Things to Do and Story Round Up October 17

What adventures will you have this week in Bar Harbor?

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!

*By request, at the end of this post, I’m going to paste in the upcoming Halloween events as well, so some items may be here twice this week and next.*

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

Things to Do and Story Round Up October 17

Farmers’ Market Is a Gathering Place

Candy Prices Are A Little Bit Terrifying This Year

First Time Hitchhiking Solo and Leslie Spellman Never Made It Back Home

Alf Anderson Leaves Chamber

New Plan for Winter Parking

Last Public Hearings For Special Town Meeting Elicits Little Debate

BAR HARBOR ENTERS CONTRACT TO BUILD OUT DARK FIBER NETWORK

Jack Wilkins Writes The Songs That Bop Hard

Halloween Events Haunt MDI


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THE HAPPENINGS!

So scary!

Take a tour through our historic inn and see what horrors await! Do you dare?!
This spooky event is designed for adults. 

Date and Time

Saturday Oct 29, 2022
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Saturday, October 29 from 6-10pm

Location

Ivy Manor Inn
194 Main Street 
Bar Harbor, Maine 

194 Main Street Bar Harbor Maine 04609

Fees/Admission

$5 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit Jesup Memorial Library 

Website

https://fb.me/e/1NR6t2904

Contact Information

Peter Hastings
Send Email

MDI Hospital will be offering a COVID-19 vaccination booster clinic on Tuesday, October 25 from 9 am-12 pm at the MDI YMCA.
This clinic will offer both Moderna and Pfizer bivalent booster vaccines. Pfizer has been approved for people ages 12+, Moderna has been approved for people 18+.
We have 90 slots available, register now to reserve your space!
Click to register

FOR MORE INFO

BE A HERO!

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.


Hang Out With Bar Harbor’s Public Safety Departments

The Bar Harbor Public Safety (police, ambulance, fire) are hosting a public safety bbq at the Athletic Field on November 5th. It starts at 3 p.m. and goes until dark.

Everyone from the community is invited. Hope to see you there.  

Location:

Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street

Date and Time:

November 5, 3 p.m.


GET YOUR SHOPPING AND BED RACE ON!


Get Your Museum On!

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! 

DATE AND TIME

October 29

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION

127 West Street


Get Your Run On!

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.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION


HAUNTED HUSTLE!

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.

Location

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 ben.billings@mdihospital.org or 207.288.5082, Ext 1319.

Register online: www.mdihospital.org/giving/5k/


Get Your Music On!


Get Your Book On!

woman reading a book while sitting on black leather 3-seat couch
Photo by Seven Shooter on Unsplash

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

SATURDAYS

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.


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

Thursdays

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

LOCATION

Jesup Memorial Library, Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor


Conversations Across Generations: Listening Through Poetry

Through intergenerational listening, we invite community members to enjoy poetry written and performed with reciprocal care in mind.

 Poetry Express is a collaborative poetry performance program in partnership with Maine State Library that brings poetry and poets to your community.

Program participants select Maine poems with support from Maine State Library, learn to perform those poems in a workshop with a featured poet, and host a community poetry reading and conversation event for the public to come together and celebrate Maine poetry. 

  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022
  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY34 MT. DESERT STREET, BAR HARBOR, (MAP)

Gunnar Hansen Lives On!

Gunnar Hansen who died in 2015, was known for his role in the popular film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in addition to being a multi-dimensional man.  Locally on Mount Desert Island, he was known as an historian, with several books and films to his name.  In 2013 the Jesup hosted Hansen when his book Chainsaw Confidential was published.  Some people attended because of his acting, some because of his work in history and writing, some for his local history film-making, and others who just knew him as a friend. That presentation allowed all who participated to know him as a complete human being. 

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY34 MT. DESERT STREET, BAR HARBOR,


GET YOUR ART ON!

blue and orange abstract canvas painting
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

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

Mondays
2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT

Location

ArtWaves, 1345A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$42.00

Websitehttps://www.artwavesmdi.org/event

Contact Information207-266-0010
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 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

Location

ArtWaves Fine Arts Studio

Fees/Admission

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

Contact Information

office @artwavesmdi.otrg
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 Informationoffice@artwavesmdi.org
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

Location

ArtWaves Campus

Fees/Admission

$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

liz@artwavesmdi.org
Send Email


GET YOUR MOVEMENT ON!

man wearing black hooded jacket
Photo by Patricia Palma on Unsplash

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


Get Your Movie On!

turned on projector
Photo by Jeremy Yap on Unsplash

REEL PIZZA

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

Location: 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

This week’s showings include Vesper and Amsterdam. Check for dates and times.


CRITERION THEATRE

https://www.criteriontheatre.org/

Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor


Get Your Food On!

red tomato lot on blue baskets
Photo by Anne Preble on Unsplash

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


Open Table MDI!

For more information, click here.


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:
shopkins@birchbayvillage.us
288-8014, ext. 5211

person holding man wearing black suit figurine
Photo by Ben Noble on Unsplash

TOWN GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

brown wooden blocks on white surface
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

SOUTHWEST HARBOR

Regular Meeting Schedule (meetings held at the Town Office unless otherwise noted). Calendar is here.

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

Absentee Ballots available at the Town Office until Thursday November 3rd, 2022.


TREMONT:

Calendar is here

Planning Board Meeting

Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.

Harbor Committee Meeting

Event Date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.


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.”

Full calendar is here.

Task Force on the Climate Emergency

October 24, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Council Chambers

More Details

Conservation Commission Workshop via Zoom

October 24, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

More Details

MDI High School Board of Trustees

October 24, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MDI High School Library

More Details

Comprehensive Plan – Community Forum #1

October 25, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mount Desert Island High School

This is the first of two community forums for this fall designed to give insight to, and get input from, members of the Bar Harbor community about a new comprehensive plan for the town.

More Details

Comprehensive Plan – Community Forum #2

October 26, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conners Emerson School

This is the second of two community forums for this fall designed to give insight to, and get input from, members of the Bar Harbor community about a new comprehensive plan for the town.

More Details

Planning Board Meeting

October 26, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Council Chambers

More Details

Design Review Board Meeting

October 27, 2022, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Council Chambers

via Zoom

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:

Planning Board Meeting

Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.

Upload agenda file: 

agenda_with_zoom_link.pdf


HERE ARE THOSE HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN ORDER OF DATE

Jesup School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – October 22 and 24

person holding wand on top of bowl
Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

Calling all wizard and witch students and their guardians! Do you have what it take to complete magical challenges at the Jesup? Click the link below to reserve your spot!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094dadaa2ba1fdc34-harry

This program is for children ages 8 and up. Teams of 2-4 kids with at least one adult, please!

If you have any questions, please contact Abby (amorrow@jesuplibrary.org)

DATE AND TIME:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2022

7:00 PM 8:00 PM

AND MONDAY, OCTOBER 24

5 PM

LOCATION:

Jesup Memorial Library, Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor


HALLOWEEN BOOK TRICK OR TREAT – October 27

The Halloween Book Trick or Treat program will still take place that day from 4-6 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor library. Costumes are encouraged and no registration is required.


TRAIL OF TREATS – October 28

Birch Bay Retirement Village and MDI Hospital for its second annual Trail of Treats! Well-spaced tables with prepackaged 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:
shopkins@birchbayvillage.us
288-8014, ext. 5211

Location

25 Village Inn Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


HALLOWDEAN – October 28

Additional Info

Artist: Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones – A Tribute 2 Prince
Brand New Original Music from Dean Ford

Costume contest! Cash prizes!

Ticket Limits

There is an 8 ticket limit on this event.

Date and Time:

Friday, October 28, 8 p.m.

LOCATION:

Criterion Theatre,

127 West Street, Bar Harbor


MDI YMCA TRUNK OR TREAT – October 28

Date and Time:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022 AT 5 PM – 7 PM

2nd Annual MDI YMCA Trunk or Treat!
Admission by donation to benefit YMCA Childcare Department.

They are looking for trunks! If you or your business would like to have a trunk at the event, please contact them at 288-3511 or email childcare@mdiymca.org 


House of Horrors – October 29 and 30

Photo courtesy of the Ivy Manor Inn

It will be dark. It will be scary. Walk through the historical inn and see what nightmares await!

Entry fee: $5/person suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Jesup Memorial Library.

This haunted house is designed for adults. Please use your best judgement when bringing children. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Location and Time

Ivy Manor Inn, Main Street, Bar Harbor

6-8 p.m.


HAUNTED HUSTLE! – October 29

Join MDI Hospital’s for its 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 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:00 a.m..

Date and Time:

October 29, 7 a.m.

Location:

21 Park St, Bar Harbor, MDI YMCA

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 ben.billings@mdihospital.org or 207.288.5082, Ext 1319.

Register online: www.mdihospital.org/giving/5k/


GHOSTLY HISTORY – October 29

The Ghosts of La Rochelle

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! 

DATE AND TIME

October 29

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


TRAIL OF TREATS – October 29

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! IT’S BACK!!!!

Camp Beech Cliff is excited to announce the third annual Trail of Treats: a Community Trick or Treating Experience at CBC.

It’s excited once again to be joined by some of your favorite local organizations to provide candy & Halloween happiness for children of all ages!

Time:

Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Preregistration will be required to participate.

Visit www.campbeechcliff.org to sign up your brood of little werewolves. Just remember, each slot can accommodate one carload for parking and safety purposes.

Got questions? Feel free to give them a call 244-0365

Get ready to get Spooky…but not too spooky, with the Third Annual Trail of Treats at CBC!


Samhain 2022!  – October 30

According to MDI High School’s Heather Chute Dillon’s Facebook page, “This will be a fun, family event at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. It will support students from MDI High School who are going to Ireland, Scotland, and England next April.”

Location:

The Neighborhood House

Time and Date:

October 30, 206 p.m.

Cost:

$5


TRICK OR TREATING IN BAR HARBOR– October 31

Photo by Carrie Jones

According to Bar Harbor Police Sergeant Soren Sundberg, officers will block Ledgelawn Avenue to vehicular traffic between 3:30 and 8:30, Monday, October 31. But, you can trick or treat other places, too.


Halloween Cycle Class

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