Category Archives: Arts

Wings, Waves & Woods Is Coming Up

You know summer is just around the corner (well, maybe it’s a long corner) when it’s time for Wings, Waves & Woods, the Island Heritage Trust‘s annual 3-day birding festival.

wings waves woodsThe popular event features birding by foot, by boat and by plane. You can listen to a night serenade of spring peepers, woodcock, thrushes and sparrows. You can bird by kayak, or along the Deer isle Thorofare, or all the way out to Seal Island to see the puffins. The new owners of Inn on the Harbor are offering a drawing workshop and the new owners of Pilgrim’s Inn will serve coffee and goodies for birders one morning.

There are birdwalks in the morning, too, including one for nesting eagles. Penobscot Air is offering 20-minute flights for a birdseye view of Deer Isle.

Here’s how IHT describes Wings, Waves & Woods:

This three-day festival offers a low-key opportunity to experience birding for beginners to practiced birders. Guided trips explore the rugged Maine coast looking for returning migrants as well as species which have not yet left for breeding in the Arctic. Boat trips include opportunities to see Atlantic Puffins, Purple Sandpipers, Black Guillemots, and Great Cormorants. The opening Art Reception, of two and three dimensional art, features birds as well as their habitats.

If you’re interested, contact Island Heritage Trust (IHT) at 207-348-2455 or; or register Friday, May 2019, 4:30-6:00 PM at reception and art exhibit “Wings, Waves & Woods” at Pearson Legacy Gallery, 13 Dow Rd, Deer Isle.

Registration is $35 and includes entry to all activities, except where fees are noted. Registration packets include: bird list, nature preserve info, maps, Island Guide, local coupons, the coveted WWW cap and help support next year’s event.

For boat trips allow plenty of time for parking and boarding and dress warmly! For bad weather notices and program info/updates call IHT at 348-2455 or check the Wings, Waves and Woods Facebook page.

Want to come to just one or two activities? No problem–just show up! Suggested donation of $5.

For a complete schedule, click here.


Yes, Summer Is Coming!

Summer WILL come to Deer Isle, though it may take a little while. Meanwhile, the deadline is drawing near to apply to the Stonington Farmers Market as a vendor.

If you’re interested in applying, click on this link. Be sure to send your application to:

Stonington Farmers Market Application

c/o The Lobster Shack

PO Box 318

Stonington, ME  04681

There’s a lot to look forward to this summer in addition to the Stonington Farmers Market, one of the biggest and best in Maine. Fisherman’s Friend and the Harbor View are getting a new look (read about it here). The Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle has new owners, as does the Inn on the Harbor. (Read about it here.)


Here’s where 44 North Coffee will reside this summer in Deer Isle, along with their cafe in Stonington and their tent at the Stonington Farmers Market. 

Deer Isle Village is coming to life, with new owners at the Pilgrim’s Inn (read about it here) and 44 North Coffee moving to Main Street from the Seamark building. (They’ll still have their popular cafe in Stonington as well, and you’ll see them on Saturdays at the Stonington Farmers Market.)

A revitalized Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce has new plans for summer events in both towns. And, of course, a full menu of events will be offered by the Opera House, the public libraries in Deer Isle and Stonington, the Island Heritage Trust and the Deer Isle Artists Association, not to mention all the galleries on the island. So watch this space to help plan your glorious summer.


Plenty happening at the Opera House this month


For many Deer Islanders, winter is their favorite time of year. They can enjoy the beauty and character of the island, while still enjoying the arts.

Though the vendors from the Stonington Farmers Market don’t gather weekly, most don’t go into hibernation.

The Stonington Opera House, for example, never slows down. It shows first-run movies, art films and documentaries plus it schedules live performances, drama classes, staged readings, workshops and more throughout the winter.

On Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4), the Opera House will stage a reading of the Tony Award-winning play Art by Yasmina Reza. The show ran on Friday night to rave reviews – just ask someone who saw it!

Next weekend, the Opera House co-hosts the Holiday Hoopla celebration in Stonington.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday:

12pm: Pop-Up Market in Stonington Opera House lobby opens

12:30pm:  Photos with Santa, cookie decorating and ornament making in the theatre

1:45pm: Caroling in the theatre

2pm: Free screening of Happy Feet

Read more about it here.

And on Dec. 9, 10 and 11, the award-winning new film Moonlight will be shown at the Opera House. It’s about the ‘life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.’ Click here for showtimes.

You can support the Opera House’s year-round community programming by participating in the Village Gift Basket Raffle, which is going on now. Here’s what the Opera House says about it:

A beautiful heap of lovely treats and offers from local Stonington, Deer Isle, and peninsula businesses is now on display in the Opera House Lobby as a celebration of our ongoing efforts to incite art and create community together.

All proceeds from the Village Gift Basket raffle will directly support our year round community activities including films, Family Days, Open Mic & Karaoke events, and education programming. Raffle tickets are on sale now through December 18th, when we’ll pull the lucky winner’s name out of a hat after our Sunday matinee- just in time to treat yourself for the holidays or spread some serious re-gifting cheer!


Opera House Hosts Spooktacular Events


Opera House, pastel on watercolor paper by Leslie Landrigan

Halloween is always something special in Stonington, and this year is no exception. The town celebrates it this year with a Spooktacular Saturday that includes costume judging, pumpkin carving, a parade and a FREE movie at the Opera House that kids will love.

Meg Taintor is the Opera House Arts’ producing artistic director. “There’s really no better way to spend a day than watching the island’s kids ham it up with crazy costumes,” she said in a press release. “This year, the Island Community Center, the Island Rec Board, the Town of Stonington and all the downtown businesses (including the Opera House) are joining together to create a full day of fun for the little ones.”


The day begins at 9:30 am at the Island Community Center (summer home of the Stonington Farmers Market) with a costume judging before the trick or treat parade begins at 10 am. The parade route will run from the community center to West Main Street to Pink Street and back to the community center. After the parade, folks will head back to the community center to carve and decorate pumpkins at 11 am.

Then at Noon, the Stonington Opera House will host Halloween activities for kids, followed by a screening of the film Coraline.

In this 2009 film, Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. At first, this other life seems better than her own life – but soon she starts to see danger, and this intrepid little girl must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to save herself—and her parents!

For more information on Stonington’s Spooktacular Saturday, email, visit, or call 367-2788. To learn more about the Stonington Opera House Arts, click here.

Uplifting Documentary at the Opera House Thursday Night

Get inspired tonight at the Stonington Opera House, which presents a film about a Harlem-born artist and poet who lives on the Cranberry Islands. There, 94-year-old Ashley Bryan, celebrates joy, explores the mystery of faith and mediates the darkness of war and racism.

ashley_bryan_01You’ll be glad you saw Ashley Bryan’s World by Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane and Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly.

Ashley Bryan wrote and illustrated his first children’s book in 1962, when he was 40.  He was the first African-American to write and illustrate a children’s book that was published.

“I never gave up,” he once said. “Many were more gifted than I but they gave up. They dropped out. What they faced out there in the world–they gave up.”

Since then he published more than 50 books, mostly about the African-American experience.

Life and Times of Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan was born in 1923 in Harlem and grew up in the Bronx, where he learned to draw, paint and play instruments at school from artists and musicians in the Works Progress Administration. He went to Cooper Union School of Art on a scholarship, the only African-American to win one. He was drafted during World War II and served as a porter in the U.S. Army. After the war he went to graduate school at Columbia University, studying philosophy so he could understand war. He then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Europe.

He taught at Queen’s College, Lafayette College and Dartmouth College, from which he retired in the 1980s. He moved to the Cranberry Islands, where he makes puppets and stained glass windows out of sea glass.

He was the U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006, the highest award for creators of children’s  books. He also won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to American children’s literature in 2009.


Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane

Richard and his wife Melody Lewis-Kane are the founders of Kane-Lewis Productions in Sedgwick. Richard Shetterly is known for his series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth.”

The Stonington Opera House is a vendor at the Stonington Farmers Market.

Photo of Ashley Bryan By Sue Hill –, GFDL,



Mark Your Calendar for the Last Market

Was that summer that just flew by? Well, yes, and this Friday, Sept. 16, will be the last Stonington Farmers Market of the season.

Though many of our growers and crafters sell their wares at craft shows and retail outlets, Friday will be your last chance to browse them all together in Stonington.


So stop by for some of the best local food you’ll find in Maine.

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Buy something you can take home to remind you of your wonderful summer Downeast.

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Or do some Christmas shopping.

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Socialize with friends and neighbors.

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Buy flowers. And art.

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Or just pat the dogs. But come!

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(And thanks, in advance, for a great year!)


Movie Time in Stonington


Movies are back every weekend at the Stonington Opera House!

Pete’s Dragon is playing tonight (Saturday) and Sunday afternoon.

It’s a 3-D film about the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley.

In a review of Pete’s Dragon, one critic wrote,

Overall the film is of typical Disney calibre and makes you want to believe, being dreamy and enchanting. Its shares that same emotional value from Bigfoot and the Hendersons, it’s touching and heartfelt, probably inspiring children to want giant, green furry dragons in their back gardens.

Come by and say hi to the wonderful folks who bring you theatre, movies, music and so much more. They have a table at the Stonington Farmers Market on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Finding Dory This Weekend

Stonington Opera House has a movie this weekend that is fun for the entire family. Finding Dory. See schedule below or stop by the Stonington Farmers Market this Friday from 10AM to Noon to find out more at the OHA! Booth.

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Art Scope Sets Sights on Deer Isle

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.24.03 PMArt Scope magazine–in conjunction with Carolyn Hecker of Pearson Legacy Gallery– is covering the island this weekend and producing an Art Map of galleries and studios to lend more publicity to our arts scene. We’re told this weekend is a possible forerunner to an Art Scope sponsored Deer Isle Art Festival next summer. Stay tuned! Meanwhile,  Stonington Farmers Market vendors Hutton Gallery and  Art By Katy will be participating in this all weekend open studios event. Maps are available via Pearson Legacy Gallery.

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Hutton Gallery represents several local artists. The jewelry shown is by Susan Hutton.



Don’t Miss “Mr. Burns”

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Civilization may have collapsed, but there’s hope in The Simpsons in Opera House Arts’ final show of the summer, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, running from August 25 through September 4. Season artwork by Julie Morringello and Eugene Koch.