• Schoodic Arts recognizes performing artists for community effort

    Schoodic Arts recognizes performing artists for community effort

      WINTER HARBOR — Powerful, present and proactive. Just listen to Lamoine vocalist/guitarist Gordon Thomas Ward perform his song “How Many More?” online at the 2017 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Accompanied by cellist Velleda Miragias, his clear voice and composition’s plain, poignant words ring out

  • Play explores race, family

    BLUE HILL — “Appropriate,” a play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, will be performed on New Surry Theatre’s virtual stage at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 18-19, and Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25-26. Winner of the 2014-15 Obie Award for Best New American Play, “Appropriate,” Jacobs-Jenkins’ play follows the death of the estranged Lafayette family’s hoarder patriarch.

  • “Downeast Shakes” adds shows

    ELLSWORTH — Sold-out shows have spurred The Grand to extend its “Downeast Shakes!” at the Union River Lobster Pot restaurant. The actors will again present their production, a coastal Maine spin on great scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 2-3. Seating is limited to 40 patrons. Tickets cost $10 per person.

  • Shakespeare in Stonington, jazz festival go virtual Aug. 14

    Shakespeare in Stonington, jazz festival go virtual Aug. 14

    STONINGTON — In celebration of the 20th consecutive summer of two cornerstone programs, Shakespeare in Stonington and the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, Opera House Arts will launch new, livestreamed productions of these audience favorites on Aug. 14 and 20. “In respect for our communities, we couldn’t let these milestones pass unnoticed despite the challenges posed

  • Alamo Theatre gets grant to install hearing loop

    BUCKSPORT — Northeast Historic Film, which operates the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, is installing a hearing loop in the theatre thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant will match a $12,000 gift from an anonymous donor, which combined provides enough funding to install the hearing

  • The Grand to present “Six FEET of Separation”

    ELLSWORTH — You may not be able to go to The Grand, but The Grand can come to you. Lamoine writer/director Brent Hutchins will present “Six FEET of Separation” online at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, via the theater’s Facebook page. The play also will be available for streaming on YouTube. Access is free,

  • Gouldsboro preacher tells town’s history in new book

    Gouldsboro preacher tells town’s history in new book

    GOULDSBORO — The first book about Gouldsboro’s history, tracing the eastern Hancock County town’s founding and evolution from Colonial times, has been published and released by the Gouldsboro Historical Society. Written by the Rev. Charles A. Joy, “Founders and Followers: Movers and Shakers Who Built Gouldsboro on the Eastern Frontier” (2020, Gouldsboro Historical Society publications,

  • Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Reviewed by JoAnne Fuerst Tired of binge-watching those mind-numbing programs and movies? During this pandemic, we’ve been warned to exercise regularly and that includes our brain. With extra time for nonessential activities, it’s an opportunity to read a few good books — especially venturing into unfamiliar territory. Last year, the University of Chicago Press published

  • Free online ‘Goo Party’ for home entertainment

    Free online ‘Goo Party’ for home entertainment

    Brewer Public Library Executive Director and dad Darren French and his 3-year-old son Lukas have been charming viewers with their lively “Making Slop” party and their other hands-on Facebook Live storytime sessions every week. Inspired by Mo Willems’ “I Really Like Slop,” Darren, who previously served as the education coordinator at Castine’s Wilson Museum, says

  • Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    HANCOCK — The Monteux School & Music Festival’s board of directors has made the difficult, unanimous decision to cancel the 2020 summer season. This decision comes on the heels of Governor Janet Mills’ extension of the state of civil emergency to May 15. Marc Thayer, executive director of MSMF, stated, “On behalf of the Monteux

  • Fiddler to bring Celtic spirit

    Fiddler to bring Celtic spirit

    WINTER HARBOR — U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2016, Seán Heely will sweep the audience off to Ireland, Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29, in a virtual concert via Schoodic Arts for All. The Last Friday Coffee House’s featured performer, Heely is equally at home playing a wide