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Thursday, March 15
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Family Art Night: Inspired by Dahlov Ipcar
5:30 PM - 7 PM: Kids, bring an adult along for an evening of hands on creation inspired by the writing and artwork of Maine illustrator and author Dahlov Ipcar. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be served at this relaxed and social family event inspired by the "Paint & Sip" format. Space is limited to 10 groups of two, so please call or email to reserve your spot! 244-3798

Friday, March 16
Harbor House's Annual Great Harbor Shoot Out
Continues thru March 18: Every year in March, junior high and high school basketball players from all over Maine gather on Mount Desert Island,Trenton & Ellsworth to compete for the winner’s title in the Great Harbor House Shootout. Our three-day tournament gives young people the opportunity to compete, excel and develop invaluable life lessons and sportsmanship skills. Click here to register!

Saturday, March 17
ArtWaves Presents: Featured Weekend Workshop - Decorative Pysanky Eggs
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: This style of Easter egg comes from the Ukraine. Students will learn to create wax-resist drawings on Easter eggs, inspired by Ukranian folk designs and other patterns. Students creations are limitless. This is a great opportunity to learn a multi-cultural craft that is colorful, creative, and fun for everyone. This workshop is open to all ages. Click for info on registering.

Sunday, March 18
ArtWaves Presents: Mandala Workshop with Sue Aripotch
1-4PM: In this 3 week workshop, students will learn to create symmetrical designs using drawing tools in a new way. After the designs are drawn, students will learn about color theory and ways to use color to convey feeling. Depending on your own style, you will have time to fully develop one or more mandalas. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 21
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: WHM Playwriting workshop with Andrea Lepcio
5:30 - 7:30PM: Join playwright and writing coach Andrea Lepcio for a Playwriting Workshop at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. The workshop is part of the Library’s Women’s History Month celebration. All are welcome. No writing experience required! We'll take inspiration from the creative works in this year's WHM exhibit. Space is limited - call 244-7065 to sign up. Click here for more info.

Thursday, March 22
ArtWaves Presents: Art Jam- Paper Craft - Quilling Springtime Flowers & Sunshine
3:30 - 5:30 PM: In this workshop students will spin, twirl and fold pieces of colorful paper to glue down in an arranged fashion, creating a 3-Dimensional artwork! The inspiration for their pieces will be based on the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, which occurs on March 20th. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 23
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: AARP Tax-Aide Program
By Appointment: call 244-7065. We are pleased to offer tax aid through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This service is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income and is offered in cooperation with the IRS. These trained volunteers help taxpayers receive all applicable tax credits and deductions. All tax help is confidential. Call for info and an appointment.

Saturday, March 24
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Red Knot Decoy Class for International Competition
10AM: Youth 9-17 can craft a Red Knot silhouette decoy during this 3 Saturday AM class. This threatened species has one of the longest migrations, as they travel nearly 20,000 miles from Tierra del Fuego to Artic breeding grounds and back. This project is happening in conjunction with the Ward Museum's World Carving Championship youth division. Space is limited, call 244-755 to register.

Saturday, March 31
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Women's History Month March 2018 Storytelling Games Morning
9:30 - 11:30 am: We'll use Rory's Story Cubes to create and tell stories! For school-age children accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 244-7065, or email

Tuesday, April 3
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Liner Notes with Maine Poet Gary Rainford
5:30 - 7:00 pm: Gary Rainford will discuss and perform ekphrastic poems from his new book, Liner Notes, which showcases 64 musicians as works of art - musicians from Ella Fitzgerald to Bjork to Tony Bennett and Blondie, to name a few. In addition, Gary will provide a set-list of musicians celebrated in his collection and take reading requests from the audience. 244-7065.

Thursday, April 5
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Introduction to Zentangle
6-7:30PM: Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by creating structured patterns called tangles, drawn “one stroke at a time.” Create beautiful images this way, and enjoy increased focus, creativity, & self-confidence. Certified Zentangle Teacher, Jenny Perruzzi, will guide students. Call 244-3798 for more information.

Saturday, April 7
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Lego Day
10AM - 2PM: Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspried by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles at the Auto Museum, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum's Lego brand blocks. Free and open to the public. Please click here for more information.

Saturday, April 7
Coda and the Seal Cove Auto Museum Present: Murder Mystery Dinner
4PM: Here is an original MDI-themed order Mystery Dinner: Murder On The Mountain Wagon. The Stanley family, of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, has arrived in Southwest Harbor for a family reunion. But all goes awry when someone sabotages Frank Stanley’s Stanley Mountain Wagon, and he is killed when it crashes into a roadside woodpile. It is up to you to determine the killer! Tickets: 244-9242

Tuesday, April 10
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Shakespeare Text Workshop with Andrew Simon
5:30 - 7:00 pm: Join the Barn Arts Collective's Andrew Simon for an evening of Shakespearean verse as he decodes the meaning behind the words through the rhythyms in which they were written. Participants will learn how to identify these patterns and use them to reveal the motivations of the Bard's iconic characters. No prior knowledge required. Space is limited - call 244-7065 to pre-register.

Wednesday, April 11
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Better Body Habits 2018 with Sarah O'Neil
5:30 - 7:00 pm: Join the yoga teacher, herbalist, mindful educator, and certified yoga health coach Sarah O'Neil for an afternoon of warmth laughter, and practical advice on staying healthy. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Thursday, April 12
Charlotte Rhoades Garden's Pruning Class
10AM - Noon: $10 fee. This class will include basic pruning, thinning, plant care, tool use and safety. For new and experienced gardeners. For more information or to reserve a place email us at

Saturday, April 14
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Rise, Decline, and Renewal: the Democratic Party in Maine with Douglas Rooks
1:30 - 3:00 pm: The rise of the Democratic Party in Maine began when Ed Muskie ran for governor in 1954. Much has changed since then. Douglas Rooks explores this and more in his new book, Rise, Decline and Renewal: the Democratic Party in Maine. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Monday, April 16
Senior Mixer at the Seal Cove Auto Museum
2-4PM: Featuring a Presentation & Exhibits on “Selling Life & Leisure; Art, Advertising and the Automobile!” Tours of the museum’s collection of early automobiles & motorcycles from the Brass Era. Entertainment by the Bees Knees, flapper dance troupe. Hors d'oeuvres & Desserts will be provided by chefs from Birch Bay Retirement Village & Friends in Action. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, April 17
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Our Last Six Months: An Illustrated Memoir about Death, Cancer, End-of-Life Care, Love, Family, and Forgiveness with Emily Bracale
5:30 - 7:00 pm: Aubrey Bart (1949 - 2017), former resident and bus driver of Southwest Harbor, is the subject of this graphic memoir. Author Emily Bracale tells this memoir as a story that contains much helpful information for those in similar circumstances, whether caregivers or patients. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Wednesday, April 18
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: "The Crooked Road Shakespeare Kids" with Peter Logue
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Peter Logue of Quietside Productions brings us another wonderful short documentary. "The Crooked Road Shakespeare Kids" follows a Bar Harbor-based homeschool group as they prepare for their performance of "King Henry IV, Part 1". It has been accepted by multiple film festivals and received a Gold Award at the Oregon Film Awards. For information, please call the Library at 244-7065

Saturday, April 21
Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park
Celebrate the start of National Park Week with free admission to Acadia National Park on Saturday, April 21.

Tuesday, April 24
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Community Play Reading: William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest with Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker
5:30PM: All are invited to participate in a Shakespeare Community Play Reading, hosted by the Barn Arts Collective's Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker. Participants will break up into two groups to read the Barn Art's cut versions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest. Everyone in attedance will get the opportunity to read a part. Refreshments will be served. Open to all ages. 244-7065

Saturday, April 28
Friends of Acadia's Annual Earth Day Roadside Clean Up
Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 18th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides on MDI and Trenton. Always the last Saturday in April, it’s a great day to take pride in your community, get outside, and celebrate spring, FOA-style!

Tuesday, May 1
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Exhibit Opening: Selling Lifestyle and Leisure: Art, Advertising and the Automobile
5:00pm - 7:00pm: Help us celebrate the opening of the new exhibit! Using a mix of original advertisements, large scale reproductions, special ‘guest’ vehicles, and multi-media presentations, this exhibit will tell the story of automobile advertising and design, the social trends that shaped the ads, and the talented artists and illustrators who created them. More info: 244-9242

Thursday, May 3
Charlotte Rhoades Garden's Gardening Class
$10.00 per class. Classes include mulching, dividing plants, and composting. New or experienced gardeners are always welcome! For more information or to reserve a place email us at

Thursday, May 31
20th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Continues thru June 3rd: Acadia's birding community invites you to celebrate the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons! Click here for more info and to register for events.

Saturday, June 9
Friends of Acadia's Annual Spring Plant Sale
Each spring since 1961, the volunteers of the Wild Gardens of Acadia have held a benefit plant sale to support the maintenance of the Gardens. The sale is held at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Offerings include native plants, vegetable seedlings, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Plants are donated and proceeds go to the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Thursday, June 28
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: The Great Race Visit
11AM - 1PM: Participants in the Great Race will be visiting the Seal Cove Auto Museum for lunch as a part of their journey. The Great Race is a long distance time-speed-endurance rally, in which 150 racers with vintage pre-1972 cars test their cars’ abilities over 2,000 miles cross-country. The route will take drivers from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS over the course of ten days. Click for more info

Thursday, June 28
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Car-B-Que
6-10PM: Car show, food, and live music, all wrapped up into one super-fun event! Held in conjunction with the Great Race visit earlier in the day. Stay tuned for additional details. 244-9242

Wednesday, July 4
Southwest Harbor's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks
(Rain date: July 7) Join us at 9PM for our Annual Fireworks Display! This is a true community event, made possible by your generous donations. Help us celebrate the birth of our Nation by supporting this event. 244-9264 for more information.

Friday, July 13
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival
Continues thru July 18: Every year, Harbor House holds this very PINK fun-filled family festival that truly has something for everyone. This 3-day festival has a parade and kid’s carnival, a lobster dinner, a cocktail party, a road race and a concert. 244-3713

Friday, July 13
22nd Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
Friday, July 13: Juniors & SWH Fleet Races. Saturday, July 14: NEH Fleet Races and Hospice Regatta Rendezvous - Rendezvous: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Morris Yachts, NEH More information to come!

Sunday, July 15
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo 4-Miler
Our 4 mile race is part of the Eden Athletics – Side Street Cafe Points Series. This scenic race runs through part of Acadia National Park and ends at the Tremont Community Center. Walkers are welcome to join this event. Click here for more info!

Thursday, July 26
Charlotte Rhoades Garden's 2018 Annual Butterfly Release
3:30 PM - Reservations required. This annual event is a wonderful family affair that is fun for everyone! Money raised at the event helps support the park by providing funds for plants, supplies, and equipment for maintaining the garden, and producing educational materials. Click here for info and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, August 2
Wendell Gilley Museum's Annual Flight of Swallows
Join us at the Neighborhood House for another round of delicious wines and food pairings. Learn more about each wine through conversation with the pourers and The Field Guide to the Swallows created for this event. Bird carving demonstration, jazz music, and excellent conversation make for a fun and festive evening. Please call 244-7555 for info and tickets.

Saturday, September 8
Maine's Open Lighthouse Day: Bass Harbor Head Light
9-3PM: This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights.

Saturday, September 22
Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with free admission to Acadia National Park on Saturday, September 22.

Friday, October 5
9th Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM at Smuggler's Den Campground. Join us for our 9th Annual Wine Tasting. Sample more than 30 wines from around the world, and from around Maine. Tasty treats will be served, and enjoy the beautiful fall season with your friends. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 6
23rd Annual Acadia's Oktoberfest
Noon - 5PM at Smuggler's Den Campground. What could be greater than craft beer, music, food and games in the autumn on Mount Desert Island? You will get all these and more at Acadia's Invitational Oktoberfest! For more info, click here!

Sunday, October 14
Mount Desert Island Marathon
Presenting the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon, voted 'most scenic' and runner-up 'best overall' marathon by Runner's World! Race day is held annually on the Sunday following Columbus Day. Hosted by Crow Athletics. Click here for more information.

Saturday, November 3
Friends of Acadia's Annual Take Pride in Acadia Day
Each fall, enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves & clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. Perhaps the most important volunteer event of the year in Acadia, Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition. We hope you’ll join us! Info: 288-3340

Sunday, November 11
Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park
Celebrate Veteran's Day with free admission to Acadia National Park on Sunday, November 11.

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