15th Annual Smelt Fry

15th Annual Smelt Fry

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Opera House Arts Welcomes Director of Development & Communications

Kelly Johnson arrives in Stonington

Opera House Arts (OHA) is pleased to welcome Kelly Johnson as its new Director of Development and Communications.

Kelly is a native of Long Island, New York. She graduated from American University in 2012 with an MA in Public History. Her studies concentrated on cultural and theater history in the U.S. Before moving to Deer Isle, she was a federal employee in the Washington, D.C. area, spending time with both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently, she has worked as a public speaker at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania and volunteered as a fundraiser for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. 

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Tips and Tools for Eating Healthy on A Budget

Free Cooking class, Instructor, Shoshona Smith, from Healthy Acadia

Join Healthy Acadia in four fun and interactive classes at the YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor to learn new tips and tools for eating healthy on a budget.  Days and times: Thursdays, Feb 12th & 26th, and March 12th & 26th, 9-10AM.  Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, each class highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands on cooking demonstrations.  Free recipe sampling and takeaways! 

Healthy Acadia Nutrition Education Initiative classes are made possible through Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).

Shine a Light on Autism for April, Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and to celebrate, thousands of people are coming together to shine a light on autism. Join Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue initiative to show your support this April

Kindergarten Registration in Ellsworth

Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School will be holding its Kindergarten registration on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.  This year we will be registering students by hourly appointments.  Parents may call Mrs. Cox at 667-6241 ext. 2 to set up an appointment to register their child for the 2015-2016 school year.  Children need not be present.  An Open House for incoming Kingergarten families will be held in late May.  The screening process will be done in the fall when the new school year begins. 

Be sure to bring your child's original birth certificate, immunization records, a current photo of your child and proof of your residency in Ellsworth.  We will also need a copy of any custody papers if parents are not together.  Any child who is five years old on or before October 15, 2015 is eligible to enter Kindergarten.

February's Staged Community Playreading

February's Staged Community Playreading


A play that explores family and racial tensions,

in celebration of African-American History Month

Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to offer performances of a staged community reading of Branden Jacobs-Jenkin’s drama Appropriate at the Stonington Opera House Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The performance will be directed by Linda Nelson, OHA’s Producing Artistic Director, and include visiting artist David Mason in addition to talented area community members. The first read through of the play, open to all interested, will be on Friday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

Stipended Student Learning Opportunities


High school and college students welcome to apply for internships with Opera House Arts

Opera House Arts (OHA) has opened its application period for stipended internships for high school and college age students. Internships are available at the nonprofit theater in a number of areas including acting, stage tech and management, backstage and costume, video production, and nonprofit administration. Internships range from a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of 10 weeks, and accepted interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours per week, for a total of 120 hours for a six-week internship.