Arts & living

  • Seaside hideaway

    Seaside hideaway

    DEER ISLE — “My husband and I are always looking for that next big thing,” said chef Devin Finigan, whose restaurant Aragosta was just named “Best Waterfront Restaurant in Maine” by Down East Magazine. Finigan and husband Luke Hartmann, a jeweler, found just that through their acquisition of the historic Goose Cove Lodge, which dates

  • An American who tells the truth

    An American who tells the truth

    BLUE HILL — Singer/social activist Reggie Harris, who is a storyteller who performs folk and gospel music, will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater to raise funds for a new film being made by Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane about Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly and his “Americans

  • Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

    Authentic Chinese food Longevity noodles, Vietnamese herbed pho (rice noodle soup), Thai pineapple fried rice and Shanghai golden fried rice with crumbled bacon are on the menu of Gouldsboro chef Helen Chen’s cooking class “Helen Chen: Asian Noodles and Rice” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Dorcas Library Learning Center

  • 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.To see more of his work, visit www.5backroad.com.   Survival of the ugliest   By Richard Leighton Double-crested cormorants continue to rebound after nearly

  • Coniferous confection

    Coniferous confection

    SURRY — Before artisanal ice cream chef Karl Holmes opened Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop with husband Eric Treworgy, he was an estate gardener. It is his passion for botanicals that prompts Holmes to incorporate fresh herbs and plants, including oak, sumac, birch and spruce into the shop’s revolving menu of frozen treats. “I wouldn’t have

  • Sound travels

    Sound travels

    STEUBEN — Chemistry between people is unpredictable and unmistakable. For the band Shirt Tail Kin, a recording they put together last year — a first for each of them — took that subtle recognition of a commonality among them into a bonding experience. Curtis Russet, who works part time as a family nurse practitioner at

  • Literary love affair

    Literary love affair

    BLUE HILL — The success of a play such as “Dear Elizabeth,” which opened at the Town Hall Theater last weekend, rests almost entirely on the shoulders of the two actors who play Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Based entirely on the 30-year written correspondence of these two poets, there is very little physical action,

  • Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    ELLSWORTH — “The premise of the game is simple,” says Mr. Boddy. A mansion, an elegant party and a dead host. Everybody has a motive and anybody could be guilty. That’s where it gets complicated. “Every single show is different,” said Leslie Michaud, who is directing The Grand’s production of “CLUE: The Musical,” premiering June

  • Nibbles: Chinese food, spirits and lessons on fruit trees

    Nibbles: Chinese food, spirits and lessons on fruit trees

    Authentic Chinese food Longevity noodles, Vietnamese herbed pho (rice noodle soup), Thai pineapple fried rice and Shanghai golden fried rice with crumbled bacon are on the menu of Gouldsboro chef Helen Chen’s cooking class “Helen Chen: Asian Noodles and Rice” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Dorcas Library Learning Center

  • Coastal landscape’s character captured in oils

    Coastal landscape’s character captured in oils

    ELLSWORTH — British painter Christina Thwaites, who has worked as an artist in such far-flung places as a remote village in southeastern Indonesia and a Palestinian refugee camp, is the focus of a show running from June 15 through July 11 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Moving to Maine, where she now lives with her

  • New program spurs artistic creativity among inmates

    ELLSWORTH — “Art…Write…Now!”, a newly introduced program at the Hancock County Jail, is revealing the transformative power of self-expression that springs from inmate participation in arts-centric activities. Through Regional School Unit 24 Adult Education, Phil Wormuth, a certified English teacher and published author, and veteran Brooklin art Jean Hylan, who taught for over 40 years,

  • A deep friendship

    A deep friendship

    BLUE HILL — Epistolary plays, such as “Dear Elizabeth” opening this Friday, June 7, at the Town Hall Theater,  have their own challenges and their own rewards. Because the action, dialogue and emotion are all revealed in letters — in this case a correspondence between two people — one can feel anchored to the stationary,