Arts & living

  • Racism: the scourge continues

    Racism: the scourge continues

    BAR HARBOR—Racism in the U.S. has existed since the colonial era and has involved practices that restricted the political, personal and economic freedoms of African Americans. While racial discrimination was largely denounced by the mid-20th century, extensive evidence of racial discrimination in various sectors of modern U.S. society, including criminal justice, education, business, the economy, housing, health care and media, still exists.   Among the current

  • Go “Beyond Acadia” with Rich Bard 

    Go “Beyond Acadia” with Rich Bard 

    BAR HARBOR—Join author Rich Bard as he travels through fishing villages, rocky coastlines, wild blueberry fields and vast stretches of forestland stretching from Ellsworth to the Canadian border during a virtual author talk on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Bard is the author of “Beyond Acadia: Exploring the Bold Coast of Down East Maine,” the first travel guide that exclusively focuses on this section of

  • Online Native American festival 

    Online Native American festival 

    BAR HARBOR—The Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market will be celebrating online to mark its 27th year. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Digital NAF will allow viewers to safely connect with participating artists to learn about them and their work. It will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 2–4 p.m. through Zoom, live streaming to Facebook and YouTube.  A collaborative partnership

  • Thuya, Rockefeller gardens set to open

    Thuya, Rockefeller gardens set to open

    MOUNT DESERT — Starting July 8, Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 2:30–5:30 p.m.  Admittance will be on a first-come basis, with a limit of 35 people in the garden at a time. There is no admittance fee, but donations may be made at the gate. Thuya Lodge will remain closed for the season. 

  • 54th Bar Harbor Music Festival begins

    54th Bar Harbor Music Festival begins

    BAR HARBOR — The three components of live music performance, Francis Fortier says, are the performer interpreting the composer’s instructions; the composer who has indicated the notes, rhythm and dynamics; and “that wonderful kinetic, emotional mystery called the listener — and their feelings and experiences sitting in the venue.”  All three are present in this

  • Indivisible MDI meeting goes online

    Indivisible MDI meeting goes online

    MOUNT DESERT—The monthly in-person meeting of Indivisible MDI at the YWCA has been canceled due to the need for physical distancing. The meeting will be online and take place on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.   Representative Brian Hubbell will speak about his work on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee, which is engaging economic experts and industry representatives from across Maine to develop specific policy recommendations to stabilize the state’s economy and build

  • Online exercise class

    MACHIAS–The Down East Community Hospital has made a donation to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center to support the Be in Motion exercise class.   The class is led by Samantha Williams and focuses on restoring range of motion, encouraging lymph drainage and gradually strengthening muscles. Before the pandemic, Be in Motion was held as a face-to-face class at UMAINE Machias, but it’s now offered online, expanding its

  • Town celebrating holiday with unique parade 

    Town celebrating holiday with unique parade 

    BAR HARBOR—The Bar Harbor Fourth of July celebration will feature a parade, with a twist, this year. The “reverse parade” will involve walking or driving through the festively–decorated town instead of watching the parade in a crowd. Residents and businesses are encouraged to take part by decorating their homes, buildings, storefronts, front lawns or porches.  The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce emphasizes that the “reverse parade”

  • Call for artists 

    Call for artists 

    NORTHEAST HARBOR—Smart Studio is calling for artists to enter their Pandemic Art Show this summer.   Extraordinary times can open up channels of creativity not available before. “We probably won’t be able to host a cocktail party, but we can certainly get art out to the public in a safe way,” said studio owner Gail Cleveland.   “I plan to display the artwork in