Member Businesses: Community
The Cannery at South Penobscot presents contemporary experimental art with a focus on sound, music, performance, and the word.
The BHCC has meeting and lodging facilities for small, intimate groups or large-scale corporate trainings during the summer months. GSA facilities accommodate up to 50 guests for brief retreats or extended stays.
In addition to offering an ideal setting, the Center’s support team is available to assist your organization in planning and facilitating your event and programs.
The Center for Business and Industry offers customized trainings for your business. Our vast community college resources, competitive pricing, and innovative training methods set us apart as a prime workforce development tool for businesses.
We also offer a host of credit and noncredit continuing education courses and professional certifications.
Please contact us for a free consultation to see what we can do for your business. The Center for Business and Industry can provide access to community college conference facilities, labs and equipment. We can also help with access to funding resources from the Maine Quality Centers program.
The Surry Historical Society’s mission is to popularize town history and make it accessible to all at our free public meetings, held in June, July, August and September on the third Monday of each of those months at 7 PM at our historic 1828 Old Town Hall, located at 1217 Route 172 in Surry. Look for our signage out front. The society also maintains a collection of over 100 historic farming, fishing and lumbering tools and artifacts, cataloged and on display at the hall. Open to the public by chance or appointment. For more information call 207-667-4877.
Garden club covering Brooklin, Brooksville, Sedgwick and Penobscot. We also have members from Blue Hill and Deer Isle.
The Grand is a performing arts center serving the greater coastal Maine region.
The Union River Center for Innovation is a community-driven business incubator and co-working space supporting startups and entrepreneurs for rapid growth and sustained success. Services include; Business incubator Program, Business coaching Services, and co-working space.
The Gatherings is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to foster community through sharing, cooperation, learning and the arts.
Our vision is to create a vibrant, multi-use space where anyone can find opportunities for connecting with others, the arts, learning, real food, entertainment and good health.
The building has a big meeting room downstairs with an adjoining small kitchen and cafÃ©. A small co-working space is also being set up. The recently renovated second floor, opening in early 2018, will have a game / craft room and another large open room that can be used for activities such as yoga or meditation.
FarmDrop is an online farmers market connecting the Blue Hill community to local food producers. From the comfort of their home, customers choose from a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, sustainably raised meat, fresh seafood, baked goods, and preserves. Customers order online 10am Saturday – 10am Wednesday and pick up their orders at Fairwinds Florist on Thursday afternoons.
We are a community of artists and patrons who promote the visual arts by exhibiting original work and supporting art education in local schools. During the summer, the Deer Isle Gallery is open 6 days per week. During the winter, DIAA offers a program called Art matters and individual artist members volunteer to teach workshops in local schools.
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an unique organization. Many of our audiences know us as a professional theatre presenting plays, concerts and family programming in the summer and indeed we are that, but we are also so much more. As soon as the calendar turns the page from August to September, we dive back into the other half of our identity: as a civic gathering space rooted in the belief that access to and participation in the arts contain transformational potential.
OHA was originally established to restore the historic Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a center for performance and a community gathering space. Now in its 18th year, OHA produces live theatre, music and dance in both the Stonington Opera House, and on our second stage, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center.
Opera House Arts’ high quality, original, professional performance programs serve all of Hancock County’s winter and summer residents and visitors, of all ages, with special emphasis on the residents and students of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. We offer a full year-round schedule of professional theatre, film, educational programs, digital media, concerts, and community events.
Your community Arts Center where we connect the community with the power of art in our 3 visual arts studios or our state of the art Dance and movement studio.
Word is a three-day, annual literary festival in Blue Hill, gathering a community of readers and writers to celebrate the written and spoken word alongside those who may not typically be engaged in those pursuits.
While the Blue Hill Peninsula has a rich and vibrant artistic and literary tradition, most literary events occur piecemeal and during the busy summer months while the shoulder season of summer/fall offers few events. In addition, there is no unifying community structure that brings word-lovers together to celebrate. Establishing a festival to occur each October will encourage year- round residents and visitors to connect with one another, enjoying author readings, workshops, performances, and panels without the distractions of the peninsula’s hectic summer schedule. Word will share and promote the many voices of Maine, including local voices not always given the opportunity to be heard, and will seek out diverse voices to ensure a full and rich cultural experience.
In addition to events scheduled throughout the weekend, a literary marketplace will serve as a central meeting ground for the festival, providing vendors and nonprofits an opportunity to share information about their roles in the literary life of the peninsula, as well as encourage festival-goers to interact and engage in crafts and collaborative activities.
In addition to the festival, Word promotes literary events year-round.
The SEED Barn is an art gallery, education center and community engagement space that serves as a foundation for SEED :: disperse. The mission of SEED :: disperse is to encourage cross-pollination between the arts and sciences through fine art exhibitions and creative dissemination methods in combination with multi-sensory exploration and education to celebrate the miracle of seeds. Visitors to The SEED Barn are invited to look through the lens of the seed to explore connections between art and science and their personal relationship to the natural world.
Healthy Peninsula, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to improve the health and well being of the residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, and Stonington by mobilizing, supporting, and collaborating with community partners. Our work is based in the challenges and needs defined by the communities themselves, and we are currently focusing on three major initiatives: Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Families. Under Healthy Aging, we are taking a lead role in the Choices That Matter Community Conversations and Age-Friendly Coastal Communities projects. Our Magic Food Bus, Summer Garden Camps in Brooksville and Penobscot, and food-security activities fall under Healthy Eating. We are currently collaborating with both school unions, early-childhood service organizations, and community members on a Early Childhood Community Planning Grant from the Maine Community Foundation, and the work of our Early Childhood Interest Group helps make Healthy Families a reality.
Tree of Life is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing emergency and supplemental food for the community, providing and selling good used clothing, and fostering self-help and education on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
The Tree of Life Food Pantry and TurnStyle Thrift Shop work together as a unique, self-supporting organization. Sale of good quality used clothing at the TurnStyle is the primary source of funding, along with donations, for the Food Pantry.
Food is given free of charge to citizens from the eight towns on the Blue Hill Peninsula: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Surry. No one in need of food is turned away. Currently over 900 families are registered. About 212 families come in for food each week.
Community Theater and Performing Arts School
Summer Day Camp. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, originally incorporated in 1963 as Blue Hill Society for Aid to Children, Inc. In order to let the public know what our purpose is, we now do business as Nichols Day Camp, owned and operated by Blue Hill Society for Aid to Children, Inc.
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