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April 1 - June 30, 2010






Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Seagulls at Sunset
Seagulls at sunset.

It's hard to believe, but this is the last day of June! We wait so long for summer every year, and when it finally comes the days seem to fly by with almost blinding speed! That means, of course, that you had better take every opportunity to enjoy this wonderful time, because it passes all too quickly!

To help you out, the weather forecast is perfect over the next few days including all of the upcoming July 4th weekend! As we have mentioned before, this is traditionally Bar Harbor's biggest weekend of the year. There will be huge crowds in town for the parade on Saturday morning, the fireworks on Sunday evening, and all of the other events in between! You would be well advised to plan accordingly - especially where parking is concerned. Carpool if you can, or take the Island Explorer. Otherwise, try parking outside the village on the other side of the Route 3 perimeter (like West Street Extension or Emerson School) and walk in. You'll save time in the long run. But however you choose to do it, come over and enjoy all of the activity!



Monday, June 28, 2010

Roses
Roses on a fence along the Crooked Road.

After weeks of relatively dry conditions, we are getting some much needed rain this morning. The forecast indicates that it might last until tomorrow night or maybe Wednesday before returning to sunshine - just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

As you make your plans for the 4th, keep in mind that this year the parade in Bar Harbor will be held on Saturday morning (the 3rd), while the fireworks will be Sunday evening (the 4th). Take a look at our Happenings page for the full weekend schedule. We'll have more information about parking, Island Explorer routes, etc. in a couple of days.



Friday, June 25, 2010

Beachgrass
Beachgrass at Seawall.

At this time of year the Happenings calendar is overflowing with interesting things for you to see and do.
Check it out often, because new listings are added on almost a daily basis!



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Clouds

Many children and adults alike enjoy spending at least part of a lazy summer afternoon trying to identify familiar shapes in the ever changing cloud patterns that drift across the sky. Those of us fortunate enough to live along the Maine coast did not have to think too long or too hard when this cloud formation turned up in the late afternoon one day last week! Lobster bake, anyone?

One of the larger cruise ships to visit in this early season will be in Bar Harbor today. "Enchantment of the Seas" is over 900 ft. long and carries over 2,500 passengers and crew. Also, Island Explorer starts today. Go check them out, even though we may have a few light sprinkles around.



Monday, June 21, 2010

Somesville
View of Somesville from Parkman Mountain a few days ago.

Welcome to the official start of summer! Today marks the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. Sunrise this morning was at 4:48 a.m. and sunset will be at 8:20 p.m.

Now that schools are out here on the island and in most communities around the country, the tourist traffic is really starting to pick up. To help with that, our free environmentally friendly shuttle bus Island Explorer starts its runs on Wednesday. You can get full information and schedules by clicking on the link at the top of this page, or by clicking here.



Friday, June 18, 2010

Rosa Rugosa

The beach roses (rosa rugosa) are in full bloom all around the island, so check them out. They can be found along most roadsides and on ocean beaches at or just above the high tide line. Unlike most plants, rosa rugosa seems to like the salt from ocean spray and from the road salt used to melt ice in winter months.

We have some unusually hot, steamy weather ahead for the next couple of days. It will be a good time to join those roses on the beach!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Swan's Island Ferry
Swan's Island Ferry "Captain Henry Lee" entering Mackerel Cove.

Bar Harbor's Legacy of the Arts and Brass Week all kick off this coming weekend. There will be lots of great music and art events around town as well as around the island, and many of these events are available for no admission charge.
For all the details check the listings and the links on our Happenings page.



Monday, June 14, 2010

Swan's Island Beach
Mount Desert Island as seen from a beach on the north side of Swan's Island.

Tha calendar may not say so, but for the past month we have been in what could easily pass for full summer! And on top of that, we have gained about 6 1/2 hours of daylight since the winter solstice. Our longest day of the year is coming up a short one week from today!

Meanwhile, after a few showers today we should return to more bright, sunny summer weather - perfect for any outdoor plans that you may have!



Friday, June 11, 2010

Daisies

Daisies seem to be in bloom everywhere right now, and they attract lots of varied insects as well as considerable human admiration! They even grow in very poor soil like sand and gravel!

The weather forecast for the weekend looks like a split picture. Tomorrow should be the best of the two days with mostly sunny skies, at least during the morning. Sunday may see some showers. Still, there will be ample opportunity to take in a couple of the Acadia Birding Festival events or to just enjoy being outdoors in our beautiful part of the world!



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wildflowers
Wildflowers in full bloom on a south-facing slope.

Suddenly, it's graduation time here on the island! The four K-8 schools all have promotion ceremonies scheduled for next week, Awards Night at the high school is tomorrow evening at 7:30, and MDI High School Graduation is this coming Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Lots of families from all around MDI will be involved in one or more of these special activities. Congratulations and Good Luck to all graduates!



Monday, June 7, 2010

First Sail

We just had our first rainy wekend in quite a while, but Friday was a beautiful day for a first sail of the season! The photo above was taken in Blue Hill Bay as afternoon fog began to creep in from the still cold ocean waters!

The upcoming week appears to be mostly clear and quiet with perhaps a touch of cool, Canadian air leftover after the storms from the weekend moved offshore. The cruise ship schedule continues to be busy for this early in the summer, and the Acadia Birding Festival is this weekend. Get complete details on our Happenings page.



Friday, June 4, 2010

Clearing Skies

Rainy days often bring an unexpected reward at the end as skies begin to clear. We haven't had very many rainy days recently, but this one on Tuesday was expecially interesting as the sun tried to reappear in early evening!

There are several events on tap for the upcoming weekend. Tomorrow is National Trails Day, and Acadia National Park is offering a special program in the morning. Also, you are likely to spot some shiny new and carefully preserved classic Chevrolet Corvettes cruising around the island this afternoon and on Saturday and Sunday as they participate in the annual Vettes of Coastal Maine weekend. Get the details on our Happenings page.



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Motorcycles

It's that time of year when a beautiful weekend brings out lots of folks and lots of motorcycles! This group was in Bar Harbor on Sunday to see and be seen on a lovely early summer day!

The wonderful weather pattern we have enjoyed for the past month may be changing this week. The forecast is for alternating sun and showers each day through the upcoming weekend. But as we have mentioned, our warm spring has brought out hordes of flowers at least two weeks earlier than usual, so take some time to walk along the carriage roads or drive around the island and check them out. You won't be sorry!



Monday, May 31, 2010

Flag

Have a very pleasant, but thoughtful, Memorial Day!



Friday, May 28, 2010

Spring Garden

We have a beautiful holiday weekend coming up, and that means we should see lots of visitors around the island to kick off the unofficial first days of summer! Many gardens are already blooming - earlier than we can remember. The Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor is especially beautiful right now.

With all of the other activities, don't forget the real meaning of Memorial Day. There are at least two special ceremonies scheduled on Monday. Get the details on our Happenings page.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Early Lupine

Is it July already, or what? The triple H's are alive and well this morning - hazy, hot and humid!

As you can see from the photo above taken this morning, the lupine are starting to bloom at least two weeks early. And that's also true of many other wild flowers. Our guess is that the early and prolonged warm weather will make our usually spectacular wild flowers even more spectacular this year! Get out and look for them - starting now!



Monday, May 24, 2010

Beaver Lodge

There's a good chance that the beavers residing in this lodge are inside taking a siesta on a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon yesterday at Duck Brook!

The countdown to Memorial Day weekend has begun, and then the busiest part of our year will be upon us! There are two more cruise ship visits scheduled for this week, various Memorial Day activities are planned, and the annual West Side Ride bicycle race is coming up Sunday. Get all of the details on these and more events on our Happenings page!



Friday, May 21, 2010

Bass Harbor
Heading home.

Another great weather weekend is on the way, so be sure to get out and enjoy it!



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Seven Seas Voyager
Regent "Seven Seas Voyager" at anchor in Bar Harbor yesterday.

A few clouds and showers around today should give way to more sunshine and warm weather starting tomorrow!
This definitely has been the best spring that many people here can remember!

There is a lot going on this coming weekend. Those of you who are interested in weaving, knitting, crocheting, etc. will enjoy the Acadia Fiber Faire in Southwest Harbor on Saturday, and the great MDI High School Drama Department presents "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Get all the details on our Happenings page.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today Bar Harbor plays host to a new and interesting cruise ship. "Seven Seas Voyager" from Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be at anchor here until 5 p.m. for her first visit. She is 679 feet long and carries 700 passengers, all of whom reside in luxury suites with balconies. There are four elegant restaurants on board, one of which is operated under the auspices of the famous Parisian restaurant "Le Cordon Bleu". Overall, she carries a six-star rating. You might want to run over and check it out if you get a chance!



Monday, May 17, 2010

Bass Harbor Light

Bass Harbor Light is perhaps the single most photographed spot on Mount Desert Island. Yet, we'll bet that not many photos look down on it!

Our great spring weather continues this week, so there should be plenty of opportunities to get out and see more of the wonderful place where we are so fortunate to live!.



Friday, May 14, 2010

Somes Sound
View up Somes Sound from Manset.

A steadily increasing number of pleasure boats are showing up on their moorings in Southwest Harbor. That's another sure sign that "the season" is about to begin! This photo, taken a couple of days ago, looks over a large group of moorings and directly up Somes Sound - the only natural fjord on the east coast of the United States.

The Happenings calendar is filling up quickly now as well, so you might want to start checking it regularly to avoid missing anything in this all too short period between Memorial Day and Labor Day!



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bass Harbor Marsh
Bass Harbor Marsh yesterday afternoon.

Along with spring comes renewed activity around the island, and nowhere is that more true than in local marshes. Try to get out and take a look at them when you can - there is a lot to see!



Monday, May 10, 2010

Babson Creek Marsh
Babson Creek Marsh.

Around here spring certainly arrives in fits and starts. This year is no exception, despite our unseasonably warm start to the season! Temperatures this morning are in the 30's and widespread frost is predicted for tonight!

The Italian cruise ship "Costa Atlantica" is back in Bar Harbor today for her second visit this month, so there should be lots of people on the streets and around Acadia Park. And check out the bird walk opportunities this week - it's all on our Happenings page.!



Friday, May 7, 2010

Bar Harbor

As we have mentioned, the level of activity in Bar Harbor has increased significantly over the past two weeks. However, there may be a little glitch ahead for this Mother's Day weekend. Rain is forecast for tomorrow and perhaps extending into Sunday with much cooler temperatures than we presently enjoy. If the rain bothers you, there is a dance concert at MDI HIgh School on Saturday evening. Things should clear out for next week just in time for our second cruise ship visit on Monday, but the cooler trend will be with us for a few more days.



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Family Farm Flowering Shad
Flowering Shad in full bloom along the Crooked Road.

We are not sure why, but the Flowering Shad or Wild Pear around the island has been especially beautiful over the past few days. It never lasts very long, and often seems to bloom in a spotty fashion depending on very localized conditions. However, this year it is everywhere and all in bloom at once! Quite spectacular - especially on the lower slopes of Cadillac Mountain. Go out and take a look because it soon will be gone until next year!



Monday, May 3, 2010

Costa Atlantica

Bar Harbor's first cruise ship of the season, "Costa Atlantica", anchored in Frenchman Bay on Saturday bringing several thousand visitors into town along with a definite feel of summer! The shops and restaurants were all open, and lots of people crowded the streets! Unusually warm weather for this time of year also brought out hordes of motorcycles.

The warmth is forecast to continue for a couple of more days, but even later in the week things should remain very pleasant with sunny skies and relatively mild temperatures. Get out and enjoy it when you can.



Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunset

We haven't seen much sun around here for the past few days, but it put in another spectacular appearance yesterday evening just in time for sunset! For some reason it seems that the sunsets this winter and spring have been more dramatic and vibrant that usual - hence, we have posted more photos of them than would normally be the case.

There is a lot going on this weekend. Tomorrow is May 1 and also marks the first cruise ship visit of the season to Bar Harbor. Also, the annual Spring Bulb Tour kicks off tomorrow in Northeast Harbor. And if that is not enough, the MDI High School Drama Department and the Acadia Choral Society have special programs.
Get complete details on our Happenings page.



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mayflower Bluets
Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower (left) and Bluets (right) in bloom a few days ago.
Everything is early this year!



Monday, April 26, 2010

Bar Harbor
View of Bar Harbor and the mountains of Acadia from Bar Island last Wednesday.

School spring vacation week comes to an end today, so it's straight ahead until summer. Most of the shops in Bar Harbor have now opened for the season, along with many of the restaurants. As one might expect with our nice early spring weather, visitors "from away" are showing up in increasing numbers every day.

We have sun this morning, but showers should develop tonight and tomorrow. The flowering shad is starting to bloom already, and trees are leafing out at least two or three weeks earlier than normal. Not too bad for spring along Maine's downeast coast!



Friday, April 23, 2010

Cliff

With the Park Loop Road now open, you can easily see dramatic areas like this once again! Just don't pretend that you are in Acapulco right here - diving off this cliff (or any other in the Park for that matter) would likely have an adverse impact on your longevity! (pun intended!)

Don't forget two events coming up tomorrow. In the morning you can participate in Friends of Acadia's annual roadside clean up. Let's all help keep our island beautiful! Then after lunch, take your children or grandchildren over to Sieur de Monts for Acadia National Park's Junior Ranger Program. Get complete details on our Happenings page.



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Worm Digger
A worm digger works at low tide on the flats near Mount Desert Narrows.

Our early spring has brought out more than wildflowers. Clam and worm diggers are taking advantage of the mild conditions to get a jump on the season. Blood and sand worms are highly sought after as excellent bait by sport fishermen around the country and the world, so digging for them is a significant business along the Maine coast!.



Monday, April 19, 2010

The Cat

"The Cat" high speed ferry unexpectedly showed up at its pier in Bar Harbor on Saturday. As has previously been reported, "The Cat" will not run this summer due to the Canadian government decision to end financial subsidies for the service. We understand that it is back here in Bar Harbor for maintenance and repair prior to facing an uncertain future elsewhere. It also may be picking up some Bay Ferries' equipment for transport back to Canada. If you are interested, you might want to swing by Eden Street and take a look, because you may not get another opportunity to see this rather unusual vessel!

Our weather continues cloudy and cool today, but things are looking brighter and warmer for the rest of this school vacation week. The wildflowers around the island are starting to bloom almost a month early this year, so get out and enjoy them!



Friday, April 16, 2010

Mallard Nest
A mallard sleeps on its nest in the sun while an opportunistic turtle hangs around.

While we still have mostly sunny skies, the air temperature is noticeably colder than it has been in recent weeks. The forecast indicates a mostly cloudy, rainy and cool weekend ahead. But don't let that deter you from checking out the College of the Atlantic Earth Day festivities tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The showers should hold off for most of that time, and it always is a fun, interesting and informative event. Plus, the food vendors are great!



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Salt Water Farm
An island saltwater farm in early spring.



Monday, April 12, 2010

Turtles
Soaking up the April sun at Witch Hole yesterday morning.

We have a sunny and seasonably cool weather week coming up. The Acadia National Park Loop Road and Visitor Center all open for the season on Thursday, which means that activity will really start picking up around the island. At this time of year most of us can't wait for our summer visitors to arrive, for all of the shops and restaurants to open, and for the events calendar to fill up once again. It won't be much longer now!



Friday, April 9, 2010

Sheep Porcupine Island

There are still plenty of empty moorings off Sheep Porcupine Island near Bar Harbor, but that situation will be changing soon as more lobstermen get their boats back in the water and recreational boaters begin to show up. Despite our warm air temperatures, the ocean is still around 40 degrees, so most folks don't rush to go out in the early spring.

Acadia National Park has reopened the carriage roads to walkers, as the road surface is now sufficiently dry. Bikes will have to wait a little longer. All hiking trails are open except for the Precipice and Valley Cove trails where endangered peregrine falcons have returned to nest.



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April Sunset
April sunset this past weekend.

The sun is noticeably much higher in the sky now - we have gained a full 4 hours of daylight since December 21! It also is a lot warmer, especially this year when there has been extra help from warm south and southwest winds.

More and more shops are opening around the island, and more out-of-state visitors are showing up on village streets. Even though the snow is long gone, the Acadia Park Loop Road remains closed as maintenance crews continue clearing debris from winter blowdowns. This work is expected to be accomplished and the road open by April 15.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Red Maple Bloom
Red Maple trees in full bloom yesterday afternoon.

Our unseasonably warm weather appears poised to continue this week, bringing us the earliest spring we can remember! The grass is becoming green, bulbs are up and blooming, and tree pollen is noticeable, both in the air and on the surface of many small ponds. Usually these things do not happen around here until near the first of May, so we are about a month ahead of ourselves! Get out and start enjoying what might be an extended summer this year!



Sunday, April 4, 2010

HAPPY EASTER!



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Handshake

We heard yesterday that the two major hotel operators in Bar Harbor, working with the chairs of several island boards and committees, have decided to jointly develop a modern conference center complex in Town Hill on the site considered until recently by Hannaford Supermarkets. This conference center will operate year-round and will offer seminars on cutting edge techniques that are designed to assist organizations, businesses and individuals in working together more closely for the benefit of each other as well as the entire community. A spokesperson for the project said: "Our proposed curriculum should have considerable appeal and, as a result, should bring participants to Mount Desert Island from around the country and the world, especially during the off-season, thereby making a significant contribution to establishing a broader economic base for this area. These programs should be of particular interest to those in elected or appointed office at the local, state and national levels."

An additional interesting feature of this proposed project is that it would be powered entirely by wind turbines to be located on the property and is expected to be completely energy independent!

For more information go to www.burythehatchet.org.




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