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Southwest Harbor Week, 2018

A week of fun and informative events celebrating the Quietside of Acadia. Running from the Oktoberfest Wine Tasting on October 5th to the MDI Marathon Finish Line Festival on October 14th.

Please note, we're still adding events and some times may change.
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Friday, October 5
9th Annual Wine Tasting
4-6PM at Smuggler's Den Campground. Join us for our 9th Annual Wine Tasting. Sample more than 30 wines from around the world, and from around Maine. Tasty treats will be served, and enjoy the beautiful fall season with your friends. Click here for more information and tickets.

Saturday, October 6
Island Arts Association's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Craft Fair
10AM - 3PM on the Pemetic School Lawn in downtown Southwest Harbor. Join us again this year to celebrate the harvest season with great handmade, local artisans' crafts. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 6
23rd Annual Acadia's Oktoberfest
Noon - 5PM at Smuggler's Den Campground. Maine is home to a vibrant craft beer industry with more than 90 breweries large and small now in operation throughout the State. What could be more fun than craft beer, music, food, crafts and games in the autumn on Mount Desert Island? You will get all these and more at Acadia's Invitational Oktoberfest! For more info and tickets, click here!

Sunday, October 7
Atlantic Brewing Presents: Belt Sanders & BBQ Buffet
11:30AM: Belt Sander Race a friendly but fierce competition in which decorated belt sanders, this year’s theme is pirates, are raced down two tracks in a double elimination bracket. The winners receive prizes, glory, and eternal bragging rights. The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Muir Fund for Cancer Support are the beneficiaries of this competition. Click here for more information!

Monday,October 8
Quarry Tour with Steve Haynes
9AM: Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat Yard in Hall Quarry. Click here to get tickets!

Monday, October 8
ArtWaves Presents: Rocking Mosaics
9:30AM Learn to cut, grind, and color with Stained Glass. We have a huge selection of glass, tile and stones with all the tools and materials for you to bring home a framed piece for your window, wall or even make a pair of Acadia inspired of coasters! We have designs, use your own image, or go totally abstract. ages 6 and up can create with glass. Click here to register!

Monday,October 8
Granite Cutting Demonstration with Steve Haynes
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. Click here to get tickets!

Monday,October 8
Quarry Tour with Steve Haynes
11:30AM: Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat Yard in Hall Quarry. Click here to get tickets!

Monday, October 8
Geology Walk #1 with Duane and Ruth Braun
12:30 - 2:30PM: At Seal Cove we will start with a short geologic history overview. After that near the landing we will examine a “Shatter Zone” of schist fragments in the Southwest Harbor granite. Then we will walk along shore to a point where the Ellsworth schist has been crumpled into a series of Zig-Zag folds. Time permitting we will drive to Bass Harbor for more! Click here for tickets!

Monday, October 8
ArtWaves MDI Presents: Geological Printmaking
1-3:30: Prismatic rocks come out beautifully using the reduction method of squeegeeing portions of ink away. Create cairns, the shoreline, or one of our erratics. Add some native botanicals, which we happen to have. Gelatin plates hold amazing details and you can experiment on a variety of papers using our non toxic Akua inks. Click here to register!

Monday, October 8
Geology Walk #2 with Duane and Ruth Braun
3-5PM: At Seawall Pond we'll start with a short geologic history overview. After that we will examine the seawall itself and discuss how it forms. Then we will look at the pink granite there and the unusual minerals in veins cutting the granite. From there we will walk along the shore to where the light gray volcanic rocks outcrop and see evidence for glacial scour. And more! Click for tickets.

Monday, October 8
ArtWaves MDI Presents: Felted Cairn Markers
6-8:30: Make and take your own unique Bates Cairns trailmarkers from Maine organic farmers fleece.We supply it all to create a framed scene as well as wet felt the rocks for a cairn. Ages 7 up, the needles are sharp. Click here to register.

Tuesday, October 9
Wendell Gilley Museum's Director's Tour
Join as at 11 AM or 3 PM for a tour of Barbara Prey's stunning exhibit "Earth, Sea, Sky" with Museum Director Sean Charette. Details to follow! Click here for tickets, or call 244-7555.

Tuesday, October 9
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Drawing from Nature - Nature Journaling with watercolors workshop with artist Amy Gagnon
1-3PM: Amy, whose work is in the Drawing from Nature exhibition at the Gilley, will share insights into her process for drawing and painting and her excitement for exploring nature. She will provide coaching as participants practice sketching and try different techniques to capture observations. Pre-registration is required as space is very limited. $10 for museum members, $15 for all others.

Tuesday, October 9
Birding Walk with Michael Good
12:30 PM: Limit of 18 participants. Explore the birds of the Seawall area with Michael Good, MDI ornithologist, naturalist and founder of the Acadia Birding Festival. The Seawall 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!

Tuesday, October 9
Wendell Golley Museum Presents: Nightwalk - using all your senses to explore nature
5-6 pm. Local author Karen Zimmerman leads a fun family-oriented program, using activities from her book Nightwalk, that encourages people to use all their senses to explore the natural world. All welcome, including kids of any age. No charge, pre-registration is recommended. Click here!

Wednesday, October 10
ArtWaves MDI Presents: Make & Take a Lighthouse Print
9:30AM: No experience needed for this wow of a workshop. We supply it all and the results are stunning- the gelatin plates to create your lighthouse image on, and our Akua inks are vibrantly colored. Liz will guide you through endless possibilities of monoprinting on a variety of papers. Everything is included so you can take home your own unique printed postcards, tags, booklets, etc. Click here!

Wednesday, October 10
Open Lighthouse Tour
10AM - 2PM: Bass Harbor Head Light sits on a dramatic bluff at the entrance to Bass Harbor. Come tour the lighthouse and hear of its history from members of the the U. S. Coast Guard and National Park Service. Free. Parking is limited.

Wednesday, October 10
ArtWaves MDI Presents: Glass Mosaic Lighthouse
1-4PM: ArtWaves is offering a Mosaic Lighthouse Workshop for those inspired by lighthouses! We include everything you need to learn to cut, grind, fit and grout a gorgeous 8x10 piece for your wall or window. ArtWaves Kaleidoscope Studio has an amazing array of colors and textures to choose from. Workshop limited to 16 participants, no experience necessary! Click here to register!

Wednesday, October 10
ArtWaves MDI Presents: Felted Lighthouse Workshop
6-9PM: Come in and learn how to needle felt using natural wool roving, mixed with raw sheep's wool, and an array of colorful yarn. Jessica Harris will guide you through the basics of needle felting through hands on demos, samples, and guidance. We will base our felted lighthouses off real ones. Click here to register!

Thursday, October 11
Birding Cruise with Michael Good
11AM to 1PM: Cruise aboard the Elizabeth T with Michael Good, founder of the Acadia Birding Festival. The trip is an opportunity to explore and enjoy coastal MDI. We'll travel past Great Cranberry to the outer waters around Baker Island to look for Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, Osprey, Bald Eagles and marine mammals. Click here for info and tickets.

Friday, October 12
Coast Guard Station Open House
10AM: Limited to 40 people. 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. Free; click here to pre-register.

Friday, October 12
Lobstering by Sail on the Alice E.
10AM: Sail aboard the 1899 Friendship Sloop Alice E with Karl Brunner, founder 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 & lobster fishing during this special cruise. Enjoy spectacular views of Acadia National Park from the water, Bear Island lighthouse, & the Cranberry Islands.

Saturday, October 13
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars & Coffee: Early Fords
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 Ford’s early As, Ts, and the other Ford “Alphabet Cars.” 244-9242

Saturday, October 13
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Curator's Tour
10AM or 2PM: Join Roberto Rodriguez for a Curator's Tour of the exhibit "Art, Advertising and the Automobile". Space is limited; please call to reserve your spot. 244-9242. Includes regular museum admission.

Saturday, October 13
Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Wendell Gilley Museum Present: Hood Ornament Carving Workshop: Rene Lalique Faucon
1-5PM: In this one-day class, we will make a wooden hood ornament carving of a falcon, based on a beautifully designed hood ornament created by the famous French artist Renee Lalique, who created an original version in art glass. This class is an exciting collaboration between 2 Quietside museums. Click here for more information and to register. Space is limited.

Saturday, October 13
Barn Arts Collective Presents: meSSeS
2-3PM location TBD: Janoah anygoodjokes? Bailin. Learn to juggle in this participatory performance, using mesmerizing movements of objects, bodies and words. *Part of Southwest Harbor Week. Rated G. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 13
Barn Arts Collective Presents: We Are Pilgrims
7-10PM location TBD: Elliah Heifetz, Srđa Vasiljević. A traveling concert experience which re-imagines The Canterbury Tales as a road trip to a music festival. *Part of Southwest Harbor Week. Rated PG-13. Click for more information.

Sunday, October 14
Mount Desert Island Marathon
Presenting the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon, voted 'most scenic' and runner-up 'best overall' marathon by Runner's World! Race day is held annually on the Sunday following Columbus Day. Hosted by Crow Athletics. Click here for more information.


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