• 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

  • On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 Ultra Lux

    On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 Ultra Lux

    Fifty years ago, Honda and Kawasaki forever changed the dynamics of performance motorcycles, upending established industry norms by introducing new four-cylinder and three-cylinder bikes that upended the market with bikes built by BSA, Triumph, Harley Davidson and Norton. The new Asian motorcycles proved to be faster, more efficient and vastly more reliable. In 10 years,

  • Coastal landscape’s character captured in oils

    Coastal landscape’s character captured in oils

    ELLSWORTH — British painter Christina Thwaites, who has worked as an artist in such far-flung places as a remote village in southeastern Indonesia and a Palestinian refugee camp, is the focus of a show running from June 15 through July 11 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Moving to Maine, where she now lives with her

  • New program spurs artistic creativity among inmates

    ELLSWORTH — “Art…Write…Now!”, a newly introduced program at the Hancock County Jail, is revealing the transformative power of self-expression that springs from inmate participation in arts-centric activities. Through Regional School Unit 24 Adult Education, Phil Wormuth, a certified English teacher and published author, and veteran Brooklin art Jean Hylan, who taught for over 40 years,

  • 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

  • Mom taking stress out on child

    Mom taking stress out on child

    Dear Carolyn: My first marriage ended, a spectacular shock to me, when I was 34. I would have done anything to make things work but was deprived of that option. Today I’m with a solid guy I love; we have a 4-year-old. It’s not perfect, but it’s my family and I would do anything to

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Lariat Powerstroke

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Lariat Powerstroke

    WATERBURY, Vt. — Heading east across Route 2 from Montpelier back to Maine, the main thoroughfare carrying northern New England’s commerce, is a tortured two-track of broken pavement. Snaking along the valleys and hills of very rural Vermont, Route 2 is the epitome of what infrastructure investment should mean. A large grader plowing up the

  • 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,

  • Unleash your creativity

    Unleash your creativity

    BLUE HILL — If you’re a writer, what do you do when you’re fresh out of ideas? Texas children’s author Patricia McMahon, whose books included “One Belfast Boy” and “Dancing Wheels,” among others, and Wisconsin poet Josh Kalscheur have suggestions. At 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, the two writers will hold “But Seriously: A

  • Full steam ahead!

    Full steam ahead!

    ELLSWORTH — There is no real reason to travel by train. Cars are more convenient, the highway system extensive, and a plane is almost certainly less expensive for any comparable distance. But trains hold a magic that few modes of modern transportation can match: the rhythmic click and swish of the rails, the soft sway

  • 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),