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Southwest Harbor Week Calendar

A week of fun and informative events celebrating the Quietside of Acadia.


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Friday, October 6, Afternoon
AcadiaChamber Presents: 11th Hour Farming Artists
Prepare to be dazzled by pumpkin-carving artistry. The Farming Artists cooperative is a collaboration of artists, farmers, and visionaries. Their mission is to "celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of community life, and living in resonance with the natural rhythms of our world." Afternoon on the Pemetic School Lawn.

Friday, October 6, 4-6PM
SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Wine Tasting
A ticket to this winefest gets you great wine and tasty treats. With over 40 wines from eight different growing areas to taste, this intimate event provides ample opportunity to talk to the experts and order your favorites. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 6, 5-7PM
AcadiaChamber Presents: The Crown Vics Live!
The Crown Vics tap into a tradition established by Carl Perkins, Patsy Cline, and The Beatles. It's that spirit, the combination of attitude and styles, affability, and desire to go all in, that makes The Crown Vics such a fun and vibrant live act and their show a full-tilt non-stop dance riot that puts a smile on the face of music lovers of all ages. FREE! On the SWH Village Green.

Saturday, October 7, 10AM - 3PM
Island Arts Association's Oktoberfest Downtown
On the Pemetic School Lawn, downtown SWH. The fair features a wide variety of work from over 25 local artists, including: Haruhiko Murakami (pictures created from pressed flowers, Tom Hamel (turned wood vases and bowls), Nicki Gabriel (soy candles), Raventree Pewter (pewter jewelry), Kathy Norwood (knitted hats), & more! Free admission. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 7, Noon - 5PM
Acadia's Invitational Oktoberfest
Acadia's annual beerfest featuring live music, great food, local crafts, games, and of course, great beer. This year select brewers have been invited to bring their best beer and compete for the Judges' Choice Award. Get your tickets in advance or at the gate. Click here to visit our website for lots more information!

Saturday, October 7, 1:30 - 3:00PM
SWH Library Presents: Remembering the Fire of 1947
1:30 - 3:00 pm: MDI native, Sean Cox, will be at the Library to share his research about the Fire of '47 and about how the world took notice of a small island in Maine. He will also explore the many changes MDI has experienced since the catastrophic fire. If you remember the fire or have stories that have been passed down to you, please come and share them! For more information, call 244-7065

Sunday, October 8, Noon
Atlantic Brewing's 14th Annual War Canoe & Belt Sander Races
Join us for our annual season ending festival starting with the war canoe races on Long Pond and an afternoon of beer, BBQ, and belt sanders! $20 entry to both or either race comes with a free pint glass, all you can eat BBQ and is CASH ONLY! For more info, call: (207) 288-2337 ext. 112

Monday, October 9
Cooking With Coda!
Remember the old adage about sausages: "better not to seen them being made"? Chef Carter says nuts to that & invites you into the kitchen to learn how he makes the delicious Colvard & Company sausages served at Coda. Class starts at 4PM and ends with a home-style meal and a beer pairing featuring Tyler Johnson of the Liquor Locker. Tickets are $100 and are limited to 8 people. Call 207.244.8133

Tuesday, October 10, 11AM
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Abundance of Riches Exhibition Director's Tour
Take a behind-the-art look at the exquisite woodcuts of Andrea Rich during this exhibit tour led by Sean Charette, Director of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Throughout the day watch films and carving demonstrations, and even try your hand at woodburning or carving. All included with your admission or membership. 244-7555

Tuesday, October 10, Noon - 2PM
Birding Walk with Michael Good
Michael Good, founder of the Acadia Birding Festival and owner of Downeast Nature Tours, will lead this birding walk on the western side of MDI in one of the most consistent places on MDI for seabirds of all types including Common Eider, American Black Duck, Black Guillemot, Common Loon, Northern Gannet, and a variety of Scoter. Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Tuesday, October 10, 3-5PM
Birding Cruise with Michael Good
Michael Good, founder of the Acadia Birding Festival, will lead birding cruise on the Elizabeth T., with Karl Bruner from Sail Acadia. The plan is to travel to Little and Great Duck Islands where we will search the waters for Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, Osprey, Bald Eagles and marine mammals. The hope is to find other “pelagic” or open ocean species. Limited space - click here for tickets!

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30PM
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Birds, Blocks and Beer
Craft beer and craftsmanship join forces at the Museum tonight. In conjunction with the final weeks of the Andrea Rich exhibit, carver-in-residence Steve Valleau will demonstrate woodblock printing. Attendees can try the process while enjoying local craft beers. Free with museum admission or membership. 244-7555.

Wednesday, October 11, 9-10AM
Quarry Tour with Steve Haynes
Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat Yard in Hall Quarry. Space is limited! Click here for tickets.

Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 - 11:30AM
Granite Cutting Demonstration with Steve Haynes
At the Granite Museum on Beech Hill Crossroad. Steve Haynes provides hands-on demonstration on how granite block was drilled and cut back in the early days of quarrying while explaining the importance of why this is an important part of American History. Click here for tickets!

Wednesday, October 11, 11:30 - 12:30
Quarry Tour in Hall Quarry
Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat Yard in Hall Quarry. Space is limited! Click here for tickets.

Wednesday, October 11, 1PM
Geology Walk with Duane and Ruth Braun
We will start with a short geologic history overview, then we'll examine the seawall itself and discuss how it forms and pink granite there and the unusual minerals in veins cutting the granite. We'll go view the light gray & dark gray volcanic rocks outcroppings, and much more. Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Wednesday, October 11, 3PM
Geology Walk with Duane and Ruth Braun
At Seal Cove we will start with a short geologic history overview. After that we will examine a “Shatter Zone” of schist fragments in the Southwest Harbor granite, walk to where the Ellsworth schist has been crumpled into a series of Zig-Zag folds. Time permitting we will drive to Bass Harbor to view glacial erratics and the granite at the lighthouse. Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Wednesday October 11, 5PM
Rockin' the Harbor Dinner Caberet Cabaret at Coda
This evening will start with a special Cabaret menu. You’ll have a choice of options for four courses. Following dinner will be the inimitable Barn Arts Collective Cabaret starting at 7PM. Tickets are $65 and include dinner and the cabaret. (Alcohol & gratuity not included.) Seating is limited. Click here for tickets.

Thursday October 12, 10AM
Guided Tour of the SW Harbor Coast Guard Station
Meet at the Main Gate to the station at the end of Clark Point Road. Learn about the mission of the Coast Guard in SW Harbor and take an hour-long guided tour of the station. Overview of Coast Guard's Boat Maintenance Facility, Tour of Station Southwest Harbor's small boats, and a Line throwing demonstration. Free!

Thursday, October 12, 11AM - 1PM
Lighthouse Tour with the Coast Guard & Tremont Historical Society
Bass Harbor Head Light sits on a dramatic bluff at the entrance to Bass Harbor. Come tour the lighthouse and hear of its history from members of the Tremont Historical Society and the U. S. Coast Guard. Click here for tickets.

Thursday, October 12, 11AM - 1PM
Tremont Historical Society's Open Day
A 19th century country store,with displays of local historic artifacts and photographs; genealogical material available. Research room open by appointment. Located in Bass Harbor, follow signs to the ferry terminal.

Thursday, October 12, 2-3PM
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Fishing at Mt. Desert Rock
The Southwest Harbor Historical Society and the Penobscot Maritime Museum present Fishing at Mt. Desert Rock, a film by Laurence Newman and his son, Jarvis. The film demonstrates handlining and trawling for cod, pollock, halibut, and tuna. There will also be a slide presentation on lobstering.

Thursday October 12, 5:30PM
Sunset Tour: The Bass Harbor Lighthouse by Water
Take a sunset cruise from Bass Harbor aboard the RL Gott to view Bass Harbor Light from the water. Ideal for photographers and lighthouse lovers. Tickets are limited, so click here to order yours today!

Friday, October 13, 10AM - Noon
MDI Historical Society's Open Museum Day
Docent led tour of the Museum and gardens at Somesville, featuring "Before Acadia: Adventure and Discovery," an exhibit on the Champlain Society, and "Somesville: A Sense of Place," a film featuring oral histories of Somesville Residents.

Friday, October 13, 10AM - Noon
Lobstering by Sail
Built in Friendship, Maine in the late 1800’s, these handsome traditional sailboats were used by coastal fisherman to haul lobster traps by hand under sail. They have remained popular because of their comfort, beauty and seaworthy nature. Cruise on a restored Friendship Sloop with with Karl Brunner, founder of Sail Acadia. Click here for tickets!

Friday, October 13, 1:30PM
Floating through the Past: The Histories of Somes Sound Cruise
Cruise Somes Sound on the Sea Princess while Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, peels back the curtain of time to reveal scenes of past events on one of the east coast's most spectacular ocean inlets. Click here for tickets!

Friday, October 13, 4:30PM - 7PM
Penobscot Nation History & Music
Chris Sockalexis, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Penobscot Nation, talks about the cultural history & archaeology of MDI. Chris is an anthropologist focusing on ME archaeology. He's at the U of ME Climate Change Institute conducting thesis research on archaic shell middens in the Gulf of Maine. Afterwards, he will perform traditional & contemporary drumming & singing. Refreshments.

Friday, October 13, 7PM
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Words Words
At the Legion Hall, SWH. Written and performed by Joe Ngo. As a writer struggles to connect with his mother in her native Teo Chew language, he realizes he is in a constant fight to stop the loss of his cultural heritage. Rated PG. Click here for tickets.

Saturday, October 14, 9AM - Noon
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars and Coffee: A Taste of Europe
Come see classic antique cars from across the pond: Mercedes, Porsche, SAAB, and more. Join their owners and restorers for interesting conversation and a good cup of joe! Call 244-9242 for more information!

Saturday, October 14, 1:30 - 3PM
Antique Car Rides and Family Activities
Location: The Southwest Harbor Shoppes on Seal Cove Road, SWH. Join the SWH Shoppes & the Seal Cove Auto Museum for fun activities & a ride in an antique automobile. Specialty beverages at Milagro, cupcake decorating at Brandon & Laura's, LuLa Roe booth with great buys for kids & adults, craft projects at Quilt N Fabric, prints for sale at Artful Designs & makeup sessions, food, music & more!

Saturday, October 14, 4-6 PM
A Party at the Museum
Gather with locals and visitors to toast the running of the 2017 Marathon and take a close look at electric cars from the early 1900s, one of which will lead the marathoners into SW Harbor. Food and drinks provided. Click here for tickets!

Saturday, October 14, 7PM
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Three Seconds
At the Barn, 130 Tremont Road. The Renovationists. In a lighthouse on the edge of America, Emory wrestles with duty and desire—for over a hundred years. Rated PG-13. Click here for tickets.

Sunday, October 15, 10AM - 3PM
MDI Marathon Finish Line Festival
Watch as a 1922 electric car leads the runners into town! Greet the marathoners as they cross the finish line of Runner's World's "Most Scenic Marathon". Enjoy live music, varied food, and a festive atmosphere as the Quietside winds down for the season.


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