Newsletter – August 11, 2022

In This Issue: Belfast Summer Nights presents Michael Cressey & Mojo, Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days, Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening events for New Studio Space for Ananda Yoga & Wellness, The Blow Out Glass Artist event with Rip Tide Smoke Shop, Ales for Tails benefit with Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine, Wild Grace Farm Pig Roast and Axe Throwing, Finnish Supergroup Frigg with Belfast Flying Shoes and Belfast Summer Nights, Tri-County Horsemen Horse Show, Artist Rachel Siviski at The Gallery at Trove, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Northport Golf Club. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce has strengthened its Board of Directors with the addition of three new members: Michelle Curtis of First National Bank joins as Board Treasurer; and Mary Tripp, of Bank of America, and John McKeith, of The Belfast Center, join as Board Members, respectively.

Michelle Curtis is a VP, Business Development Officer for First National Bank, and has been in the banking realm for 25 years. She is a passionate relationship builder and community ambassador for the communities she serves in Knox and Waldo County. When she joined the Board, she wanted to be able to connect with other community leaders to support the business efforts of for-profit and nonprofit Chamber members. She wants to serve as liaison in the community and make connections for others to better their business or community relationships. For a community to be strong, it should work on the principle that a rising tide raises all ships. A community needs to drive the mission that all facets should be working together to ensure stability and growth for everyone.

Mary Tripp works for Bank of America and has for 23 years and has served many roles but is currently the Home Lending Business Enablement Executive and the Belfast site Integration Leader. She has lived in Waldo County her entire life. She also serves as Vice President and Secretary for Waldo County Habitat for Humanity and as the Treasurer for Triton Athletics.

John McKeith owns and manages The Belfast Center, a 70+ unit office and creative space overlooking Penobscot Bay in downtown Belfast. He is also a commercial photographer, working primarily with college and university clients around the country.

McKeith has spent the last 35 years helping create marketing campaigns for nonprofit organizations. His focus has been on the visual side of these campaigns, helping to tell a client’s story through imagery. He has also been involved in developing a number of these marketing campaigns.

“Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic organization that brings a lot of resources to the table,” he says, in a Chamber news release. “But as Dorothy explained to me in some earlier conversations, one of the challenges continues to be reaching the established area businesses and connecting with new businesses coming into the area to encourage them to become members and to take advantage of what the Chamber has to offer. I hope that I can use my experience in marketing and running a business in Belfast to help the Chamber reach and connect with this audience. If the Chamber is seen as a hub of accessible information and connections, then business people in the greater Belfast area have that many more tools at hand to grow their own businesses, and ultimately strengthen our community.”

Alex Hawthorne, Board Chair, welcomed the new board members and looks forward to working with them as the board continues to strength and advance the Chamber. The Chamber’s mission is to champion a thriving business environment for our members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and access to relevant information.

Leaving the board recently was David Dancy who is retiring to Florida, and Cynthia Joseph who served as our Board Secretary. We are grateful to both David and Cynthia for their time and dedication to the Chamber.

The Chamber office and Information Center are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, and 9am – 11am or longer on the weekends with volunteer availability.

Newsletter – August 4, 2022

In This Issue: Monsters Being Monsters First Friday with Launchpad, Last Weekend for Belfast Maskers‘ Little Shop of Horrors, Friends of Fort Knox present Ten Bucks Theatre Company‘s Romeo & Juliet, Belfast Garden Club‘s Open Garden Days, Community Dance on the Belfast Footbridge with Belfast Flying Shoes, Giant Indoor Yard Sale at Belfast Curling Club, Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit the Family of Mitchell Philbrook at the Belfast, ME American Legion Post #43, Owls Head Transportation Museum Air Show, Blues Singer Storyteller Marc Black at Marsh River Theater, and so much more!!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from The Out And About. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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Newsletter – July 28, 2022

In This Issue: Union Fair / Maine’s Wild Blueberry Festival weekend, Pripet Riding Program fundraiser, Belfast Maskers‘ Little Shop of Horrors (Break a leg all!), Wine Tasting at Wild Grace Farm, Artist Clint Burbridge at Mainely Gallery, Holy Mackerel Tournament Resurrected in Belfast Maine, Graze207 Event Weekend at Stone Tree Farm & Cidery, Bar Harbor Music Festival at Belfast, Annual Belfast Summer Street Party, Reading the Landscape with Friends of Sears Island, and so much more!!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Maine Celtic Celebration. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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Newsletter – July 21, 2022

In This Issue: Family Fun Fest with Belfast Free Library, Staged Reading of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ with Everyman Repertory Theatre, Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Days, Maine Celtic Celebration weekend, Forest Sun benefit performance at Leafsong Family Farm, Kilted Canter 5k, Armenian Picnic at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, An Evening with CBS’ Robert Costa with Camden Conference, Man on Main Trunk Show, Artist Shannon Westphal at The Gallery at Trove, Bar Harbor Music Festival at Belfast, and so much more upcoming!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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9th Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of the annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament! This competitive networking event has helped the Chamber to fund and provide our business members and the community with developmental resources they need to grow and succeed.

The event will be held at Northport Golf Club, 581 Bluff Rd. in Northport. Check-in at 11:30am, starts at 12pm.

For new or returning teams, CLICK HERE to sign up

***SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS***

Newsletter – July 7, 2022

In This Issue: Pirate Take-Over Day with The Back and Forth, (Volunteers Welcome!), Friends of Fort Knox Ghost Tours, Arts on the Hill with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Bar Harbor Music Festival at Belfast, The More Things Change screening with The Game Loft at The Colonial Theatre, and upcoming, Volunteer Weekend with Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Waldo County Estate Collectible Auction with DownEast Auctions, Maine Celtic Celebration, Holy Mackerel Fishing Tournament, and much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from SAS Photographic via @MaineSeaLion. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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Newsletter – June 30, 2022

In This Issue: Local July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks, Live Music with Belfast Summer Nights, Discover Belfast History – Walking Tours with Belfast Historical Society and Museum, All-American Meet at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Penobscot Marine Museum, 4th of July events, and upcoming, Pirate Take-Over Day with The Back and Forth, Splitwillow – Arts on the Hill with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Bar Harbor Music Festival at Belfast, The More Things Change – a Film by The Game Loft at The Colonial Theatre, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Waldo County Estate Collectible Auction with DownEast Auctions, Maine Celtic Celebration, Live Music Fundraiser at Leafsong Family Farm, and much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Alice Seeger of Belfast Fiberarts. News from the Bay & Beyond!

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July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks

BELFAST –

MONDAY, JULY 4: 12pm, Songs of America – American history is told through song and speakers in a fun-filled nostalgic hour, outside at The Park on Main (just below Rollie’s). In case of rain, it will be moved to the Boathouse on Front St. Seating is on the grass. Bring your chair or blanket and your spirit for this heartwarming annual family event. A free presentation from the Belfast Parks & Recreation Dept.

BROOKS –

SATURDAY, JULY 2: Chicken BBQ at 12pm, Brooks Community Park ~ $15 ~ Tickets at Brooks Town Office. FIREWORKS after dark (about 9pm)

MONDAY, JULY 4: Parade at 10am. Varney fellowship will have coffee and muffins available at 9am. Parade lineup 9am.

BUCKSPORT –

SATURDAY, JULY 2: The Bucksport Bay Festival Fireworks display will be at 9pm. Everyone can watch the fireworks from Main Street Bucksport or all along the Bucksport River Walk. The Central Maine Pyrotechnics Company is once again launching from the Fort Knox Historic Site wharf. Boats and people must remain 350 feet away from the launch point. Only authorized personnel (Fire Dept, Fireworks and Park Staff) are allowed on the grounds. All others will be asked to leave and not permitted to watch from the park grounds.

ISLESBORO –

SATURDAY, JULY 2: Fireworks Display once dark (9pm) near Grindle Point Lighthouse. Rain date Sunday.

SEARSPORT –

SATURDAY, JULY 2: 11:00 a.m….Ceremony at Mosman Park to present the Park Association with a Certificate of Achievement for their 100th Anniversary.
Belfast Bay Fiddlers will be performing both prior to and following the Ceremony.
Park Members are organizing a Picnic in the Park, Public is Welcome, following the Ceremony. Please bring your picnic lunch.
7:00 p.m….The Army-Navy Band will perform at Mosman Park prior to the Fireworks.
9:00 p.m. / Dark…FIREWORKS!!!

SUNDAY, JULY 3: 7:00 p.m….The Searsport Historical Society will present their Annual Variety Show at Town Hall. (Yes, there is a/c!)

MONDAY, JULY 4: 7:30 a.m….Sign Up Opens for the Annual Rowboat Races at Hamilton Wharf. Lots of fun for ALL ages!
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m….Penobscot Marine Museum – Croquet, bean bag toss, and children’s crafts, 2pm-4pm local author Linda Buckmaster will be autographing copies of her new book, “Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands”
11:00 a.m….PARADE!!! The Parade will begin at Norris Street and end at the Public Safety Building Parking Area. There will be Games and Food Vendors following the Parade, including the Methodist Church Lunch Wagon and the Annual Lion’s Club Chicken BBQ.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m….Poker Run. Information on this event as well as the sign up will be available at the Historic Preservation Committee Table, located at the Fountain on Main Street, both prior to and following the Parade.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m….”Anni and the Rainmakers” will be performing at Mosman Park. 

Arts in the Park – June 25 & 26

We are excited to bring you the 26th annual event on June 25 & 26, 2022. Arts in the Park is one of the most respected arts and fine crafts festivals in midcoast Maine. The variety of offerings are outstanding, and live music and the smells of local eats add to the creative atmosphere. The venue is undeniably beautiful, in a large open park on the ocean’s edge, with sailboats nearby and a summer breeze to enjoy.

The Arts in the Park Planning Committee is happy to announce that they have selected Dot Hutchins as the 2022 Artist of the Year. Dot hails from Vassalboro and has been participating in Arts in the Park for nearly a decade with her beautiful hand-woven baskets.

For all things Arts in the Park weekend, including the music schedule, visit https://belfastmaine.org/members/arts-in-the-park/