Arts & living

  • Nibbles: Learn to brew

    Nibbles: Learn to brew

    Hold the meat! Stefani Berkey switched to a plant-based diet for health reasons and hasn’t looked back. She will share her experience and knowledge, showing how to prepare plant-based dishes as well as tips to cut down on the cost and maximize the use of groceries in a two-part class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Cabbage touted for cancer-fighting benefits

    Cabbage touted for cancer-fighting benefits

    The cabbage, which derives from the French word “caboche” (a colloquial term for head), was introduced to the Americas in 1541-42 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage to Canada.  Although the vegetable became an important New England crop that sustained many homesteading families, the first writing of its cultivation wasn’t recorded until over 100

  • Truth tellers

    Truth tellers

    SEDGWICK — Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will travel later this month to New York City, where he will be filmed talking to Emmy Award-winning preacher-turned-journalist Bill Moyers for a documentary titled “Truth Tellers: Robert Shetterly’s Odyssey to Defend Our Democratic Ideals.” The film profiles the Maine artist, who has painted 250 portraits to date as

  • Joy of singing

    Joy of singing

    ELLSWORTH — SCHERZO \skertsō\, a new adult chorus, will start up later this month at the Moore Community Center. The purpose of the choir, geared for adults aged 50-plus, is mainly to have fun singing. Spearheaded jointly by Friends in Action and the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, SCHERZO will be directed by Gina Schuh-Turner. A

  • In the Right Place: A lovely thing

    In the Right Place: A lovely thing

    By Richard Leighton Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means that we’ll be inundated with hearts  everywhere — even on road banners in rural Maine, such as the one in the accompanying photograph. This iconic image isn’t an accurate depiction of a human heart, of course. It has become the international symbol for “love.” But how

  • Don’t miss the, uh, Gondola!

    Don’t miss the, uh, Gondola!

    Reviewed by Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American ELLSWORTH — It has been a decade or so since the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine has taken us on a trip to Venice aboard “The Gondoliers” with its side trip to the realm of Barataria. I had forgotten what a fun, topsy-turvy musical excursion

  • Akropolis Reed Quintet to perform in Blue Hill Feb. 9

    Akropolis Reed Quintet to perform in Blue Hill Feb. 9

    BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Concert Association welcomes the seven-time national prize-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet for a performance on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The quintet has been hailed by Fanfare Magazine for its “imagination, infallible musicality and huge vitality.” Tom Glockin (oboe), Kari Landry

  • Maine fisherman casts his nets in Alaska

    Maine fisherman casts his nets in Alaska

    MACHIAS — For nearly 80 years, beginning with an 11-pound silver snagged in the Penobscot River in 1912, the first seasonal catch of Atlantic salmon was delivered to the president of the United States. The Penobscot River once saw up to 100,000 of the fish return each year to spawn, until dam building, overfishing and