• From orchard to glass

    From orchard to glass

    ELLSWORTH — Sow’s Ear Winery’s proprietor Tom Hoey is among six Maine cider makers while Barbara Brooks of Seal Cove Farm and Kim Roos of Garden Side dairy in Jonesboro are among five Maine cheese makers who will be featured at the second Downeast Cider & Cheese Festival at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

  • Pilau talk

    Pilau talk

    By Merry Post Special to The Ellsworth American The anonymous woman from Salem, Mass., who wrote “The American Matron, or Practical and Scientific Cookery,” addressed young housekeepers in her preface. Writing in 1851, she sought not just to ennoble the mission of housekeepers and cooks but also to caution the reader about the seriousness of

  • Get spooked

    Get spooked

    ELLSWORTH — If you’re looking for something scarier than costume parties and rooms full of mechanical monsters, you might want to try visiting local places that some say are actually haunted. Chief among them is Route 182, which takes motorists through Township 10 between Franklin and Cherryfield. Some have claimed to see a woman walking

  • A family tragicomedy

    A family tragicomedy

    By Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — The New Surry Theatre is launching its 2019-20 performance season with something new and different and, judging by a rehearsal last Sunday, quite special. “Fun Home” the Tony Award-winning musical based on American cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, opens Friday, Nov. 8, for a

  • Lifelong learners

    Lifelong learners

    WINTER HARBOR — For years, Gouldsboro resident Janis Guyette has scheduled her summer vacation from her job around the drawing, watercolor and other classes offered at the annual Schoodic Arts Festival. Learning still-life and life drawing, painting, collage, felting and decorative gourd-making and other art forms enriched her time off from work and fired her interest

  • The apples of his eye

    The apples of his eye

    AUGUSTA — For 45 years, John Bunker has lived and worked the land at Super Chilly Farm in Palermo in Waldo County. Much of the Fedco Trees founder’s time has been spent hunting for and preserving old apple tree varieties all over the state, including Hancock County. On Sunday, Oct. 20, Governor Janet Mills and

  • Where all things meet

    Where all things meet

    BLUE HILL — Brooklin composer-pianist Paul Sullivan, poet Richard Blanco and soprano Rose Upton take their bows after the 2019 Word literary festival’s finale Sunday afternoon in Blue Hill. At The Bay School’s Emlen Hall, a capacity crowd gave the trio three standing ovations. Accompanied by Sullivan, Blanco recited his moving poem “Complaint of El

  • Power up with a tart, sweet treat

    Power up with a tart, sweet treat

    My sister Jennifer Wixson and her husband, Stanley Luce, of Troy, Maine, are diversified farmers who raise Scottish Highland beef cattle, tend beehives and cultivate a wide variety of fruit, including cranberries. This has been a banner year for cranberries, also known as bounce berries (because the ripe ones bounce). These shiny, scarlet berries grow

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator

    MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — One of America’s traditional luxury automakers announced not only a brand new model, but a new ad campaign called “Fresh Take on Movement,” recently at the New England debut of both. For well over a decade, Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln brand has been caught on a plateau — new models designed to

  • Between the Covers

    Between the Covers

    Editor’s note: Here’s a couple of the latest books to arrive in the mail at The Ellsworth American. They either have ties to the state or are of special interest to our readers.   Drugs-driven, crime thriller In Maine, Fentenyl was behind many of the 2,432 drug-induced deaths, which tripled, between 2007 and 2017. The

  • A song in his heart

    A song in his heart

    BAR HARBOR — Actor, singer and storyteller Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Adam Ben-David on the piano, will perform his new show “Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Criterion Theatre. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of show stopping,” raves The New Yorker. “Diaries” is a marriage of

  • Serving up Maine

    Serving up Maine

    BAR HARBOR — Sharon Joyce is on a mission to help everyone eat better food. “Food is what we all build our lives around,” said Joyce over coffee and mocktails in her Bar Harbor cooking school, the aptly named Ambrosia. She opened the school in 1986, a year after she moved to Maine. The Richmond,