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.
 
Tandem Glass Gallery and Studio in Dresden is part of Maine Craft Weekend, Oct. 1-2.

Maine Craft Weekend is a chance to see artisans in their element

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
“It’s a chance to go into the places where people live, see cool structures, many that artisans made themselves, and get out and explore.”
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Portland restaurant makes Condé Nast Traveler’s world’s best list

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
The permanent line outside Eventide Oyster Co. on Middle Street just got longer. Yesterday the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, a well-fed bunch, released their first ever best places in the world to eat list and the bivalve hotspot is the only Maine mention. “The oyster bar of your dreams: briny …
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Amy Alward is opening Baristas and Bites on Fore Street and will pay full-time staff members $15 per hour in this no-tip zone.

Why this Maine restaurant is betting its business on banning tips

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
“This is risky and different,” said Amy Alward, owner of Love Kupcakes Inc., who will open her new establishment serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the goal of paying full-time employees $15 per hour.
Artist Charlie Hewitt, his wife Kate Carey and daughter Ruby play with their pups in their new sleek, art-filled home, formerly Goff's Hardware in downtown Yarmouth.

How an old hardware store became a creative home for Yarmouth couple

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It took me 40 years in New York to find the perfect loft in Maine,” said Hewitt, a Lewiston native.
A "hamburger" made of cashews, sun-dried tomatoes and cilantro is whipped up in seconds in Elizabeth Fraser's Girl Gone Raw kitchen.

Raw revolution sprouts under an unassuming Portland roof

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
“Discovering raw food changed my life, and I need to share,” said Elizabeth Fraser, who started teaching “uncooking” classes in her Munjoy Hill kitchen six years ago.
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Anthony Bourdain has advice for Portland restaurateurs

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
“Make sure that the locals love you.”
Image from Justin Levesque’s "ICELANDx207: Container," 
on view in Congress Square Park from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12.

Why this Maine artist is showing his exhibit in a shipping container

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 14, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Last fall, University of Southern Maine graduate Justin Levesque of Portland spent nine days aboard an Eimskip container ship traveling from Portland to Reykjavik — all in the name of art.

Farming for recovery

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 11, 2016, at 7:29 a.m.
Men fighting addiction find hope from despair in the fields.
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Men recovering from addiction learn to plant and harvest at Ray Angers Farm.

How an agricultural program is helping addicts recover

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 11, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
“They don’t have to think about the past or the future,” Mary Beth Ontkush, the program’s therapeutic farm manager, said. Just harvesting kale, feeding the pigs or keeping the ducks sheltered is vibrant reality right in front of them.
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Steven Akeley plows a field at the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Six reasons to go to the 2016 Common Ground Country Fair

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 08, 2016, at 8:28 a.m.
Yes, you can eat well, take in a folk show and shop a mega farmers market, but there is so much more to learn and experience. Here are six reasons to go this year.
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Another Portland gallery is closing

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
Cracks have appeared in the splintering Portland art scene this summer. The latest aftershock is the closing of 3Fish Gallery in November. “It will be sad,” said owner Ron Spinella, seated in his Cumberland Street art space Wednesday announcing the news. “A number of people are disappointed.” The last show, featuring the …
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New pub opens in Yarmouth

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 9:11 a.m.
  While no one was looking, Portland’s J.Crew-ish bedroom community has been ramping up its appeal. Right next to Handy’s Market, where Bard Coffee is now served and OTTO pizzas fly from the hearth, drinks and comfort food are about to round out the offerings. The Owl & Elm, a modern …

Moose comes ashore on Kennebunkport beach

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
How hot was it yesterday? Hot enough for a moose to plunge into the Atlantic at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport and frolic in the waves. Bar manager Ben Lohnes at The Tides Beach Club was inside the swank resort when a tall, furry swimmer with antlers appeared on the …
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Moose comes ashore on Kennebunkport beach

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
How hot was it yesterday? Hot enough for a moose to plunge into the Atlantic at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport and frolic in the waves. Bar manager Ben Lohnes at The Tides Beach Club was inside the swank resort when a tall, furry swimmer with antlers appeared on the …
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Moose comes ashore on Kennebunkport beach

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
How hot was it yesterday? Hot enough for a moose to plunge into the Atlantic at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport and frolic in the waves. Bar manager Ben Lohnes at The Tides Beach Club was inside the swank resort when a tall, furry swimmer with antlers appeared on the …
Maine-made cheese like Hullabaloo from Imagine Dairy Farm will be tasted, sold and celebrated at the Maine Cheese Festival Oct. 16th in Union.

Maine Cheese Festival returns after decade-long hiatus to celebrate Maine’s booming industry

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
“We will showcase over 100 different types of cheeses that Mainers are making.”
Allison Reid and Bob Johnson embrace outside their soon-to-open toast bar.

Toast bar opens in South Portland this fall

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 29, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
“Opening a toast bar has been my dream for 12 years.”
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Paulared apples grow at Highmoor Farm research facility in Monmouth.

Maine’s apple crop forecast is smaller in volume and size

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 27, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
The summer drought that’s taxed farmers from Berwick to Bowdoinham may take a toll on this year’s apple harvest.
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Toast bar opens in South Portland this fall

on Aug. 27, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Is this the greatest thing since sliced bread? A toast bar run by Scratch Baking Co. opens this fall in a former garage that happens to resemble a toaster. “It will have black handles soon,” says a buoyant Bob Johnson, co-owner of the Willard Square bakery a few blocks away. …
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Thompson’s Point first restaurant opens

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
Reams of locals and vacationers careered into Thompson’s Point Wednesday for the opening of Big J’s Chicken Shack. From the freshly mounted subway tiles, to the boxes of sauced wings, plates of waffles and chicken, and grilled chicken sandwiches topped with bacon and cheese, the new restaurant from Portland’s tastemaker …