Member Businesses: Community

Word: a Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival

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.

PO Box 347

Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States

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Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce

114 Little Deer Isle Road
P.O. Box 490
Deer Isle, Maine 04627 United States

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Rev. J. Gary Brinn

2 Main St.
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States

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Wooden Boat School

41 Wooden Boat Lane
Brooklin, ME 04616 

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Blue Hill Congregational Church

Blue Hill Congregational Church

22 Tenney Hill
Blue Hill, ME 04614 USA

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Healthy Peninsula

Healthy Peninsula’s primary purpose is 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 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 currently working with the Choices That Matter Community Conversations and Age-Friendly Coastal Communities projects. Our Magic Food Bus, garden camps, and food-security activities fall under Healthy Eating, and the work of our Early Childhood Interest Group helps make Healthy Families a reality.

10 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County

14 Mackenzie Ave
Ellsworth, ME 04605 

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Blue Hill YMCA

15 South Street
Blue Hill, Maine 04614 

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Tree of Life Pantry, Inc.

23 South Street
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Points East Magazine

PO Box 294
Brooksville, ME 04617 

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Penobscot Bay Press

PO Box 36
Stonington, ME 04681 

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Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

13 Atlantic Ave
Stonington, ME 04681 

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Nichols Day Camps

PO Box 472
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Marine Environmental Research Institute – MERI

55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club

44 KYC Lane
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Healthy Acadia

1366 State Highway 102, Ste #4
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 

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Friends of Blue Hill Bay

PO Box 1633
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Ellsworth American

30 Water Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605 

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Downeast Maine SCORE

PO Box 1507
Ellsworth, ME 04605 

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Blue Hill Heritage Trust

258 Mountain Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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Blue Hill Public Library

5 Parker Pt. Rd
Blue Hill, ME 04614 

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