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For more than a decade, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association has promoted Bar Harbor as a Four-Season destination.

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The Bar Harbor Merchants Association members fly one of our three different flags when they are open. Not all members are open throughout the entire year, but you can tell when they are by looking for the flag.

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Think Local First: Thinking locally reduces transportation costs and protects our environment, supports local artists, farms, businesses, producers and organizations, and creates a supportive community and more sustainable economy.

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in partnership with its employees and directors donated $12,340 through the Bank’s Community Commitment program during 2017. The non-profit organizations receiving these funds included: MDI Community Campfire Coalition, Deer Isle and Stonington Fire Departments, Born to Fly, Brunswick Landing YMCA, SPCA of Hancock County, The Ark Animal Shelter, Arise Addiction Recovery, Grace Academy, Harrington Elementary School PTSG, The Big House, Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund, Lubec Fire Association and Acadia Community Association.

Each week, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust directors and employees, in exchange for being able to dress casually on Fridays, voluntarily contribute to a fund that disburses gifts monthly to local charitable organizations. This employee-driven donation program is called Community Commitment. The Bank matches the employee donations, doubling the amount given to the chosen organization. Each month the employees at a different bank location get to choose the recipient of these contributions.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with more than $3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its customers for 130 years. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides a full range of financial services through its 49 branch locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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Improv in Business

February 16, 2018, 3:00pm - February 16, 2018, 4:00pm

“BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW AND THEN CHEW IT” Nicole Cardano, Improv Teaching Artist Sound like your work, sometimes? In order to be successful we need to be able to respond to the daily interactions. We are continually communicating with new people and managing unexpected details. Improv is in our day to day life. In this workshop we will enhance our communication skills while letting go of overthinking and practicing listening and responding. Improvisational theater is focused on Listening, Eye Contact, Respect, and making the other person look Awesome. These tools enhance your business customer relationship and manager employee relationships. Through some playful forms of communication we will sharpen the tools in our belt to live more in the moment with work. This totally fun workshop is led by Nicole Cardarno, Theater and Improv Teaching Artist. Nicole Cardano grew up performing and singing at Pemetic Elementary School and MDIHS. She majored in theater from St. Michael’s College in VT and went onto study long form improvisational theater in Chicago, IL. Chicago was her performance home for ten years. Today Cardano teaches drama, show choir and improv at the local schools, Summer Festival of the Arts and community programs.

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Welcome to 2018, we’re starting chill, but beautiful. Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are here to make your winer functional, fun and entertaining. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, ski and snowshoe or set up your home to hibernate, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the frosty mornings, snow days and cozy nights. Reconnect with your friends and family for treasured adventures and memories. For current non donor events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar

Download our current edition of The Open Directory for Bar Harbor Merchants that are open this December!
January 2018
Happy 100th Birthday West End Drug
Wow Congratulations to one of our very own!
Sunday, January 7th, 2018
2.00pm Jesup Memorial Library
Winter Concert Series: GoldenOak
GoldenOak plays woodsy, modern folk. The band features acoustic guitar, cello, cajón drum and trumpet. What started as homegrown folk has evolved into a regal and sophisticated sound, defined by rich harmonies and versatile reinterpretation of the folk genre.

Saturday January 13th, 2018
Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest
Craft beer, Local food and Winter fun

Sunday, February 2nd, 2018
2.00pm Jesup Memorial Library

Winter Concert Series: Mes Amis
The gypsy jazz music of Mes Amis is infectious, with insistent rhythms, bouncing bass lines and sweetly intricate melodies. The band features singer and guitarist Steve Lynnworth, rhythm guitarist Harry Richter, bassist Wells Gordon, and clarinet and saxophone player Shane Ellis.

Sunday, March 18th, 2017
2.00pm Jesup Memorial Library
Winter Concert Series: The Swallowtail Fiddlers and The ShowStoppers

The Swallowtail Fiddlers, named after the Irish tune “Swallowtail Jig,” are string musicians and The ShowStoppers! are a show choir, accompanied by an all-student instrumental ensemble. Both groups are made up of students from Conners Emerson School and are under the direction of Rebecca Edmondson.

Sunday, April 8th, 2017
2.00pm Jesup Memorial Library
Winter Concert Series: Dr. Edison Liu
Dr. Liu is an accomplished pianist who plays both classical and jazz music. Join him for the last winter concert of 2018. Dr. Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory.