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Quilt N Fabric Presents: 2019 Maine Yarn Cruise
During Regular business hours, enjoy a great summer visiting yarn shops! It all starts on Friday, May 24th (Memorial Day Weekend) and goes until Labor Day. Plenty of time to plan weekend trips with friends or take a whole week! Click here to go to the web site, where you can learn all about the Yarn Cruise, and find some info on yarn shops, sales, prizes, classes and more.

Friday, July 19
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Friday Ride Day
All Day: This season, every Friday we will be offering rides in one of our antique automobiles (weather permitting)! 207-244-9242

Friday, July 19
ArtWaves Presents: Print the Park
10AM: Monochromatic Subtractive printing. Here is a simple process that gives stunning results. We will go through the process step by step using a scene from Acadia. Take home some cards, new skills and a matted print to frame. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday July 19
Artful Designs Hair Care & Art and Westside Florist Present: Our 35th Anniversary
Artful Designs Hair Care and Art & Westside Florist at Southwest Harbor Shoppes on Seal Cove Road invite you to help us celebrate our 35th year in business. 4-6 pm. Food, drink, raffle drawing! All are welcome! 244-9062

Saturday, July 20
Bar Harbor Garden Club's Tour: Fine Island Gardens
10AM - 4PM, rain or shine: View some of the finest gardens on MDI. Advance tickets are $30 ($35 on the day of the tour.) Click here for information on the tour and on where to purchase tickets.

Sunday, July 21
Sips Presents: Samsara Wine Dinner
6-9PM: SAMsARA produces limited releases of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Grenache from carefully selected micro-sites within Sta. Rita Hill’s most distinctive vineyards. The resulting wines are an interpretation of the tenuous balance between the power of natural elements beyond our control and the human desire to reach perfection. $80 per person(includes tax). Reservations: 244-4550

Tuesday, July 23
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Nature Conservancy in Maine Fishing for a Brighter Future in the Gulf of Maine
5:30PM: Marine Program Director Geoffrey Smith will discuss ongoing efforts by The Nature Conservancy to restore ecological health/resilience in the Gulf of Maine by working directly with fishermen and scientists to develop more selective and sustainable fishing practices and to use innovative technologies improve the information used to guide fisheries science and management. 244-7065

Tuesday, July 23
ArtWaves Presents: Encaustics: Hot Night Out
6PM: Paint with molten wax and powdered metals! We have incredibly vibrant colors that you heat and move. You can inscribe words, include map selections, unique papers or bring your own flat treasures to embed into the beeswax-varnish medium and polish it up! Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, July 25
Charlotte Rhoades Park's Annual Butterfly Release
3:30PM; 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, July 25
ArtWaves Presents: Felted Embellished Vessels
4PM: Combine wet and dry felting techniques, using raw sheep's wool, dyed fleece and frayed silk saris. Next, arrange feathers, felted sweater scraps, wire, shimmery slivers of metallic fabric, shells, or beads as you like. No art experience necessary and all ages welcome. Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, July 25
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: News Anchor Report!
6PM: Come and hear about extreme weather events around the planet as reported by the Library's story campers, who have been learning about weather and climate all week with support from the Barn Arts resident artists, Bread Arts Collective. 244-7065.

Thursday, July 25
Claremont Hotel Presents: Page Herrlinger
6:30-7:30 PM: Page Herrlinger, Associate Professor of History, Bowdoin College, will speak on the topic of the “Doomed” Peace after WWI: Reflections on the Treaty of Versailles A Century Later. Free. For more information, please call 244-5036.

Sunday, July 28
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner
6-9:30PM: The Museum will be a place of mystery and intrigue for the evening, and when a murder occurs, it is up to you to determine whodunnit! The evening will include a seated dinner, our signature Rusticator Rum punch cocktail, prizes for those who determine the killer, and commemorative wine glasses to take home. Period costumes encouraged but optional. $100 for members, $125 for non-members.

Monday, July 29
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Kathleen Benner Duble
6PM: Author talk, Q & A, and writing workshop with Kathleen Benner Duble. A great activity for kids and parents together. This is our featured summer read for 4th grade and up. Be among the first to sign up and to receive a free book! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, July 30
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Family Sing-a-long with Paul Kaplan
5:30PM: Veteran musician and songwriter Paul Kaplan has been an enthusiastic participant in the folk music world since the late 1960s, singing songs in the old troubadour tradition, with a fine repetoire of serious AND funny songs. Pete Seeger said "I am a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs." Join Paul at the Library for a family sing-along. 244-7065

Thursday, August 1
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: A Flight of Swallows: Wines of Italy
5:30PM at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor: This summer’s tasting highlights over forty Italian wines, curated by Scott Worcester of Sawyer’s Specialties.Tickets are $150 and must be purchased in advance of the event. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. All proceeds of this event support the Museum’s special programs and exhibitions. Click here for more information.

Thursday, August 1
Claremont Hotel Presents: Jack Phillips
6:30-7:30 PM: Jack Phillips: Director of Development, Maine Island Trail Association will speak on the topic To Row and Let Go: Exploring the Maine Island Trail. Free. For more information, please call 244-5036.

Friday, August 2
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: We Were an Island with Director, Peter Logue
2 showings; call 244-7065 for reservations and times. Inspired by the book, We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art & Nan Kellam by Peter P. Blanchard III, the film stars Loudon Wainwright III and Becky Ann Baker, as a couple who moved to Placentia, an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, in 1949, where they lived in near isolation for four decades.

Saturday, August 3
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Giant Used Book Sale at the American Legion Hall
Continues Sunday, August 4 - 9-5 each day. Thousands of used hardback and paperback books will be on sale at the American Legion Hall located behind the Library. Buy some great books AND support our library at the same time!!! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Sunday, August 4
YMCA's Acadia 70.3 Triathlon
We are so excited to have you join us for our first triathlon, on the Quietside of Acadia. The money raised through your entry fees help sustain the YMCA's scholarship programs, ensuring that individuals and families have access to the care, services, and programs that can help them improve their lives through healthy living or community activities. Click here for more info and to register.

Tuesday, August 6
Harbor House Presents: Lobsters on the Sound
5:30PM: Lobsters on the Sound features a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres from many local restaurants, a lobster bake, live and silent auctions and music and dancing under the stars at the Hinckley Company in SWH. Proceeds support the many programs and services Harbor House provides to the communities of Mount Desert Island. For information or to purchase tickets, call Diana at 244-3713.

Wednesday, August 7
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Summer Reading Showtime! with Andrew Simon and Thomas Fouchereaux
6:30PM: The culminating premiere event for Reading Showtime: a program where young people turn books they've read into short films with the help of Andrew Simon from the Barn Arts Collective and film maker, Thomas Fouchereaux. Join us for a star-studded evening, complete with a red carpet, interviews, fashion, and the film! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Thursday, August 8
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Nancy Drew Mystery! with Courtney Schusheim
6PM: "Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Torn Will", a play by local mom, Courtney Schusheim, will be performed by guest artists from Barn Arts. The play is an interactive mystery that travels throughout the Library and asks the kids to solve the mystery. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Thursday, August 8
Claremont Hotel Presents: Dr. Liam Riordan
6:30-7:30 PM: Dr. Liam Riordan, Professor of History, University of Maine will speak on the topic Maine at 200: The Value of Commemorating the Statehood Era, 1780s-1840s. Free. For more information, please call 244-5036.

Saturday, August 10
YWCA MDI Presents: Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening
7-9:30PM: The YWCA will be hosting the 18th annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening on August 10th starting at 7 pm on the Village Green. Live music will be provided by Ivey Menzietti and Master of Ceremony is Chris Popper. All proceeds from this years event go to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Rain Date - Sunday, August 11th from 7-9:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 11
Claremont Hotel's Annual Croquet Clasic
Continues through Sunday, August 17: Players compete in a week-long nine-wicket double-elimination tournament in both singles and doubles competition. The players and spectators alike enjoy this annual event. For more information, call 800-244-5036.

Tuesday, August 13
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Bar Harbor Babylon: Murder, Misfortune, and Scandal on Mount Desert Island with Dan and Leslie Landrigan
5:30PM: MDI has attracted scoundrels & scandals for more than 100 years. Murderers, thieves, cheaters & scammers have all made their mark. This book takes the reader on a tour of the misadventures & misfortunes of the island's wealthy & privileged past. Dan and Leslie are the writers behind the New England Historical Society and live in Stonington. Don't miss this special event! 244-7065

Thursday, August 15
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: "Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts" with Charles Kowalski
6PM: Tales from haunted Japan! Author Charles Kowalski, visiting from Japan, will share stories of yokai: ghostly creatures from Japanese legend, sometimes spooky, sometimes silly, always fun! Join us for chills, chuckles, and the chance to be the first in America to own a signed copy of this spooktacular new fantasy adventure! 244-7065

Thursday, August 15
Claremont Hotel Presents: Susan Thornton
6:30-7:30 PM: Susan Thornton, American diplomat and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs will speak on the topic How to Live with a Powerful China. Free. For more information, please call 244-5036.

Friday, August 16
ArtWaves Presents: Botanical Pop-up Books
1-7PM: Relax and have fun making a pop-up book about your favorite plants. You will learn five pop-up techniques that will each lend themselves to the expression of botanical forms. You will leave with a 10-page paperback book, filled with paper flowers and a lifetime of ideas. Click here for registration information and a list of tools to bring.

Friday, August 16
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Eye-witness Artistic Creation!
5:30PM: Come for a rare opportunity to witness local artist Judy Taylor sketch a portrait of local novelist Christina Baker Kline in real time! Judy is a master artist of landscape and portraiture. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries across the island and around the world. Judy’s model at this event, Christina Baker Kline is author of Orphan Train & others. Registration is required. 244-7065

Saturday, August 17
ArtWaves Presents: Botanical Pop-up Books
9AM - 4PM: Today we will work with paste paper and a marvelous structure called a star book, a layered accordion with pop-up elements. Please bring an apron. Click here for registration information and a list of tools to bring.

Sunday, August 18
ArtWaves Presents: Botanical Pop-up Books
9AM - 3PM: In the morning, we will work with cutaway pages and a compound structure. In the afternoon, we will make a cloth and book board binding for the same book. Click here for registration information and a list of tools to bring.

Sunday, August 18
ArtWaves Presents: Glory of the Grapes Workshop
7:30 - 9PM: Glory of the Grapes is an Armenian annual festival, blessing and giving thanks for the first fruits of the harvest, celebrated with music and dance. Carolyn will teach Armenian “picnic dances” that she learned from her grandparents and cousins featuring line and circle dances - fun for both beginners and experienced dancers. Click for more info and to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, August 21
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight,” John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero
7PM: Presented by Cindy Robertson. John Brown, who is buried in the Manset burying ground behind the Manset Union Meetinghouse, crewed on John Paul Jones' Bonhomme Richard during its famous battle against the British vessel Serapis in the North Sea. Click here for more information.

Thursday, August 22
Claremont Hotel Presents: Bill Nemitz
6:30-7:30 PM: Bill Nemitz, Political Columnist, Portland Press Herald will speak on the topic Sipping from the Fire Hose: Consuming the News Without Letting it Consume You. Free. For more information, please call 244-5036.

Tuesday, August 27
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: A Fickle Tide with Maine Author Monica Moeller
5:30PM: In her debut novel, A Fickle Tide, ME author Monica Moeller, aka mystery writer Moe Claire, takes you on a journey to the fictional Pyke Island, Maine, where on one night in early January multi-crimes shatter the quiet of the winter season. Monica is a year-round resident of Lamoine. She's on the board of the Maine Granite Museum and teaches literature at Downeast Senior College. 244-7065

Thursday, August 29
Claremont Hotel Presents: Dr. Robert Steneck
6:30-7:30 PM: Dr. Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Biology, Oceanography and Marine Policy, University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences will speak on the topic Bonaire’s Resilient Coral Reefs: Bucking Caribbean Trends of Decline. Free. For more information please call 244-5036.

Tuesday, September 10
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island with Duane and Ruth Braun
5:30PM: Registration required. Please call 244-7065. Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geologic history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago!

Tuesday, September 17
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Quietside's Unsung Civil Rights Heroines: LaRue Spiker and Louise Gilbert and the Wade House Bombing with Carolyn Gage
5:30PM: La Rue Spiker is celebrated in Southwest Harbor as an activist, environmentalist, and editor for the Bar Harbor Times. Many people do not know that she and her partner Louise Gilbert courageously put their lives and their freedom on the line in one of the most violent landmark incidents in the Civil Rights Era: the Wade House Bombing. For information, please call the Library at 244-7065

Wednesday, September 18
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: The Evolution of the Claremont Hotel
7PM: Presented by Maurice “Joe” Marshall. In 1978 the Claremont Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1884, it stands as one of the last reminders of Maine's early summer resort period of the 1870's and '80's. Presenter Joe Marshall has a personal connection to the hotel. Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 21
At Home's 6th Annual Tennis Round Robin Fundraiser
8:30AM: The Blue Hill Country Club will be the site of this year's Tennis Round Robin. 40 players will go five rounds of mixed doubles tennis, with the winners determined by tallying points across the five rounds. A Silent Auction, light meals served throughout the day, and at the close of play a celebration with wine, beer, refreshments, and the award ceremony. Players must register; click here!

Wednesday, September 25
Acadia's Night Sky Festival
Continues thru September 29. Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Click here for a full schedule and other information.

Sunday, September 29
Camp CaPella's Charity Golf Tournament
7AM - 1PM at Lucerne Golf Club: 7am Registration, 8am Shotgun Start. BBQ Lunch at Camp CaPella. 1st and 2nd Prizes for Net and Gross. Golf Ball Cannon Option, Hole in One Cash Prizes, Longest Drive, Chipping Contest into canoe on lake at Camp, Prizes & Silent Auction at Camp. Click here for more info, to register or sponsor a team.

Friday, October 11
3rd Annual Southwest Harbor Week
Kicking off on Friday with Acadia's Annual Wine Tasting, and finishing with the MDI Marathon on October 20, Southwest Harbor Week is 10 days filled with great programs highlighting the Quietside of Acadia. Cruises, walks, talks, tours and activities featuring the wonders of Acadia and our great museums. Stay tuned for more information as the events are scheduled.

Friday, October 11
Acadia's 10th Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for an evening of wines from around the world. Hosted by Sawyer's Specialties and catered by Sips Restaurant, this intimate evening is always a treat. Click here for more information and a link to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 12
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars & Coffee: Two-Wheelers
9AM - Noon: An opportunity for drivers to show off their own special cars, and for all auto enthusiasts to congregate to kick tires, peer under hoods, and enjoy coffee with their fellow car-lovers. All are welcome, with or without their own antique or vintage automobile. The October Cars & Coffee will feature motorcycles and other two- and three-wheelers. 207-244-9242

Saturday, October 12
Acadia's 24th Annual Oktoberfest
Noon - 5PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for our annual brewfest! More than 20 brewers, pouring more than 60 craft beers for your tasting pleasure. Music by Banned from Eden and Pitch Black Ribbons, great food from local vendors, crafts, games and our 2nd home brewers competition are just some of the highlights.Click here for more info and a link to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, October 16
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Past Insults, Planned Restorations, and Preparing for an Uncertain Future in the Marshall Brook Watershed
7PM: Brian Henkel, Wild Acadia Project Coordinator. The Marshall Brook watershed, including Bass Harbor Marsh, has been impacted by many activities. Friends of Acadia, along with Acadia National Park, are working to assess and hopefully repair some of these impacts. Brian Henkel will discuss some of the known impacts and potential improvements to promote ecological integrity. Click for more info.

Sunday, October 20
MDI Marathon
The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is North America’s premier destination road race. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, sleepy Maine villages, and stunning seaside vistas. This fall classic has earned national and international accolades. Click here for much more information!

Saturday, November 2
Friends of Acadia's Take Pride in Acadia Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This volunteer effort, now in its twenty-seventh year, focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition. Click here for registration information.

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