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. Food courtesy of Sips will be served. 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? For more info and tickets, click here.
Sunday, October 7 Atlantic Brewing Presents: 15th Annual War Canoe Race & Belt Sanders & BBQ Buffet Noon-5pm. The War Canoes launch at Long Pond. At 3PM, the Belt Sander Race, a friendly but fierce competition in which decorated belt sanders are raced down two tracks in a double elimination bracket. The winners receive prizes, glory, and eternal bragging rights. Click here for more information.
Monday,October 8 Quarry Tour with Steve Haynes 9-10AM 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-12:30PM 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 10:30-11:30AM Steve Haynes, Granite Industry Museum founder, presents 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-12:30PM 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 Walk with geologists 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. Click here for tickets.
Monday, October 8 ArtWaves MDI Presents: Geological Printmaking 1:00-3:30PM 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 Walk with geologists Duane and Ruth Braun 3:00-5:00PM At Seawall Pond we'll start with a short geologic history. Then we'll examine the seawall itself and discuss how it formed. Then we'll look at the pink granite and the unusual minerals in veins cutting the granite. From there we'll walk along the shore to where the light gray volcanic rocks outcrop and see evidence for glacial scour. Click here for tickets.
Monday, October 8 ArtWaves MDI Presents: Felted Cairn Markers 6:00-9:00PM 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 Tours Join as at 11AM or 3PM for a tour of Barbara Ernst Prey's stunning exhibit "Earth, Sea, Sky" with Museum Director Sean Charette. 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 1:00-3:00PM 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. Registration is required as space is limited.
Tuesday, October 9 Birding Walk with ornithologist Michael Good 12:30-2:00PM Explore the birds of the Seawall area with Michael Good, 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 Gilley Museum Presents: Nightwalk - using all your senses to explore nature 5:00-6:00PM "Nightwalk" author Karen Zimmerman leads a fun family-oriented program that encourages people to use all their senses to explore the natural world. All welcome, including kids 8 and older. Click here to register.
Wednesday, October 10 ArtWaves MDI Presents: Make & Take a Lighthouse Print 9:30AM-12:30PM A 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 to register.
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. Parking is limited.
Wednesday, October 10 ArtWaves MDI Presents: Glass Mosaic Lighthouse 1:00-4:00PM 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. Space is limited, no experience necessary. Click here to register.
Wednesday, October 10 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise with Captain Eli 4:30-6:30PM Take a short sunset cruise from Bass Harbor with Captain Eli aboard the R.L. Gott to view Bass Harbor Light from the water and hear island tales. Ideal for anyone with a soft spot for lighthouses. Click here for tickets.
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 Birdwatching Cruise with Michael Good 11:00AM-1:00PM 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.
Thursday, October 11 Great Harbor Cruise with MDI Historical and Barn Arts 1:15-3:35PM Cruise Somes Sound on the Sea Princess while Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, and Andrew Simon, founder of The Barn Arts Collective, reveal and act out scenes of past events on one of the east coast's most spectacular ocean inlets. Click here for tickets.
Thursday, October 11 A Wabanaki History Experience sponsored by the Abbe Museum 4:30-7:00PM The program begins with Wabanaki basketry and its history on MDI. Then Mi’kmaq storyteller John Dennis will share traditional songs & stories followed by archaeologist Chris Sockalexis of the Penobscot Nation who will present his work.
Friday, October 12 Coast Guard Station Open House 10:00-11:00AM 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. Click here for tickets.
Friday, October 12 Lobstering by Sail with Captain Karl 10AM-Noon Sail aboard the 1899 Friendship Sloop Alice E with Captain Karl, founder of Sail Acadia. Friendship Sloops were used by coastal fishermen to haul lobster traps. Karl will demonstrate sailing & lobster fishing. Enjoy spectacular views of MDI from the water, Bear Island lighthouse, & the Cranberry Islands. Click here for tickets.
Friday, October 12 The Hinckley Company Presents: Shop tour with Phil Bennet 2:00PM-3:00PM 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. Click here for tickets. Space is limited.
Friday, October 12 Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Campfire Stories Live with Dave and Ilyssa Kyu Time TBA: Campfire stories are meant to be heard out loud. This event will feature work from a new anthhology of stories, from across the country. The first chapter of the book features stories about and inspired by Acadia National Park and MDI. The event will include performances by local artists, telling local stories. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.
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 and 2PM Join Curator Roberto Rodriguez for an insider'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 10AM-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 Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: A Library Celebration of Ralph Stanley Time TBA. Join us for an afternoon of boat talk and music in celebration of the career and talents of Southwest Harbor boatbuilder and designer, maritime historian, writer, genealogist, storyteller, musician and National Heritage Fellow Ralph Stanley. Stay tuned for more details! 244-7065
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 & Finish Line Festival Running of the 2018 Mount Desert Island Marathon, voted 'most scenic' and runner-up 'best overall' marathon by Runner's World. Hosted by Crow Athletics. Celebrate with marathoners at the Finish Line Festival in downtown SWH. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 14 Ferry Service between Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor Running from 7:45AM to 1:15PM. 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 the Finish Line Festival. Space is limited on each trip. Click here to purchase tickets.