Emily Burnham

Bangor Metro & Special Sections Reporter


Bangor’s Paul Bunyan carelessly overlooked in New York Times essay

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
I read with some great interest New York Times columnist Dan Barry’s essay last weekend about Paul Bunyan. As an ardent Bangorian, I feel a certain pride in our gargantuan culture hero and his place in our history as the former lumber capital of the east. I see our statue of …
A man browses artwork by nine New Brunswick artists on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor on Thursday. The New Brunswick Arts Bank features artwork from artists throughout New Brunswick.

Bangor museum hosts nine artists from New Brunswick Art Bank

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
“You really get a glimpse into what high quality contemporary artists are living and working in New Brunswick.”

Happy Endings, new downtown Bangor martini bar, now open

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Happy Endings Dessert & Martini Bar quietly opened last night (Tuesday) in downtown Bangor. The new bar and eatery was announced in early August, and after extensive renovations to 32 Main St., the downtown storefront set in between Paddy Murphy’s and Bella Hair Studio. Owner Melissa Smith plans to offer …

Stephen King took Donald Trump to task on Twitter during the debate

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
Stephen King has not typically been shy when it comes to making his opinions on various matters known. Naturally, he’s been weighing in on Twitter with his thoughts on this year’s election season. As you might imagine, they are not overwhelmingly positive, and during last night’s presidential debate, he let …

Five albums from Maine bands, new this fall, that you should definitely listen to

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Seepeoples – Love EP Seepeoples are a band that cannot be defined. You could throw a few genre descriptors around — indie rock? Pop? Jam band? Psychedelic? — but all of those and none of those are appropriate. Nowhere in the Portland band’s 15-year history is that more true than …
The rice and curry meal is seen at Serendib in Ellsworth on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan restaurant opened last fall.

Crossroads of cuisines spices up the menu at Sri Lankan restaurant

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 26, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
“We want to take the fuss out of the food. We are concentrating on the food, and that’s really the total focus — making it totally fresh. That’s what it’s all about.”

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 23-25: It’s decorative gourd season! Yay!

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
1. In the Bangor area this weekend, Friday night brings a plethora of entertainment options. There are two comedy shows that night, with The Focus Group improv troupe at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, and comedian Caroline Rhea at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University; there’s also the annual …

Mmmm, doughnuts: Krispy Kreme plans to open first store in Maine, with more to come

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:32 a.m.
Krispy Kreme, the doughnut chain that rivals Dunkin’ Donuts in popularity in many parts of the country, announced back in February that it and a franchise partner were eyeing opening a few locations in Maine — which would be the only Krispy Kreme stories in New England north of Connecticut. …

Stephen King’s “Wizard and Glass” to be TV series, filling in “Dark Tower” movie backstory

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Akiva Goldsman, producer of the upcoming first installment of the “Dark Tower” movie series set to hit theaters Feb. 17, announced today that “Wizard and Glass,” the fourth book in the series that details gunslinger Roland Deschain’s backstory, would be developed into a TV series. Goldsman told Entertainment Weekly that …

Caribou native astronaut featured in NASA video, after her epic Twitter ‘mansplaining’ incident

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
NASA this week released a music video featuring a song from rock songwriter Grace Potter, “Look What We’ve Become,” highlighting the work over the years of female scientists and engineers with the space organization. Front and center in the music video? Caribou native and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. Meir is …
Robinson Ballet's new artistic director Stevie McGary after the performance of "Reflections" on Saturday evening at Husson University's Gracie Theatre.

New Robinson Ballet director’s dance career began with Elvis

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
“I want to get the community interested in dance. I think people see things like more modern dance pieces and don’t know what to think. I want to make sure that we can help them understand what they’re seeing,” Stevie Dunham McGary said. “Smaller shows in smaller venues. More intimate things. We want to educate as well as entertain.”

Whoopie Pie Cafe in Brewer to close; Bangor location to stay open

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
Owner James Gallagher announced on Tuesday that Friday, Sept. 30 will be the last day in business for the Brewer location of the Whoopie Pie Cafe. Gallagher said in a press release that his cafe, specializing in multiple flavors of whoopie pies as well as sandwiches, soups and salads, would …
Lee-Russel Dunn is the baker at Fork & Spoon in Bangor. He makes all of the pastries and breads fresh each morning. Dunn makes loaves of ciabatta bread Friday morning.

With a new owner and menu, Bangor’s Fork & Spoon focuses on ‘quirky and conscious’ food

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“People always told me, ‘You should open a restaurant!’ But it’s so scary to do that. You never know if it’ll actually work,” said Elisabeth Dean. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Pop superstar Kesha set for concert at Colby College in Waterville

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
Pop superstar Kesha will make her second-ever appearance in Maine this October, when she plays a concert at Colby College’s Alfond Athletic Center Field House on its Waterville campus. Tickets for the Oct. 29 concert, priced between $25 and $35, will go on sale in the next week; they are …

Five family-friendly things to do in the Bangor region that scream ‘fall’

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
Though the calendar says that Sept. 22 is the official start of fall, that chill in the air you felt today says that for all intents and purposes, autumn has arrived. If you’re feeling that pumpkin spice feeling, here’s five fun family-friendly things you can do in the greater Bangor …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Sept. 16-18: Those were the days

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
1. Feel that? The slight chill in the air in the evenings? It’s a little tangy, right? A little spicy? Midday still feels like August, but after 6 p.m.? Oh, it’s fall, baby. In Bangor this weekend there’s lots of fun stuff to do on Friday night, so let’s get …

Stephen King’s 1992 novel “Gerald’s Game” headed for Netflix adaptation

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
Though it’s been in the works for several years now, it appears that director Mike Flanagan and the man himself have confirmed that Stephen King’s 1992 novel, “Gerald’s Game,” will be coming to the small screen in the near future. Netflix did not confirm directly, but director Flanagan — known …
Michelle Smith is the subject of documentary film "Best and Most Beautiful Things."

Bangor woman subject of documentary set for Camden Film Fest

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 14, 2016, at 10 a.m.
There are 40 feature-length documentary films and 38 short films that will be shown over the course of the Camden International Film Festival’s four days.
Customers wait in line at the Cubita Libre Cafeteria, the new Cuban restaurant on Hogan Road in Bangor on Monday.

New Cuban restaurant brings big, authentic flavors to Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 13, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
“We tell people that it’s home cooking. It’s all family recipes. It’s very traditional.”
Jack and Sonja Palmer sit down for breakfast at Dysart's Restaurant in Hermon on Monday morning, a habit they practice almost every day. The Maine couple, who have been married for 57 years, have enjoyed internet fame once again after a blooper from a commercial they shot over three years ago resurfaced and was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Meet the Bangor couple behind the “buttery, flaky crust” viral video

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m.
“You do something smart, and they don’t care. You do something stupid, and everybody knows it.”