Things to Do In Bar Harbor

Week of November 28

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


GET YOUR HERO ON!

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 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON!

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers – The Grinch

A loose retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss holiday classic, with some added twists!

Sunday, December 11th – 4:00PM

Criterion Theatre

BUY TICKETS


VILLAGE HOLIDAYS!

TREE LIGHTING

GINGERBREAD CONTEST!

The Bar Harbor Gingerbread Contest to be postponed is back! This year’s contest will be held at La Rochelle Mansion and Museum on December 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. 

To celebrate the 5th annual contest, the prize purse will be doubled to a grand prize of $500. There will also be a community favorite prize of $250, and a children’s prize of $250. 

Gingerbread house entries should be made with all edible materials and delivered to La Rochelle between 2pm and 4pm on December 9th. The kid’s category is for children 13 or under, and may have reasonable adult assistance. 

Learn more


WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION!

You’re invited to an open house solstice party to celebrate the year and the start of winter. Join us for cider, music, crafts, snacks, and community. Drop in for some holiday cheer!


Witham Family Hotels’ Charitable Christmas!

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR!


GET YOUR RESOURCE LOCKER ON!


Get Your Fundraiser On!

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Tupperware Party at YWCA MDI!

Save the date for November 30 ~ Tupperware Party! Hosted by Pam Garland, from 5 – 7 p.m.. Come in to see the latest designs and get your holiday gifts. 

Support the YWCA’s Benni Fund by purchasing the latest in Tupperware. https://buff.ly/3G3tbhc.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Location

YWCA MDI
36 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME

Website

http://ywcamdi.org

Contact Information

Pam Garland, 207-749-4189


Get Your Holiday Fair On!

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Island Arts Association’s Annual Holiday Fair

The Island Arts Association’s Annual Holiday Fair will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 10am-6pm and Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-4pm at the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor. Visit with the local artisans, who will have great handmade craft for sale; have lunch sponsored by the YWCA and buy raffle tickets for a chance a winning a gift filled Christmas Tree. Come join the fun!

Date and Time

Friday, Dec 2, 2022
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST

Location

Atlantic Oceanside Event Center, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

free

Website

http://islandartsassociation.com

Contact Information

Carrie McKay
Send Email


Christmas Activities at Maine Seacoast Mission

The public is invited to craft jingle bell noise makers and enjoy light refreshments from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Maine Seacoast Mission’s offices at 6 Old Firehouse Lane.

Holiday revelers are encouraged to bring their noisemakers to the town’s marina at 3:30 p.m. when the Mission’s 74-foot-long boat, the Sunbeam, will deliver Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Following Main Street activities, the Mission will host a Christmas open house from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening event will include music and food and drink refreshments. Families can decorate greeting cards and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

December 3

2:00PM – 7:00 P.M.

Maine Seacoast Mission

6 Old Firehouse Lane
Mount Desert


Acadia Choral Society Concert in Bar Harbor

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The Acadia Choral Society of Hancock County is pleased to offer a stunning selection of holiday-themed music for the upcoming season. The group will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and Buxtehude’s Christmas cantata “Das Neugeborne Kindelein” (“The Newborn Little Child”) along with arrangements of other well-loved Christmas music in an hour-long performance on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor. Tickets are $20 per person or $45 for families of three or more. For more information, visit http://www.acadiachoralsociety.org.

Date and Time

December 4

3:00PM – 4:00 P.M.

Location

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

41 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor

Cost

$20.00


Get Your Book On!

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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


Author Talk: Jane Ross Potter

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022

7 – 8 P.M.

JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY

34 MOUNT DESERT STREET

BAR HARBOR

Jane will read from her beachcombing-themed novel “It Began with the Marbles” which was published by Goose River Press in April 2022. Her talk will be accompanied by pictures from her travels in Scotland and England that relate to the book, as well as her Scottish island-hopping adventures in the summer of 2022. A native of Scotland, Jane divides her time between Scotland and MDI. Her fiction writing is inspired by her travels, including the US, Great Britain, Bhutan, and Hawaii.

She has also published three novels as “The Birsay Trilogy”, based on her travels to Orkney in northern Scotland. Jane’s most recent novel, “It Began with the Marbles”, features some of the characters from “The Birsay Trilogy”, but it begins a new series set in Scotland and Maine. The novel was reviewed in the Beach Reads section of “Beachcombing Magazine”, November/December 2022, with the reviewer calling it an “enchanting story” that will inspire sea glass seekers to research the provenance and history of pieces they find.


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

Mondays
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 Information207-266-0010
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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
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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
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Colored Pencil Techniques

Date and Time

Wednesday Nov 30, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Three Sessions: November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th. 1:00- 3:00pm

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$100.00

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5027615

Contact Information

2072660010
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Colored Pencil Techniques Three Sessions: 

November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th. 1:00- 3:00

Join Rick Huck and learn new techniques of working with colored pencil from a guy who knows. Recently featured in Maine Magazine,  award winning artist Rick Huck is a charming educator with a quirky gift for storytelling, and about a bazillion hours of working with colored pencils! Students need to bring colored pencils, white and or kneaded erasers. These items can be found locally at Sherman’s, Reny’s, Walmart. Instagram: @rick.huck


Simple Holiday Star Books & Popup Cards

Start getting ready for the holiday season by making some great pop up cards with matching envelopes and some unique Star books. No experience necessary! Join ArtWaves Founder and greatest supporter, Liz Cutler! She is a fine artist with skills across many media. She has an unparalleled enthusiasm for community art!

Date and Time

Saturday Dec 3, 2022
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Saturday, December 3rd 12:30pm-2pm

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor ME 04609

Fees/Admission

$22.50/members and $32.50/non-members

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5048469

Contact Information

2072660010
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Balsam Wreath Workshop with Beth Renault

Decorate a beautiful Maine balsam wreath! In this fun hands on class you’ll learn to work with an assortment of festive fresh greenery, such as pine, cedar, and fir, and locally foraged materials. Additional decorative pieces from Floret will be available to create your own unique seasonal decor. Finish your wreath by learning how to make a bow from a ribbon of your choice. You’ll leave with your stunning and one-of-a-kind winter wreath that will last throughout the holiday season! All supplies, tools, and equipment provided. *Please bring your own gloves if you choose to wear them and if you have your own pair of pruners that you prefer, please bring those as well. About the Instructor: Beth Renault Beth Renault is the owner and floral designer behind Floret, a boutique and flower shop located in Somesville, ME.

Date and Time

Sunday Dec 4, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Sunday, December 4th 1:00-3:00 PM

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$75.00

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-5018247

Contact Information

2072660010
Send Email


GET YOUR MOVEMENT ON!

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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


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 cloudnine@gwi.net.

Location

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


Student Massage Clinic

At Acadia School of Massage Student Massage Clinic, our students gain hands-on experience while our clients receive relaxation or therapeutic massage and bodywork treatments at discounted rates. Enjoy a soothing massage from one of our gifted student massage therapists. The Student Clinic is open to the public and we highly encourage anyone to try a massage!

TODO
Date and Time

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the end of April 2023 from 1:30 to 6:15pm.
No clinic on last two weeks of December
 

Location

Hosted by Tree of Life Day Spa,

108 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$35 for 1 hour massage
Appointments highly recommended
Book online at

http://www.AcadiaSoM.com

Website

http://www.AcadiaSoM.com

Contact Information

Acadia School of Massage
Send Email


GET YOUR MOVIE ON!

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Winter Community Film Screening: Labyrinth

Come join the Jesup for a cozy community film screening. Masking is required. Bring your own blanket to get cozier. This program is free and all ages are welcome!

To kick things off, we will be watching the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth.

“A teen must rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King by solving his labyrinth. She wishes her brother would disappear and when her wish is granted, she must journey through the King’s maze and face a range of puzzles and strange creatures.”

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2022

6:00 PM 8:00 PM

JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY

34 MT. DESERT STREET, BAR HARBOR


CRITERION THEATRE

Check with The Criterion for showtime and all dates. The image below is not inclusive.

Location: 25 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor


GET YOUR FOOD ON!

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Open Table MDI!

For more information, click here.


TOWN GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

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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

No meetings. Planning Board Meeting is cancelled.


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

November 28, 2022

Time:

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location:

Council Chambers

Address:

93 Cottage
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Join Zoom Meeting

During the meeting, the town’s sustainability coordinator will give an update on EV charger locations, Competitive Energy Solutions (CES), public outreach and website, and her thoughts on town budget recommendations for the group. The task force will also have a budget discussion that will include whether members believe the town should have a separate sustainability budget and a list of projects completed, in process and that they want to do.

Priorities from last time included:

There is also time for public comment.


MOUNT DESERT ISLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Time:

5:30 P.M.

Location:

Mt. Desert Island High School Library

There will be updates on the track and the costs for geothermal conversion,

There is also time for public comment.


THURSDAY

MDIRSS – AOS #91  POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

Time:

5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Location:

MDIRSS-AOS 91 Superintendent’s Conference Room

The agenda includes:

Naloxone Policy – Maine Department of Education sample

JIC – Student Code of Conduct – current policy

JIC – Student Code of Conduct – MSMA sample policy

HBAC – Child Find (minor revisions to reflect the federal standard)

GBN – Family and Medical Leave 

JEA – Compulsory School Attendance (MSMA revisions)

Reference documents:

· 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:

All upcoming events

Zoning Board of Appeals Public Meeting

November 29, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.

Board of Selectmen Meeting

December 5, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.


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