Live for $5 Kicks Off July 1st

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No Bull! ? YES: Bull!

Poland Family Farm has a new bull calf born of Daisie the cow today. Here are some pics to fill your cutie quotient for the day. Meanwhile come to the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to get your Daisie and Son updates!

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Wine Tasting Saturday Night

If you attended the Stonington Farmers Market today from 10AM to Noon you probably already heard from Bette that Waters Edge Wines will be having a complimentary wine tasting tomorrow afernoon into evening. This Saturday from 3-7PM at their shop you can try an assortment of specialty wines. Why not?

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Music at Burnt Cove Church june 30th

Get your tickets to this and other Opera House Arts events at their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon.

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Opera House Arts’ (OHA) is thrilled to present violist Matt Dane, pianist Anastasia Antonacos, and their Glimpses Beyond concert on Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Burnt Cove Church. The evening will celebrate the summer solstice with musical pieces of transcendence. Audiences will experience how J.S. Bach, Ernest Bloch, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Jules Massanet envisioned the afterlife – a journey for which Dane’s viola is the perfect vehicle.

“Matthew Dane has appeared at the Opera House in numerous innovative incarnations since OHA reopened the theater in 2000,” said Linda Nelson, founding Director. “He never fails to amaze with his nationally-acclaimed, innovative selections and performances.”

MATT DANE serves as Principal Violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and Associate Principal for Arizona MusicFest. Dane has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, ROCO, and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir among others; his chamber performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and BBC’s Channel 3. A committed teacher, Dane has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado, Metro State College of Denver, and was tenured at the University of Oklahoma; he now actively maintains a private studio in Boulder. His parents are year-round residents of Little Deer Isle, and Dane and his wife, flautist Christina, have repeatedly stunned Maine audiences with their innovative virtuosity.

ANASTASIA ANTONACOS has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S. Dr. Antonacos won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and holds prizes from the Capdepra International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.

This year’s Chamber at the Church series is expanded to nine Tuesday evening concerts and includes an eclectic array of musicians and programs. In addition to Dane and Antonacos, upcoming performances include: The DaPonte String Quartet plus guest artists in a new Midsummer Night Sextet, July 14; pianist Ralitza Patcheva in “A Room with a Symphony,” July 21; Carolyn Surrick’s Between War and Here, July 28; Vasily Popov, cello, and Eric Ulreich, electric guitar, August 11; The Woo Downeast with Heidi Powell, August 18; Anastasia Antonacos Trio, August 25; and French Horn Alive with Peter Atkinson September 8.

Subscriptions to the full series, a $194 value, are available online at for only $165. Subscribers receive discounts, guaranteed seating, and the chance to meet some of the artists. Those looking for a more flexible series can choose an abbreviated subscription of four out of the nine concerts for $75.

Individual tickets for events at the Burnt Cove Church can also be purchased online, as well at the Opera House box office or at the door of the church at the time of the show. Shows do sell out and advance tickets are recommended. The Burnt Cove Church is fully accessible and located at 17 Airport Road in Stonington, just off of Route 15A behind Burnt Cove Market. Parking and facilities are limited; please watch for and follow the directions of parking attendants.

Opera House Arts (OHA) is celebrating its 16th season offering year round events at the historic Stonington Opera House, including Shakespeare in Stonington, a site-specific performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, the exciting return of contemporary dance-video artists Bridgman|Packer, a free movie night on the fish pier, and more. OHA’s season is supported in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, as well as generous grants from the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. For the full schedule and to purchase advance tickets, please visit or call 207-367-2788.

Fresh Art

COVE ©katy allgeyer

COVE ©katy allgeyer

This Friday from 10AM to Noon at the Stonington Farmers Market will see vendor Art By Katy returning for the season with many new paintings. Be sure to stop by the central aisle to say hi and see more of Katy’s work. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment for a visit to the artist’s studio gallery (phone 207.367.6369) or drive by and take a chance that the studio is open.

LEAVING CROWLEY ©katy allgeyer

LEAVING CROWLEY ©katy allgeyer

The Seagull Flies At Ames Farm in July

Visit the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to stock up your summer pantry, buy your gifts, decorate your home with art, and find out what’s happening at the newly renovated Opera House.

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Director Peter Richards returns with an original, site-specific production

Where better to take in one of the great works of Western drama – Chekhov’s The Seagull – than on the Stonington shoreline? Opera House Arts’ (OHA) is proud to present an original, site-specific performance, with professional and community cast, of this classic dark comedy July 10 through July 26. All shows in what is sure to be a unique Maine summer experience are at 7 p.m. at Ames Farm in Stonington. The play, featuring New York City-based actors Kathleen Turco-Lyon and Craig Baldwin, both of whom previously gave stunning performances in OHA’s production of Elizabeth Rex, explores the late-19th century lives of those on a rural Russian estate as they form love triangles and confront the pressures of a changing world. In Chekhov, the only thing you can count on is life not turning out the way it’s supposed to.

The Seagull is one of the masterpieces of modern drama – it’s funny, sad, silly, serious, and amazingly insightful,” said director Peter Richards, whose family are long-time Stonington summer residents. “Performing the play outdoors, with the natural beauty of Deer Isle as a backdrop, is sure to make this production a special experience for the audience.”

Seating for the 11 performances over three weeks is extremely limited, with only 50 seats available per show. In addition to the unique venue – the plays four acts are set in different locations on the salt water Ames Farm on Indian Point Road in Stonington – those attending this performance will be treated to an immersive experience including Russian concessions. All seats are $50 and advance tickets are required and may be purchased at or by calling the Opera House box office at 207-367-2788. Directions to the farm will be available at the time of purchase. Rain dates have been scheduled in the case of inclement weather.

Sign up for Actor’s Boot Camp

The Stonington Farmers Market attracts so much attention for its wonderful produce, specialty foods, and arts and crafts. But did you know that our town’s favorite landmark the Stonington Opera House has a booth at the farmers market? You can come browse our market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to find out what OHA’s programming is. Here’s just one such program:

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Opera House Arts works with AEA actor Per Janson to bring area students, ages 15-22, an Actors’ Boot Camp July 5 though July 18. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

Rock Art Talk Set For Tuesday

If only rocks could talk, they’d tell you to come to this informative fun art talk Tuesday night at the Island Heritage House Barn. They’d also tell you to drop by the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to get your veggies, flowers, gourmet foods, art, crafts, and fun!

TUES, JUNE 23 Joseph Fiore Rock Art Talk

7 PM Heritage House Barn In 2014, Island Heritage Trust was gifted with two Joseph Fiore rock series paintings from the Maine Farmland Trust. John Ollman, art dealer, former student of Fiore’s at the Philadelphia College of Art and longtime Stonington resident, will discuss these works and the intersection between art and na- ture as well as Fiore’s evolution from Abstract Expressionist paint- ing to a more realistic presentation of the natural world. Ollman is delighted to see these works at IHT as they represent Fiore’s life- long love of nature and, in particular, of Maine and its rugged rock formations.

A Few Openings Left–Hurry!

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Only a few openings left for this summer’s Island Arts Camp including guest artist Jackson Gillman, running from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10 at the Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

Come to the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to find out more about OHA’s summer season events!

“Kids In Nature” Launched by IHT

The Island Heritage Trust is launching a new children’s activity this summer in July and August. Stop by their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon for more information. Here’s what it’s all about:Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 6.46.24 PM

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