Arts Glances: MDI Heroes, celebrating birds, the Maine that never was

“MDI Heroes” celebrates community pandemic response 

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new film on the community’s historic pandemic response, “MDI Heroes,” by Peter Logue and Tailwind Media, will premiere virtually on July 17 at 4 p.m. 

The film was made possible by sponsorship from First National Bank, Edward J. Benz Jr. and Margaret A. Vettese, Sally and Leonard Leo, Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop, Acadia Benefits and Strategic Benefits Advisors, Loy Andrews, Sarah Fina, Chrissi Maguire, Dean and Penny Read, Shaw Jewelry, Louise Soucy and Jim Geary, John and Mary Treanor and Martha T. Wagner. 

“The innovation, compassion and resiliency that I’ve seen in this community over the past 15 months is truly extraordinary. We are so grateful to our sponsors and contributors for helping to bring this film to our community,” said Chrissi Maguire, president and CEO of MDI Hospital. 

Director Peter Logue interviewed local business and community leaders, physicians and caregivers, members of the Downeast COVID-19 Task Force and others who shared their pandemic experiences. 

“Mount Desert Island’s pandemic response was a community-wide effort,” said Maguire. “Telling this story gives us the chance to pause, reflect and celebrate how far we’ve come as we begin to look ahead. It’s a very powerful moment.” 

Visit to learn how you can attend the virtual premiere. 


Dahlia enthusiast to give presentation at Garland Farm 

BAR HARBOR — The Beatrix Farrand Society will host Courtney Locke at Garland Farm on Wednesday, July 28, at 4 p.m. for a talk on growing dahlias in coastal Maine.  

Locke, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens staff horticulturist and dahlia enthusiast, will discuss the best methods for getting the most flowers from your dahlias in the short growing season. Topics will include planting methods, fertilization and watering techniques, managing common insect and disease hazards, and digging, dividing and storing tubers to help grow dahlias successfully. 

Prior to joining Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens staff in 2009, Locke was president of the Bath Farmers’ Market for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Apple Creek Farm, a nursery in Woolwich. 

Garland Farm is located at 1023 Route 3 in Bar Harbor. Free parking is available at 475 Bayview Road. Cost is $10 for Farrand Society members, $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased on the Farrand Society website at 



Chamber music festivals starts with string quartet 

MOUNT DESERT — Quietside Chamber Music Festival celebrates the start of its third season with a performance by the Palaver String Quartet. The concert will be held at the Somesville Union Meeting House Saturday, July 17, at 7 p.m.   

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland and features violinists Maya French and Jesse MacDonald, Lysander Jaffe on viola and Matthew Smith, cello. Their mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In their musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues and amplifying underrepresented voices. 

The festival runs from July to September and features Maine-based musicians. A $20 suggested donation can be made at the door or tickets can be reserved online at 



Disruption is the new normal 

 NORTHEAST HARBOR — Disruption is the new normal, as the climate crisis and COVID-19 have made clear. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is a key disruptor, changing how we live and work. Automation and the deployment of key emerging technological capabilities, such as the 5G network, distributed ledger technology, robotics and AI, are changing what talent the workforce demands.  

On Wednesday, July 21, the Northeast Harbor Library will host Nancy Gleason, who will give a Zoom talk titled The Future of Work is Learning.  

Gleason is the director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and an associate professor of practice in political science at New York University, Abu Dhabi. She is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia. Gleason holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

To sign up, call 276-3333 or email [email protected] 


Maine printmaker Sherrie York.

Celebrate birds with artist Sherrie York 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Maine printmaker Sherrie York celebrates the natural world, birds in particular, with original hand-pulled linocuts. She is the sole artist from Maine represented in the new Birds in Art exhibition now on display at the Wendell Gilley Museum, and she will be at the museum in person to share her artistic vision and process on Saturday, July 17, from 7-8 p.m.  

“Human relationships with wild lands and wild creatures are as individual as we are, whether we see nature as a nourishing mother, a suite of resources to be exploited, or a frightening and dangerous wasteland,” said York. “When an image I create sparks a memory or reflects an experience familiar to the viewer, it provides common ground for sharing our stories and understanding each other’s perspective. And shared stories can help us not only to celebrate the beauty found in nature, but also to tackle larger issues of wildlife, water and land conservation.”  

This presentation will happen in person at the Gilley and will also be livestreamed. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Sign up online at and let the museum know if attendance will be in person or via Zoom. 


Bestselling author Paul Dorian writes the Mike Bowditch crime novel series.

Bestselling author and Gilley fan to give talk at museum 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Bestselling author Paul Doiron will be at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m., for a program co-sponsored by the Southwest Harbor Public Library, the Jesup Memorial Library and Sherman’s Books. 

Doiron is a fan of the Gilley, and the museum makes a small appearance in his new book, “Dead Before Dawn.” He writes the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels that are set in the Maine woods. His first book, “The Poacher’s Son,” won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award and was nominated for an Edgar for Best First Novel. His story “Rabid” was a finalist for the 2019 Edgar in the Best Short Story category.  

Reservations for this free event are required. Sign up online at and let the museum know if attendance will be in person or via Zoom.  




Fledgling Story Time at the Gilley 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Wendell Gilley Museum is teaming up with the Southwest Harbor Public Library to offer a Fledgling Story Time on July 28 at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers and their caregivers. The story time will feature stories, songs and art with Miss Amanda.  

Registration is required for this free event, and families get to visit the Gilley afterward at no charge. Register online at 


Patrick Callaway

Historical Society talk reveals the Maine that never was 

TREMONT — Historian Patrick Callaway will be talking about a pivotal era in Maine’s history at the annual Tremont Historical Society meeting, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the Tremont Town Hall’s Harvey Kelly Room. 

In his talk, The Maine That Never Was:  British Plans for Downeast Maine 1775-1815,” Callaway will speak about how, in July 1814, with the War of 1812 reaching a climax, British war ships sailed up the Penobscot River. Finding little or no military resistance, the British captured several towns and villages, including Bangor, Castine and Machias. What happened next and why this invasion was a major impetus for Maine residents to demand separate statehood will be covered in this presentation. 

This is a free event. There will be a brief society meeting before the talk and refreshments will be served after. People who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 are asked to wear masks.