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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

It’s a beautiful Winter, 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.

Friday, Februry 27th, 2015, 11.30am – 1pm
Acadia Senior College at Birch Bay Village

Philip Steel will speak on “Your Creative Side,” addressing issues of how one might develop a creative life, especially after retirement. He finds that many creative folks “are able to resume their creative endeavors from where they left off when they were in their twenties. Many have become very good painters.” His website,, features many of his recent paintings and art events.
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This event is on February 27, at Birch Bay Village Inn, Hulls Cove. The buffet lunch costs $11 and starts at 11:30. Lecture is from noon to 1:00. Reservations required for either: 288-9500 or Birch Bay Village Inn, Crooked Road, Hulls Cove.

Friday, February 27th, 2015 4.00pm – 7.00pm
House Wine

Winter Warm Up Wine Tasting

Friday February 27th, 2015, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Jesup Memorial Library
Travel Slideshow and Talk: China

Ross Dinyari will make a presentation on China at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The one-hour program will address China’s influence, power, culture, society, and politics and will include a slide presentation of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.
The world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power and the second largest by GDP, China is the global hub of manufacturing and the largest manufacturing economy in the world. China also is the fastest growing consumer market. Since ancient times, dating back to 2100 BC, China has formed and changed the world. With a current population of over 1.4 billion and the influence of its manufacturing base, wealth and investment, art, medicine, politics with regional and international influence, and the biggest IPO the US stock market has ever seen, China is a force to be reckoned with.
For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Saturday February 28th, 2015, 8.30am – 10.00am
YWCA Mount Desert Island
Financial Literacy Course for Women: Pay Yourself First

The YWCA Mount Desert Island is sponsoring a series of classes on financial literacy for women.  Classes continue with Pay Yourself First on February 28 at 8:30AM at 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor with Instructor, Jenny Saunders from Bar Harbor Financial Services, Infinex Investing, Inc.  By the end of this class participants will understand ways to save money and savings options to save toward their goals.  The monthly classes are free and childcare is provided upon request.  To register contact Anna Carr at 288-5008 or
The Money Smart for Adults instructor-led curriculum from the FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, consists of eleven training modules that cover basic financial topics.  Topics include a description of deposit and credit services offered by financial institutions, choosing and maintaining a checking account, spending plans, the importance of saving, how to obtain and use credit effectively, and the basics of building or repairing credit.
YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor

Tuesday March 3rd 2015, 8.00am – 2.00pm
Witham Family Hotels Job Fair
Ellsworth Ramada

Witham Family Hotels will be hosting a Hospitality Job Fair on Tuesday, March 3rd from 8am-2pm at the Ellsworth Ramada! We have 14 properties in the Acadia/Ellsworth area hiring for year-round and seasonal staff in all departments, including management, for the 2015 season! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 5.30pm – 6.30pm
MDI Science Cafe – The Science, Art and Mystery of Making Beer
McKay’s Public House

How does something so incredible and varied as beer come from four simple ingredients? Gregg TeHennepe will take a scientific look at the process of making beer at home, shedding light on the mysterious process that turns water, barley, hops, and yeast into one of the most beloved of beverages of all time. TeHennepe is a home brewer and senior manager of IT core services at The Jackson Laboratory. He studied philosophy at Carleton College in Minnesota and is an accomplished photographer and musician.
The MDI Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory. They offer a relaxed, informal way to learn about the latest scientific developments. Each café lasts about an hour. Presentations are made in everyday language and questions are welcome. Cafés are free of charge, and refreshments are available. Sponsored by: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Cross Insurance, and McKay’s Public House.
McKays Public House, 231 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME

Wednesday March 4th, 2015, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Jesup Memorial Library

Having the Conversation: Hospice Care Part 1
Volunteer Care Managers Cookie Horner and Nan Miller from Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County will lead a two-session program on how to prepare for and share your wishes for end-of-life care with your loved ones.
The sessions will be held at Jesup Memorial Library on two consecutive Wednesday evenings, March 4 and 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-part program. The sessions will build on each other and include a guided process for identifying what you want, how to communicate your wishes with family and medical care providers, and lots of resources. When reserving your spot, you are signing up for both dates.
The program is free and open to the public, though space is limited and registration is requested. Contact the Jesup at (207) 288-4245 to reserve your spot.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Lecture at the Museum: Samual Franklin Cody and The Dawn of British Aviation

Mr. Ethan Yankura will give a talk at the Seal Cove Auto Museum about Samuel Franklin Cody, the first name in British aviation at the dawn of flight. Cody was a rough and tumble American cowboy who became a legend in British aviation. He was a man of many diverse talents, from designing man-lifting observation kites and lighter-than-air ships to involvement in musical theater.  This presentation will follow Cody’s life from busting broncos, to the skies over England, to Cody’s untimely death in 1913.
Ethan Yankura is the Curator and Education Director at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where he lends his knowledge of the individual pieces of the collection to the interpretation and formation of shows and exhibitions.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the museum at 244-9242 or

Saturday March 6th, 2015 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Coket Center, West Street, Bar Harbor
Chili & Chowder Cook Off

Sunday, March 15, 2015,  2 p.m.

Jesup Memorial Library
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert #5
Gus LaCasse & Friends
Gus LaCasse brings his unique sound to Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, Mar. 15, at 2 p.m. A prodigy, Gus plays fiddle in the Celtic and Cape Breton traditions and will be accompanied on guitar. His appearance is part of the Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series, which is generously underwritten by Machias Savings Bank. For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
RE-OPENS for the season….

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

Children’s Art Program
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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

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 10am – 2pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Lego Day
Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum’s Lego® brand blocks.

May 14th – 17th. 2015
Village of Bar Harbor
Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival

Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103. 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, 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

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 3.00pm – 6.00pm

A Taste of Maine Wines
Galyn’s and The Maine Winery Guild invite you to join several of Maine’s wineries for an afternoon tasting of locally made wines. Meet Maine wine makers and learn about the 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 or


Monday, May 25th, 2015 10am
Town Pier
Memorial Day
207-288-5103, 10am, Town Pier, Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, 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.

Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, June 21st, 2015 10am-5pm
Village Green
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Bar Harbor Village Green, 207-288-5103. 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
207-288-5103, 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
207-288-5103, 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
Every Wednesday from through mid-July through the end of August, beginning shortly after dusk, Agamont Park in Downtown Bar Harbor, 207-288-5103, 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
207-288-5103, 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 for updates and a complete schedule of events.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 6am
Village of Bar Harbor
207-288-5103, 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
207-288-5103, 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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