Nibbles: Berry picking, a taste of Mexico and high tea

Berry good cause

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, Fogtown Brewing Co. invites the public on a huckleberry-picking expedition in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Baker Hill Preserve reached via the Punkinville Road in Sullivan.

The picked fruit will be used to make a limited edition huckleberry beer to be released at a party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the brewery. Fogtown is located at 25 Pine St. in Ellsworth. Proceeds benefit the Conservancy. For more info, visit and


Taste of Mexico

Italian-born Irene Cortese, who lived for 47 years in Mexico’s Colonial city of Puebla, famous for its mole poblano, will show how to make tortillas from scratch a variety of salsas and chile relleños (stuffed peppers) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Masonic Lodge in Winter Harbor. The cost is $30 per person.

Hosted by the Winter Harbor Public Library, Cortese’s class will cover permaculture and farm-to-table principles. Cortese and her husband, John Archer, have extensive gardens at their homestead “Zocalo,” meaning public square in Spanish, where they seek to integrate human activity with the natural surroundings.

In June, Archer presented ZEEP, his program for total electrification of Maine and New England, using renewable energies for heating, transportation and other needs.

To sign up, call 963-7556 or email [email protected]


High time

A refreshing cup of fine tea, assorted finger sandwiches and sweets are served up on Wednesdays (except Aug. 14) through July and August at Woodlawn in Ellsworth. A tradition started by the historic Black family estate’s longtime caretaker Irma Eliason, the high tea costs $22 per Woodlawn member and $25 per nonmember. Remaining high tea time dates are Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Reservations are required. For more info, call 667-8671, email [email protected] or visit

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