find out why mature male wood ducks have red

  • In fashion

    In fashion

    WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Arts for All’s annual “Wow!” Award for artists and performers is intended to recognize just that factor: someone whose work makes one stop in one’s tracks because of its special power to bring wonder, insight and enjoyment. This year’s recipient of the $1,000 award is clothing designer Brianna Saad, who has

  • Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Taste of home Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, turnip, boiled onions, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls and a wide selection of pies for dessert make up the menu at the First Baptist Church of Blue Hill’s Harvest Home Supper. Seatings are at 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 53 Pleasant

  • Happy 10th anniversary!

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman’s 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of award-winning composer, pianist and singer-songwriter Kathryn Bostic’s new work as well and a performance by Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Collins Center for the Arts