September 7, 2023 | Issue 35

Facebook  Instagram  

Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Buggin' ME Boat Tours!

Buggin' ME Boat Tours is an owner-operated lobster boat charter in Stockton Harbor. A working Maine Lobster boat run by a 3rd generation lobsterman. Pull traps or enjoy a relaxing ride on Penobscot Bay.

Tours include Sunrise/Sunset, Maine/Mini Maine Experience, Around the Cape, Island Hopping, as well as custom packages. If you can dream it up, Capt. Travis will try to make it happen for you.

''An Authentic Maine Experience''

Call (207) 356-6080 or visit

Recent New Members:

Fidium Fiber | Human Development Coaching | Ardiah Managed Services

Power Plus Electrical & Data Services | GWI Great Works Internet | Anodyne Book Shop

'Passy Pete' Makes His Prediction

Friends of Belfast!

Now, this Fourth Day of September, Labor Day, in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-Three, being the 9th Annual meeting of the Belfast Barons Club

at Heritage Park…

Passy Pete, the clairvoyant crustacean, was coaxed from the fertile waters of the Penobscot Bay at 10am by his friends and fellow tourist lovers “The Belfast Barons” and by the cheers of his adoring fans and followers….

Pete winked to the crowd, glanced toward the loving waters of his home and Majestically in Lobsterese, he directed the Barons to this scroll which reads:

Hang on to the ducks,

The live and rubber ones.

The weather is turning,

Soon skiers will make runs.

An early winter makes some say

Oh Boy!

But even in winter,

Belfast has 3 times the Joy!

Click Here for the WABI-TV5 coverage

Click Here for the FOX 22 ABC 7 coverage

September 2023 Business After Hours

Every month our Chamber hosts an after hours event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from companies and organizations representing a variety of industries in our region. Join us every third Wednesday!*

Golf Tournament - Clubhouse After Hours with Northport Golf Club

Friday, Sept. 8, 5pm - 630pm

581 Bluff Rd., Northport Golf Club

Business After Hours with Bangor Savings Bank

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 530pm - 7pm

7 Belmont Ave., Belfast

(Location at Renys Plaza branch, not Searsport branch)

*Note different dates and times for this month's events

Click Here for a printable 2023 BAH schedule

Joy Duck Postcards Benefit Student Scholarship

DID YOU KNOW... We have Joy Duck postcards available at our Information Center! We created postcards this year of our 2023 Belfast: The Bay & Beyond annual magazine cover as a way to raise money for a new student scholarship. Monies will go to a graduating student going into the field of marketing, hospitality, or a similar field.

Stop by 14 Main Street and we'd be happy to get you some! Only $1! They are selling fast!

August 31st Newsletter

1) Passy Pete Prediction

2) Chamber Job Search

3) Maine Wienerfest

4) Consolidated Communications/Fidium Fiber

5) JOY Duck Family

Upcoming Events

The Dachshunds Are Coming!

JOY Duck Watch 2023

Bangor Daily News - This Year There Are 3 Mysterious 'Joy' Ducks in Belfast

Boston Globe - Giant Inflatable Ducks Appear in Maine's Belfast Bay for Third Year in a Row

CNN - How Did Those Get There? Giant Inflatable Ducks Return to Belfast Harbor in Maine for a Third Year

Maine Public - Big Yellow Ducks Return to Belfast Harbor

News Center Maine - Big Inflatable Ducks Return to Belfast Harbor

Pen Bay Pilot - Thrice as Quack-tastic; Family of Giant Inflatable Ducks Make Colorful Splash in Belfast Bay

Q106.5 FM - Belfast Maine's Big Rubber 'Joy Duck' Returns With its Own Joy Duck Club

Spectrum Local News - The Mysterious Giant Inflatable Ducks Have Returned to Belfast Harbor

The Times of India - Big Inflatable Ducks Return to Belfast Harbor

United Press International - Giant Inflatable Ducks Make a Mysterious Return to Maine Harbor

WABI-TV 5 - Giant Yellow Ducks Return to the Coast of Belfast

WGME 13 - Mysterious 'Joy' Duck Returns to Belfast, Brings Two Friends

Announcements & News

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition - September Outings

Belfast Free Library - September Programs

Belfast to Receive $1 Million for Street Improvements (TRJ)

BlueJacket Ship Crafters - September ShipShape News

Business Owners Stress Belfast is More Than a "Tourism Town" - FOX 22 ABC 7

Churches Sponsor September Events Promoting Care for Trees

Coastal Mountains Land Trust - Kites & Ice Cream Sept. 9, All About iNaturalist Sept. 12

Local Color Gallery Welcomes Liz Prescott as September Guest Artist

National Park Service - Acadia National Park Tourism Brought Nearly 6,700 Jobs

& $479 Million in Revenue to Communities

Within 60 Miles of Park

Penobscot Marine Museum - Dozens of Long-Lost Historic Maine Photo Negatives Found in Tenants Harbor Attic (BDN)

'Rockweed' Film - Belfast, Maine to Shine in Upcoming Feature

Sail Power & Steam Museum - Captain Sharp Turns 90, Offers Inspirational Wisdom

United Midcoast Charities Creates New Award in Memory of Sani Fogel

Waldo CAP Announces Participation in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

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

Public Transportation | Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

*** Weekly Deadline for Newsletter Submissions is Tuesday by 4pm ***

** Missed Last Week's Newsletter? Click Here! **


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

207-338-5900 |

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

Information Center: Sun - Fri, 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 5pm