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  • Winging it a rush for Improv founder

    Winging it a rush for Improv founder

    BAR HARBOR — After 20-plus years of making-it-up-as-you-go, improvisational comedian Jennifer Shepard still gets quite a thrill when she steps onto the stage. “It’s rather nerve-wracking, and it feels exciting, especially when you have an audience that’s excited to be there,” Shepard says. Shepard will join Improv Acadia veteran Dennis Smith and musical director Larrance

  • Winging it a rush for Improv founder

    Winging it a rush for Improv founder

    BAR HARBOR — After 20-plus years of making-it-up-as-you-go, improvisational comedian Jennifer Shepard still gets quite a thrill when she steps onto the stage. “It’s rather nerve-wracking, and it feels exciting, especially when you have an audience that’s excited to be there,” Shepard says. Shepard will join Improv Acadia veteran Dennis Smith and musical director Larrance

  • MDI recording artist, pianist back for show

    BAR HARBOR — Pianist and composer Dov Manski, a Mount Desert Island native, and singer Kristin Slipp (another Mainer) released their first album “A Thousand Julys” on the major jazz label Sunnyside Records. On Sept. 29, Manski will be coming home to MDI with Slipp to perform in concert at College of the Atlantic Gates

  • Filmmaker focuses on Northeast Harbor

    Filmmaker focuses on Northeast Harbor

    MOUNT DESERT — A feature-length documentary exploring the history and people of Northeast Harbor is entering its final stages of production, thanks to a successful $6,000 online fundraising campaign. Filmmaker and Mount Desert native Jeremy Lunt has been working on “The Summer Colony” since he was a student at the University of Southern Maine in

  • Growing veggies – nourishing minds on MDI

    Growing veggies – nourishing minds on MDI

    A three-foot by five-foot space doesn’t seem like much space for a garden. But, as the Kids Can Grow program is proving, some big lessons can be learned from growing vegetables in a small space. Since May 8, 15 children, ranging in age from seven to 12, have been meeting monthly at Maine Coast Heritage

  • Asticou to spotlight MDI artists

    Asticou to spotlight MDI artists

    BAR HARBOR — The Asticou Connection Galley in Town Hill will be hosting an artist’s reception and open house on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 5-7 p.m. This month the gallery will be showcasing six artists and artisans with strong connections to the Mount Desert Island region. The artists are Linden O’Ryan, Joel Avila, John Bryan,

  • Art walk

    BAR HARBOR — First Friday art walks are emerging around the country as an innovative way of introducing communities to the many fine artists that function in their midst. Bar Harbor’s successful and enthusiastic offerings are no exception. A total of two-dozen venues will take part in this Friday’s art walk, which runs from 6

  • MDI as artist’s muse

    MDI as artist’s muse

    MOUNT DESERT — Throughout the month of July, the Northeast Harbor Library will exhibit drawings by Stanley Ira Hallet from his book “Sketches of Mount Desert Island.” The pencil and pen sketches in this book document his time sitting on a rock deconstructing the landscape in front of him. Part meditation, part observation, the drawings

  • MDI jazz bands gets high marks

    MDI jazz bands gets high marks

    Jazz bands from the Mount Desert Island school system received high marks last week and will move on to state competitions. Sponsored by Maine Music Educators Association, the annual festivals are the musical equivalent of tournament week for high school basketball players. Judges rate the bands, combos and show choirs on their performances. Groups receiving

  • MDI jazz bands gets high marks

    MDI jazz bands gets high marks

    Jazz bands from the Mount Desert Island school system received high marks last week and will move on to state competitions. Sponsored by Maine Music Educators Association, the annual festivals are the musical equivalent of tournament week for high school basketball players. Judges rate the bands, combos and show choirs on their performances. Groups receiving