• 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),

  • Wake up to the world

    Wake up to the world

    STONINGTON — Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will read selected poems from his fifth, newly published poetry book “How to Start Over” (2019, Deerbrook Editions, Cumberland, Me.) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at the Stonington Opera House. The event is free and open to all. Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco, who was President Barack

  • Warm up! On cold spring nights, take comfort in chowder

    Warm up! On cold spring nights, take comfort in chowder

    Chowder parties became popular in the mid-19th century. The following excerpt describes a family beach picnic in southern Maine in 1865. Hersina Fletcher Paul of Eliot was writing to her brother, Aaron Jones Fletcher, who was still serving in the Union Army. Although General Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia in April, the

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator

    On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator

    This is the long-awaited Jeep pickup named Gladiator, the first since 1992’s Comanche. While based on the Wrangler Unlimited four-door model, this is much more than a Wrangler with a pickup bed wedded to the back. Not since the Dodge Hellcat’s debut four years ago have so many people stopped to inspect, ride along beside

  • Healing tonic

    Healing tonic

    ELLSWORTH — Bob Sewall is an evangelist. Not of God, but of something a bit closer to earth: An apple cider vinegar evangelist. “The list of benefits is probably in the hundreds,” said the Lincolnville apple grower, speaking on the phone in April during a lunch break from tending his 500 trees. Sewall runs Maine’s