BBACC Connects
February 6, 2020
Last Week's poll results: How did you initially hear about us?

Friend or Family Member - 13.3%
Municipal Office or Real Estate Agent - 0%
Social Media or Google - 20%
Co-worker or another business - 20%
Someone forwarded me this newsletter and I subscribed! - 6.7%
Unsure, but I'm glad I did! - 20%
Visited the office to learn more - 20%

Have you participated in the Warm your Heart drawing happening in Bucksport?
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BBACC New Hours
Because we think it is important to be open for business five days a week, Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce expanded hours of operation.

Starting January 27, 2020 we’ll be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope these new hours will make it more convenient for our members and others to connect with us.

We look forward to serving you during these new hours. You can now contact Teri Doty, Executive Director at or call 207.469.6818.
Advertise in 2020 Bucksport Bay Area Visitor's Guide
The Bucksport Bay area Chamber guide is a comprehensive regional travel and recreation guide available, free to tourists and residents, in print and online in its entirety. The guide provides readers with information on individual communities within our region, places to EAT, STAY, PLAY, and SHOP, as well as information on services provided. Your business can reach more than 25,000 readers with the printed version and several more thousands online! This guide is your opportunity to promote your business to a target audience of people looking to vacation in, and relocate to, the Bucksport Bay area region! 

Our members receive a discounted ad rate as well as a free listing in the directory.
BBACC Business After Hours at SSCL
Wednesday, February 26
Stockton Springs Community Library
6 Station Street
Stockton Springs, ME

Take advantage of great networking in a fun and relaxed environment at a Business After Hours at Stockton Springs Community Library. This event is FREE to attend. Bring your business cards, invite your coworkers and head out to celebrate with us! 

Please RSVP with the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce so SSCL can plan for enough refreshments. Email or call 207.469.6818

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is run by an all volunteer staff and has become the center of the community of Stockton Springs and surrounding towns since it was founded in 2001. For a small library, SSCL host many events and programs for children and adults. They have two reading groups, a genealogy group, a gardening group, story hour for children. Weekly they have a painting group that consists of anywhere from 4 to 10 people. During tax time they also host the AARP Tax Program on Saturdays.
SAVE THE DATE: Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
March 19, 2020
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at The Alamo Theatre. Social Hour begins at 6:00pm
Guest Speaker & Awards begin at 7:00pm

Learn more and buy your tickets at
Wine Tasting at BookStacks
Wine Tasting at BookStacks
Saturday, February 8
4 to 6 p.m.

You don't need me to tell you it's winter, but. Spring is right around the corner, like six months from now...  So in the meantime we've got a sweet little holiday coming up, something to celebrate with a loaf of bread, maybe, a really good friend, and a bottle or two of pretty good wine. That's where we come in. Our good buddy Dan Tarr, of Easterly Wine, will return with a super line-up of great wines from around the world, with an eye on the Big Day, Feb. 14. Something about a sparkling rose just makes me smile. Our own Denise #1 will supply us with her delicious munchies to pair with the wines.  All around, once again, it ought to be just delightful. I hope you can make it.

IT'S 10% OFF

For more information call us at 469-8992
Book Talk at Stockton Springs Community Library
The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting an “Author Talk” featuring Bangor Daily
News Sportswriter, John Holyoke author of Evergreens on Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM.
V. Paul Reynolds says” Evergreens is an authentic slice of the Maine outdoors heritage and Holyoke’s best writing over his career, a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any outdoors person.”

Please join us at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM to hear about these interesting stories. Books will be available to purchase.
Open House at Orland Community Center
Sunday, February 9, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Stop by the Orland Community Center, Cloud 9 Massage and the businesses there are hosting an open house! Stop in to see what the businesses and the community center at have to offer. 

There will be local vendors and organizations, open gym for kids, Orland Fire Department and a chance to win a Valentines themed door prize! 

Learn more and visit the Facebook Event Page
Warm your heart in Bucksport!
The “Warm Your Heart in Bucksport” promotion goes from February 1-15, 2020. Enter the drawing at your favorite downtown businesses over the next two weeks and win CASH!

Stop by the following downtown businesses to be entered into a drawing for $100 cash prize. There will be 5 winners!

Alamo Theatre
Blossoms by the Bay
Bolt Fabrics
Fort Knox Inn
Friar's Brewhouse
Huckleberries Card & Gift
Kathryn's Antiques
Lighthouse Arts & Education
MacLeod's Restaurant
69 Main Street Studio & Gallery
Port O' Call
Stubborn Cow Glass
Warren's Waterfront Restaurant
Verona Wine & Design

no purchase necessary.
Candlelight Dinner at BUMC
A Candlelight Dinner will be held at the Bucksport United Methodist, 3 River Road. February 14, 2020. 

There will be special music and special random prizes. A multi course dinner with fancy flair will include:
Appetizers, Turkey, Twice Baked Potatoes, Broccoli/Cauliflower Medley, Cranberry/Apple Stuffing, and rolls. and a
Special surprise Valentine Dessert.

Reservations Only by February 7th.
to Make a reservation, Call 469-3622 or by emailing
$12.50 per person or $25.00 per couple
Carrier's Mainely Lobster Wants to Put You on the Map!
As Carrier’s Mainely Lobster begins their 10th Anniversary year, they have updated their website to promote local area businesses.

Working with fellow BBACC member Smart DataMap Services, Carrier’s website has a smart map with links to local area businesses. If you have a link on your website back to Carrier’s let know so he can add you to map!

Senior Center Meals & Activities

Our meals here at the Center are prepared fresh daily. Our kitchen is supervised by local restaurateur Glenn Redman. The meals are available to local Seniors in Bucksport and the surrounding towns. But, it is important to note that these delicious meals are also available to anyone in the community, regardless of age. The meals are also available for delivery at no extra charge. Many businesses in the area order and have the meals delivered. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for lunch here at the Center as well. We sit down to enjoy lunch ever Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 am. These delicious freshly prepared meals are available for the unbelievably low price of $6.00 dollars. The meals include an entree, sides and even a dessert. If you join us at the Center there is even coffee and cold drinks.
For reservations please call 469.3632
Please call in advance as soon as you know you are able to attend no later than 9:00am the morning of the scheduled meal.

Aerobics 8-9am 
Knitting and Crocheting 9:30-11am
Bone Builders Exercise 1:00-2:30pm
Poker & Hand and Foot Cards 5:30-9pm
Bridge Games - 6:30pm (not during the summer months)

Evening Bingo 5:45-8pm
Day Quilters - 1st Tuesday 9am to 3pm
Homemakes - 2nd Tuesday 10am

Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

Bone Builders Exercise 10:30am-12pm
Bridge 12:30-4pm
Poker & Scat/31 Cards 5:30-9pm

Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"Knives Out"
sponsored by Verona Wine & Design
February 7-9, 2020
131 minutes

"“Knives Out” is one of the most purely entertaining films in years. It is the work of a cinematic magician, one who keeps you so focused on what the left hand is doing that you miss the right. And, in this case, it’s not just a wildly fun mystery to unravel but a scathing bit of social commentary about where America is in 2019. Great mystery writers throughout history have dissected class in ways that were palatable to audiences looking for escapism, and Johnson is clearly doing that here too, using a wonderfully entertaining mystery structure that would make Agatha Christie smile. Directing a wildly charismatic cast who are all-in on what he’s doing, Johnson confidently stays a step or two ahead of his audience, leaving them breathless but satisfied at the end.."

Fri. 07 Feb., 6:00pm
Fri. 07 Feb., 8:40pm
Sat. 08 Feb., 6:00pm
Sat. 08 Feb., 8:40pm
Sun. 09 Feb., 2:00pm*
Sun. 09 Feb., 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee Will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

General Admission $8
Students/Seniors $7
Members $5


Little Women
February 14-16, 2020


We are always in need of sponsors for future films, especially those we book at the last minute. 
Please consider? 
$100 for Individuals, Non-Profits 
and now Businesses.
You get your name on the marquee, big screen, lobby card, print ads & your provided information & links to websites in our weekly email blast, website & social media. (No politics please.)
Verona Wine & Design Events
"Sherlock Holmes Trivia" Thursday, 2/6/2020; 5 - 7 PM

We are sponsoring the movie "Knives Out" this coming weekend at the Alamo Theater. In the spirit of all things mystery, we are hosting a special topic trivia this week. Sharpen your detective skills before seeing the movie and have some fun with us!

"The Flannel Doughboys"
Saturday, 2/8/2020; 6:30 - 9 PM

Join us for a cabin fever reliever on Saturday night. Larry and Gary's music will surely bring a smile to your face and brightness to the dark winter nights! Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating.

"Valentine's Day Dinner" Friday, 2/14/2020
We are planning a special menu for this special day! Come to the most romantic place in Bucksport to celebrate with the one you love. Reservations recommended.

"Game Night at VWD"  
Every Thursday 5-9 PM

 Why not get out of the house and join your friends at VWD for laughs, food and fun. The games may vary but the good times remain the same. Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Come one, come all and have a ball!

Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Sunday, February 16, 2020
7 AM – 3 PM
Silver Lake Bucksport

1st place Prize of $50 & 2nd place Prize of $30 and 3rd place prize of $20 for the following categories: 

$2 for children 15 an under
$5 for those 16 and over
$10 for a family.

*2 trap limit per person. 

This event will also offer the sale of food and 50/50 raffle tickets!
IRS News
Most taxpayers can do both their federal and state tax returns for free online through Free File offered either by the IRS or by states that have a similar public-private partnership.

For 2020, taxpayers whose prior-year adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less, and that's most people, can use IRS Free File. Generally, taxpayers must complete their federal tax return before they can begin their state taxes.

More than 20 states also have a state Free File program patterned after federal partnership which means many taxpayers are eligible for free federal and free state online tax preparation. Those states are: Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

In addition, IRS Free File partners – featuring 10 brand-name online products - offer most or some state tax returns for free as well. Some may also charge so it is important for taxpayers to explore their free options.

Message from the CEO Carol Carew
Happy New Year! We have some exciting
things coming up this year.

February is American Heart Month. We have good information on the back about how to keep your heart healthy. It’s also Children’s Dental Health Month. Starting children with dental care early is the best way for them to continue that habit into adulthood. This is an important component to being a healthy adult because some studies suggest that there is a connection between poor oral health and heart disease. Our dental program is happy to treat children so give us a call.

And speaking of being healthy, if you have not had your flu shot yet, there is still time for it to be effective. We are deep into flu season and numerous deaths have been reported across the country. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you. The flu is now considered widespread across Maine with all 16 counties reporting cases.

Groundhog day is upon us so here’s hoping for an early spring. February 2020 Newsletter
Castine Historical Society Announces House and Garden Tour 2020
The Castine Historical Society, which serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past as one of the first settled towns in Maine, has announced that it will host its House and Garden Tour on July 23, 2020. The upcoming tour will incorporate Maine’s Bicentennial into the walking tour throughout the village. The tour will include 9 homes, 5 gardens, and Castine’s Dyce’s Head Lighthouse and John Perkins House.

February Vacation Camp at the Wilson Museum 
Play around the World
Everyone likes fun and games during vacation. This year, give your fun and games an international twist with the February Vacation Day Camp "Play Around the World" at the Wilson Museum. Try your hands, hips, and feet at games and activities enjoyed in Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Germany, just to name a few, during the Wilson Museum’s 2020 February Vacation Day Camp. Camp will run Tuesday, February 18, through Friday, February 21 (8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) for grades 1-8 at the Hutchins Education Center (112 Perkins Street, Castine).

Inspired by the Museum’s collections, campers will be exposed to how people have entertained themselves across continents as they play games from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Games and activities will take place both inside and outside so children should bring clothing appropriate for the weather. Students are asked to bring their own snacks and lunch. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. 

Cost per child is $15 for all four days or $5 per day for individual days. Space is limited, advanced payment is required. Be assured of a spot by calling 207-326-9247 or emailing to register, or for more information. 

Bridge the Gap Race
May 2, 2020
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 9th running of the Bridge the Gap Race !

NEW FOR 2020:
• New race date! Saturday, May 2nd
• Your registration now includes a fitted, gender specific race singlet (or youth t-shirt) and commemorative drawstring race bag! You must be signed up by February 3rd to guarantee your size.

Held annually since 2012, Bridge the Gap has quickly gained popularity as one of Eastern Maine's rites of spring!

Registration is limited, sign up today:

In 2017 Crow Athletics became the newest caretakers of this important community event, and changed the course slightly; both races continue to start at Fort Knox in Prospect, and cross the stunning Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The 10-Miler tours Verona Island from west to east, while the 3-Miler follows the scenic river walk. Both races finish on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bucksport!

Crow Athletics has partnered with Main Street Bucksport to help bring this race into their friendly community. We encourage all runners and their friends/family to explore the fun downtown businesses and restaurants — plan to make a day of it!
Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA Sewing Retreat Weekend
We are now taking reservations for our first ever sewing retreat weekend. You pay for your site we will supply most of the meals for your stay. May 14th-17th .The retreat starts Thursday night with a meet and greet in the rec hall and sewing or whatever you feel like. Friday , Saturday and Sunday are all day sews.

Patty from the fabulous quilt shop Bolt in Bucksport will be at our retreat with great projects and materials for us to purchase and work on. This is a great time for you to bring your fun projects to share and show off. This retreat will hopefully be a bi-annual event and this first group will help plan and offer ideas for future events.

Bring your materials that you are not using and trade in with some of ours in our closet. Don’t forget your husbands we do have some great golf courses close by, corn hole and horseshoes on site.

Book now or call for more information. More information will follow as retreat comes closer.

(207) 469-7739
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