Deer Isle Boat Show

Be sure to come by Stonington Harbor on August 10th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for this year’s Deer Isle Boat Show!  Sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, this year’s show is bound to be amazing.  For more information, go on the Historical Society’s website, found here:

Here are some pictures from last year’s show!

Wooden Boat Exhibit Wooden Boat Show


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:, call Nick Wilberg at 207-348-2735, and look at the schedule for the rest of the races online:

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 : 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.


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.


  • 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


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!



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.


* 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.



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