Here’s what’s happening in Searsport as we begin to switch seasons:

HOBBA meeting

On Aug. 26 at 8 a.m., the businesses of Searsport got together over Zoom to make plans for the fall and holiday season. The Head of the Bay Business Alliance group maintains the information booth with materials from individual businesses as well as a map for tourists to get to know what is available in our town. Dorothy Havey, the new executive director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, was there to add what the chamber can do for Searsport.

If you are interested in joining HOBBA, get in touch with Ellie Flagg at the Searsport Branch of Bangor Savings Bank at 548-6065. They meet at 8 a.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Their next meeting is Oct. 28.

Fiber College

One of the best annual events in Searsport is Fiber College, which runs Sept. 9-12. For 17 years Astrig and Steve Tanguay have hosted an artisan gathering that features weaving, quilting, jewelry making and other crafts at their campground at Searsport Shores that draws crafters from all over the country. This year the event is not open to the public because of COVID precautions, but you can be part of the event by being part of a class. For more information to sign up, call 207-548-6059 or pull up their website at

Carver Library

Don’t forget! Carver Library is closed for Labor Day, Sept. 6.

September DIY Kits

Make colorful birds from yarn, available after Sept. 2.

Make a yarn bird from a DIY kit. Source: Website


Qigong involves coordinated body movements, similar to Tai Chi. On Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting Sept. 8, Dean Anderson will introduce you to Turtle, Crane, Snake, Tiger and Dragon positions. Held on the library lawn, canceled if raining. Open to small children to seniors.

Book Club

Book Club will be reading “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict. The group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Community Building at 42 Prospect St. All welcome to discuss or just listen in.

Commemorative bell ringing

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the church bell at First Congregational Church will ring seven times to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11, now 20 years ago. Here are the times:

8:46 a.m. – Flight 11 crashes into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

9:03 a.m. – Flight 175 crashes into floors 77 through 85 of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.

9:37 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, killing 59 people on board and 125 on the ground.

9:59 a.m. – The South Tower collapses in 10 seconds after burning for 56 minutes. More than 800 people in and around the building are killed.

10:03 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew storm the cockpit. Forty passengers and crew on board perish.

10:15 a.m. – The Pentagon’s outer E ring collapses.

10:28 a.m. – The Trade Center’s North Tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes. More than 1,600 people in and around the building are killed.

May we never forget.