Island Ad-Vantages

And it’s off! The Friendly Maine Lobstermen makes its debut

Chase Emerson Memorial Library receives gift for endowment

DEER ISLE—Public programs at the Chase Emerson Memorial Library will be supported by a newly created endowment fund. Robert Cummins and his family have made a gift of $25,000 in memory of his late wife Deborah to establish the Deborah Cummins Program Endowment, according to a press release. The interest income from the endowment will support programs such as lectures, […]

Student Craft Institute leaves students feeling inspired

DEER ISLE—For nearly 40 years, the Student Craft Institute has brought high school juniors and seniors from larger cities and small towns, as well as some of the most remote parts of the state and coastal communities, to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts campus for an immersive three-day program. Students who attend might be some of the most experienced […]

Penobscot Books to release new children’s book in June

Local story, local family as author and illustrators

STONINGTON—One fine day, a lobster boat captain sets out aboard the Kieran Scott with his sternmen (who happen to be a deer and a turtle) to haul their traps. Along the way, they encounter a lost cat and assist it in getting home to its island. Then, when they can’t find their buoys, they discover that a giant sea turtle […]

Stonington Public Library News for May 23, 2024


You could fill many libraries with things that Mainers make by their own hands. Around here, you’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t grow or craft or build or cook or paint…or otherwise create. In a new fundraising series, Downeast with SPL, Stonington Public Library is showcasing local makers, producers and artists. These small, intimate gatherings are […]

‘Broken Bowls, Painted Island’ exhibit opens at Stonington library

STONINGTON—“Broken Bowls, Painted Island,” a joint exhibit by Frederica Marshall and Sasha Gross, opens this week at Stonington Public Library and is on display through Saturday, July 20. The artists will host a reception on Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. with light refreshments and live music performed by Kathy O’Rourke. Marshall’s “Broken Bowls” is about the beauty […]

Sue’s School of Dance team earns first place for four routines

STONINGTON and SOUTH PORTLAND— On Saturday, April 27, the Sue’s School of Dance team participated in Step Up 2 Dance competition at South Portland High School. “Our dancers did very well in their divisions. We had four routines that came in first place. Our dancers received High Platinum, Platinum, Double Gold and High Gold awards for their routines,” said owner […]

A splash of sunshine and color

With Monday’s blue sky and temperatures in the 60s, artist and graphic designer Matt Moncavage of Deer Isle took advantage of the spring weather to work on a painting of buildings in downtown Stonington.

A ‘Jane’s Walk’ conversation through history and the future

On May 4: The Stores and Stories of Stonington

STONINGTON—On Saturday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the third consecutive year Stonington will join nearly 50 other Maine communities in hosting free, volunteer-led walking conversations as part of the international Jane’s Walk event. “The Stores and Stories of Stonington,” a community exploration of the estimated 42 stores that once graced Stonington’s Main Street, will, according to […]

Isle Theater Company granted perpetual use of Shakespeare School

DEER ISLE—At an April 18 meeting, Marvin Merritt IV, executive director of Isle Theater Company, requested a long-term contract from the Deer Isle select board for the use of the Shakespeare School building on Route 15 near Deer Isle village. After considering Merritt’s request, the board agreed to allow the nonprofit theater group to continue using the town-owned space in […]

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