Kathleen Pierce

Senior Features Reporter

Kathleen Pierce is a Portland-based features writer in search of dynamic stories in Southern, Maine. Emphasis on arts, culture and food trends. Follow her on twitter @piercenews.
Maine State Music Theatre props apprentice Amanda Diaz toils behind the scenes Monday in Brunswick, building church pews for an upcoming production of "Footloose."

Behind the magic at Maine State Music Theatre

By Kathleen Pierce on July 24, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Another opening, another show. When the curtain rises at the Pickard Theater and the first upbeat note of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” echos through the room, guests seated in air-conditioned comfort are treated to a night of Broadway-style entertainment complete with backflips, a live orchestra and …
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Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor mixes it up this fall

on July 24, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
Who will be crowned lobster chef of the year? Crustacean king? Top claw? We will have to wait till fall when food-and-wine chow-down Harvest on the Harbor opens for its seventh season in Portland Oct. 22 and 25. Tickets went on sale Thursday for the gustatory gangplank of Maine cuisine, …
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 …
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors, such as sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

Avocado, cayenne pepper, lobster, local brews among the many unusual ingredients Maine ice cream makers are scooping up

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Going to the garden for fresh herbs, reaching into the pot for a Maine-caught crustacean and raiding the brewery for a seasonal ale — these sound like activities that would take place in a commercial kitchen, not an ice cream stand. But, like chefs, bakers and mixologists …

Gifford’s ice cream makes its Capitol Hill debut

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Is Maine-made ice cream rich enough to sweeten the sour gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday, the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The delicious and refreshing …
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Gifford’s ice cream is a hit on Capitol Hill

on July 22, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Is ice cream made in Maine rich enough to sweeten the nasty gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington D.C. to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The …
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Jeff Tweedy rocks L.L. Bean

on July 21, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
He has rocked arenas from coast to coast. This weekend musician Jeff Tweedy lives up to his name by taking over the L.L. Bean Campus in Freeport Saturday night for a free show. Whether the frontman for Wilco appears in an Oxford blazer or Scotch plaid flannel is immaterial. This …
"Cabbie," directed by Brian C Miller Richard, will premiere at the Bluestocking Film Series in Portland this weekend.

Now playing: Strong female protagonists at Bluestocking Film Series in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on July 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As a budding filmmaker in the ’90s, Kate Kaminski noticed a disturbing trend. Most top-grossing movies were dominated by men. Those that did feature women were not very serious. “I intend to be part of a movement. I would like to change that ratio for sure,” said …
"The Monitor or the Merrimack (Gull on Pile)" by Bernard Langlais is on display at Colby College Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the Maine's artist work.

Maine’s summer art scene heats up with major retrospectives

By Kathleen Pierce on July 17, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Summertime in Vacationland not only features ice cream cone-toting tourists and out-of-town licence plates; its museums and galleries vibrate with world-class art. From the hometown Bernard Langlais to the blue-chip Richard Estes to 35 artists who have spent time on Monhegan Island, art venues trot out their …
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Cooking Channel showcases Portland food truck

on July 16, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Last summer reality show Eat St. cruised into Portland to film Ben Berman and Jack Barber flipping burgers in their colorful mobile grill, Mainely Burgers. “It was a very, very long day,” recalled Barber this week. But 10 hours of filming has paid off. The trucks, one parked at Scarborough …
Mainely Burgers is one of five Portland-area food trucks competing in next month's battle of the food trucks at Stonewall Kitchen in York.

Stonewall Kitchen to host Maine food truck battle

By Kathleen Pierce on July 15, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
Imagine having the keys to Stonewall Kitchen to create any recipe you desire. Five Maine food trucks will have that opportunity when they participate in the York specialty food company’s first Battle of the Food Trucks planned for Aug. 2. Popular Portland mobile eateries — Mainely Burgers, Urban Sugar Mobile …
Upward facing neon. Black light yoga is "dancehall meets a sweat lodge meets a yoga class," said instructor Halle Becker.

‘Yoga saved my life’: Hundreds flock to Maine Yoga Fest

By Kathleen Pierce on July 14, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Inhale. Exhale. All rise and join the conga line. A full moon rose over the East End Saturday night, and 150 yoga enthusiasts in dayglow war paint floated, jumped and lunged on their mats to a hip-pop beat. For 90 minutes the East End Community School gymnasium …
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Three for the road: Art shows worth abandoning the beach for

on July 14, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
Besides the line at Red’s and mounting traffic on Route 1, there is another Maine mainstay in overdrive this summer — art shows. It’s tough to wade through the onslaught of openings between trips to the beach, but here are three shows worth ditching your blanket for on the coast. …
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What to expect at the Maine Yoga Fest this weekend

on July 11, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Can 500 sweaty and limber people be wrong? This Saturday and Sunday Maine YogaFest transforms the East End Community School in Portland into an exhale emporium. Flexible folks from hither and yon will cop their best downward dogs and try the latest trends in this ancient form of wellness. What is new …
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The Katalyst behind The State of the State

on July 10, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
Kyle Poissonnier had an idea. Convince his favorite Maine musicians to throw a concert to promote his fledgling company Katalyst Lifestyle Brand and showcase the state’s burgeoning music scene. Last year the inaugural State of the State concert was a mega success. On Friday the Smithfield native and Husson University grad …
Ali Stauble (right) of Bangor performed with her twin sister, Susie Pepper at the American Idol auditions on Wednesday in Portland.

‘American Idol’ searches Maine for the next superstar

By Kathleen Pierce on July 09, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — They drove down from Caribou, up from Boston and flew in from Kentucky. Gathered in the hot sun on the Maine State Pier was a crowd of hundreds with guitars clutched, makeup freshly applied and vocal chords rested, awaiting their chance for a shot at superstardom on …
Helene Neville, a nurse from Las Vegas, who is beating cancer, ran from Florida to Maine this month to honor those who have passed and promote a healthy lifestyle. She was greeted by the Portland Fire Department on Sunday.

Cancer survivor runs from Florida to Maine to share message of hope

By Kathleen Pierce on July 09, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — On Sunday when most of us were recovering from a holiday hangover, Helene Neville was completing a 2,000 mile run. Crossing the finish line at Portland’s Harbor View Memorial Park, the cancer survivor who lives in Las Vegas was met by a team of local firemen. “They …
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Auditioning for Idol?

on July 08, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
  We want to hear from you! Tomorrow from 9 to 5 p.m. the Fox talent show will be in Portland looking for the next Jordan Sparks, Kelly Clarkson and The Bieber. If you are a Maine resident (Bangor anyone?) queuing up outside the bus parked at Maine State Pier …
Workers with Marden Builders carry pipe to their worksite on greater Cuckolds island off Southport recently, where they are converting a lighthouse into a high-end bed and breakfast.

‘This is like living in an Andrew Wyeth painting’: Cuckolds Light rebirth fulfills restorationists’ dream

By Kathleen Pierce on July 08, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
SOUTH OF SOUTHPORT, Maine — Dream job: Lighthouse keeper. Must have Coast Guard license and be handy with a paint brush. The ad in Points East magazine caught Barbara Aube’s eye. It was the summer of 2012 and the human resource manager was returning to Connecticut with her husband, Dan, …
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American Idol auditions in Portland this week

on July 07, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
So you think you can dance? And sing? And rock the pop fandango? Take thee talents to the Maine State Pier Wednesday where the American Idol tour bus will be parked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. looking for YOU, next-big-thing. The Fox talent show is cruising the country this …
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