Emily Burnham

Culture Reporter

 
Frank Ossinger, 3, of Hermon gets a bag of bulk food at the Natural Living Center while shopping with his mom, Gabby. The Ossinger family has been shopping at The Natural Living Center for more than 20 years. Owned by Bill and Barbara Geiger, the store that opened April 7, 1977, as a kiosk in the Airport Mall, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

They called it a fad, but this Bangor health food store has been thriving for 40 years

By Emily Burnham on April 25, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.
“We talk to people. I think that’s been a big part of why we’ve stayed successful,” Bill Geiger said. “We always listen to our customers.”
THE DAILY SIMMER

New Bangor coffee shop aims to tap John Bapst student market

on April 24, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett set for summer concert series in Union

on April 21, 2017, at 9:31 a.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, April 21-23: Earthly delights, and auditory deals

on April 20, 2017, at 12:02 p.m.
Bill Raiten has been the longtime artistic director of the New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill and stalwart of the eastern Maine theater scene for decades. Just shy of his 80th birthday, he'll retire from directing, with his last production being his old favorite, "Fiddler on the Roof."

New Surry Theatre director retiring from the stage with a big, heartfelt ‘Fiddler’

By Emily Burnham on April 19, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“It really takes a lot out of you, doing a show like this. We’ve got 54 people in the cast. We’re still trying to figure out where to put them all.”
A plate of food at the Columbia Falls Smelt Fry, held on April 15 this year.

‘It’s a part of life here’: Down East smelt fry a celebration of spring, local foods

By Emily Burnham on April 18, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
There’s not always spring-like weather for the event, but folks take it as an opportunity to shake the winter dust off, arriving in droves to get their fried smelt fix.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, April 14-16: (Not so) gently down the stream

on April 13, 2017, at 12:34 p.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

Tegan & Sara, Pat Benatar, Spoon, Foster the People and more coming to Portland

on April 12, 2017, at 3:58 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
A still from "The Last Days of Solitary," a documentary filmed between 2014 and 2017 in the Maine State Prison in Warren.

PBS documentary to explore Maine State Prison’s recent efforts at reform

By Emily Burnham on April 12, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
“Prison is often a traumatic and terrifying place, and it’ll never be an easy place to be, but there are people at the Maine State Prison that are actively trying to make it less so.”
A falafel salad at Badger Pub and Cafe in Union.

At Badger Cafe in Union, expected the unexpected and some really good beer

By Emily Burnham on April 11, 2017, at 1:24 p.m.
“Our locals keep us going. Summertime is the peak, for sure, but we get to be open basically year-round, and we have regulars that we see all the time. I know people by their first names. It’s a nice, community kind of feeling.”
CULTURE SHOCK

Bangor Symphony announces 2017-2018 season, complete with “Wizard of Oz”-themed pops concert

on April 10, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, April 7-9: Might as well bust out the shorts and sandals!

on April 06, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
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Dennis Watson, the owner of Burr Printing, demonstrates making a form of letters at his shop in downtown Bangor. Watson has been working at the shop since 1972. The original Thomas W. Burr Printing opened in 1879 in Bangor.

Bangor print shop still using 1800s technology, and thriving

By Emily Burnham on April 06, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
“People want that old style look. They want to feel it on the paper. The impression on the paper. They want to see that.”
CULTURE SHOCK

New Stephen King collaborative novel ‘Sleeping Beauties’ to become TV series

on April 05, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
VIDEO
Sara Jenkins makes a pasta dish at her restaurant Nina June in Rockport.

This Mainer raised in Italy is serving up Tuscan-inspired cuisine in her home state

By Emily Burnham on April 04, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
Chef Sara Jenkins was born in Camden, raised in Italy and opened two restaurants in New York City — but now she’s back with her newest eatery, Nina June, in Rockland.
CULTURE SHOCK

Penobscot Theatre announces shows for 2017-2018 season, including “Beauty and the Beast”

on March 31, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.

Robert Woodward, former Bangor Public Library director, dead at 92

By Emily Burnham on March 31, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
“I can’t imagine a town without a library,” he said.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, March 31-April 2: Can’t sleep, clowns will eat me?

on March 30, 2017, at 12:34 p.m.
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Bart Brizee, 25, of Bangor packs up shipments of his recently kickstarted subscription box service, LARP boxes, in the basement of his apartment on Thursday. A few years ago, Brizee started Eastern Front Designs, a company that creates costumes, prop weapons and other items for live action role players, or LARPers. Now he hopes to pack up similar gear and ship them to his customers' doorsteps once a month.

Bangor gamer making a business out of live action role playing

By Emily Burnham on March 30, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
All LARPs aim to immerse the player in another world.
CULTURE SHOCK

The first trailer for the new “IT” movie just dropped, and it’s terrifying

on March 29, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.