DownEast Salmon Federation Annual Smelt Fry & 2019 Year of the Salmon Celebration

Fish Fry

Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun! This year we are excited to also be celebrating the International Year of the Salmon, a worldwide, year-long celebration of salmon and people.

Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew, a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym.

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We hope you can join us for our annual Smelt Fry & 2019 Year of the Salmon celebration!

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March Wine Tasting Dinner – The French Cellar, Machias

Maine Wine Dinner

March 23rd at 6pm.

Venue (The French Cellar, 4 Colonial Way, Machias) accommodates only 30 people so call soon to reserve your space.



Our next dinner theme is Italian:
Grilled Vegetable Torta with Pesto Goat Cheese
Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
2015 Ala dei Colombi Falanghina
Baby Arugula with Shaved Parmigiana
Aged Balsamic Drizzle
Terra Serena Prosecco
Fresh Rolled Gnocci with Toasted Walnuts
Gorgonzola/Sage Cream Sauce
2012 Querciavalle Chianti Classico
Grilled Shrimp with Lemon/Oregano Sauce over
Oven-Roasted Plum Tomatoes
2017 Vardi Fontezoppa Verdicchio di Matelica
Limoncello Zabaglione with Fresh Berries
Primobacio Moscato d’Asti
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Pizza and Live Music at the Cobscook Community Learning Center

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$10 per person $25 per family
Music by Fremont Street String Band
All You Can Eat Pizza + Dessert
Silent Auction – Brand New Family Camping Items and Kids Life Jackets
Gluten-free pizza available – please call at least a day in advance to request a gluten free pizza
Chem-free event

Cobscook Bay Learning Center is located at:

10 Commissary Point Rd (14.06 mi)
North Trescott, Maine 04652

(207) 733-2233

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The Stillwater’s Band and Benefit

Skywalkers Machias

Bring your sweetheart out for a night of fun!
Your favorite local band will be rockin until 1am and Skywalker’s will be hosting a benefit for a friend in need.

Joel Riggs is a veteran battling cancer. Joel just had surgery and he is facing tough chemo and radiation. He and his family could really use a hand at this time as he travels for treatments. We will be asking for volunteer donations, and selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

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Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge

Timber Kitchen and Bar Bangor Maine

Ready for some invigorating Winter Fun? Experience the Extreme.

See the transformation of 50,000 pounds of crystal clear ice into
some of the “hottest coolest bars and lounges” in the Northeast.
After enjoying the chilling experience of the “GLACIER” Ice Bar and Lounge, step inside and enjoy the warmth and comfort of our lounges.

This Beautiful Ice Lounge Is Created By Talented Teams Of Ice Sculptors And Designers Who Spend Weeks Carving And Assembling 300-Pound Blocks Of Ice Using Chisels And Chainsaws To Create Bars, Seats, Tables, Ice Luges, Couches, Sculptures And More. Everything In This Cold Sensory Environments, With The Exception Of The Toasty Fire Lamps And Faux-Fur Cushions, Is Crafted Out Of Ice.

“GLACIER” Ice Bar And Lounge Is Weather Permitting, So Mark The Dates Before We Are Reduced To Just A Puddle.

February 1st & 2nd
February 8th & 9th


Price: No cover charge.

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Yancys Pizza – Calais

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Yancy’s Pizza is located at 332 North Street in Calais, Maine.  They offer great pizza and casual meals — subs, salads, comfort foods, Italian.  A few years ago they relocated to this sunny new location.

Click here for hours and info. but you can view the menu here.

Their phone number is:  (207) 454-8200

In the off-season, they are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday


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A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

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Do you like beer?  Then the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor is a great stop.

According to their website:

The Atlantic Brewing Company began as Acadia Brewing in 1990. At first the brewery was located inside the Lompoc Cafe in downtown Bar Harbor and had a maximum capacity of just one barrel at a time. Within a few years the demand for our beers had grown so much that we moved the brewery two doors down from the restaurant and increased our capacity to seven-barrel batches. However, by 1998, we had outgrown that facility as well and so we moved again – this time to our current location on the Knox Road. Our estate brewery was built on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead, that employs native vegetation and local stonework.


They have several locations in and around the Bar Harbor area and offer tours and tastings.  Here’s what you need to know:

The have three tours daily from Memorial Day through mid-October.  Reservations are not required, but they can only accommodate 25 people per tour.    The tours are approximately 20 minutes long, followed by a tasting. Children are allowed on the tour, but obviously not the tasting.

The addresses are:  We are at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and 52 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

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There are several sources of organic foods in the Machias area of Maine.  And that’s not even counting the myriad of farmer’s markets and roadside stands that dot the landscape during the warmer months.


Whole Life Natural Market

Although their produce selection can be a bit limited at times, they are an excellent source for organic and natural grocery products, cleaning products,  and pet products, as well as vitamins and herbs.  They also have a good variety of organic or sulfate free wines.

Some of the best kept secrets about Whole Live Natural Market

–They have an excellent selection of local gift items — need to bring home a small gift for your pet sitter?  You’ll find it here.

–One half of the store is dedicated to a small cafe which has excellent food.

–They have a ‘lending library’ of books

For folks that live locally, they have a co-op buying club.

4 Colonial Way, Store 3, Machias, ME 04654 (Address formerly known as 80 Main Street)

Phone: 207-255-8855 ~ Fax: 207-255-8866

Email: info@wholelifemarket.com

Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Closed Sunday


Machias Marketplace

This is a small space that holds, basically fresh-from-the-farm produce and local baked goods (and chocolates!).  It is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays year-round at 10am (winter hours close at 4pm).  Starting in the spring, hours will increase and Saturday mornings will be added.

If it corresponds with your vacation schedule, you can order online the week before your stay from their extensive special order list and pick it up on Thursday.  (email me for more details)

Bonus:  The space is used for Yoga and Tai Chi other days of the week!

291 Main Street. Behind Posh
Machias, Maine 04654


The main grocery store in Machias surprisingly has a good variety of organic and/or local produce, as well as a small natural food section (about 1/3 of an aisle).
149 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654
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