Articles by Natalie Feulner

Various types of cloth diapers fill the shelves at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor in this April 10, 2014, file photo.

Cloth diaper, home brew company to expand, offer more classes

By Natalie Feulner on July 13, 2015, at 5:44 a.m.
When Maine Cloth Diaper Company co-owner Betsy Lundy walks around her new retail space at 35 Main St. in downtown Bangor, her eyes sparkle. She excitedly points out her plans for every foot of space, which is about three times larger than the current store. The first-floor storefront is bright …

An open letter to the state of Maine on the day of my departure

on July 13, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
Dear Maine, It’s only been three years, but I’ve known you forever. You are wild. You are free. A manifestation of what lives inside my soul.   When I hike your mountains and swim in your cold ocean, my body is alive, my spirit awakened.Story continues below advertisement. I moved …
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An open letter to the state of Maine on the day of my departure

By Natalie Feulner on July 11, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
Dear Maine: It has only been three years, but I’ve known you forever. You are wild. You are free. A manifestation of what lives inside my soul. When I hike your mountains and swim in your cold ocean, my body is alive, my spirit awakened. I moved here not knowing …
A scene from "Tumbledown," a film set in western Maine, that will debut at the Maine International Film Festival this weekend.

International film festival to celebrate Maine’s film culture

By Natalie Feulner on July 09, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
For the 18th year in a row, actors, directors and film enthusiasts will descend on Waterville for the Maine International Film Festival. MIFF is Maine’s largest and longest-running film festival. Founded in 1998, the festival is a project of the Maine Film Center. Festival director Shannon Haines said films shown …
Outdoor seating is seen outside the Big Easy in downtown Bangor in this May 6, 2015, file photo.

Bangor regulates outdoor seating as diners go outside

By Natalie Feulner on July 07, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
Just a little more than six months after Bangor City Council voted to change the process for issuing outdoor seating licenses, downtown Bangor is bustling with alfresco diners. And while city officials say the process has gone smoothly, more changes are expected as they work out kinks and more restaurants …
Dennis Carter (left) and his wife, Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, own and operate Deer Isle Hostel in Deer Isle. The couple started the hostel in 2009 with an emphasis on providing affordable and eco-friendly accommodations to people who travel to the area. The hostel is off the grid. They get much of their food from their gardens and live a homesteading life.

Deer Isle hostel offers visitors a taste of life off the grid

By Natalie Feulner on July 06, 2015, at 5:44 a.m.
DEER ISLE — At the end of a long, quiet paved road, there is a long, even quieter dirt road. And at the end of that road, a peaceful tree-lined driveway ends at a 17th century-inspired timber frame home. The Deer Isle Hostel, a large three-story house, is home to …

Selling a homestead, clinging to the memories made

on July 04, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
To sell a homestead is to part with the physical things that keep all the intangible memories in one place. It’s being OK with saying goodbye to the apple tree with its long, manicured arms bursting with sweet fruit every fall. But it’s not easy. Story continues below advertisement. We …
Pieces from Anna Hepler's exhibit "Blind Spot" are seen at the University of Maine art museum in Bangor.

Bangor museum showcases vibrant, multidimensional art

By Natalie Feulner on July 03, 2015, at 5:59 a.m.
The new exhibits at the University of Maine Museum of Art are a feast for the eyes. Multidimensional pieces displayed on pedestals beg to be explored from different angles. Several brightly colored sculptures look almost edible. But no touching, please. The museum rotates exhibitions every three months. The current show …

Bangor’s newest restaurant opening

on July 02, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
The much anticipated new restaurant in Downtown Bangor, Evenrood’s, is opening its doors tonight (July 2) at 5 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to call for a reservation or “just drop in” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. The opening menu includes things like a mussels appetizer ($14) with white wine, …
Sally "Princess" Page (left) and her mother, Karen Walker, of Veazie pick strawberries at Adams Strawberry Acres in Corinth on June 26.

A near-perfect start to strawberry season buoys family farm through tragedy

By Natalie Feulner on July 01, 2015, at 5:37 a.m.
CORINTH — The mantra for the Adams family goes something like this: “We get what the good Lord gives us.” This year, that’s a near-perfect strawberry season with fields full of plump, juicy fruit ripe for the picking. But it hasn’t always been that way. Despite their soft exteriors, the …
Jen Hatch (left) and Stu Hatch, show one of their roasters they use to cook whole pigs. The Hatches own and operate Mainely Cookouts, a mobile barbecue service.

Hot off the spit: Pig roasts making a comeback in Maine

By Natalie Feulner on June 28, 2015, at 5:44 a.m.
NEWBURGH | Stu and Jen Hatch, owners of Mainely Cookouts on Carmel Road North, know meat. They believe slow cooking is the best way to prepare anything, especially whole pigs. More than that, a pig roasted to a golden-pink crisp has the power to change the minds of people …

One unique way I plan on staying connected to Maine forever

on June 27, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
When I was a kid, we moved a lot. Not out of state, but to different cities and towns. As an adult, I’ve moved a lot as well. This time all over the country. Five states in six years. That’s a lot of homes, friendships, jobs and connections. I haven’t …
Brian Ulbrich (left) of Southwest Harbor and Natalie Feulner do yoga poses during an Acadia Stand Up Paddle Boarding yoga class at Echo Lake on Mount Desert Island.

Yogis take practice out of the studio, onto the water

By Natalie Feulner on June 26, 2015, at 9:16 a.m.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Sun glinted off Echo Lake as five paddleboarders taking a class with Acadia Stand Up Paddle Boarding made their way to a quiet cove. Their experiences with paddleboarding and yoga varied, but once out on the water, that mattered little. Instead, instructor Alex Taylor worked to …

Paddleboard yoga: A trend worth trying

on June 25, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
The sun sparkled off the water and birds whistled as I walked up to the edge of Echo Lake in Mount Desert Island. The water lapped peacefully against the shore. Unfortunately, my nerves didn’t match the serene setting. I was there for a paddleboard yoga class — “research” for my …
Pagiel Rose (left), 31, and Andrae Dixon, 29, are co-owners of Jamaican Vybz, a new takeout restaurant in Bangor. The longtime friends have worked together at several restaurants over the years, and now they opened their own business that serves Jamaican food.

New Jamaican restaurant hopes to change Bangor food culture

By Natalie Feulner on June 23, 2015, at 3:01 p.m.
Chris Greenman of Holden frequently travels to Jamaica. In fact, he has been at least 10 times, in recent memory. So it’s significant that when he visited the newly opened Jamaican Vybz restaurant in Bangor, he knew he would be back. “This is not something you’re going to have anywhere …
Diego Grossmann, 17, a recent graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, is taking a gap year to volunteer with the organization World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

John Bapst grad to spend gap year pursuing world travel, farming

By Natalie Feulner on June 21, 2015, at 5:54 a.m.
When Diego Grossmann, a recent graduate from John Bapst Memorial High School, traveled with his father to Nepal earlier this year, he was amazed at the amount of sustainability he saw while visiting cities and rural areas. Nearly all of the homes had solar panels to power the energy used …

How we ended up paying $500 for an emergency popsicle

on June 20, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
Her fall was awful. Worse: I was right there. I just wasn’t fast enough. A few weekends ago, our toddler fell from a deck chair face-first onto our iron patio table. The blood went everywhere. Her dad panicked. On the outside, I was calm, stoic and rational. Inside I was …
An audience of about 350 people watches "Asphalt Jungle" in Pickering Square in Bangor in this August 2004 file photo.

Summer film series returns to Bangor with music-filled movies

By Natalie Feulner on June 18, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
For the 12th year in a row, Pickering Square, a bustling transportation hub during the day, will transform into a open-air movie theater at night. River City Cinema is slated to start its annual free outdoor film series Friday, June 26, and this year, it will bring …
 Julie Harris lines bales of straw along her fence where she is making a raised straw bale garden.

Alternative gardens can help make growing more accessible

By Natalie Feulner on June 15, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
Straw bales. Pallets. Raised beds. When it comes to creating an alternative garden — ones grown above ground — options abound. Some save money while others allow gardeners to accommodate different mobility needs or improve the health of the soil. Regardless, more people are gardening these days than ever before, …

Why Maine is the best place to feel far away right at home

on June 13, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
On a recent Sunday evening, while sitting around a fire, I was overcome with a feeling of satisfaction. Satisfaction in the simple things. Marinated chicken, beef and a rainbow of vegetables filled skewers that slowly roasted over the open fire. Wine and conversation flowed easily as children climbed in treehouses …