MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
April 15 - June 30, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
We have had several cloudy, foggy days over the past couple of weeks (including two this past weekend), but there actually has been very little rain here on the island. As a result many vernal pools and other normally wet areas are drying up. This is not unusual for our summer months. However, despite the showers today, it definitely is time to be especially careful with fire. Most old-timers, and some not-so-old-timers, remember all too well the devastating forest fire on Mount Desert Island in 1947. Originating in the center of the island near Town Hill, that fire burned violently to the east and southeast for nearly 10 days, driven by strong northwest winds. It devastated Bar Harbor and put an end to the grand "cottage era". For more information on that tragic event, take a look at the book "Lost Bar Harbor" in local bookstores or libraries.
We are entering the week of July 4th - perhaps our single busiest day and week during the entire year! You will want to make
your plans early and realistically - especially for the 4th itself, and especially where driving is concerned. We have the scoop on our
Happenings page. Also, with the weather forecast for the week looking a little unsettled, keep an eye on our
Weather page to get all the up to date information along with tide charts and current
Maine coast red tide alerts
There are a couple of new issues posted this month (one yesterday) on our MDI
Blog. If you haven't been looking at that part of our site, you might want to see what's there - and perhaps make a
comment yourself. If enough island folks start both reading and commenting on these issues, the blog could become a very significant
force in helping to resolve them. Give it a try and let others know what you think!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Bar Harbor Brass Week concludes tomorrow evening at 5:30 with a Brass Extravaganza at the bandstand on the Village Green. Also, we
are rapidly approaching the festivities surrounding the 4th of July. We have all the details on our
happenings page. There will be a lot going on, so check it out - and rest up a little over the next few days!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
If you have never seen "Flash in the Pans" - the steel drum band from Blue Hill - you are really missing something. You
have an opportunity to remedy that by heading over to the Bar Harbor Village Green tonight at 7 p.m.. They are
holding an open-air concert to benefit the West Eden Village Improvement Society. It is great music and will be
thoroughly enjoyed by kids as well as adults! Don't miss it!
Friday, June 20, 2008
At 7:59 p.m. today
Things in the weather department continue to be unsettled with some clouds, some sun, some fog, some showers and cool temperatures. Fog can be beautiful, however. The lupine are blooming in fields and along roadsides all over the island, and a little fog just enhances the view of this field in Manset. Other wild flowers are now in abundance as well, so look around as you are out and about!
The annual Chamber of Commerce Art Show will be held on the Village Green in Bar Harbor on both Saturday and Sunday.
Be sure to check it out. Saturday might be your best day to avoid those showers.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
After several weeks of sunny, warm weather, we are having a few cool, cloudy days with scattered showers and patchy fog.
Not to worry, however, because you now have an excuse to kick back and enjoy a fun parlor game or your favorite summer "read".
One of the nicest things about being here on the Maine coast in summer is the opportunity on cloudy, rainy or foggy days to slow your
pace and find those little, quiet, indoor activities that make life sparkle.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
HAPPY FATHER"S DAY!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Another weekend just ahead, and it looks like it will be a very busy one - especially Sunday. There is the Acadia Birding
Festival all weekend and a 10k road race on Saturday. Sunday is Father's Day and the largest cruise ship to visit Bar Harbor so far this year
will be here that day as well - "Grandeur of the Seas" of the Royal Caribbean Line. And last but not least, the Bar
Harbor Legacy of the Arts Festival kicks off a week of activities with a good ol' ragtime band concert on the green Sunday
evening. The weather looks great for tomorrow, but perhaps a few showers after that. We sure have no complaints though,
because June has been spectacular so far!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Red Lady Slipper
The heat has broken and we have some beautiful days coming up. This is a great time to hit the trails or
carriage roads and enjoy our late spring with all of its wild flowers. A hike just about anywhere will offer
many subtle but interesting rewards!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Hey, where did all the water go? It was dry this spring, but things must be worse than we thought!
(or it could be low tide)
We are in the midst of an unusual early June heat wave brought on by a "Bermuda High" out over the
mid-Atlantic. A breeze out of the southwest is pumping near 90 degree temperatures into Maine - even down
along the coast! We are fortunate to have some natural air conditioning, however, so get as close to the ocean
as you can today and tomorrow - on a boat would be best! Things should break about Wednesday with more normal daytime temps.
Friday, June 6, 2008
One of our island's most beautiful and showy spring wild flowers - the Wild "Blue Flag" Iris - is now in bloom along roadsides and
by swampy areas. They don't last too long, so get out and look for them in the next
couple of days.
Tomorrow is National Trails Day in Acadia National Park. A hike might be the perfect way to see those wild irises!
The weekend weather should be mostly sunny and very warm for this time of year -
especially on Sunday.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Unusual and interesting boats are frequently seen in the water at ports around Mount Desert during the summer, but they rarely show up on land! This one was spotted a couple of days ago at the Hinckley boatyard in Manset - apparently hauled out for restoration and refitting. She is the "Ada C. Lore", one of only three remaining Chesapeake Bay oyster schooners (note the shallow draft and low freeboard). We don't know who is having the work done, but a good guess might be Downeast Windjammer Cruises Captain Steve Pagels who has restored other historic vessels in the past.
Monday, June 2, 2008
With the month of June well underway, many island residents and visitors have started thinking about going down to the shore to get some steamer clams or wild mussels for their summer dinner. Unfortunately, over-harvesting has made steamers rather scarce in this area. Most towns now require clam diggers to have a license - even recreational diggers - and the clam flats around just about all of Mount Desert Island are closed completely during the summer months. Mussels, on the other hand, remain plentiful if you know where to look, and no license is required to pick them. However, you do need to be careful about red tide which can show up suddenly along parts of the Maine coast at this time of year.
Red tide is a bloom of a toxic algae which concentrates in the shellfish that feed upon it. Red tide does not harm the shellfish, but it can make humans who eat it quite sick. The Maine Department of Marine Resources keeps a close eye on red tide blooms, and closes sections of the coast to shellfish harvesting from time to time. We have a link to the current information about red tide closures on our weather page. So if you plan to pick some mussels this summer, check our red tide link first to be sure it is safe where you plan to go. Right now, the only closures are around the off-shore islands of Frenchboro and Isle au Haut.
And if you haven't tried wild
mussels steamed in beer and garlic, you have a real treat coming! By the way - lobsters are not affected by red tide - so not
to worry about that!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
This Cape Dory Typhoon was out yesterday afternoon for an early season sail off Northeast Harbor.
MDI.net crew was out as well - but in a Tempest. Greening Island is in the background.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tomorrow marks the end of another month, and Sunday is the first of June! Each year, once we pass Memorial Day it
seems that here on the island everything starts moving at a frantic pace. The happenings calendar
has expanded dramatically, and we have another busy weekend ahead. There may be a few showers as well, but you can take in some
professional modern dance indoors at MDI High School Saturday evening or stop by the free Abbe Museum Open House all day Sunday. And
look around when you are out and about - you likely will see some stylish and classic Corvettes! Those who have lived
here for many years know that you have to be intentional about taking advantage of all our beautiful, but short, summers have
to offer - so don't let time pass you by. When September rolls around,
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" takes a short break on a busy holiday weekend afternoon.
Monday, May 26, 2008 - Memorial Day
On this Memorial Day and everyday, let us...
Friday, May 23, 2008
Can you believe it? Memorial Day Weekend is upon us - the official beginning of summer! My, how time flies when you are having fun!
While many here and around the country will be enjoying traditional hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, other fortunate families in our area will sit down to an old-fashioned lobster dinner. Often, these lobsters will be boiled in seawater on an open fire by the shore. Although ground fishing continues to be almost non-existent along the Maine coast, the lobster fishery remains relatively healthy. This is largely due to careful observance of conservation measures by the lobstermen themselves, and they rightly take a lot of pride in their accomplishment. Things are not all great in the lobster industry, however. Fuel and bait costs have been giong through the roof, but the price of lobster at the boat has been little changed, putting the fishermen in a financial bind. Still, it could be worse, so if you are lucky enough - enjoy a good Maine lobster this weekend to start the season off on the right foot!
Our weekend weather forecast looks like mostly sunny and warmer - pretty good
compared to some other parts of the country! If you want to check out the accuracy of the forecasters, take a look at one of our
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
After a long winter in port, our high speed ferry, The Cat, lies at her pier on Eden Street awaiting the start of her summer
runs between Bar Harbor or Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Service from Portland begins May 30, and the first trip from Bar Harbor
to Yarmouth will leave on Monday, June 2 - just twelve days away!
Monday, May 19, 2008
This rolling hayfield on the Crooked Road is beginning to green-up!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
We have arrived at that very special time of year here on the island when flowers seem to
appear nearly everywhere. Some are cultivated in local gardens, but a great many of them are simply growing
wild in the woods and fields. Above on the left is a cultivated rhododendron (being courted by a bumblebee), and
on the right is a wild flowering shad (known locally as wild pear). Most blossoms, especially the flowering shad,
last only a very short time, so look around when you are out and about! There is a lot of beauty to be seen!
Friday, May 16, 2008
It looks like we have another very pleasant spring weekend ahead - perhaps a few scattered showers Saturday evening into Sunday morning,
but otherwise quite nice. There are lots of things going on around the island - plant sales, the Spring Bulb Tour, and the
Tour de Cure bicycle ride among them. Our Happenings page has complete details.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Our warm and sunny spring days just continue to roll along. In fact, after a wet and snowy winter, we have been enjoying one of the most pleasant and early spring seasons we can remember in many years!
Partly because of the great weather, island golf courses are now in full operation. Above is a photo taken a couple of days ago
of the historic and scenic
Kebo Valley Club in Bar Harbor.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Kolorful kayaks awaiting kustomers on the Bar Harbor waterfront.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Cruise ship "Maasdam" in Bar Harbor this morning on a pretty Mother's Day Sunday.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
It is a bright, sunny day here in coastal Maine, unlike areas much farther to our south where severe weather has
caused many problems. In addition to being Mother's Day, today marks the first cruise ship of the season to
visit Bar Harbor. The "Maasdam" of the Holland America Line will be in town until 3:00 p.m., so go over if
you get a chance and take a look. There should be lots of people on the streets and in the park.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The past two days here on the island have been absolutely beautiful - sunny and warm, more like early summer than
We have a few light showers this morning, and perhaps there will be more over the next two or three days.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Well, so much for accurate weather forecasts here along the Maine coast! Our sunny, cool weekend turned out to be rainy and almost cold!
Actually, to be fair, in these days of sophisticated computer models the meteorologists usually do a remarkably good job predicting the
weather in an area like ours that is notorious for rapid changes resulting from the impact of a cold ocean on upper air flows. The good side of all this
is that now we should see the sun again sooner than originally expected - perhaps later today, or tomorrow for sure (we think)!
Friday, May 2, 2008
It's hard to believe, but here we are in May! This month will mark the beginning of our tourism season, and the first cruise ship arrives in just nine days! The weather over the upcoming weekend should be sunny but cool - perfect for getting out to enjoy a hike or a bike ride on Acadia's 45 miles of beautiful carriage roads. Now is a great time to take advantage of them before the summer crowds return.
You also can enjoy the Acadia Choral Society's Spring Concert both Saturday and Sunday, as well as some great MDI High
School drama productions or, if you are so inclined, some live Texas rock music at the Criterion.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Another busy spring weekend is coming up, and once again the weather is cooperating! Tomorrow is Junior
Ranger Day at Acadia National Park with lots of activities for kids at the Sieur de Monts Nature Center. Also
Saturday morning Friends of Acadia holds its annual roadside Clean up Day, so get out and help keep our island beautiful!
And in the evening you can top it off with a performance of "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" at the Criterion.
For more details and some new listings of upcoming events, check our Happenings page.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Today is Earth Day - Be Green!
Things are continuing to pick up in Bar Harbor as more shops and restaurants are opening almost every day now!
This week is school spring vacation, and it is also "turn off TV week", so there are lots of activities
available for kids of all ages. Check out the Happenings page and give some of the
venues a call to get more specifics. Or you can just take the opportunity to be outdoors again after our long
Saturday, April 19, 2008 2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 2008
As a result of our warm weather this week, both the lower Acadia Park Loop Road and the Cadillac Mountain Road are now
open. The long distance views from Cadillac are spectacular, especially when the air is as clean and clear as it was
yesterday! Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, this 3.2 mile road to the 1,530 ft. mountain summit
has been praised as an engineering marvel because of it's moderate grade, sinuous curves, rugged terrain, and continuous
vistas of both coastal mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. On a good day, it is possible to see Mt. Katahdin, over 100 miles away!
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