• Slice of heaven

    Slice of heaven

    ELLSWORTH — “Don’t diet, pie it,” says the slogan on mugs and T-shirts sold at Helen’s Restaurant, located high up on the long slope of Downeast Highway descending into town. In Maine, the word “pie” has been synonymous always with Helen’s Restaurant in Machias since Helen and Larry Mugnai and his siblings Julie and Esther

  • Designer strives to create revealing costumes

    Designer strives to create revealing costumes

    BROOKLIN — Hanna Shea Persson is fashioning a career in costume design for characters in productions from stage to film. But Persson was her first subject to dress. Originally from Sarasota, Fla. she recalls running around as a young girl in a sheer, teal, floor-length gown. “I used to play in it like nobody’s business,”

  • Nibbles: New recipes and how to help

    Nibbles: New recipes and how to help

    Succulent winter salad Uncertain how to enjoy kale other than in a soup? Milbridge’s Women’s Health Resource Library has an easy, appetizing recipe called “Massaged Kale Salad.” Wash 1 bunch of kale, remove the tough midribs and slice thinly the remaining leaves. Meanwhile, mix 4 Tbsps. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce and tamari, 1

  • On the Road Review: Ford Explorer ST

    On the Road Review: Ford Explorer ST

    The winter sunrise creates a brilliant red horizon — the kind of sky that sailors lament. Their old adage about “red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” proved more than fortuitous on this day, as we launched the Ford Explorer ST from central Hancock County westward to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Curiously,

  • EHS, MDIHS win at regional Drama Fest

    EHS, MDIHS win at regional Drama Fest

    By Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American BAR HARBOR — Ellsworth High School last weekend held onto its theatrical crown in Class B while Mount Desert Island High School reclaimed its title for Class A at the regional 2020 Maine Drama Festival held at MDI High School. Both schools now will compete respectively at

  • In the Right Place: Spring unsprung

    In the Right Place: Spring unsprung

    By Richard Leighton The significant snowstorm shown in the accompanying photograph was taken on April 10 of last year at the beginning of the Easter weekend in Brooklin. Stated another way, it’s time that we had a candid talk about spring here in Downeast Maine. We have three springtimes. First, we’ve already begun calendar (meteorological)

  • Grand fun

    Grand fun

    Reviewed by Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American ELLSWORTH — Amidst all the high school drama and jazz fest hoopla, theater lovers might not be aware that there has been some fun theatrical fare going on recently at The Grand. And, lucky for you, the theater will perform Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s

  • Real stories

    Real stories

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American BUCKSPORT — Hans Krichels grew up in western Massachusetts, in a family full of singers. Although he said the singing gene skipped him, he still wanted his voice to be heard. “I thought I would use my voice in a different way,” he said, sitting in his

  • New farmhouse-style home has all the comforts

    Tucked away on a 7-acre wooded lot, this modern farmhouse-style home is a nature-lover’s paradise. The property was put up for sale last fall by owners Carolyn and Dave Hollenbeck. The couple had the house built in 2002. “Unless you drive up the driveway, you don’t know this is here,” said Carolyn. “It’s very private.

  • Happy birthday, Johann Sebastian!

    Happy birthday, Johann Sebastian!

    BLUE HILL — Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday falls on March 21. The composer would be 335 years old and his life’s work will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. Hosted by Blue Hill Bach, the concert will feature a solo by Abraham Ross, who will

  • Nibbles: Dig into an Irish supper

    Nibbles: Dig into an Irish supper

    As Irish as spaghetti Dig into homemade corned beef and cabbage and all the trimmings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Town Hill Fire Station and Community Center at 1328 Route 102 in the Bar Harbor village of Town Hill. The St. Patrick’s Day supper costs $15 per person and