Things to Do In Bar Harbor

Week of November 6, 2022

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


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 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 Handwork On!

CLASSES OFFERED (Click on link for more information)

Making a Felted Rug with Liz Cutler (at ArtWaves)

Wednesday, November 16th

Get Your Music On!

Live music at Fogtown Bar Harbor on Friday nights

Enjoy great craft brews and fine local and traveling musicians! 

This Friday, Nov 18th, local duo Whippoorwill Wood will take the stage, playing a fun mix of acoustic rock, folk, and indie originals and covers. 8-10 p.m., 33 Cottage Street, downtown Bar Harbor. 

More information at

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

Former Maine Poet Laureate Explores Creativity at Gilley Museum


SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Wendell Gilley Museum welcomes former Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum as the museum’s November People-Nature-Art guest, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7pm for an online-only program. It is free and open to all. Sign up at

Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems; a book of brief essays on craft and community called “The View from Here;” he compiled and edited “Visualizing Nature,” a set of deeply personal essays on nature, ecology, sustainability, climate change, and philosophy by a wide range of contributors that honor nature’s power to heal, inspire, guide, amaze, and strengthen.

He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in small press publications and magazines. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021 and hosted “Poems from Here” on Maine Public Radio, and was the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future.

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly program from the Gilley that explores the connections between art and nature.

Date and Time

Tuesday Nov 15, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST


Online only. Register at .


This event is free, but registration is required at


Contact Information

(207)244-7555 , ,
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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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ArtWaves Drawing Game Night

Third Thursdays

In person drawing game nights at ArtWaves MDI!

Do you like games, want to see the fine arts studio, try sketching in a fun environment, stuck in a rut?

Want to try out new media and styles without in a fun way commitment?

Just want to get out of the house???

Roll the dice! Spin the wheel! Pick a card!!

Let the game choose your topics, compete against yourself, and enjoy the company of your community!

Free to attend for members and potential members

Masks, Vax’d, and Distancing for staff and participant safety

Date and Time

Thursday Nov 17, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST






Contact Information
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ArtWaves Member Salon and Dessert Potluck

ArtWaves Member Salon and Dessert Potluck Saturday, November 19th. 6:30pm to 8:00pm ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor To Register: Come meet other ArtWaves members and introduce yourself to Nikki Moser, our new Executive Director and Megan Madsen, our new Program Coordinator.Meet, greet, and EAT! We hope you will join us! ArtWaves members are welcome to bring a guest…or two…and a dessert…or two…!This is a FREE event! Please register so we know how may people to expect.

Date and Time

Saturday Nov 19, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST


ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor


Free Event


Contact Information

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man wearing black hooded jacket
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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
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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

turned on projector
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The Criterion for showtime and all dates. The image below is not inclusive.

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.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at YWCA MDI

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at YWCA MDI.  Reservations are required, call Abby at 288-5008.

Takeout is available for those not comfortable unmasking.  Reservations still required.

Date and Time

Monday Nov 21, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Monday, November 21, 2022
5 pm


36 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor


Free of charge.

Contact Information

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Thanksgiving Pie Sale at YWCA MDI

Thanksgiving pie sale at YWCA MDI.  Pies are homemade by our fantastic volunteers.  Give yourself a break this holiday and purchase a delicious pie.  10 am until sold out.

Date and Time

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Tuesday, November 22
10 am – 5 pm or sold out.


36 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor

Contact Information

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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

Selectboard Meeting

Event Date: 

Monday, November 14, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.

Planning Board Meeting

Event Date: 

Tuesday, November 15, 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.”

Full calendar is here.

· 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

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

@Council Chambers

More Details

Harbormaster Chris Wharff has a brief update on Harbor Operations B. There will also be further discussion on planning process items from GEI.

Task Force on the Climate Emergency

4:00 PM


More Details

There will be quick updates on the Community Resilience Partnership and the Climate Ambassadors meeting, a report about the Conners-Emerson building project, Eben Salvatore’s update on the GEM season, Laura LAST NAME will talk about EV charger locations. The group will also talk about the upcoming budget, looking at biodiesel to replace heating oil, solar panels and community scale.

Conservation Commission

November 14, 2022, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

@3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301

people raising hands with bokeh lights
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Town Council

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

@Council Chambers

More Details

Town Manager Kevin Sutherland will not be at the council meeting and the group has a lighter agenda compared to the last few months. There will be public hearings on amendments to the General Assistance Ordinance and Vehicles and Traffic Ordinance.

Councilors will hear an update on the Comprehensive Plan. Finance Director Sarah Gilbert will give a report on the first four months of fiscal year 2023.

via council packet
via council packet

William Herrmann has applied for a new taxi license (Acadian Cab). There could be a motion “to maintain the maximum annual payouts under the Town’s Health Reimbursement Plan and to establish the maximum annual payouts under the Wage Stipend program as specified in the memo of November 9, 2022 from Betsy Spear.”

 The council could also tweak the town’s personnel rules.

According to Sutherland,

“With last month’s approval to move forward with Consolidated Communications (CCI) to provide the Fiber Network for town facilities, we’ve also partnered with them to assist the Town in applying for grant monies to further build out Fidium (Fiber to the home) to the under/unserved parts of Bar Harbor.

“The first step in this process is to develop a town wide comprehensive report of where the needs are and to map the information so that we have a competitive application in the grant process.” – Manager’s Memo – Town Council Meeting of November 15, 2022 Page 3

They’ve received a bid from Brian Lippold of Casco Bay Advisors and the council could authorize Sutherland “to sign the contract with Casco Bay Advisors utilizing up to $15,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds as permitted by Federal law.”

white cruise ship on sea under white clouds and blue sky during daytime
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Age Friendly Committee

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

@3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301

More Details

The Age Friendly Committee had not put out an agenda at press time.

Marine Resources Committee

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

More Details

The Marine Resources Committee had not put out an agenda at press time.

Cruise Ship Committee Meeting

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

@Council Chambers

More Details

The committee will review the 2023 season, talk about election results, and receive an industry environmental update.


Restoration of the 116-acre Great Meadow wetland will be discussed at a public scoping meeting at 7 PM at the YWCA of Mount Desert Island located at 36 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor.

Public comment will be accepted online Nov 11-Dec 10.

More at


Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

November 14, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.

LUZO Advisory Group & Planning Board Public Meeting

November 15, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability Committee Meeting

November 17, 2022 – 4:30 p.m.

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