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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine
Fall is bringing a blaze of oranges and reds to Bar Harbor, so your year round BHMA members are here to encourage you to bet out and revel in the beauty, keeping you entertained and well fed. Below are featured some of the upcoming events. For current non member events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar
Friday, October 14th, 2016 7pm – 8pm
Jesup Memorial Library
“Two Girls Go Hunting” with Ned Johnston
Join acclaimed filmmaker Ned Johnston on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library for a showing of his film “Two Girls Go Hunting” which was part of the BBC series, “Under the Sun.”
“Two Girls Go Hunting” tells the story of Duka and her young friend Gardi as they prepare to marry men they have never met. For the Hamar girls of Ethopia, marriage means huge sacrifices and is full of excitement, longing and sadness. The film follows the build-up to the marriages, from the all-night vigil with their girlfriends, to Duka’s farewells when she is taken away at dawn to the village of her husband’s family. There her new mother-in-law shaves the bride’s hair, butters her body and prepares her for the first traumatic weeks in a new home.
This film is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email@example.com.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 9am – 11am
Mary Parker Running for Rides Memorial 5K Race
Island Connections is proud to be honoring Mary Parker at the Mary Parker Running for Rides Memorial 5K Race, Saturday, October 15th.
Race starts 9:00 a.m in downtown Bar Harbor
Race day registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Get your family members, furry (dogs welcome!) family members & friends out for a great event!
Advance registration through October 13th https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/BarHarbor/MaryParkerMemorialRace
For more information, visit Island Connections website at: http://islconnections.org/events-2/1st-annual-running-for-rides-mary-parker-memorial-race
Sponsored in part by:
Pat’s Pizza, 6 Pleasant Street, Bar Harbor
Sunday, October 16th, 2016 8am – 3pm
Mount Desert Island Marathon
Presenting the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon, voted ‘most scenic’ and runner-up ‘best overall’ marathon by Runner’s World! Race day is held annually on the Sunday following Columbus Day. This year’s marathon, half marathon, and team relay will start at 8:00 am on October 16th. Find out more about this growing event at runmdi.org Hosted by Crow Athletics.
Monday, October 17th, 2016
Candidate Forum: Maine Senate District 7
Candidates for Senate District 7 will meet the public in a Q&A forum in Bar Harbor, Monday, October 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor. Citizens are urged to attend and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Hancock County and the State of Maine. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions to be presented by the moderator, Earl Brechlin, executive editor of the MD Islander. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast, the Mount Desert Islander, and the YWCA MDI.
YWCA MDI, 36 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor
Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 6am – noon
PRESENTED BY YOUR OWN BAR HARBOR MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
22nd Annual Early Bird Pajama Sale and 8th Annual Bed Races
Roll out of bed and come early for the steals and deals at Bar Harbor’s finest retail locations for the annual Early Bird Pajama Sale, where those who shop in their pajamas receive even better discounts!
Then watch for the Bed and Pajama Parade rolling down Main Street on their way to Bed Races that follow directly afterwards. The parade will leave the Village Green and travel down Main Street onto Cottage Street before it ends at the head of Rodick Street.
Finally enjoy the Bed Races. Watch as teams of 5 from area businesses and organizations decorate and race their own themed bed. With prizes given for ‘Fastest Bed’ and ‘Best Decorated’, it’s a fun time for everyone, racers and spectators alike!
Thursday, November 24th, 2016 11am – 8pm
Galyn’s Thanksgiving Day
Bar Harbor’s traditional place to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and Family,
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Small Business Saturday
Support your Local BHMA Members and our communities small businesses. Check stores for their specials.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 4.30pm onwards
Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale
The evening begins at 4:30pm on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor with carolers and hot cocoa. Then, join us in welcoming Santa Claus to the Village Green at 5pm.From there, follow Santa and the carolers down to the MDI YMCA for family activities and crafts and your chance to visit with Santa, from 5:30-7:00pm. Activities and crafts provided by the MDI YMCA and Summer Festival of the Arts.The Midnight Madness Sale begins at 8:00pm. Make a night of it with dinner at one of Bar Harbor’s many restaurants before shopping the generous discounts and sales from participating businesses.
And don’t forget to bring your receipts down to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on the corner of Main and Cottage Streets to enter to win the midnight raffle drawing. Every receipt from a participating location will be good for one entry into the drawing for 2 round-trip tickets from Bar Harbor to Boston on Cape Air. The more you shop the better chances you’ll have to win!