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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!


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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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. www.operahousearts.org. Season artwork by Julie Morringello and Eugene Koch.

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. www.operahousearts.org. 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.


Open Mic Aug 11th

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Grab an instrument and head down to the Stonington Opera House for a Live in the Lobby Open Mic Night August 11. www.operahousearts.org. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

If you come to the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday in season from 10AM to Noon, you’ve probably seen that we support the arts very strongly here on Deer Isle. The Opera House is the heartbeat of our community. Check out the Lobby Open Mic Night August 11th at 7PM. Donation of $10 suggested.

An Iliad Comes to Stonington

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Welcome the Harbor Residents

Opera House Arts’ new Harbor Residency Program has welcomed its first group of artists – the Women in Combat Theatre Project. On Saturday, March 12 at 4:30pm, make your way down to the Opera House for a Workshop Showing and get a peek at what this team has been working on. www.operahousearts.org. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

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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]

OHAppy New Year!

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 8.59.38 AM.png Kick off the New Year with music and fun at Opera House Arts’ Live in the Lobby, hosted by Archipelago, on Wednesday, January 6 at 6p.m. www.operahousearts.org. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

There’s no better way to start a new year than with a song. On Wednesday, January 6 at 6 p.m., Opera House Arts’ Live in the Lobby, sees your “Auld Lang Syne” and raises you an entire evening of tunes and laughter. Surround yourself with neighbors and music at this event hosted by local band, Archipelago.

“Growing this series from a one-time magical event this past summer to a monthly offering throughout the year wouldn’t be possible without our amazing community,” says Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor. “Everyone has really embraced the open mic format and I can’t wait to see who will join Archipelago in adding their voices to our new tradition this month.”

Featuring Geoffrey Warner, Frank Gotwals, Cindy Coombs and Dave Quimby, Archipelago, performs beautiful harmonies, and creative arrangements, backed by a talented variety of instrumentation on guitars, fiddle, base and percussion. Inspired by timeless tales, dreams, and life’s passions, they will fill the Opera House lobby with original, traditional, and contemporary songs and tunes before opening up the evening to the talents of other members of and visitors to the Deer Isle-Stonington community through an open mic night.

This is a free event. There are no reservations necessary. 

In addition to Live in the Lobby, Opera House Arts stays busy throughout the winter with first run films each weekend, an AltMovie once a month and other live performances in the form of Community Staged Readings and informal concerts.

Upcoming movies include In the Heart of the Sea, starting Friday, January 1; and Creed, startingFriday, January 8; as well as a free Community Matinee screening of High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, on Thursday, January 14 at 1 p.m. and a free Winterfest Dance on Saturday, January 16 at 7 p.m. For more information about year round programming, please visit www.operahousearts.org or call 207-367-2788.