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Backyard Bash at the Abbe Museum

Backyard Bash at the Abbe Museum
Date: Saturday Sep 10, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Wabanaki people, their history, and their culture, represent at least a 12,000-year-long experience in their homeland, which includes the Acadia National Park region. This continuous narrative for the Wabanaki people—a historic confederacy between the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot—offers an extraordinary story of resilience with contemporary meaning and relevance.

The Abbe Museum will host its inaugural Backyard Bash at its downtown Bar Harbor location. Within the confines of the Museum’s backyard, dozens of organizations and artists are coming together to celebrate and showcase creative work and people, and how creative placemaking supports Wabanaki artists and the Acadia-area community.

Several Wabanaki artists will have booths selling beaded jewelry, metalwork, birchbark art, ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as other hand-crafted items that represent the beauty and culture of the Wabanaki communities in Maine and the Maritimes. For many visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Wabanaki arts and cultures from the artists themselves.

Featuring savory and sweet street eats and drinks from Blaze, Havana, Mount Dessert Bakery, Passamaquoddy cook Molly Neptune Parker, Atlantic Brewing Company, and Bar Harbor Catering Company, there is sure to be something for everyone. The outdoor stage will feature live music by fiddler Gus LaCasse and rock, blues, and funk band Frogpipe. Additional kid-friendly entertainment will include backyard games, face painting, and more!

The silent auction will feature original work from Native and local artists, collections of items donated by local businesses, and a variety of unique experiences. Among the more than four dozen items available are custom-made jewelry, hand-knit accessories and clothing, decorative paddles, high-quality artwork and photography, Wabanaki basketry by nationally-recognized and award-winning artists, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Abbe Museum’s mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Sponsors include Atlantic Brewing Company, Bangor Daily News, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Dead River Company, Leary’s Landing, L.S. Robinson Co., Lynam Agency – Insurance and Real Estate, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Peekytoe Provisions, Project Social, Queen Anne’s Flowers, Siam Orchid, Side Street, Café, and Tea Garden Tea Company. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Heather Anderson, director of advancement, at or 207-288-3519.

Tickets for the event are $10/adult in advance, $12/adult at the door, $5/student and kids age 8-18, and kids seven and under are free. Special package tickets include a family of four for $22 and family of six for $32. You can purchase tickets online at In the case of inclement weather, the Bash will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 3-9 pm. For more details, including a list of the day’s events, visit

Location: Abbe Museum backyard, 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME
Contact Name: Heather Anderson
Contact Phone #: (207) 288-3519
Event web page:
Event Sponsor(s): Abbe Museum 

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