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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

It’s a beautiful Autumn, 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.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014,
Author Talk & Book Signing: Bill Roorbach
Jesup Memorial Library

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Tuscan and Southern Italian Wine Tasting at House Wine
Bestselling author Bill Roorbach’s latest novel, “The Remedy for Love,” has been described as a “flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller,” and he will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his book.
“The Remedy for Love” is a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Kirkus Prize, to be awarded a week after Mr. Roorbach’s appearance at the Jesup.
Mr. Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling “Life Among Giants,” which also won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Fiction. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, “Writing Life Stories,” is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, and dozens of other publications.
Come meet Bill in Bar Harbor on the 16th, a special event co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store. 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.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th, 2014
The BIG Sale at Cool as a Moose
9.ooam – 8.00pm
Join us for the big one – 50% off almost everything…..


Saturday, October 18th, 2014Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Free TEEN Night At MDI YMCA (Grades 6- 8)
7.00pm – 10.00pm

The first teen night on 10/18/14 is open to kids in grades 6 – 8 only.

The Mount Desert Island YMCA to Offer Free Teen Nights
Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the MDI YMCA is pleased to offer free Teen Nights during the 2014 – 2015 school year beginning on Saturday, October 18, 2014 through Saturday May 16, 2015 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.  “We are so excited to be able to open our doors to all the teens on the Island.  The Y is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and fun environment for our community’s teens” says Executive Director, Alan Mogridge.
Two separate age groups will alternate Saturdays.  On the first and third Saturdays of the month, grades six through eight will use the Y for free, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, ninth through twelfth graders will utilize the YMCA.
The first floor only of the Y will be open during Teen Nights. The gymnasium will be open for different sports, including basketball, volleyball, and badminton, along with various other organized games. The pool will also be open for general swim. Other activities will be offered depending on interest.
The Y is looking for interested youth to form a teen night committee to help with program planning.  Please contact Member Relations Director, Doreen Willett at if you are interested.
The only requirement is that parents and teens must sign a registration form prior to attendance. Forms are available for download at the MDI YMCA’s website –  For more information, contact Executive Director Alan Mogridge at 288-3511, or email

Mount Desert Island YMCA

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Tea, Popovers and Archaeology: POWs in the Passamaquoddy Homeland: Indigenous Archaeology at a WWII Prisoner of War Camp
7.00pm – 9.00pm
The site represents an episode of Maine history that has received minimal attention and reflects a unique and historic use of tribal lands in Maine.  Nutalket Consulting worked closely with the Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Office to apply an indigenous archaeologies framework to the investigation, resulting in a project designed to build tribal capacity through archaeological skills development and training within the Passamaquoddy community.
Presented by Bonnie Newsom, Nutalket Consulting.
$20 Members, $30 non-members, reservations are required, by phone at 288-3519 or
Monday October 20th
7:00-9:00 PM
Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
YWCA MDI Lunch & Learn: Conflict in El Salvador: Educating a New Generation
12.00pm -1.00pm
IPM (International Partners in Mission) and the YWCA MDI are pleased to host International Guest Sandra Peña from Zaragoza, El Salvador! Sandra will speak at the YWCA MDI on Wednesday, October 22nd at 12pm.  Join us during your lunch hour with your brown bag lunch for a conversation about the realities for students and teachers living in El Salvador today and how they remain resilient in the face of challenges presented by wide-spread poverty and gang violence.


Friday, October 31st, 2014
Mini Monsters Eat Free at Geddy’s
Celebrate Halloween with the Family, Kids in costume eat free – For a every adult entrée purchased a child eats free! To qualify for this deal the adult must order an entrée (excluding appetizers), the child must be in costume and they will receive a free meal off of our children’s menu

YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St, Bar Harbor
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
MDI Hospital New Physicians Welcome at McKay’s Public House
4.30pm – 6.00pm

Please join MDI Hospital on Thursday, October 23rd from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at McKay’s Public House to welcome our new physicians, Dr. Nathan Donaldson and Dr. Kaustubh Shrivastava, to our hospital and the community. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Dr. Donaldson has joined MDI Hospital as the Medical Director of our Emergency Department and Dr. Shrivastava, an Internist, will work in our Hospitalist program.
Join us to meet our new physicians and welcome them to our community.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
YWCA Children’s Christmas Bazaar
On Saturday, December 13th local children in grades K-4 can shop for gifts to give to their family members at Christmas.  Each year about 100 children come through the door looking for that perfect present.  They look forward to being here, and are always so proud of the gifts they have chosen “all by themselves”.  Shopping times are staggered but starts with Kindergarten at 9:00 and the event ends at 12.  The items that the children purchase are donated items, from local businesses and individuals.  FMI call Abby at 288-5008 or email



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