Things to Do and Story Round Up

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Things to Do and Story Round Up

It’s our weekly roundup of future events and past stories. Week of August 15

Every Monday, we’ll have a quick preview of events happening that week in Bar Harbor and you can look for in-depth features later on in the week.

And if you’d like something listed, just let us know by commenting or contacting us!

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GET YOUR NEWS ON!

I’m just one person, so some weeks there will be more news than others as I try to fit things around my editing novels, podcasting, and writing my own books, but here you go!

Here are the links to our stories from the past week in case you missed any.

Organization Hoping For Town Support of Ropeless Gear Proximity Testing in Frenchman Bay’s Southern Channel Gets One Step Closer to Goal

Town has a variety of options and opinions when it comes to cruise ship possibilities as business owners and residents share views with Town Manager

Cruise Ship Committee Agrees To Make Recommendations to Town Manager

No Exceptions to Town’s Vacation Rental Permits

Age-Friendly Committee Looks for New Members

Jesup Memorial Library Edges Closer to $12.5 Million Goal, But Still Needs Help To Make The Best Building Possible


Get Your Nature On!

Birds, Bugs, Birches, and Barnacles!

Do you love exploring nature, observing the details, and learning more about the world around you? Then our BioBlitz is just for you. It’s an Acadia National Park treasure hunt for science, and we need your help! We will work in small groups, each with a staff guide, to observe what is around us – from birds to bugs and birches to barnacles. We will work together to record as many species as possible using iNaturalist, a free app that makes it easy to share observations of biodiversity. After the morning’s field effort, all registered participants are invited to a celebratory picnic on campus. We’ll share our sightings from the day while we talk about more ways to stay connected and how to continue contributing to the efforts of monitoring biodiversity in Acadia National Park. Join us for this great opportunity to play, learn, and connect with nature, science, and your community. No prior experience is necessary.

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 20, 2022
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Location

Schoodic Institute

Fees/Admission

$5 / person

Website
Contact Information

info@schoodicinstitute.org 207-288-1310
Send Email


Get Your Comedy On!


Get Your Craft Fair On!

Island Arts Association’s Annual Summer Craft Fair at the Pemetic Green

The Island Arts Association’s Annual Summer Craft Fair will be on Saturday, August 20 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, August 21 from 10am – 5pm. Stop by and visit the local artisans showcasing their beautiful handmade crafts!

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 20, 2022 Sunday Aug 21, 2022

8/20/22 & 8/21/22 10am-5pm

Location

Pemetic Green, Southwest Harbor

Fees/Admission

Free

Website

Who We Are

Contact Information

Island Arts Association
Send Email


Get Your Book On!

Book Sale! The 51st Annual Book Sale at the Jesup Memorial Library.

Join the library for a reimagined book sale. This year’s sale is one-day event and will be completely outside under a tent.

Date and Time

Saturday, August 20, 10 AM to 4 PM

Location

Jesup Memorial Library, Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor


Summer Reading Program: “I Love You Oceanly” by Hazel Mitchell

Date and Time

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, , 10:30 AM  TO 11:30 AM

To attend:

Register here or email eventsignup@jesuplibrary.org.

Location

Jesup Library

34 Mount Desert Street Bar Harbor ME 04609


Author Talk: “American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Maine” by Nicholas Lund

From deep evergreen woods and interior lakes, fields and farmlands, to world famous beaches and rocky shorelines, Maine is a paradise for birds. Over 450 species are recorded in the state and because it’s ideal for both migrating birds in the fall and spring as well as year-long residents, birders can see a multitude of species in every season. Maine has many sanctuaries, wildlife preserves, and local parks and both the spectacular Baxter State Park and the staggeringly beautiful Acadia State Park on Mt. Desert Island. All of these factors combine to make Maine a premiere state for both birds and birders.

Date and time

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 7:00 PM  to 8:00 PM

To Register

https://www.jesuplibrary.org/events/lund

Location

Jesup Memorial Library


Virtual Write On! Writing Group

Want support for your craft? The Write On! writer’s group has been meeting at the Jesup since 2014, and remotely during the pandemic. Each meeting, members may bring in up to 1200 words to read for feedback, and in turn offer feedback to others. Although each member doesn’t get to read work every time, the group shares the time fairly. The group meets on Zoom, and hold in confidence what is shared. This group welcomes adults 18 and up writing in many genres. There’s no homework–the only commitment is two hours on Saturday mornings.

Date and Time

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location

Zoom

How to Attend

Call the library, 207-288-4245, for more about us and how to join, or email info@jesuplibrary.org.


Get Your Music On!

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BAR HARBOR TOWN BAND CONCERT

Join the Bar Harbor Town Band for an hour of march and concert band music under the stars on the Bar Harbor Village Green.

Date and Time

Mondays
8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EDT

Monday and Thursday evenings through August 15, 2022

Location

Village Green in Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

FREE

More Info

https://barharborband.org/


At the Criterion

More information.


GET YOUR ART ON!

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OPEN STUDIO – MEMBER MONDAYS

Members can reserve a table in our studio for an hour or the whole session and have access to our non-consumable tools or use some materials from our stock!

$10 for reserved space – participant brings supplies. 

OR $25 for reserved space plus access to consumable materials; felting, glass, paint, printmaking.

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masking, vaccinated, and social distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Monday, July 25, 2022
2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42.00

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


EN PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTING WITH CHRISTINE LAFUENTE

Experience the magic of Mount Desert Island as you paint En Plein Air with renowned artist Christine Lafuente. A basic review of outdoor set-up, paint application, composition, and atmospheric color theory will be covered; however, most of the time spent together will be “hands-on” in the field with individual instruction at four select locations on the Island’s beautiful coves and shores.

Artists of all levels and styles are welcome, experience working in oils is recommended. The half-day sessions provide you the opportunity to work in the mornings with the instructor, leaving you the afternoons to continue to work independently, as you develop your own individual style. Pack a lunch and paint all day!

Date and Time

Monday, August 8, 2022
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

August 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2022

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$600 for a 4-day workshop ($590 for members) plus independent painting time on campus in the afternoons.

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4803298

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


MONDAY EVENING FIGURE DRAWING – EMOTION THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE

Join Gabrielle for instructed sessions on portraiture and clothed figure drawing or use the time to practice with our model! Mondays – instruction from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m then drawing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masking, vaccinated, and social distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Mondays, 2022
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$50.00

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-4849702

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


MONDAY & THURSDAY NIGHT FIGURE DRAWING

Please register, space is limited

Artists will have a few quick warm-up poses then be able to spend time refining a long pose. Registration necessary- ArtWaves maintains distances for safety.

The model is the star, no instruction, but plenty of easels, boards, horses, paper, charcoal and fellow friendly artists. Feel free to bring your paints and brushes as well!

18 and over, under 18 allowed with parental attendance or prior signature.

Date and Time

Mondays and Thursdays
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EDT

Mondays 6-9 single pose and Thursdays multi poses

Location

ArtWaves Fine Arts Studio

Fees/Admission

$15 for 3-hour session
Members: $25 month fee

Contact Information

office @artwavesmdi.otrg
Send Email


ELEMENTS OF A GRAPHIC NOVEL – SUMMER SERIES

Join Gabrielle and feel free to bring your questions and current work in progress! See the syllabus below.

To Register:  https://artwavesmdi.org/event

Gabrielle is a young illustrator and multimedia artist. She grew up on a small island in Maine, and consistently finds her art influenced by her upbringing. She worked for the Illustration Institute based out of Portland Maine in 2020 producing a short documentary series about how drawing influences thinking. Gabrielle is currently enrolled at College of the Atlantic and is on course to graduate with a study in visual narratives. When she’s not drawing or crafting you can find her planning her next cross-country bike tour.

Date and Time

Sundays until August 28
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42 per session

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event

Contact Information

office@artwavesmdi.org
Send Email


KIDS CRAFTERNOONS

ArtWaves  is devoting afternoons of studio (under the big tent) sessions for children to create. Most workshops use unique materials like fiber, ink, stained glass and wax.  Weekly themes. Open to kids between 7-11. No skills required.

Masks, vax’d (over 5), and distancing for staff and participant safety. 

To Register:  https://artwavesmdi.org/event

Date and Time

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$30 materials included or bring some of your own! ($20 for members) Student membership is $36 a year!

Contact Information

office@artwavesmdi.org
Send Email


Calming Crafts for Adults – Recycled CD Coasters

Each Friday the Jesup Memorial Library will provide a space for people to gather in a no pressure, minimal skills required, fun, social way to engage in stress free crafts. You can bring your own craft project or take part in one we provide. This is a drop-in gathering. You are welcome to stay the whole hour or grab the project and go create in your own space.

We will even have craft projects available after Friday to grab and go. Check in at the circulation desk to see what we have available.

Date and Time

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location

Jesup Library

Fees

Free


LIVIAH’S CRAFTERNOONS

Kids aged 7-11 years of all skill levels Masks, vax’d (over 5), and distancing for staff and participant safety.

Date and Time

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

3 p.m – 5 p.m.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$30 materials included or bring some of your own! ($20 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4878637

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


Rock Felting and Rock Painting

Rock Felting and Rock Painting Summer afternoon sessions to create a bit of topsy turvy when something soft like sheep’s wool becomes hard (felted) into looking like a rock, then we paint real rocks to resemble something soft…like a cat or a bird or split the difference with a hedgehog! All materials, general merriment and materials included

Date and Time

Friday Aug 19, 2022
3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town HIll Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$30 materials included or bring some of your own! ($20 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4899890

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


Introduction to Encaustic with Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Introduction to Encaustic with Dietlind Vander Schaaf Encaustic, meaning “to burn in” in Greek, is an art form dating back to the 5th century BC. Used as a contemporary medium, it is a versatile method of painting with a beeswax-based paint and a heated palette.

Date and Time

Saturday Aug 20, 2022
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$360 for a 2-day workshop including materials ($350 for members)

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-4803302

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


GET YOUR MOVEMENT ON!

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YOGA BY THE BAY

Date and Time

Daily
9 a.m – 10 a.m. EDT

Location

Bar Harbor Inn & Spa, 1 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$15 per person.

Contact Information

Contact Beth for questions (340) 643-6467
Send Beth an Email


ZUMBA!

It’s a dance party, no experience needed!

Come take care of yourself, shake, smile & sweat!  Every class is different; the music, people and weather, and we always have a blast! Erin leads a workout that caters to all levels of fitness and ability. All you need is a love for music and movement (or come to class to fall in love with dancing), but no experience necessary. You can follow along and give it your own flair! Come join our classes throughout the week, in the gorgeous dance studio at ArtWaves!  If you haven’t tried Zumba and want to talk with Erin, feel free to email anytime. 

Date and Time

Thursdays
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT

Location

Dance Studio at ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$40-$50 per month ($10 per week paid monthly)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event


MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE (TEEN/ADULT)

Modern Dance Technique (Teen/Adult) In this introductory level class, we’ll work to develop a movement practice that centers both self-care and togetherness. We’ll work to access availability, spaciousness, presence, and pleasure both individually and collectively. Students will investigate basic patterns of choreography, experimenting with principles of velocity and momentum and exploring personal and shared movement impulses.

Participants of diverse abilities, needs, and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Dance experience is welcomed, but not necessary. No outdoor shoes or tap shoes in the studio. Please change out of shoes in the office area. Drinks in the office area only.

Date and Times

Monday Aug 8, 2022
6:15 PM – 7:15 p.m.

Mondays through Aug. 29

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$70 for 5 sessions ($60 for members)

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4849036

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


Ballroom Dance for Beginners with Caitlin Camarda

Learn basic steps and spins to popular ballroom dances including swing, foxtrot, rumba, waltz, hustle, and merengue.

Date and Time

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022
6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

(Arrive a few minutes early to settle in.)

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$32.50 ($22.50 for members)Adults – Beginner LevelNo partner necessary! 

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-4892718

Contact Information

207-266-0010
Send Email


Get Your Movie On!

SEASIDE CINEMA – OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Bring the whole family and a blanket to sit on to our weekly outdoor movies under the stars! Movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Agamont Park, overlooking Frenchman Bay. 

Free popcorn will be available! 

Movies will start at dusk each Wednesday once the sun has gone down enough to show on the screen.

Date and Time

Wednesdays
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Movies are shown on Wednesday once the sun has gone down enough to see the screen. 

Location

Agamont Park is located on the corner of West and Main Streets in Bar Harbor.

Fees/Admission

FREE

Website:

https://www.visitbarharbor.com/seaside-cinema

Contact Information

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Send Email

Presented by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Produced by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.


OTHER CINEMAS

REEL PIZZA

https://www.reelpizza.net/now-playing

Location: 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

This week’s showings include Bullet Train and Elvis.


CRITERION THEATRE

https://www.criteriontheatre.org/

Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

This week’s showings include Minions: The Rise of Gru; A Watershed Moment; Jurassic World: Dominion


Get Your Food On!

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HOMEMADE PIES AT THE YWCA MDI

Join the Y for its Tuesday pie sales at the YWCA Mount Desert Island.  All the pies are homemade by YWCA volunteers, and the proceeds go to the Y’s lodging program for women and girls.

Date and Time

Tuesdays
10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. or until sold out.

Location

36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME
207-288-5008

Cost

$20 – $30

Website

Homepage

Contact Information

Suzanne White-Kelly
Send Email


BAR HARBOR’S EDEN FARMER’S MARKET

Maine grown, raised and value added delights in Bar Harbor. Sundays, 9 a.m. – Noon, rain or shine, Mother’s Day weekend until the end of October. 

Date and Time

Sundays
9 a.m. – Noon

Location

Park and Main Street at the YMCA parking lot, Bar Harbor

Website

http://mdifarmersmarkets.com


GET YOUR CIVIC DUTY ON!

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TOWN GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

SOUTHWEST HARBOR:

Regular Meeting Schedule (meetings held at the Town Office unless otherwise noted)

Board & Committee Meeting Schedule


Select Board: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month @ 6 p.m.
Conservation Commission: 1st Tuesday of every month @ 4 p.m. via zoom
Planning Board: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month @ 6 p.m. at the Town Office and via zoom
Historical Cemetery Committee: 3rd Wednesday of every month @ the Town office or otherwise specified @ 2 p.m.
Harbor Committee: 2nd Monday of every month @ 6 p.m.
Shellfish Committee: 2nd Monday of every month @ 5 p.m. 
Board of Appeals: 2nd Wednesday of every month (as needed) @ 6 p.m.
Warrant Committee: as needed


TREMONT:

Selectboard Meeting

August 15, 2022 – 5:00pm


BAR HARBOR:

According to the town’s website, “Meetings that are broadcast live can be viewed at home by watching Cable Access Channel 7 or 1303 (Spectrum Cable only) and online at Town Hall Streams.”

Town Council

August 16, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

@ Council Chambers

More Details

Department Heads Meeting

August 17, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

@ 3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301

More Details

Age Friendly Committee

August 17, 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

@ 3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301

More Details

Marine Resources Committee

August 17, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

More Details


REGULAR SCHEDULE OF BAR HARBOR’S MAIN COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETINGS

· Town Council meetings– the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.

· Planning Board meetings- the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

· Design Review Board– the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

· Appeals Board – As needed, call the Planning Office for meeting times


MOUNT DESERT:

Upcoming Events

Board of Selectmen Meeting

August 15, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

Summer Residents Association Annual Meeting

August 16, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

Sustainability Committee Meeting

August 18, 2022 – 4:30 p.m.

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