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Thursday, March 23
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Martha Donovan
6PM: Martha Andrews Donovan will give an illustrated talk about her mother, grandmother, and great grandmothers, all of whom spent part of their lives in rural India as the daughter or wives of foreign missionaries. Donovan will share her research and stories along with photographs and writings that were inspired by these women who found themselves living unusual lives in a distant land. 244-3798

Saturday, March 25
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: A Bright Idea
10AM to 2PM: Come pick up 6 free LED light bulbs at the Bright Idea table at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. A Climate to Thrive, a local organization dedicated to reducing community consumption of energy as a way to address climate change, will be handing out six free LED light bulbs to those who vow to use them to replace incandescent lightbulbs in their homes. Try it out! Info: (207) 244-3798

Monday, March 27
SWH Library Presents: Acadia Hand Bell Choir Children's Concert
6PM: The Acadia Hand Bell Choir will be rocking with rhythm and fun in a special concert for kids and families. It will be a fun interactive evening of music, rhythm, and stories, especially for pre-school and elementary grades K-4, but all are welcome! Children will be allowed to try a chime or bell after the concert. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065.

Saturday, April 8
Salty Dog Gallery's Birthday Party for Beryl
6PM: Join us for a joyful birthday party for Beryl, our 100 year old Steinway Piano! A number of fine local musicians will play Beryl in their own unique styles. Refreshments will be served. $10 suggested donation for the musicians. Seating is limited so call 244-5918 or 772-465-8322 for a reservation.

Wednesday, April 12
SWH Library Presents: Poets Bearing Witness in an Age of Polarity; Speaking Truth to Power
5:30PM: Poets Diana Newman, Crow Suncloud, Paul Weis, and artist-poet Robert Shetterly will raise their voices in poetry and song at this very special event. Light refreshments will be served. Call the Library for more information, 244-7065.

Saturday, April 29
Friends of Acadia's Annual Earth Day Roadside Clean-up
8:30AM: 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! For more info: (207)288-3340

Sunday, May 28
Wendell Gilley Museum's Spring Open House and Carving Show
Noon - 4PM: Come see the newly-fledged flock of bird carvings by our members at our spring carving show. Enjoy refreshments and admire your talented neighbors' work. Sign up for summer classes while you are here. For more information, call 244-7555.

Thursday, June 1
19th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Continues thru June 4: Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. For more information and to register, click here to go to our web site, or call: (207) 233-3694.

Tuesday, July 4
SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Presents the Annual Fireworks Display
9PM: The fireworks will be held on July 4th and shot from the Acadia Fuel barge which will be placed in the middle of Southwest Harbor providing unobstructed views from Manset to the Coast Guard base. (Rain date: July 8th) To be successful we need broad based support for this project and we hope you will consider contributing to this event. Call 244-9264 for more information or to make a donation.

Friday, July 7
21st Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
Continues July 8: This multi-day sailboat racing event is held to raise money for local nonprofit hospices. Hundreds of sailors, organizers, sponsors and supporters around the country raise more than $1 million each year, while enjoying the competition and unique camaraderie of these events. For more information, click here or call 667-2531.

Tuesday, July 11
MDI Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival
1-3PM Join us at the Somesville Firehouse for our Annual Strawberry Festival. Taste the best of the season! Our volunteers will dish you up our secret-recipe shortcake covered with succulent berries. You can buy pints to take home, as well. But come early or you will miss out! More info: (207) 276-9323

Friday, July 14
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival
The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone. Join us from July 14-17th, 2017. Stay tuned for this years' theme and a schedule of events!

Sunday, July 17
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival 4-Miler
Our 4 mile race is part of the Eden Athletics – Smile Design Points Series. This scenic race runs through part of Acadia National Park and ends at the Tremont Community Center. Walkers are welcome. Following the race is a free Fun Run for kids 12 & under. All Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Community Center on Sunday. to register: 244-3713

Thursday, July 27
Charlotte Rhoades Park Annual Butterfly Release
3:30PM: 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. $30 per person 12 and over, includes one butterfly. Children under 12 free admission butterfly not included. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, August 1
Harbor House's Annual Lobsters on the Sound
Come join us at The Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor for a night of fun. 5:30pm Cocktails & Silent Auction; 7:30pm Dinner, Live Auction & Dancing. Proceeds from Lobsters on the Sound support the many programs and services Harbor House provides to the communities of Mount Desert Island. For information about Harbor House or to purchase tickets, contact Diana Novella at 207-244-3713.

Thursday, August 3
Wendell Gilley Museum's Annual Flight of Swallows
The Museum's annual wine tasting benefit will feature superb selections of fine wines. Spread your wings and fly to Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor to enjoy delicious fare and fellow friends from the flock. Mark your calendar to save the date! For tickets, call 244-7555.

Friday, August 18
Camp Beech Cliff Presents: Circus Superstar Show
5:30 - 6:30PM: Don't miss MDI's only circus performance. Acrobatic Stunts! Juggling! Aerials! Comedy! And more! Come experience Circus Superstar by professionals from CirqOvation, the most fantastic show in all the island! Fir directions and information, call 244-0365

Saturday, September 9
Maine Open Lighthouse Day: Bass Harbor Head Light
9AM to 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. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 6
SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM: The ticket includes the wine itself. And food, cheese and other substantial eats. There will be around 45 different wines from eight or nine different regions or countries. This is an intimate event, with opportunities to taste the wines, talk to the experts, and place orders for your favorites. Click here for more information.

Saturday,October 7
Acadia's Annual Oktoberfest
Noon to 5PM: Our annual brewfest features live music, great food, local crafts, games, and of course, great beers! Get your tickets in advance or at the gate. Click here to visit our website for lots more information!

Saturday, November 4
Friends of Acadia's Annual Take Pride in Acadia Day
8AM: Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia's historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. Because of the size of this event, registration is required. Click here or call: 207-288-3340. This event typically fills to capacity, so early registration is recommended!

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