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Quilt N Fabric Presents: 2019 Maine Yarn Cruise
During Regular business hours, enjoy a great summer visiting yarn shops! It all starts on Friday, May 24th (Memorial Day Weekend) and goes until Labor Day. Plenty of time to plan weekend trips with friends or take a whole week! Click here to go to the web site, where you can learn all about the Yarn Cruise, and find some info on yarn shops, sales, prizes, classes and more.

Monday, September 16
ArtWaves Presents: Barre
5:30-6:30 p.m. with Aquene Diedricksen. $15. ArtWaves, 1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor. Call 266-0010 or email

Tuesday, September 17
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Quietside's Unsung Civil Rights Heroines: LaRue Spiker and Louise Gilbert and the Wade House Bombing with Carolyn Gage
5:30PM: La Rue Spiker is celebrated in Southwest Harbor as an activist, environmentalist, and editor for the Bar Harbor Times. Many people do not know that she and her partner Louise Gilbert courageously put their lives and their freedom on the line in one of the most violent landmark incidents in the Civil Rights Era: the Wade House Bombing. For information, please call the Library at 244-7065

Tuesday, September 17
ArtWaves Presents: Introduction to Oil Painting: 5 Week Class
5:30-8PM with Nicole DeSimone. $135.This 5 week course will familiarize students with the basic practices & techniques of oil painting. Students will get instruction in mixing paints, color theory, value study, proportion, drawing with paint, and will create paintings from direct observation. Supply list will be provided. Beginners encouraged! Call 266-0010 or email

Wednesday, September 18
ArtWAves Presents: Miniature Crazy Quilt
12:30-2:30 p.m. with Cristy Benson. $30. Come learn fancy embroidery stitches to embellish premade 5x7 silk quilt blocks. You will leave with a piece for framing or mailing to a loved one. ArtWaves, 1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor. Call 266-0010 or email

Wednesday, September 18
L.S. Robinson Insurance Presents: Medicare 101
2PM at the Southwest Harbor Public Library: We will have licensed agents presenting the basics of Medicare and will be happy to answer any questions you have about Medicare. This program is free. To register please call the Library at 244-7065.

Wednesday, September 18
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: The Evolution of the Claremont Hotel
7PM: Presented by Maurice “Joe” Marshall. In 1978 the Claremont Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1884, it stands as one of the last reminders of Maine's early summer resort period of the 1870's and '80's. Presenter Joe Marshall has a personal connection to the hotel. Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 19
ArtWaves Presents: Figure Drawing: Short Pose
12-3 p.m. $5 per hour. Drop in and draw a live model with other artists. Bring your own art supplies. ArtWaves, 1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor. Call 266-0010 or email

Friday, September 20
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Friday Ride Day
All Day: This season, every Friday we will be offering rides in one of our antique automobiles (weather permitting)! 207-244-9242

Friday, September 20
ArtWaves Presents: Stained Glass Mosaics
12:30pm with Cristy Benson. $30. Capture the magic of stained glass! Learn to cut, grind and grout glass, feel free to do your own design. We can help you use a photo as a pattern or use one of our patterns. No experience necessary! All ages, however 8 and under require a double digit companion. ArtWaves, 1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor. Call 266-0010 or email

Saturday, September 21
At Home's 6th Annual Tennis Round Robin Fundraiser
8:30AM: The Blue Hill Country Club will be the site of this year's Tennis Round Robin. 40 players will go five rounds of mixed doubles tennis, with the winners determined by tallying points across the five rounds. A Silent Auction, light meals served throughout the day, and at the close of play a celebration with wine, beer, refreshments, and the award ceremony. Players must register; click here!

Saturday, September 21
ArtWaves Presents: 2 Drift Wood Mobile Workshops
9:30AM or 1PM: Calder meets Beachcomber. Bring your own drift wood and shell treasures or work with our collection to create a unique floating seascape. We will have the tools on hand to drill holes and balance your creation. ArtWaves, 1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor. Call 266-0010 or email

Saturday, September 21
ArtWaves and Seal Cove Auto Museum Present: Sketch a Ride with Rob Pollien
1-4PM at the Auto Museum. $35. The early Brass Era cars at the Seal Cove Auto Museum are captivating to look at and fun to draw. We'll spend the afternoon studying the forms and materials presented by the Brass Era beauties, and working out the challenges presented by rendering the forms and materials of the vehicles. Some materials provided. Click here for more info! 266-0010

Wednesday, September 25
Acadia's Night Sky Festival
Continues thru September 29. Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Click here for a full schedule and other information.

Thursday, September 26
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Mauna Kea: Gateway to the Heavens, Discoveries, and the Future with Dr Shawn Laatsch
5:30PM: Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island is home to 12 world-class international observatories which have been shaping astronomical knowledge over the last several decades. Join Shawn Laatsch, director of the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium and President of the Int'l Planetarium Society as he shares some of the latest discoveries and gives a glimpse at into the future to this key site.

Friday, September 27
Seal Cove Auto Museum and Acadia Night Sky Fesitval Present: Star Party
8:30 - 11PM: Join Astronomy Volunteers in the Park and local astronomers at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Volunteers will point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, and through binoculars and telescopes.Dress warmly and please minimize flashlight use, or use red lights, to preserve night vision. The museum will be open that evening for free tours. 244-9242

Sunday, September 29
Camp CaPella's Charity Golf Tournament
7AM - 1PM at Lucerne Golf Club: 7am Registration, 8am Shotgun Start. BBQ Lunch at Camp CaPella. 1st and 2nd Prizes for Net and Gross. Golf Ball Cannon Option, Hole in One Cash Prizes, Longest Drive, Chipping Contest into canoe on lake at Camp, Prizes & Silent Auction at Camp. Click here for more info, to register or sponsor a team.

Saturday, October 5
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Working from the Masters Sketch Class with Artist Judy Taylor
10AM - 2PM: Please join Artist Judy Taylor for this unique opportunity to work directly from the special exhibition of Maine Masterworks, Treasures of the Farnsworth, now on display at the Wendell Gilley Musuem. The class takes place at the exhibit, and includes 4 hours of sketch time to learn the Maine Masters composition & techniques. Cost $75 To register, call the museum directly 207-244-7555.

Saturday, October 5
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Beers & Gears
5-7:30PM: BEER - SNACKS - GAMES - OPEN MIC! Beer from a local brewery will be featured. $10 cover charge includes museum admission & two drink tickets. Free for musicians participating in the open mic. The bar will accept drink tickets and donations. 244-9242

Tuesday, October 8
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: A Culinary History of Downeast Maine with Sharon Joyce
5:30PM: Join author Sharon Joyce as she takes us back in time. Before Champlain arrived in 1605, the Wabanakis were preparing and preserving food in ways that are still in use today. The "rusticators" and other wealthy families created fashionable food trends as well as simple foods like fish chowder. Sharon will give us the details of this delicious history! 244-7065

Friday, October 11
3rd Annual Southwest Harbor Week
Kicking off on Friday with Acadia's Annual Wine Tasting, and finishing with the MDI Marathon on October 20, Southwest Harbor Week is 10 days filled with great programs highlighting the Quietside of Acadia. Cruises, walks, talks, tours and activities featuring the wonders of Acadia and our great museums. Stay tuned for more information as the events are scheduled.

Friday, October 11
Acadia's 10th Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for an evening of wines from around the world. Hosted by Sawyer's Specialties and catered by Sips Restaurant, this intimate evening is always a treat. Click here for more information and a link to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 12
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars & Coffee: Two-Wheelers
9AM - Noon: An opportunity for drivers to show off their own special cars, and for 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. The October Cars & Coffee will feature motorcycles and other two- and three-wheelers. 207-244-9242

Saturday, October 12
Acadia's 24th Annual Oktoberfest
Noon - 5PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for our annual brewfest! More than 20 brewers, pouring more than 60 craft beers for your tasting pleasure. Music by Banned from Eden and Pitch Black Ribbons, great food from local vendors, crafts, games and our 2nd home brewers competition are just some of the highlights.Click here for more info and a link to purchase tickets.

Monday, October 14
Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting
5:30PM at the Visitor Center, 329 Main Street, SWH: Get a recap of 2019 and hear plans for 202. Give your input on questions facing the Chamber, and learn who the next board member will be. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP: 244-9264

Tuesday, October 15
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Director's Tour: Treasures of the Farnsworth
11AM: Join Museum Director Sean Charette for a tour of the 2019 exhibit "Treasures from the Farnsworth".Last chance to see this outstanding collection of works by Maine artists from the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Included in regular museum admission. 277-7555

Wednesday, October 16
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Ed Rice and Robin Emery Robin Emery: Maine's First lady of Road Racing
5:30PM: Join Robin Emery & author Ed Rice, two members of the Maine Running Hall of Fame! Lamoine resident, Emery, is a true pioneer & elite competitor in long distance running in Maine for women. At 51, she had won more than 250 races in Maine & two national championships. In his book, Rice tells her story. Rice is also an avid long distance runner and creator of Bangor's Terry Fox 5K. 244-7065

Wednesday, October 16
Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Past Insults, Planned Restorations, and Preparing for an Uncertain Future in the Marshall Brook Watershed
7PM: Brian Henkel, Wild Acadia Project Coordinator. The Marshall Brook watershed, including Bass Harbor Marsh, has been impacted by many activities. Friends of Acadia, along with Acadia National Park, are working to assess and hopefully repair some of these impacts. Brian Henkel will discuss some of the known impacts and potential improvements to promote ecological integrity. Click for more info.

Thursday, October 17
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Director's Tour: Treasures of the Farnsworth
11AM: Join Museum Director Sean Charette for a tour of the 2019 exhibit "Treasures from the Farnsworth".Last chance to see this outstanding collection of works by Maine artists from the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Included in regular museum admission. 277-7555

Saturday, October 19
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Woodburning workshop
10AM - Noon: Join us for a Woodburning workshop with artist Ranee Levasseur of Gemini Pyrography. Ranee says "Pyrography or pyrogravure- the art of burning pictures into wood. Writing with fire with special pyrography tools is a fun and creative art that I have enjoyed for a quite while now. I do my wood burning on up-cycled and reused pieces of pine or bass wood." 244-7555

Sunday, October 20
MDI Marathon
The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is North America’s premier destination road race. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, sleepy Maine villages, and stunning seaside vistas. This fall classic has earned national and international accolades. Click here for much more information!

Tuesday, October 22
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: It Takes a Community A Documentary Film by Peter Logue
5:30PM: This documentary tells the story of The Parish House, a model of supported housing on Mount Desert Island for young adults with disabilities. The creation of the Parish House is also the story of Local Solutions, a nonprofit formed by parents and community activists for the purpose of creating inspired housing. Q&A to follow the 25 minute film. 244-7065

Tuesday, October 29
Fogtown Brewing Presents: Brewing Basics for the Aspiring Home Brewer
6PM: Discover the centuries-old art of brewing beer in a two-class course taught by Jon Stein, Fogtown's head brewer and co-owner! We’ll cover the basics: sourcing ingredients and equipment, recipe building, brewing technique and methodology, beer styles and approaches, troubleshooting and off-flavors, and the craft, science, and magic behind it all! Click here for info on how to register.

Saturday, November 2
Friends of Acadia's Take Pride in Acadia Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This volunteer effort, now in its twenty-seventh year, focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition. Click here for registration information.

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