Category Archives: Children's Activities

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!


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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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.

Meet Me In Stonington For Meet Me in St. Louis…

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Classic movies make a return trip to the big screen with Opera House Arts new Community Matinee Series, kicking off with Meet Me In St. Louis on Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m.

Child’s Play

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Adjacent to the Stonington Farmers Market is the Island Community Center playground. We love to see children enjoying themselves there while their parents shop every Friday from 10AM to Noon.

Host With the Most

Today’s Stonington Farmers Market from 10AM to Noon was a huge success and we beat out the rain that just began pelting Stonington around 4:30PM. We need it!

If you’re online checking your email please take a moment to read this one we received today. Host families are needed for 3 foreign exchange students. Read here:

I am a Regional Director working for CIEE, the non-profit agency that coordinates foreign exchange students. We are one of the agencies that the State Department has designated to supervise the students when they come into the country. Our mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. We are always looking for good host families and Local Coordinators to help make sure the students that come here have an enriching stay.

I am writing today because we have a couple students coming to Deer Isle/Stonington for the 2015-2016 high school year and we need assistance in finding them good homes and families. In your position in the community, I thought you may be someone or know of someone that would like to host a CIEE student. We accept all kinds of families – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, and so on. The main requirement is kindness and a willingness to learn about a foreign culture. Families who welcome a student will not only gain a new member, but will also learn about the world, its many values, traditions, languages, food, and more.

Our students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and pay for all of their own expenses, with the exception of food and utilities. Students are between the ages of 15-18. They are arriving in August and are on a 10 month program. A family may act as a welcome family and bring the student into your community for a part of their experience as well.

If you are not in the position right now to host a student, we would greatly appreciate your help in forwarding this along to your network of friends and family.

Thank you for your time!

FSL15019R1 – Boy. Diego Antonio is a 16 year old boy from SPAIN. Hello Host family! I am Diego Garcia, I am a very active and positive person. I am really excited to do this program because i think that knowing english is really important, for my future. One of my favourite things to do is to invent things so i think i would like to be an inventor or work with electronics as en engineer. I also really like sports, I have tried so many of them since i was a child. My favourite one is sailing but i really enjoy practising any type of excersise. I am very excited about living a year in US and, i think that sharing this experience with a family its the best to get to know the real american culture and way of life.. When in the program I would like to try and do as many things as posible so i go back home with a great and full experience. GPA: 3.60

HAN15010 – Boy. BEOPRYUN is a 15 year old boy from KOREA, SOUTH. Hello. My name is Beop-ryun. I like exercising, especially playing soccer and riding a bike. My specialty is skiing. I’m a student who is active and playful in school. I always take kindly to any strangers so I have many good friends. I often play outside with friends and make class atmosphere enjoyable with funny words. I’m satisfied with my school life, so I’m interested in a job ‘Teacher’. If I become a teacher, I will surely lead students to right way. Because I love exercising, I want to be a physical education teacher. DPOK. GPA: 2.90

DND15003 – Girl. Laura is a 17 year old girl from SLOVAKIA. Hello I am a sixteen year old, outgoing, funloving and adventure seeking girl from Slovakia. I love meeting new people and making new friends. As far as sport goes, I prefer winter sports and especially snowboarding, but I like sports in general. I love travelling so later on at the University I would like to study Tourism or something to do with Tourism and travelling. I love to try new food dishes and travelling. I don’t have any siblings and have always wanted a brother or sister or both! DPOK SPOK GCOK GPA: 3.20


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Summer has finally arrived at the Stonington Farmers Market! This year vendor Morgan Bay Farm is offering home made popsicles along with lots of veggies like radishes, carrots, lettuce, and bok choy (to name only a few). The market is open every Friday from 10AM to Noon.

Happy Bastille Day at Dudley’s Refresher in Castine

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Head on down to Castine today to see the French tall ship the Hermione arrive escorted by other historic local schooners in celebration of Bastille Day (read full story here at the Bangor Daily News).

While on the dock you can enjoy both the view of this special event and also some food at Dudley’s Refresher seafood shack by Stonington Farmers Market vendor restaurateurs Michael Rossney and Michelle Lesvesque. Or come to the market every Friday in season from 10AM to Noon to get some of his El El Frijoles Mexican cuisine.

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Live for $5 Kicks Off July 1st

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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.