Things to Do In Bar Harbor

Week of March 20, 2023

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

To check out our news stories from the past week. Click on the archive section and you’ll see them in chronological order.


GET YOUR HERO ON!

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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 Trivia On!

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TRIVIA NIGHT AT FOGTOWN BREWING COMPANY BAR HARBOR

Join us for Fogtown Trivia Nights this winter at Fogtown Brewing Company in Bar Harbor!  Register your team of no more than six at the bar with the bartender or host.  (Be sure to check social media for updates or weather cancellations!)

Date and Time

Saturdays, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Location

33 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

No cover!

Website

http://www.fogtownbrewing.com

Contact Information

(207) 801-9165


TRIVIA NIGHT AT LEARY’S LANDING

Date and Time

Thursdays starting @ 7:30 P.M.

Location

156 Main Street


TRIVIA NIGHT AT DOG AND PONY

Date and Time

Wednesdays at 7 P.M.

Location

4 Rodick Place


Get Your Climb On!

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Family Climbing Night At Camp Beech Cliff

For novices or experienced climbers, our indoor 30-foot wall provides an instructional and exciting experience. Our programs are designed for a variety of ages and include equipment (harnesses and helmets) and belay instruction from trained staff. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Pizza and healthy snacks will be available for sale. In addition to climbing, the gym is open, and recreation equipment will be available to be used by all participants.

Date and Time

Beginning January 13th and running every Friday through April 28

*There will be no Family Climbing Nights on February 24 or April 21*
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Location

Camp Beech Cliff Eagle’s Nest Gymnasium 264 Beech Hill Rd. Mount Desert, ME 04660

Fees/Admission

$5 per participant

Website

https://www.campbeechcliff.org/climbing-wall

Contact Information

2072440365


Get Your Resources and Learning On!

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Get Your Knowledge and Treasure Hunt On!

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DIRIGO TREASURES

Next Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m., the Jesup Memorial Library will host a conversation with Kurt and Kelly Stokes of Dirigo Treasures Maine.

Is it possible, in the 21st century, to design and successfully execute a real-world $20,000 treasure hunt experience in celebration of Maine’s 200th anniversary? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? What are the limitations? And what are the joys of doing so?

Kurt and Kelly Stokes will discuss Dirigo Treasures Maine, their $20,000 treasure hunt card game launched in December 2020. They will share stories of its creation, how it came into being, the successes, the unexpected challenges, and some thoughtful must-do advice for future treasure hunt designers. The Stokeses will also answer questions about the game, relay the current status of the treasure hunt for the now 3,500+ players participating, and perhaps share a very special hint as to exactly where Maine’s $20,000 Dirigo Treasure may be found!

Kurt and Kelly Stokes are owners of Dirigo Treasures, LLC, based in Newcastle, Maine. They have lived and traveled extensively in Maine for nearly thirty years. Puzzle and riddle enthusiasts, they have always had a fascination in their spare time with exploring the possibilities of attempting difficult projects which challenge the mind with their complexity, and also the heart with their potential to give back in part to the community. Kelly, a life-long educator, is currently the director of special services at AOS93 in Damariscotta. Kurt, an INTJ personality by nature, currently works as a grants and contracts manager for the University of Maine System. They share a 23-year-old son John, as well as a charmingly spunky senior cat named “Little Girl.”     

This event is a hybrid program and registration is required to attend either in person or on Zoom. Register at jesuplibrary.org/events/dirigotreasures or email eventsignup@jesuplibrary.org.


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


Linda Buckmaster – Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands

In Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and IslandsLinda Buckmaster follows the call of the elements—rock, sea, sky, wind. Elemental is the first installment in a series of creative and eclectic responses to the beauty and realities of islands in Maine, Newfoundland, and northwest Scotland. Through essay, poetry, and fiction, Linda traces the imprint of the lowly salt cod over time in communities across the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. The book is beautifully designed throughout by Graphic Artist Lori Harley in Portland. Previously an editor for National Fisherman magazine and former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Linda knits fact and lyric into her narrative net.  

Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life, growing up in Florida and living in midcoast Maine for fifty years. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry, essay, and fiction have appeared in over forty journals. She has held residencies at Vermont Studios Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Obras Foundation among others. Two of her pieces have been listed as Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2013 and 2020. Her hybrid memoir, Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages, was published by Burrow Press in 2018. Her latest hybrid, Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands (Huntress Press, 2022)is the first installment of a multimedia North Atlantic Rim Project.

This event is a hybrid program and registration is required to attend either in person or on Zoom. Register at jesuplibrary.org/events/buckmaster or email

Time and Date:

Thursday, March 31

7:00 P.M.

LOCATION:

Jesup Memorial Library, Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor


READING WITH WINGS: DAVID GEORGE HASKELL-SOUNDS WILD AND BROKEN

The Wendell Gilley Museum and the Southwest Harbor Public Library are giving away free copies of  “Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and The Crisis Of Sensory Extinction,” just in time for the March 21 online program with its author David George Haskell. 
 
The book starts with the origins of animal song and traverses the whole arc of Earth’s history to explore the emergence, diversification, and loss of the sounds of our world, including human music and language. In a starred review, Kirkus called it  “A joyous celebration of the music of life… Sparkling prose conveys an urgent message.”  And Cynthia Barnett, reviewing for the New York Times, write “Sounds Wild and Broken’ affirms Haskell as a laureate for the earth … a glorious guide to the miracle of life’s sound.”
 
The book was longlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and was an editor’s choice in the New York Times Book Review.
This is the second installment of Reading with Wings, the Gilley’s new author collaboration with the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Join the directors of the Library and the Gilley for a wide-ranging conversation with the author, who will talk about his research, his books, and more. The program is online on Tuesday, March 21 and starts at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/calendar.


 “Reading with Wings is a wonderful addition to our collaboration with the Southwest Harbor Public Library,” says museum director Sean Charette. “It perfectly suits the Gilley’s mission of bringing people closer to nature through art, and allows both organizations to do more – and bring unique programs to more people – by working together.”
 

Date and Time

Tuesday Mar 21, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Location

Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Road    
Southwest Harbor

Fees/Admission

This is a free event but registration is required.

Website

http://wendellgilleymuseum.org

Contact Information

Melinda Rice-Schoon
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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 & 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
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Pysanky with Liz Cutler-After School Program

At ArtWaves Kaleidoscope studio, the table is set with candles, beeswax, local eggs, kistkas, vibrantly colored dyes and we all step by step instructions. I began this with my children and their friends decades ago and the tradition continues. We will be using the same tools and methods that have been used for hundreds of years. Gather with family or friends to batik – dipping in dyes and applying warm wax over the areas you want to keep, to make colorful elaborate designs. Try out the electric version of a kistka, or combine techniques. Follow traditional patterns, or create your own designs!

Date and Time

Tuesday Mar 21, 2023
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

Tuesday March 21 3:30- 5:30

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$48.75 $38.75 ArtWaves Members

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-5158405

Contact Information

2072660010
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Get Your Pickleball on!

Pickleball Tournament

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First Annual Pickleball Tournament at Camp Beech Cliff to support Free Bus Transportation to & from Camp with routes all over MDI & Trenton. Register by March 2nd at: https://form.jotform.com/223495135167156 All skills level welcome and prizes will be awarded!

Date and Time

Saturday April 15, 2023
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Saturday, March 4th 9:oo am-noon (an afternoon session will be added to accommodate more players)

Location

Camp Beech Cliff 264 Beech Hill Rd. Mount Desert, ME 04660

Fees/Admission

$50 suggested donation per player. Lunch included.

Website

http://www.campbeechcliff.org

Contact Information

Elly Preston 207-244-0365
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GET YOUR MOVIE ON!

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REEL PIZZA

Reel Pizza is here! Check below for movies running this week or for exact times and dates click here.


GET YOUR FITNESS ON!

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE!

The Neighborhood House has a slew of classes to help you get your fitness on. Descriptions are at its website.

Yoga Flow- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 9 a.m.

Tai Chi – Monday at 10:45 a.m.

Can Do Yoga – Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Active Older Adults – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m.

Yoga Flow and Tai Chi are also on Zoom!


MDI YMCA!

The MDI YMCA’s program guide is here.


GET YOUR LIVE EVENT ON!


GET YOUR DANCE AND 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.

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
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DANCE NIGHTS AT FOGTOWN BAR HARBOR WITH DJ POPTART

Come on out and dance away your cabin fever at Fogtown Bar Harbor!  Every Friday from 8-10 p.m., DJ Poptart/Gary Allen will be spinning groovy tunes!

Date and Time

Fridays
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Location

33 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Fees/Admission

No cover

Website

http://www.fogtownbrewing.com


Kid Combo Dance Class (Ballet and Jazz)

Join Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin for SIX WEEKS of combo dance instruction! Participants will learn the basic skills of dance styles, class etiquette, and self-confidence! Instructor: Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin comes to us with fifteen years experience as a dancer, and two years as a dance teacher. Growing up in the Portland Area, she studied hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has taught ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and flamenco but enjoys teaching hip-hop, and princess ballet the most. After a break from teaching during the pandemic, she is excited to be teaching dance again!


Date and Time

Saturday Mar 4, 2023
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Saturdays March 4, 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st & 8th 6 sessions. 10:45 am to 11:00 am,

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$77.50

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5161783

Contact Information

2072660010
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Princess Ballet

Princess Ballet is suitable for ages 2.5 to 4 years old! Join Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin for SIX weeks of ballet! Students will learn the basic skills of dance styles, class etiquette, and self-confidence! Instructor Bio: Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin comes to us with fifteen years experience as a dancer, and two years as a dance teacher. Growing up in the Portland Area, she studied hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has taught ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and flamenco but enjoys teaching hip-hop, and princess ballet the most. After a break from teaching during the pandemic, she is excited to be teaching dance again!

Date and Time

Saturday Mar 4, 2023
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM EST

Saturdays March 4, 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st & 8th 6 sessions. 10:00am to 10:45am

Location

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$77.50

Website

https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5161750

Contact Information

2072660010
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Rediscovering the Collective Body: Improvisational Forms

Beginning with the proposition that we are already inherently connected, we will use improvisational movement structures to deepen our understanding of how this connection can affect and be affected by our bodies––how we interact and inform, share and navigate space, create ecologies of movement.

Instructor Bio: thorne weaver pronouns they/agma: I am a white nonbinary transdisciplinary artist and teacher from unceded Peskotomuhkate (“Passamaquoddy”) and Panewapskek (“Penobscot”) land. my current research engages self as nexus and gravity as consciousness––how we can cultivate a movement practice that is gentle, sustainable, kind, and ecologically informed? how does movement and our experience thereof change when we appreciate our fundamental nature as congealed expressions of gravity and energy? pulling from linguistics, cognitive science, chemistry, holistic herbalism, metaphysics, and various movement techniques, i aim to demonstrate and illuminate connectivity, and move towards a verbal way of living, rather than a nominal one. i am grateful to have learned from such considerate movers as Ishmael Houston-Jones, Miguel Gutierrez, Susan Sgorbati, Kieth Hennessey, Tommy DeFrantz, Deborah Black, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Cassils, and many others. my practice is heavily informed by my chronic illness, queerness, and neurodivergence, and is deeply rooted in healing through anti-colonialism and reindigenisation.

Date and Time

Saturday Mar 25, 2023
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Saturday March 25th 2:30- 5:00pm

Location

ArtWaves Dance Center 1345A Hwy 102 Bar Harbor

Fees/Admission

$71.25/. $61.25 ArtWaves Members

Website

https://www.artwavesmdi.org/event-5195920

Contact Information

2072660010
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GET YOUR MUSIC ON!

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Music & Meditation for Lent at St. Saviour’s

A 30-minute program of music, played by musicians of the Episcopal parishes on MDI, with prayers and a brief meditation for the season of Lent.

This week’s music is provided by pianist William Merrill and vocalist Carl Wrubel.

Tuesday at 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

41 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor
04609


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.


TREMONT:

Calendar is here


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.”

To see this week’s events with agendas, click on the archive.


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