• Finding love in tragic tale

    Finding love in tragic tale

    BLUE HILL — One would like to think that the story of Anne Frank has no relevance today. That teenage girls and their families are no longer being persecuted and murdered by forces beyond their control and beyond human compassion. The sad fact is such horrors continue to happen throughout the world. But who wants

  • For the love of Bach

    For the love of Bach

    BLUE HILL — Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” will launch Blue Hill Bach’s Summer Baroque Music Festival, in its ninth season, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the barn at David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville. In the barn, transformed into the Baroque Café, Blue Hill Bach’s period instrument orchestra  and violin soloists Lisa

  • Light of summer

    Light of summer

    BLUE HILL — Summer residents will get a rare treat to hear the Bagaduce Chorale perform “Nocturnes: Reflections for a Summer Evening” at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 12-13, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Customarily, the chorus only performs in December and May. The program will feature works by contemporary choral composers including

  • Pop on over!

    Pop on over!

    BLUE HILL — Kick off the 2019 summer season with Maine funnyman Tim Sample, who will introduce Baltimore’s premier jazz band, Tongue in Cheek, the 10-woman Ellacappella, the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, Orono pianist Evan Young and George Stevens Academy’s jazz combo “Jam Bake” at Bagaduce Music’s 2019 Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7

  • “Hay Fever” is sheer bliss

    “Hay Fever” is sheer bliss

    BROOKSVILLE — The outer limit of my theatrical travels has just expanded by 25 miles or so. Saturday night I passed through Blue Hill and my usual stop at the Town Hall Theater. I continued west along Route 176, which consisted largely of narrow, bumpy country roads, passing through the towns of Penobscot and Sedgwick

  • Sound travels

    Sound travels

    STEUBEN — Chemistry between people is unpredictable and unmistakable. For the band Shirt Tail Kin, a recording they put together last year — a first for each of them — took that subtle recognition of a commonality among them into a bonding experience. Curtis Russet, who works part time as a family nurse practitioner at

  • Literary love affair

    Literary love affair

    BLUE HILL — The success of a play such as “Dear Elizabeth,” which opened at the Town Hall Theater last weekend, rests almost entirely on the shoulders of the two actors who play Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Based entirely on the 30-year written correspondence of these two poets, there is very little physical action,

  • Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    Who killed Mr. Boddy?

    ELLSWORTH — “The premise of the game is simple,” says Mr. Boddy. A mansion, an elegant party and a dead host. Everybody has a motive and anybody could be guilty. That’s where it gets complicated. “Every single show is different,” said Leslie Michaud, who is directing The Grand’s production of “CLUE: The Musical,” premiering June

  • Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    CHERRYFIELD — The town’s annual festival, Cherryfield Days, is set for June 21-23. The theme this year is Christmas Downeast. Friday’s events, beginning at 5 p.m., include a kiddie parade along Main Street and a concert by the Cherryfield Band. Saturday’s events run all day, starting at 7:30 a.m. with registration for the David and

  • Children offered free choral training

    Children offered free choral training

    BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Bach has received a $2,000 grant through the Maine Community Foundation’s Hancock County Fund to offer free vocal and choral training for young people in grades 8 through 12. Beginning Monday, June 10, participants began working with voice teachers and conductors on a weekly basis to learn four-part chorales from

  • A deep friendship

    A deep friendship

    BLUE HILL — Epistolary plays, such as “Dear Elizabeth” opening this Friday, June 7, at the Town Hall Theater,  have their own challenges and their own rewards. Because the action, dialogue and emotion are all revealed in letters — in this case a correspondence between two people — one can feel anchored to the stationary,

  • The show goes on!

    The show goes on!

    WINTER HARBOR — Meetinghouse Theatre Lab’s hit production of Neil Simon’s heart-warming, hilarious and heartbreaking play, “Lost in Yonkers,” will be presented again at 7 p.m.  Friday-Saturday, June 14-15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor. From left, the cast includes Marc Bellenoit (Eddie),