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The bell from the SS Queen Victoria, a Canadian steamer, first came to Prospect Harbor in 1875.

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The scent of ocean and breezy salt air welcomes you to the Town of Gouldsboro on the Schoodic Peninsula. Our community offers residents and visitors a spectacular coastline and encapsulates scenic views through parts of Acadia National Park. Several picturesque villages and harbors offer a glimpse of our working waterfronts, from lobster fishing to sailing. Our quiet and peaceful community shines with several restaurants, bed and breakfasts, kayaking tours, monthly concerts, lobster dinners, antiques, a bell foundry and pottery, art, craft and woodworking shops. Visit and enjoy relaxing sunrises and some of the most remarkable sunsets.

August 28 at 5:00 PM | Hammond Hall-Winter Harbor

Donations can be made at the Bar Harbor Bank in Winter Harbor to the Cheryl Brackett Fund. Cheryl is facing the unexpected loss of her husband, Ed Brackett. Ed and Cheryl have been active members of the Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce; both serving as President of the organization and leaders of the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival. Join friends of the Brackett family for a fundraiser at Hammond Hall on August 28 at 5:00 PM. Bring your favorite appetizer and enjoy local musicians.


The Prospect Harbor 4th Annual Blood Drive is scheduled to honor accident survivor Becky Birely on Wednesday, August 17th from 1:00-6:00 PM at Peninsula School. Sign up at or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Contact Nancy Hill at 963-2623 if you would like to volunteer or if you have questions.

Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Ellsworth High School

A one-time Resident Permit must first be obtained by you at the Gouldsboro Town Office that will entitle you at no charge to drop off up to 10 gallons or 40 pounds of waste at Ellsworth High School on August 20th from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. This collection includes paint, fuel, engine fluids, wax, chemicals, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, TVs and computers. All materials must be sealed and clearly labeled, and placed in a cardboard box. Additional material can be brought to the collection for a fee, based on the amount of material.

Burn Permits will be issued.

To check the current wildfire danger report (zone #2), visit:
To purchase a burn permit on-line (fee $7.00), visit:

Schoodic Arts Festival - August 1-14
Veterans Committee - August 2 at 1:00-3:00 PM
Planning Board - August 2 at 6:00 PM
Shellfish Committee - August 10 meeting is cancelled.
Board of Selectmen - August 11 at 6:00 PM
52nd Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival - August 13
Blood Drive at Peninsula School - August 17 from 1:00-6:00 PM
Parent-Teacher Committee at Peninsula School - August 17 at 6:00 PM
Harbor Committee - August 17 at 6:00 PM
Household Hazardous Waste Collection at Ellsworth High School - August 20 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Board of Selectmen - August 25 at 6:00 PM
Road Committee - August 30 at 6:00 PM
RSU #24 First Student Day - August 30

August 1-14

Summer is here. For life on Schoodic Peninsula, this means cookouts with neighbors, dipping your toes in the Atlantic and gearing up for the 2016 Schoodic Arts for All Festival.

From August 1-August 14, 2016, bring the whole family and celebrate the artistic spirit of Downeast Maine. The Schoodic Arts for All Festival features workshops, art exhibitions and nightly performances which showcase all that our artistic community has to offer. The annual Silent Auction will kick off the festivities on Sunday, July 31st.

With 80 different workshops, there is an activity for everyone in the family, including cake pop baking, pottery classes for kids and adults, hip-hop workshops, jewelry making, kayaking, life drawing classes, journaling workshops and much more.

During the Festival, join us at Hammond Hall every night at 7:00 for an evening performance. These 14 different performances offer something for everyone and include a multimedia presentation on the history and character of Maine lumbermen with Sumner McKanes and Josh Robbins In the Blood (August 8), hilarious skits with the Meetinghouse Theatre Labs Further Downeast (August 11) and the Frogtown Puppeteers lovable cast of pirates in Everybody Loves Pirates (August 12). Hammond Hall is located at 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, Maine.

All performances suggest a $5 donation and kids are free. Buy a season pass before the Festival begins and enjoy all of our performances half off! This is a $70 value available for just $35.

Hammond Hall is also home to our art exhibitions. For the month of June, we are celebrating the National Park Centennial, with pieces that showcase how Acadia has been a source of inspiration for area artists. During the Festival, we will be displaying Kaitlyn Metcalfs 100 Paintings of Acadia, another tribute to the cohesion between art, life and the natural beauty of Downeast Maine.

The Schoodic Arts for All Summer Festival is a wonderful time to come together and celebrate the vibrant arts community of Downeast Maine and learn about our year-round programs. There is something for everyone, we hope you join us! For more information, Visit our website at or call 963-2569 or email

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