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Southwest Harbor Week Calendar

Celebrating the Quietside of Acadia with a week of informative and entertaining events.

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Friday, October 6
AcadiaChamber Presents: 11th Hour Farming Artists
The Farming Artists will be back once more to dazzle you with their pumpkin carving demonstration! The Farming Artists is a cooperatively organized collaboration of artists, farmers, and visionaries. "Our intention 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
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.

Friday, October 6
AcadiaChamber Presents: The Crown Vics Live!
5-7PM: 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
Island Arts Association's Oktoberfest Downtown
10AM to 3PM on the Pemetic School Lawn, downtown SWH. Wonderful locally made arts and crafts to help you celebrate the harvest season! Free admission. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 7
Acadia's Invitational Oktoberfest
Noon-5PM: Our annual brewfest featuring 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!

Sunday, October 8
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

Tuesday, October 10
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Abundance of Riches Exhibition Director's Tour
11AM: Take a special look at woodcuts by Andrea Rich, during the exhibit tour led by Wendell Gilley Museum Director Sean Charette. Join him to converse about both Wendell Gilley and Andrea Rich's use of woodcarving in the creation of their art. Throughout the day, watch films and carving demos, and try your hand at woodburning or carving. All included with your admission or membership. 244-7555

Tuesday, October 10
Birding Walk with Michael Good
Noon - 2PM: 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. Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Tuesday, October 10
Birding Cruise with Michael Good
3PM - 5PM Michael Good, founder of the Acadia Birding Festival, will lead birding cruise on the Elizabeth T., with Karl Bruner from Sail Acadia. Click here for tickets! Space is very limited so sign up today!

Tuesday, October 10
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Birds, Blocks and Beer
5:30PM: 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 create their own prints while enjoying local craft beers. Free with museum admission or membership. 244-7555.

Wednesday, October 11
Quarry Tour in Hall Quarry
9-10AM: 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
Granite Cutting Demonstration with Steve Haynes
10:30 - 11:30 AM 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
Quarry Tour in Hall Quarry
11:30 - 12:30 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
Geology Walk with Duane Braun
1PM: Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? Geologists Ruth and Duane Braun will lead walks in the field exploring the geologic events that shaped the MDI we know today. Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Wednesday, October 11
Geology Walk with Duane Braun
3PM: Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? Geologists Ruth and Duane Braun will lead walks in the field exploring the geologic events that shaped the MDI we know today.Click here for tickets - space is limited!

Thursday October 12
Guided Tour of the SW Harbor Coast Guard Station
10AM: 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
Tour the Bass Harbor Lighthouse by Water
Take a short cruise from Bass Harbor aboard the RL Gott to view Bass Harbor Light from the water. Ideal for photographers and lighthouse lovers.

Friday, October 13
MDI Historical Society's Open Museum Day
10AM to Noon. 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. DONATION

Friday, October 13
Lobstering by Sail
10AM to Noon: 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. Click here for tickets!

Friday, October 13
Floating through the Past: The Histories of Somes Sound Cruise
1:30PM: 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
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Words Words
7pm 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
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars and Coffee: A Taste of Europe
9AM to Noon: European cars will be the stars of this Cars & Coffee. Mercedes, Porche, SAAB, and more… come see these beauties from across the pond. Call 244-9242 for more information!

Saturday, October 14
Ride in an Antique Automobile At the Shoppes on Seal Cove Road
1:30 to 3PM, at the Shoppes on Seal Cove Road, SWH. Join the Shoppes and the Seal Cove Auto Museum for fun activities and a ride in an antique automobile.

Saturday, October 14
The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Three Seconds
7pm 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
MDI Marathon Finish Line Festival
10AM to 3PM: Watch as a 1915 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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