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The Scoop

The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

It’s a late 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.

March 30th – April 3rd, 2015
Seal Cove Auto Museum

Children’s Art Program
For more info. email: Info@sealcoveautomuseum.org

Friday April 3rd, 2015 7pm – 8pm
Jesup Memorial Library
Diver Ed to show Icy Diving Videos at Jesup
BAR HARBOR – During the coldest month on record this winter, local diver Eddie “Diver Ed” Monat challenged himself to dive every day and create a short video of each chilly underwater adventure.
Join us at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. to see the videos, talk to their creator, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it took for him to make it happen.
Mr. Monat is well known for his diving adventures.  The Town Hill resident has been diving for 33 years, much of it in Maine. He came to Bar Harbor from Massachusetts to attend College of the Atlantic in 1984.
A former lobsterman, harbormaster, and special education teacher, he works now as a commercial diver, scuba instructor, marine ecologist and hand harvester,  and he can still be found taking tubs of sea creatures into classrooms in the area to educate kids about marine life, something he did for years before starting the venture that he is now best known for, Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater.
During the summer and his wife Edna “Captain Evil” Martin operate the Dive-In Theater aboard their boat, the Starfish Enterprise, with the help of a few crew members and their two Newfoundland dogs. His constant companion during Dive-In theater dives, which are broadcast on board so passengers can see what Mr. Monat is up to underwater, is Mini-Ed, a toy diver currently in his 162nd  incarnation.
Mr. Monat also dives with members of the dive club he started on MDI, the League of Underwater Superheroes. The group frequently stages clean-ups of local harbors.
He dives around the world. “But my passion is showing people how much fun diving in Maine can be,” says.  That includes donning a drysuit and breaking through ice, sometimes in a snowstorm, to dive this winter.  Come find out more about his frigid adventures at the Jesup.
For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.

Saturday, March 4th, 2015 10am – 2pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Lego Day
Come play with us! The Seal Cove Auto Museum will be open to the public with free admission for a day of creativity and fun. Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles at the Auto Museum, and then create their own automobile with the museum’s Lego® brand blocks.
The creations will be displayed with the car after which they are modeled in the museum’s exhibit for the month of May. In partnership with the Southwest Harbor Public Library’s Lego® Exhibit, participants can choose to have their automobile creation exhibited at the library in April.
Museum staff will be available to talk about these unique features, such as rare Gabriel exhaust-operated horn that plays various tunes on a Stoddard Dayton from 1910, as well as to tell the stories about the amazing history and innovations of the cars in the collection.Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Road, Tremont, Maine

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 9am – 12pm
Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center
Transgender Health and Well-being: A Community Conversation

BAR HARBOR-What does it mean to be “transgender” or gender nonconforming? How do we talk about gender expression and what issues arise for people who experience their gender differently than the gender they were given at birth? How can we begin to understand and celebrate gender differences? What does it look like to be supportive of gender nonconformity?
During the second week in April, these questions and many more will be considered in a series of events for health professionals and the public sponsored by the MDI Hospital Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center and Healthy Acadia, with contributions from College of the Atlantic, Downeast GLSEN, Bar Harbor YWCA, University of Maine Machias, and Equality Maine.
The morning of April 9, Frank Brooks, LCSW, a behavioral health professional with expertise in treating transgender clients, will lead a workshop for healthcare practitioners from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. Participants may receive 3 CEU credits. The workshop is $35 and space is limited. Please preregister withann.worrick@mdihospital.org.
The evening of April 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Gates Auditorium, College of Atlantic will host a keynote address by Jenn Burleton, Director of TransActive Gender Center in Portland, Oregon, and a panel discussion with Ms. Burleton, Gia Drew of Equality Maine and Maine Transgender Network, Zack Paakkonen, an attorney and advisor for Trans Youth Equality Network, and local community members. A reception will follow the presentation.
On April 12th at 2:00-4:00, Reel Pizza will show Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, a documentary about former U.S. Navy Seal Christopher Beck in a new mission as Kristin Beck and her journey as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Jenn Burleton. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit Health Acadia’s Gender Diversity Project.
For more information, contact the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at 288-8100.
Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Neighbourhood House, North East Harbor
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Relay For Life Fundraiser
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s Relay for Life team “Banking on a Cure” is hosting their 8th annual Spudtacular Supper at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Thursday, April 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner consists of a jumbo baked potato with your choice of more than a dozen toppings, along with a drink and dessert for a suggested donation of $9.00 per person.  No reservations or advance purchase required.  Come on out for dinner and help the team!  For more information call Deb Scott-Henderson at 667-0660 x2267.
During the Supper there will also be a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 drawing.  Numerous items donated by local businesses will be available for bidding.  All proceeds from this Spudtacular Supper and silent auction will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The annual Relay For Life event in Hancock County will be held on May 29-30, 2015 at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.  The Ellsworth event raises around $100,000 annually.  2015 will mark the 15th consecutive year that Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has participated in Relay for Life Hancock County.  Over the last fourteen years combined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees have raised more than $142,500 through this event, for the American Cancer Society.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity with more than 4 million people in over 20 countries participating each year in this global phenomenon to raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.  Relay For Life offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the track during an 18-hour period. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.  Those who participate celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and are doing what they can to help fight back against this disease.  To learn more about Relay For Life go to www.relayforlife.org.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank with more than $1.4 billion in assets.  Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT:BHB) and was named one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Maine and one of the 2014 Top 200 Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to www.bhbt.com.

Sunday, April 12, 2015,  2 p.m.
Jesup Memorial Library
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert #6
Acadia Chorale
On Sunday, April 12th, at 2 p.m., the 60-strong community chorus, Acadia Choral Society, will close out the Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series with a preview of their spring show. The series has brought an eclectic selection of musical artists to the community throughout the winter season. Join us for this grand finale! This and all of the Jesup’s winter concerts are free to all, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Machias Savings Bank. For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

Thursday May 14th, 2015 2pm – 4pm
The Village Emporium
Bar Harbor Jam Company Tasting
Join us at The village Emporium on Cottage Street for a tasting of Bar Harbor Jam Company’s delicious offerings.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy some retail therapy whilst you are at it!

May 14th – 17th. 2015
Village of Bar Harbor
Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival
Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103. www.barharborinfo.com Come celebrate the rich culinary traditions of our region, and explore the exciting industries that are shaping the new flavors of Bar Harbor. With a variety of world-class dining experiences, the Taste of Bar Harbor has something for every palate. Featuring the Chef’s Table Evening, Pub Tour, The BHMA Dessert Night, Eden Farmer’s Market and Waiter Race, among other events like cooking classes, tastings, tours and much more. For more information and tickets, please visit our website www.barharborinfo.com.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 9am
Village of Bar Harbor and Village Green
Bar Harbor Merchants Association Street Stroll Sidewalk Sales and Island Arts Association Craft Fair

The annual Bar Harbor Merchants Association Street Stroll Side Walk Sale will be held on Saturday May 16th in conjunction with The Taste of Bar Harbor Festival. Come see what Local Merchants have to offer for 2015.
The IAA Craft Fair will be held on the Village Green on May 16th (10am -6pm). IAA will host a donation drop off for Pet Food for the BH Pet Pantry and canned goods for the BH Food Pantry. Donors will be entered in a drawing for Chamber Dollars in appreciation of their generosity. The Drawing will be at 5pm

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Galyn’s Restaurant

A Taste of Maine Wines
Galyn’s invites you to join several of Maine’s wineries for an afternoon tasting of locally made wines. Meet Maine wine makers, learn about the Maine Winery Guild and its Maine Wine Trail, while enjoying samples that compliment and enhance Maine foods. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, go to www.galynsbarharbor.com or www.mainewinetrail.com.

 

Monday, May 25th, 2015 10am
Town Pier
Memorial Day
207-288-5103, 10am, Town Pier, Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com. Commemorate the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country at a traditional Memorial Day Ceremony in Bar Harbor. Join the Legion, Coast Guard, Fire Department and our nation’s veterans on Monday, May 26th at 10 am on the Bar Harbor Town Pier.

Sunday June 14th, 2015 3pm – 6pm
Galyn’s Restaurant
Galyn’s 10th Annual “Art on Deck” Fine Art Show

Sunday, June 14,  3 – 6 pm Join us for a celebration of Maine’s fine art heritage! Galyn’s upstairs Deck Room will be filled with fine art paintings by nationally recognized artists represented by Bar Harbor’s Argosy Gallery.
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and meet local artists while enjoying a stunning display of paintings. Free and open to the public.
Galyn’s Restaurant 17 Main St, Bar Harbor 2nd floor Deck Room

Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st, 2015 10am-5pm
Village Green
65TH ART IN THE PARK
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Bar Harbor Village Green, 207-288-5103. www.barharborinfo.com. Tour and shop at one of Bar Harbor’s longest running art shows. Over 30 artists will display and sell their original works on the Village Green at the corner of Main & Mount Desert Streets. Rain or shine

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 5pm
Agamont Park
FATHER’S DAY CONCERT
207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com Bring your family to Agamont Park on Father’s Day for a free outdoor concert. With lively music from ‘Flash! In the Pans’ steel drum band, it’s fun for dancing with the entire family. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 6am onwards
Various locations in the Village of Bar Harbor
JULY 4- FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS
207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com. Voted the best small town Fourth of July celebration in the country, Bar Harbor offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. Fuel up with a blueberry pancake breakfast on the town’s athletic field, before watching the parade on Main Street with over 80 floats and displays. Then head back to the athletic field for Bar Harbor’s own seafood festival, complete with lobster races! Once you’ve had enough lobster, come on down to the waterfront for the Harborside Concert Series that begins at 3pm and plays all the way up to the fireworks.

Wednesday’s In July & August 8.30pm
Agamont Park
MOVIES BY THE BAY
Every Wednesday from through mid-July through the end of August, beginning shortly after dusk, Agamont Park in Downtown Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com. Come enjoy an outdoor movie every Wednesday in August in Agamont Park in downtown Bar Harbor. Family-friendly movies will begin at 8:30pm, with free popcorn provided by presenting sponsor Camden National Bank.

September 10-14, 2015
Acadia National Park/Mount Desert Island
7TH ANNUAL ACADIA NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL
207-288-5103, www.acadianightskyfestival.org Come enjoy the pristine night skies above Acadia and Downeast Maine at this singular festival. Star gaze atop Cadillac Mountain with astronomers, take a boat cruise under the stars while listening to Wabanaki folklore, listen to one of the nationally renowned speakers that are featured annually. Get hands on with activities including night sky photography workshops, night hikes, and viewing events among so many others. Visit www.acadianightskyfestival.org for updates and a complete schedule of events.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 6am
Village of Bar Harbor
21ST ANNUAL EARLY BIRD SALE & BED RACES
207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com. Set your alarm, because the early bird gets the deals as you shop in your PJs for extra discounts in downtown Bar Harbor. The sale hours are 6-9am, with the bed and pajama parade beginning at the Village Green at 10am with the 8th Annual Bed Races immediately following on Cottage Street. Come join us for Bar Harbor’s most favorite and silliest tradition.
Friday, December 4th, 2015 5pm – Midnight
Village of Bar Harbor
VILLAGE HOLIDAYS & MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE
207-288-5103, www.barharborinfo.com. Help us ring in the holidays by welcoming Santa to Bar Harbor on the Village Green at 5pm, before having a chance to join him and his elves at the MDI YMCA for activities including having your picture taken with Santa, decorating cookies or enjoying a horse drawn “sleigh” ride among many others. The 14th Annual Midnight Madness Sale will also be held later in the evening, from 8pm-midnight. There will be great discounts, music, food, drink and midnight raffles!

 

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