Things to Do Week of October 31

What adventures will you have this week in Bar Harbor?

It’s our weekly round-up and I may have missed some things so apologies!

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!


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


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.  


Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street

Date and Time:

November 5, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

School Visioning!



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.


Get Your Auction On!

The Summit Project – 3rd Annual Online Auction (WEEK 1)

The Summit Project tries to answer one question: How can we as a community of Mainers come together and ensure that our state’s post 9/11 fallen heroes are NOT forgotten?

Since Memorial Day 2013, The Summit Project has collected biographical stories and tribute stones that uniquely represent our fallen, and we have invited members of our community to carry them on tribute treks across Maine and all over the world. In just nine years, the lives of Maine heroes have been honored on Katahdin, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Iceland, Cadillac, Denali and have been carried through parades, marathons and marches across Maine and the USA.

Thousands of participants have come together to honor our heroes through action. In short, The Summit Project is a proven living memorial and helps us fulfill our duty as Maine citizens.

Run completely by volunteers, every fundraising dollar returns in full to directly improve the program. After nine strong years and a lot of hard work, TSP is setting the standard for honoring and remembering our heroes from Maine.

Our goal for this year is $10,000. Reaching this goal would: Allow more Gold Star families to attend each of our hosted events; broaden the outreach to our target audience; help improve the Honor Room at Portland MEPS where our heroes’ stones are displayed; maintain the Honor Case and other critical assets of the organization; provide for the ongoing operational needs of our program; contribute toward the purchase of a new trailer to assist with transporting our stones and stories across all 16 counties of Maine.

Date and Time

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – Saturday, November 5, 2022

Contact Information

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Get Your Handiwork On!

CLASSES OFFERED (Click on link for more information)

Weaving a Heart Bundle with Susan Merrill (at ArtWaves)

Saturday, November 5th

Making a Ribbed Basket with Bob Sattler (at ArtWaves)

Part 1:Saturday/Part 2: Sunday November 5-6th

Coptic Bookbinding with Anna Low (at ArtWaves)

Sunday, November 6th

Carving a Comfort Bird with Steve Valleau (at the Wendell Gilley)

Two Wednesday afternoons: Part 1/November 9th and Part 2/November 16th

Anatomy of Knitting with Susan Dewey (at the Wendell Gilley)

Saturday, November 12th

Beginning Greenwood Spoon Carving with Troy Dickens (at ArtWaves)

Saturday, November 12th

Stained Glass for Beginners with Lisa and Dave Roy (at ArtWaves)

Sunday, November 13th

Making Cornhusk Dolls with Kathie Pratt (at ArtWaves)

Sunday, November 13th

Making a Felted Rug with Liz Cutler (at ArtWaves)

Wednesday, November 16th

Get Your Book On!

woman reading a book while sitting on black leather 3-seat couch
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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.


Jesup Memorial Library, Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor

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.



7:00 PM 8:00 PM


Jesup Memorial Library, Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor



Ethiopian supergroup QWANQWA brings their supercharged sound to College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for COA students.

QWANQWA is a supergroup of musicians from the baddest ensembles of Addis Ababa. Brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music, this group shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions.

With swirling masinko (one-stringed fiddle), wah-wah-violin, bass krar boom, and the unstoppable rhythm of heavy kebero (goat-skin drum) beats, powerful traditional lead African diva vocals, QWANQWA keeps the people wrapped in celebratory attention. After making a splash at world renowned festivals Roskilde and WOMEX, and after three European tours under their belt, this world traveling ensemble is hitting the road for a MacArthur Foundation-backed debut U.S. tour in 2022.

Date and Time:

November 1

7:00 p.m.




105 Eden St., College of the Atlantic


blue and orange abstract canvas painting
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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

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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
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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!

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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
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Class with Master Printmaker at Wendell Gilley Museum

Printmaker Sherrie York returns to the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5, to teach a full-day workshop using multiple colors. The class is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class size is limited and registration is required. 

Materials will be provided – just bring an idea for an image you’d like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Participants must be at least 10 years old. The cost is $70 per person for nonmembers and $56 for members. Register at

Sherrie’s art is currently on display in the Gilley’s Special Exhibit Room in an exhibit called “Moments & Reflections” and will be on display through Dec. 17.

Date and time:

November 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


$56 members; $70 nonmembers


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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)


Downeast Community Dance

Downeast Community Dance meets every Sunday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth (first and third) and ArtWaves in Town Hill (second, fourth and fifth).

These free form dance gatherings are not facilitated, with music provided by volunteer DJs. Move to rhythms in your own way and have fun.

Admission is by donation.

For more information, contact Susan at 288-8103 or


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

Get Your Movie On!

turned on projector
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Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

Get Your Food On!

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

Open Table MDI!

For more information, click here.


brown wooden blocks on white surface
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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.


Calendar is here


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.

Town Council Priorities Retreat

November 1, 2022, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

@Public Works Facility Conference Room

More Details

Planning Board Meeting

November 2, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

@Council Chambers


· 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 Village Community Planning Workshop

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

Somesville Union Meeting House UCC, Somesville – Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Mount Desert Village Community Planning Workshops

Event Date: 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – 5:00pm

RSVP is optional but encouraged. Click here to RSVP!

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