Things to Do and Story Round Up October 8

What adventures will you have this week in Bar Harbor?

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I’m just one person and very imperfect, 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 and actually making a living, but here you go!

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

Elevated Trailers: Housing in Bar Harbor


FYI: West Street Detour Notice

Council Supports Changes to Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance

Bar Harbor Council Hosts Cruise Ship Plan Questions and Answers


Another Boiler Breaks at Conners-Emerson School as Committee Looks For Building Project Support

Meet Your House District 14 Candidates

Things to Do and Story Round Up October 3

Become a Stronger Family!

So scary!


To check if Bar Harbor Fire Department is currently hiring, please go to the town’s jobs page.

But even if it isn’t you can become a call member

Becoming a call force firefighter requires extensive training, hard work, and dedication to the community. We rely on call force firefighters to respond quickly to emergencies, to perform firefighting duties, and to provide assistance and support to career firefighters. To be a fall force firefighter is to have a chance to aid and serve the community, which is an extremely rewarding experience.


Get Your Museum On!

The Wabanaki Studies Law 21 Years After Implementation

  • Monday, October 10, 2022
  • 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • Abbe Museum (map)

Keynote and Panel – The Wabanaki Studies Law 21 Years After Implementation. On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, 2022 at 10am. Livestream on the Wabanaki Alliance Youtube Channel


Join us on Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate the release of a new report, “Wabanaki Studies Law: 21 Years After Implementation.” The Wabanaki Studies Law was passed in 2001 and requires every school in the state to implement Maine Native American studies into its curriculum. 

The digital event will feature a keynote by the Wabanaki Studies Law author and sponsor, Hon. Donna Loring, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation and former representative of that nation to the Maine House of Representatives. Followed by a panel discussion featuring report co-authors Abbe Museum, ACLU of Maine, the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, and Wabanaki Alliance. 

Sponsors: Abbe Museum, Wabanaki Alliance, ACLU of Maine, and Maine Indian-Tribal State Commission.

Free Admission for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  • Monday, October 10, 2022
  • 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Abbe Museum (map)

The Ghosts of La Rochelle – Saturday, October 29, 2022

For the first time, The Bar Harbor Historical Society and the Bar Harbor Ghost Tours are partnering to present The Ghosts of La Rochelle! Come join us for this free, fun Halloween event for adults and children at La Rochelle (127 West Street in Bar Harbor) on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.. Also, we understand how busy the community is during the summer season, so to show our appreciation, museum admission will be free for all guests! 

Professional storytellers will tell tales in the shadows and dark corners of the La Rochelle mansion– does George B. Dorr appear to reclaim his favorite umbrella? Does the parlor organ play itself in the library? Who haunts the hidden chamber on the third floor? All these spooky questions and more will be answered! 

Get in the spirit and wear a costume if you wish! Halloween treats–not tricks–will be offered at the end of your visit! 


October 29

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


127 West Street

Get Your Run On!

5th Annual Running for Rides Mary Parker Memorial 5k Race

This annual race was created to honor and celebrate Mary Parker’s passion for Island Connections’ mission, neighbors, and volunteers.  The race will begin at 9am on Saturday, October 15. Same-day registration will begin at 8am.


Cost for registrations received prior to race day are $25 for Adults and $15 for Youth 15 & under. T-shirts will be given out to the first 50 participants. To pre-register, click below.

All proceeds benefit Island Connections.

Location and Time

October 15, 2022 at 9 a.m.

To Find Out More and Register

Four 5ks

The MDI YMCA is co-hosting 4 5k’s this fall. All start and finish at the Y, all have different race courses and different vibes and all are for a great cause. Join MDI Hospital, Island Connections, and the Y this fall.



The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is North America’s premier destination road race. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, sleepy Maine villages, and stunning seaside vistas —including Somes Sound, the only fjord on the Eastern Seaboard— all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Acadia National Park in peak fall foliage season. The Marathon and Team Relay start in the world-famous Bar Harbor, while the Half-Marathon starts in the well-to-do village of Northeast Harbor. All three races finish on the quiet side of MDI in the hardworking lobster fishing community of Southwest Harbor.

Held annually the weekend following Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this fall classic has earned national and international accolades. Once you #RunMDI, you’ll see why!

Proudly hosted by Crow Athletics.

To register

To find out more


October 16 – 8:00 A.M. (eastern time)
200 Main Street, Bar Harbor – Maine


October 16th – 8:30 A.M. (eastern time)
5 Manchester Road, Northeast Harbor – Maine


Join us for MDI Hospital’s first annual Haunted Hustle 5K Run/Walk! The race will begin and end at MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor. Registration is from 7:00-7:45 am, with the race beginning at 8:00 am.

Date and Time

October 29, 7 a.m.


21 Park St, Bar Harbor, MDI YMCA

More Information

Pre-Registration cost is:
$25 for ages 12+, $15 for ages 5-11, and free for under 5 years.
Day-Of Registration cost is:
$30 for ages 12+, $20 for ages 5-11, and free for under 5 years.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st place and runner up in both female and male categories, as well as an award for best costume!

Questions? Please contact Ben Billings at or 207.288.5082, Ext 1319.

Register online:

Get Your Book On!

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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


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM



How to Attend

Call the library, 207-288-4245, for more about us and how to join, or email

PJ Story Time

Join Abby on Wednesday evenings for PJ Story Time! This program is for kids of all ages and their adults.

Time and Date


6:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Author Meghan Gilliss “Lungfish”

Tuck is a woman whose husband’s addiction has drained their finances and driven them to move illegally to an abandoned island off the coast of Maine. There, she must care for their young daughter and scrape together enough money to leave before winter arrives—or before they are found out—while her husband struggles to detox.

Tuck finds herself at the mercy of what the island has to offer for sustenance and answers (little green crabs, bladderwrack, rosehip tea; notes scrawled out by her grandmother, smells held by the damp walls of the house, a failed invention left behind by her missing father)—living moment-by-moment through the absurdity, beauty, paranoia, and hunger that shoots through her life.

With exquisite prose that is displacing and even transformative, Lungfish explores the wild, unknown spaces of what makes a family, and the darkness that must be grappled through to find a way out. Meghan Gilliss’ debut is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about addiction, doubt, marriage, motherhood, and the ground that is ever-shifting beneath our feet.

Gillis attended the Bennington Writing Seminars and is a fellow of the Hewnoaks Artist Residency. She has worked as a journalist, a bookseller, a librarian, and a hospital worker, and lives in Portland, Maine. Lungfish is her first novel.

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022
  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Jesup Memorial Library, Bar HarborAutumn Leaves Story Time with guest reader Roxie BrechlinJoin guest reader Roxie Brechlin for a story and fun activity!
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2022
  • 10:30 AM 11:30 AM
  • Jesup Memorial Library, Bar HarborBar Harbor Book Signing with Michele KriegmanKriegman’s books focus on adoptions reunions, and her “Finding Faith” investigates adopted children and their fathers finding each other: “Each year thousands of men father children later placed for adoption or donor-conception. Some of them thought they would forget. Some claim they never knew. There are several million of these secret fathers in the United States alone – in The Birth-Fathers’ Club Series eight of them are about to get a knock on the door – as changing times catch up with them and with adoptive parents, recipient parents, anonymous donors, and the rest of our beloved ancestors.”Event date: Sunday, October 9, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Event address: Sherman’s Book Store56 Main StreetBar Harbor, ME


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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

2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT


ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor




Contact Information207-266-0010
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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


ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor




Contact Information

Send Email


Please register, space is limitedArtists 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.

Mondays 6-9 single pose and Thursdays multi poses


ArtWaves Fine Arts Studio


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

Contact Information

office @artwavesmdi.otrg
Send Email


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:

Date and Time

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor


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

Student membership is $36 a year!

Send Email

Glass Mosaic, Botanical Prints, Batik, Felting-Your Custom Workshop

Here’s where you can select a convenient time to create in a relaxed, wonderfully stocked studio.Bring your family, friends or colleagues to experience stained glass mosaic, pulling botanical prints, batik, candle dipping, oil painting (yes!, you can!) or anything you see on our website at a time of your choosing under the big tent or in one of our spacious studios!Unique ways to create a gorgeous memory of Acadia!
Complete this form to request a time and to review more info on all the possibilities! 

Date and Time

Tuesdays and/or Saturdays
12:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT


ArtWaves Campus


$180.00 for a two hour workshop for 2 to 6 people, plus materials fees $30.00 for each additional person up to 12 total for two hour workshop, plus materials fees $270.00 for a three hour workshop for 2 to 6 people, plus materials fees $45.00 for each additional person up to 12 total for three hour workshop, plus materials fees MATERIALS FEE: Materials pricing is dependent on the type of workshop, so we will work with you regarding the fees once you have determined what you will do. 

Contact Information
Send Email


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Date and Time

9 a.m – 10 a.m. EDT


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


$15 per person.

Contact Information

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


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

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT


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


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


Get Your Movie On!

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Location: 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

This week’s showings include Bullet Train and Elvis.


Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

Get Your Food On!

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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

9 a.m. – Noon


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


Trail of Treats

Join Birch Bay Retirement Village and MDI Hospital for our 2nd annual Trail of Treats! Well-spaced tables with pre-packaged treats will be situated outside, on a paved pathway around the Birch Bay Inn. Parking is available and all community members are welcome!

For more information, contact Susanne Hopkins:
288-8014, ext. 5211


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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


Planning Board Meeting

October 11, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.


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.”

Harbor Committee

October 10, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

@Council Chambers

More Details

Conservation Commission workshop

October 10, 2022, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM@3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301

More Details

Task Force on the Climate Emergency

October 11, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


More Details

Appeals Board Meeting

October 11, 2022, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

@Council Chambers

via Zoom

More Details

Comprehensive Planning Committee

October 12, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

@Council Chambers

More Details

Design Review Board

October 13, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

@Council Chambers

via Zoom

More Details


· 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


Harbor Committee Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – 4:30pm

Mount Desert Village Community Planning Workshops

Seal Harbor Fire Station, Meeting Room- Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Mount Desert Village Community Planning Workshops

Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – 5:00pm

RSVP is optional but encouraged. Click here to RSVP!

The Town of Mount Desert invites residents, business owners, and those who work in Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, and Somesville to participate in village planning community meetings. These meetings are the first in a series of village planning meetings for villages in the Town of Mount Desert taking place this fall in preparation for a Town of Mount Desert comprehensive plan update. Attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion of zoning, land use, housing, transportation, open space, and place-making in the villages. The meetings will be led by The Musson Group, a land use planning and economic development firm located on Mount Desert Island. For more questions, please contact Susanne Paul at The Musson Group (207-244-1161 x102) or visit the Town of Mount Desert calendar

Economic Development Committee Meeting

IN-PERSON LOCATION: Town Hall Meeting Room, 21 Sea Street, Northeast Harbor (MASKS MAYBE REQUIRED) Meetings will continue to be offered via Zoom see below for connection details

Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 4:00pm

Planning Board Meeting

Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 6:00pm

Broadband Committee Meeting

This meeting will be held on ZOOM only via link on agenda

Event Date: 

Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 4:00pm

Upload Agenda (meeting via Zoom only, link in pdf)

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