It's Spring in Bar Harbor, Maine...and We're Open!



The Latest News & Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

It's a beautiful Spring, so your year round BHMA members are here to keep you warm, entertained and well fed. Below are featured some of the upcoming events. For current events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce ( Click Here for their Calendar of Events


Thursday June 12th, 2014


A Quintessential American Story "Ed Muskie: Made in Maine" Author at the Jesup

James Witherell, a historian from Lewiston, has written a fascinating and insightful biography of Edmund "Ed" Muskie, from his childhood in Rumford to his years as the governor of Maine. On Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m., lovers of politics, biographies, and Maine - as well as anyone who simply loves a great story about beating the odds - will be treated to a reading and book signing at the Jesup Library.

Born in a paper mill town in Maine's western foothills, Ed Muskie was one of six children of a Polish immigrant and a Polish-American mother whose English was worse than her husband's. His arc through his formative years was singular and unpredictable, an American story that looks plausible only in hindsight.

This special event is co-sponsored by Sherman's book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library.

Mr. Witherell's book covers the first 45 years of Muskie's life and was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. He is also the author of "L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company" (Tilbury House), a master Maine Guide, and the creator of hiking maps for Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. Also an avid cyclist, he is the author of "Bicycle History" (McGann) and is working on a book about the Tour de France.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email


Friday June 13th, 2014


MDI Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale

There will be something for everyone at MDI Hospital Auxiliary's Annual Spring Bake Sale on Friday, June 13th. Items include baked goods, homemade pies and desserts, quiches, breads, and even luncheon items such as sandwiches, fruit and pasta salads!

The Auxiliary is proud to have recently presented MDI Hospital with a final pledge payment of $10,000 toward their $50,000 pledge to the Lisa Stewart Women's Health Center.

Once again the Auxiliary have set their goals high! They have committed to provide over $10,000 worth of equipment to the MDI Hospital Organization. Items that will benefit patients and our community, and support the MDI Hospital Staff in providing the quality care they are so well-known for.

How can you help? Take a walk to The First on Main Street to check out the goods! If you are unable to attend, baked goods and monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated!

For more information, contact Mary Grindle at 288-2392 or Brenda Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198. The Auxiliary truly appreciates the support of this generous community!

The First National Bank in Bar Harbor


Friday June 23th, 2014


The Mallett Brothers Band with Chris Ross

Atlantic Oceanside and Event Center

Doors Open at 5 PM

General Admission

$15 Advance Purchase

$20 At the Door



Friday, June 13th, 2014


Seabird Lecture by Susan Schubel, Audubon's Project Puffin Outreach Educator

Seabird Sue" Schubel knows seabird islands. Her acquaintance withProject Puffinbegan in high school, when she saw Marlin Perkins rowing ashore with Steve Kress on Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom". She first volunteered as a research assistant on Maine's Matinicus Rock in 1984, and since then has spent many summers on Maine seabird islands as well as seabird stints in California and Galapagos. She loves to engage audiences in exciting learning activities and share real data from the seabird islands with them. Sue keeps her hand in the seabird restoration research by supplying sound attraction equipment to projects from Bermuda to Hawaii, and Quebec to Baja. Sue loves islands and seabirds and will bring a dynamic presentation to SERC.

Moore Auditorium at Schoodic Institute (SERC) in Winter Harbor


Friday June 13th, 2014


Dress Up at The Jesup

Friday the thirteenth may never be the same.

Forsaking horror for humor, the Jesup Memorial Library brings the first truly American writer (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) to town for an evening of small plates and wine, music, entertainment, prizes, and fun on Friday, June 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. For this very special evening, Mr. Mark Twain, in the person of renowned actor John Pogson, will mingle with and entertain guests in his signature style. Come dressed as your favorite character from a book, as your favorite author, or simply don your best for this exceptional event. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

Bar Harbor Catering Company will tickle the taste buds of all in attendance with a specially created menu with a literary theme. Music, door prizes, and games will round out the evening, with proceeds to benefit the library.

Sponsors include Bar Harbor Merchants Association, Bar Harbor Catering, Maine Distributors, Acadia Corporation, and the Sea Coast Mission.

Tickets are $35 per person through June 6, $50 afterward, and can be purchased at the library or online at


Mr. Pogson's remarkable physical resemblance to the American humorist is just the beginning. He learned early on that he not only looked like Twain, but also shared many of the author's interests, hobbies, and opinions. These shared characteristics have fueled his commitment to portray Twain as authentically and accurately as possible, which he has been doing since Hartford, Connecticut's first Mark Twain Days in 1996. Since that time, he has performed as Twain on national television, on film, on stage, and at corporate and private functions, entertaining audiences from all over the world. His performance promises to be a highlight of the evening.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email


Saturday June 14th, 2014


Wild Gardens of Acadia Plant Sale

Proceeds from plant sale benefit the Wild Gardens of Acadia, which display more than 300 native plant species in 13 habitats found in the park. For more information, contact Friends of Acadia at 288-3340.

St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor


Sunday June 15th, 2014


Art on the Deck at Galyns

Join us for a celebration of Bar Harbor's fine art heritage with art and hors d'oeuvres in our Deck Room. Paintings from Bar Harbor's Argosy Gallery will be on display.


Friday June 20th - Saturday June 21st, 2014

Window Panes 20th Anniversary Weekend Celebration

Various events, give aways and raffle. Help Julie and Greg celebrate 20 years as a year round business in Bar Harbor!

Click here for full details


Sunday June 21st, 2014

Boat leave 8.45am -2pm

Clean water Clean Shores Outer Island Spring Clean Up: Gotts Island, Placentia Island, Black & Little Black Island

Join Clean Water Clean Shores for our yearly outer island cleanup. This year we'll be cleaning the shoreline around Gotts Island, Black Island, Little Black, and Placentia.

Boats will be leaving out of Bernard on MDI. Volunteers need to arrive at 8:45am for boat launching on Saturday, June 21st. Bring a lunch as all crews will meet up on the shores of Placentia Island after the event around 1pm.

You should be back home and very happy around 2pm.  Good job.

To volunteer or for additional information contact:

Maria Jenness
Stewardship Manager
Maine Island Trail Association
58 Fore St. Suite 30-3, Portland ME 04101
207-761-8225 ext. 106Like us on Facebook: our website:



Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Kristen Britain at The Jesup

Check out New York Times bestselling author Kristen Britain, who will be here at the Jesup with

her new book "Mirror Sight" on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.



Download our current edition of The Open Directory for Bar Harbor Merchants that are open this Spring.

Spring in Bar Harbor

Spring Flag, BHMA

In the spring, Bar Harbor offers an array of shops, restaurants, and activities.


Discover our quaint sleepy coastal village during the quieter seasons — late fall, winter and spring. While visiting, savor a flavorful cup of coffee of tea. Or, take it to go while you explore the many unique shops in Bar Harbor. You'll find everything from fashions to books, artwork, home decor, outdoor gear, treats for pets, and local products — to name just a few. Enjoy a visit to the spa after an outing in nearby Acadia National Park. Spending the night here? Evenings offer a chance to stroll the streets or nourish the soul by dining in our many Bar Harbor restaurants, offering choices from the elegant to casual dining. Round out your day at one of our theaters offering film and musical entertainment.


Whether you are a first time visitor or an in-the-know local, we know you will find it all in Bar Harbor!

fall in bar harbor maine

Acadia National Park

The First National Park East of the Mississippi River

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.


Check for details on enjoying Acadia National Park this season.

Bar Harbor Merchants Association "Think Local" Campaign

We hope you like our new Think Local Logo!

Want one for your car?

We have window clings and bumper stickers available for a nominal charge. Please contact: for details.