Arts & living

  • From Kittery to Calais, book tells the ABC’s of Maine beacons

    From Kittery to Calais, book tells the ABC’s of Maine beacons

    STONINGTON — For mariners, lighthouses represent safety, hope and guidance, yet these beacons also fascinate landlubbers. That fascination grabbed Peter and Connie Roop while honeymooning in Stonington in 1973, and hasn’t left them since. The award-winning authors of more than 100 books for children, including “Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,” have just released “Maine Lighthouse

  • Craftsman creates works of art that help people walk

    Craftsman creates works of art that help people walk

    DEER ISLE — Stepping into Don Carmichael’s workshop on the shore of Eggemoggin Reach is like embarking on a world tour of the wide-ranging kinds of wood that he works with. There’s purpleheart, a hard, dense wood from Central and South America, and bocote, a wood from Mexico with what one supplier described as “beautiful

  • Strawberry harvest is in full swing

    Strawberry harvest is in full swing

    BLUE HILL — Strawberries from Homewood Farm have been described as the sweetest berries you’ll ever taste, says farmer Jeff Beardsworth. Beardsworth and his wife, Trudy, own the farm, which is perched atop a hill straddling a wide ridge at the end of Ackley Farm Road. Maybe it’s the fertilizer, which includes manure from the

  • Young mothers’ flair and creations take flight

    Young mothers’ flair and creations take flight

    ELLSWORTH — Kelly green tartan wool bow-ties. Downy-soft organic cotton onesies adorned with woodland creatures; Japanese-style washed linen smock aprons. Children’s raincoats that reveal a pattern when they get wet. These are just a few of the items visitors will find at the SevenArts Gallery inside the Maine Grind building. And the best part? They’re

  • Citizens to track lingering songbirds, food source

    Citizens to track lingering songbirds, food source

    WINTER HARBOR — In the Northeast, millions of songbirds migrate south every fall along the coastline. As they travel long distances to reach their southern destinations, they make stopovers where they can refuel on insects and fruit. As the climate changes in the Downeast region, however, rising temperatures are causing those sources of sustenance to

  • Bucksport student artwork hits the streets

    Bucksport student artwork hits the streets

    BUCKSPORT — Museums typically frown on visitors touching the art. Dare to sit on it and you’ll find yourself escorted to the nearest exit — possibly in handcuffs. But a group of Bucksport Middle School artists have taken a more accessible approach. They’ve transformed castoff lawn furniture into canvases for some of the world’s great

  • Book review: “Baby Bear” delights

    Book review: “Baby Bear” delights

    Baby Black Bear is NOT going to sleep, no matter what his parents say. Remind you of anyone? The impish little cub featured in the children’s book “Baby Bear’s Not Hibernating” (Down East Books, $16.95) is convinced he does not need to hunker down for the winter. His father decides this is a lesson Baby