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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!


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.

Abundant Beauty

Check out Iana Cranewing at the Stonington Farmers Market this morning from 10AM to Noon to get your own custom floral arrangement from Sweetgrass Studio. The artist is featured in this wonderful Ellsworth American article by Jennifer Osborn.

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One of summer’s great pleasures is enjoying fresh cut flowers. Dan’s Flower Farm at the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon has amazing bouquets like this one. Farmer Dan and his wife painter Leslie Anderson can be found at the end of the market center aisle near the Island Community Center.

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Dan’s Flower Farm flowers can be ordered for special occasions, too. And if you’re looking for a more lasting bouquet, check out some of Leslie Anderson’s floral and scenic paintings online or at her studio on the farm in Sedgwick.

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Art By Katy Open

Our Stonington Farmers Market webmaster and perennial vendor Art By Katy has decided to take a break from showing at the market this season in order to give full attention to writing her book about the trip of a lifetime.

However two things will not change. Katy Allgeyer is still webmaster of our website and you can continue to send her news and photos of your businesses and products to be included on this website. Katy will be attending the market tomorrow to take some new pics and if you have some news to share don’t hesitate to tell her about it.

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The other thing that will not change is that you can still find Katy’s artwork at Hutton Gallery in Deer Isle, the Deer Isle Art Association, and of course at Katy’s own studio in Stonington on Weed Field Road/ Sunset Ave by chance or appointment. Art By Katy opened yesterday and is open any time you see her Open Flag out. Or call (Maine)367-6369 for a private consultation. The artist does welcome commissions.




Fiore Film Tuesday Night

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Art and Nature Jan 26th

Mark your Calendar: Next Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00PM – Convergence of art and nature

Join us for a film screening and a discussion of the work of the artist JOSEPH FIORE with Richard Kane and others at Opera House Arts. The film is about one half hour, two of Fiore’s paintings will be on show, and the discussion session will fill out the hour or so; the OHA concessions stand will be open. This event is free and open to everyone.

Joseph Fiore was part of a contingent of NYC artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950s. This revealing portrait shines new light on the life of this painter who came into prominence teaching art at the pioneering Black Mountain College. Alongside Josef Albers, Willem deKooning and other artists, Fiore helped create an incubator that defined 20th century American aesthetics. Fairfield Porter said of Joseph Fiore’s work, it “focuses on a fragment of Nature’s whole, the deep empathy, embodying a form of modesty, even humility.”

His stunning pictographic rock paintings are part of a collection that Maine Farmland Trust has placed in museums and other non-profits. IHT has received two of the “rock paintings,” which will be on display during the film and discussion. This event is part of a series of presentations on Fiore’s work and significance to Maine Art.

​”Can you imagine walking through an art museum and not seeing any trees? No mountains or streams, sunrises or sunsets? No birds or horses? No boats on rough waves or relaxing landscapes?

It’s impossible, because nature is everywhere in art – from the literal to the abstract inspiration provided by the textures, colors and sounds of the natural world.

Being outdoors can lift our spirits and stoke our creativity. The beauty of nature reflected in art is just another reminder of our need to protect it. “[http://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/specialfeatures/nature-and-art.xml]

A Year in Flowers

Many of our Stonington Farmers Market vendors have just what you are looking for when doing your holiday shopping. Case in point, artist Leslie Anderson. Click here to jump to the purchase page.


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Is It You?

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Some Maine resident artist will win this important $50,000  per cent for arts project at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Is it you? Get your proposal in by Nov 12th: click here for details.