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Holiday Cheer is in the air! Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are still here to make your Winter fun and entertaining. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, sit by  the fire or simply enjoy the beauty of the season, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the long days and lazy times. 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 Winter!
 
Every Wednesday, 8:00am – Noon
Weekly Birding Tours
The Natural History Center

For details, check The Natural History Center’s Facebook Page weekly.
$20:00 per person
(Members: All Merchant Association members are welcome to come as guests to learn about what The Natural History center does)
 

November through April
Discounted Local Rates
Massage Bar Harbor

Wednesday, February 13th 7 p.m.
Washington and Augusta: What’s New? with Jill Goldthwait and Fred Benson
Jesup Memorial Library
This event was rescheduled from January because of the weather. 
Both the United States Congress and the Maine State Legislature have sworn in new members. So what does this mean for the upcoming year?
Join Benson and Goldthwait as they share their thoughts on what they expect to happen. They will touch on how the midterm elections have shaped both federal and state political bodies, and will focus on some of the big issues. They also will endeavor to answer the question of whether partisanship during this term will get better or worse.
 
Friday, February 15th 7 p.m.
Verse Unleashed! Poetry Slam
Jesup Memorial Library
Share your work or a piece of poetry that inspires you. Whether it’s a haiku, free verse or sonnet, come share your work. Unlike traditional slams, the Jesup’s poetry slam is all about community and camaraderie not competition. Bring your friends or family and share your poetry in a supportive atmosphere.
 
Saturday, February 16th 1:30 p.m.
Age By Design: All You Need to Know about Medicare
Jesup Memorial Library
If you have questions about Medicare or just want to learn more, join Carroll Harper at an Age By Design talk. Harper will give an overview of different Medicare plans including Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D. He will talk about the different kinds of Medicare including Medicare supplements, the different prescription drug plans and Medicare through private health plans. Also learn about the different enrollment periods and the eligibility requirements of each period. He will walk you through when and how to enroll in Medicare as well as the penalties of not enrolling. Finally, learn about the proposed bills at the state level that may impact you. This talk is co-sponsored by the Jesup, Island Connections, the MDI YMCA and the YWCA MDI
 

Thursday, February 21st 7 p.m.
Concert with the Acadia National Park Composer-in-Residence Rachel Panitch
Jesup Memorial Library
This event was rescheduled from January due to the government shutdown. Panitch, a violinist and composer, will share music inspired by her time in Acadia at this concert. She will be accompanied by local pianist Christina Spurling. After Panitch performs her pieces, audience members can share three words or a drawing that encapsulates the park or a park experience for them. She will then create a piece of music on the spot to accompany these “graphic scores.” Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer and teaching artist. 

 
Friday, February 22nd 7 p.m.
Tulip Time in Holland: Talk and Slideshow with Bob and Sue Pennington
Jesup Memorial Library
Cruise Dutch and Belgian waterways with Bob and Sue Pennington. Their trip was during tulip season, and they will share photos of these amazing fields of flowers. The many places they visited include the cities of Amsterdam, Volendam, Edam, Arnhem, Willemstad, Kinderdijk and Nijmegen as well as Het Loo Palace and Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, and Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium. The Penningtons will talk about the history, art and architecture of the region both before World War II and in the following years.
 

Saturday, February 23rd
Maine Craft Distilling in in the House
Side Street Cafe

Saturday, February 23rd 6.30pm – 10pm
Contra Dance with Big Moose

Jesup Memorial Library
With caller Chrissy Fowler. Contra dancing is fun and each dance is taught beforehand, so no dance background-or partner-is needed.
New this year, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there is a free family dance with no cover charge. This is a great time for families with children to come try out dancing.
From 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the regular dance, which has a cover charge of $8 per person or $25 per family to help pay the caller. Children younger than 12 and College of the Atlantic students can dance for free


Sunday, February 24th
Schubert Song-Cycle at St. Saviour’s
St Saviour’s Episcopal Church

The Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s will present a concert of Franz Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise (“The Winter Journey”) on Sunday, February 24, at 4:00 pm in St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, performed by baritone Jeffrey Heyl (photo attached) and pianist Daniel Pyle. (This is the concert rescheduled from January 20, 2019)
Winterreise is a set of 24 songs, on poems by the German poet and soldier Johann Müller, and set to music by Franz Schubert in 1828, the last year of his all-too-short life. They constitute a dramatic monologue, a series of meditations by a young man as he is journeying on foot in the heart of winter. He is leaving his home village, where he had formed a deep attachment to a young woman whom he hoped to marry, only to have her reject him in favor of another. As he wanders through the snowy countryside, the sights and sounds which he encounters trigger reflections on his grief and despair.
Jeffrey Heyl sings extensively in and around St. Louis, including Orff’s  Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Beethoven 9th Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem & Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer with Robert Hart Baker and the St Louis Philharmonic, and the midwest premiere of Mark Hayes’ Requiem with conductor Kevin McBeth. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony with conductors David Robertson, Nicholas MeCegan, John Starguard and in Robert Kapilow’s Summer Sun, Winter Moon where he sang the part of Raven with the composer conducting. In the past two seasons he was bass soloist with the symphony in Beethoven’s Mass in C, Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony and Weill’s Flight of Lindbergh. Dr. Heyl holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, & the University of Iowa. He presently teaches at Millikin University and Maryville University
Admission to the concert is free, but donations benefitting the Friends of Music will be welcome. The church is handicap accessible to all, and parking is available.
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1876, and strives to be a lively spiritual resource for the entire Bar Harbor community.  Sunday worship is at 7:30 and 10:00 AM, as well as Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM, and a healing Eucharist on Wednesday at 12 noon. The Reverend Tim Fleck serves as Rector of St. Saviour’s.
Contact:            St. Saviour Episcopal Church
                        41 Mt. Desert Street
                        Bar Harbor, ME 04609
                        (207) 288-4215 church office
                        www.StSaviours.me

                        Dr. Daniel Pyle
                        music@stsaviours.me
                        (404) 906-0507 mobile phone

 

Sunday, February 24th 2 p.m. 
Hall, accompanied by Vivian Hyde on piano, will perform a selection of musical theater pieces. Hall attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with honors and a bachelor of music in vocal performance. Hall has performed at many theatrical venues including The Grand (Mary Poppins and The Producers), Midcoast Actors Studio (Arms and the Man), Bagaduce Theater Company (All My Sons and Shakespeare, Moliere, Love and All that Jazz), Camden Opera House (The Night Kitchen and Mozart in Maine), and New Surry Theater (The Browning Version). 

Hyde, a pianist, vocal director and musical director, has been involved in choral music, church music, concerts, recitals and more than fifty musicals, and makes music with children, teens, and adults as well as her own three children.
 
 
“White Supremacy, Maine and the Sanitized Past” with Todd Little-Siebold 
Jesup Memorial Library
Few Mainers know that the region’s past is every bit as much rooted in white supremacy as the rest of the nation. Instead we know the stories of colonists and heroic patriots, which have overshadowed the stories of slavery (both Native and African American) as well as the long history of racism and violence directed towards the region’s Wabanki people. And stories about ship captains along the coast usually emphasize fishing for cod not their central role in the slave trade. Also erased are the haunting tales of English settlers as bounty hunters who scalped native men, women and children to exterminate them and drive them from their ancestral lands. Little-Siebold will show how this very selective historical memory in Maine places racism and white supremacy elsewhere in the United States in a way that serves to erase and de-emphasize the region’s own past. Little-Siebold is professor of history and Latin American studies at the College of the Atlantic. This is the second talk in the Racial Equity Working Group Speaker Series. 
 
 
Sunday, March 17th 2pm
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series with The Crow’s Nest
Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at a special Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series with The Crow’s Nest. 
The Crow’s Nest features Celtic musicians Heather MacLeod, Jeff Morgan, Chris Gray and Jim Gray. MacLeod has been singing since she was a child and as a member of the University of Maine Singers she performed in Europe, Canada and the United States. She became a Celtic musician after meeting the Grays. MacLeod also plays the penny whistle. Chris Gray is a multi-instrumentalist, who specializes in playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles in addition to being an accomplished percussionist. Morgan is a self-taught musician who has performed on stages from Northern California to Austin, Texas and from Pennsylvania to Maine. Jim Gray is a guitarist and percussionist.