Emily Burnham

Features Reporter

Tony Bennett, 48, of Bethel narrates and is featured in 'Down East Dickering,' a reality TV show airing on the History Channel.

The camera’s on us: Reality TV turns the spotlight on Maine, its people

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
Reality television is always looking for the next big thing; the next place that will spawn a whole host of crazy new shows about unique people. From the mid-2000s on, it was all about Alaska, between “The Deadliest Catch, “Ice Road Truckers” and “Wild West Alaska.” Louisiana has no shortage …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, July 25-27: Farm fresh and fancy free

on July 24, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
1. Friday night brings the opening of the Bangor State Fair over at Bass Park, which means this summer is just about halfway over. Le sigh. But no matter — enjoy the lovely weather this weekend, even with the bit of rain we might get Sunday. Friday night, downtown Bangor …

Acadia National Park voted “America’s Favorite Place” by Good Morning America viewers

on July 24, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee was part of an ABC TV crew broadcasting from the Jordan Pond House Thursday morning, when the morning show revealed Acadia National Park as the winner of a reader vote for America’s Favorite Place. A large crowd of locals arrived at the Jordan Pond House …

Sedgwick resident tells illuminated tale in debut novel

By Emily Burnham on July 24, 2014, at 6:37 a.m.
Longtime Sedgwick summer resident Warren Lehrer’s 2013 book, “A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley,” is not a graphic novel, though you’d be forgiven if you looked at the cover and thought it was. Rather, it’s an illuminated novel. Subtle but important difference. Lehrer, a graphic …

Good Morning America to broadcast live from Acadia National Park Thursday morning

on July 23, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
                Mt. Desert Island residents and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce received word Wednesday afternoon that “Good Morning, America,” as part of their “America’s Favorite Place” reader vote competition, would be sending a live TV crew to the Jordan Pond House at …
University of Maine Museum of Art Director George Kinghorn

University of Maine Museum of Art renews Bangor lease through 2031

By Emily Burnham on July 23, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in the Norumbega Hall building on Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, announced Monday that it has renewed its lease in the building for 17 years, keeping the museum in Bangor through 2031. In May, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees …
Alex West (right) of Hartland watches as Stu Silverstein (left) leads a workshop on earth oven building during the kneading conference held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds last year.

New restaurant in Brewer, new butcher shop in Portland

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A bread winner in Skowhegan What event combines a bread fair, baking classes and discussions on the science of sourdough and mysteries of gluten? It must be the Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference in Skowhegan. Now in its seventh year, the celebration of grain in Maine has been raising awareness …

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine

By Emily Burnham on July 22, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
Aktan Askin and his wife, Erin McWalters, moved to Thorndike in Waldo County in 2010, when they bought a few goats and few sheep and started Lor Farm. They sell a selection traditional Turkish cheeses at farmers markets in Orono and Bangor. 
Aktan Askin, pictured earlier this year, with a lamb he raised on Lor Farm in Thorndike.

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine

By Emily Burnham on July 22, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
Growing up on the southern coast of Turkey, Aktan Askin’s favorite summer dish was halloumi, a firm, protein-rich cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk, grilled until it slightly melted and served with cold watermelon. It’s salty, it squeaks a bit when you chew it and it’s addictive. “It was …

Maine album review roundup: Toughcats, John Burlock, Purse

on July 22, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Toughcats — Rough Ones The newest album from the Toughcats hews once again to the rejuvenated brand of acoustic folk-pop they played on the last album, “Woodenball.” But after ten years and four albums as a band, the North Haven-bred Toughcats are at a creative peak, tight as a tick …

And the winners of the Arcade Fire Karaoke Competition are…

on July 19, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
The singers have sung, the people have voted, and we have a winner for the Here Comes The Night Karaoke Competition, sponsored by the Bangor Daily News, Waterfront Concerts and Baxter Brewing. And who won the grand prize, including four all-access VIP tickets to the Arcade Fire show on August 20, a …
Sarah McLachlan laughs with bandmates during her show at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Friday in Bangor.

Mystery, heartbreak and humor as Sarah McLachlan performs on Bangor Waterfront

By Emily Burnham on July 18, 2014, at 10:25 p.m.
It was a soft, balmy night along the Penobscot River, and it was a romantic, emotional, earnestly performed concert at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, as Sarah McLachlan, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter played songs from her eight studio albums, which span more than 25 years. McLachlan, who this year …
 Kahbang posters line shop windows in downtown Bangor. After five years of the festival in Bangor, Kahbang has announced that it will be moving to Portland, Maine.

KahBang Festival to move from Bangor to Portland

By Emily Burnham on July 17, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — With just three weeks before major performers including DMX and St. Vincent are scheduled to take the main stage at the annual KahBang Festival, organizers confirmed Thursday that a last-minute venue change will take the festival more than two hours south. KahBang Festival organizers told the Bangor …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, July 18-20: Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of summer!

on July 17, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
1. Summertime, and the living is… easy? Muggy? Musical? Obstreperous? However you like your peak summer days, we’ve got it. In Bangor this weekend you can start your Friday off with several fun shows, including an evening of funk and r&b at Tantrum with The Hornitz (pictured), Trendy Robots and …

Ahead of Bangor concert, Sarah McLachlan talks new album, her fans, and not being ‘the animal person’

on July 16, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
In what’s now a career that spans more than 25 years, Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has developed a strong, devoted fanbase, who look to her for emotional comfort, via McLachlan’s eight studio albums and multiple live recordings and compilations. McLachlan, now 46, released that eighth album, “Shine On,” in May …

“American Pickers” on the lookout for treasures in eastern Maine; August visit planned

on July 16, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
“American Pickers,” the popular History Channel program about ‘pickers’ — people who travel around looking through people’s basements, barns and attics for antique and vintage treasures — have been to Maine before. Lisbon in 2012 and Portland in 2011, to be exact. Now, they finally plan to visit the rest …

Broadway’s Best in Bangor to bring five touring theater productions to Cross Insurance Center

on July 15, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
The second edition of the Broadway’s Best in Bangor tour has been announced for the Cross Insurance Center, and this time around will bring five touring productions to Bangor, up from four last year. Last year’s popular series featured such well-known touring official Broadway productions as “Mamma Mia” and “Beauty …
The Lost Kitchen, 22 Mill Street, Freedom, chef and owner Erin French prepares meals during dinner Wednesday.

Acclaimed restaurant lost, then found in Waldo County

By Emily Burnham on July 15, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Erin French’s new restaurant in the Waldo County town of Freedom has the same name as her old one: The Lost Kitchen. From the sounds of it, though, French is far from lost. In fact, she said she feels like she has finally found what she has been looking for. …

New album arrives from Portland metal mainstays Pigboat, after a hard-fought battle

on July 15, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
It was a little bizarre for Mark Belanger, singer-guitarist for Portland metal band Pigboat, being at the four rock shows held one weekend last summer at Geno’s, the Asylum and the Big Easy, all in Portland. Those shows featured a who’s who of Maine metal and heavy bands, and all …

Local bands, local vibes, local love at State of the State II in Portland

on July 14, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Our friends at Portland-based Knack Factory — the media firm owned and operated by BDN blogger Alex Steed and photographer Zack Bowen — took some time out on Friday evening to attend the State of the State II concert at the State Theatre. The local music extravaganza, organized by Kyle …
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