October 18th, 8:01pm

Elmer Beal was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. The son of a lobsterman and an accomplished folk singer, Elmer appreciates a good cappucino, and agreed to speak with us if we could give him a ride back home. 

He left MDI to pursue his education, and for the occasional folk music tour, but returned to MDI at the College of Atlantic as a faculty member.

His courses cycled through Maine Lobsterman, Woodsmen, and Organic Farmers, showing each industries’ development and interdependence. He retired from teaching just last year, and now operates one of the finest dining establishments on the island, The Burning Tree restaurant—named after a folk song he wrote about the brilliantly colored autumn leaves. Here, he grows all the salad greens, and sources other ingredients from local farms. 

We would’ve eaten there, we swear, but they just closed for the season in mid-October. Next year, for sure!