• Middle school bands score big

    All four middle school jazz bands here on Mount Desert Island are heading to their state instrumental jazz festival after receiving high marks from judges last week at the district competition in Brewer. Bands from the Conners Emerson School, Mount Desert Elementary School, Pemetic Elementary School and the Tremont Consolidated School are moving on to

  • On the Road Review: Volkswagen Golf R

    On the Road Review: Volkswagen Golf R

    It was late fall 2003 and Volkswagen brought a new version of its ever-popular Golf to America, a performance model beyond the known GTI trim, a model long sold in Europe but never before on these shores. Labeled only as the R, this Golf featured the brand’s VR6 narrow-angle V-6 engine (240 hp) plus a

  • DVD Review: The Intern

    DVD Review: The Intern

    If we have to watch a romantic comedy, it had better be a Nancy Meyers one. Nancy Meyers movies are the kind that make you want to jump through the screen and start living in them (assuming that being an impossibly chic, successful woman with an Architectural Digest-worthy home and enough cash to afford one

  • Winter whites useless now

    Winter whites useless now

    If all the rain we’ve had recently had been snow, we’d still be knee deep in winter! Contrary to last winter’s abundant snowstorms, snowshoe hares and ermine run around now in bare woods and are very conspicuous with their white coats. Normally, their white fur makes them blend into the landscape. Now they stand out,

  • MDI hosting Drama Fest

    MDI hosting Drama Fest

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School will host the Eastern Regional of the Maine Drama Festival for Class B schools on March 4-5. Nine high schools will compete for the opportunity to advance to the Class B State Final at Stearns/Schenck High School in Millinocket on March 18-19. Two Class B winners will

  • Barn Arts sets winter show

    Barn Arts sets winter show

    MOUNT DESERT — The Barn Arts Collective will present “Alice in Winterland,” an original site-specific show, at Camp Beech Cliff on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. The performance is part of the Acadia Winter Festival and is sponsored by the Southwest Harbor Public Library. “We’re thrilled to use Camp Beech Cliff’s beautiful nature trail

  • Local flocks to Acacia House Inn’s brunches

    Local flocks to Acacia House Inn’s brunches

    BAR HARBOR — Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning in winter, the orange and Christmas light-strewn dining room of Acacia House Inn is bustling with regulars: local farmers, shop and restaurant owners and college students who have bundled up and made their way to the inn for a hearty breakfast. From May to October, the

  • MDI High soars at jazz festival

    MDI High soars at jazz festival

    BAR HARBOR— Jazz is said to be America’s only true art form. Given the results of last week’s District VI High School Instrumental Jazz Festival, that rich cultural heritage is alive and well here on Mount Desert Island. MDI High School not only hosted the Feb. 25 festival that attracted musicians from nine schools, all