BBACC Connects
January 2, 2020
Last Week's poll results: Are you already making marketing plans for the summer?

Yes - 60%
No - 40%

New Year's resolutions are....??
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
Join us for a recognition party for Leslie Wombacher
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
5:00pm and 7:00pm
Lighthouse Arts & Education
86 Main Street, Bucksport

Leslie has served as the Executive Director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce since July 2012. Although her last day in the office was December 20, for nearly eight years, Leslie has been an indelible leader of the Bucksport Bay Area and we want to say thank you.

She has worked tirelessly to put Bucksport and its surrounding towns on the map. It took her less than a year to revitalize the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market, which has brought new life to our downtown. She is the creator who formed the beloved Ghostport community event, and you probably have seen her out on the streets at midnight decorating the town for special occasions. She has also implemented many new programs benefiting our members including: "Invite your Neighbor", a recruitment program; and "Win Win" a member to member discount program.

Leslie has been instrumental in growing our membership and collaborating with businesses and organizations to make a long lasting impact on the area we love. She also successfully partnered with other resources like the Maine Downtown Center Program and Community Heart and Soul when this town needed it most. 
Her passion and drive has led us all to tackle new opportunities and further ourselves as potential leaders.

Leslie hasn't shared what's next for her, but she did allude to a new career direction, one that will allow her to slow down and spend more time with her family. She has assured us that she will remain an active volunteer and a contributing member of her community.

Please join us in showing our appreciation to Leslie for the unbelievable work she’s done! And join us on January 22, 2020 so we can gather together and celebrate our friend and leader. This is a free event and very casual, so please stop by to wish her well on her next escapade. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office, 469.6818 or
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. Chamber members: check your emails for a special offer!
Bucksport Bay Festival Committee Meeting
Everyone is invited to join the planning committee! Let's all come together, share our ideas, hopes & dreams and connect to our rich heritage here. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00pm at The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Bucksport Bay Festival Committee is the heart of the Bucksport Bay Festival. This core group of dedicated individuals is responsible for pre-festival planning, as well as communicating with event coordinators to ensure success. The 2020 dates for the Bucksport Bay Festival are
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12

This is a very important fundraiser to support in our community and one that is also a lot of fun. This year we will be working closely with Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association celebrating Maine's 200th Birthday Party! There are some big opportunities for 2020 and we will need your help

Join us Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00pm at the Chamber office, (98 Main Street, lower level of Kathryn's Antiques - enter through the waterfront side).
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
January 3-5, 2020
138 minutes

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

Fri. 03 Jan., 6:00pm
Fri. 03 Jan., 8:40pm
Sat. 04 Jan., 6:00pm
Sat. 04 Jan., 8:40pm
Sun. 05 Jan., 2:00pm*
Sun. 05 Jan., 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee Will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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


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.)
Knitting/Makers Group at Port O' Call
Bucksport Robotics Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, January 4, 2020
5 PM – 7 PM
Bucksport High School
102 Broadway, Bucksport

Spaghetti Dinner to support our local robotics team this Saturday! Bring your friends and family out to support a good cause. Come support Team 6329: The Bucks' Wrath! Dinner, Bake Sale, and Open House. See our shop and our 2019 Robots, Comet and Cascade!

The Sisterhood of the Sword with Down East School of Fencing
Join Down East School of Fencing women fencers on a girls and women only journey of learning and FUN! On Sunday, January 5, 2020, girls ages 8-14 are invited to join us at the G.H. Jewett Community Center gym from 10 am to 4 pm for a day of exploring the basics and history of fencing, meeting DESF women fencers, and making friends with a point! 

Fencing instruction and demonstrations will be given by the women of DESF. Equipment will be provided, but limited supplies require you to RSVP on for one of the 20 slots. You will need to wear comfortable loose clothes that cover your legs and sneakers (or closed toe athletic shoes). 

Lunch will be provided and feel free to bring a dish or item to share if you would like. The event is free; however, donations will be gratefully accepted. Please contact 207-974-0461 (cell/text/Facebook) to register or to request for more information.

You can go to to pre-register under tickets from this post.
Castine Historical Society Hosts Lecture on the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
On Thursday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m. the Castine Historical Society will host a free lecture by Ann Luther entitled “The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future.” The talk will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which was ratified in 1920, that gave women the right to vote. The event will be held in the Mitchell Room of the Abbott School, 17 School Street, Castine. Light refreshments will be served. The snow date is Thursday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the movement, but it also provides a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind. The talk will end with a look at today’s political reality for women and the work that remains to be done. 

Ann Luther is the Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and also chair of their Advocacy Committee. Ms. Luther served as President of the organization from 2003-2007 and as Co-President from 2007-2009.

For more information call or email the Castine Historical Society’s administrative office at 207-326-4118 or
4th Annual Hancock County Ice Quilting Derby!
Official announcement! Derbyers, come join Bolt Fabrics, Quilt NFabric and Fabricate in Vacationland! Wait till you see the free blocks we have in store for you...and the fabric ideas to make them with!

Stop by Bolt Fab

U.S. Census
The next decennial census is just around the corner in 2020. Make sure you’re counted! An accurate snapshot means that communities across the nation receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. And your responses are confidential.

For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more
about what to expect, visit

4. IRS updates per-diem guidance for business travelers and their employers

IRS Publication 535 , Business Expenses
IRS Publication 463 , Travel, Gift, and Car Expenses

6. Business owners, be wary of ID thieves this holiday season

Business and self-employed individuals should be alert to the holiday season’s heightened potential for identity theft and contact the IRS if they experience any of these issues:

  • Extension to file requests are rejected because a tax return with the Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security number (SSN) is already on file.
  • An e-filed return is rejected because of a duplicate EIN or SSN is already on file with the IRS.
  • An unexpected receipt of a tax transcript or IRS notice that doesn't correspond to anything submitted by the filer.
  • Failure to receive expected and routine correspondence from the IRS because the thief has changed the address.
Captain Nickels Inn House Concert Series
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Captain Nickels Inn
127 E Main St, Searsport, Maine 04974

Join us for a house concert at Captain Nickels Inn featuring The Whispering Tree. The Whispering Tree brings their alt folk rock music to our first intimate gathering of music lovers.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.
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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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