Arts & living

  • Fun things to do

    Fun things to do

    With so many folks and families confined to their homes, many artists and musicians have stepped up and offered free lessons and material. Here’s some we’ve come across. Know of others? Send to [email protected] The fold of art Origami cranes and dogs were on tap as part of Cherryfield artist Audra Christie’s first two live

  • Ellsworth to go

    Ellsworth to go

    Their doors may be closed, but many of the city’s restaurants have switched to to-go service only to try support their customers and try and survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are those we know of. Craving a deluxe burger, made with Black Angus beef, slathered with porcini aioli, and served with tallow fries (tallow is

  • Haystack School suspends 2020 program

    Haystack School suspends 2020 program

      DEER ISLE — Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, which holds dozens of summer workshops and draws students and instructors from all over the globe, Tuesday announced that its 2020 program has been suspended due to health risks arising from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hailed last year by Forbes magazine as “an incubator for American

  • Climb every mountain

    Climb every mountain

    BLUE HILL — A few months ago, Chek Wingo didn’t consider himself much of a hiker. But 26 days, 26 peaks, 86 miles, 23 hours and a few scrapes and falls later, he has seen a great deal more than many people exploring Acadia National Park. Thirty-five years old, the Blue Hill man spent most

  • Try immune-boosting chicken noodle soup

    Try immune-boosting chicken noodle soup

    By Merry Post Special to The Ellsworth American Homemade noodles are quick and easy. They have a fresh, eggy taste that cannot be matched by dry pasta. They will elevate beef, chicken or turkey broth into a satisfying soup that looks more complicated than it is. I found a good recipe for noodles in a

  • No place like a homestead

    No place like a homestead

    DEDHAM — Sometimes, life veers off the beaten path and into a passion. This is true for spouses Kristin and Tom Beauchamp, whose paths led them to owning Lone Spruce Farm in Dedham. The life they’ve built there is closely connected to the land, and they see themselves as its stewards. “This land was here

  • New mystery’s plot revolves around murder witness

    New mystery’s plot revolves around murder witness

    PORTLAND — Old Orchard Beach author Edward Daniel Hunt has released “Penance,” his debut novel (2020, Adelaide Books, 263 pages), about a young woman, who witnessed a killing by her then-boyfriend, and is living under an alias with her daughter in Maine. The murder was never solved. Lori Doyle and her daughter are living under

  • Slice of heaven

    Slice of heaven

    ELLSWORTH — “Don’t diet, pie it,” says the slogan on mugs and T-shirts sold at Helen’s Restaurant, located high up on the long slope of Downeast Highway descending into town. In Maine, the word “pie” has been synonymous always with Helen’s Restaurant in Machias since Helen and Larry Mugnai and his siblings Julie and Esther

  • Designer strives to create revealing costumes

    Designer strives to create revealing costumes

    BROOKLIN — Hanna Shea Persson is fashioning a career in costume design for characters in productions from stage to film. But Persson was her first subject to dress. Originally from Sarasota, Fla. she recalls running around as a young girl in a sheer, teal, floor-length gown. “I used to play in it like nobody’s business,”

  • Nibbles: New recipes and how to help

    Nibbles: New recipes and how to help

    Succulent winter salad Uncertain how to enjoy kale other than in a soup? Milbridge’s Women’s Health Resource Library has an easy, appetizing recipe called “Massaged Kale Salad.” Wash 1 bunch of kale, remove the tough midribs and slice thinly the remaining leaves. Meanwhile, mix 4 Tbsps. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce and tamari, 1

  • EHS, MDIHS win at regional Drama Fest

    EHS, MDIHS win at regional Drama Fest

    By Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American BAR HARBOR — Ellsworth High School last weekend held onto its theatrical crown in Class B while Mount Desert Island High School reclaimed its title for Class A at the regional 2020 Maine Drama Festival held at MDI High School. Both schools now will compete respectively at

  • In the Right Place: Spring unsprung

    In the Right Place: Spring unsprung

    By Richard Leighton The significant snowstorm shown in the accompanying photograph was taken on April 10 of last year at the beginning of the Easter weekend in Brooklin. Stated another way, it’s time that we had a candid talk about spring here in Downeast Maine. We have three springtimes. First, we’ve already begun calendar (meteorological)