Monday, January 22, 2024

The 2024 Camp CaPella Polar Dip & Frost Festival Is Ready for you!

 February 24, 2024, Phillips Lake, Dedham, Maine at Camp CaPella

NEW this year the 2024 Camp CaPella Polar Dip & Frost Festival will feature all the fun of the original Polar Dip with the added activities of the NEW Frost Festival. The Polar Dip has always been the largest fundraisers of the year for Camp CaPella, the non-profit summer camp serving individuals with disabilities. 3 years ago we raised 30k, in 2022 we raised 50K and last year we raised 70K. We want to top that at 100K. We had 102 jumpers last year and would like to see 150 people jump in the lake.

We need your help to get as much on the air as possible.

Most campers who attend, come to Camp on scholarship. Camp CaPella never turns away a camper based on ability to pay, which means every dollar raised from the Polar Dip helps to send someone to summer camp. And everyone deserves an opportunity to experience summer camp in Maine!

This long-standing event is held annually at Camp Capella on Phillips Lake in Dedham and participants receive pledges to jump into the icy lake water through a hole cut into the ice.

Just like last year, there are 3 ways to participate –

1. Live on February 24th at the lake. There will be Prizes, a Hot Tub, Games, Snowmobile/Sled Rides, and Food this year!

2. If that doesn’t work for you, you are encouraged to participate virtually. This option allows you to pick any date in the month of February and get creative with your polar dip efforts – roll around in the snow or create a snow angel in your swimsuit, pop a water balloon of ice water over your head, sit in a kiddie pool full of ice water or run under a sprinkler in the snow! Virtual participants are asked to record a video to share with Camp CaPella’s social media.

3. And, for those that have no interest in getting near anything cold, there is the Jittery Jumper option, where for a small fee you pay not to get cold! Recruit like-minded individuals to pledge you.

Not like last year there will be more winter family fun. Bring your family down to watch people jump into the lake, play some of our new Frost Festival games, have food or listen to some live music.

ALL participants, regardless of which way you choose to participate, are asked to register online. Visit our website, to register.

Event Contacts: Melanie Dresser            Rebecca Winkler Barrera

207-974-6722                                          207-843-5104           

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Welcome to New Chamber Member Camp Beech Cliff!


Welcome to new Chamber Member Camp Beech Cliff!

Camp Beech Cliff states: 


Through summer camps and year-round outdoor education, leadership and recreation programs, Camp Beech Cliff MDI seeks to enrich the lives of people of all ages. Our mission is to inspire personal growth, interpersonal connection, and a deep appreciation of the natural world.




Camp Beech Cliff was a private summer camp for boys from the 1950s until 1978. It was reborn as a day camp for both boys and girls in 1991. That was a decade of tremendous growth for the camp. A successful fundraising campaign in the mid-90s made possible the purchase of the 50 acres Camp Beech Cliff was leasing, thus ensuring the property would remain a permanent resource for our youth. Camp Beech Cliff was incorporated as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1997, became an independently operated day camp in 1999, and earned ACA accreditation in 2002. In 1991 our summer camp program hosted just 20 campers a week and now, more than 200 kids immerse themselves in nature and fun every summer week with us.



We are excited about the continuing efforts to improve and expand camp life. In 2012, we underwent an extensive renovation to cabin buildings and the addition of an amphitheater, a boardwalk along the waterfront, and a road down the hill to the waterfront that provides access for emergency vehicles and people with limited mobility.



Camp Beech Cliff remains, first and foremost, committed to creating a summer camp for local kids. We are also expanding and growing…finding ways to benefit our community all year long. Acadia Leadership Institute at Camp Beech Cliff is a new venture designed to share our comfortable meeting spaces and unique settings, our expert instructors, and our state-of-the-art equipment, along with a roster of impressive area professionals, to meet our growing off-season demand. Additionally, we have a new one-of-a-kind challenge course as our centerpiece of an already picturesque camp landscape. This has opened the doors for the creation of the Acadia Leadership Institute, now offering year-round experiences for youth and adults of all ages. Schools, colleges, businesses and other groups looking to experience a truly unique adventure and training opportunity should look no further than a program with the Acadia Leadership Institute, at Camp Beech Cliff.

Be sure to check out their web site at:!

Friday, January 5, 2024

Welcome to the Chamber, Compass Marine Surveys, Inc!

Please join us in welcoming Compass Marine Surveys, Inc, to the Chamber!

"Captain Richard J. Gayton channels years of expertise into his work with Compass Marine Surveys, Inc.

"A former British master mariner in the British Merchant Navy, Mr. Gayton was inspired to embark on a similar path by his father, who was a member of the Royal Navy. Upon the conclusion of his active seagoing service, he transferred his vast skill set into his work with The Salvage Association, where he worked as a staff surveyor between 1995 and 2001. Over the years, Mr. Gayton expanded upon his industry knowledge in a similar role with BMT and as the vice president of Surveys & Technical Department for the American P&I Club.

"Throughout his career, Mr. Gayton has gained valuable expertise in directorial roles for Braemar and Leeds & Leeds Company, and as the owner of Compass Marine Surveys, Inc. Backed by his considerable breadth of knowledge, he presently serves as the principal surveyor and Owner of Compass Marine Surveys. In this capacity, he assess’ damage in order to evaluate it for the purposes of insurance and provides risk assessment and condition surveys for various marine assets, including Ocean going vessels and coastal commercial and pleasure craft. Mr. Gayton also provides risk assessment and loss surveys for cargo and also Expert Witness services. Due to his vast breadth of experiences, Mr. Gayton has also obtained four patents for an anti-piracy apparatus for ships and published various articles through the American Club.

"An expert in his field, Mr. Gayton attended Warsash Maritime College and later became a master mariner through Plymouth Maritime College. Driven to remain abreast of changes in the field, he aligns himself with several organizations, including the American and Canadian Adjusters Association and the Marine Lawyer Association."

Check out his web site at:

Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: CALL TO EXHIBITORS Women’s History Month March 2024


The Southwest Harbor Public Library invites women of all ages of the Mount Desert Island community to exhibit in March 2024. We welcome pieces inspired by the National Women’s History Alliance 2024 theme “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” It takes courage for women to advocate for practical goals like equity, diversity and inclusion when established forces aim to misinterpret, exploit or discredit them. The exhibit showcases women who are or were committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity.

We encourage participants to use any media to create a work for the exhibit that exemplifies the theme. One does not need to be an “artist” to participate. Exhibit pieces we welcome are, but not limited to, collage, jewelry, literature, musical compositions, needle work, painting, photography, poetry, quilting, rug hooking, sculpture, sewing and weaving. We also encourage group projects such as quilts, shared stitchery pieces, or any collaborative process.

Registration pens online on Tuesday, January 9th at Look for the Women’s History Month (WHM) under the About Tab. Online registration is preferred, but if you need help, stop by to register in person. Please call ahead to set up an appointment. 207-244-7065.

Deadline Saturday, February 24 – Registration and Hi-Res image.

Please review the registration requirements for submitting your work and the highest-resolution digital image.

Deliver your item, fully ready for display, between Friday, February 23rd, and 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27th. Instructions on how to prepare your item for exhibit will be sent to you after you register. If your item is not ready to exhibit when dropped off it will not be displayed.

Reception on Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exhibit closes Friday, March 29. All works must be collected by 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30th.

Questions? Contact the Southwest Harbor Public Library by phone (207) 244-7065,

or email or visit

Other Mount Desert Island libraries will also celebrate Women’s History Month 2024..

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Harbor Table!

 Please join us in welcoming Harbor Table to the Chamber!

Harbor Table is serving up tasty treats semi-year round at 336 Main Street in Southwest Harbor. Host David Allen invites you to stop o by! You an call to check their hours at 244-8247 and be sure to check their web site at!

Island Connections Sugar Showdown 2024


Calling all bakers! Island Connections invites you to join us for our ‘1st Annual Sugar Showdown: A Sweet Celebration of Community and Confections’ from 5-7pm Saturday, February 10th, at the Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a passionate home baker, Island Connections is on the lookout for bakers of all levels to showcase their talents in three exciting categories: Whoopie Pie, Sweet Surprise, and Showstopper. Compete for a chance to win the hearts of our attendees and the coveted 'Community Favorite Award.' In addition to public voting, our expert judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. General admission will be $10 per person or $30 per family, granting access to a variety of dessert samples from all three categories. Vote for your favorites, bid on a Showstopper piece in the accompanying auction, and raise a toast at our cash bar. Don't miss out on this sweet celebration – sign up now to compete and let your baking skills shine! We hope to have a diverse group of bakers and amateurs are most welcome!

All proceeds for this event will go directly toward Island Connections’ mission of providing free transportation and services to seniors and people with disabilities, enhancing their independence and quality of life. “There is so much love involved in what we do, so a sweet Valentine’s Day themed event feels just right,” said Executive Director Carissa Tinker.

To participate as a baker in this sweet showdown, please register on the Island Connections website:

For inquiries and additional information, please contact Events & Volunteer Coordinator, Sydnie White, at or call 207-288-4457.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Camp CaPella Charity Online Auction is Almost Here!

December 1st through December 10th, 2023, hosted by Bidding for Good!

The Camp CaPella Online Auction is quickly becoming a Holiday favorite fundraiser for us. Camp CaPella is a non-profit summer camp serving individuals with disabilities. Over the years Camp CaPella has become the place our campers come to be themselves, see old friends and make new ones. Although many campers attend camp through scholarship funds raised by events like this one they are ALL excited and ready to spend some much-needed time at “their place”. And everyone deserves an opportunity to experience summer camp in Maine!

This is our fourth annual Holiday Online Auction. It takes two months to organize this auction and each year we strive to create the most diverse auction possible. We have something for everyone; moto cross helmets, ukuleles, jewelry, tools, and gift certificates for everything under the sun!

All our local businesses, donors, and communities have come together to provide items and gift certificates to auction off to the highest bidder! We have items and baskets from Bar Harbor to Greenville, Bangor to Belfast and everywhere in between.

It is a great way to get ready for the Holidays and provide tuition for a Camper! Help us make 2024 the best year ever! Last year we brought in 7500.00, this year we want to bring in 10,000.00! So bid high and help us raise the bar on this event!

Visit to get the link to the auction.

Camp CaPella Facebook will also have the link provided.

Host Site: Bidding for Good:

Event Contacts:

Melanie Dresser                                Rebecca Winkler-Barrera

207-974-6722                                              207-843-5104