Witham Hotels Host 5th Annual Charitable Christmas Celebration to Benefit Mission Christmas Program

Witham Hotels Host 5th Annual Charitable Christmas Celebration to Benefit Mission Christmas Program

BAR HARBOR, ME — The last few years Witham Hotels in Bar Harbor has organized a fundraiser to provide gifts for the Mission’s Christmas program. Isabelle at Witham Hotels, has reached out to me to let us know this amazing event will continue. The fundraiser is December 8th at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Rt 3, Bar Harbor. // Terri W. Rodick, Scholarship Director, Maine Seacoast Mission

Tour the Colket Center Thursdays, July 13th – August 31st

Tour the Colket Center Thursdays, July 13th – August 31st

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BAR HARBOR – Maine Seacoast Mission will offer tours of its “rusticator” mansion in downtown Bar Harbor during July and August. Tours will also feature historical items from the Mission’s 111 years of serving the islands and coastal communities of downeast Maine.

The 35-room mansion, once known as “La Rochelle,” was built in 1902 for George Bowdoin, a partner of J.P. Morgan, and his small family and 21 servants. Located at 127 West Street and overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, the house was the first brick summer cottage to be built in Bar Harbor. The specially cut granite and marble used in the construction was imported from Italy.

The house, along with an endowment for its upkeep, was donated to the Maine Seacoast Mission in 1972 by Tristram and Ruth Colket, who purchased the mansion in the 1940s. The building now serves as the Mission’s administrative headquarters and is known as the “Colket Center” in honor of its donors.

Tours will be given at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays from July 13 through August 31st. There is no charge for the tours, although donations are appreciated.

For more information, call 207-288-5097 or email [email protected].

Motenko’s ‘Painting Islands’ Exhibit Gets Mission Full Court Press

Motenko’s ‘Painting Islands’ Exhibit Gets Mission Full Court Press

Bar Harbor, ME — Earlier this year the Maine Arts Commission, as part of its Art in the Capitol program at the Maine State House, showcased MDI resident Howie Motenko‘s photography exhibit “Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art.”

If you missed it, be of good cheer. “Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art” is on display at Maine Seacoast Mission’s Colket Center in Bar Harbor July 1 through August 31.

Mission Director of Island Outeach Douglas Corman reminds us the Island Outreach program “is taking the [‘Painting Islands”] photographs around to the fifteen participating islands.” We will let you know the times and places of Howie Motenko’s photo exhibits on the islands as we get them.

Finally, the Mission is celebrating Howie Motenko’s photography exhibition with an Artist’s Opening Reception, at the Colket Center, on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7 pm.

For more information call or email Anna Silver 288-5097.

Baramee Janla: Scholarship Recipient Earns High Honors on Dean’s List at Thomas College

Baramee Janla: Scholarship Recipient Earns High Honors on Dean’s List at Thomas College

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s Baramee Janla’s story.

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Monday, March 20, 2017 11:04 PM

Dear Terri Rodick,

I hope you are doing well. In the past two years of attending Thomas College, I have had my ups and downs in both academics and athletics. Despite the hardship I have experienced while attending college, I have gained a couple of awards and achievements. In terms of academics, I have achieved Dean’s List – High Honors. One nomination in the fall of 2016 and another in the spring of 2016.

Aside from the Dean’s List, in 2017 I was officially named to the 2016 Fall All-Academic Team of the North Atlantic Conference.

Last year I did not achieve any individual awards, but as a team, we won the soccer championship in the North Atlantic Conference. However, we were runners up from New England College this year.

Thank you so much for helping me make all of these experiences possible, and I wish you are well.

Best regards,
Baramee Janla

We’re Getting a Pretty Good Snow Squall. How Is It Where You Are?

We’re Getting a Pretty Good Snow Squall. How Is It Where You Are?

Bar Harbor, ME — Sunbeam V Engineer Storey King sent this photo “from Matinicus this morning” on Wednesday, 3/22. In a separate email that day, Mission President Scott Planting emailed Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson:

Mike — we’re getting a pretty good snow squall this afternoon.  How is it where you are?

To which Capt. Johnson replied:

Good, Scott. Due to heavy wind we are spending a second night on Matinicus and leaving for Isle au Haut in the morning. It snowed here, but only a little.

The crew just had a CPR class by Eva Murray that took most of the morning.

Sharon and Douglas are out doing rounds, Storey is working on the hull, and I am doing some work on my computer. We had a pretty good crowd for dinner last night, and Douglas showed a movie after dinner with was fun.

Thanks for checking in,

Mike