This popular chili cook-off is one of our longest running annual events, and continues to be one of our largest of the winter. Held each January, the “Chili Challenge” serves both as a chili cook-off, as well as as a “community dinner.” Everyone who attends (typically a crowd of 150-200) receives a ballot, and the chance to vote on which pots of chili they think are the best. At the end of the evening, winners are announced, and prizes are awarded. While many of the chilis are on the mild side, the competition is definitely heated!
Each February, on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, NHH plays host to a special evening for girls and their dads (or granddads, uncles, etc), with the popular “Father-Daughter Valentine Dance.” Our 2012 dance was actually our largest to date, and attracts “couples” from all over MDI. The evening includes music, dancing, lots of sweets and treats… and of course, plenty of fun.
Throughout the year, NHH plays host to several “Community Dinners.” In the past, we have done everything from Comfort Foods to Mexican Fiestas, and even dinners designed just for kids. Additionally, numerous local groups and organizations hold dinners in our Great Hall throughout the year. If your club, group, or organization is interested in using the space for a dinner or fundraiser, please feel free to contact us.
NHH has been a part of the Memorial Day festivities in Northeast Harbor for many years now, but several years ago, we began hosting a Memorial Day Cookout on the Town Green, following the parade. A steadfast group of Board members and volunteers man the grills as we serve up hamburgers and hotdogs to hundreds of folks, both seasonal and year ‘round residents, as we kick off the unofficial start of the summer season. Special thanks to The First and First Advisors, who have generously provided financial support for this popular new Memorial Day tradition.
We are delighted to be able to be in the fortunate position to assist dozens of families each summer by offering a summer camp scholarship program. This vital program makes a fun, safe summer full of adventure possible for many children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of camp. The single largest fundraiser for this program is our annual “Gala & Silent Auction,” held at the Asticou Inn (our 2012 event is scheduled for Thursday, June 21).
This fun, laid-back evening includes a wide array of hors d’oeuvres and buffet, complimentary wine, and a large silent auction full of unique items both large and small. Many thanks to the generosity of local merchants and artisans who provide so many fantastic auction items, as well as Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for generously supporting this fun, yet tremendously important event.
New for 2012, we are inviting the community to join us on the Town Green as we welcome the “Flash in the Pan” steel drum band for an evening performance that you won’t want to miss. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening full of music and fun. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, and more info. will be available shortly.
One of the many fantastic things about a small community such as ours is the collaborative efforts of local groups and organizations. One organization we are thrilled to partner with for various events throughout the year is the Northeast Harbor Library. To celebrate that partnership, each summer we host a free evening event that is open to the public (and all ages) and typically includes a theatrical or musical performance. We’ll be announcing more info. about our 2012 “Collaboration Celebration” in the near future.
For more than a decade now, one of our most popular events of the summer has been our “Bike Parade & Ice Cream Social.” The evening begins on the front lawn, as we provide a heaping helping of balloons, streamers, and other colorful décor for participants of all ages to attach to their bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, etc. Once the decorating is done, we have a parade down Main St (complete with police and fire truck escort!). The “cherry on top,” however, is the ice cream sundaes we all have afterwards, complete with homemade hot fudge sauce!
Our 2012 Bike Parade is scheduled for Thursday, August 9.
Each summer, “Ted E. Bear” volunteers a little time to spend with children in our summer camps and community. Kids gather here at NHH for a “beary” fun activity, followed by a picnic lunch and a visit from Ted E. himself. Be on the lookout for more info. on this event as summer approaches.
Each summer, on the final day of our camp program, we invite all campers from throughout the summer, and their families, to join us on the Mt. Desert Elementary playground for a cookout. It’s a fun opportunity for parents, grandparents, etc. to meet the counselors as well as the new friends their campers have made throughout the summer, and a great way to end the busy camp season with a bang. Our 2012 Camp Cookout is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 24.
Each year, on the Friday before Halloween, we invite all the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts from around MDI to join us for a spooktacular evening of fun for the whole family. Feel free to get gussied up in your costume, and join us for a Halloween-themed dinner… and a few surprises. Our 2012 Halloween Hoopla is scheduled for Friday, October 26.
Each December, NHH is thrilled to welcome the Acadia Community Theater for a holiday performance on the Great Hall stage, as well as with the Mt. Desert Chamber of Commerce and numerous volunteers during the NE Harbor Christmas Festival. This unique event includes the aforementioned theatrical performance, as well as a bonfire on Main St., extended shopping hours at many local merchants, and of course, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
There is always a lot going on at The Neighborhood House, and we're always looking to add more!
If you have an idea for a program or activity, please stop by, give us a call, or drop us an email
The Neighborhood House depends on private financial support so that it may continue to provide a wide array of programs and events to the entire community throughout the year. Any gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated and will aid us in achieving that goal. Equally important are the volunteers, without whom non of this would be possible.