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Thursday, May 25
Sips' Wine Dinner with Spann Vineyards
Join us on Thursday May 25th for a 6 course dinner featuring Spann Vineyards and special guest Peter Spann. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call Sips at 244-4550 to make a reservation.

Sunday, May 28
Wendell Gilley Museum's Spring Open House and Carving Show
Noon - 4PM: Come see the newly-fledged flock of bird carvings by our members at our spring carving show. Enjoy refreshments and admire your talented neighbors' work. Sign up for summer classes while you are here. For more information, call 244-7555.

Tuesday, May 30
Coda Presents: Cooking with Carter: A Fundraiser for The Barn Arts Collective
Have you ever wanted to see what goes on in Coda's kitchen? Then join Carter at 4PM. We'll start at the bar with a demonstration of mixing some of our signature cocktails. Then into the kitchen! Carter will be with you every step of the way as you create a multi-course meal; then sit down to enjoy the food a special show by the Barn Arts Collective. Limited to 10; cost is $100. Call 244-8133.

Wednesday, May 31
SWH Library Presents: How to Improve Your Financial Situation Session 3 - Retirement Planning and Individual Retirement Accounts
5:30PM: It's never too late to start planning for your retirement. Learn about the different types of retirement accounts. What are the benefits and considerations you need to know when investing? What are the best ways to accumulate and distribute your money? For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065. Preregistration is recommended.

Thursday, June 1
19th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Continues thru June 4: Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. For more information and to register, click here to go to our web site, or call: (207) 233-3694.

Thursday, June 1
SWH Library Presents:The Norwood's Cove Object From "what is it?" to "what it is"
5:30PM: A talk by Ralph Stanley and Tim Garrity. Is it a dagger, an ornamental device, or a decorative piece of Americana? Ralph Stanley and Tim Garrity will give an illustrated lecture on this mysterious artifact and the donor who gave it to the Library over seventy years ago. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, June 6
BH Bank & Trust's 24th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament
10 AM - 7 PM at the Kebo Valley Gold Club. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust's 24th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit the Acadia Family Center in Southwest Harbor. Registration is $90 per person. To register your team go to or call Cathy Planchart at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 667-0660 x14655. Rain date is June 14.

Tuesday, June 6
SWH Library Presents: Southwest Harbor Medical Center Reception
Please join us for a wine and cheese reception to meet Dr. Clarke Baxter, Southwest Harbor Medical Center, and John Ronan, acting President of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital - and for an update on local healthcare services, including initiatives to expand access to quality healthcare in Hancock County. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Wednesday, June 7
SWH Library Presents: How to Improve Your Financial Situation Session 4: Trust and Esate Planning
5:30PM: In this final class of our Money Management series several aspects of trust and estate planning will be covered. Those attending will gain an understanding of trusts, trust types and uses. There will also be discussion on estate and gift taxes and wills. Preregistration is recommended.For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Saturday, June 10
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Cars and Coffee Day
9AM to Noon: An opportunity for proud drivers to show off their own special cars, and all auto enthusiasts to congregate to kick tires, peer under hoods, and enjoy coffee with their fellow car-lovers. All are welcome, with or without their own antique or vintage automobile. There will be autos of all sorts, something for everyone to enjoy and admire! Second Saturday of each month. 244-9242

Saturday, June 10
Sawyer's Specialties Wine Tasting
2PM - 5PM. Come try interesting wines! Info: (207) 244-3317

Thursday, June 15
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Demo Day
10am - 3pm: This year, we will be offering a series of curator led discussions featuring four "Hidden Gems of the Collection." Highlighted vehicles will include the 1911 American Underslung, the 1908 Stanley Model K Semi-Racer, the 1910 Stoddard Dayton, and the 1905 Pierce Great Arrow. Talks will be scheduled for 11AM, 2PM, and 4PM. Rides in antique autos may be offered. Info: 244-9242

Tuesday, June 20
SWH Library Presents: The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island
5:30PM: Have you ever wondered about the geological evolution of Mount Desert Island? How was it put together? What effect did the glaciers have on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geological history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065. Pre-registration required.

Thursday, June 22
SWH Library's Annual Claremont Dinner & Silent Auction
5:30-6:30 p.m. Cash Bar & Silent Auction; 7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Claremont Hotel. Join us for this Fundraising Event benefitting the Library at the Claremont Hotel. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Sunday, June 25
Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races and Blessing of the Fleet
Lobster Boat Races start at 10 am. Three anchorages are in the inner harbor. Several marinas are in the area as well. A blessing of the fleet happens after the races. Other activities are also scheduled; starting with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Library at 7:30AM at the Tremont Town Dock. Plain or blueberry pancakes, sausage and a beverage $7. (Kids 4 and under free.) (207) 244-3798

Tuesday, June 27
SWH Library Presents: Art Paine: The Building of the Dory "Rose"
Maine boat designer & builder, artist, photographer, & great storyteller Art Paine will give an illustrated talk, "The Building of the Dory 'Rose'", detailing a boat he designed & built with his daughter. The boat was borrowed for an ocean voyage by a man who had a 42-years-long quest to row from Albany, Maine, to Nova Scotia. It's a good dory and a good story! For more information, call 244-7065.

Monday, July 3
SWH Library Presents: Erin Myers Madeira
5:30 PM: As a Global Program Leader at The Nature Conservancy, Erin's work focuses on strengthening the voice, choice and action of indigenous peoples and local communities to shape and manage natural territory in ways that improve people's lives and drive conservation outcomes. For more info, call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, July 4
SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Presents the Annual Fireworks Display
9PM: The fireworks will be held on July 4th and shot from the Acadia Fuel barge which will be placed in the middle of Southwest Harbor providing unobstructed views from Manset to the Coast Guard base. (Rain date: July 8th) To be successful we need broad based support for this project and we hope you will consider contributing to this event. Call 244-9264 for more information or to make a donation.

Friday, July 7
21st Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
Continues July 8: This multi-day sailboat racing event is held to raise money for local nonprofit hospices. Hundreds of sailors, organizers, sponsors and supporters around the country raise more than $1 million each year, while enjoying the competition and unique camaraderie of these events. For more information, click here or call 667-2531.

Saturday, July 8
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Cars and Coffee Day
9AM to Noon: An opportunity for proud drivers to show off their own special cars, and all auto enthusiasts to congregate to kick tires, peer under hoods, and enjoy coffee with their fellow car-lovers. All are welcome, with or without their own antique or vintage automobile. There will be autos of all sorts, something for everyone to enjoy and admire! Second Saturday of each month. 244-9242

Tuesday, July 11
MDI Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival
1-3PM Join us at the Somesville Firehouse for our Annual Strawberry Festival. Taste the best of the season! Our volunteers will dish you up our secret-recipe shortcake covered with succulent berries. You can buy pints to take home, as well. But come early or you will miss out! More info: (207) 276-9323

Tuesday, July 11
SWH Library Presents: A Special Evening with George Mitchell
5:30PM. Preregistration is required for this program. Senator George Mitchell will speak about his book, A Path to Peace: a Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East. George Mitchell served as a Democratic Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. A reception will follow. For more information, call 244-7065.

Friday, July 14
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival
The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone. Join us from July 14-17th, 2017. Stay tuned for this years' theme and a schedule of events!

Saturday, July 15
SWH Library's Annual Paperback Book Sale
All day - continues Sunday, July 16. The Library will hold its Paperback Book Sale on the front lawn of the Library from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. This annual sale takes place in conjunction with Southwest Harbor's famous Flamingo Festival. There will be a special section of children's books. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Sunday, July 17
Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival 4-Miler
Our 4 mile race is part of the Eden Athletics – Smile Design Points Series. This scenic race runs through part of Acadia National Park and ends at the Tremont Community Center. Walkers are welcome. Following the race is a free Fun Run for kids 12 & under. All Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Community Center on Sunday. to register: 244-3713

Tuesday, July 18
SWH Library Presents: How to Recreate a Masterpiece by local artist, Judy Taylor
5:30PM: Judy is in the process of recreating a 16th century painting by Pontormo. The picture shown here is only half way through the process. This is a fascinating painting and the story behind it is riveting. Don't miss this special event! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.

Sunday, July 23
Seal Cove Auto Museum's Murder Mystery Dinner
Enjoy a full-course dinner among a collection of elegant antique cars from the early 1900s, and help determine the killer when a murder occurs! Prizes awarded. Costumes encouraged but optional; character profiles available. Tickets $100 non-members, $75 members. Info: 244-9242

Tuesday, July 25
SWH Library Presents: Library Talk Master of Suspense, Tess Gerritsen at the Library
5:30PM: International bestselling author and one of Maine's most admired writers will be at the Library to talk about her work. More information to come! 244-7065

Thursday, July 27
Charlotte Rhoades Park Annual Butterfly Release
3:30PM: This annual event is a wonderful family affair that is fun for everyone! Money raised at the event helps support the park by providing funds for plants, supplies, and equipment for maintaining the garden, and producing educational materials. $30 per person 12 and over, includes one butterfly. Children under 12 free admission butterfly not included. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, August 1
Harbor House's Annual Lobsters on the Sound
Come join us at The Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor for a night of fun. 5:30pm Cocktails & Silent Auction; 7:30pm Dinner, Live Auction & Dancing. Proceeds from Lobsters on the Sound support the many programs and services Harbor House provides to the communities of Mount Desert Island. For information about Harbor House or to purchase tickets, contact Diana Novella at 207-244-3713.

Thursday, August 3
Wendell Gilley Museum's Annual Flight of Swallows
The Museum's annual wine tasting benefit will feature superb selections of fine wines. Spread your wings and fly to Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor to enjoy delicious fare and fellow friends from the flock. Mark your calendar to save the date! For tickets, call 244-7555.

Tuesday, August 8
SWH Library Presents: Dr. Stephen Kress and the Puffin Project
5:30PM: "Puffins are an excellent indicator of the health of the oceans," said Kress, the Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society. Recent ocean conditions are threatening the puffin colonies Project Puffin has worked so hard to rebuild. Learn more at this important talk! For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, August 15
SWH Library Presents: Charles Kowalski - Mind Virus
5:30PM: Associate Professor at Tokai University in Japan, international writer of mystery, winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award, and son of the Library's own Vesta Kowalski will be at the Library to talk about his new novel, a fast-paced thriller! For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Friday, August 18
Camp Beech Cliff Presents: Circus Superstar Show
5:30 - 6:30PM: Don't miss MDI's only circus performance. Acrobatic Stunts! Juggling! Aerials! Comedy! And more! Come experience Circus Superstar by professionals from CirqOvation, the most fantastic show in all the island! Fir directions and information, call 244-0365

Tuesday, August 22
SWH Library Presents: Christina Baker Kline - A Piece of the World
5:30PM: Join Ms. Kline for a talk and wine and cheese reception. $35 includes a signed copy of her new book, A Piece of the World. Limited seating. Tickets available at the Library. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, August 29
SWH Library Presents: Ann Judd and the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden
5:30PM: Learn more about Monarch butterflies and about this Monarch Waystation – and about organic gardening practices that can sustain and protect butterflies. Ann Judd of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden has for some years recorded when the first monarchs arrive in the garden - usually the last ten days in June. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.

Saturday, September 9
Maine Open Lighthouse Day: Bass Harbor Head Light
9AM to 3PM: This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, September 12
SWH Library Presents: Ron Chase and The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery
5:30PM: This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On November 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.

Tuesday, September 26
SWH Library Presents: Anton Chekhov and the Barn Arts Collective "What's So Special About Chekhov?"
5:30PM: Spend an evening exploring the work of Russian writer Anton Chekhov with the Barn Arts Collective. The evening will begin with a panel discussion followed by food and drinks. At 7pm, attendees are invited to join the Chekhov Club - a local group that meets to read Chekhov's plays and stories together – and meet around tables to participate in reading a part out loud. Info: 244-7065

Friday, October 6
SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM: The ticket includes the wine itself. And food, cheese and other substantial eats. There will be around 45 different wines from eight or nine different regions or countries. This is an intimate event, with opportunities to taste the wines, talk to the experts, and place orders for your favorites. Click here for more information.

Saturday,October 7
Acadia's Annual Oktoberfest
Noon to 5PM: Our annual brewfest features live music, great food, local crafts, games, and of course, great beers! Get your tickets in advance or at the gate. Click here to visit our website for lots more information!

Saturday, November 4
Friends of Acadia's Annual Take Pride in Acadia Day
8AM: Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia's historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. Because of the size of this event, registration is required. Click here or call: 207-288-3340. This event typically fills to capacity, so early registration is recommended!

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