Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Southwest Harbor Week Celebrates the Quietside of Acadia

This autumn, through a week of walks, cruises, concerts, talks and demonstrations, Southwest Harbor will feature the history and riches of Acadia’s Quietside. The week begins with Acadia’s 23nd Oktoberfest during Columbus Day weekend and ends on Sunday October 14th at the finish line for the 17th running of the MDI Marathon. Each day during the intervening week will highlight one of the area’s cultural resources.
Organized by AcadiaChamber, the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce, SW Harbor Week aims to raise awareness of the institutions and businesses outside the tourist hub of Bar Harbor. Alan Feuer, President of AcadiaChamber, says
Many people don’t realize that Acadia National Park covers nearly half of Mount Desert Island, and that many of the island’s attractions lie near Northeast and Southwest Harbors, often called the “Quietside of Acadia”. SW Harbor Week will shine a light on areas away from the tourist hub of Bar Harbor.
Some of the events planned are listed below.
Wine tasting at Smuggler’s Den Campground hosted by Sawyers Specialties.
Acadia’s Invitational Oktoberfest at Smuggler’s Den featuring music by Banned From Eden and Jones’n the Eclectic Dance Band. Craft fair on the Pemetic Green hosted by the Island Arts Association.
Atlantic Brewing Company’s 15th Annual Belt Sander Races & Buffet BBQ.
Talks and demonstrations of granite quarrying at the Maine Granite Industry Museum. Guided tours of a local quarry led by Steve Haynes, founder of the museum. Geology walks by geologists Duane and Ruth Braun, authors of Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Geology-related art classes at ArtWaves MDI.
A workshop on nature journaling using watercolors at the Wendell Gilley Museum. Director’s tour of the Gilley exhibit Earth, Sea, Sky featuring large-scale paintings by artist Barbara Ernst Prey. Guided birding tour into the field with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Tour of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse led by Coast Guardsmen. Sunset cruise past Bass Harbor Light with Eli Strauss of Island Cruises. Lighthouse themed art workshops by ArtWaves MDI.
History brought to life while cruising on Somes Sound with MDI Historical Society Director Tim Garrity and actors from The Barn Arts Collective. Wabanaki History and Art hosted by the Abbe Museum. Birding cruise on the Elizabeth T with Acadia Birding Festival founder Michael Good.
Open house at the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station with a tour of the fleet. Tour of a Hinckley Company shop with Hinckley vice president Philip Bennett. Lobstering from a 19th Century sloop led by Sail Acadia founder Karl Brunner.
Curator’s tour Art, Advertising and the Automobile at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Hood ornament carving workshop at the Auto Museum in conjunction with the Wendell Gilley Museum. Exhibition of and rides in early Fords.
Running of the MDI Marathon, voted America’s “most scenic”. Finish Line Festival in Southwest Harbor featuring music, food and the arrival of the marathoners. (Passenger ferry service will run between Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.)

Events will take place at various venues on Mount Desert Island. Please Visit AcadiaChamber.com for the latest calendar or contact the Chamber office for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents of Mount Desert Island. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of the island and supporting self-guided audio tours.
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For more information about SW Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.