Arts & living

  • Racial justice art show seeks artists

    Racial justice art show seeks artists

    BAR HARBOR—A local group, MDI Art for Justice, is seeking artists of all ages from Hancock County and beyond to produce works for a one-day pop-up art show in Bar Harbor. The Art for Justice: Working Towards Equity show will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Works of art will be exhibited at two

  • Maine foliage reports return

    Maine foliage reports return

    AUGUSTA – On Sept. 16, Gale Ross, the most accurate Maine fall foliage news source, kicked off the 2020 Maine Foliage Report season. Maine Foliage Reports are issued Wednesday afternoons during September and October. Ross has been at the helm of the legendary Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Maine Fall Foliage Report since 2002. In her

  • Traditional Handcrafts Fund awards $112,000 in grants

    Traditional Handcrafts Fund awards $112,000 in grants

    ELLSWORTH –The Maine Community Foundation recently awarded 13 grants totaling $112,807 through its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund. The fund’s goal is to support projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts throughout Maine, including fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, glass arts, woodwork, leather and traditional Native American handcrafts.  The 2020 grant awards include:  Community School, Mount Desert, to connect local woodworkers with Community School

  • IRW receives Library of Congress honor 

    IRW receives Library of Congress honor 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Island Readers & Writers (IRW) is one of 15 literacy organizations globally to be named a 2020 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.  The honor recognizes IRW’s achievement in the promotion of literacy and in the development of innovative methods and effective practices in the field.  IRW is a nonprofit organization based in Southwest Harbor that brings book-centered programs to Maine children

  • Kline to speak on new book 

    Kline to speak on new book 

    BAR HARBOR—Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline as she talks about her newest book, “The Exiles,” in conversation with award-winning Maine author Monica Wood on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. with the Jesup Memorial Library. This virtual discussion will take place on Zoom.   “The Exiles” captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope

  • Common Ground goes online for 2020 

    Common Ground goes online for 2020 

    UNITY —The Common Ground Country Fair, the premier educational event of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), will be held online Sept. 25-27. April Boucher, MOFGA’s Fair Director, noted, “While we can’t gather together in person this year, many aspects of the fair will be available online, including iconic and educational content that folks look forward

  • Northeast Harbor Library Story Hour

    Northeast Harbor Library Story Hour

    Northeast Harbor Library’s Children’s Librarian Robin Strauss reads to a few children on the lawn at the library on Monday for story time. Some of the library has been open to the public since July 1, with safety precautions and an attendance limit in place. Depending on the weather and interest, Strauss is planning to continue

  • Steele book highlights Park Service career

    Steele book highlights Park Service career

    MOUNT DESERT — People used to tell Sheridan Steele, former superintendent of Acadia National Park, that he should write a book about the fascinating, funny and sometimes freakish experiences he had in 38 years of national parks management.  Now he has.  It is titled “From Bear Dens to the Oval Office.”  One early spring day when Steele was deputy superintendent

  • Traditional Maine skill and craft demos continue 

    Traditional Maine skill and craft demos continue 

    TREMONT — The success of the Tremont Historical Society’s outdoor demonstrations of traditional Maine skills and crafts at the Bass Harbor Country Store Museum has prompted organizers to extend the programs through Sept. 26.  Past demonstrations have included bait bag weaving, wool weaving, quilting and corn husk dollmaking. Upcoming events will include an art project, fishing and boating skills, and lore and other fun, educational topics.    The programs will be held

  • New podcast ‘The View from ‘32’ keeping local arts scene connected 

    New podcast ‘The View from ‘32’ keeping local arts scene connected 

    BAR HARBOR — The nonprofit that operates the 1932 Criterion Theatre works to make sure the historic art deco building is used to connect artists, audiences and the local community. That’s difficult to do in a pandemic, but the nonprofit has launched two new projects that fit the bill.  One is live performances on the Criterion stage that audiences can