Arts & living

  • Harvey Duff’s midnight adventure at Cave Hill

    Harvey Duff’s midnight adventure at Cave Hill

    Editor’s note: “Harvey Duff’s Midnight Adventure” first appeared on May 30, 1889. The lively account of the intrepid boy’s midnight escapade in and out of Cave Hill’s cave was written by Ellsworth city councilor John L. Moor. Moor served as a state representative in the Maine Legislature for six years. His piece also was printed

  • Days of cider and cheese in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Local apple historian Todd Little-Siebold and Khristopher Hogg of Belfast’s Perennial Cider Bar + Farm Kitchen will co-lead a live virtual tasting via Zoom as the centerpiece of Heart of Ellsworth’s Third Annual Downeast Cider + Cheese Festival running Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15. The virtual tasting will include a lively discussion with Maine cider

  • Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    SULLIVAN — “My bag is full of flutes,” writes Hawk Henries, the Sullivan musician and artist, on his CD, “Keeping the Fire.” “Some are long and dark, some wide, some mottled. Still others have been broken, working differently than originally intended. There are light colored, short, bristly voiced and smooth, high-pitched ones. Which is the most

  • Parker Ridge stages a fair to remember

    Parker Ridge stages a fair to remember

      BLUE HILL — It’s the last hurrah of summer. Time to splurge on a snow cone, doughboy, funnel cake, giant pretzel or whatever’s your pleasure and throw dietary cares to the wind. Time to ride the Ferris wheel or hold tight, close your eyes and scream while being spun at triple G-force in the

  • Interactive, magnetizing paintings on view

    Interactive, magnetizing paintings on view

      ELLSWORTH — Imagine if you owned Salvador Dali’s most famous painting, “The Persistence of Memory,” and for fun could swap the gold pocket watch and face-down clock covered with ants? Or, move Edvard Munch’s howling figure in “The Scream” elsewhere on the bridge? Orono painter Christina Thwaites invites you to do just that. The

  • Applications sought for Bucksport mural

    BUCKSPORT — Main Street Bucksport is now accepting applications for a large-scale mural to be created in downtown Bucksport. Interested artists should submit the following by July 24: Color sketch of proposed work with an artist’s statement. A description of previous work on this scale, ideally with images. An up-to-date CV or resume describing any

  • 2020 Schoodic Fest goes virtual

    WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Arts for All, which stages live events and classes year-round for folks living on the Schoodic Peninsula and beyond, has opened registration for a rich variety of virtual workshops from July 27 through Aug. 7. In lieu of the 2020 Schoodic Arts Festival, which would have featured dozens of workshops and

  • Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Editor’s note: Living, working and teaching on Maine islands often plants vivid memories and yields formative experiences. Such was the case of former schoolteacher Rae Chalmers and poet Susan Deborah King who recently released books inspired by their time on Great Cranberry Island. CRANBERRY ISLES — Middle school can be a miserable time for many

  • Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    NEW YORK — Maine Poet Laureate and Deer Isle resident Stuart Kestenbaum is among 23 poet laureates who each will receive $50,000 to spearhead civic poetry programs in their communities. The recipients include poet laureates from U.S. states, cities and towns and the Navajo Nation. As one of the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 Poet

  • The world through shape, line and color

    The world through shape, line and color

    LAMOINE — They’re watercolors, but in the right light they look a bit like stained glass: intentional, vivid colors with crisp, clear lines. “If you don’t try to make it look real you just kind of get lost in the shapes of color,” said Diana Roper McDowell, who paints from her home overlooking Meadow Point