Emily Burnham

Features Reporter


Brothers release “Pyronauts,” first album for undefinable Portland duo Caro Khan

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Brothers TJ and Chris Whitmore spent most of their childhood moving around all over the world. Their dad was in the military, so they lived in lots of places: Japan, the Philippines, a number of southern states, before finally landing in Maine — South Portland, to be exact. Along the …

Faces of the World Acadian Congress: Family, friends and fun

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Sonia Duguay (L) and Natalie Poitras, Moncton, New Brunswick Are you of Acadian decent? Sonia: Partly! My grandmother is a Dugas from up Caraquet way. Natalie is a Poitras. We went to the Caraquet Acadian gathering before, so for this year we enhanced our costumes. We went a little bit …
Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat and Henri, le Chat Noir are just some of the cat celebrities that will be featured in the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, set for Aug. 23 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

A ‘Caturday’ to remember: Internet Cat Video Film Festival to stop in Farnsworth

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
It was an ordinary day in 2006, perhaps in 2005. The exact date is now lost, forever, in the annals of history. Nothing special, really, except that on that day a revolution was born. It was a day that one cat — a British Shorthair, to be exact — asked …
Ployes with brown sugar are seen Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Au fricot! A food trip through the World Acadian Congress, from pig roast to chicken stew

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
There’s a lot of food to be eaten at the 2014 World Acadian Congress — there is 17 days of it, after all. And there are lots of traditional Acadian dishes, from poutine to sugar pie, from pea soup to pot-en-pot. I had only one weekend to try as many …
A packed parade marches during Tintamarre on Friday on Main Street in Madawaska.

‘We’re making friends for life’: Tintamarre parade draws thousands to Madawaska

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
They came with bells on, bearing pots and pans, whistles, washtubs and rusty old buckets. Some had metal sheets and cowbells, and some blew ceaselessly on plastic horns. Whatever they had to make noise with, they used. It was a Tintamarre, the traditional Acadian parade that for the 2014 World …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 15-17: We’re gonna need a bigger boat

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
1. OK, so maybe the weather won’t be ideal this weekend — we’re looking at highs in the lower 70s at best, showers here and there statewide.  Friday night in the Bangor area there’s plenty of cool stuff going on, like rock duo The Thriftways at Paddy Murphy’s, the Aurora …
The Broadway tour of "Sister Act" will perform at the Collins Center for the Arts on Jan. 16, 2015.

‘It’s about finding the right mix’: 2014-15 Collins Center season a balanced blend of events

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
The upcoming season at the Collins Center for the Arts kicks off with a concert that exemplifies much of what’s different at the University of Maine performing arts center. It’s a rock show, tickets are relatively inexpensive ($28-$33), and it’s a co-presentation with Waterfront Concerts. Jam band moe. will take …
Jim Poole (right) of Kenduskeag drops money into a donation bucket held by festival volunteer David Pelkey during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor.

American Folk Festival organizers promise ‘another great year,’ renew plea for donations, volunteers

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
The 2014 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront begins in 10 days, and organizers are putting the finishing touches on everything, from the schedule to the volunteer shifts to the beer. Yes, the beer. That’s something AFF media coordinator Dan Cashman is particularly proud of. “We’re going to be …

Light, darkness, spirit of wilderness permeates Portland band Falls of Rauros’ new album

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
There is a notion of mystical pastoralism in the music that Falls of Rauros makes. There’s light and darkness; sunshine and rain; long passages inspired by folk and bluegrass that fall away into crushing metal; rolling slabs of riffs intermingled with soft, acoustic loveliness. Some call it folk metal, others …

Boz Scaggs, moe., among fall concerts announced for Collins Center for the Arts

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
The Collins Center for the Arts has teamed up with the Waterfront Concerts once already for a concert this fall — comedian Kevin James is set for a Tuesday, Oct. 14 performance. Monday morning both organizations announced a second event, also set for this fall, when singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs (pictured …

Popular juice bar, vegan cafe to open Bangor location

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
Just 15 months after opening The Juice Cellar in downtown Belfast, owner Chris Roberts is ready to open the second location of his juice bar and vegan cafe in downtown Bangor. He’s eyeing a fall grand opening for his new business, which will offer fresh pressed juice, coffee and tea, …
The Coffin and Daughter Lettercutting shop in Belfast

Belfast-based father-daughter business uses ancient technique to carve letters in stone

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 07, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
Most days, Doug Coffin and his daughter, Sigrid Coffin, can be found in their studio on a dead end street in Belfast, working on the day’s various projects. The soundtrack to their work is a steady, rhythmic, non-stop, painstaking tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap. Pause. Tap, tap, tap. The …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 8-10: It’s a family affair

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
1. I’ve lived in downtown Bangor for eight years, in the area for fourteen years, and in Maine all my life. I moved here just as the little flame that was downtown was beginning to get a little bigger, and grow and spread and burn brighter. There has long been …

Helpful tips for the 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Five things to do Opening Day Festivities in Edmundston, New Brunswick, all day, Friday, Aug. 8 — The Congress opens bright and early on Friday with a sunrise ceremony involving both Acadians and First Nations representatives that will symbolically erase the border. There’s a party from 3 to 5 p.m. …
Corea author L.A. Meyer.

L.A. Meyer, Corea resident and author of Bloody Jack book series, dies at 72

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
COREA, Maine — Louis A. Meyer, better known as L.A. Meyer, the best-selling author of the popular Jacky Faber young adult adventure book series, died July 29 at his home in the Hancock County town of Corea after a long battle with lymphoma. He was 72. Mary “Jacky” Faber — …

Ten things you might not know about blueberries

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 05, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
As of this week, Maine blueberries are officially in season — picking has started at farms across the state, and the annual harvest in Washington County has just gotten underway. Maine’s favorite fruit will start appearing at markets and stores everywhere any day now. Think you know everything there is …

Bangor artist appears in UK Nokia cellphone ad showcasing potato-powered battery

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Caleb Charland, a Winterport native and celebrated artist now based in Bangor, last month spent a few weeks in London, working with Nokia and Microsoft to create a highly unique cell phone ad — one that uses hundreds of potatoes and apples, connected by wires, to charge a phone. Charland …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 1-3: Get dirty, get down, get out and have fun

on July 31, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
1. It’s the first weekend of August and we’re just about in the dog days of summer. In Bangor this weekend, on Friday there are some great options for your entertainment, including stuff like River City Cinema’s screening of “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” at sundown in Pickering Square or the Focus …

KahBang organizers cancel music portion of festival; art and film elements to remain

on July 31, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
KahBang Music & Art Festival organizer Joshua Gass announced Thursday afternoon that the music portion of the yearly festival — including Friday night performances by indie rock artist St. Vincent and rapper DMX — has been canceled. Gass made the decision known through an open letter to fans and media …

Third annual Dam Jam Festival brings big names, Maine bands alike to Oxford County

on July 29, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Denmark is a town of about 1,200 in Oxford County, about 6 miles from the Maine-New Hampshire border and about 35 miles north of Portland. It has a bunch of scenic little ponds and summer camps, and a small, cute downtown. And each summer, it’s home to one of the …
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