Friday, May 19, 2017

Welcome to new Chamber member, Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery!

Welcome to new Chamber member, Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery!

We are excited to welcome new owner Michael Boland and the Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery. An institution for many years, it is wonderful to see the restaurant coming back to life. Planned opening day is June 1st.

Boland says that they intend to keep the restaurant largely the same as it has been since the Liefs began operating the restaurant in 1993. The menu will be decided soon, but Boland expects to keep many of the same items, along with a few new dishes.

“We plan to provide good jobs to local residents and purchase as much as possible from local or Maine-based vendors, which will help us achieve our goal of serving our customers great food and beverages in a unique setting,”

Emily Damon, from 151 Main Street and Watermark, has agreed to take the helm in the kitchen and will be the Executive Chef. Along with her will be several key returning kitchen folks, along with new Sous Chef Ian Merchant.

"You'll find the same moss covered shingles, spider webs and rustic charm, but we have made some significant if low key changes to the interior. Bigger bar, higher floor, enclosed porch room, updated restrooms, a few more seats, etc. etc. - come out and see for yourself!"


On May 16, 2017, Leonard R. Cashman was elected to serve as a Director of both Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and its parent company, Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB).

Mr. Cashman is an owner and partner of C.O. Properties, a real estate holding company based in New Hampshire. For about 25 years, Mr. Cashman worked in the whole sale food industry throughout New England, rising to the position of Vice President and General Manager at P&C Foods, Inc.  Mr. Cashman has also owned a car wash in Lebanon, New Hampshire; been involved in the marketing of specialized group medical insurance products; and in the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of Landmark Bank in Lebanon, NH.  In 1997, Landmark Bank was purchased by Lake Sunapee Bank Group and Mr. Cashman joined the Board of Directors.  During his 20 years as a Director of Lake Sunapee Bank Group, Mr. Cashman was an active committee member, serving on the loan committee, executive committee and chair of the compensation committee.

A life-long resident of New England, Mr. Cashman and his family moved to Hanover, NH in 1975.  He is an avid sportsman and over the years coached school baseball teams, served as president of the Hanover Hockey Association, and for two years ran the Norris Cotton Cancer Center golf tournament for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

"Mr. Cashman's extensive experience as a successful business owner and former bank director at two other institutions, as well as being a long-term resident of New Hampshire, makes him a valuable member to the Bar Harbor Bankshares Board of Directors in guiding the future direction of the bank," said Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 125 years. Bar Harbor provides full service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to

Monday, May 15, 2017

SWH Library Presents: Barbara Strubell - Artist's Reception

I wanted to invite you all to my upcoming reception! Please share with friends and I hope to see you on June 10th! -Barbara

Painting is not just another creative outlet for Bass Harbor artist Barbara Strubell.

Overcoming a difficult childhood and battles with addiction, her art has kept her centered, disciplined, and sober.

Now, Strubell wants to show Mount Desert Island just what she can do with a brush, pallet knife and canvas.

An exhibition of her work opens at Southwest Harbor Public Library starting Thursday, June 1.

"I really want people to see the world that I have created," she said.

Strubell, 63, has lived in Maine for 40 years, drawn to the state's natural beauty.

"I can remember living in a city and wishing I could see trees outside my window," said Strubell.

The artist had a difficult childhood in which she lived in eight foster homes before being adopted at the age of 12. It was art that provided a positive, creative outlet in those tumultuous, formative years.

Strubell was drawn to artists who paint with immediacy, color, and vibrancy. "As a troubled youngster, I was drawn right to Van Gogh," Strubell said. "I don't cry as a rule, but when I saw his self-portrait, tears came to my eyes."

Years later, Strubell recalled how coming to Mount Desert Island helped her overcome some very difficult, personal challenges.

"One of the reasons I paint landscapes is because, for me, part of the healing process was getting outside," said Strubell, who has been sober for 20 years. "The mountains, the woods, and the ocean are just wonderful for me. I'm a very visual person, and inspiration in nature is everywhere."

In short, painting gives her peace.

Strubell loves the tactile aspect of her painting. "I'm very a deliberate painter. And I can mix the colors to do whatever I want them to do. It's a very pleasing experience overall."

Strubell said she loves the feel of working with oils, as well as the vibrant colors they produce. Each painting conveys a different mood, whether it's the tranquility of her big sky painting, "Sunset Over Bass Harbor," or the feminine quality of a piece of driftwood discovered on a beach in "Driftwood."

With her art, Strubell conveys a range of emotions, from bliss to joy. "The last painting I did was 'A Wonderful Walk.' What I wanted to evoke is the complexity of what we have in nature. A walk in the woods is an invitation to see beauty everywhere," says Strubell.

“Some of my paintings have a strong feminine aspect. While others show a certain attitude. Even a fallen tree has exceptional beauty because of its innate strength."

Strubell continues with her full-time, year-round business, Artful Designs Hair Care and Art in Southwest Harbor. Her salon is festooned with her work. And while her work as a stylist helps pay the bills, it's also a creative outlet.

"Hair is sculpture," she said. "Its color, its line, its composition. There's also the social aspect of it. I'm basically a hermit, so being a hairdresser allow me to interact with a summer tourist or someone I have been styling for twenty years. I’m grateful that I have work that I love and that I love to work. I hope that old and new friends alike will join me at the library this June for a celebration of life and art. Because, to me, they are inseparable.”

Visit, and for more information and to see examples of her art.

Like her on and follow @bcstrubell on Twitter. Strubell's exhibition runs from the 1st of June through July 7th .

An opening reception will be held on June 10 from 1pm to 3pm. Food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. All are welcome. For more information on the exhibit, please contact Southwest Harbor Public Library at (207) 244-7065.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Opening Reception

Join Us!

The Woodlawn Museum & Seal Cove Auto Museum
invite you to celebrate the opening of a new season.

Opening Reception
Seal Cove Auto Museum
1414 Tremont Rd, Seal Cove
Tuesday, May 9, 5pm - 7pm

Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and some social time with your fellow businesses in the tourism industry before the season gets too crazy!

This is your chance to see the spectacular Brass Era antique auto collection and Auto Wars exhibit for free, learn about the Auto Museum and Woodlawn Museum, and hear about what each museum has planned for the upcoming season. In addition, you will find out more about the partnership between these two history museums.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP to
You may call (207) 244-9242 for more information.


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