On The Agenda & Things To Do This Week in Bar Harbor & Council Debates

Week of May 8

MAY 8, 2023

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The Town Hill Village Improvement Society, along with Bar Harbor Story and the Mount Desert Islander, bring you an in-person candidate debate on Wednesday, May 17.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 1328 State Highway 102 in Bar Harbor (next to the playground)

 Format: Question and answer

**If you have a question for the candidates send them by email to news@mdislander.com with “forum” in the subject line. Questions will also be accepted in writing before and during the event and will be moderated for clarity and discussion purposes.


Monday, May 8, 6 p.m.

The League of Women Voters – Downeast, together with the Mount Desert Islander, is hosting a candidate forum for Bar Harbor Town Council. This event will feature candidates for the two-year term: Brooke “Zana” Blomquist, Earl Brechlin, Keith Goodrich, and Charles Sidman. The forum will be  moderated by Chris Crockett, publisher for MaineStay Media.

For more information click here.

Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m.

This second event will feature all seven candidates for the three-year term: Maya Caines, Erin Cough, Gary “Bo” Jennings, Cosmo Nims, Val Peacock, Kyle Shank, and Nathan Young. The forum will be  moderated by Chris Crockett, publisher for MaineStay Media.

For more information on this event, click here.


It’s our weekly piece documenting Bar Harbor town government and other similar meetings that we know of. Please let us know if we’ve missed something. Also, sometimes things are on the town calendars and are cancelled or rescheduled, so make sure to double check before you head over!

All the meetings take place at the Bar Harbor Municipal Building at 93 Cottage Street unless otherwise noted. And they usually have a time for public comments. This is not true about executive sessions.

So, go! Be informed! Be part of the process. You deserve to be.

To see the town meeting calendar by month, click here.

To see the school board calendar by month, click here.

Monday, May 8

Harbor Committee

 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Council Chambers, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

Conservation Commission Meeting

No agenda posted online

May 8, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Third Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

MDI Regional School System AOS 91 Regular Board Meeting

May 8, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MDI Regional High School Library

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Task Force on Climate Emergency

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Third Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Comprehensive Planning Committee


6:00 PM


Council Chambers, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Design Review Board Meeting

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Council Chambers, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

MDI Regional High School Regular AOS 91 Board Meeting

5:00 PM 

MDI Regional High School Library

Friday, May 12, 2023

School Project Community Information Night

5 PM

Conners Emerson Library

Things to Do In Bar Harbor

Week of May 8

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.




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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.

Business Narcan Education Interest Survey

Deputy Chief John Lennon is offering free Narcan training to island businesses. 

By equipping individuals with naloxone and training to identify and respond to an overdose, the potential delay between the onset of an opioid overdose and the delivery of life-saving care can be reduced to seconds.

Training takes less than 45 minutes with time for questions & answers. There was a business training in the council chambers of the Bar Harbor Town Office in the fall, with hopes to do the same again for businesses soon.

If interested in participating please fill out this survey 

There are three upcoming Narcan trainings with John Lennon of the Bar Harbor Fire Department. Those are:

  • Saturday May 13 @ 10 a.m. | Southwest Harbor Library
  • Wednesday May 24 @ 3 p.m. | Machias Savings Bank Community Room, Bar Harbor (this session is business/restaurant focused, but still open to anyone)
  • Wednesday May 31 @ 5 p.m. | Jesup Library, Bar Harbor

According to a release by the town, “By equipping individuals with naloxone and training to identify and respond to an overdose, the potential delay between the onset of an opioid overdose and the delivery of life-saving care can be reduced.

“All attendees will be given Narcan for themselves to carry and for their businesses if they so choose.”

For more info contact: John Lennon 207-288-1771, Email: johnlennon@barharbormaine.gov

For an earlier story on Lennon’s efforts in the community with Narcan dispersal, check here.

Get Your Designer Home On!

2023 Bar Harbor Designer Showhouse

Join Swan Hospitality Group, Mount Desert Island Hospital, and Décor Maine for the

2023 Bar Harbor Designer Showhouse
at Hamilton Hill

Exclusive Preview Party
Saturday, July 29 • 5 PM
For Preview Party tickets, please click here

Public tours will run from 
July 30 through August 19
10 AM – 4 PM daily
For public tour tickets, please click here

Tickets are now available and must be reserved in advance

Proceeds from the show benefit MDI Hospital

For more information, please visit: mdihospital.org/designer-showhouse
or contact events@mdihospital.org

Get Your Deck Safety On!

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May is Deck Safety Month

Each year, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck by promoting National Deck Safety Month. Homeowners can take advantage of resources and tools from the NADRA webpage (nadra.org) to ensure the safety, security and longevity of their decks. The Town of Bar Harbor Code Enforcement office has posted a 10-Point Deck Safety Checklist on their webpage. The checklist provides a step-by-step guide to visually inspecting the deck for safety concerns such as corroding fasteners, decaying materials, loose railings, inadequate lighting, and more. The checklist is a helpful tool to assist homeowners. The Code Enforcement Office is available to discuss decks and other possible safety concerns around your home. Please contact Michael Gurtler, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer at 207-288-3329 or mgurtler@barharbormaine.gov for further information.

Permits & Registrations are now available online at the PERMIT PORTAL

Get Your Adventure Golf On!

Maine Tourism Association’s 101st Annual Meeting & Toast to Tourism

May 16, 2023

This year the Maine Tourism Association is hosting its 101st Annual Meeting at the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, sponsored by Bay Ferries – The CAT. Learn about the state of Maine’s Lobster Industry and how to build an easy-to-manage content marketing plan aligned with your business goals from marketing experts Ric & Jessica of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications. There will be a great opportunity to network at the Toast to Tourism Cocktail Hour in the afternoon and to end the evening with a traditional Maine lobster bake and honoring Bob Meyers, this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame Award. 

Register Here

Learn more

Get Your Knowledge On!

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Cars & Coffee: Season Opener!

Seal Cove Auto Museum welcomes the community to gather and celebrate the start of the driving season! For their 60th year they look forward to welcoming familiar faces and new friends.

Admission to the outdoor event is free. Museum admission is offered at a reduced rate of just $5 during the hours of the event, with free admission for youth under 18.

Free refreshments including fresh coffee and donuts will be offered.


10 AM – 1 PM

Narratives of Black Queer Individuals: A Conversation with Doderick Tugman, College of the Atlantic

Please join us at the Jesup Memorial Library for a program on Narratives of Black Queer Individuals with Doderick Tugman, College of the Atlantic on Thursday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

Doderick Tugman is a 4th-year student at the College of the Atlantic. Originally from Jamaica but raised in NYC, Doderick is interested in the field of human sexuality and sexual health education. Their senior project focuses on the identity formation of black queer individuals with a research emphasis on the experiences of black queer people in predominately white spaces–work, colleges, high school, church, etc. Their research focuses on black queer people across the United States, including Maine, and how they navigate the white gaze, homophobia, transphobia, parental neglect, and neglect from institutions. Doderick’s presentation will explore the dominant themes of their research, which they use to offer practical suggestions for creating more diverse and inclusive communities.

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

Short-story cycle writing program with author Laura Bonazzoli

Please join us at the Jesup Memorial Library for a short-story cycle writing program with author Laura Bonazzoli on Thursday, May 11th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

What is a short-story cycle, why write one, and how? Recently, Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez, gave a shout-out to short-story cycles on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling, noting that they’re an increasingly popular genre of fiction. But why? What exactly is a short-story cycle? What are its characteristics, and what advantages—and challenges—does it offer readers? And if you’re intrigued by the possibility of writing one, how might you begin?

Join Rockport author Laura Bonazzoli to explore these and other questions you might have about this fascinating genre. Laura will also read excerpts from her own short-story cycle, Consecration Pond, which was described by Publishers Weekly as “a solid, meditative collection of interconnected short stories that weave together seemingly disparate narratives into a satisfying and cohesive whole. Consecration Pond was published by indie press Toad Hall Editions in August 2022, and is available at local bookstores and directly from the publisher at toadhalleditions.ink. Books will also be available at the event.

 Laura Bonazzoli’s fiction has appeared in Evening Street Review, Exposition Review, The Sandy River Review, and many other publications. She has also published poetry and personal essays in dozens of literary magazines and several anthologies. After the publication of her stories Prayer of the Bell” and “Spring Ice,” she began working on a collection of linked stories that all take place on a pond in Maine. That collection became the short-story cycle, Consecration Pond.

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

Explore and Enhance Your Cultural Competence with Acclaimed Facilitator Elizabeth Neptune

Princeton, ME. Healthy Acadia invites you to explore elements for building and enhancing your cultural competence with nationally-recognized facilitator Elizabeth Neptune. The session titled, “Strengthening Relationships with Cultural Competency: Increasing Understanding of the Passamaquoddy Tribe,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2023, at Bear Lodge & Cabins, located at 314 New Pit Road, Princeton, Maine.

In this workshop, Ms. Neptune will explore several elements of cultural competency, including awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and assumptions. The session will focus on honoring diversity and cultural differences, exploring working with diverse populations, gaining a greater understanding of the impact of trauma, and addressing issues of race, equity, and inclusion. Participants will review broad elements of cultural competency and culturally competent organizations, explore working with diverse populations, gain a greater understanding of the impact of trauma, and address issues of race, equity, and inclusion.

Elizabeth Neptune has 37 years of experience in delivering innovative health and human services to native communities. Ms.Neptune operates her own consulting business, Neptune Advantage, which primarily provides technical assistance to Native American tribal programs across the country. She is nationally recognized for her skills in directing programs and facilitating change in health care and child welfare systems. 

In her capacity as Director of Health and Human Services for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Ms. Neptune created a model of holistic care which won both state and national recognition. She served as the state’s Child Wellness Coordinator and was instrumental in implementing her care model for the State of Maine. Ms. Neptune’s gift for innovation has changed health outcomes for many and has influenced system changes at the tribal, state, and national levels.

There is no cost to attend the session, and a light lunch will be included. Session participants will be eligible for 0.4 CEUs and 4 contact hours through the University of Maine at Machias.

This session is limited to 50 participants and advance registration is required. Register online at bit.ly/workshop-6523

For more information please call 201-403-3627 or email caroline.bloss@healthyacadia.org

Healthy Acadia is a 501(C)(3) community health organization building vibrant communities and making it easier for all people to lead healthy lives throughout Washington and Hancock counties. For more information about Healthy Acadia’s health and wellness programs and services, visit healthyacadia.org.

HRSA language: Strengthening Relationships with Cultural Competency: Increasing Understanding of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $800,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The views presented here are those of Healthy Acadia and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

“Landscape of Change: Imagining the Future Shore”

5 p.m.

Join MDI Biological Laboratory online on May 8 at 5 p.m. to hear speakers from the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, the Schoodic Institute, and artists discuss an ongoing project to document sea level rise around Mount Desert Island. Learn more about our speakers and register at https://mdibl.org/event/landscape-of-change-imagining-the-future-shore/. Participants must register to receive the Zoom link. Please send any questions to events@mdibl.org or call 288-3147.

Bar Harbor Garden Club Annual Meeting and Luncheon

11:30 a.m.

Kebo Valley Golf Club.

Guest speaker is Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement.


The Bar Harbor Garden Club is pleased to present “Priorities and Programs for Conservation, Acadia National Park” with Stephanie Clement, conservation director, Friends of Acadia, on May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Kebo Valley Golf Club, 136 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. The Annual Meeting is at 11:30 followed by the keynote speaker, Stephanie Clement, at noon for one hour including ample time for questions. Stephanie will speak about her work on the many conservation initiatives for Acadia National Park including Wild Acadia, Trails and Carriage Roads, Wild Gardens of Acadia, and the Cadillac Mountain initiatives. The luncheon fee is $30 for members and $35 for guests. We request payment online by May 7 at the donation link at barharborgardenclub.org.

Get Your Book On!

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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 info@jesuplibrary.org.


Baby and Toddler Time

Join Abby for fingerplays, songs, and stories! Older siblings are welcome to join in.

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2023
  • 10:30 AM 11:15 AM

Preschool Story Time

Preschoolers and their adults are invited to join us on Friday mornings for songs, stories, and a craft! Recommended for ages 3-5.

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023
  • 10:30 AM 11:15 AM



Please join us at the Jessup Memorial Library for author talk with Matthew Ash McKernan who will be discussing his book “Wyrdcraft: Healing Self & Nature through the Mysteries of the Fates” on Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m.

In Wyrdcraft, McKernan guides you through a process of attuning to wyrd as it manifests within all the domains of your life, teaching you how to sense and intuit the ways of wyrd more clearly than ever before. Join Ash for an experiential inquiry into the nature of wyrd, the process of wyrdcraft, and the cultivation of wyrd consciousness—an awareness that is naturally revealing, healing, transformative, and becoming. Becoming what, you may ask?  You will see as you attune to the wisdom of wyrd and experience the emergence of wyrd’s natural healing-magic first-hand.

Matthew Ash McKiernan (he/him) is a licensed psychotherapist, eco therapist, bard, naturalist, and wireworker. He has degrees in anthropology and counseling psychology and loves to spend time at the crossroads where psyche, nature, magic, and healing intersect. Ash lives in Mount Desert, Maine

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

Book Discussion!

Please join us at the Jesup Memorial Library for a book discussion. We will discuss the title, The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution through Female Alliance by Diane Rosenfeld on Wednesday, May 24th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Please come to the front desk if you would like to request a copy of the book. Light snacks and tea will be served. All are welcome.

The Bonobo Sisterhood is a revolutionary call to action for women and their allies to protect one another from patriarchal violence. Diane L. Rosenfeld, founding director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, introduces us to a groundbreaking new model of female solidarity one that promises to thwart sexual coercion.

Urgent, timely, and original, The Bonobo Sisterhood harnesses the power of the #MeToo movement into a road map for sex equality in humans. Our closest evolutionary cousins, the bonobos have a unique social order in which the females protect one another from male aggression. The takeaway? Evolutionarily, bonobos have eliminated sexual coercion and enjoy a more peaceful, cooperative, and playful existence. We have much to learn from them.

Rosenfeld explores the implications of the bonobo model for human societies and systems of governance. How did law develop to elude women’s rights so consistently? What difference does it make that we live in a patriarchal democracy? And what do bonobos have to offer as living proof that patriarchy is not inevitable? Most importantly, how can women break down barriers among themselves to unleash their power as a unified force? Rosenfeld has answers.

The Bonobo Sisterhood takes us through real-life stories from the courtroom to the classroom and beyond, charting a new vision of a collective self-defense among women and their allies. It offers an action plan accessible to everyone immediately. This is an open invitation to anyone who wants to challenge the status quo. It starts with the power inherent in each of us knowing that we have selves worth defending, and awakening that power for ourselves and for our sisters. We now have a new model for real change, Rosenfeld reminds us. It’s time to use it. The Bonobo Sisterhood forges a path to create and discover a new meaning of equality, liberty, and justice for all.

This event is in person only and registration is required to attend. Please register at jesuplibrary.org/events/bonobo or email eventsignup@jesuplibrary.org.


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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
Send Email


Please register, space is limited.

Artists 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
Send Email


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!

Contact Informationoffice@artwavesmdi.org
Send Email


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


The theater’s website is here, and click for the latest updates.


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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!


The MDI YMCA’s program guide is here.


All Levels Slow Flow Yoga

Date and Time

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT


Destination Health
124 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-3121



Pelvic Floor Workshop

Date and Time

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Yin Yoga

Date and Time

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

Adult Ballet Barre Fitness with David Lamon

Date and Time

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

4 sessions Thursday April 6th to Thursday April 27 6:30pm to 7:30pm


ArtWaves Dance Center 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor





Contact Information

Send Email



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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 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.


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


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!

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.


Hosted by Tree of Life Day Spa,

108 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor


$35 for 1 hour massage
Appointments highly recommended

Book online at




Contact Information

Acadia School of Massage
Send Email


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

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST


33 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


No cover




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America’s Piano Man

Celebrating Billy Joel, a Billy Joel Tribute act

is coming to the Criterion

Saturday June 3rd – 8:00 p.m.



As Seen on “The Voice”

“The Voice” star Morgan Myles

w/ special guest Brayden Lape

June 18th – 7:00 p.m. at the Criterion


GZA – of Wu-Tang Clan

w/ Oystahguy

GZA of Wu-Tang Clan to perform with a LIVE band. With Special Guest Oystahguy

Saturday, June 24 – 8:00 p.m.



w/ Lucy Wainwright Roche

& Lyle Divinsky

LIVE at the Criterion Theatre

July 1st – 8:00pm



LIVE at the Criterion Theatre

August 2nd – 8:00 p.m.



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For more information, click here.

Another season of free produce for seniors begins as Maine Senior FarmShare grows and evolves

Whether you prefer tomatoes, beet greens, or sugar snap peas, there’s nothing better than fresh, local fruits and vegetables in the summer – especially when they’re free. By participating in Maine Senior FarmShare, income-eligible Maine seniors can receive $50 worth of credit to spend on fruits and vegetables at select farms and farmers’ markets. 

Healthy Acadia is partnering with Maine Senior FarmShare and Maine Federation of Farmers Markets to launch a new Senior FarmShare program at the Bar Harbor Eden Farmers’ Market. Senior Farm Share is designed to support lower-income older adults in accessing healthy food while also ensuring that Maine farmers are fairly compensated for the food they grow. To participate in Senior FarmShare, a person must be a Maine resident; be 60 years old or older, or 55 years old or older for Native Americans; and meet income guidelines. More than 100 farms in Maine, distributed across all 16 counties, are authorized to participate in MSFP.

Enrolling with the Bar Harbor Eden Farmers Market Senior FarmShare program will enable participants to spend their $50 credit on produce from any vendor’s stall over the course of the season, rather than choose a single farm in the spring. The market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon from Mother’s Day weekend until the end of October. If you would like to enroll with the Bar Harbor Eden Farmers’ Market, visit the info booth at the farmers’ market beginning on May 20th, or check for updates at https://healthyacadia.org/ha-sfs.

Senior FarmShare participants must re-enroll every year: if you enjoyed being a part of the program in the past, don’t forget to reach out to the farm of your choice to sign up again this year. To find an authorized farm in your area, visit www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/seniorfarmshare and search for a farm stand near you, a farmer who attends your favorite farmers’ market, or a farmer who makes deliveries, based on your needs and preferences. 

Participating farms by county:

Hancock County

  • Backstage Farm (at the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market or at their farm stand in Blue Hill)
  • Calyx Farm (at the Northeast Harbor Farmers’ Market)
  • Northern Bay Organics (at the Stonington Farmers’ Market or at their farm stand in Penobscot, or contact them about delivery options)
  • Simon’s Hancock Farm in Hancock
  • Amber’s Best (at their farmstand in Stetson, or contact them about delivery options)
  • Morgan Bay Farm in Surry

Washington County

  • Rime nor Reason Farm (at the Calais Farmer’s Market or at their farmstand in Charlotte)
  • Far Out Farm (at the Lubec Farmers’ Market)
  • Smithereen Farm (at the Lubec Farmers’ Market or at their farmstand in Pembroke)
  • Amber’s Best (at the Machias Valley Farmers’ Market, or contact them about delivery options)
  • Bristol’s Redbird Farm (at the Milbridge Farmers’ Market, at their farmstand in Harrington, or contact them about delivery options)
  • Folklore Farm (at their farmstand in Cherryfield, or contact them about delivery options)

Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.


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


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.”

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