• 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

  • Abbe Museum to stage virtual Indian Market

    BAR HARBOR — After its decision last month to cancel the 2020 Indian Market, the Abbe Museum is forging ahead with plans to hold the three-day festival in a one-day virtual format in light of the continuing public health crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, the

  • NST goes into the multiverse with the play “Constellations”

    NST goes into the multiverse with the play “Constellations”

    BLUE HILL — In the past decade or so, the concept of multiple universes and non-linear time has enjoyed increasing popularity. It was once the province of theoretical physicists and other science geeks, and, perhaps, the occasional comic book — remember Superman’s “Bizarro World”? These days, pop culture and highbrow movies, TV dramas and novels

  • 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