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June
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Susan Beallor Art Exhibit
Experience Southwest Harbor’s Susan Beallor solo photographic installation “Xela: Weathered and Worn” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from June 3 to July 9. Meet the artist at a reception on Friday, June 7th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Click here for more.

Tuesday, June 18
Southwest Harbor Public Library's Summer Reading Kick-off Party
6PM at the American Legion Hall.enjoy a fun show by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. All welcome to this fun summer family fun event. Sign up to read and win prizes! Summer Reading Program: Babies, kids and teens can sign up to win prizes for reading throughout the summer. June 18 - Aug 17. Click here for more information!

Tuesday, June 18
Wendell Giley Museum Presents: People, Nature, Art with Rick Alley Jr., Duck Stamp Painter
7PM: A multiple-time winner of the Maine Duck Stamp contest, Rick was born and raised on Little Cranberry Island, where he lives today lobstering, fishing and scalloping when he’s not painting.There will be an artist reception at 6pm. Clck here to register. In Person or On Line.

Wednesday, June 19
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: All Ages Paint 'N' Sip: Watercolor Snail and Mushrooms
1:30PM: Students will be guided step by step through painting a snail & mushrooms in watercolor. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Click here to reserve your spot!

Friday, June 21
Backside Blast 2024!
Starting Friday Jue 21, we have a whole weekend of fun for you on the Quietside (Backside) of Mount Desert Island! Get a lobster meal at Archie's on Friday & watch a Pollock race. On Saturday, there's a car show, a pig roast, live music & more. It is all topped off with the Lobster Boat races on Sunday in Bass Harbor! Click here for more info!

Saturday, June 22
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Acadia Explorers - Echo Lake - Loons
10AM: Calling all outdoor explorers - we’re teaming up with Acadia National Park again to offer this adventurous, outdoor educational program for grades K-5 & caregiver. Registrants will receive a free book at each program and have the chance to enjoy a storytime by an SWHPL librarian, then explore and learn at park locations by a Park Ranger. Click here to register.

Saturday, June 22
Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service's 2nd Annual Mini Golf Tournament
2-9PM: Come watch the First Responders battle it out for the glory and island-wide bragging rights at the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament! Food, Raffles, Music and prizes! Fun for everyone! Click here to sign up.

Sunday, June 23
15th Annual Lobster Boat Races
Please join us for the Bass Harbor Boat Races on June 23rd, 2024. Registration is between 8am-9am and the races begin at 10am. Please stay tuned for more fun events organized by the Town of Tremont for the Boat Races Weekend. Stay tuned for more inforamtion!

Tuesday, June 25
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: History of Housing MDI Historical Society
5:30PM: Affordable and available housing has reached a crisis on MDI and difficult conversations are taking place in every community about possible solutions. Join us for "A History of Housing with Thoughts for the Future" with speakers Raney Bench from the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, and Susanne Paul and Noel Musson with the Housing Solutions Initiative. Click here for details.

Wednesday, June 26
Acadia National Parks' Save Our Summits Program
In collaboration with Friends of Acadia and Schoodic Institute, we invite tenacious hikers to bring bags of soil to the summits of Penobscot and Sargent Mountains. This year, the recurring Save Our Summits Volunteer Program will take place every Wednesday from June through September, 2024. Hikes run from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., weather permitting. Click here to register.

Wednesday, June 26
ArtWaves Presents: Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner
10AM - 2PM: Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, June 26
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Bas Relief Jars
10:30AM: Join Kathie Pratt and work in clay to create a nature-themed bas relief that you’ll be able to complete and take home that day. Artists create a bas-relief by sculpting onto a 2-D plane to create and accentuate figures and objects, producing a 3-D appearance. We’ll be using polymer clay and baking it off, then painting it. Click here to register.

Wednesday, June 26
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Flower Hunt
2-3PM: Charlotte Rhoades Garden & Butterfly Park is full of flowers, and we’re going to get up close and personal with them! Working with a partner, we will observe the variety of flowers in the garden, notice differences among them, and share what we discovered. For explorers age 8 and younger with an adult. Click here to register.

Wednesday, June 26
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents:
6-7PM: For kids ages 6-11, this class is a perfect way to introduce kids to yoga. Guest instructor, Erika Rosso, will lead students in creative yoga asana(poses) and breathing techniques to help calm the mind and build confidence. Parents are welcome to join in the fun or drop older kids off for the 45 min class. Please wear stretchy comfortable clothing and bring water. Click to register.

Thursday, June 27
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Paging Nature
10AM: Nature Journaling is a great way to explore nature wherever you go and to record all the wonderful things you discover. We will create a personal notebook to take outdoors, and use our senses to ask questions about what we observe. Writing and drawing will help us discover the amazing details in the natural world. Ages 9 and older. Click here to register,

Thursday, June 27
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Fabulous Feathers
2-3PM: Discover the fabulousness of feathers! How they’re built, how they function, and all the different types of feathers that birds have. We will finish by making art prints. All ages but children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 2
ArtWaves Presents: Stained Glass Mosaics - Magnets, Mirrors & and More
2-5PM: If you are a beginner this is the workshop for you!, learn to Cut and Color with Stained glass. Let your light shine- learn to design, cut glass and Make and take home some unique mosaic pieces. We include it all Anyone over 5 can work with our heaps of colored glass to create shimmery light filled gifts, ornaments. Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, July 4
Acadia Chamber's 11th Annual Fireworks Display
Once again this year, Acadia Chamber is please to host the Annual Fourth f July Fireworks Display. (Rain date is July 6) The fireworks will be shot off a barge in the middle of the harbor starting at approximately 9PM. This wonderful event is made possible by the support and donations of our residents, businesses and visitors - thank you!

Friday, July 5
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Paint 'N' Sip: Echo Lake Night Sky with Milky Way
6-8PM: Students will be guided step by step through painting a night sky with the Milky Way over Echo Lake. Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.Click here to register.

Wednesday, July 10
ArtWaves Presents: Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner
10AM - 2PM: Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, July 13
Harbor House's Annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival
Continues thru 7/15: The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone. More details to come!

Thursday, July 25
Charlotte Rhoades Park's 26th Annual Butterfly Release
1PM or 2:30PM: The Annual Butterfly Release is divided into two sessions to ensure that guests can enjoy all of the activities and stroll through the park at their own pace, allowing families and individuals to come and go at their leisure during their session time. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

Friday, August 2
ArtWaves Presents: Painting a Masterpiece in Fiber
9:30AM: Learn the basics of needle-felting and re-create a masterpiece using your own images of Acadia or one of the iconic ones. It's like coloring with wool . ArtWaves has an amazing array of dyed fleece, embellish with spun wool and frayed silk saris. Not only will you leave with a wonderful felted piece but you leave saying "I felt great"! Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, August 2
ArtWaves Presents: Mosaic Mirror Workshop
5:30PM: Making a stained-glass mosaic mirror is an opportunity to create with a unique hands-on medium. Participants will learn how to cut, grind, glue, and grout if desired using ArtWaves extensive supply of glass, tiles, natural materials, and pottery to create whatever mosaic pattern or image they like surrounding a round or rectangular mirror. Click here to register.

Monday, August 12
ArtWaves Presents: En Plein Air with Christine Lafuente- 4 sessions
Join Christine Lafuente, our August Guest Artist- August 12-15. Experience the magic of MDI as you paint En Plein Air. A basic review of outdoor set-up, palette organization, composition, and atmospheric color theory will be covered; however, most of the time spent together will be “hands-on” in the field with individual instruction at four select locations. Click here for details & to register.

Wednesday, August 14
ArtWaves Presents: Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner
10AM - 2PM: Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, August 21
Charlotte Rhoades Park Barn Talk "Bring Back the Pollinators"
10AM - Noon: Barn Talk "Bring Back the Pollinators" by Master Gardener and Xerces Society Ambassador Martina Dittmar. Stick around for the 2 pm - Monarch Tagging Demonstration! Free and Open to the Public. Click here for more information.

Friday, September 6
ArtWaves Presents: Celestial Felting
2:30PM: Here’s where you ‘paint’ with a barbed needle using ArtWaves amazing array of dyed wool, silk fibers and other embellishments. Needle felting in our spacious studios can be a meditative experience - it’s like coloring with sheep's fleece. Under 9 needs a double digit partner. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, September 11
ArtWaves Presents: Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner
10AM - 2PM: Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, October 2
ArtWaves Presents: Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner
10AM - 2PM: Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided. Click here for more information and to register.

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