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

Newsletter – May 16, 2024

In This Issue: Building Welcoming and Inclusive Community Services event at First Church in Belfast, UCC, Hot Suppers Dance Party and Stir Fry Potluck at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, All Roads Music Festival, Belfast United Methodist Church Yard Sale, Community Day with Maine Maritime Museum, Spring Auto Tour at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Murder Mystery Dinner at Homeport Inn and Tavern, Summer Wine & Sign Series at Anodyne book shop, Inaugural Spring Chamber Music Concert at Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, Maine, Spring Ring Concert at Belfast Free Library, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from this very posh poodle on the Belfast Harborwalk. Something to Wag About offers ‘Seaside Canine Essentials,’ summer grooming and training services right on the harbor! This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Newsletter – May 9, 2024

In This Issue: Signs of Spring Walk with Friends of Sears Island, Pine Tree Riot at Hey Sailor, Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful, The Sail into Spring Contradance with Atlantic Challenge USA, ‘The Second Mrs. Tanqueray’ Staged Reading with Everyman Repertory Theatre, Sea Strings Orchestra at Searsport First Congregational Church, Ribbon Cutting on the New Location for Seaport Community Health Center, ‘Saving Walden’s World’ at the Colonial Theatre – Belfast, ‘Beyond Clicks: Digital & Social Media Essentials’ with Dream Local Digital, and Mother’s Day specials too!

And the 2024 Belfast: The Bay & Beyond Magazine is here! Stop by 33 Main Street for your free copy! This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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2024 Belfast: The Bay & Beyond Guide has Arrived!

It’s here! The 2024 Belfast: The Bay and Beyond ~ The Official Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Regional Guide ~ Cover photo of ‘Tuba Skinny‘ at Belfast Summer Nights by John McKeith. Many thanks to the great team at Down East Magazine for collaborating with us again this year on a great magazine.

Please stop by the Chamber Information Center M-F 9-5 and pick up your free copy or order a copy online at www.belfastmaine.org. If you are a Chamber member business and would like to get on our distribution list, please call 207-338-5900 or email chamberoffice@belfastmaine.org.

Newsletter – May 2, 2024

In This Issue: Waldo County National Day of Prayer at Veracity Chapel, Spring Auction at DownEast Auctions, Maine Pottery Tour Weekend with Unity Pond Pottery, Community Safety & Health Fair at Waldo County YMCA, Searsport Art Walk, Spring BBQ Party at Stone Tree Farm & Cidery, Glow Night with Something to Wag About, Annual Spring Sports Day & Tea with Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Maine, Rebels & Roses Concert with Penobscot Bay Orchestra at Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, Maine, including a Used Bike Sale at CG Bikes, Cinco de Mayo at Whale’s Tooth Pub, and much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from a loose moose on the Belfast Rail Trail, taken by Laurel Frye. It’s not often we see a moose in Belfast but when we do, it’s fun! This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Newsletter – April 25, 2024

In This Issue: The Power of Pets at Penobscot Shores Retirement Community, Searsport Clean-Up Day, Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale & Complimentary Tea at Belfast United Methodist Church, 5K Mud Run with Belfast Area High School and Belfast Lions Club – Belfast, ME, Waldo County TRIAD Shred-It and Drug Take Back event, STEM Fest at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Cafe Italia Benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, Indie Bookstore Day at Grump & Sunshine Bookshop, Tools for Healing Workshop with The Healing Garden Maine, opening day for Mainely Gallery and Studio and Friends of Fort Knox, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from the Belfast Maine Rotary Club. This is news from the Bay & Beyond! Your Chamber Working For You!

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Newsletter – April 18, 2024

In This Issue: Arts in the Park – Belfast, Maine Artist Selections Announced, Opening Weekend for the Festival of One Acts with Belfast Maskers, The Cinderella Project of Maine with Waldo Community Action Partners, Brooks Contra Dance at Marsh River Theater, Earth Day Clean Up & Hike with Friends of Sears Island, Belfast Lions Club – Belfast, ME Breakfast with Honor Flight Maine, Global Walking Meditation with The Healing Garden Maine, Special Spring Rows with DoryWoman Rowing, Grand Season Opening for Dennis Raleigh Antiques & Pumpkin Patch Antiques, Opening Weekends for Country View Golf Course, Stone Fox Farm Creamery, and so much more!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from Home Supply Center. This is news from the Bay & Beyond. Your Chamber Working For You!

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Arts in the Park Artist Selections Announced

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jurying Committee are happy to announce the Maine artists selected for this year’s 2024 Arts in the Park!

Arts in the Park will be held June 29 & 30, from 10am – 4pm, at Steamboat Landing Park on the Belfast waterfront. For more details as they become available, visit belfastmaine.org/arts-in-the-park, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

3 Legged Dog Ink
200 Faces: Portraits by Jeanelle
Alice Kate by Design
Angelia Murray Whimsical Watercolors
Angie’s Mosaics
Anne Woodman Jewelry Designs
Annie Covey Art
Aragona Designs
Balsamae Soap Co.
Bare Bones Handsewn
Baskets by Dot
Bee Hivin, LLC
Bella Weidner Art
Bloodroot Metalworks
Blue Botanicals
Bramble Dragon Pottery
Bug-Eyed Co.
Buzy B’z Studio
Camden Pottery
Carole Storro Art
Cedar Breeze Woodworking
Christine Peters Jewelry
Christine Wolff Designs
Circle Stone Designs
Coastal Art Co.
d. harwood Pottery
Designs by Sparrow
Dianne Horton, Artist
Doug Frati Art (Artist of the Year)
Dragon’s Breath Pottery
Earth Tones & Fish Bones
Edgar Reims
Elaine Bielenberg
Elizabeth Miller Jewelry
Emma Schurink Art
endicott designs
Eternal Knot
Felicia Grace Designs
Florence Farmstead
Gages Design Studio
Grey Goose Gourmet
Grey Seal Press
H.Monique Designs
Had Matter
Hashtag Leatherworks
Hawk Hollow Woodworks
Helene Farrar Art
Hunter Law
Inspired Papyrus
JAK Designs
jennie blue
Jill Ross Originals
Jubilee Beads
Kaitie Bubier Art
Karen Baron Watercolors
LaForest Tree of Life Designs
Land of the Pointed Firs
Lang Art Studio
Linda Malaussena Fine Art
MacKenzie Rose Designs
Maggie King Ceramics
Maine Treasures Art Prints
Mainely Metals
Märī: artwork by Mari Dieumegard
Martha Sullivan Jewelry
Merrymeeting Press
Michael James Murray Art
Minzner Fine Art
Mozelle Fine Jewelry
Nail It Art
Oak Tree Pottery
Owl Furniture
Pamela Hitchcock Goldsmith
Paper Moon Jewelry
The Patio Flame
Peggy Clark Lumpkins Paintings
Peter Johannes & Sons Photography
Peter Yesis Art
Pickle’s Potions
Purplebean Bindery
Quench Metalworks
Ravenwood Studios
Richard J. Snow Photography
Rick Osann Art
Robyn Rae Leather
Salt & Sap
Sandy Dolan, Artist
Saya Studio
Scott Perry Photography
Scribbles and Doodlez
Sea Salt & Silver
Sharon Warren Glass
Sheepscot Handwovens
Sider’s Woodcrafting
Southpaw Ink
Stephanie Crossman Designs
Stray Notions
Sweet Monkey Business
Tidal Weaves
Timberstone Rustic Arts
Treeline and Tide
Two Feathers Art & More
Unique Seaglass Creations
Waterbear Arts
Westport Island Pottery
White Fawn
White Heron Prints
Whitten Hill Studio
Willow Moon Ceramics
WindHorse Arts
Windy Knoll Goats
Wishbone Clay
Yo Momma’s Apron Strings

Newsletter – April 11, 2024

In This Issue: ‘From Haystack Mountain to the Stars’ Benefit at Colonial Theatre – Belfast, Belfast Maine Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast, and upcoming is Vacation Camp at Kids Unplugged, Tie Dye a T-Shirt at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm!, One Act Festival at Belfast Maskers, Cinderella Project with Waldo Community Action Partners, and golf season will be kicking off soon with Northport Golf Club and Brooks Country View Golf Club!

This week’s cover photo comes to you from the ‘Passy’ River Race, photo by Ken Waltz (TRJ). News from the Bay & Beyond!

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Doug Frati Selected as 2024 Artist of the Year

(c) Michael D. Wilson / Downeast Magazine
Doug Frati Art

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arts in the Park Jurying Committee are pleased to announce the selection of Doug Frati as the 2024 Artist of the Year!

Doug Frati was born in Maine in 1954. His youth was spent growing up in a small rural town located on the banks of the Sebasticook River.

“My grandmother had an old farm there, built by her grandfather, she lived alone and worked in the woolen mills. Her barn was full of cows, chickens, sheep, rodents and spiders. Wood was always the common denominator, we cooked on it, heated with it, built with it, fenced with it, hunted in it and tapped it for maple syrup in the spring.”

Frati attended art school, graduating with a degree in printmaking. His work was soon collected privately as well as publicly when the Portland Museum of Art included it in their permanent collection.

“I returned to my grandmother’s farm, which was vacant for years, in a sad state of collapse and rebuilt. I took it apart and put it all back together bonding with my family’s past in the process.”

Frati’s current wood carving is a direct reflection of where and how he lives. Many of his carvings are made of old wood salvaged from antique objects, broken and lost to barns and attics. A neighbor runs a small saw mill where large white pine is turned to boards for carving. He creates his own stains to bring out the graphic and textural aspect of the carvings.

History becomes an element for creating a new work of art. Layered time adds weight and depth, driving iconic imagery. The work brings to, and brings out, something in the viewer that is real and solid. Something old yet fresh.

Doug, a farmer as well as an artist, grows garlic on his family homestead for market and for his own home use. He has converted the old barn that once held animals and hay into a studio. The old building echoes its past and imparts some of its soul into each piece.

See Doug’s work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/doug_frati_art/?hl=en

Arts in the Park will be held June 29 + 30, 2024 at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. https://belfastmaine.org/events/arts-in-the-park/