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Thursday, November 15 from 4-7 pm
Wishful Thinking Open House
A locals-mostly gathering to enjoy snacks and beverages and create a wish list. There's a give away tote of goodies for one lucky attendee too!
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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

Fall Colors are ramping up and Town is hopping! Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are still here to make your Fall and on fun and entertaining. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, Start that yard work or simply enjoy the bounty 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
 
Monday, November 12th 2018
End of Season Celebration
Hosted by Mount Desert Ice Cream and Spruce & Gussy
Come eat ice cream and support the Kristen Klint Arts Fund! Mount Desert Island Ice Cream will be offering scoops in cones and small takeout containers in exchange for donations to the KKAF. Join us at the 325 Main Street location for a frozen treat, a sip of bubbly, a snack, and a laugh. Celebrate the end of another great season in Bar Harbor and support a great cause by eating ice cream!

Wednesday, November 14th 2018 9:30am – 5:00pm
Acadia National Park Industry Day
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center
The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting an Industry Day at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center, 119 Eden Street (Route 3), Bar Harbor, Maine on November 14, 2018 from 9:30 am to 5pm.
This Industry Day will help the NPS decide if and how to proceed with a project to construct and operate housing for seasonal employees of Acadia National Park on park land.
This invitation is extended to builders and developers, private individuals and others with ideas, suggestions, or proposals on how to accomplish this project.
The Industry Day morning session will consist of an introduction and presentation by NPS officials on the project concept, an open question and answer session and a site visit to Harden Farm housing area.
Attendees must provide their own transportation to the site.
An independent lunch break will occur from noon to 1 pm.
Following lunch, NPS officials will hold scheduled 20 – minute private breakout sessions with interested parties to discuss project
concepts and questions that they have for the NPS team.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Miller, MacDonald & Company
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church/The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald (https://www.benandanita.com) have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond, Ben and Anita have created a signature sound, described as “Fiery… Fresh, yet totally traditional.” – Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)
Joining them in this project is Zakk Cormier, a talented multi-instrumentalist with deep roots in the Acadian music community of Prince Edward Island. Zakk brings his talents as a creative and dynamic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion. As a trio, these three young artists create a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions.

Thursday, November 15th 2018 7:00am – 9:00am
Business Buzz and Brews with Machias Savings Bank
Machias Savings Bank Bar Harbor
Running a business on MDI is hard, and finding an opportunity to connect with fellow business owners seems impossible… until Business Buzz and Brews!
Machias Savings Bank has partnered with Anchorspace to get businesses together for quarterly speed networking events (alternating between mornings and evenings) at Machias Savings Bank
Join us for our inaugural event Thursday November 15 from 7-9 AM and enjoy breakfast treats and speed networking to grow your business and meet new people who can help.
Because of the format, you can come when you can and stay as long as you like.
Get out your business cards and see what businesses you could get to know.
Free for all!
Invite Your Friends.

Thursday, November 15th 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wishful Thinking Open House
Spruce & Gussy
A locals-mostly gathering to enjoy snacks and beverages and create a wish list. There’s a give away  tote of goodies for one lucky attendee!

Thursday, November 15th 2018
Thanksgiving Tea
Southwest Harbor Public Library
Thanksgiving Tea at the Library You are invited to the Library for a Thanksgiving themed tea. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cup of tea by the Library’s fireplace, nibble on a homemade treat, and enjoy the company of others. Ruth Grierson and friends will provide live music.

Friday, November 16th 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Hands on Zoom
Anchorspace Bar Harbor
Do you find yourself concentrating on how to run your Zoom meeting rather than delivering your message? This workshop will allow you to practice using your Zoom account for meetings, webinars and video-conferencing.
$25 per person/Free for Anchorspace Members.

Friday, November 16th 2018 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
House Wine
Inspirational offerings for your Holiday Table!

Saturday, November 17th 2018 9:00am – Noon
Women Owned Business Expo
YWCA MDI
There are lots of great women owned businesses in this community and we want to give them a place to show their stuff!
Join us for a morning of breakfast treats and get to know the women owned businesses of MDI!
If *you* have a women owned business, get a table section for your $25 donation to the YWCA MDI. Bring your marketing materials and be ready to talk to people about what you do for work.
If you *want* to have a women owned business, come meet business owners and get an idea of what you could start this fall.
This is a great place to bring young women too to see all the amazing things that are going on in the business community. Admission is free!
We’ll also begin crowd sourcing information for a women-owned business map so if you want to be on the map (or know of some businesses that should be) come tell us!
This event is sponsored by the YWCA MDI and Anchorspace is helping get some extra connections.
Share this event with anyone you know who supports business in this community!

Saturday, November 17th 2018 9:00am – Noon
St. Dunstan’s 2018 Holiday Silent & Chinese Auction, Food and Fine Crafts Sale

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, located at 134 State Street in Ellsworth, will present its annual Holiday Silent & Chinese Auction, Food and Fine Crafts Sale on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Downeast Community Partners’ Heating and Warmth (THAW) Fund and the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic.
In addition to baked goods and artisan crafts including items done in fabric, woven fabric, art glass and ceramic tiles,  a Chinese and Silent Auction will be available featuring many gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants.
Visitors may also enjoy breakfast and luncheon items for purchase on site including seafood chowder.
The members of St Dunstan’s are committed to a mission of community outreach and hope you will join us on November 17 to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and support those in need.
Contact: Carol Mason, 207-667-3138

Sunday, November 18th 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm
Holiday Craft Fair & Farmers Market
MDI Regional High School
Please join us for our Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Farmer’s Market. Celebrate and prepare for Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season!
This wonderful community event supports local artisans, farmers, producers and a unique program at MDIHS that offers students an opportunity to meet and work alongside Maya solutionaries in Guatemala communities.
Seasonal craft making for children will be hosted by MDIHS Interact students.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018 11:00am – 1:00pm
Thanksgiving Pie and Bread Sales
MDI Hospital
$10.00 pies
$5.00 breads
Let the chefs from Birch Bay help you with your Thanksgiving baking.
Pre-order for best selection by calling 288-8014 x 5211.

Thursday, November 22nd 2018
THANKSGIVING DAY
BHMA wishes you and yours a wonderful day making memories and celebrating our blessings

Thursday, November 22nd 2018 8:00am – 11:00am
Catch That Turkey 5K 2018
MDI YMCA
Join the MDI YMCA on Thanksgiving Day for it’s annual Turkey Trot lovingly dubbed: Catch That Turkey. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to catch the turkey. What . . . or who is the turkey? One brave Y staff member is the turkey. If you, as a runner, can finish the race before the turkey, your name will be placed in a drawing for a prize. 2017’s prize was a cake from Bartlett Bakery in Bar Harbor, ME. So come on out before your feasts and catch that turkey!
Thank you to Costoan and McIsaac for sponsor the race this year!

Friday, November 23rd 2018
Black Friday
Support you Local Year Round Businesses

Saturday, November 24th 2018
Shop Small/Small Business Saturday
Bar Harbor Merchants Association Offerings

One of our favorite times of the year! Check out the link above to see what our Members are doing to make supporting them a pleasure

Friday, November 30th 2018 9:00am – 5pm
Saturday, December 1st 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm
Island Arts Association Annual Craft Fair
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center
The Island Arts Association will hold our 44th Annual Holiday Fair on Friday, November 30th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This fair will feature our local artisans with their beautiful crafts for sale, the YWCA’s delicious luncheon and raffle. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to support our crafters and shop local for the holidays.

Friday, December 7th 2018 4:30pm  – Midnight
Village Holidays & Midnight Madness Sale
Downtown Bar Harbor
 
Sponsored by Bar Harbor Merchants Association
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Guests are invited to Bar Harbor’s Village Green to enjoy free hot cocoa and sing carols with friends and family. At 5:00 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive to help light the town Christmas tree and offer a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Then, Santa Claus will head to the MDI YMCA from 5:30-7:00 p.m., where children and families will have a chance to create some holiday crafts or take part in fun activities provided by local businesses. There will be an ornament station, cookie decorating, and children’s books to read or purchase. Everyone will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Kris Kringle himself. 
8:00pm –  Midnight
Bar Harbor’s annual Midnight Madness Sale will offer an exciting night of holiday shopping with a variety of discounts at local shops. Check back here after November 23rd for a complete list of participating retailers.

Sunday, December 2nd 2018 – Monday, December 10th 2018
Hanukkah Celebrated

Friday, December 7th 2018 5:30pm – 7pm
Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Open House and Wreath Silent Auction
Colket Center
Please join the fun at the Colket Center, 127 West St. for an evening of refreshments, music, and the chance to take home a beautiful holiday wreath.
For more information please contact Anna Silver at asilver@seacoastmission.org or 801.6011.

Sunday, December 9th 2018 3:00pm  – 4:30pm
Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Criterion Theatre

The timeless tale of Christmas dreams come to life with Clara and her beloved toy, the Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen! You will be enchanted by fairies, dolls, soldiers, a Snow Queen and of course a Rat King and Uncle Drosselmeyer. All brought to magical life by the extraordinary dancers of the Robinson Ballet. This is truly the family holiday event of the season!

Friday, December 14th 2018
Saturday, December 15th 2018
Bizarre Bazaar
Spruce & Gussy
The fabulous little in-store craft fair! This year the show features Kirsten Hardy, Emily Henry, Amanda Kendall, Autumn Soares, Michelle Souza, Jennifer Judd-Mcgee, Patti Savoie, Tara Parker and Darcy Whitten.
The event also features complimentary snacks and beverages, along with a storewide sale.

Monday, December 24th 2018
Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 25th 2018
Christmas Day

Monday, December 31st 2018
New Years Eve

Tuesday, January 1st 2019
New Years Day

Saturday, January 19th 2018 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Fourth Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest!
Atlantic Brewing Company
Grab your mittens and hats, it is time to get outside and have a beer with us at the fourth Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest! Come celebrate Downeast Maine’s craft beer scene outside at Atlantic Brewing Company. There will be warming stations to keep you toasty warm while you work your way through all the craft beer samples.Get your blood and adrenaline pumping by joining in on the keg stacking relay and cornhole games. There will also be food and live music.
Tickets are ONLY available by purchasing in advance. Tickets will be available in December 2018.