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Friday, May 24
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, May 24
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, May 24
ArtWaves Presents: Art Jam!
3:30 - 5PM: Art Jams are fun and exploratory art classes geared for students from age 6 and up. Click here for registration information.

Saturday, May 25
Quilt N Fabric Sponsors: Island Quilters' Quilt Show
9AM - 4PM at the Somesville Fire House. $3 admission includes a free potholder while supplies last! Come see a dazzling array of quilts, wall hangings, and the 2019 Challenge Project. Fabric, quilt books, and magazine available for purchase. For more information call Ruth at 244-1233.

Saturday, May 25
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Beers and Gears
5-7:30PM: The museum is hosting a series of monthly Beers & Gears gatherings throughout the winter. Come in from the cold to hang out with us and your friends during the dark winter afternoons! BEER - SNACKS - GAMES - OPEN MIC

Sunday, May 26
ArtWaves Presents: Fiber Group Meetup
4-7PM: Join other fiber artists in a casual setting on Sunday afternoons. Bring your own projects and supplies and knit, crochet, needle felt, weave and spin all afternoon! We'll provide the warm atmosphere, tables and chairs.

Monday May 27
ArtWaves Presents: Pysanky Eggs
9AM: We will have fun learning all about the EGGspressional art form. We will cover history, symbolism (geometric, animal, plant and color), tools of Pysnaky. All supplies provided and you will go home with 2 Pysanky Eggs. Click here for registration information.

Tuesday, May 28
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Let's Go Birding with Craig Kesselheim
5:30PM: Registration required. Please call 244-7065. Birder Craig Kesselheim is back to take you on a short walk to the pond above the town office and learn what bird watchers pay attention to. Practice identifying birds by sight, sound, habitat and behavior. You'll then return to the Library and get to know how to use binoculars and to navigate your way through a field guide and much more.

Tuesday, May 28
ArtWaves and Acadia National Park Present: Meet the Artist, Charlie Buckley
7-9PM: Join us at ArtWaves to meet Artist-in-Residence Charlie Buckley. By displaying several paintings in progress from his visit, and projected slides, Buckley hopes to describe how his approach to making art in Acadia compares with the landscape at home in Mississippi.

Thursday, May 30
Acadia Birding Festival
Continues thru June 2; click here for scheduled programs. 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.

Saturday, June 1
ArtWaves Presents: Barre, Buti & Bites
10AM to Noon in the Dance Studio: A morning of fun, fitness and food! This is a FREE community event - bring a water bottle, mat and a friend! Join us in welcoming back Aquene as she kicks off her summer fitness classes at ArtWaves!

Tuesday, June 4
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Call Me American - a Memoir with Abdi Nor Iftin
5:30PM: Registration required. Please call 244-7065. Call Me American is the true story of the heroic survival of Abdi Nor Iftin in war-ravaged Magadishu, Somalia and his incredible journey to America. Abdi currently lives in Portland where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state.

Saturday, June 8,
Camp CaPella Fun Day
11AM - 3PM at Big Jake's Go Karts, 9 Main Rd, Holden, Maine. Come join us for a great day of fun for the whole family! Price includes unlimited go kart rides, rounds of miniature golf, lunch, bounce house and more! $10 per person or $25 per family (max of 5 people).

Sunday, June 9
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Launch Party at Coda
6-9PM: Barn Arts is launching its biggest season ever and you're invited to come kick it off with Dinner and a Variety Show. Tickets are $25 and dinner is included. All proceeds from the event will benefit the 2019 Barn Arts season. For more information on the event or the upcoming season, call 207-412-9435 or visit Click here to get tickets.

Tuesday, June 11
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting our History, Rededicating our Future
5:30PM: Two voting rights activists, Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby, will be at the Library for an event commemorating the 19th Amendment. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote. Ann and Sheila will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Wednesday, June 12
ArtWaves Presents: Twill Watercolor Paper Baskets
9AM - 1PM: Learn the basics of basketry as you transform watercolor paper that you have painted and designed into a beautiful small twill basket. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, June 12
Fogtown Brewing and Bar Harbor Beer Works Present: Beer Dinner
Join us for a craft beer dinner at Bar Harbor Beer Works featuring Fogtown Brewing Company! Brewers & staff from Fogtown will be present during this fabulous dinner featuring a 5 course menu and 5 Fogtown beers. Grab your friends & family and join us for a unique dinner experience in Bar Harbor! Limited seating, so advanced purchase is strongly advised. Price includes tax and gratuity. Click here

Thursday, June 13
YWCA Sunset Nature Cruise
6:30PM: Go for a cruise on the newest boat for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. A Sunset Nature Cruise to the Benefit the YWCA! Tickets are only $25 per person. There will be a naturalist for the first hour and the second hour will be cocktail hour. The boat's galley will be open for refreshments. Ticket available in advance at the YWCA on Mt Desert St. or call 288-5008.

Friday, June 14
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: ArtWaves June Exhibit Reception
5:30PM: ArtWaves artist members will have work on exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library for the month of June. This dynamic art exhibit will showcase a wide variety of works: photography, oil painting, stained glass, acrylic, watercolor, wood carving, and collage. Join us for the reception! 244-7065

Saturday, June 15
At Home Rowing Regatta Fundraiser
8AM - 2PM: Join us for a day on the water! The At Home Rowing Regatta will have three different courses (5 miles, 2.4 miles and 1 mile) and is open to any age and any rowing skill level. There are only 50 spots for boats so load one up with friends and family and come spend the day with us! Registration is $35 per person and we accept any human powered boat. For info call: 374-5852

Sunday, June 16
Sips Presents: Italian Wine Dinner
6-8PM: Join us on Sunday June 16th at 6pm for an Italian Wine Dinner. Contact Sips at 207-244-4550 to make your reservations. Cibo, Vino, Mangiamo! Buon Appetito!

Tuesday, June 18
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!

Wednesday, June 19
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Free Monthly AED / Hands Only CPR
5-7PM: Pre-registration required - call 244-7065. The Library is offering a free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class. The course will be taught by volunteer Patricia Buccello, an American Heart Association certified instructor and local paramedic. This class is not for CPR certification.

Saturday, June 22
Camp CaPella Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
5-7PM at the Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor ME. Sponsored by the Baldacci Family. All proceeds to benefit Camp CaPella. Tickets will be minimum donation of $5 each. We will keep you posted as to when tickets will be available. Tickets will be available in advance and at the door. Raffle items at the dinner. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Call 843-5104 for more information.

Sunday, June 23
Bass Harbor Boat Races-Pancake Breakfast & BBQ Lunch
7:30 AM – 1 PM at the Bernard Town Dock: Fill up for a day of fun on the water with a pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch sponsored by the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. For more info, call (207) 244-3798.

Tuesday, June 25
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: MDI Plastics Project
5:30PM: It's widely known that single use plastic packaging is a problem we can no longer ignore: it makes up a quarter of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that flows into our oceans each year. Four SWH eighth-grade girls jumpstarted their town's effort, causing SWH to be the lead MDI town to put a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags by local retailers. Come hear their story!

Thursday, June 27
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Taste of Spring Dinner & Silent Auction
Join us for this fun Fundraising Event benefiting the Library at the Causeway Club Barn. 6:00 p.m. Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine

Tuesday, July 2
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Journeying to the Coyote Center with Geri Vistein
5:30PM: oin Carnivore Biologist Geri Vistein as she shares with you an inspiring and informative film about the future Coyote Center here in Maine. In order to give you a glimpse of what is to come, she will illustrate some of the creative work she has been doing with communities already. A lively discussion will follow. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Thursday, July 4
Acadia Chamber Presents: Fourth of July Fireworks
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 6th) This event is sponsored by the visitors, residents and businesses of the Southwest Harbor area.

Tuesday, July 9
MDI Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival
1-3PM at the Somesville Firehouse. Strawberry shortcake made with ripe Maine strawberries and freshly whipped cream! A limited supply of fresh strawberries will be available for sale by the quart. This event is hosted by the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Additional sponsorship was provided by Hannaford Supermarkets and the Southwest Food Mart IGA.

Friday, July 12
The 23rd Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
Continues thru July 14: Regatta Races, Race Viewing aboard the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam with champagne lunch, Rendezvous cocktail party at Morris Yachts’ boatyard in Northeast Harbor, musical entertainment, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, and Fun! Click here for more information.

Friday, July 12
Harbor House Presents: 2019 Annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival
Continues thru July 15. The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 12
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Dawson's Fall with Roxana Robinson
5:30PM at the MDI High School: The Jesup Memorial, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor Public Libraries are thrilled to announce their first island-wide author event with critically acclaimed author Roxana Robinson at the Mount Desert Island High School. Robinson will be speaking about her newest book Dawson's Fall. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Monday, July 15
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Schooner Maggie B: A Southern Ocean Circumnavigation
5:30PM: In 2005, Frank Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner and, with an all-volunteer crew, set off on her two-year maiden voyage on a Southern Ocean circumnavigation, around the great capes. Join this blue-water sailor as he tells of his adventures during his voyage around the world! 244-7065

Tuesday, July 16
ArtWaves Presents: Little Cranberry Island Workshop
8-4 July 16 & 17: Little Cranberry Island is a working harbor full of lobster boats and unmatched views of the Great Harbor and its many Islands. Emphasis will be on honing observation skills, massing the main shapes for strong composition and perceiving the landscape abstractly. Participants bring own painting gear. For more info and to register, click here.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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
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.

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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