engaged island programming

A healthy island is an… engaged island

Healthy Island Project works to create an environment in which community is celebrated and people work together with open communication, collaboration, and volunteerism.

Our programs include the following:

Community Asset Mapping

HIP started the asset mapping process 20 years ago, and updated it 10 years ago. What has the island gained, what have we lost, over those two decades? What are our strengths and the things we want to preserve? What are the gaps to which we need to respond? These forums are a partnership between the Town of Stonington, Bowdoin College, and HIP, and cover the Island as a whole. If you’re interested in participating in future sessions of the Community Asset Mapping project please contact HIP. Thank you, always, for adding your voices to our efforts! Your voice matters, and can help direct how we respond.

Community Breakfast

Island Workshop Day

Island Workshop Day brings together over seventy participants for day-long workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Island and peninsula residents are immersed in a day of creative pursuits ranging from woodworking to jewelry making to writing. The workshops are designed for beginners, and half of the spaces are reserved for people who have never participated in a Haystack session before. Selection is by pre-registration and a lottery system.

Island Workshop Day is held the first Saturday of May.

Queen's Closet

Queen’s Closet provides new and barely used dress clothing and accessories to men, women, and children free of charge. It is the mission of Queen’s Closet that no one miss a special occasion due to not having the appropriate attire. Weddings, proms, and job interviews are some of the special occasions that Queen’s Closet can help outfit. Appointments are available through Facebook.


Queens Closet is searching for a new location and hopes to be open again in late 2022.


WinterFest began in 2006 and is held the third weekend in January. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house and join your neighbors and friends for a weekend of fun. Everyone is welcome and all food, activities, and entertainment are FREE!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

WinterFest 2024 Schedule

Community Testimonials

“[Community Breakfasts] are one of my favorite things to do. It is so wonderful to open my church up for this gathering… I am always amazed every time we meet by the number of services that are represented.”

Lorraine Knowlton

Pastor, Community of Christ Church

“Winterfest is a great opportunity to celebrate our year-round community. Nothing beats fireworks over fresh snow – a wonderful contrast to the hustle of summertime. I look forward to reconnecting with friends each year.”

Jacob McCarty

Winterfest Volunteer

Partner Organizations

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Deer Isle Town Office
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Logo
Next Step Domestic Violence Project