Arts & living

  • Tastes so good

    Tastes so good

    BAR HARBOR — Chef Bobby Will was in line at the airport last summer, heading to Bar Harbor, and he was panicking: his bag had been flagged, and security officials were slowly pulling out items, one by one. But it wasn’t contraband or a pocket knife he was worried about them finding. “I’m sitting here

  • Unstoppable passion

    Unstoppable passion

    By Ellen Booraem Special to The Ellsworth American GOULDSBORO — As a young teen in Prospect Harbor, Adam Fisher fell in love with Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit, the 1990s man-and-dog duo who introduced many of us to a new age in stop-motion animation. Even though he spent his Sumner Memorial High School years haunting

  • Showcasing student artists

    Showcasing student artists

    BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy Student Art Show will take place in the school’s science wing and library from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. The public is invited to join the artists at the reception. Art teacher Mariel Duym and her AP art students are hanging the show, which will

  • Nibbles: Wings, beer, and a pop-up restaurant

    Nibbles: Wings, beer, and a pop-up restaurant

    Wing it Who’s got the best wings? Dysart’s, Chili’s, Bangin’ Whoopie, Hannaford, Hollywood Casino, Holiday Inn, Husson University, Job Corps, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Buffalo Wild Wings, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Orono Hotels, O.T.O. Outta The Ordinary or Penobscot Valley Country Club? Cast your vote at the 2019 Wingfest Maine from 5 to 8

  • Crazy for crab cakes

    Crazy for crab cakes

    In the late 19th century, crabs were only enjoyed along the East and West coasts of the United States. Often found in the traps of lobster fishermen, these crustaceans were considered quite dangerous, as the pinchers of the two front claws could pierce the skin. And the meat was hard to access. Still is, as

  • Class is over

    Class is over

    BAR HARBOR — Bill Carpenter leans into a question a student has asked in his history class at College of the Atlantic. Perhaps it’s to hear better — he is after all pushing 80 — but the creative writing gives the impression of being fully engaged by the query. He leans back in his chair,

  • Maine-Asian fusion cooking class offered

    Maine-Asian fusion cooking class offered

    WINTER HARBOR — Bath cook Chris Toy, who teaches cooking at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School’s flagship store in York, will put his Chinese cuisine cooking skills to work in “Downeast Far East Fusion Cuisine” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, in a class offered through the 2019 Schoodic Arts Festival. The

  • 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. Masked marvels By Richard Leighton It’s good to see osprey pairs soaring high again above the Union River and

  • Picturing Ellsworth

    Picturing Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — It was early December 2017 when photographer Heath Paley set out to capture the comings-and-goings at Mike’s Country Store on Water Street. “I’m standing there,” said Paley, “waiting for the cars to move out in front of the store. Someone comes running out and says, ‘Did you get it?’ Apparently, someone had robbed

  • Making it real

    Making it real

    ELLSWORTH — Maine has a long history of producing award-winning authors, from Stephen King to Richard Russo. And for the last three years, some of those authors have paid a visit to the Ellsworth Public Library, thanks to a partnership between the library and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS). Topics of the presentations have ranged from