Ardeana Hamlin

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By Ardeana Hamlin and UnBylined on Dec. 30, 2013, at 10:16 a.m.
Eastern Maine Camera Club BANGOR — The Eastern Maine Camera Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building, 647 Main St. Guest speaker will be Patrick Downey, and art landscape photographer from Ellsworth, who has both a regional and international reputation as …
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Tradition of handmade tree ornaments lingers on

on Dec. 26, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
Every year when it comes time to trim my Christmas tree, I look forward to choosing the ornaments I want to hang. Everything in the box is familiar; some of the ornaments date to my childhood, such as the white plastic reindeer with the broken leg, a green ribbon tied …
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BDN Photo by Ardeana Hamlin

These vintage Christmas tree ornaments from the late 1970s were handcrafted from felt, a bit of lace and buttons.

Tradition of handmade tree ornaments lingers on

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 26, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
Every year when it comes time to trim my Christmas tree, I look forward to choosing the ornaments I want to hang. Everything in the box is familiar; some of the ornaments date to my childhood, such as the white plastic reindeer with the broken leg, a green ribbon tied …
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Well-known authors including Jane Smiley, Anita Shreve, Ann Patchett and Andre Dubus III write about knitting in "Knitting Yarns."

Last-minute gift ideas for knitters

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 19, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.
Books are always welcome as gifts at holiday time. Here are few that will appeal to knitters: “Writers in Knitting” edited by Ann Hood is the kind of book one will put aside actual knitting in order to read. The book asks the question, “Why does knitting occupy a place …
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What to do before donating needlework books, yarn and related items

on Dec. 12, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.
Many times in the course of the 10 years I have written the By Hand column readers have emailed asking for suggestions on how to dispose of a loved one’s collection of vintage books, magazines and booklets pertaining to needlework, and stashes of yarn and the tools of needlework such …
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What to do before donating needlework books, related items

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 12, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
Many times in the course of the 10 years I have written the By Hand column, readers have emailed asking for suggestions on how to dispose of a loved one’s collection of vintage books, magazines and booklets pertaining to needlework, stashes of yarn and the tools of needlework such as …

Library to host talk on history if downtown Orono

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 09, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Orono Public Library, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-866-5060 ORONO, Maine — The Orono Public Library will present the monthly program, Wednesday Wonders at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at at the library. Mary Anne Eason of the Orono Historical Society will …

Benefit dinner

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 09, 2013, at 3:24 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Katahdin Hall, Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine For more information: Tricia Peterson; 973-5274 BANGOR, Maine — Betsy Philbrick is currently undergoing cancer treatment and Eastern Maine CommunityCollege wants to show its support to her, her husband, Peter, and their two …

Angel investors ‘ambassador’ earns Chamber volunteerism award

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 06, 2013, at 3:02 p.m.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will present its Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Oldenburg at its annual awards ceremony. Oldenburg, who retired two years ago after 33 years in doing acute pulmonary medical care in Bangor hospitals, said he was a little embarrassed to be …
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Quilted assemblages on view at Maine Fiberarts

on Dec. 06, 2013, at 2:41 p.m.
Christine Macchi, executive director of Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, provided the following information about a new show opening at the Maine Fiberarts Gallery: Bold and painterly quilted wall assemblages by artists Dr. Donald Talbot of Lisbon Falls and Beatrice Gilbert of North Yarmouth are on display through Tuesday, Dec. 31, …
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Basketmaker carries on the tradition

on Dec. 05, 2013, at 3:41 p.m.
The spirit of Penobscot basketmaking works through Pam Cunningham’s hands. It’s there when, sitting in the comfort of her kitchen in Hampden, she splits the brown ash into long strips, there when she uses handmade gauges to cut the strips into specific widths ranging from ⅟16- to 1-inch widths, and …
"Suns Triptych" by Beatrice Gilbert in foreground and "These Foolish Things" by Dr. Donald Talbot on the right are on view through Dec. 31 at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham.

Quilted assemblages on view at Maine Fiberarts Gallery

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 05, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.
Christine Macchi, executive director of Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, provided the following information about a new show opening at the Maine Fiberarts Gallery: Bold and painterly quilted wall assemblages by artists Dr. Donald Talbot of Lisbon Falls and Beatrice Gilbert of North Yarmouth are on display through Tuesday, Dec. 31, …

Art Factory: Free Family Fun Day

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 03, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St., Bangor, Maine For more information: Eva Wagner; 207-561-3360 BANGOR, Maine — Art Factory: Free Family Fun Day will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the University of Maine Museum …

Duck Cove Group to meet

By Ardeana Hamlin on Dec. 02, 2013, at 1:17 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: home of Joann Carlson, Bucksport, Maine BUCKSPORT, Maine — The Duck Cove Group of Maine Extension Homemakers Council will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the home of Joann Carlson. Bring nonperishable foods and mittens to donate to …
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Giving thanks includes nods for years of knitting

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 29, 2013, at 7:44 a.m.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. When my family gathered around the table, I was thankful for many things, including the people in my life — the ones with me on that day and the ones from years past who have gone on to another dimension. I also gave thanks for the …
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on Nov. 26, 2013, at 1:20 p.m.

Wreath making workshop

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 25, 2013, at 10:23 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Ecotat Gardens, 2699 Route 2, Hermon, Maine For more information: 207-848-5946 Hermon, Maine — A balsam fir wreath making workshop will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 30, at Ecotat Gardens, 2699 Route 2, in Hermon. The cost is $20 …
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Penobscot basket maker Pam Cunningham of Hampden splits brown ash in her kitchen recently.

Basket-maker carries on the tradition

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 21, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
The spirit of Penobscot basket making works through Pam Cunningham’s hands. It’s there when sitting in the comfort of her kitchen in Hampden, she splits the brown ash into long strips, uses handmade gauges to cut the strips into specific widths ranging from 1/16 to 1-inch widths, and tells stories …

Extension to host Maine Food Summit

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 19, 2013, at 2:28 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Registration is underway for the 2013 Maine Food Summit 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine. The event is sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The summit is an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved …
Photo courtesy of Lenard Kaye
Lenard Kaye is a professor of social work and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine

Local expert on aging publishes health guide for men

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 19, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Lenard Kaye, a professor of social work and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine, has just published a comprehensive guide for men who want to stay strong, healthy and active into old age,  “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, …
 
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