Arts & living

  • Scary good

    Scary good

    By Dale McGarrigle Special to The Ellsworth American BAR HARBOR — Sometimes it’s just fate. Griffin Sherry, Max Davis, and Sean McCarthy grew up together in the Buxton-Hollis area of southern Maine. But it wasn’t until decades later, in June 2012, when the trio started playing music together as Ghost of Paul Revere, who will

  • Shuck and awe

    Shuck and awe

    In coastal New England, shell heaps show where native people found estuaries rich in oysters. The bivalve mollusks were popular with the early colonists as well. Thanks to expansion of the railroads in the 1840s, pickled oysters could easily be shipped inland and by mid-century had become a widespread food fad. New Englanders ate oysters

  • All fired up!

    All fired up!

    ELLSWORTH — The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the time when the North Pole of our slightly tilted planet is pointed farthest away from the sun, has long been a cause for ritual and celebration. In that spirit, one of Ellsworth’s premier studio spaces and gathering spots has hosted such a

  • Penobscot Theatre gives gift of “Matilda the Musical”

    Penobscot Theatre gives gift of “Matilda the Musical”

      BANGOR — Here’s something for which it’s worth bundling up in your warmest coat, mittens and hat and making a trip to Bangor. Penobscot Theatre Co.’s current production of the Broadway hit “Matilda the Musical” radiates such heartwarming fun, it’s a wonder the temperature in Bangor doesn’t go up a good 15 or 20

  • Hidden magic

    Hidden magic

    FRANKLIN — In 1982, Susanne Grosjean had an idea that evolved into a 37-year tradition. Inspired by an Advent calendar she brought back from Germany in 1968, she decided to create her own. The result was a painting of a Christmas tree with little windows that opened to reveal the decorations. “I did that in

  • Young at art

    Young at art

    ELLSWORTH — To be a teenager is to be plagued by insecurity, by wonder, by apathy and by extreme bouts of intense emotion (and the accompanying parental exasperation). This is, perhaps, why teenagers often make such startlingly honest art. If you want to see what your local teenage artists have been up to, look no

  • Bagaduce Music offers free holiday concert

    Bagaduce Music offers free holiday concert

    BLUE HILL — Bagaduce Music warmly invites the Blue Hill Peninsula community to a free holiday concert featuring local musicians at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Bagaduce Music Performance Hall. Treat yourself to an afternoon of lovely music and a cookie! The Baroque Orchestra of Maine (BOOM), featuring violinist Heidi Powell on

  • When culture meets history

    When culture meets history

    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. By Richard Leighton What should we call those green circles that have appeared on many

  • Remembrance of recipes past

    Remembrance of recipes past

    GOULDSBORO — Growing up, Anne Hopper couldn’t count on her mother for a recipe for coot strew. The white-billed water fowl got a bad rap because of the noise it makes and alleged terrible taste. “She wouldn’t make it,” said Hopper whose late mother was Catherine Jacobs Boyd. “She wouldn’t allow it to be cooked