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.
Writer Katy Kelleher with her new book "Handcrafted Maine" sits on her stoop next to a bear sculpture by Ray Murphy, one of 22 makers featured in her book.

A handmade tale: New book celebrates Maine’s artisan culture without glossing over challenges

By Kathleen Pierce on July 17, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
The result is a lavishly photographed book with in-depth reporting that delivers genuine senses of place.
Artist Andrew Wyeth painted 300 works featuring the Olson House, including his most famous "Christina's World." The estate in Cushing is open for public tours.

Celebrate Andrew Wyeth’s 100th by visiting these 5 artistic destinations

By Kathleen Pierce on July 14, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
In galleries, on islands and in established museums, glimpses of his vision can be seen all along Maine’s rugged coast and saltwater farms.
After Portland-based Elite Airways postponed its inaugural commercial flight to Halifax on June 30, the flight is rescheduled to takeoff Thursday.

With new direct connection to Halifax, international flights return to Portland jetport Thursday

By Kathleen Pierce on July 12, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
On Thursday, a new direct flight from Portland to Halifax takes off, touching down in Nova Scotia’s capital city in around an hour.

Utah restaurant wins lobster roll title during event marred by violent thunderstorms

on July 08, 2017, at 5:19 p.m.

Globe-trotting chef plans to bring destination dining to historic Maine farmhouse

on July 06, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
Max Brody’s mother is the author of multiple cookbooks, and he dined with Julia Child as a youngster.

Flurry of activity in Portland’s food scene includes new places for noodles, oysters and local meat

on July 03, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
Bayside Bowl co-owner Justin Alfond (left) and Revision Energy's Josh Baston stand on the new roof amid the entertainment emporium's impressive solar array.

Sun powers 20 bowling lanes, video games in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
“The reduction in our energy bill is about $400 per month,” Justin Alfond, co-owner of the Bayside Bowl, said. “It’s good business and good for the planet.”
Portland-based Elite Airways postponed its inaugural commercial flight to Halifax on Friday.

In ‘worst case scenario,’ airline postpones inaugural Portland-Halifax direct flight

By Kathleen Pierce on June 29, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Due to a computer breakdown with the reservation system, the flight start date has been delayed two weeks, until July 13.

Portland’s Greek Food Fest is a big, fat ‘yes’

on June 22, 2017, at 2:43 p.m.
“It’s a huge endeavor that’s highly organized. Our expenses are high, but we get donations of meat and time.”
Trish Lizotte, a room attendant at The Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, poses for a photo March 23, 2015.

Maine hospitality head optimistic feds will allow more seasonal worker visas

By Kathleen Pierce on June 22, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
The 2,000 foreign workers stuck in limbo since March might be able to work in Maine this summer after all.

Owner of acclaimed Biddeford diner reveals plans for Portland Jewish deli

on June 21, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
“I walked in and fell in love immediately and thought this is what Portland could support.”
The new entrance to the theater at Frontier includes an event space and new cafe. Owner Michael Gilroy has waited 10 years to expand.

Midcoast restaurant Frontier to expand, add cafe

By Kathleen Pierce on June 21, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
On the cusp of its 11th year in business, Frontier, the industrial chic restaurant, theater and gallery space on the Androscoggin River, pushes into a new frontier.

Here are the top places to eat in Maine according to this national foodie site

on June 19, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
One Maine restaurant was described as having dishes prepared with “a special finesse that makes waiting for one of the scant 15 seats well worth it.”

Inventive Opium cocktails light up the Portland nightlife

on June 15, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
Bar manager Alexa Doyer of hours-old Opium tosses mysterious potions (from earl grey tea to hemp oil) into shakers. She pours spiced bitters and aged spirits into a glass hookah, with a handheld flame the mixologist torches spices into smoky tendrils.
Kevin (left) and Matty Oates have a podcast called Bach to Bock focused on classical music and beer.

Classical music fest reminds Portland pub crawlers that Bach was into beer, too

By Kathleen Pierce on June 15, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
“Bach performed at Zimmerman’s beer hall, so the idea is not unique. During Bach’s entire life he was a struggling musician. This is a new twist for modern audiences.”

Top Chef Shannon Bard closes Portland restaurant

on June 14, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
She appeared on the popular culinary face-off show “Beat Bobby Flay” in 2014, as well as the Food Network’s “Kitchen Inferno,” among other high-profile appearances.
Mark Gatti of Mark's Hotdogs waits for a customer on Monday morning at the corner of Middle and Exchange Streets in Portland. Gatti opened his cart 34 years ago this week.

How a 34-year-old hot dog cart has survived Portland’s fancy food explosion

By Kathleen Pierce on June 13, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
“The mayor gave me the keys to the city on my 25th anniversary,” says the friendly hot dog vendor. “I think my wife lost them.”

You can get doughnuts made from beer in Portland

on June 08, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
Homer Simpson would be in heaven.

“The bar that Portland needs” opens Friday

on June 06, 2017, at 7:44 p.m.
The rooms at the 1922 Higgins Beach Inn have been modernized with touches such as flat-screen TVs, AC and interior updates like pickled walls, plush chairs and vintage Maine tourism signs.

Higgins Beach innkeepers resist condo offers, commit to community with rehab project

By Kathleen Pierce on June 06, 2017, at 1:06 p.m.
“Without it, the whole beach would change. It’s the backbone of the community.”