Anatomy of an Owl Stool Nov 6th

Our Stonington Farmers Market vendors do not rest in the off-season. To prove it, see what Geoffrey Warner Studio is up to:
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Day of the Dead + Wine Tasting = Fun Nov 1st

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$100K Still Needed to Complete OHA’s Expansion





Do you enjoy movies, music, and theatrical mayhem such as Romeo & Juliet & Zombies at the Stonington Opera House? Many of our Stonington Farmers Market customers plan their Fridays in season around shopping our market, having lunch in town, and then catching the entertainment at the Opera House on Friday night. If you do, show your support by giving any donation amount to complete the construction of the restoration of the Opera House. Over half of the $975,000 needed has been pledged by the Board of Directors. There is currently a $100,000 shortfall needed to fund the project. Your contributions are tax deductible.

OHA dig begins Oct 23 2014 for pressOpera House Arts began construction on October 23 of the final components needed to complete its restoration and revival of the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places. Shown from left: contractor Brian Burgess; Bob Tobin, incoming Chair of the Opera House Board of Directors; architect Doug McMillan of Eric Chase Architecture; Producing Artistic Director Linda Nelson; and founding Artistic Director Judith Jerome. Funds are still needed for this project: to participate please contact Linda Nelson, Producing Artistic Director, or 207-367-2788. Photo by Kristy Furrow, courtesy Opera House Arts.

Farview Farmers in Critical Condition

Attention all Frendors of the Stonington Farmers Market:  we’ve just heard an alarming report on the local news that our fellow vendors Charles Read and Anne Flewelling of Farview Farm were involved in a head on collision this morning. We do not have any details yet other than that and a life flight was called for. Please keep them in your hearts and prayers. If we find out what hospital we will post it so that cards or flowers can be sent.
DSC08294Anne (center) and Charles Read (right) in their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market this past summer.


50 Firefighters Respond to Poland Family Farm

We send our sympathy out to our Stonington Farmers Market vendor the Poland Family Farm on the loss of their livestock and barn. Read more by clicking this link. Fifty firefighters from our region responded to the blaze apparently caused by heat lamps used to warm baby piglets.

Day of the Dead Rocks Stonington Nov 1

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Make Stonington your destination on November 1, when downtown will buzz with activity from 4 to 7 p.m. as merchants offer specials, discounts, and a decorated downtown around Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance and Celebration at 7 p.m.

This will be Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance. Blue Hill dance band MERTHER will be the featured musicians. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged, as are food, photos, artwork, flowers, and other offerings to your lost loved ones for the traditionalofrenda installation. Prizes will be awarded for the most authentic costumes. The evening will include a local beer tasting from STRONG BREWING CO of Sedgwick; special snacks available for purchase from EL EL FRIJOLES, also of Sedgwick; and a sugar skull cookie decorating station.

November 1 is many things to many people: the day after Halloween for most, All Saints Day for some, and increasingly around the country and world a celebration known as the Day of the Dead. This is a Latin American celebration of lost loved ones that brings Halloween and All Saints Day traditions together in a festive remembrance of the dead through food, art, costumes, music, dancing, and more. Traditional Day of the Dead offerings include marigolds, sugar skulls, and a special bread known as pan de muerto.

From 4 to 7 p.m., other downtown businesses including The Dry Dock and Unexpected Treasures are extending their hours and offering special discounts; Unexpected Treasures will be featuring the new children’s book, Scipio the Singing Seagull. The Harbor CaféOpera House and others will also offer 10% discounts that evening for those with a Day of the Dead card indicating they have visited two or more downtown merchants. A Pop-Up Marketplace, located in the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street, will feature some of the area’s other favorite food and craft vendors from the Stonington Farmers Market and beyond.

For more information, please call 367-2788, go to, or see the Facebook event page at

Pop-Up Market To Open in Stonington

Dear Stonington Farmers Market Vendors— there is a new conceptual “Pop Up Market” happening soon in Stonington. Linda Nelson of Opera House Arts invites us to create a mini Farmers Market within the concept. See more below and do not hesitate to contact her about the opportunity.

Dear fellow downtown businesspeople,

I’m writing as a member and on behalf of a subcommittee of the Stonington Economic Development Committee’s subcommittees working to promote more “shoulder season” business activity for our local businesses.
Our first activity is coming up NOVEMBER 1 and it is not too late to participate: please read on for details.
We are initially focusing our efforts in two ways:
* on building activity around events or programs already planned by one of our businesses, rather than trying to create new “festivals” or special events
* on building activity in downtown Stonington
If we are successful in building economic activity in these ways–both from island residents and in drawing visitors down the Peninsula from Ellsworth and beyond–we can expand and take on larger strategies!
Our first special promotion weekend is coming out in two weeks, on Saturday, November 1, and it is not too late to participate if you are not yet involved. You should see word of it hit social networking, newspapers, etc. early this week.
November 1 is many things to many people: the day after Halloween for must of us, All Saints Day for some folks, and, increasingly around the country and world, a celebration known as the Day of the Dead. This is a Latin American celebration of lost loved ones and brings Halloween and All Saints Days together…
For the second straight year, the Opera House is having a dance with live music from the Blue Hill bandMERTHER and festive foods that night (including a beer tasting with STRONG BREWING CO of Sedgwick, and special snacks from El El Frijoles). The dance begins at 7 p.m.
Prior to that, on Saturday afternoon, other downtown businesses (including The Dry Dock and Unexpected Treasures) are staying open until 7; the Harbor Cafe and Opera House are offering discounts; and we are hoping to have our first Pop Up Marketplace trial at the Odd Fellows Hall.
How can you participate?
* keep your business open until 7 pm
* craft and food vendors: take a table at the Pop Up Marketplace at the Oddfellows Building from 4 to 7 pm(if you are interested in this option, reply directly to me)
* offer a special of some sort (discount, item, etc.) to anyone with a Day of the Dead card — which means they’ve been trolling Main St. and been to at least one other business!
decorate — ESPECIALLY with lights, to make Stonington glow! for other Day of the Dead decoration ideas, see this:
promote — we are working with the Ellsworth and Blue Hill Chambers of Commerce to get the word out, as well as local radio and newspaper promotions. But some of the best promotions will come from you directly to your customer or fan bases — share the event on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or whatever you are using these days to communicate with your customers!
The Pop Up Marketplace is a new idea — designed to be fast, small, quick, and without a lot of extra organizing, to give those without a Stonington Main Street storefront a way to participate in the foot traffic we hope these special promotions begin to draw. Talk to us about this!
It will take some time to build these “quick hit” make-Stonington-your-destination promotions (and again, we are talking about this for local residents as much as visitors–we can all better “buy local” and keep Stonington alive!), so we will try this again around WINTERFEST  in January, and again on a date to be named in May or June…also, Stonington supports SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on November 29, and the Opera House will be hosting a free holiday movie plus caroling by our school Show Choir on Saturday, December 6.
One of the most important things that will make this concept work is for us as local businesses to share with each other what we are planning. If you want to do a special sale, or event, or know about a quilting or scrapbooking or writing or painting workshop coming up in Stonington, let the rest of us know and we can gang up special promotions and try to get the word out about how special Stonington is as an off-season destination!
Looking forward to your questions, feedback, and participation.
cheers and thanks,

Linda L. Nelson

Producing Artistic Director
Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House
Facebook and Twitter: operahousearts
207.217.7364 (mobile)

Owls in Paradise


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Lucy’s News

Lucy’s Granola news includes new market tote bags (I mentioned them before but now they are on thewebsite), delicious new trail mixes, and best of all, we are selling a delicious mix of granola, bits of chocolate and tiny toffee chips for baking and creating with.  This is in lovely glass jars and I will send a free jar to anyone who orders over three bags of granola.  I would love to hear from you with your most inventive recipes.  I will send one of ours with each jar – delicious granola toffee chip cookies.
I will be sending out our holiday gift ideas next week.  Toffee bars in sweet tins and granola, trail mix and other treats coming soon.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

El El News Update

You DID tell us you’d like to be kept “in the loop” right?
Here is what is going on as we transition into Autumn:

1) Summer: Thank you! This was our busiest, craziest, hottest and most challenging season in all of our (8!) years of doing this crazy thing. It is pretty obvious that we could never do any of this stuff without the love, advice, patience and support of the entire EL EL FRIJOLES community. We are the ones making the food, choosing the music and digging the boulders out of the driveway, but it is you guys, the customers, that ultimately drive everything we do here. We totally understand that it can be a pain in the @#% to stand at the end of a long line stretching out into the middle of the jame-packed parking lot just to order your food. We get that it is a drag to park your minivan in our overcrowded lot, and we totally feel you when you really wish we didn’t have a port-a-potty. We work really hard to overcome most of the hassle of being our customer by offering you a few basics- food that we really love and are excited to share with you, the respect you deserve as a smart, well-informed (and attractive!) customer and an environment where you are able to relax and enjoy the heck out of yourselves, your friends and your family. So far, this combination seems to be working pretty well, but it is not without it’s significant challenges. So thanks for hanging with us, we really, really appreciate the way you guys enable us in pursuing our passion. We’ll try to keep it interesting, and we promise to keep innovating and working to smooth-out the whole process.
2) Media Darlings? A really crazy thing happened to us this summer. First off, we were featured in Malcolm and Jillian Bedell’s latest beautiful and amazing book, Eating in Maine. Heck, Michele is on the cover! We then were fortunate enough to be featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise, which was pretty much a nightmare while it was happening, but we got through it alright and the final result (due to some skillful editing) was actually pretty great. When it aired late in August, we also happened to be featured in an article in the Bangor Daily News about Maine chefs who are creatively using lobster, and in the August issue of Down East, we were the featured restaurant in their The Menu section. Down East, honestly! We even scored a solid two-line mention in Maine Magazine- And we are not even IN Portland! All this without even hiring a publicist. We are tickled (and a little tormented) by all of the attention, and are just so jazzed to see this little peninsula finally getting some recognition from the great big world at large.
But now it’s Autumn, and time for a change of pace:
3) Taste of the PeninsulaFall is festival time around here, what with the colors and the lack of bugs and the fact we all have a little bit more time than we do in the Summer. We like to gather together to celebrate some of what makes living here so ‘effing great. Fall is the time to eat-up all of these apples, to gorge on those amazing root vegetables (or else put them down-cellar for the Winter) and it’s time to do your canning, pickling and preserving. The really big thing around here is the Foliage Food & WIne Festival (the 9th annual!) that goes on for a week or two beginning Columbus Day weekend, kicking-off with the Taste of the Peninsula.
This Sunday, on the grounds of MaineScape garden center, we will join with pretty much everyone in the food scene on the Peninsula to show off what we can do with the incredible bounty of delicious stuff found here in the Fall. EL EL FRIJOLES is making a huge departure from years past, and we are going to be serving Mexican Style, Maine-grown Corn on the Cob brushed with a chili/mayo/cheese/butter, and Local Apples topped with our warm Dulce de Leche! I pretty much go for the wine and cider tasting, but there is an amazing amount and variety of food and drink to be had here, and there is live music and a chowder contest and kids stuff and, and, and… It is a really nice day out, and a terrific chance to share a little Autumn with your community.

4) Wine Dinner Supper Club: Our contribution to the FF&WF always includes a meal with our friends and neighbors at the Blue Hill Inn & the Blue Hill Wine Shop. This year is no different, and we are again pulling out all stops to put together a stunning 5-course, fancy-pants meal served in an actual dining room by professional servers. I know, that’s pretty innovative, right? We actually like to have an opportunity to make Max crazy(er) as he tries to pair his eclectic selection of wines (and beer, or cider, or mead or…) with our rather unconventional menu. It is nice to work in a place that has actual tables and seats and stuff too. I think our customers like the change, and we always put together an interesting and entertaining meal, and Max always astounds and amazes with his verbose discourse about the wines he’s chosen, and why and how they’ve come to be. Innkeeper extraordinaire Sarah Pebworth and her staff make sure the meal goes off in fine style and will envelope you in graciousness and luxury, it’s what these people do! In any case, if you are free on Saturday the 18th give Sarah a call to see if there are any tickets left.

5) Finally…… So, as we move forward into the colder, darker months, know that we will continue to soldier on and endeavor to provide you with a great place to come in for a meal. We are currently operating under our Fall hours (Wed, Thurs, Fri. 11-7) but it is soon to get a little weird. You might want to call us to see if we are really here and making food. I can promise you that we will be closed for the month of November!

 And if you are still reading this, than I have even more reason to reiterate the sentiment stated above: We LOVE our customers! Even the ones who totally pan us onTrip Advisor! If it were not for You People willing to drive to a barn in the middle of nowhere, wedge your car into a crappy dirt lot and elbow your way into a hot, cramped space with some pretty eclectic tunes playing at a little too high a volume, all just to see if we have run out of your favorite dish yet…If it were not for You, we’d be sitting out here all by ourselves, wondering just where we went wrong.
So thanks for that! Thanks for the encouragement, the kind words, the occasional dixie cup of excellent red wine, thanks for bussing your dishes outside to the left, and thank you for trusting us enough to give us a try. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
-Michael, Michele and Jasper

For more info on any of this stuff, or if you just need to chat, call us at
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