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

Week of May 22

MAY 22, 2023


Every week we document Bar Harbor town government, school, 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, which are closed to the public.

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.


Task Force on the Climate Emergency

The agenda for this meeting is not posted online.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Council Chambers

93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

MDI Regional High School Board Of Trustees Meeting

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

MDI High School Library


COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – Visioning Workshop #1


The Town of Bar Harbor is hosting a series of VISIONING WORKSHOPS to get input from the community on the future vision of growthhousingtransportation, and more. 


Click this link to RSVP! 

RSVP is recommended, however, walk-ins are welcome.

More details about the Comprehensive Plan and the workshops can be found on the project website! Use this link: https://resilience.mysocialpinpoint.com/bar-harbor-comprehensive-plan/home

Contact the Planning Department for more details! 207-288-3329

 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

MDI BioLab

Special Town Council Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is not posted online.

 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Council Chambers

93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – Visioning Workshop #2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Atlantic Brewing Midtown


The Town of Bar Harbor is hosting a series of VISIONING WORKSHOPS to get input from the community on the future vision of growthhousingtransportation, and more. 


Food is available for purchase but it is not required.

Click this link to RSVP! 


COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – Visioning Workshop #3

The Town of Bar Harbor is hosting a series of VISIONING WORKSHOPS to get input from the community on the future vision of growthhousingtransportation, and more.


This session is tailored to the business community, but all are invited to attend.

7:30-9:30 AM

Bar Harbor Municipal Building, 93 Cottage Street

Special Town Council Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is not posted online.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Council Chambers

Bar Harbor Municipal Building, 93 Cottage Street

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – Visioning Workshop #4

 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Connors-Emerson School


The Town of Bar Harbor is hosting a series of VISIONING WORKSHOPS to get input from the community on the future vision of growthhousingtransportation, and more. 



Click this link to RSVP! 


Design Review Board Meeting

 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Council Chambers

93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

Things to Do In Bar Harbor

Week of May 22

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.


The Bar Harbor Police Department, in partnership with the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO,) will be hosting a Safe Server Training on June 20, 2023 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  The training will take place at the Bar Harbor Club and will cover such topics as: Maine Liquor Law, liquor liability, maintaining a safe serving environment and customer identification verification procedures.

Business owners, managers and service staff are all encouraged to attend.  Please email Officer Chris Dickens with any questions and/or to secure a seat: cdickens@barharbormaine.gov

BABLO and Police Department staff members will remain on-hand after the training to address further questions or concerns.


24th Annual

Acadia Birding Festival

June 1-4, 2023

Located in Southwest Harbor at the American Legion Building and Gilley Museum

Where there are birds, there will be birders – and with spring in full swing, 

Acadia National Park is an avian hotspot. It’s no surprise that bird lovers from around the country will be converging for the 24th annual Acadia Birding Festival. 

Join other birders during this four-day birding festival on Mount Desert Island and beyond. Choose from nearly 100 events, including field trips, boat trips, workshops,

vendor booths, social gatherings, and presentations. 

By land or by sea, we’ll find some exciting birds for you to see! For more

information and to register, please visit acadiabirdingfestival.com, or

contact Becky Marvil at beckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com.



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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. The remaining one is:

  • 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.


Please come to the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 31 at 5 pm for a short training session with Deputy Chief, John Lennon of the Bar Harbor Fire Department, on how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. All attendees will be issued a Narcan kit after the class if they so choose. No registration is required.

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


Kid’s Corner Celebrates 30 Years and Welcomes You to a Puppet Performance at The Criterion Theatre.

Friday, June 2nd – 6:00pm


Get Your Knowledge On!

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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.

The Shores of Frenchman Bay

Date and Time

Thursday May 25, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

May 25th @ 4:00 PM


La Rochelle Mansion + Museum 127 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Admission is free, but suggested donations are warmly welcomed!

Contact Information

Bar Harbor Historical Society 127 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609 2072880000
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Join the Bar Harbor Historical Society at La Rochelle for a riveting lecture given by Brian Armstrong, where Mr. Armstrong will discuss the history of the shoreline from La Rochelle to the ferry terminal! Admission is free, but suggested donations are warmly welcomed!

La Rochelle Mansion + Museum Opening Day

Date and Time

Friday May 26, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

May 26th @ 10:00 AM


La Rochelle Mansion + Museum 127 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Guided tour – $20 Adults – $15 Seniors, veterans, students – $13 Group – $10 Youth (13-17) – $7 Children 12 and under – Free

Contact Information

La Rochelle Mansion + Museum 127 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609 2072880000
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Join the Bar Harbor Historical Society as we reopen the La Rochelle Mansion + Museum! Come inside and learn about Bar Harbor’s history, take a walk through our gardens, view our three floors of exhibits, and lounge on the piazza! Whether you prefer self-guided tours or guided tours (now currently on off every Friday at 10am!), you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience! For more information, please head to our website to plan your visit: barharborhistorical.org/visit

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


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
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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
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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!

Contact Informationoffice@artwavesmdi.org
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Intro to Stained Glass Mosaic with Liz Cutler

ArtWaves 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor Tuesday May 23 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

To Register https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5261681 $32.50 $22.50 Members

Sort, nip, fit, grind, nudge, glue and even grout! Ohhh the possibilities of coloring with our wonderful array of stained glass and mosaicable goodies.

All materials included you are welcome to bring in a small shell or pottery piece you want to include.

Students will leave with multiple finished projects: magnets, a pendant or a coaster and the understanding of studio set-up and techniques to return for open studio time and other projects. This class is suitable for all levels, though under 10 needs a double digit partner.

Artwaves at the Jesup: A Stained Glass Mosaic Pop-up Workshop

Sample a bit of Artwaves at the Jesup Memorial Library by attending a “Stained Glass Mosaic Pop-up Workshop” on Thursday, June 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Did you know you can color with stained glass? It’s pretty glorious to see the possibilities. 

Liz Culter, founder of ArtWaves, will bring in bins with many variations of each color to sort through, arrange, and then learn how to cut pieces, fit and attach them to a backer board, a pendant, or a candle cup.

All ages are welcome. Under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in person only and registration is required to attend. Please register at jesuplibrary.org/events/mosaic or email eventsignup@jesuplibrary.org.


Acclaimed artist Andy Goldsworthy will be at College of the Atlantic this summer to install Road Line, his first permanent artwork in the State of Maine. Goldsworthy is renowned for his site-specific installations that span the globe, and the College is thrilled to provide the setting for a piece that speaks to both the history and geology of the region. 

Comprised of a single continuous line of granite curbstones, Road Line will begin its journey through campus at Route 3 and draw its path to the coast of Frenchman Bay. Taking from the tradition of granite curbstones that edge many of the roads in East Coast towns and cities, Goldsworthy has actively worked in granite throughout the Northeast where there is still a lively granite industry.  

“One would be hard pressed to name an artist who more emphatically lives the COA human-ecological ethos than Andy Goldsworthy,” says COA President Darron Collins ‘92.  “Andy’s presence here and the permanence of the installation will have a tremendous impact on the campus and the region.”  

Funded largely by two anonymous donors who are passionate about the piece’s potential to intersect the study of human ecology and to create a world-class work of public art in Downeast Maine, Road Line will be an expression of human and geological movement.  

Road Line would only become apparent as an artwork after it has left the ‘straight and narrow’ and goes its own way,” Goldsworthy said of the piece upon proposal. “I hope this will resonate with the students who will also pass through the college on their own journeys and that, wherever life takes them afterwards, they will always be reminded of their time in Maine whenever they see a curbstone. It would be the antithesis of the definition of curb, which is to control or limit.”

In addition to Goldsworthy’s time on campus for installation, he will take part in the COA Summer Institute: Reimagining Exploration, July 31-August 4, held in collaboration with The National Geographic Society. Goldsworthy will be in conversation with Courtney J. Martin, PhD, Paul Mellon Director of the Yale Center for British Art. For more information, visit coa.edu/summerinstitute

More about Andy Goldsworthy

In a diverse career spanning four decades, Andy Goldsworthy has become one of the most prominent and iconic contemporary sculptors. In photographs, sculptures, installations, and films, Goldsworthy documents his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration. 

Recent permanent site-specific installations by Goldsworthy include Walking Wall, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Watershed, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Stone Sea, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Chaumont Cairn, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France; Path and Rising Stone, Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York; and Wood Line, Presidio of San Francisco, California. Goldsworthy is currently working on Hanging Stones in North York Moors, UK. In this ongoing project, ten existing buildings, all in varying states of disrepair, have been or will be rebuilt as artworks and connected by a six-mile walk encompassing Northdale, near Rosedale Abbey.

Other permanent works can be seen at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; de Young Museum, California; Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York; Storm King Art Center, New York; Stanford University, California; and Haute Provence Geological Reserve in Digne-les-Bains, France, among numerous other sites. Major solo exhibitions of Goldsworthy’s work have been presented by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Neuberger Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; and Des Moines Art Center, Illinois.

The artist was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956, and is now based in Scotland.

About College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic is the first college in the US to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology. A human-ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social, natural, built, and technological environments. The human ecological perspective guides all aspects of education, research, activism, and interactions among the college’s students, faculty, staff, and trustees. Learn more at coa.edu.


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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

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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
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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



Healthy Acadia to offer “Practical, Everyday Tools for Stress Reduction,” with special guest Tom Speare

Community members are invited to join Healthy Acadia online via Zoom on Thursday, June 1, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., for “Practical, Everyday Tools for Stress Reduction,” with special guest Tom Speare. The free online event is the latest installment in Healthy Acadia’s Monthly Mindfulness series.

Stress can be managed successfully when we have the right tools in our toolbox. With

simple and immediately effective practices we can reduce the level of stress in our lives. We just need to know what these tools are and begin to use them regularly.

In this hour-long workshop, participants will be introduced to multiple stress reduction practices that can become the foundation of a more balanced, healthy, and productive you. We will also examine some of the vast research that has been conducted so that we can see how deeply our bodies are impacted by stress. It is this research that has led to the development of the tools we will be practicing in this session.

Pre-registration is required for this free event. The one-hour session will be offered virtually via Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, go to bit.ly/mindful-6123

Tom Speare is Co-founder and Director of Corporate and Educational Programs at the Tenth Gate Center For Yoga and Meditation in Bar Harbor. He is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher at the E-RYT500 level and has been teaching yoga, stress management, mindfulness, and meditation since 2007. Tom also leads the Tools For Today and Tomorrow Program, launched in 2013, which provides stress reduction courses to schools, municipalities, and corporate workplaces across New England and beyond. Tom and his wife relocated to Bar Harbor in 2022 after spending many years visiting MDI.

For additional information about this and future mindfulness events in the series or other programs focused on building skills that promote mindful living, contact Ursula Hanson at ursula@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.

Stretch and Strengthen Through Dance

Date and Time

Saturday May 27, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT

Saturday May 6th to Saturday June 10th 8:30 to 9:30 am


ArtWaves Dance Center 1345A Hwy 102 Town Hill Bar Harbor


Member ? $90.00 Non Member ? $100.00



Contact Information

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Stretch and Strengthen Through Dance with Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin.

To Register: https://artwavesmdi.org/event-5252728 Member ? $90.00 Non Member $100.00

Join Kasey Berzinis-McLaughlin for 6 weeks of dynamic dance movement to strengthen and tone. 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!


Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair

Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Sunday as well

The Island Arts Association’s Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair will take place on the Bar Harbor Village Green. For more information, visit http://www.islandartsassociation.com.


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Please join us at the Jesup Memorial Library for a performance by Kotwica on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 pm.

Kotwica (Koht-veets-ah) meaning “anchor”, a cultural symbol of freedom, plays folk music from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Directed by David Rapkievian of Bar Harbor, it features musicians on fiddle, button accordion, balalaika, guitar, and string bass.  David Chrapkiewicz (Rapkievian) has been a professional award-winning violin maker for almost 5 decades. In his younger years he was a choreographer, director, and dancer in multiple dance groups. David also plays fiddle with the Big Moose Band.

The other musicians performing with Kotwica include:

Carolyn Rapkievian, who has been playing guitar with David since they married in 1991.  She is an Armenian dance researcher and workshop leader and recently retired from a 50-year career in museums including 26 years with the Smithsonian.

Eloise Schultz, who grew up in New York City, where she studied classical voice and performed with ensembles around the city. Her interest in folk traditions was shaped by klezmer and shape note singing. 

David Quinby, who is an enthusiastic double-bass player with various local orchestras, with the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, and with smaller ensembles.

Kevin Sone, who is one of the very finest accordion players in the area. He hails from the beautiful and bucolic Benton, Maine.

Vocalists providing beautiful harmonies in the group are led by Anne Tatgenhorst. Anne, inspired by her Bulgarian roots, began performing songs from Eastern Europe with Kirsten Stockman, Kim Reiss and the original Maine Women’s Balkan Choir in the 1990’s. The group’s repertoire includes songs and dance music from Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and beyond.


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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Bar Harbor YMCA parking lot off Park Street

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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