Making Music = Making Community Once upon a time, making music with the people in your community was a common occurrence. Ordinary people were members of the town band, church choir, legion hall chorus, or holiday caroling group. Before we could carry the world’s collection of professionally recorded music in our pockets, we were all… Read More


Author Kassie Strout is a native of coastal Maine, currently living on the island with her family where she enjoys running, hiking, and exploring Acadia National Park (and all kinds of places, really). In the cooler months, she’s avid reader and binge-watcher of various t.v. shows. She also appreciates strong coffee and sweet food.  … Read More


Healing traditions are alive and well on and around Mount Desert Island. Whether you also lovingly refer to them as “woo-woo,” or prefer terms like alternative therapies, healing arts, or mystical practices, here is where to find practitioners on MDI. Healing Arts Practitioners Sage Moon Apothecary¬†is an herbal medicine shop owned and operated by Jennifer… Read More


Maine is quickly becoming known as a world-class craft beer destination. In fact, we recently tied for 2nd place in the number of breweries per capita in our state (with 9.6). While Portland may be the first city that comes to mind when dreaming of great beer, we are holding our own here in the… Read More


Vandalism is generally frowned upon on MDI… but when an inscription is found on Seawall with mysterious initials and the dates 1895-1900, it turned into a multi year quest that led to someone no one expected. The story also appears in this year’s issue of Chebacco Magazine (which looks way more like a book than… Read More


Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to explore the wonders and bounty of nature. With our special mix of mountains, marshes, lakes, ocean, tidal areas, fields, and forests, our island is home to a wide variety of plant species. Just take a walk anywhere on the island and you will encounter a variety of… Read More


Are you a competitive person? The good news is while there are plenty of 5Ks out there, not all local competitions involve running. Check out our top five totally random contests that happen on a yearly basis on MDI! Lobster Races, Bar Harbor On the fourth of July, the Bar Harbor YMCA holds this event… Read More


Note: I tried to get a real picture of outdoor movie night! Wednesday, Bar Harbor’s movie night was cancelled and Thursday, I got to Ellsworth too late to take a great photo. I will try to get one so you can see how cool the setup is when this next happens! Have you ever watched… Read More


One of the best ways to get to know a place is shopping at its local grocery store. They usually have interesting things you don’t have at home, plus you can get supplies for meals or snacks to save a bit of cash while traveling. And whether you’re vacationing or living on Mount Desert Island,… Read More


  The ocean is Maine is a little cold for some of us… this post is for those of you who, like me, enjoy a non-ocean swimming option! Since large bodies of freshwater water on MDI, like Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond, are public water supplies that you can’t swim in. Here are the best… Read More