Category Archives: Special Events

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.


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!


Project Looms Large

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Next Friday from 10AM to Noon when you’re at the Stonington Farmers Market, be sure to tell Mary Eaton of Dream Weaver that you saw the article written about her in the Island Advantages newspaper this week. Go purchase the paper at Burnt Cove market or elsewhere around the island if you’d like to find out what big project she’s working on that got her noticed. Congratulations, Mary!

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.



Annual Meeting After Market This Week

The Annual Stonington Farmers Market Vendors Meeting will be held 10 minutes after market this Friday. We ask everyone to assemble at Bob Bowen’s Sunset Acres Farm & Dairy tent to discuss the market agenda.

Please bring any issues and questions you may have to this meeting. So far on the agenda will be discussion of the new website manager, donation to the town for doing signage, and the need to recruit more vegetable farmers to our market. As always we know you are busy people and will try to keep the meeting as short as possible. Though it is not mandatory to attend, we appreciate that every professional vendor should make an effort to participate and help shape the direction we go in. We have purposely set the meeting date in August to make sure most vendors will still be around to make it. This is *your* market. Thank you.

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Silent Auction Benefitting IHT

Discover our island’s treasure– the nature programs, trails and properties managed by the Island Heritage Trust. Stop by their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market Friday from 10AM to Noon to find out more and to place a bid on these beautiful Carolyn Caldwell paintings.

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Incredible Edible

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Edible Island has so much going on year round that the best thing you can do is get Wes’s brochure this Friday from 10AM to Noon at the Stonington Farmers Market. Or go to their website to take it all in.

Dan Fogelberg Lives On Via Don Campbell

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Celebrate Down East Maine and the music of Dan Fogelberg with the Don Campbell Band at the Burnt Cove Church August 19. Photo by Franklin McMahon.

The folk-rock music of Dan Fogelberg comes to Stonington, performed in a very special live concert by the Don Campbell Band at the Stonington Opera House on Friday, August 19th at 7pm.  For one night only, the New England-based Don Campbell brings the songs of an American icon back to Deer Isle, where Fogelberg lived for many years, and where he passed away in 2007. The performance includes many of Fogelberg’s hits as well as favorites from across the artist’s career, including some – like “The Reach” – that sing the praises of wild places here along our own Maine coastline.

“We thrilled to be able to host this special evening of music,” says Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor. “Dan Fogelberg’s music is the perfect fit for the Opera House: welcoming, warm and full of heart. To have this program performed by The Don Campbell Band, a wonderful Maine-based musical group, is a true treat for us and our community.”

Dan Fogelberg was known for such songs as “Part of the Plan,” “Same Old Lang Syne,” and “Leader of the Band.”  He had a home on the Eggemoggin Reach in Deer Isle, where his wife, Jean Fogelberg, continues to live.

Don Campbell is, like Dan Fogelberg, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, combining sounds from across genres and traditions.  Having released 14 albums, including a 23-song collection “Kites to Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg,” This album caught the attention of The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria whose leadership invited the Band to headline the 2013 Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend in Dan’s hometown of Peoria, IL. The Band performs Evening of Dan Fogelberg concerts around the country and is officially endorsed by the organization. Campbell has also opened for such names as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson.  He performs between 150 and 200 times a year, with various ensembles. He was named Maine’s Best Singer-Songwriter for six consecutive years (2004-2009) in the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Annual Readers Poll.

Tickets for this event are $20-$35 and are available online, at the box office, or at the door.


El El Playground Grant Kicks Off Fundraising Efforts in Sedgwick

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Playgrounds are fun!

So here in Sedgwick, we don’t really have a park of any kind. Sure we have lots of woods, and some amazing beaches, and the Cedar Works structure at our taqueria gets a ton of use, for sure. But we have no recreation center. We still drive Jasper to the Blue Hill park sometimes to play on the structure there. Parks are great, a nice gathering place, a space to have a birthday party, or to toss a football. Most of us can’t launch our model rockets in our yards, either.

A bunch of us have been thinking on this, and have decided that we are going to make the Sedgwick School the recreation center for the whole community. The fact that the school is geographically pretty much in the center of the Peninsula/Island region is pretty obvious too, if you look at a map. It is a great choice for a place to go play. Many folks are unaware there is a already a 3/4 mile fitness trail (with those workout stations!) that runs through the woods at the school, and a huge soccer/ball field too. There is also a play structure there, that aside from a few small pieces the School Improvement Team was able to buy a few years ago, is like 25 years old. We need to do better.

We have formed the Sedgwick Community Playground committee. A few people who are going to work with the community to build a new play structure.

Step one was Michele writing a proposal for a $15,000 grant from the Kaboom foundation in Washington D.C. No surprise to me, but her application was accepted, and we are to be the recipient of this generous grant that will pay for half of our new structure. She scored us $15 grand, the rest needs to be raised by donations from our community.

To kick off this capital campaign, we are going big-

Starting today, EL EL FRIJOLES will donate 10% of our sales in the taqueria every Sunday in August!

Sure, we picked the 4 busiest days of the entire year to do this. Sure we could really use that money to support us through the coming long winter. But someone needs to get out in front and take the lead on this, so we are going for it- We know that you guys are going to join us, and that we can do this together. Yes we can! We will be happy to collect your direct donation to the fund as well. We’ll come up with a coffee can or a fish tote we can all fill with cash and checks (made out to Sedgwick School with Playground Fund in the memo). We are also going to come after some you directly (the lucky ones!) and ask you for a substantial donation. Because this is a great idea. Because we can all afford to help a little bit for the greater good. Many hands make light work! In fact, there is a whole other group of you that will be called upon to join us on May 20th, 2017 for the community build day. We plan to ask for 100% participation from the school community too. We are going to get every student, staff member and family to donate what they can, because when we all participate, we’ll totally succeed.

If we all get together on this, it will be fairly painless, and in the end there will be a place where people of all ages can go and get their ya ya’s out that is located right in the heart of our community.

Recreation, play, exercise, community. What is there not to like? We hope to see you ( and your donation) soon!

-Michael, Michel and Jasper

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