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Boutique owners – invite an Etsy seller in-store for a trunk show on #SmallBizSat, Nov 29. To get started, we’ll send you a free kit of goodies – including these totes! Hand them out to customers at your event, and let shoppers support Small Business Saturday in style. Learn more at Terms apply. Ends 10/24 #ShopSmall

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Day two of a fall nor-easter. The streets of Bar Harbor are deserted but The Natural History Center is open. So what is occupying my attention today? Penguins! I am preparing new lectures for my upcoming naturalist gig to Antarctica in January!!! This will be my second trip. HURRAY!

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The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our annual early bird sale and bed races on November 8th! Check out this trailer to get you ready for some early morning bargains!

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Jennifer Booher to present 'Night of the Radishes' Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Massachusetts, Booher holds a B.A. in Art History and Asian Studies from Vassar College. After a brief period at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she earned an MA in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation at the University of Virginia in 1997. She has practiced landscape architecture on Mount Desert Island since 1998 and photography since 2010. She lives in Bar Harbor, and both of her children were born on MDI. A family of travel enthusiasts, Booher’s presentation will feature the Mexican holiday tradition, Night of the Radishes.

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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 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.


Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Poetry Reading: “The Fool Sings”

7.00pm – 8.00pm
Maine poet Weslea Sidon will read from and sign copies of her debut poetry collection, “The Fool Sings,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.
Christian Barter, himself a Maine Literary Award-winning poet and MDI resident, describes Ms. Sidon’s work as “smart and sometimes deliciously snarky, but always looking past smartness towards real wisdom.”
Ms. Sidon’s work has appeared in Confrontations, Salonika, Gulf Stream Magazine, The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, Xanadu, Still On the Island, and Paumanok, among other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship in Poetry, she is long-time instructor of writing and music at Summer Festival of the Arts and lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband.
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.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Friday, October 24th, 2014
Fall Free-For-All at The First

We are celebrating 150 years of community banking in Maine with our great checking accounts, special one-day account opening offers, cupcakes and more!  October 24th will be a great day to open a checking account at The First! Stop in at any of our branch locations and enter to win a $150 cash prize or a $500 grand prize!
102 Main Street, Bar Harbor; 3 Summit Road, Northeast Harbor; 350 Main Street, Southwest Harbor


Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Financial Literacy Course For Women

Beginning on October 25 at 8:30AM with the first class, “Bank On It” the YWCA MDI at 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor is sponsoring a series of classes on financial literacy for women. Classes will be held monthly and cover other topics; Borrowing basics, Check It Out, Money Matters, Pay Yourself First, Financial Recovery, Keep It Safe, To Your Credit, Charge It Right, Loan to Own and Your Own Home.  The classes are free and open to all women.  Childcare will be provided.  Call the YWCA MDI, 288-5008 or email to enroll.  Only ten spaces are available.
36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME


Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Contra Dance

7.00pm – 9.00pm
Contra dancing returns to the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 25. Back by popular demand is Big Moose Band, with Chrissy Fowler calling. The dance begins at 7:00 p.m. No partner necessary, and all dances will be taught. Everyone is welcome – bring the family!
As with all contra dances at the library, admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted at the door to help defray actual costs. Suggested donation is $6 per adult, free for children.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Author Talk: Brian Theriault, “Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition

7.00pm – 8.00pm
Come to the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and meet Brian J. and Edmond Theriault who, with over forty years’ experience as Master Traditional Snowshoe Makers, know their craft inside out. In a bold attempt to keep the art of snowshoe making alive, the duo has released a comprehensive guide that anyone can follow. From cutting down the right tree to weaving the resulting wood and finally enjoying the end product – snowshoe making is now within the grasp of the average person.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Thursday, October 30th, 2014
The Village Concept: Aging in Place
7.00pm – 8.00pm

Please join AARP Maine State Director Lori Parham at the Jesup Memorial Library for a discussion about the future of Bar Harbor as an age-friendly community. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., come learn about what makes a community age-friendly and how it benefits residents of all ages. Learn about how walkability and livability can benefit communities and local economies, and how an active, healthy environment can be achieved anywhere. Dr. Parham will also discuss specific models for aging in place and community efforts going on across Maine to support aging in place.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


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


Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
All Saints’ Evensong at St. Saviour’s
In honor of All Saints Day, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish in Bar Harbor will present a service of Evensong on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 pm. This Anglican form of sung Evening Prayer will feature the St. Saviour’s Festival Choir, conducted by Julia Morris-Myers. Music will include works by Geraint Lewis and American composers Robert Powell and Craig Phillips.

A wine and cheese reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.  St. Saviour’s is handicap-accessible and all are welcome. Donations will be accepted for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which provides immediate help for food, rent, heat, prescriptions and other needs.  For more information please call the church at 288-4215 or visit the website at


Saturday, November 8th, 2014
20th Annual Early Bird Pajama Sale and 6th Annual Bed Races

6.00am – 10.00am
Your BHMA sponsored chance to “get the worm”. Early Birds can take advantage of 6.00 – 9.00am sale opening times at our local participating stores. Come in your PJ’s and get additional discounts.
At 10 the Bed and Pajama Parade will start at the village green and culminate with the Bed Races on Cottage Street.
For more info visit our Chamber website


Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Small Business Saturday

Support you local Year Round Small Businesses!


Friday, December 5th, 2014
14th Annual Midnight Madness Sale and Village Holidays

5.00pm – Midnight
Help Bar Harbor ring in the holidays at this community celebration and retail event. The evening kicks off with the arrival of Santa and Wild Iris Farm’s “reindeer” at 5:00pm to light the town’s tree on the Village Green.
From there, follow Santa down to the MDI YMCA from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, where fun waits for the whole family. Children may have their picture taken with Santa, make an ornament, decorate cookies, enjoy crafts, play games, and even take a ride in Santa’s “Sleigh”.
Following the family activities is one of Bar Harbor’s favorite retail events, the Midnight Madness Sale. Come to downtown Bar Harbor and make a night of it with dinner at one of Bar Harbor’s many restaurants before shopping from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Stores will be offering generous discounts and those that shop at participating retailers, will be able to bring their receipts to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on the corner of Main and Cottage Streets to enter to win a midnight raffle drawing
For more info visit our Chamber Website

Friday, December 5th, 2015
Bar Harbor Merchants Association “12 Day of Christmas Shopping and Dining”
This is a “thank you” event for all our loyal customers. Starting on Friday, December 5th for 12 days your purchases at participating BHMA stores will earn you entries into a drawing for BHMA Gift Certificates. Multiple entries are actively encouraged and there is no cost beyond your original purchase


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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