The Neighborhood House
The Neighborhood House has been many things to many people since its doors opened in 1905. In those hundred-plus years, the Town of Mount Desert has certainly gone through a plethora of change, as too has The Neighborhood House itself. One thing that has remained the same, however, is the mission of The Neighborhood House and the important role it plays within our community.
The vaudeville performances and bowling lanes from years past may have long since been superseded by community celebrations, yoga classes, and the like; but the spirit with which it was founded remains the same. In fact, today, The Neighborhood House offers more programs and events than it has at any other point in its long history.
Holiday Happenings in Northeast Harbor
The fun starts at 4pm with a bonfire and s'mores on Main St., along with extended holiday shopping at many Main. St. businesses. At 5pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to visit with kids, and we'll be offering up train rides on the "Polar Express" as well! The evening will wrap up with a performanc by Acadia Community Theater at NHH, as well as the First Friday Coffee House at the NEH Library.
Frogtown Mtn. Puppeteers: The Grinch (Mon., 12/9)
Neighborhood House and the NE Harbor Library are proud to once again bring "The Grinch" back to town, for this FREE one-time performance. The show is open to all ages, and starts at 3:30pm. Parents of MDES students who would like their child to attend should send a note to their teacher, and NHH staff will walk all the kids down to the show (at NHH) after school.
1st Annual Frosty 5k Run/Walk (Sat., 12/14)
We'll be holding our first ever road race on Sat., Dec. 14, along with a kid's fun run, all to raise critical funds for the MDI Campfire Coaltion heating assistance fund. Race day registration starts at 9am, with the kids run at 9:30, and 5k run/walk at 10am. Registration is just $10, and you can sign up the day of the race, or register in advance online or print out a form.
Chamber of Commerce "Santa's Workshop" (Sat., 12/14)
The Mt. Desert Chamber of Commerce invites all children to join them on Sat., Dec. 14 between 9:00 and 11:00am at Neighborhood House to do a little holdiay "shopping" for mom or dad. Local businesses have donated a plethora of items, and in exchange for a small donation of a non-perishable food item, volunteers will be on hand to help the kids shop and even give them a hand with wrapping.
MDI Campfire Coaltion Heating Assistance
Application forms for the MDI Campfire Coalition are now available online. With colder temperatures here, the Campfire Coalition will aid dozens of families on MDI, Swan's Island, and the Cranberry Islands this heating season. Hard copies of the application form are also available at Neighborhood House, Harbor House, and the Sea Coast Mission, as municipal offices, churces, and libraries around the island.
The Campfire Coalition is independent from any addititional state or federal assistance programs, and is much more flexible and responsive to those in need. Please note, however, that if your application is accepted, it can sometimes take several days for fuel to be delivered-- so we urge you to plan ahead and complete the application BEFORE you run out of heat.
The MDI Community Campfire Coalition is a collaborate effort of The Neighborhood House, Harbor House, and Maine Sea Coast Mission.