May 18, 2023 | Issue 20

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As all of our readers can see every week, there's lots of great things happening in Belfast & Waldo County! So much so that Gmail can't even show you everything in one email! Many Gmail users have noticed that the newsletter gets cut off each week in their email or they don't see their information!

SOLUTION: If you go to the bottom of the message in your inbox, you can click

"view entire message," and it will open the full newsletter for you. You can also find the newsletter every week on our website and our Facebook page.

Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Grump & Sunshine Bookshop!

Grump & Sunshine Bookshop is a new romance bookshop in downtown Belfast. Owner Cassidy Gintz, part of the mother daughter team that revitalized the Captain Nickels Inn in Searsport, is excited to see her dream of opening her own bookstore come to life.


The bookshop is named after a well-known romance trope where two characters who seem to be total opposites fall in love. The store will carry a variety of subgenres of the increasingly popular romance novels. There will be a wide variety of books and gifts too!


A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place Monday, May 22nd at 9:30am.


159 High St. Belfast, ME 04915 | 207-323-9577 | Follow Grump & Sunshine on Facebook

Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Spectrum Generations!


Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center, has been a leading provider of information and advice, referrals, programs and activities for adults for 50 years.


Today Spectrum Generations is poised to serve adults of all ages and backgrounds in a changing, challenging world. We are here for you as you look forward to longer, more active lives and seek to engage in new physical and intellectual challenges.


18 Merriam Rd. Belfast, ME 04915 | 207-338-1190 |

Recent New Members:

Maine Artisans Collective | Means Wealth Management | Astrolore

Finding Our Voices | Bella Weidner Art | Greyfeather Woodcraft

May 11th Newsletter

1) Chamber Job Search (113th consecutive week)

2) Hawthorne Hike Trail Map & Guide

3) Mainely Gallery & Studio / Season Opening Exhibition & Reception

4) Bell the Cat / Italian Food & Wine Tasting

5) Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful

2023 Belfast : The Bay And Beyond Magazine is Here!

The Official Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Regional Guide has arrived! Please stop by the Chamber M-F 9-5 for your free copy, read on our website for free, or order your copy at today!

If you are interested in being added to our distribution list, please contact Scott at

Cover photo of 'Greater Joy' by Nicolle Littrell of DoryWoman Rowing.

The Hawthorne Hike is Here!

We all thought that the only elephants in Belfast were located at the Colonial Theatre, but we were wrong! In late 2020, Scott Smith of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce discovered something very unique in the streets of our downtown - an elephant hiding in plain sight!

He walked the streets thoroughly to find the best path and along with Hartdale Maps, has created a new walking trail within our downtown! With respect to the large beloved elephant that already sits atop our city, the trail has been named the 'Hawthorne Hike.'

This new trail twists and turns through our downtown, our waterfront, our historic district, and brings a new and exciting activity for locals, visitors, and families to enjoy for years to come. Shops, architecture, history, homes and gardens, ocean and wildlife can all be seen! Full hike and Kids hike available.

Visit the Information Center for your own Hawthorne Hike Trail Map & Guide, follow the new Hawthorne Hike Facebook page, and share #hawthornehike online! You can also click here to download your own map!

Information Center Volunteers Needed

Do you love Belfast and Waldo County? Would you like to meet people from all over the world and tell them all the great things to see and do here? Then you should volunteer as an Information Center greeter!

Duties Include:

  • One 2 - 4 hour shift per week between 9am - 5pm (set your own schedule!)
  • Help visitors and locals find maps, brochures, and information about Belfast & Waldo County attractions and businesses
  • Answer the phone and provide information as needed
  • Restock materials as needed

Call the Chamber office at 207-338-5900 or email Scott at for more.

Chamber Job Search (HOT ITEM)

Still looking for that new job? Need to know what's available in the greater Belfast area? We have a great page full of job opportunities large and small!


Chamber Members - you can submit your job postings by logging into your

ChamberMaster account or email

Upcoming Member Events

Announcements & News

Bangor Savings Bank - Consider Our Payroll Services & HR Solutions

Belfast Farmers' Market - $600 Worth of Vendor Gift Certificates and Goods Up For Grabs

Belfast Historical Society -

'Up the Not So Lazy River' May 22

BlueJacket Shipcrafters -

May ShipShape Newsletter

But Still I Am One Receives Maine Community Foundation Grant

Direct Communications Partners with MCA to Expand High Speed Broadband in Waldo & Penobscot Counties

GWI Receives Grant Funding to Expand Fiber Network in Belfast (TRJ)

Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful - Nearly 2.5 Tons of Trash Collected by Volunteers

Penobscot Marine Museum - Season Opening Reception May 25

Pine Grove Cottages

Opens for the Season

May 19

United Midcoast Charities - 2022 Impact Report Available

United Realty - May Highlights

Member Promotions
Click on ad for more information (where available)

Your Chamber Working For You!

Dorothy Havey, Executive Director

Scott Smith, Operations Manager

Board of Directors

Sue Beemer



Montessori School

Erin Merrifield

Vice President

RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Michelle Curtis
First National Bank

Christy Lewis


Fellows, Kee,

Tymoczko & Lewis

Megan Day

Waldo County

General Hospital

Paul Dean


City of Belfast

Dawn Gintz

Captain Nickels Inn

John McKeith

The Belfast Center

Chris Nickerson

Whale's Tooth Pub & Northport Inn & Lodge

Elaine Potoker


Terri Tower

Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp

Bank of America

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

Consider Becoming a Member!

The Mission of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

is to champion a thriving business environment for its members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and access to relevant information.

Follow the link above to find information about membership benefits and learn how we can promote you and help you achieve your goals.

Community Links:

Belfast Free Library | City of Belfast | Harbormaster

Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

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14 Main St. | PO Box 58 | Belfast, ME. 04915

207-338-5900 |

Administrative Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm

Information Center Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm