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Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Demo Day

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Claremont Dinner & Silent Auction

Island Housing Trust Presents: Housing Study Workshop - Free Public Event

The Salty Dog Gallery Hosts: Phil Steel's Celebration of a Colorful Life

Bass Harbor Boat Races-Pancake Breakfast & BBQ Lunch
Fogtown Brewing Presents: Benjamin Dakota Rogers

Sips Presents: Happy Hour with Brian Kupiec

Coda Presents: Jones'n

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Natural High Jumble

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Pandemonium, a play in two parts
Turnaround idea going nowhere

Memorial bench

Domestic violence indictments

Family displaced by fire

Sewer rates explained
25th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Results

New exhibit by Barbara Strubell

Graceful Aging: Free Movement Classes for Seniors: New Summer Schedule

Seal Cove Auto Museum Wins Two National Awards

Erich Reed will join the Southwest Harbor Public Library as its new Director

July 4th Fireworks

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina
Acadia Fuel

Large Rocket Sponsors
Beal's Lobster Pier
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Sips & Sawyer's Specialties
Acadia Yurts
L.S.Robinson Co. Insurance

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Sail Acadia
Acadia Cottages
A.W.Pettegrow, Inc.
Smuggler's Den Campground
Carroll Drug Store
Bass Harbor Campground
Eastern Maine Recycling Inc.
Hutchins Cottages
Terry's Tank Service &
G.T. Outhouses

Sparkler Sponsors
Harbor Ridge Condo Association
Westside Florist
Celebration Cakes
Penury Hall
E.S. Benson Transport
The Lodge-ings

  Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Bob & Shirey Zinn
Don & Marilyn Chambers
Howard Monroe and Victor Stanley
Mazzie & Charlie Gogolak
Sydney Roberts
Barbara & Mark Campbell
Betsy Holtzman & Abe Noyes
Muriel S. Christian & Laura E. Smallidge

Sparkler Sponsors
Mary & Jim Vekasi
Paul & Margot Haertel
Christine & Edward O'Leary
James & Celeste Sawyer
David & Judith Wilson
Larry & Debra Alley
Ann & Greg Benz
Ruth K. Jellison
Peter Benson III
Jan Chamber Hall
Tucker & Better Spurling
Charles & Sandra Lerner
Jake Jacobson & Liz Laverack
Patricia R. Sweeney
Rick & Deb Smith
Dave & Anne Benson
Lorraine Aronson
Rob Putman & Janet Myers
Ward & Genevieve MacKenzie
Gary Stellpflug
Owen Logue
Charles & Charlotte Morrill
Brenda Fletcher
Joseph Snider
Sandy & Larry Bridges
Jack Gibbons
Tanny Clark
Steve & Mary Ann Mahoney
Bob & Robin Sattler
Emily Prud'homme
Anne Heisey
Marilyn Mays
John & Beth Sundberg
David & Jayne Ashworth
William & Margaret Burden
Don & Rae Cousins
Dave & Moira Larson
Susie & Mike Higgins
Lou & Tom Glenn
Steve & Nancy Homer
Caspar Weinberger, Jr.
Robert Milne
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell
Irene Greene Murphy LCSW
Susan Mayne
Ann Caswell

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular stop for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy Acadia away from the crowds.

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