• First-time sci-fi author to present at the Jesup

    First-time sci-fi author to present at the Jesup

    BAR HARBOR — Visit a future of genetic manipulation and implant technology with Bar Harbor author Heather Hayden at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. “Augment,” which was released in March, is Hayden’s first published book. It is a young adult science fiction novella that tells the story of Viki,

  • Shaw Gallery hosts MDI Open reception Thursday

    Shaw Gallery hosts MDI Open reception Thursday

    MOUNT DESERT — The 15th Annual MDI Open, an art exhibition featuring over 40 local artists, will be featured at the Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor from May 21 through June 10. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, May 21, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

  • Orioles have arrived

    Orioles have arrived

    Daily calls this past week have brought me news of oriole sightings at local feeders. The first came from Isleford, where both orchard orioles and northern orioles are being seen. The northern oriole used to be called the Baltimore oriole, and it is so listed in older bird books. Both of these tropical birds are

  • ImprovAcadia opens 12th season

    ImprovAcadia opens 12th season

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island’s improvisational performance company, ImprovAcadia, will bring their zany shenanigans back to town when their 12th season opens on Friday, May 22, at their cozy 50 seat theater on Cottage Street. Since the nightclub first opened a dozen years ago, cast members, representing some of the finest professional improvisational performers

  • Arts Collective sets sails to Criterion

    Arts Collective sets sails to Criterion

    BAR HARBOR — The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) sailed its colorful, musical ship to port here last weekend for the first of what promises to be a season full of fun at the Criterion Theater. The Bass Harbor-based performance art company brought their interactive musical play “We Run the Ship” to

  • Filmmaker wins arts award

    Filmmaker wins arts award video

    BAR HARBOR — The Acadia Arts Achievement Award is given annually to a community member who has contributed to the cultural enrichment of the citizens of the island and to its visitors. This year’s winner is Nancy Andrews, a faculty member at College of the Atlantic, a visual artist and filmmaker. Andrews works in hybrid

  • Vintage clothing brings the past to life

    Vintage clothing brings the past to life

    “I’m a little girl who hasn’t grown up yet, and I like to play dress-up,” said Norma Spurling of Bar Harbor, explaining why she has been collecting vintage clothing for well over 30 years. She now has hundreds of garments, mostly women’s dresses and hats, dating from the late 1830s to the 1950s. Her collecting

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan

    On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan

    Like other automakers, Toyota has maximized the possible output from one central platform by building numerous variations from a single blueprint. The Toyota Camry — the best-selling car in America for over 10 years — is the basis for the Lexus ES, the Lexus RX as well as this week’s Avalon Hybrid sedan. Stretched 6

  • ‘Reading Room’ was once a front

    ‘Reading Room’ was once a front

    BAR HARBOR —What is now called the Bar Harbor Inn was once an “oasis” of culture for the likes of the Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, and Morgans. According to the late Gladys O’Neil, local historian, the first social club to be organized on the island was started in 1874 and named the Oasis Club. After brief stays