List of Free, Fun, Family Friendly Activities July 5-11 in Downeast Maine
After a year off because of the pandemic, we are starting our list of FREE, FUN, FAMILY FRIENDLY activities. If you have events that you wish to add, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will be published weekly, hopefully on Sundays in the future and updated as events are added during the week.
Tuesday, July 6
- Ellsworth Public Library - Tuesday Readers will meet to discuss A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. 2 to 3 p.m. Please email Abby for the Zoom link
- Bar Harbor - Open Table MDI Take Out Cafe- 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Offering FREE, healthy community meals in Bar Harbor, Maine. These meals are hosted at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church and are open to all.
- Northeast Harbor Public Library - 5:30 p.m. Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Robin
Wednesday, July 7
Ellsworth Public Library - The Joy$ of Thrift 12 noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome at this informal meeting for people to share ideas on how to cut costs, increase savings, re-purpose, live simply and make living below your means a joyful way of life. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon. This is a virtual program via zoom. Please email email@example.com for more information.For more information, call the library at 667-6363.
- Ellsworth - First Congregational Church offers a free take-out meal available between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Please call the church by 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, 667-8321, to reserve a free meal. Enter the Church Street door located diagonally across from the Ellsworth Police Station.
- Northeast Harbor Public Library - Author's visit - Julie Metz- Eva and Eva: A Search for My Mother's Lost Childhood and What a war Left behind
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this virtual event.
- Ellsworth Public Library - Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. "Everybody Loves Pirates" Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. Out on the lawn, bring your own blanket or chair. No masks needed outside but they are required in the library. Rain date will be Wednesday, July 14 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 8
- Jesup Memorial Library - Summer Reading: "How Rabbit Lost His Tail" with Storyteller Hope Lewis (Registration Required) Join Hope Lewis as she shares the story “How Rabbit Lost Rabbit Lost His Tail” Lewis has a background in teaching and counseling, and enjoys telling wisdom tales and traditional tales from many cultures as well as original stories. Contact Miss Mae to reserve your spot by calling 207-288-42425 or by email
- Ellsworth Public Library - The Evolving Museum: Ellsworth's Historic Walking Tour Panels (Via ZOOM) 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. "The Evolving Museum" features historic photographs, stories of buildings, their locations in Ellsworth as well as how and why they have changed. Learn about the challenges the Museum in the Streets team faced in selecting and designing the panels, the history of the project, and the supplemental information available on the Historical Society's website. Register via ZOOM
Friday, July 9
- Ellsworth Public Library - Move and Groove Storytime 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Jean for a playful and interactive storytime for ages 2-5! Explore your favorite children’s books (and find some new ones) through song, dance, and lots of creative movement! This event will be held outside, socially distanced, on our lawn. Please bring a blanket and wear comfortable clothing for the weather. Shakers and scarves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
- Jesup Memorial Library - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Virtual Author Talk: Bill Carpenter "Silence" in Conversation with Carl Little Award-winning author William Carpenter examines the bitter legacy of 9/11 and terrorism in this ambitious novel about the nature of conflict and loss. Nick Colonna is a young veteran returning from Iraq to his hometown on the coast of Maine after an IED explosion killed the other members of his vehicle crew and left him deaf. Struggling with trauma, in a half-world between sanity and madness, Nick finds solace in memories of better times on nearby Amber Island: a private sanctuary owned by a Boston family and its illustrious patriarch, Marston Fletcher. The family is set on developing the island, much to the despair of the youngest Fletcher daughter: Julia, who stumbles upon Nick as he settles into becoming a worker on the island. As Nick battles his inner demons, Julia fights her family, and Amber Island faces demolition, Carpenter raises many questions about what survives carnage and loss, and where in a divided and chaotic world is there room for peace and silence.
Saturday, July 10
- Blue Hill - Peninsula Free Health Services provides free healthcare to the medically uninsured at 26 Hinckley Road in Blue Hill. 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Call 374-5585 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcom
- Southwest Harbor - 10 a.m. Flamingo Festival Parade
- Southwest Harbor - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Craft Fair, Harbor House
Sunday July 11
- Southwest Harbor - 10 a.m to 2 p.m. - Craft Fair, Harbor House
Ellsworth - Knowlton Park's Splash Pad is the place to cool off in Ellsworth!
The restroom facilities are open from 8AM to 9 PM. The changing rooms at Knowlton Park are open as well. Water in the Splash Pad will operate between 10AM and 8PM, everyday, unless the temperature falls below 65, which it will then automatically shut off until the temperature rises again.
Looking for somewhere that's kid friendly and FREE in Bar Harbor to cool off? The place to go is the Glen Mary Wading Pool! The Pool has a maximum depth of 2 feet and is open daily from 10AM to 8 PM. There is no lifeguard on duty, and children under 10 need to be accompanied by someone 14 and over. Pets are not allowed in the fenced in area. Food and beverage is allowed but not in the water. There are changing facilities
The Glen Mary Wading Pool is located at 11 Waldren Road. The easiest way to get there is to go on Park Street and go past the YMCA and cross Ledgelawn Avenue. At the end of the road turn right onto Glen Mary Road. At the end of the road turn left onto Waldren Road.
Handy Phone Numbers
Ellsworth Public Library - 207-667-6363
Southwest Harbor Public Library - 207-244-7065
Northeast Harbor Public Library - 207-276-3333