The 25th Annual Fishermen’s Day!

Fishermen's Day
This Sunday, July 20th, the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association will be hosting the 25th Annual Fishermen’s Day at the Stonington Fish Pier! This event celebrates the local fishing community and industry with good food and fun events. It starts at 10:00 AM on the nose, and will end at 4:00 PM.The events are as follows:
10:00 Gates Open
10:05 Moment of Silence
10:10 Hall of Fame Inductees
10:30 Pet Show
11:30 Watermelon Eating Contest
12:00 Wacky Row Boat Races
1:30 Magician Danny Baker
2:15 Fish Face Contest
2:30 Trap Hauling Demonstration
3:00 Cod Fish Relay
3:45 Tug of TownsThe forecast is supposed to be warm and sunny!

For more information, go to the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association Facebook page, and the Bangor Daily News article.

 

 

Stonington Lobster Boat Races

Lobster Boat Races

Vintage Boat Race

 This year’s Stonington Lobster Boat races will commence on Sunday, July 13th!  Expect lobster boats flying past you at high speeds, making an industrial ruckus and leaving a huge wake in their path.  These boats have top-of-the-line engines in them, and are built and raced by Maine lobstermen!

For more information on the event, go to the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stoningtonboatraces, call Nick Wilberg at 207-348-2735, and look at the schedule for the rest of the races online: http://www.great-maine-vacations.com/maine-lobster-boat-races.html

Island Independence Day Celebrations

Stonington Town Hall

On Friday, July 4th, the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce and the Towns of Deer Isle and Stonington will host this year’s Independence Day celebrations. These festivities are all part of a long-standing Island tradition that only gets better with age. 2014’s celebrations will deliver something truly spectacular, so be sure to take part!

What’s on this year: Local artist Frederica Marshall has designed t-shirts and hats commemorating the event, available to buy from Suzy’s Scissor Shack and the Stonington Town Office, and at the parade and Fish Pier. Be sure to grab one while you can, they’re absolutely great and sure to sell out quickly!

First thing in the morning, make it down to the Island Community Center to take part in this year’s walking and running events. Show up at 6:30 AM to register yourself. An hour after that, the walkers start, and at 8:00, the 10K and the Fun Run start.

Cool off after the exercise watching the parade, which, as always, will take place at Deer Isle Village this year at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. Enjoy the floats, the classic cars, and the feel-good atmosphere!

Lunch is served at the Masonic Hall on Sunset Rd. on Deer Isle this year from 12:30 to 2:00—make sure to bring your appetite, because delicious buttery Maine lobster is on the menu!

At 5:00 PM, stroll on down to Stonington’s Fish Pier for yet more excellent Maine seafood, live music, and Amazing Lou’s magic show for the kids! We’ve got a good list of vendors this year, selling all sorts of great stuff: the Clam Committee will be selling clam chowder; Terri Lee Jones will be selling hot dogs, burgers, and soda for the little ones; Odd Fellows will be selling crab rolls and Fisherman’s Friend will be selling lobster rolls; Island chef Kris Burrin will be selling tasty sausage sandwiches; the Methodist Church will be selling cookies; Tempest in a Teapot will be selling tea; Carter Seafood will be selling clams, shrimp, crab, and other assorted seafoods; the Ice Cream Lady will be selling ice cream; and, last but not least, Barr’s Beauties will be having a bakesale for Relay For Life—a cancer awareness fund.

At 9:00, when the sun’s gone down and the stars are starting to appear, and your stomach is fit to bursting, walk on up to Church Street, putt out on a boat in the harbor, or relax on Hagen Dock to a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s show is put on by Atlas PyroTechnics, and it’s sure to be the best one yet. The foul weather date is July 5th at 9:00 PM.

Deer Isle and Stonington are great places to be any day of the year, but especially so on July 4th, so come down and enjoy what we have to offer!

75th Anniversary Celebrations and Bridge Walk, Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Saturday, June 21

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 is the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge! It is also the first day of summer, and weather reports look great for a day out by and over the water.

The event will also mark the grand opening of Deer Isle’s new municipal park, Bridge End Park.

The bridge was dedicated on June 19, 1939. More than 7,000 people turned out that day for the ribbon cutting by Governor Barrows.

Here’s what you need to know to participate:

BRIDGE CLOSED from 10-11 A.M. for a FREE Bridge Walk and also a Fun Run (pre-registrations needed for Fun Run only, must register by 10 p.m. Friday night at : https://disbridgefunrun.eventbrite.com). ALL THOSE WALKING THE BRIDGE should park in designated parking on the SEDGWICK side and must start across the bridge no later than 10:30 a.m.! A shuttle bus will be provided to bring people from Bridge End Park back to parking in Sedgwick beginning when the bridge reopens at 11 a.m.

This is a BRIDGE WALK ONLY. NO WHEELS OR BANNERS, PLEASE.

Yes, you can walk from the Deer Isle side if you want to walk across and back! Please stay to the right if you are coming up from Deer Isle and watch out for the runners!

PARKING ONLY handicap and vendor parking will be allowed in Bridge End Park. Please give yourself time to walk to the events at the Park! All other parking will be:

on the Deer Isle side: around the Chamber of Commerce information booth and Blastow’s Cove Rd toward Little Deer Isle. The Deer Isle Fire Department will be closing the road to the bridge off at the Info Booth from 10-11 a.m. Parking on Rt. 15 toward the Causeway on the NORTH SIDE ONLY.

on the Sedgwick side: in a designated lot near the bridge; along the west side of Rt. 15; and along Herrick Road.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK, 10 AM – 2 PM:

  • Bridge Re-dedication and Park Grand Opening Speaking Program, 11-11:30. Includes music by the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Band. Master of Ceremonies: Hancock County Commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown.
  • Food and Information Booths
  1. Lobster Bake by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
  2. Mia’s Springrolls
  3. Nostrano BBQ Ribs and More
  4. Peas in a Pod: Ready by 21
  5. Skip Eaton Paving & Construction Pig Roast
  6. Tempest in a Teapot
  7. Bridge End Citizens Initiative
  8. Deer Isle-Stonington and Sedgwick Historical Societies
  9. Island Community Center
  10. Island Heritage Trust
  11. Island Nursing Home
  12. Opera House Arts

FACILITIES

There will be one handicap accessible port-a-pottie, plus a pit toilet and three additional port-a-potties AT THE PARK ONLY.

Seating for the Speaking Program is not provided: please bring blankets and lawn chairs!

There will be several picnic tables at the park.

There will be garbage cans at the park but, in general, please pack it in and pack it out!

Thank you and Enjoy the Day!

WELCOME TO STONINGTON, MAINE!

This site is intended to be an all-inclusive informational site about everything Stonington, Maine has to offer its residents and visitors.

We are Maine’s authentic coastal fishing village, Maine’s #1 commercial fishing port, and one of the state’s premeir destinations for the performing arts and artists!

Content is listed chronologically in the main body of the text, as it was added. For your ease in navigating this site we suggest you use the index of categories located on the upper right side of the page!

WHAT TO DO IN STONINGTON, MAINE

Stonington is a vibrant, year round community that offers a wide array of things to do for every type of people! This web site gives you details and locations of all the things you can do in Stonington to amuse you, entertain you, awe you, fill your belly with Maine’s best seafood, and make your stay in Stonington a pleasurable one. Whether you live here or are just visiting there’s always something to do and something new to discover in Stonington!

Here are some suggestions:

* EAT! Enjoy a tasty meal of Stonington seafood or other delicacies. Whether you’re in the mood for fried food, down home cooking, healthy choices, or fine dining there’s a restaurant in town waiting to serve and delight you! See “Where to eat”

* SHOP! Stonington has a wide variety of retail stores for every need and taste. Whether you’re looking for handmade gifts, Stonington t-shirts, old books, toys, jewelery and fine clothing, antiques and furniture, nautical themed items, or other items there’s a store in town for you! See “Retail/Shopping” and “Services and Supplies”.

* GET ENTERTAINED! The Stonington Opera House has first run/current films, plays, musical performances, and other productions year round. Stonington is one of the major cultural centers on the coast of Maine. There are also many fun workshops available too!See “Performing Arts”.

* GO GALLERY HOPPING! You can walk to many of the towns galleries and artist or craftsman studios in and around downtown and also take short drives out of town for more galleries and studios. Artists of local and national fame! Paintings, sculpture, unique furniture and photographs.

* GET OUT ON THE WATER! Don’t just stand there looking at the ocean – get out and enjoy it! Old Quarry Ocean Adventures offers kayak and sailing lessons, rentals, and tours as well as trips to Isle au Haut on their large boat. Isle au Haut Boat Services offers many trips a day to Isle au Haut as well as special trips to see lighthouses, puffins, or to learn about lobstering. See “Getting out on the Ocean”.

* GO FOR A HIKE! Island Heritage Trust has three large conservation areas with trails and views of or access to the ocean. Stonington’s mossy forests and abundant bird life are a joy to behold! Stonington is also the place to find a couple of options for getting out to Isle au Haut (half of which is owned by Acadia National Park) and their vast network of trails and beaches. See sections on “Hiking” and “Getting out on the Water”.

* BUY SOME SEAFOOD! Stonington’s seafood is the best quality seafood Maine has to offer! Lobsters, clams, crab, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and oysters can be picked up art one of many seafood retailers in town. Pick some to eat at home or plan a picnic! See section on “Where to buy seafood”. We are Maine’s #1 commercial fishing port!

* CHECK OUT SOME SPECIAL EVENTS! There are special events planned throughout the year. From fireworks in February, to the Lobster Boat Races in July, the Stonington Seafood Festival in August, the Holiday Fair in December and many, many other events you never have to wait long for a fun event. Check out “2012 Calendar of Events”.

* SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS! Stonington’s Farmers Market (Fridays 10-12) is the biggest farmers market in Maine! Support local farmers while having lunch and buying all sorts of home-grown and home-made foods! Or visit Red Barn Farm to meet their herd of goats and get some fresh goat cheese and eggs.

* HAVE A DRINK! All the Stonington restaurants offer beer and wine, while the Fishermen’s Friend also has a full service bar. A couple of restaurants offer outdoor seating on the harbor when the weather is good. The Seasons Shop sells fine wines and Burnt Cove Market sells wine, beer, and liquor.

* STAY THE NIGHT! There are accommodations of every type in Stonington – a motel, a harborside inn, and bed and breakfasts for every taste and price range. Check out “Where to Stay”.

You can also check out the Deer Isle Granite Museum in downtown Stonington, educate yourself about the marine environment and commercial fishing issues at Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC) on Atlantic Ave. in downtown, launch your own boat at the Colwell public boat access, or stroll down Main Street and check out the flowers, working waterfront, and sailboats in the harbor!

We are open year round! Stonington doesn’t close down after October. Check out the section on “Winter” to find out what’s still open and what’s going on in town. Stonington is a great place to go Christmas shopping, with many of the stores and galleries open into December!

STONINGTON PARKING & PUBLIC RESTROOMS

PARKING

There is plenty of parking in Stonington but you do need to know where to find it:

* MAIN STREET – Parking is available along much of both sides of Main Street and West Main Street.

* HAGEN WHARF – Parking is available in the parking lot located behind the blue Penobscot Bay Press Building/Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant/Fire House. Please note that the middle section fo this lot is reserved for patrons of the Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant, but there is public parking in the section closest to Main Street and in the furthest section behind the Fire House.

* PINK STREET PARKING LOT – Public parking lot. Pink Street is a narrow road located between Boyce’s Motel and Shepard’s Select Properties right in the heart of downtown. A half block off of Main Street.

* COMMUNITY CENTER – Go up the Opera House HIll, turn right on Memorial Lane near top of lane – a large parking lot is located behind/below the buildings, facing down the hill towards the harbor. You can then walk down a very short path to Pink Street and Main Street. A one minute walk!

* ISLE AU HAUT BOAT SERVICES – Offers paid parking spots on their wharf, Seabreeze Avenue, downtown. Locked and secure overnight.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

* There is no parking at the Colwell public water access facility.

* In winter months there is an overnight parking ban on Main Street when snow is forecast.

* Overnight parking is not permitted on Sebreeze Avenue. If you are going over to Isle au Haut overnight or for a while do not park on the street. Parking services are offered by the Isle au Haut Boat Services and RL Greenlaw & Sons nearby at the top of Thurlows Hill.

* The parking lot by the funeral home at the corner of Seabreeze Ave. and Main St. is privately owned.

* Employees and owners of downtown businesses are requested to park at the Pink Street or Community Center lots so that Main St. and the Hagen Wharf parking areas are available for patrons of downtown businesses.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE ENFORCED WITH TOWING

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

Public Restrooms are located in the basement of the Stonington Fire House (A blue building). Entry is from the Hagen Wharf parking area off of Main Street, just past the back of Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant