July Pathfinders: FREE Summer Fun!

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This month’s pathfinder is still all about summer fun, but will concentrate on FREE things to do.

Mark your Calendar!

The Library will begin their Summer Delights programs in July.  The Summer Reading Programs will also be in full swing.  There are activities for children, teens and adults. Check out the Library Calendar for dates and times of all the FREE events.

Following the Library’s Wednesday night programs, the City Band Concert will take place on the steps of City Hall.



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Summer is the perfect time of year to watch a movie…outside! Check out Ellsworth Under the Stars for a list of FREE movie events on Thursday nights.


On Fridays, there is a Waterfront Concert at the Harbor Park on Water Street. Check out all the FREE fun at:


At the nearby Tidal Falls Preserve in Hancock, Monday nights are Live Music Nights beginning July 8. Check out their calendar at:



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Image from: http://monteuxschool.org/program.html

The Pierre Monteux School will offer a FREE performance for children on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. entitled “How to Become a Composer:  The Story of a Young Musician”  For more information, please visit:


The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is having a FREE science night for children of all ages on Thursday, July 11. There will be lots of hand on lots of activities led by MDIBL scientists and students. However, space is limited so call ahead. For more information go to:


There is a big celebration in Ellsworth this month as the city turns 250 years old. The Celebration takes place July 20th to 28th. There will be tours, boat rides, and all kinds of music. The Library is having a Fun Run and will hold its’ Annual Pet Show on July 20th. There will be many, many other things going on all week long. Check out the events calendar at:


Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 21st and head over to Acadia National Park and discover everything this wonderful area has to offer!


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Birdsacre in Ellsworth is celebrating “Cordie Day” on Saturday, July 28th from 11 am to 3 pm. Check their website to find out what “Cordie Day” is all about and a list of events. There will FREE popcorn and FREE lunch from noon to one.


The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor also has several FREE events in July. The Abbe Museum presents the culture and history of the Wabanaki Native American tribe. Check out their calendar at:



Things to do Outdoors

There are several trails and walking places in and around Ellsworth. You can do a “Historic Walking Tour” of downtown Ellsworth. The Library has flyers with a map of the tour. Or you can access it through the Chamber of Commerce website at:


There is also a nice park and short trail (about a half mile) at Indian Point in Ellsworth. Access a map on the Frenchman Bay Conservancy website at:


The Conservancy also owns land overlooking the reversing falls in the Taunton River in Hancock. It is open to the public during the day and is a great place to picnic.  Click here for more information.

To find some longer trails go to:


There are walking trails at Birdsacre and dogs on a leash may walk with you. They can be walked off their leash further along the trail. See the dog walking guidelines at:


Dogs on a leash can also be walked on the Black Mansion Trails at Woodlawn Museum. Check their website under Park for the rules.


You can see much of Downeast Maine by following the Symposium Sculpture Tour.  The site says there are several picnic spots along the way.  Find a printable map at:


Downeast Maine is also a great place to go birding.  Visit the Maine Audubon at this site to find out where to bird and the kinds of birds to look for.



Explore Maine

This site has wonderful ideas for visitors and natives alike. It includes day trip agendas and suggestions for a variety of events happening all over Maine.


Events in Maine



No time to make a summer bucket list?  Here’s a list to start you off…how many will you check off this summer?

101 Things to Do—Maine Things to Do:  http://www.mainethingstodo.com/maine/category/101-things-to-do-in-vacationland/

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Image from: nationalparkstraveler.com

FREE Fun for Kids

Here are some great ideas for summer fun for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids:  http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/free-or-almost-free-summer-fun-ideas/

Stuck inside with nothing to do?  Here are a couple of great websites for kids that are sure to spark a great way to spend a fun-filled afternoon.

Funbrain:  www.funbrain.com

Funology:  www.funology.com

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Of course, Ellsworth Public Library has one FREE family pass to the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.  Each pass is good for four people-one of them must be a child.  The pass goes out each day on a “first come, first serve” basis.  You do have to have a current Library card, but that is easily obtained by bringing something in with your name and current mailing address.  Check out the Maine Discovery Museum’s calendar: