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VIDEO: Trying to get to the Blueberry Festival

Join the Half Moon Jug Band at the South Freeport Congregational Church Summer Blueberry Festival Saturday night August 2 at 7 p.m.

Did you know blueberries contain just 80 calories per cup, virtually no fat and they’re chock full of anti-oxidants, too? Were you aware laughter decreases stress hormones while increasing your immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies? Me neither, but I read that stuff on the web, so it must be true! In any case, join me and the Half Moon Jug Band for […]

Riding the St. John River: Day two (part one)

A side trail leads to what looks like a canoe launch under the bridge at Dickey, Maine.

Tuesday June 10, 2014 / Millinocket to Madawaska Total kilometers: 363 The sprinkles turned in to a steady rain while I ate an omelette in the Millinocket cafe. The coffee was passable. The homemade English muffins seemed to be nothing more than round slices of toast, but they were deliciously grilled. The waitress offered me the […]

VIDEO: “The Sunset” dancers, a little late

Steve Rukongi (right) directs Salua Umuhoza in his play "The Sunset" last summer at Portland Stage.

Last summer, stemming from a nearly random series of events radiating from the International Women’s Day Fashion Show in Portland, I had the good fortune to meet Steve Rukongi. He was directing a play he’d written in French (one of his native languages) and translated into English. It was called “The Sunset.” It was about the history […]

VIDEO: The other accordion player’s tattoo

Gary Chapin plays a button accordion given to him by his mentor, Sylvain Piron of France, at his house in Gardiner on Wednesday. Chapin has a tattoo of the instrument on his left arm. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tattoo Tale: Gary Chapin was visiting his friend and accordion mentor Sylvain Piron in France. They were at a dinner party and, as he is known to do, Piron began to play his accordion. But the crowd wanted Chapin to play and shouted for, “L’Autre Diatoniste,” which is French for ‘the other accordion player.” The moniker stuck. […]