Newsletter – June 20, 2024

In This Issue: Solstice by the Sea Celebration with Friends of Sears Island, Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Back Party with the Belfast Community Co-op, Baking the Difference event with Seaboard Federal Credit Union and Sweet Cheeks Bakery on Verona Island, Friends of Fort Knox Host a Medieval Village, Charity ATV Ride for Waldo County Woodshed, Community Dance on the Footbridge with Belfast Flying Shoes, Feel Better Workshop with Ananda Yoga and Wellness Studio Store, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Nautilus ~ ~ ~ This is news from the Bay & Beyond! Your Chamber Working For You!

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Fourth Friday Art Walks

Over the last decade, the Fourth Friday Art Walk in Belfast has established itself as a summer staple for both residents and tourists alike. Belfast is known by many as an “arts destination,” and visitors come to our little city to experience our way of life. By showcasing local talent, creativity, and our strong community, the Fourth Friday Art Walks bring both energy and entrepreneurial opportunity to artists and businesses throughout the summer and fall months.

The Fourth Friday Art Walk presents artists with a unique way to showcase their work and engage with crowds of new and returning audiences.

Open hours will be 4pm – 7pm on:
June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, and October 25.* Look for open doors or the teal Fourth Friday flags in windows or doors!


MAINELY GALLERY & STUDIO, 181 Searsport Avenue (East Belfast)
NORTH LIGHT GALLERY, 171 High Street #4
PARENT FINE ART, 92 Main Street
SHEEP JONES, 153 High Street
SUSAN TOBEY WHITE, 111 High Street

* Some artists may stay open later if busy, some may have varied hours in that 4-7pm timeframe – check back often for updates
** List may not include all artists, updated as we here from more

American Red Cross – Extreme Heat Preparedness Checklist


As the weather forecast heats up starting tomorrow – please help us ensure that our residents and visitors to Maine are safe!  I encourage you to share this information with your constituents & neighbors, family and friends.

Heat is more than uncomfortable, it can be deadly, especially for older adults, the very young and those with chronic medical conditions. Last year, some 2,300 heat-related deaths occurred. To help stay safe, the Red Cross recommends that people take three steps:

1.           Slow down by postponing or limiting outdoor activities, including strenuous exercise. If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks and avoid        the hottest part of the day by scheduling tasks earlier or later. Hot cars can be deadly — never leave children or pets in your vehicle alone.

2.           Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks. Check that animals also have access to plenty of fresh water and shade.

3.           Spend time indoors in an air-conditioned place. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public library, shopping mall or a public cooling center. CALL 211 to find an open location. Check on loved ones and neighbors who may be at risk and do not have air conditioning to make sure they are safe.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Caroline King

Executive Director, Northern and Eastern Maine

American Red Cross | Northern New England Region | Serving Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties

Book time with King, Caroline (Maine): Let’s Chat!

900B Hammond Street 

Bangor, ME 04401

Cell: 207-272-9561

Office:  207-941-2903

Newsletter – June 13, 2024

In This Issue: Wine Tasting at Vinolio, Paces for PAWS 5K, Belfast Community Works‘ Repair Cafe, Dancing with the Local Stars at Marsh River Theater, New Shades of Blue Live at Nautilus, Imagination Library Launch at Belfast Free Library, The Joy of Singing with Penobscot Bay Singers, Bagaduce Music at First Baptist Church, Belfast, Community Hike with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Summer Music Kickoff at The Club Marina and Bar, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from the Hawthorne Hike! Stop by the Chamber and get your trail map and guide today of downtown Belfast ‘biggest’ and coolest walking trail! This is news from the Bay & Beyond! Your Chamber Working For You!

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Newsletter – June 6, 2024

In This Issue: Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings, GO Logic Grand Opening Party, First Friday Dances with Belfast Flying Shoes, Penobscot Bay Singers‘ Spring Concert, Summer Wine & Sign Series at Anodyne book shop, Grand Staircase Ceremony at Pentagoet Inn & Wine Bar, Gawler Family Music at Searsport First Congregational Church, Belfast Historical Society and Museum opens for the season, Frets Halligan Ukelele Picnic at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes from a Stockton Harbor sunset. This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Member & Administrative Assistant Position Available

Help Wanted: Member and Administrative Assistant

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce
33 Main St Belfast, Maine 04915

About Us:

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce offers a unique blend of business, community/economic development, and advocacy services. We are dedicated to boosting economic vitality and livability across the region by supporting our members and promoting our mission.

Job Overview:  We are seeking a dynamic and organized professional to join our team as a Member and Administrative Assistant. In this role, you will play a crucial part in fostering strong relationships with our current members while attracting new ones. Your efforts will ensure member satisfaction, engagement, and retention, contributing to the overall success of the Chamber.  This position offers flexible hours of 28 to 35 hours per week, an hourly salary range of $16 to $18, PTO, holiday pay, and retirement plan match.

Key Responsibilities:

Membership Recruitment & Retention: Actively recruit new members by promoting Chamber benefits to businesses and organizations. Develop and implement strategies to retain existing members through regular communication, value-added services, and prompt issue resolution.

Member Onboarding: Welcome new members, providing them with information about membership benefits, services, and involvement opportunities. Ensure a smooth transition into the Chamber community.

Member Engagement: Foster strong relationships with members through regular communication, networking events, educational programs, and member-exclusive opportunities. Encourage active participation in Chamber activities.

Database Management: Maintain accurate member databases, updating contact information, membership status, and other relevant details.

Office Management: Maintain office supplies, equipment, and facilities for a well-functioning work environment.

Correspondence Handling: Manage incoming and outgoing communications, including emails, phone calls, and mail. Respond or redirect as appropriate.

Event Support: Provide administrative support for Chamber events, including logistics coordination, registration management, and preparation of event materials.

Financial Administration: Assist with QuickBooks Online financial tasks such as creating and processing invoices, making deposits, and reconciling accounts under the guidance of the Executive Director.

Volunteer Relations & Visitor Reception: Greet visitors, provide information about Chamber services and activities, and direct inquiries to the appropriate staff members. Support the efforts of our volunteers with education and scheduling.

Administrative Support: Provide general administrative support to Chamber staff, including typing, copying, filing, and other clerical tasks as needed. Supporting our valued volunteers with scheduling and education.

Other Duties: Perform other important duties as assigned.


Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Excellent organizational abilities

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks Online and database management

Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively.

Experience in customer service or membership management is a plus

Availability for some evening and weekend work

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position to Dorothy Havey, President & CEO

Join our team and help make a difference in our community by supporting local businesses and fostering economic growth!  Applications will be accepted until we find the best candidate!


Newsletter – May 30, 2024

In This Issue: Searsport Street Party with Anni and the Rainmakers, The Shakespeare Lonely Hearts Club with Theatre Nouveau, Muskeg Live at Hey Sailor, An Evening of Music with Atlantic Challenge USA, Wild Grace Farm Grand Reopening weekend, Our Town Belfast Downtown Sidewalk Sale, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from the blooming apple tree at Consumers Fuel Co. This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Vote for Our Members in Down East’s Magazine’s Best of Maine


Down East Magazine Best of Maine Finalists & Members of Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce:

  • Food & Drink
    • Donut Shop
      • The Only Doughnut
    • Food Co-op
      • Belfast Community Co-op
    • Food Truck
      • Portable Pie Place
    • New Restaurant
      • Dos Gatos
  • Arts & Culture
    • Festival
      • North Atlantic Blues Festival
    • Museum
      • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Shopping & Style
    • Bookstore
      • Grump & Sunshine Bookshop
      • Left Bank Books
    • Gift Shop
      • The Grasshopper Shop
    • Pet Supply Store
      • Loyal Biscuit Co.
    • Shoe Store
      • Colburn Shoe Store
    • Toy Store
      • Out on a Whimsey Toys
    • Women’s Boutique
      • Coyote Moon
      • The Grasshopper Shop
  • Home & Garden
    • Home Improvement Store
      • Hammond Lumber Company
  • Travel & Leisure
    • Boat Cruise/Excursion
      • A Morning in Maine
  • Health & Wellness
    • Sauna
      • Renew ME Day Spa

Newsletter – May 23, 2024

In This Issue: On the Road with Mainebiz event with First National Bank & Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, Penobscot Marine Museum Opening Season Reception, Voices Unlimited at Marsh River Theater, Belfast Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Come Boating Belfast Maine Season Launch and Nautical Yard Sale, The School for Scandal at Everyman Repertory Theatre, Wild Grace Farm Soft Reopening, Outdoor Sportsman Clearance Cave event, and so much more!

Wishing you all a safe and meaningful Memorial Day weekend. This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Join us for these upcoming celebrations!

  • North Light Gallery, May 24, 4:00 pm, 171 High St. #4, Belfast
  • GO Logic, LLC, June 7, 3:00 pm, 52 Little River Dr. Belfast
  • SolarLogix, June 8, 10:00 am, 18 Searsport Ave. Belfast
  • Belfast Community Co-op, June 21, 11:00 am, 123 High St. Belfast