Arts & living

  • Blueberries for all

    Blueberries for all

    ELLSWORTH — The sweetest things grow naturally from the earth. Case in point: Maine’s wild blueberries. “For me, blueberries just scream summer,” said author, photographer and Boston Globe columnist Sally Pasley Vargas. Down East Books recently released Vargas’s latest book, “The Blueberry Cookbook,” which is packed with over 50 recipes, baking tips and lush photos

  • Their place on earth

    Their place on earth

    EAST BLUE HILL — Hannah Sol Rhea and Colby Smith eat roadkill and acorns and sleep on a bed made of hay bundles and bathe outdoors year-round. And they want to teach you how to do all of that, and more. “We’re trying to reclaim everything that should already be a birthright to everyone living,”

  • A place she knows

    A place she knows

    Born and raised on Deer Isle, folk musician Amy Friedell will open Opera House Arts’ “Live in the Lobby” concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. A 2018 Deer Isle-Stonington High School graduate, Friedell studied music at Sarah Lawrence College. Of late, she has been working as a sternman aboard a local lobster fishing

  • Nibbles: Get ready for Thanksgiving and enjoy the tastes of Maine

    Nibbles: Get ready for Thanksgiving and enjoy the tastes of Maine

    Taste of Maine Barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix, pistachio jalapeño pesto, Angus beef, pepper jellies, sea vegetables, Needhams, mead, grains and custom-roasted coffee beans are among the great lineup of specialty food products featured at the 2019 Maine Harvest Festival Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine Potato Board’s “Rustic

  • From orchard to glass

    From orchard to glass

    ELLSWORTH — Sow’s Ear Winery’s proprietor Tom Hoey is among six Maine cider makers while Barbara Brooks of Seal Cove Farm and Kim Roos of Garden Side dairy in Jonesboro are among five Maine cheese makers who will be featured at the second Downeast Cider & Cheese Festival at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

  • Pilau talk

    Pilau talk

    By Merry Post Special to The Ellsworth American The anonymous woman from Salem, Mass., who wrote “The American Matron, or Practical and Scientific Cookery,” addressed young housekeepers in her preface. Writing in 1851, she sought not just to ennoble the mission of housekeepers and cooks but also to caution the reader about the seriousness of

  • Get spooked

    Get spooked

    ELLSWORTH — If you’re looking for something scarier than costume parties and rooms full of mechanical monsters, you might want to try visiting local places that some say are actually haunted. Chief among them is Route 182, which takes motorists through Township 10 between Franklin and Cherryfield. Some have claimed to see a woman walking

  • A family tragicomedy

    A family tragicomedy

    By Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — The New Surry Theatre is launching its 2019-20 performance season with something new and different and, judging by a rehearsal last Sunday, quite special. “Fun Home” the Tony Award-winning musical based on American cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, opens Friday, Nov. 8, for a

  • Lifelong learners

    Lifelong learners

    WINTER HARBOR — For years, Gouldsboro resident Janis Guyette has scheduled her summer vacation from her job around the drawing, watercolor and other classes offered at the annual Schoodic Arts Festival. Learning still-life and life drawing, painting, collage, felting and decorative gourd-making and other art forms enriched her time off from work and fired her interest

  • The apples of his eye

    The apples of his eye

    AUGUSTA — For 45 years, John Bunker has lived and worked the land at Super Chilly Farm in Palermo in Waldo County. Much of the Fedco Trees founder’s time has been spent hunting for and preserving old apple tree varieties all over the state, including Hancock County. On Sunday, Oct. 20, Governor Janet Mills and

  • Where all things meet

    Where all things meet

    BLUE HILL — Brooklin composer-pianist Paul Sullivan, poet Richard Blanco and soprano Rose Upton take their bows after the 2019 Word literary festival’s finale Sunday afternoon in Blue Hill. At The Bay School’s Emlen Hall, a capacity crowd gave the trio three standing ovations. Accompanied by Sullivan, Blanco recited his moving poem “Complaint of El