The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Island Briefs: Rockefeller Garden hours, Pride dance, Healthy Kids Day


The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor will be open six days a week this summer starting July 12, not June 12 as reported in last week’s Islander. Tickets cost $10 for year-round MDI residents, people 65 and over, full-time students and active military. Tickets cost $15 for everyone else. Reservations are required and may be made online at the garden’s website. 



Youth Pride dance June 11 

BAR HARBOR — Get your dancing shoes on and join the YWCA Mount Desert Island for the Over the Rainbow Youth Pride Dance taking place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at 36 Mount Desert St., in Bar Harbor, for ages 18 and under. DJ Poptart will be spinning the tunes. 

This event is sponsored by the YWCA and Bar Harbor Pride. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, with event proceeds going to support LGBTQ+ youth outreach. 

Masks are required. 

For more information, go to 


Healthy Kids Day is back 

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island YMCA Healthy Kids Day is making its return this year. The free family event will be held at the Y located at 21 Park St. on Saturday, June 11. 

A mile fun run will start at 9 a.m. and the activity fair will be held from 9:30-11.  

Sponsors so far this year include Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club, MDI Hospital and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  

For details, call the Y at (207) 288-3511 or go online to 


June town hiring events 

BAR HARBOR — The town of Bar Harbor will be hosting hiring events and open houses for its Public Works department on June 3 and June 10 at the Public Works facility at 50 Public Works Way in Hulls Cove. Residents in area towns are encouraged to ask questions about the town’s employment opportunities and the jobs the town does to support the local community.  

For more information, call (207) 288-1026. 



SPCA of Hancock County Pets of the Week: Meet Jessica, Nadia and Kitty 

TRENTON — Are you looking for the perfect crazy cat person starter kit? Meet Jessica, Nadia and Kitty!  

Jessica and Nadia are 1-year-old sisters who have been featured by the SPCA in Pet of the Week before, but now they have an honorary grandma –11-year-old Kitty.  

While Jessica and Nadia are gray shorthairs with correlating ulcers on their eyes from when they were kittens, Kitty is a medium-hair gray and white senior with bright green eyes.  

Although Kitty has some dental issues and Jessica and Nadia have chronic weepy eyes, they are generally healthy girls with plenty of personality. None are dog-friendly, but all like cats and children.  

While these three are not bonded (only Jessica and Nadia need to go to a home together), you can meet all three in our Blue Room at the shelter – they would love to have visitors.  

Make an appointment to meet these lovely ladies today!


Ellsworth Pride event at Woodlawn 

ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Pride is sponsoring a social event to celebrate Pride Month on Sunday, June 5, at 11:15 a.m. at the Woodlawn Museum. There will be a get-together and hike for all ages. Plan to meet in the parking lot, pack a lunch and wear your walking shoes. The event will take place rain or shine. 

Following the hike on the Woodlawn trail, share a picnic gathering with fellow hikers. 

In case of rainy weather, meet at Woodlawn and the hike will either go forward in the rain or the gathering will move to a park for rainy day games. 

For more information, contact Sue Collins at (207) 546-6735. 


Learn croquet basics at Woodlawn Museum June 4 

ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn hosts the only nationally sanctioned croquet court in Maine. Today’s serious version of croquet is often referred to as “chess on grass” – a game of strategy, skill and tactics – but for most, it’s a casual diversion. Learn the basics of the game from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4, at the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth. 

The museum will also be hosting a new evening social croquet league, limited to the first eight teams, sponsored by Fogtown Brewery, on five Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. starting July 13. There will be registration forms at Fogtown starting in June and online at There is a $100 fee that must be paid by June 24. 

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