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October 1 - December 31, 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010    8:00 p.m.


Latest information is that the group has been able to secure seats on flights to London, but only in relatively small numbers over a period of three days. The first contingent of 16 left last night on a 7:45 p.m. flight and arrived in London this morning. Tonight another group of 22-32 will leave Logan at 7:45 p.m., arriving in London tomorrow morning. The remaining members will fly at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow night, arriving on Friday morning. They will be able to participate in the New Year's Eve festivities and also will march in the New Year's Day parade on Saturday. The parade will be streamed live on the internet. For more information, see our Happenings page.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake

The "Blizzard of 2010" is now over, but not before leaving over a foot of fine, but very heavy, snow and winds gusting to 50 knots! Plowing and shoveling this snowfall was a real workout - it was like trying to move a foot of sand!

Despite our post yesterday evening, the status of the MDI High School band's effort to get to London remains unclear. We understand that they were still in Boston early this morning, presumably continuing their attempts to rebook a flight.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010    5:00 p.m.


Latest information is that the band members and chaperons spent a second night last night at a hotel near Logan Airport. It now appears that they will leave this evening by bus for Newark Airport in New Jersey where they expect to catch a flight to London. It is unclear whether the flight will depart later this evening or tomorrow morning. More later.

Monday, December 27, 2010    1:00 p.m.

Blizzard 2010

Like the rest of the east coast, Mount Desert Island is being pounded by the "Blizzard of 2010". Some mixing with rain has held down snow totals here to somewhere in the 8 - 10 inch range as of about noon today. It's hard to measure accurately because of the blowing and drifting. Our forecast indicates that light snow will continue on into the evening!

Many of you know that the MDI High School band was invited to play in the London (UK) New Year's Day parade. They left the island yesterday to catch a flight from Boston to Heathrow, but the snow left them stranded on this side of "the pond". Hopefully, they will be able to rebook and get out this evening. We'll let you know. If you want to watch the parade live from London at 6:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, it will be broadcast by the BBC online at

Friday, December 24, 2010

Blue Marble

We all live on the same
beautiful, but fragile, island in space.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Monday, December 20, 2010

Selectmen's Building
Somesville Selectmen's building and bridge late Thursday afternoon.

We are now less than one week before Christmas, and our Happenings calendar has settled down significantly as we approach the holiday and folks set out on their travels. A big ocean storm appears to have missed us well offshore, and the weather looks like is will be relatively tranquil right through the upcoming weekend. However, there will be plenty of traffic on the roads, so drive safely!

Those of you who don't like the extremely short days we experience at this time of year, can take heart. Tomorrow marks the winter solstice! From then until June, our days will become increasingly longer.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Maine Farm

Well, whadda ya know? It's snowing again! Another weak system backing in off the ocean. Seems like we've seen this movie before - anybody remember last December?. We just have a couple of new inches on the ground so far, and it's mixed with a little sunshine, but the roads are quite slippery nonetheless. Take it easy driving.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bartlett's Landing

After two days of bare ground we have a bit more snow around this morning - enough to make the landscape pretty again, but not enough to cause any serious problems.

This is a very busy week, both for shopping and for parties. Try not to let the fast pace get you down. Make time to enjoy the beauty and quiet of the season!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Round Pond
Round Pond before today's rainstorm.

Well, the snow was pretty while it lasted. Overnight and today we are getting another of those wild coastal storms that have been so common of late! With the low tracking to our west, the temperature has warmed dramatically, and we are drenched with lots of rain along with near hurricane force wind gusts! Fun! By mid-week cold air should pour back in and create icy (but not white) conditions once again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Somesville Bridge
Somesville Bridge earlier this week.

Br-r-r-r! Baby, it's cold outside! How about 11 degrees this morning - and that's right here along the ocean!

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, this weekend is another big one for Christmas celebrations around the island and for special holiday sales at most local shops. Despite the cold, our weather should be fine for you to get out and about today and tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, after that we have the prospect of another coastal storm which probably will bring rain this time, washing away our current blanket of snow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Saltwater Farm
Saltwater farm in early winter.

As forecast, we received a significant snowstorm on Monday and Monday evening with accumulations even more than initially expected - about 5 inches. It is amazing how quickly the season can turn from fall to winter! Now come the cold temperatures. Lows should be well into the single digits by tomorrow night!

More Christmas celebrations are scheduled for this Friday in Northeast Harbor and in Southwest Harbor. Santa should find the time to attend both of them, so bundle up and check out our Happenings page for all the details.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Waiting for spring.

This morning that wait for spring might seem a bit longer than it did yesterday, as we are receiving our first snowfall of the season from an unusual storm backing in off the ocean. It should not amount to much - maybe 2 or 3 inches, but the timing made it enough to close island schools for the day!
Significantly colder weather is on tap for later this week, but the sun should return!

Friday, December 3, 2010


Christmas decorations and lights are popping up everywhere around the island to accompany the many holiday events and craft fairs that will be held this weekend and next. Check out the complete list on our Happenings page and be sure to take full advantage of them! This is a fun time of the year - we might even get a little snow by Sunday or Monday to further dress things up! Remember - after January 1 life will slow down considerably around here until spring!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reindeer Moss
Reindeer Moss (with a bit of snow, but no Santa in sight yet!)

Welcome to December - the last month of the year! How can 2010 have passed so quickly?

You can cheer yourself up considerably by heading over to Bar Harbor this weekend for one of the best and most popular craft fairs of the year - the annual Island Arts Association Holiday Fair. It starts on Friday and will run until late Saturday afternoon. Get the specifics on our Happenings page. We probably will get some rain today and tomorrow, but everything should clear out by Friday morning.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cadillac Mountain Road

We had our first trace of snow over the weekend - not much, but a sure sign of things to come!

The holiday shopping season is now in full swing, and there will be lots of opportunities for you to find the perfect gift at local craft fairs where you can support your talented friends and neighbors. Our Happenings page will have all the details, with new listings to be added during the week.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cadillac Panorama

For all that we have; For the incredible beauty that surrounds us;
For our families and friends - Let us all be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Seen better days!
A workboat rests on her mooring near the Bar Harbor airport seaplane ramp.

Thanksgiving week is upon us already, and the days continue to grow shorter as the temperatures become significantly cooler! It won't be much longer before we see some of that white stuff in the air and on the ground! Many folks will be traveling this week, and if you are among them - drive or fly safely!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Loop Road

A sunny but much cooler weekend is headed our way - just in time for the many holiday fairs scheduled on Saturday. Check our Happenings page for complete details.

Also this weekend you will have a few more chances to see "Once Upon a Mattress" at the MDI High School Higgins-Demas Auditorium. The reviews have been great, the sets are elaborate, and the costumes are quite colorful.
Don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cadillac Mountain Road
View southwest from Cadillac Mountain Road on Sunday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cadillac Mountain Road
Cadillac Mountain Road yesterday morning.

The Acadia National Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain Road are still open, and will remain open until December 1 unless we have snow or ice before then. With little traffic at this time of year, now is a great time to check them out at a leisurely pace before everything closes.

After a beautiful, sunny weekend, our weather looks like it will go downhill this week. The sun should return by next weekend, along with much cooler temperatures!

Friday, November 12, 2010


All of our recent rain has filled streams and waterfalls around the island to the brim. When you walk in the woods,
it seems that the sound of rushing water is everywhere!

The upcoming weekend should bring a touch of Indian Summer to our area with lots of sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures - perhaps reaching the upper 50's tomorrow. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Long Pond

November can be a dark and sometimes dreary month after the leaves have fallen and before the snow flies.
However, sometimes dark, cloudy skies can create beautiful scenes. Just take the time to get out and look!

If you prefer to be indoors, this weekend marks the start of the Mount Desert Island High School Drama Department's fall production of "Once Upon a Mattress". You will have several opportunities to see it over the next 10 days.
For complete details, click here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Somes Sound
Somes Sound

More rain and fog backed in off the ocean this weekend, and by now most of us now feel rather waterlogged!
It does look like things will improve a lot and warm up by mid-week.

Now that we have turned the clocks back to Standard Time, it suddenly gets dark very early - how about 4:30 in the afternoon. Ugh! Be especially careful as you drive home from work.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Our weather this morning is great for ducks with lots of rain overnight and more on the way today! The air feels very tropical as temperatures are unusually warm for this time of year!

Things should begin to clear tomorrow, just in time for "Take Pride in Acadia Day". This is an opportunity for you to volunteer a Saturday morning to help Acadia National Park do many of the little chores needed prior to the onset of winter. For more information and to make a reservation, see our Happenings page.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bartlett's Island
Sunrise over Bartlett's Island.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jordan Pond
Jordan Pond last week with The Bubbles in the background.

Welcome to November - and, looking at this morning's temperature, welcome to winter!! We even saw some snow flurries around the island yesterday afternoon, and several areas in the interior of Maine had measurable snowfall! Br-r-r!

Along with the colder weather, the Happenings calendar is rapidly shrinking. There should still be plenty to do - especially with the holiday season coming up - but the list is much shorter than it has been for the past six months!

Friday, October 29, 2010

MDIHS Band Queen Mary 2

The MDI High School Pep Band turned out on a foggy morning yesterday to welcome passengers as they came ashore from the "Queen Mary 2". There is one more ship in today, "Costa Atlantica", and that's it until next May!

This weekend is Halloween, and various activities are scheduled around the island. For a listing, check our Happenings page. In case you have wondered, "trick-or-treating" will be on Sunday evening the 31st.
Drive carefully because little ghosts and goblins will be out and about!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Autumn Pond
Somes Pond after yesterday's fall rain.

More rain appears to be on tap for today, but things should clear out just in time for the last visit this season by the "Queen Mary 2" tomorrow. Special festivities are planned, including music by the MDI High School band in the morning! Stop by the Bar Harbor town pier and check it out if you get a chance!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bar Harbor
An unusual view of Bar Harbor town pier, Harborside Hotel and Bar Harbor Inn.

There appear to be lots of clouds and showers ahead for this week as we prepare for ghosts and goblins on the weekend. The last of this year's cruise ships will visit this week as well, including the huge "Queen Mary 2" on Thursday. Once the ships are gone, many of the gift shops in Bar Harbor will close until next spring - so if you need a lobster hat for the holidays, you might want to run over and pick it up before Saturday!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Witch Hole
The carriage road at Witch Hole on Wednesday morning.

We should have a great weekend coming up - sunny, cool, and perfect for viewing the remaining fall color!

Our cruise ship season is almost over. There is one ship, "Crown Princess", in today, and then we will have just three more next week before it all ends on the 29th until next spring!

It's not too early to start thinking about Halloween. Beech Hill Farm's Harvest Celebration is tomorrow!
For a full listing of events, check our Happenings page.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Duck Brook
Duck Brook on an early autumn morning.

Traffic on the island has dropped off dramatically now that we are past Columbus Day. The streets of Bar Harbor are still busy with cruise ship passengers, but parking spaces abound for the first time since May!

The German ship "AIDAluna" is in port today with it's elaborate hull decoration. If you didn't see it a few weeks ago, you might want to run over and take a look.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MDI Marathon
A group of runners passing the Somesville Library at mile 20.5.

After two days of wind and rain, yesterday was beautiful and clear for the Mount Desert Island Marathon. The overall winner was Louis Luchini of Ellsworth who set a new course record 2:31:54. Multi-year winner, David Herr of Vermont, finished third.

Most of the fall foliage remains on the trees despite our weekend storm, so leaf peeping is still very good -
check it out!

Friday, October 15, 2010

M/V Poesia
A new (big) kid in town!

The Italian cruise ship "Poesia" made her first visit to Bar Harbor on Wednesday. Launched in 2008, "Poesia" is over 950 ft. long and carries more than 2,600 passengers served by almost 1,200 crew members. Her interior is quite luxurious with such features as a waterfall in the grand, multi-story atrium! Mediterranean Shipping Company, the fourth largest cruise line in the world, is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and operates out of Naples.

Stay in and stay dry today as we get our first nor'easter of the season!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumn Carriage Road

Fall foliage is especially vibrant in many places on the island right now, and this is a perfect time to take a walk along Acadia's beautiful carriage roads! Try to get out there either today or tomorrow, because Friday is supposed to bring lots of wind and rain which probably will knock down many of those leaves!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Queen Mary 2
"Queen Mary 2" anchored behind Bar Island on Saturday.


We have had an especially busy holiday weekend so far, especially on the cruise ship front. Even the famous "Queen Mary 2" made an extra stop on Saturday that had not been scheduled earlier in the season. Streets in Bar Harbor have been packed every day with both cruise ship passengers and a big crowd of "leaf peepers".

For those of you who are fortunate enough to have today off, we should see plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures. The leaves are very beautiful right now as well, so get out and enjoy it all!

Friday, October 8, 2010

This lonely dory bobs near a gravel shore at low tide.

Columbus Day weekend is upon us, and that marks the probable end of our traditional vacation season! From now until next spring we can expect short days along with cool, if not cold, temperatures and fewer visitors. Fall rains that usually start about now, actually began a few weeks early this year - perhaps to make up for our long and glorious summer!
The next three days, however, are supposed to be beautiful, so get outdoors and enjoy them!
There's plenty to do!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


With all of the rain we have had so far this fall, the mushroom population is unusually healthy and prolific! We have more of the same coming this afternoon and tomorrow, but the Columbus Day weekend looks to be sunny, dry and cooler.

The last big holiday weekend of the season is loaded with activities. Get the complete scoop on our Happenings page, and take full advantage of the nice weather!

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Knock, knock - who's there?"

It was a beautiful early fall weekend for hiking just about anywhere around the island - especially on one of Acadia's carriage roads! Unfortunately, there are more clouds and showers on the way for mid-week, so get out and take advantage of the sunny days when they are here!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Fog
Rose hips and wild asters along a foggy shoreline on Wednesday.

Welcome to October! So far, however, our weather doesn't seem much like the early October we have come to expect over many years. This morning it continues to be foggy and unusually warm as we wait for the heavy rains moving north along the east coast. Fortunately, everything should dry out tomorrow and cool down to more normal temperatures for this time of year.


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