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Southwest Harbor Week

October 11 - 20
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Friday, October 11
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, 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
Island Arts Association's Oktoberfest Craft Fair
10AM-3PM on the Pemetic School Lawn in downtown Southwest Harbor. Stop by and find the best local arts and crafts while you are here for the Oktoberfest celebration!

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.

Saturday, October 12
Coda Presents: Mes Amis
We welcome back our favorite jazz combo Mes Amis. Maine's premier Gypsy Jazz quartet features Steve Lynnworth on vocals and lead guitar, with Shane Ellis on clarinet, saxophone and flute. Backing them up is the traditional "Hot Club" rhythm section of acoustic guitar and upright bass. 244-8133

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

Tuesday, October 15
Birding Walk with Michael Good
12:30PM: Explore the birds of the Seawall Picnic area with Michael Good, founder of the Acadia Birding Festival. Seawall Picnic area is 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.

Wednesday, October 16
Lighthouse Cruise
3PM: Climb aborad the Elizabeth T. and bring your camera! We will visit 3 local lighthouses from the water side so you can take photographs. More information to come. Click here for tickets!

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
The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society's Quarry Tour
9AM: Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat Yard in Hall Quarry. Meet at The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society, 64 Beech Hill Cross Road. Click here for tickets.

Thursday, October 17
The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society's Granite Cutting Demo
10:30AM: Steve Haynes, Granite Industry Museum founder, provides a hands-on demonstration of how granite block was drilled and cut back in the early days of quarrying and explains why this is an important part of American History. Meet at The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society, 64 Beech Hill Cross Road. Click here for tickets.

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

Thursday, October 17
Beech Cliffs Geology Walk #1 with Duane and Ruth Braun
12:30 PM: Come join us on top of Beech Cliff for an overview of when MDI was a "super volcano" (420 million years ago). We will finish with a discussion of the glacial sculpting of MDI and the dramatic changes in sea level after the glacier melted back from MDI. Space is limited on this tour of the geology of the Beech Cliffs. Be sure to register early! Click here for tickets.

Thursday, October 17
Red Cloak Tours Presents: Union Cemetery Tour
2PM: Are you interested in the past? Does history intrigue you? If so, you'll want to attend this special Union Cemetery Tour in Manset! The Lady in the Red Cloak will treat you to a walk through the historic burial ground to learn of the early settlers interred there and their contribution to the area as well as trends and trivia of headstone symbolism and funereal practices. Click for tickets!

Thursday, October 17
Beech Cliffs Geology Walk #2 with Duane and Ruth Braun
3:00 PM: Come join us on top of Beech Cliff for an overview of when MDI was a "super volcano" (420 million years ago). We will finish with a discussion of the glacial sculpting of MDI and the dramatic changes in sea level after the glacier melted back from MDI. Space is limited on this tour of the geology of the Beech Cliffs. Be sure to register early! Click here for tickets.

Friday, October 18
Lobstering Cruise with Sail Acadia
10AM: Sail aboard the 1899 Friendship Sloop Alice E with Karl Brunner of Sail Acadia. Built in the early 1900s, Friendship Sloops were used by coastal fishermen to haul lobster traps by hand under sail. Karl will demonstrate sailing and lobster fishing during this special cruise. Enjoy spectacular views of Park from the water, Bear Island lighthouse, and more. Only 6 seats - click for tickets.

Friday, October 18
Open House at the Coast Guard Station
10AM - 11AM: Learn about the mission of the Coast Guard in SW Harbor and take an hour-long guided tour of the station. See the Coast Guard's Boat Maintenance Facility, tour station's small boat fleet, and watch a line throwing demonstration. This is a free event but you must pre-register. Click here to get your free ticket!

Friday, October 18
The Hinckley Company Presents: Shop tour with Phil Bennet
2:00 PM: For 90 years The Hinckley Company has been building fine yachts in Maine. On this shop tour with Hinckley VP Phil Bennet, you can see how every new Hinckley starts to take shape. This is a limited tour that you must have tickets for. Please click here for tickets and location information.

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

Saturday, October 19
Coda Presents: Season Finale with the Knotty G’s
We are thrilled to feature the Knotty G's for our season finale. Chuck Knott and "Jill with a G" formed the funky and fun-loving duo known as The Knotty G's. Based in Asheville, NC, The Knotty G's travel the country sharing their soul-soaked Americana music and sensibilities. Doors open for dinner at 5:30 pm and the show starts at 8pm. $5 cover. Reservations suggested. 244-8133.

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!

Sunday, October 20
MDI Marathon Ferry
Add a little adventure to your stay on MDI while helping reduce traffic on the Marathon route and reduce congestion in Southwest Harbor. Take the Sail Acadia ferry between the Northeast Harbor Marina and Southwest Harbor for the finish of the MDI Marathon. Click here to get your tickets.


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