News, Events, Opportunities

The annual Machias Scarecrow Contest will be judged on October 16 – Area businesses have donated more than $400 worth of prizes and gift certificates. Call the Chamber at 255.4402 to sign up for either the business or residential category! Come to town on the 16th and check out all the wonderful entries!
Here are our Craft Vendors for the annual Wild Blueberry Festival!
Riverside Electric
Karl Weber
Calais, ME 04619
Portable & Standby Generac Display
www.riversideelectricinc.com

Two Apple Farm
Martha Chessie
Shapleigh, ME 04076
Handwoven baskets, folk art signs, Adirondack chairs

Maine Blackfly Breeders Association
Holly Garner-Jackson
Machias, ME 04654
Blackfly T-shirts, mugs, hats, coffee, playing cards, baby blackflies up for adoption, bumper stickers all blackfly related. All proceeds donated to local charities.
www.maineblackfly.org

Andy’s
Andy Nameron
Providence, RI 02906
Balloons, toys, novelties, plush and inflatables

Chayak Crafts
Jose Perugachi
Bangor, ME 04401
Summer dresses, jewelry, t-shirts, blouses and hats

93.7 The Wave
Arthur Wyman
Bar Harbor
Broadcasting Live
www.937thewave.com

BBGIMAGINATIONS
Robert McDougal
Ft. Meyers, FL
Vintage Estate & Custom Jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/BBGIMAGINATIONS

Nora’s Crafts
Nora Jordan
E. Machias, ME 04630
Quilts, totes, aprons, pot holders & frozen table

Scentsy
Andrea Barabe
Whitneyville, ME 04654
Scentsy fragrance items
www.andbarabe.scentsy.us

Iris Designs
Laura Pierce
Whiting, ME 04691
Authentic Maine seaglass & stone jewelry & buttons
www.irisdesignseaglass.etsy.com

Maine State Lottery
Joan Auger
Lottery
www.mainelottery.com

Origami Owl
Christy Alley Beals, ME 04611
A leading custom jewelry company known for telling stories through signature living lockets personalized charms, bracelets and earrings.
www.christy.origamiowl.com

Handknitted 4 You
Rowena Elliott
Corinth, ME 04427
Crochet top hanging kitchen towels, knit swiffer covers, hats scarves, mittens, knit bayb items, cotton dish clothes and pot scrubbies.

J & S Animal Collection
John Coney
Windham, ME
Handbags, ceramics, sunshades, earrings

Temporary Ink Sanity
Bruno & Kim Asselin
Orrington, ME
Application of temporary airbrush tattoos for all ages.
www.temporaryinksanity.com

Waterlily Imports
Renee Garland
Portland, ME
Scarves, home décor, gifts and jewelry
www.waterlilyimports.com

Maine Coast Creations
Adam Meyer
Cutler, ME 04626
www.mainecoastcreations.com

Non-Profit Vendors
Princeton Rod & Gun Club
Peta Brown
Princeton, ME 04668
We will be selling 20/20 super raffle tickets – 20 guns/20 rod & reel combo’s for a donation of $20 per ticket.

The Ark
Vincent Ewald
Cherryfield, ME
Dog & cat toys, T-shirts, etc.
www.thearkpets.org

Underhound Railroad
Renee Coombs
Bristol, ME 04539
Raffles: pot of lobsters, 2 mail order wreaths, 2 blueberry pies and tickets to guess how many dog cookies are in the jar.
www.underhoundrailroad.com

Washington County Republicans
Robert Simpson
Whiting, ME
Republican Party Literature on party and on issues

Washington Academy
Ashley Maker
E. Machias, ME
Education display and possibly WA t-shirts to be sold
www.washingtonacademy.org

Consumers for Affordable Health Care
Steve Butterfield
Augusta, ME
Totes with flyers regarding Affordable Care Act, hospital free care, sliding scale care and prescription assistance, MaineCare
www.mainecahc.org

Food Vendors
Yogi’s Doughboys & More
Greg Shorey
Springfield, ME
Doughboys, funnelcakes, hotdogs, hamburgers, french fries, BBQ, soda and water

Caissie & Donnalee
Machias, ME
Lobster Rolls, Blueberry cake, chips, beverage

S & S Concessions
Kendrick Whitney
Waterville, ME
Cotton candy, water, soda, BBQ chicken, corn, sausage & meatball subs

Tyler’s Maine Squeezed Lemonade
Tyler Farrington
Machiasport, ME 04655
Fresh Lemonade

Tom’s Concession
Tom Ketchum
Bangor, ME
Sausage & Soda

D & M Concession
Tom Ketchum
Bangor, ME
Doughboys & Curly Fries

Kings Concession
Chuck Hall
Cherryfield, ME
Sausage, steak & cheese, French fries, onion rings, hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers

Fast Eddie’s
Eddie St. John
Kennebunk, ME
Ice cream, shaved ice, cotton candy, root beer floats, sundaes & shakes

The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce announces a Business After Hours event at the Great Cove Golf Course in Roque Bluffs from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 9. Great Cove is located at 387 Great Cove Road.

This is a great opportunity to meet the owners and operators, network and connect with area business and community leaders, and play some “foot golf.” Great Cove recently added foot golf to its course, which is a unique blend of soccer and golf. Area businesses are urged to send a team to this event to challenge another business to a shoot out.

Refreshments will be provided.

11th Annual Margaretta Days Festival and Crafts Fair
240th Anniversary
Celebrating the American Revolution Downeast
No Admission Fee – Everyone Welcome
Rain or Shine
Machias Saturday – June 13, 2015

Times are approximate
7 – 9 am………………..Pancake Breakfast at Court Street American Legion Hall
(non-smoking/small fee)
9:30…………………..Laying of Wreath at Courthouse by the Sons of the American
Revolution
10:00…………………Parade from Helen’s to Bridge
10:30……………. …..Dedication Ceremony of Jeremiah O’Brien Memorial Bridge
On bridge & platform, Rose Gaffney Chorus, group photo,
At UMM until 3 pm….Colonial Day on the Mall at the University of Maine Machias
Re-enactors’ Encampments, McCobb’s Company, Acadia Frontiersmen, Blacksmith, Trappers, Timber framers, Weavers, Quilting, Bushcrafters, Antler Toss Competition, Tomahawk Throw, Children’s Activities, Petting Zoo, U.S. Post Office Station-Special Stamp cancellation, Period food featuring Meat Pies, Deer/Moose Stew, Baked Beans, and Fruit Pies; Rotary Hot Dog Stand, Historical Society Tables, Contemporary Artists & Crafters
11:30 ………………….Patriotic American Marches by the U.S. Navy Band Northeast
Pops Ensemble
Noon…………….……Welcome/Introductions by Ret. Navy Captain Wayne Peters,
Rep. Will Tuell, Rep. Henry J. Bear of the Maliseet Nation,
Vice-President General Doug Wood of the National Sons of the American Revolution, Special Presentation by Rep. Brian Hobart
Other Events:
Machias Bay Area Home Schoolers’ Historical Play
Rev. James Lyon – Rev. Gary Look
Jeremiah O’Brien – Chris Sprague
Hannah Weston – Valdine Atwood
Battle of the Rim – Rep. Henry J. Bear
Life, Customs & Clothing of Revolutionary Times-
Wayne & Sonya Mallar, Acadia Frontiersmen, McCobb’s Co.
UMM Ukulele Band
Fiddling & Accordion – Barbara Lapham, John Viselli, Elna Davis
2:00………………… Concert by U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble

www.Margarettadays.com, FB: Margaretta Days Festival of Machias, Maine
carlenemholmes@yahoo.com; 207-263- 5886 County Wide Margaretta Days Magazine
Funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council See you next year June 11, 2016

Eleventh Annual Margaretta Days Festival and Crafts Fair
University of Maine at Machias June 13, 2015 10:00 am-3:00 pm

The 11th Annual Margaretta Days Festival and Crafts Fair is sponsored by the Machias Historical Society and held on the Mall area of the University of Maine at Machias. The Festival celebrates our community’s unique history as the “Lexington of the Sea” and the beginning of the American Revolution Downeast, specifically the “Battle of the Margaretta” – first Naval Battle of the American Revolution and beginning of the US Merchant Marine – and the “Battle of the Rim” when the British returned for revenge and were defeated by the Patriots and their allies, the Passamaquoddy and Maliseets.
Named one of Yankee Magazine’s 2010 Top 20 Events – – we take you back in time to life in 1775.  History comes alive with an encampment of soldier re-enactors and period demonstrations such as blacksmithing, timber framing, weaving, and tomahawk throwers, Passamaquoddy Tribal members, entertainment (music, storytelling, informative talks, historical presentations, etc.) children’s activities, fun, games, food, and you – contemporary crafters and artists.

The second Saturday of every June the festivities begin with a breakfast at our local American Legion, followed by the 10:00 parade to the festival. The day concludes with a bean supper at the Masonic Hall, we hope. History, food, games, shopping!  Handicapped accessible, fun for the whole family and admission to the Festival is free!

All booths are on a first come, first served basis and are 12’ by 12.’ You provide your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. There is no electricity or water available. There will be port-a-potties and in case of rain we can move into a University building. Set-up 8 am and take-down 3:00 pm. Our only requirement is that the items you sell are handmade or hand-painted (your own prints are acceptable). The Machias Historical Society and the University of Maine at Machias are not responsible for lost or damaged products.
What’s new this year? New England Sons of the American Revolution, the US Navy Band, Maliseets, Dedication of the Jeremiah O’Brien Bridge.. More dignitaries since this is the 240th. New website: www.margarettadays.com. Questions? Carlene at carlenemholmes@yahoo.com (207) 255-3433, 263-5886. FB: Margaretta Days Festival of Machias, Maine; feel free to tout your goods; spread the word on our social media. ************************************************************************* Please return this portion to:
Carlene M. Holmes, P.O. Box 123, Machias, ME 04654
with $25 payable to the “Machias Historical Society” Deadline: May 1, 2015
Application for Margaretta Days Festival – June 13, 2015 at UM Machias Mall
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According to MaineBiz Magazine, 6/3/15
BY LAURIE SCHREIBER
When Helen’s Restaurant was destroyed by fire in July 2014, the loss had both a sentimental and economic impact on a community trying to become a destination rather than a drive-through town.
More than anything, it showed how a small community could pull together to help Helen’s staff of 50 through community fundraisers and an online campaign. Some employees were hired by other businesses. That effort was complemented by the Washington County Career Center’s rapid response team.
“It was like a death in the family,” Sharon Mack, executive director of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, says. “I never saw a community rally so quickly and fully in my life. There were meetings to see who would raise funds when. Helen’s always stepped up for others, and that’s what people did for them.”
The restaurant dates to 1950 and has had several owners. Over the years, it has been at the center of local life, a meeting place for local organizations and a family-style eatery with good food. It has also been an employer where many residents got their first paychecks as teenagers.
To that point, David and Julie Barker, the owners since 2008, have themselves been involved with the restaurant since they were teens.
“We have been here so long we know how to do every job necessary,” Julie Barker writes via email, taking a moment during the hectic days before reopening. “David orders the stock and pays bills. I make out the schedules, payroll and menu. We are both on the floor for lunch and dinner almost daily. We try to take a day off, or two, if we are lucky, but are always a phone call away and live within walking distance.”
After the fire, the couple vowed to rebuild. In less than a year, they returned a restaurant similar in footprint, but with improvements to the dining area and kitchen.
“The new concept was to open up the dining space to maximize the view of the river and the fireplace while still having a cozy breakfast counter, and I think that we have accomplished that,” Julie Barker says. “The decor is a mix of rustic and modern with lots of local influences from nature and industry Downeast, like the sea, blueberries and hunting. The back of the house is big and spacious but a bit smaller than before, so it is a little adjustment for some, but we are already trying out the new equipment and getting used to it.”
The reopening is welcome news for residents and for visitors who have long depended on it as a stop, either as part of shopping trips or as a dependable attraction on their travels through Maine. In recent years, the restaurant has even garnered national attention, through mentions in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Parade and Life magazine.
“Helen’s is a big presence in town,” says Town Manager Chris Loughlin. “They’re a Maine icon, and they’re certainly well known outside the area. When people come to Machias, one of things they look for is Helen’s.”
At the same time, the rebuild is just one of a variety of downtown developments, as the community works to revitalize its year-round business potential and bolster its identity as a draw for seasonal visitors.
Across from Helen’s, the Machias Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the next phase of conversion of a historic train depot to a visitor center. This summer, $6,000 will go into stabilizing the baggage platform, as part of a complete overhaul, though the organization still hopes to raise an additional $70,000 to $100,000. Sited near scenic and recreational attractions — including the 85-mile Down East Sunrise Trail, a thousand-acre nature preserve and the Machias Bay estuary — the plan is to use the building as a cultural, educational and historical center, with the chamber moving its offices there this fall.
Leading up to Memorial Day, restaurants were freshening up menus and businesses were putting the final touches on building and painting projects.
At the Tex-Mex bar and grille Skywalker’s, which opened in 2013, owner Danielle Parker just completed an expansion that involved knocking down a wall and increasing space by a third. A popular venue for live music and billiards, there’s now more room for dancing and a second pool table.
Elsewhere on Main Street, branches of Machias Savings Bank and Bangor Savings Bank have both had renovations over the past year.
Machias hopes to capitalize on its status as a regional hub, with a Hannaford, the Down East Community Hospital, the University of Maine at Machias and other businesses and agencies fulfilling everyday needs.
“Most people from 30 miles in any direction come here for shopping,” says Loughlin. “To get anything more, you’d have to go to Ellsworth or Bangor or Calais.”
Unlike neighboring towns, Machias maintains a stable population of 2,200 to 2,500 residents. The hospital, university and, at last count, 12 restaurants, are key employers that keep residents in town. “Without those, we would see a reduction,” says Loughlin. “We’re bucking the trend for a lot of the county. A lot of other towns have seen huge decreases in population” over the decades, primarily due to the loss of inxdustry such as sardine-packing plants.
Like many towns in Maine, population growth has been static. There’s not much spare land for new home construction. And property taxes higher than surrounding towns might scare off prospective newcomers, Mack says. “As a service center community, 43% of our businesses and agencies are tax-exempt — the hospital, the courthouse, the jail, the university. So to provide the services that people want — police, fire, transfer station — the taxes run a little bit high,” Mack says.
Unemployment here runs higher than the rest of Maine, says Loughlin. If the state unemployment rate is at 5%, then Machias might be at around 7% to 8%. For median household income, Machias in 2012 was $34,725, significantly lower than the state’s median of $46,709.
In the downtown, residents and business owners lament the loss of several businesses, including an office supply store and a computer repair shop, as well as the temporary loss of Helen’s.
But others have opened and survived. A core of specialty shops and artisan galleries includes The Beehive Collective, an artists’ cooperative; the French Cellar, a wine and cheese shop; Columbia Falls Pottery; and Whole Life Natural Market, the only health food store within 65 miles.
No one expected the French Cellar to succeed when it opened in 2011, says owner Betsy French, a retired chef from Maryland. She and her husband landed in neighboring Cutler because its coastal property was “the first ocean we could afford.”
“It’s a hard area to come into and open a business,” French says. “It’s not booming. But I have a decent customer base. It wouldn’t be enough money to raise a family. But for a retiree, it works. My shop has a bit of posh, and people are surprised there’s something like that in this area. You think of it for Bar Harbor, but not Machias.”
Next door, Columbia Falls Pottery opened its store in 2013. “I saw the wine and antique stores were successful, so it looked like it was the right time to come to Machias,” says Columbia Falls Pottery owner April Adams, whose customers are predominantly summer residents. “The area is viable enough to make a go of it. It’s tough sledding up here. But there are niche markets.”
Adams plans to close the flagship Columbia Falls store, which is about 20 minutes south on Route 1. That would free her to put 100% of her effort into the Machias shop and fully participate in the town’s revitalization committee, which supports municipal and chamber projects in order to support and attract businesses, and reverse the town’s physical and economic decline. A slow reversal is in process, says Adams.
In the meantime, Machias hopes to attract more visitors and keep them in town for more than a meal, says Loughlin.
“It’s hard to get people down to this end of the state,” Loughlin says. “We don’t have the traffic going to Canada that we used to have. Since 9/11, that’s dried up because of border restrictions and having to have a passport to get back into the United States.”
Parker says Americans traveling to Eastport and Canadians going to Bar Harbor view Machias as a great stop. “They might be starving and they need to stop and eat, and they say, ‘Wow, we love this place.’ But they don’t stay,” Parker says. “We’re working with ideas to change that, so Machias isn’t just a drive-through town.”
The chamber and individual businesses are working on initiatives to promote the town as a destination for history, culture, scenic and recreational opportunities. These include development of a brochure advertising attractions, tourist publication ads and participation in joint promotion initiatives such as Maine and New Brunswick’s “Two-Nation Vacation.”
“You have, for example, a beautiful working waterfront in Jonesport, but no sit-down restaurants and no place to stay. So Machias provides that,” Mack says. “We all work together. If we can get you past Bar Harbor, and get you up here, we’ve got you.”
Such initiatives are a great step in the right direction, Parker says. “It will take time,” she says. “It’s not going to happen next year, but it will happen.”
A hearty congratulations to the newest members of our Board of Directors: Susan Albee, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust; Caissie Nevala, Varney Agency; Dr. Melvin Adams, University of Maine at Machias; Lisa Seeley, Bangor Savings Bank; and Dr. Tina Bourgoin, Machias Dental. Welcome aboard !!
Here is the list of our upcoming summer movies and their sponsors – please patronize these fine, local businesses!The movies are held at dusk on each Saturday night, located at Station 1898 – the vintage train station across from Helen’s Restaurant.

SUMMER 2015 MOVIES

JUNE 6………………………….Big Hero Six Machias Savings Bank
13…………………………Night at the Museum Downeast Treasures
20…………………………Angels in the Outfield Machias Area Little League
Brown and Milliken will have a surprise
27…………………………How To Train Dragon American Legion Auxiliary
and Sons of Legion
JULY 4………………………….HOLIDAY – No movie
11…………………………Into The Woods American Legion Costume contest: dress as witches
18…………………………Boxtrolls Skywalkers Bar and Grille
25…………………………ET PCT Communications
PCT will have a surprise

AUGUST 1……………………..Paddington Cori Collins
8………………………….Finding Nemo University of Maine at Machias
15………………………..Cinderella Bluebird Ranch Restaurant
22………………………..Mr. Magorium’s Wonder
Emporium Bar Harbor Bank and Trust 29……………………….Frozen Downeast Community Hospital
Come dressed in Frozen princess/outfits
Downeast Community Hospital will have a surprise

Here are some upcoming events and links for more information, for May and June:

May 9 …………. East Grand Adventure Race, www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race
May 9 …………. Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash, www.mainesalmonrivers.org
May 16 & 17 ……. Beth C. Wright Walk for Life, www.bethwrightwalkforlife.kintera.org
May 22 – 25 ……. Down East Spring Birding Festival, www.cclc.me

June 13 ……….. Margaretta Days Festival, www.facebook.com/MargarettaDaysFestival
June 17 ……….. SummerKeys Concert, www.summerkeys.com
June 24 ……….. SummerKeys Concert, www.summerkeys.com
June 28 ……….. Bay of Fundy International Marathon, www.bayoffundymarathon.com

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Come one and all to the East Machias River Day Festival on Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m..

Bring the kids for the only frog-jumping contest in Maine. Then stay all day for games, coloring contest and water activities, train rides, concessions, and homemade lemonade.

Mom and dad and all the relatives will enjoy the auction, our haddock fish fry with all the trimmings (still only $10.00), and taped music throughout the day.

Country/western band, Desperado, takes the stage at 3:30 and will rock the crowd until 7:30.

River Day’s rain date is Sunday, June 22th.

River Day is a chem-free event. Absolutely no bicycles, or animals of any kind other than service dogs, are allowed in the park.

The Machiasport Historical Society will hold its annual Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

The fee is $20 for three items; $5 per item after that. Refreshments will be for sale. No coins or jewelry will be accepted.

Tonight’s free outdoor movie by the Machias Chamber of Commerce at Station 1898 has been postponed due to the serious threat of rain. After checking numerous outlooks and based on that it is currently raining in Bangor, we are moving “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to Sunday, 8:20 p.m. We understand this may cause some difficulty for families whose children are still in school but we apologize. We cannot take the chance of the very expensive projection equipment getting wet. Thanks for understanding!
As the free summer movies get under way, the Chamber wishes to thank the following special donors:

On behalf of Alexandrea Hanscom, who is assisting with the movies as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award –  Hilltop Auto Body, Sunrise Eye Care, BBS Lobster, Machias Rotary, Mary Beth Gaddis and Charles Lightner. THANK YOU. These donations helped to offset the cost of the movie projector.

The Chamber would also like to thank the movie sponsors and those who have gone above and beyond to help:

Mike St. Louis, Kelly Bryand, Robert Tracy, Josh Spencer, the inmate crew from Downeast Correctional Facility, Bangor Savings Bank, Machias Savings Bank, the Town of Machias, Living Innovations, Washington Academy’s Summer Feeding and Reading Program, Dunkin’ Donuts, Rachel’s Jewelry, Beehive Collective, Lisa Holmes, Axiom Technologies, The Margaretta Inn, Down East Community Hospital, Hearts of Maine, Look’s Gourmet Foods and The Whole Life Market.

Thank you one and all!!

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The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Fourth of July outdoor decorating contest. There will be two categories: commercial and residential and a $50 gift basket will be awarded to the winner in each category. There are no rules – go as grand or sophisticated as you choose – but your home or business must be located in the greater Machias Bay area.

There is no fee to enter but in order to be judged, businesses and homeowners must sign up at the Chamber office by calling 255.4402 or by emailing your name and directions to your building to sharon @machiaschamber.org. Judging will take place the evening of July 3.

welcomegreeterDo you have a couple hours each month? The Machias Bay Chamber is looking for volunteer greeters to welcome tourists and answer their questions. You can set your own schedule – come as often or infrequently as you like.. We have free wifi, a comfortable chair and a coffee/tea pot! Our tourists are engaging and fun to talk with – this is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Give us a call if you are interested, 255.4402. Thank you!

 More than 200 people attended the first in a series of free outdoor summer movies at Machias.  Box Car Box Office, a project of the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, takes place at the vintage box car next to Station 1898, the town’s railroad station.

At the first showing, a costume contest and gift basket raffle provided a bit of fun before the showing of the Wizard of Oz. Chamber Board President Josh Spencer welcomed the crowd and thanked Bangor Savings Bank for sponsoring the film. How Sweet It Is, Machias Rotary and local Girl Scouts provided snacks and beverages for sale. How Sweet It Is also donated the large gift basket, which brought in more than $50 in a raffle, and the popcorn and snack company also donated a portion of its sales to the Chamber. Winners in the costume contest also received gift baskets.

The movies have been generously underwritten by local businesses and citizens and a $4,800 grant from the Washington County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Washington Academy student Alexandrea Hanscom of Roque Bluffs helped raise funds towards the projector as part of her Girl Scouts’ Gold Award. The free movies will be held every Saturday night from June 7 to Sept. 6 at dusk, which is about 8:30 in July.

 

The schedule and movie sponsors for the rest of the season are:

June 14, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, sponsored by Washington Academy’s Summer Feeding and Reading Program

June 21, Frozen, sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

June 28, Rudy, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

July 5, Charlotte’s Web, sponsored by Rose St. Louis

July 12, The Journey of Natty Gann, sponsored by the Beehive Collective

July 19, The Sandlot, sponsored by Lisa Holmes

July 26, Mary Poppins, sponsored by Axiom Technologies

August 2, We Bought a Zoo, sponsored by The Margaretta Inn

August 9, The Goonies, sponsored by Pineo Hardware

August 16, Horton Hears a Who, sponsored by Rachel’s Jewelry

August 23, ET, sponsored by Down East Community Hospital

August 30, Raiders of the Lost Ark, sponsored by Hearts of Maine

Sept. 6, The Lego Movie 3D, sponsored by Look’s Gourmet Foods and The Whole Life Market

 

In case of rain, the movies will be moved to dusk the next day (Sunday). If the entire weekend is rained out, the movie will be offered at a later date, possibly as part of a double feature. Cancellations will be posted on the Chamber’s Facebook and web sites.

 

Parents should be aware that all movies to be shown are rated PG, with the exception of Mary Poppins which is rated G. Using a $500 grant from the Maine Humanities and Arts Council to offset heating costs, the movie events will move inside the railroad station during the colder months and the focus will shift to documentaries and discussion groups. The Chamber is currently accepting suggestions for the winter program.

 

The Chamber will also provide a special free Christmas showing of “The Polar Express 3D’’ during the town’s holiday celebration at the Lee Pellon Center.

 

Movie attendees must park either at the causeway or behind Station 1898 off Kilton Avenue. Cars will not be allowed to park in surrounding business’s parking lots. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for their personal comfort and there is a portable toilet on site. Chamber directors said that the movies are a family event and no alcohol will be allowed. For more information, contact the Chamber at 255.4402.movie pic

The 10th Annual Margaretta Days Festival, sponsored by the Machias Historical Society, will be held on the mall area of the University of Maine at Machias Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 3 pm.

 

The Festival celebrates the American Revolution Downeast, specifically the Battle of the Margaretta – The first Naval Battle of the American Revolution and beginning of the US Merchant Marines- and the Battle of the Rim – when the British returned for revenge but were defeated by the Patriots and their allies, the Passamaquoddy.

 

The schedule of events includes:

 

7:30 am………….Pancake Breakfast at Court Street American Legion Hall

(non-smoking/small fee)

10:00 am……….Parade from Helen’s Restaurant  to UMM

After Parade til 3 pm….Colonial Day on the Mall at the University of Maine Machias

Re-enactors’ Encampments, McCobb’s Company, Acadia Frontiersmen, Blacksmith, Trappers, Timber framers, Weavers, Quilting, Antler Toss Competition, Bushcrafters, Children’s Activities, Petting Zoo, Period food featuring Meat Pies, Deer/Moose Stew, Baked Beans, and Fruit Pies, Rotary Hot Dog Stand, Historical Society Tables, U.S. Post Office stamp cancellation station, Contemporary Artists, Authors & Crafters

After Parade ……….UMM Ukulele Band

Noon…………….…Welcome/Introductions – John Sprague

12:15..………………Historical Skit by Homeschoolers

12:30………………..Freemont Street Band

1:00 ……………….. Rev. James Lyon – Rev. Gary Look

Jeremiah O’Brien – Chris Sprague

Hannah Weston – Valdine Atwood

Battle of the Rim – Valdine Atwood

1:30…………………Life, Customs & Clothing of Revolutionary Times – Wayne and

Sonya Mallar, Acadia Frontiersmen, McCobb’s Company

2:30…………………Fiddling & Accordion – Barbara Lapham, John Viselli, Elna Davis

Noon – 4 pm…Burnham Tavern Museum open for Tours – small admission charge

FMI www:washingtoncountymaine.com/margaretta FB: Margaretta Days Festival of Machias, Maine; carlenemholmes@yahoo.com; 207-263-5886

Guided historical tours of the downtown area of the county seat, Machias, will be offered at least twice a week beginning June 2.

 

The tours are a collaboration between local historian Ray Foster and the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce.

 

Foster has not only a vast knowledge of the places, buildings and history of the area, but he is a direct descendant of one of the first settlers of Machias.

 

Each tour will begin at the Machias Bay Chamber office at 11 Main Street and will feature the places and stories of Machias’s history in the Revolutionary War, its occupation in the War of 1812, its rich history as a seaport and shipbuilding center, as well as details on the town’s Custom House, historic county courthouse, library, Burnham Tavern and Centre Street Congregational Church.

 

The tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday and Friday and special group tours at other times can be arranged in advance. The cost is $10 per person. Each tour should be no longer than one and a half hours. Registration for a tour can be made by calling the Machias Bay Chamber at 255.4402, sharon@machiaschamber.org or by stopping in the Chamber office.

The popular Machias downtown First Friday Art Walk gets into full swing on June 6, with an expanded scope of more than 20 participants. This is the third year for the Art Walk and locations range from galleries to businesses to outside on the grass at both Water Street and Colonial Way.

 

Participating businesses will have bright green flags outside and maps will be available indicating where vendors and galleries are located.The event will be held rain or shine.

 

This year, the organizers have expanded the offerings to not only showcase local art, but to promote local farms, musicians and artisans. The Art Walk is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. All are welcome but set up spaces must be coordinated with the property’s owners. Art Walk is held on the first Friday of each month with the exception of July, due to the Fourth of July holiday. In that month, it will be held on July 11.

 

Participating artists, farmers and vendors for June 6 include:

Nora Jordan, handmade items

Tamara Trudeau and Larry Horyna, minstrel bagpipers

Woodwind Gallery

Petite Boutique

Duane Ingalls, wandering minstrel based at Machias Grange

Downeast Coastal Conservancy

Axiom Technologies classroom, The Beehive Collective artists

Tim’s Sea Glass Jewelry

How Sweet It Is

Machias Grange, various artists and crafters, children’s activities

Kiley Bauman, photography

Sherry Ashby Cunningham, mixed media

Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce gallery, Nancy Mirman, Dana McEacharn and Barbara Fish

Columbia Falls Pottery

Rachel’s Jewelry

Dennysville Desserts

Machias Art and Antiques

 

For more information or to participate in the Art Walk, contact the Chamber at 255.4402, or Lauren at the Grange, 206.557.9192.

 The First Friday Art Walk artists of the month at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce for June will be a trio of local artisans that specialize in three different mediums.

 

The artists are Dana McEacharn of Machias, a sculptor and photographer; Barbara Fish of Jonesboro, a wood carver; and Nancy Mirman, a summer resident of Machiasport, who is a fiber artist. There will be a reception for the artists from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Chamber at 11 Main Street, Machias.

 

McEacharn has collaborated with his partner, April Adams, to promote his sculpture at their business, Columbia Falls Pottery. He has been commissioned by Worcester Wreath to create commemorative pieces, and his 1998 Down East Seasonal Labor series was purchased by the University of Maine at Machias for it collection. He has exhibited throughout Maine.

 

Fish has a master’s degree in education and retirned in 2010 as owner and operator of C.E. Fish Shellfish Company in Jonesboro. She has pursued her interest in wood carving since her retirement.

 

Mirman is an interior designer who lives in the winter months in Somers, New York. She has many artistic interests but her June exhibit will focus on fiber art. She will be offering quilts, quilted items and fiber pieces. Her work can also be found at The Commons in Eastport.

The artists’ work will be display at the Chamber’s gallery throughout June. Artists coming later this summer include Eastport sculpturist Elizabeth Ostrander (July), Down East Correctional Facility Inmate Art Program (August), pastel artist JoAnne Houlson (September); watercolorist Sherry Ashby Cunningham of East Machias (October).

Generous underwriting by local businesses and citizens and the receipt of a $4,800 grant will allow free outdoor movies to be held at Machias every Saturday night from June 7 to Sept. 6. More than $3,000 has been donated to the movie project to offset copyright fees for each film and equipment costs, and the Chamber learned last week that the Washington County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has granted the project $4,800.

 

Box Car Box Office, a project of the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the vintage box car next to Station 1898, the town’s railroad station.

 

“We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of this community and the grant award,” Chamber Director Sharon Mack said. “We had hoped to offer 7 movies this summer and now, because of the support, we will be able to offer 14. It is often very difficult for families or seniors to get to a movie in Washington County and it was so important to the Chamber that we offer free admission to all of the movies.”

 

The grant award will allow for the projector, sound equipment and movie screen to be purchased which will also be used inside the train station this winter and will insure a return of the outdoor movies in the summer of 2015.

 

The movies will be held each Saturday night at dusk and the opening feature will be Wizard of Oz, as it is the movie’s 75th anniversary this year. Special prizes will be awarded to those viewers who come in Wizard of Oz themed costumes.

 

The schedule and movie sponsors are:

June 7, Wizard of Oz, sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank

June 14, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, sponsored by Washington Academy’s Summer Feeding and Reading Program

June 21, Frozen, sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

June 28, Rudy, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

July 5, Charlotte’s Web, sponsored by Rose St. Louis

July 12, The Journey of Natty Gann, sponsored by the Beehive Collective

July 19, The Sandlot, sponsored by Lisa Holmes

July 26, Mary Poppins, sponsored by Axiom Technologies

August 2, We Bought a Zoo, sponsored by The Margaretta Inn

August 9, The Goonies, sponsored by Pineo Hardware

August 16, Horton Hears a Who, sponsored by Rachel’s Jewelry

August 23, ET, sponsored by Down East Community Hospital

August 30, Raiders of the Lost Ark, sponsored by Hearts of Maine

Sept. 6, The Lego Movie, sponsored by Look’s Gourmet Foods and The Whole Life Market

 

In case of rain, the movies will be moved to dusk the next day (Sunday). If the entire weekend is rained out, the movie will be offered at a later date, possibly as part of a double feature.

 

All the movies will be shown on a massive screen at the box car adjacent to Station 1898, which is the Chamber’s major restoration project. Washington Academy student Alexandrea Hanscom of Roque Bluffs is assisting in the fundraising project. She has helped raise funds for the projector and the Girl Scouts will be selling popcorn and soda at all showings.

 

Parents should be aware that all movies to be shown are rated PG, with the exception of Mary Poppins which is rated G. Using a $500 grant from the Maine Humanities and Arts Council to offset heating costs, the movie events will move inside the railroad station during the colder months and the focus will shift to documentaries and discussion groups.

 

The Chamber will also use the projection equipment for a special free Christmas showing of “The Polar Express 3D’’ during the town’s holiday celebration.

 

Movie attendees must park either at the causeway or behind Station 1898 off Kilton Avenue, Mack said. Cars will not be allowed to park in surrounding business’s parking lots. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for their personal comfort and there is a portable toilet on site. Mack said that the movies are a family event and no alcohol will be allowed. For more information, contact the Chamber at 255.4402.

On Saturday from 5:00-7:00 pm we will be having a Wing-Off. It is a competition for the best chicken wings in Washington County. Guests who participate will have a chance to bring their favorite recipe of chicken wings. Prizes are given to the top 3 contestants. Side dishes are appreciated and then we all get to eat.

On Sunday, we will be having a Spaghetti and Meatball Supper. Which includes Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Coffee, Tea. This fundraiser is for Ameena Vizcarrando who has won the State of Maine Academic Achievement Award. She will be going to Florida to compete in the Nationals. Ameena attends WA and lives in Eastport. Lets come out and show our support for our Washington County Students. The cost is $8 per person and the event starts at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The public is welcomed to all our events.

A round of local meetings will be hosted by DMR Policy and Science staff to discuss this past season, the upcoming season, scientific monitoring as well as the development of a Fishery Management Plan for the scallop fishery. The meetings will be hosted across the state and will be followed up by the Scallop Advisory Council 2014/15 Season Setting meeting to be held on June 30 in Ellsworth. We look forward to you joining us for a conversation on the current status of the fishery and potential changes for the future. Please check the DMR website in the event of any meeting cancellations. www.maine.gov/dmr.

 

  • ROCKLAND: Tuesday, June 3 from 4-6pm at the Rockland Ferry Terminal.
  • ELLSWORTH: Monday, June 16 from 6-8pm at the Ellsworth City Hall.
  • MACHIAS: Tuesday, June 17 from 3-5pm at the Rose Gaffney Elementary School.
  • BLUE HILL: Thursday, June 19 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Blue Hill Town Library.
  • DENNYSVILLE: Tuesday, June 24 from 3-5pm at the Dennysville Congregational Church

 

Free family outdoor movies – Box Car Box Office – will begin in June and run throughout the summer, sponsored by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and citizens.

The movies will be held every other Saturday night at dusk and the opening feature will be Wizard of Oz, as it is the movie’s 75th anniversary this year. Special prizes will be awarded to those viewers who come in Wizard of Oz themed costumes. Chamber Director Sharon Mack said that several grants have been applied for and if they are granted, the movies will be expanded to every Saturday night and double features could be offered.

The tentative schedule will be:

June 7, Wizard of Oz, sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

June 21, Frozen, sponsored by Robert Tracy

July 5, Charlotte’s Web, sponsored by Rose St. Louis

July 19, The Sandlot, sponsored by Lisa Holmes

August 2, We Bought a Zoo

August 16, Horton Hears a Who, sponsored by Rachel’s Jewelry

August 30, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Movie attendees must park either at the causeway or behind Station 1898 off Kilton Avenue. Cars will not be allowed to park in surrounding business’s parking lots. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for their personal comfort. There is a porta-potty on site.

All the movies will be shown at the box car adjacent to Station 1898, which is the Chamber’s major restoration project. Washington Academy student Alexandrea Hanscom of Roque Bluffs is assisting in the fundraising project to purchase the projector and screen as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. All movies to be shown are rated PG. Thanks to a $500 grant from the Maine Humanities and Arts Councisl, the movie events will move inside the railroad station during the colder months and the focus will shift to more adult offerings, particularly  documentaries and discussion groups.

Any business, family or person that would like to sponsor a movie, please contact the Chamber at 255.4402. Movie costs range from $75 to $275, depending on their popularity and release dates.

One Performance Only: The Diaries of Adam and Eve, to benefit the European trip of the Washington County Children’s Chorus. Admission by donation. 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias
Four mile foot race and smoked alewife cookout – the annual Smolt Bolt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, from the Machias Dike to East Machias along the Downeast Sunrise Trail. Register in person at the East Machias Research Center or online at www.mainesalmonrivers.org.  FMI: Maria at 271.7564. Parking in East Machias, shuttle provided to the start. $15 fee. Walkers welcome.
The Downeast Salmon Federation and the Cobscook Community Learning Center are putting on a two-week experience for teenagers interested in outdoor careers. This co-ed youth crew will live at the Wigwams Rapid on the Machias River and work with professionals doing trail work, archaeology and salmon habitat restoration. They will also paddle, gain skills, swim and finish the summer with a $200 honorarium in recognition of their contribution.

The program runs from Sat. July 5 to Sat. July 19. Open to teens ages 14-17. Contact Maria McMorrow at 271.7564 or maria@mainesalmonrivers.org

The 2014 Calais Area Job Fair will be held on April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Community College Gymnasium. The fair is sponsored by the Calais CareerCenter, the Maine Department of Labor and Northern Maine Development Corporation.

Participating organizations include: AMHC, Calais Regional Hospital, Care and Comfort, Catholic Charities,City of Calais, Community Health and Counseling, Hero-2-Hired, HomeCare for Maine, Label Shopper, Living Innovations, Maine Army National Guard, Maine Staffing Group, Maine State Police, Maine Veterans Home, Marshall Healthcare Facility, MAS Homecare of Maine, Millennium Marine USA, NAMI Maine, Neighbors Care Volunteer Center of Washington County, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, Pratt Chevrolet Buick, Sunrise County Economic Council, Lane Construction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Navy, UPC of Maine/Washington County Children’s Program, VA Maine, VIP, Walmart, Washington County Co/mmunity College, Washington County Jail, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Women Unlimited.CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 454-7551 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). More information is available on the CareerCenter website,http://www.mainecareercenter.com/ .

The Healthy Main Street Coalition at Machias is looking for good used bikes that will be part of a downtown free bike program. The bikes will be placed around the downtown area to be used free by all and then placed back in a rack to be used by the next rider.

 

Need to go to the bank on your lunch hour? Ride a bike instead of driving your car. Want to go to the Farmers’ Market mid-day on Fridays? Grab one of the donated bikes. The program is part of the Healthy Main Street grant that the town of Machias obtained last year and is key to the coalition’s effort to promote physical exercise.

 

Bicycles in good condition – both adult’s and children’s – may be left at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce office, 11 Main Street, or the Machias Public Works garage on US Route 192, for distribution.

 

All donated bikes will be cleaned and fine tuned to make sure they are in safe, operable condition, and then will be painted bright lime green. They will have the Healthy Main Street logo installed and will be easy to spot to deflect theft. Some other communities lock the bike in special racks and a credit card is needed to borrow the bike. The Healthy Main Street Coalition decided that in Machias, the bikes should be loaned for free.

 

The grant will also be used to buy bicycle racks to be placed around town. The locations will include at the kiosk for the Down East Sunrise Trail, in the area of Down East Coastal Conservancy, the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, Machias Hardware, Machias Town Office, Bad Little Falls Park, and two out of town locations for commuters.

 

The bike racks should be installed, along with the green bikes, before Memorial Day.

The Healthy Main Street Coalition also sponsors Fresh Fridays, nutrition classes, Keep Me Well program, anti-smoking programs and a variety of other workplace-centered programs. For more information, contact Angela Fochesato at Washington County: One Community at 255-3741.

Blueberry Ford, Cranberry Motors and the Machias Bay Chamber are hosting a business after hours event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the car dealership on US Rt. 1 in Machias.

 

The dealership has a new management team and Manager John Fuhrman is eager to make a new and strong impression in the area. “Anyone can sell a car,” Fuhrman said. “But  once we can show our commitment to customer service and repair, we have made a real difference.”

 

Fuhrman said the event will be catered by Angie’s Bakery and Catering and each attendee will receive a permanent discount on service and parts. He said the entire new management team will be emphasizing service and repair. Fuhrman encouraged attendees to bring their business cards with them to the event to facilitate networking between businesses. For more information, call the Chamber at 255.4402.

UMM has two job full-time openings: Director of Residential Education and Commuter Life, and Asst. Director of Residential Education and Commuter Life. Review of applications will begin April 14. More information regarding these positions and their requirements can be found at www.umm.maine.edu
14th Annual Beth C. Wright Walk for Life Weekend

May 16 and 17 – Addison Town Hall and Narraguagus High School

Schedule of Events: Friday, May 16 – Downeast Dine, Dance and Donate

Narraguagus High School, 4:30 to 6:30 benefit dinner, 5-9 music and dance

Saturdaay, May 17 – 8:30 at Addison Town Hall, registration for walk, 9:30 pre walk ceremony, 10 a.m. walk

11-1 p.m bbq, bake sale, Chinese auction, kiddie train, raffle

To preregister for the walk, contact Michael Reisman by Friday, May 2, at 664.0339 or info@bethwrightcancercenter.org

www.bethwrightcancercenter.org

Our annual dinner/auction and dance will be this Friday night, 5-midnight, at the Lee Pellon Center. It is not too late to buy a ticket! There will be a wonderful buffet by local vendors:

 

Angie Garrison – dessert assortment

Skywalkers’ To Go – bar

Mother Shuckers – seafood chowder

How Sweet It Is – popcorn and candies

Gardenside Dairy, Kim Roos – cheese platters and warm cheese apps

Hannafords – soda and coffee

Talbot House Inn – mini veggie quiche and green salad

Helen’s – crab cakes

Schoppee Inn – cumin farro salad

Whole Life Market – rice pilaf, couscous salad

The French Cellar – wheel of cheese

Aramark –  apple brandy pork loin

Water Street Tavern – shrimp on skewers

Tom’s – cream and sugar

 

There will be a terrific silent auction and an amazing live auction. Live auction items include:

 

LL Bean Kayak valued at $911 from MBACC

One day hare hunt with hounds by Downeast Outfitters

Signed print of Station 1898 from MBACC

Seashell Lamp from Maine Coast Creations

½ cord green firewood from Forester 2, LLC

20 pounds of lobster for dinner party from The Bank of Maine

Red Sox original painting by Nancy Kahler

Vehicle maintenance from Blueberry Ford

His and her snowshoes from Danny and Nancy Manchester

Cake from Helen’s Restaurant

Handmade Ceramic Lamp from Columbia Falls Pottery

Handmade Lap Quilt from Downeast Quilting and Interior

Weekend getaway at Roque Bluffs cottage from Joel and Hope Pratt

5 – $20 Gulf Gas Cards from Johnson’s Town Line

Guided kayak trip for two from Sunrise Kayak and Canoe

Silent auction items include:

Original painting by Sharon Mack

Original signed woodblock by Gillyn Gatto

Original painting by Nancy Kahler

Photograph by Alicia Sprowl

Polarized sunglasses by Sunrise Eye Care

 

Christmas ornament, Hannah Weston Chapter DAR

Tickets to Norman Nelson Dinner and Dance, W.County Democratic Committee

Outdoor Faucet, L.P. Mallar

Coffee and mug, Dunkin Donuts

Gas can, Guptill’s

Two outdoor planters, EBS

Coffee and gifts, Black Fly Breeders’ Association

Four hours manual labor, Tim Cox

Two sets of silver coin proofs, Machias Savings Bank

Appraisal of three items, Machiasport Historical Society

One year subscription, Machias Valley News Observer

Cookbook, Centre Street Congregational Church

Bag of goodies and one month certificate to UMM Fitness Center, UMM

One hour massage, Don Green

Handmade beer carrier and craft beers, Sawbucks Custom Woodwork

Backpack, camp chair, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

Four day passes to the Blue Hill Fair, Blue Hill Fair Assn.

One adult cleaning, Machias Dental

One year membership (two), Sunrise Senior College

Sweatshirts from BBS Lobster Trap Company (three), Susan West

Season basketball game tickets, Washington Academy

Puffin tour for one adult, Robertson’s Sea Tours and Adventures

 

Gift Baskets from:

Ruth Luebecker

Look Gourmet Food Company (2)

Hannaford Supermarket (3)

How Sweet It Is

 

And gift certificates from :
PCT Communications, $50

Fundy Bay Printing, $25

Helen’s Restaurant (with t-shirt), $100

Machias Laundromat (with stuffed animal), $25

Whole Life Market, $30

Bragdon Kelley Funeral Home to Parlin’s Flowers, $50

Emera Maine, two at $50 each

Pineo True Value, two at $25 each

Machias Hardware, $20

The Office, $15

Cobscook Community Learning Center, $50

Great news! Ray Foster, an amazing local historian, will be leading guided historical walks (about an hour in length) from the Chamber’s office this summer, June to Labor Day. The tour will be in a loop from the Chamber to Bad Little Falls and the Grange, back to a circle from Free Street to Center Street to include the history of the opera house, the theater, the blacksmith shop, Burnham Tavern, the county courthouse, the library, the custom house and everything in between. We will start with tours on Monday and Friday mornings, and then add days as necessary. Ray has such a deep historical knowledge and enthusiasm of the area, the legends, the stories – these tours will be a great asset and hopefully, become one more reason for tourists and others to come to Machias, stop and shop, and stay, rather than driving right through. Details will be posted later this spring.
To get our full list of events in March, please click the link below to download.

March 2014 (PDF Format)

To get our full list of events in March, please click the link below to download.

March 2014 (PDF Format)

Machias Bay Chamber of CommerceNEWS & EVENTS