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.
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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 …
Jon Edwards of Wellesley, Massachusetts, downs a fresh-harvested oyster aboard the Nonesuch Oysters skiff on a recent tour.

From bed to table: Oyster farm tours highlight Maine’s emerging trend of culinary tourism

By Kathleen Pierce on July 05, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — “What do you guys know about oysters?” Abigail Carroll asked a couple standing on a pier in the Scarborough River on a sunny afternoon. “That they are delicious,” Amy and Jon Edwards said in unison. That was enough motivation for the Massachusetts tourists, who just hiked Acadia …
Megan O'Niell (left) and Jackie Pugsley snap a selfie with an American flag-clad phone as officials prepare to celebrate Independence Day a day early in Boston on Thursday.

What’s up with selfies? Writers, thinkers to examine trend at Biddeford event

By Kathleen Pierce on July 04, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Are selfies a harmless means of communication or a deeply narcissistic reflection of a world gone wrong? The exhibition “SELF/selfie” at Engine in Biddeford, up since May, presents such thoughts. On Thursday, a panel will delve deeper into the phenomenon by dissecting the visual investigation into the …
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Portland moves July 4th bash to Saturday

on July 03, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
File under star-spangled bummer. Portland city officials have postponed Friday’s pops to Saturday. Tropical storm Arthur continues to barrel up the coast causing our Stars and Stripes Spectacular held on the Eastern Prom to go off a day late. But not a dollar short. Though Mother Nature is a cruel and unpatriotic …
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Is Scarborough the new Margaritaville?

on July 02, 2014, at 5:22 a.m.
The final coat of paint is being applied. Floral picnic benches wait in the wings. In the giant open-kitchen, a vat of tamales will soon appease hungry suburbanites. Rejoice Portland outlanders, El Rayo Taqueria has landed in your hood. Long a beloved Portland staple at the corner of High and …

Food Buzz: New location for El Rayo Taqueira, Portland’s new beer store

By Kathleen Pierce on July 01, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
Scarborough gets spicy Along a busy strip of Route 1, a cheerful sight is coming. El Rayo Taqueria’s aqua-and-orange stripes indicate a gourmet bright spot in a fast-food wasteland. Executive chef Cheryl Lewis extends her talent from the Portland tacoria to this new Mexican emporium, slated to open next week. …
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Further evidence that Portland is Beer City USA

on July 01, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Craft Beer Cellar of Massachusetts is rapidly expanding across New England and adds Portland to its ranks next month. The museum of beers, which started in Belmont, Mass., announced it will open on 111 Commercial St., formerly the Port Bean Cafe, and sell hundreds, if not thousands, of craft brews …
Cal Hancock with her 11th sofi award this week in New York City.

Topsham lobster queen wins NYC’s Fancy Food Show — again

By Kathleen Pierce on July 01, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
In the sports world, she would be a hall of famer. In the specialty food circuit, Cal Hancock is clearly gold. The owner of Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company in Topsham took home the top prize this week at the Fancy Food Show in New York City for the 11th time. …
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Coffee for less than a buck

on June 30, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Ahhh 1994. Grunge was still alive, country was not yet mainstream and you could score a cup of joe for a mere 95 cents. On Tuesday coffee lovers can time travel with glee at Coffee By Design. The Portland roaster celebrates its 20th anniversary by rolling back prices to the …
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Falmouth is all atwitter tonight

on June 30, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Food trucks, live music, social media and beer. Must be Monday. If you can hashtag it, it counts as work for the technically connected. Pine Tree State twitterati unite tonight in Falmouth for the fifth annual Social Media Day Maine. Organized by Mashable, the worldwide tweetup with burgers, mini donuts and …

Mashable brings Social Media Day to Maine

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Food trucks, music, beer and Monday? If you can hashtag it, it counts as work for the technically connected. Pine Tree State’s twitterati unite tonight in Falmouth for the fifth annual Social Media Day Maine. Organized by Mashable, the worldwide tweetup with burgers, mini donuts and a shuttle from the Old Port, …
Herb Smith sits at the helm of the schooner Eastwind in Boothbay Harbor on Wednesday. He built the schooner -- his sixth -- and launched it in Belfast in 1999.

Schooner Eastwind charts familial course in Boothbay Harbor

By Kathleen Pierce on June 28, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — The schooner Eastwind travels eight knots into a headwind. At the helm, Herb Smith quietly charts a course for Burnt Island. “Take that tight in Doris,” he calls out to his wife as the 65-foot vessel glides peacefully out to sea. From the bow, their son …
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Alanis Morissette plays Maine State Pier

on June 23, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
Four time Grammy winner Alanis Morissette comes to Maine State Pier Aug. 23. Tickets go on sale Friday for the singer’s Portland performance. The firebrand who tore up radiowaves in the 90s, delivers an acoustic and “intimate” show. Can you get intimate with those powerhouse vocals? People on Peaks Island will find …
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Final days for Miyake Diner

on June 23, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
So long Miyake Diner, we hardly knew thee. Never made it to the months-old sake skillet on Portland’s Spring Street? You’ve got till Wednesday. After eight years, chef Masa Miyake, 51, and partner William Garfield, 26, are parting ways. The duo, who also run Pai Men Miyake on State Street and …
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