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Below is a listing of all of our past and future events.

Food for Thought: The Acadia Centennial: Milestone of Community Conservation” Jack Russell and Cookie Horner

Friday November 20, 2015

Cookie Horner and Jack Russell, the co-chairs of the Acadia Centennial Task Force, will speak to the purposes that have driven this robust planning and will share highlights of the scores of events, art works, lectures, presentations, products, and parties to come in 2016. The goal of the Task Force they serve is to make the Acadia Centennial the standard of excellence for conservation milestones to come. We will show the world the importance of community to conservation in the 21st century.

Acadia 100 Challenge

Kids on Cadillac
Tuesday December 01, 2015 - Saturday December 31, 2016

For Teachers and Students everywhere!

Acadia invites teachers to create their own fun ideas for an Acadia 100 Challenge! Help your students create a class project or individual project to celebrate 100 years of Acadia: write a 100-word Acadia poem or 100 poems, take 100 photos of Acadia, walk 100 miles in Acadia, write 100 short stories about a field trip to or family visit to Acadia, read 100 books about Acadia, draw 100 pictures of Acadia, Create 100 posters of ways to protect Acadia, film 100 interviews with kids showcasing what they love about Acadia…

When your project is complete, we will share your final project and your class photo (if you want) on the Centennial website, to showcase the writing, art, ideas, and accomplishments of your students and inspire others to participate. Each Acadia 100 Challenge participant (ages 6 – 14) will earn a free Acadia Centennial item and become eligible to earn a free field trip to Acadia for their entire class (from anywhere in Maine).

Download the form to get started »

Art in the Capitol—Celebrating Acadia National Park’s Centennial

Monday December 14, 2015 - Thursday March 31, 2016

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce a new exhibit of paintings and photographs celebrating the centennial of Acadia National Park. The park was conserved 100 years ago to preserve its beauty and natural wonders for the enjoyment of all. That wonder and beauty served as both subject matter and inspiration for this show, which will be on display through the end of March 2016.

We are pleased to feature the works of the following artists in the show:

Brad Betts—An artist for over 20 years, Brad connects daily with classical maritime scenes that most inspire him. See more of Brad’s work at downeastgallery.com.

Tom Blagden—A professional photographer since 1980, his work is devoted to creating a unique sense of place as both a celebration of, and a catalyst for land protection and conservation. Visit courthousegallery.com for more of Tom’s work.

Mary Byrom—Working mostly from life, Mary is outdoors year round, painting on location and using these field sketches to develop her large studio paintings. To find out more about Mary and her work, visit marybyrom.com.

Gail Cleveland—A third-generation artist, Gail has studied art and nature for over 40 years. She uses these firsthand experiences to create award-winning work in watercolors, oils, acrylics and limited edition prints. For more about Gail and her work, visit smart-studio.com.

Howie Motenko—A resident of Mount Desert Island, Howie lives surrounded by ANP, which provides endless opportunities to explore the art of landscape photography. Find out more about his work at acadiaphotosafari.com.

Wini Smart—An award-winning artist, her paintings have been shown in major museums and galleries along the East Coast and are in international collections. For more about Wini and her work, visit smart-studio.com.

Acadian Passages: A History of Acadia National Park, offered by Jack Russell

Tuesday January 12, 2016 - Tuesday March 01, 2016

An Acadia Senior College Winter Term course, “Acadian Passages” will explore eight perspectives on the development of Acadia National Park:

Fire, Ice and Life: The Deep Natural History of Acadia
First Peoples, Settlement, Colonization: The Human History Conserved
Conservation: Path Making and Path Breaking, 1870s to 1916
Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads: The Construction of Acadia 1917-1958
A New Deal for Acadia: The Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-1941
Conflagration and Community: The Great Fire of 1947
Resilience: 1947-2016
Acadia Centennial: Celebrate Our Past. Inspire Our Future.

The Geologic History of MDI, offered by Duane Braun

Wednesday January 13, 2016 - Wednesday February 17, 2016

An Acadia Senior College Winter Term course

Geologists have been visiting MDI since 1836 to view the exceptional exposure of a variety of rock types and explain their origin. MDI has been used as a testing ground for some of the fundamental geologic concepts, such as the origin of granite and the depression of the crust by the weight of the continental glacier. This course will examine the work on MDI of geologists in the context of the state of geologic knowledge in the era they were working. The emphasis will be on how geologic thinking changed over time with the increase in geologic knowledge since 1836.

Schoodic Point: Outpost of Acadia since 1600

Saturday January 23, 2016

Allen Workman, author of Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park will kick off the first of the Ellsworth Public Library’s Acadia National Park Centennial programs for the 2016 year. His presentation will include the revolution of Schoodic’s landscape, history, and transition into Acadia National Park and four centuries of the region’s human ecology as it shifted from logging, farming, and fishing to become an early nature preserve and more. He will emphasize his newly unearthed material on how Dorr and others brought the land into the park starting in 1922, and how a decade later he and Rockefeller developed it to become the park as we know it.

This presentation is sponsored in part by the Gouldsboro Historical Society, of which Allen is Secretary.

Bean Supper and Centennial Kick-off Event

Baked Bean Supper
Monday January 25, 2016

The MDI Historical Society will host its annual Baked Bean Supper on the evening of January 25. The Society, Friends of Island History, and the Acadia Centennial Task Force invites the public to the premier of a film, produced by local filmmaker Peter Logue, which will provide an overview of the exciting Acadia Centennial events to come in 2016!

Bean bakers are asked to bring their favorite dishes and compete for the Best Baked Beans prize.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids

Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat (Session #1)

Sunday January 31, 2016 - Saturday February 06, 2016

Inspired by outdoor photographers three terms as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including the park’s first winter residence), Colleen Miniuk-Sperry will guide two one-of-a-kind “Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat” on January 31–February 6, 2016 and February 8–12, 2016 on the SERC campus on the Schoodic Peninsula.

This photography workshop will bring amateur and professional photographers to Acadia to celebrate the historical and natural diversity the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park has to offer at a time when most visitors do not experience the park: winter.

Through a variety of classroom and field-based educational sessions, participants will learn about the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park’s history as well as the flora and fauna to connect more strongly with the subjects they see through their lens. Photography instruction will cover visualization, mindful observations, telling a story through composition and light, and other creative techniques. The instructional goal is to provide a supportive environment to enable photographers to create their art and inspire new ideas for their future work in Acadia and beyond.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their unique winter experiences in Acadia National Park to share with their broad audiences at home.

5% of the workshop profits will be donated to Friends of Acadia for centennial projects in Acadia National Park.

One Park – One Read

Monday February 01, 2016 - Monday February 29, 2016

Are you interested in joining your friends and family in a community read that celebrates Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and Maine? Please join your local libraries during the month of February for a cozy, winter read.

Our intent is to offer something that reflects all of our missions; reading, learning, and sharing. What is a community read? A community reading program gets everyone in one area to read and discuss the same book. For our community read, there will be three book offerings. For adults there is a non-fiction choice, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard and a fiction choice, Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore. For children there is Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson—this is appropriate for children 8 to 12 years old. These books will be available at your local library either for borrowing or purchasing at a reduced cost sometime in mid-January 2016.

But don’t just read the book—also participate in the many activities that will be offered during the month of February around these books. Each library will offer something different. This will include book discussions, programs, exhibits, and other fun happenings. Individual offerings will be listed on the Acadia Centennial website as they are developed.

Event List

February 2 – Small as an Elephant discussion – Southwest Harbor Public Library
February 4 – Spoonhandle discussion – Bass Harbor Memorial Library
February 9 – Spoonhandle discussion with Dennis Damon – Southwest Harbor Public Library
February 10 – Book discussions (all 3 titles) – Northeast Harbor Library
February 10 – Small as an Elephant author appearance – Ellsworth Public Library
February 16 – The End of Night discussion – Ellsworth Public Library
February 20 – Spoonhandle discussion – Ellsworth Public Library
February 22 – Spoonhandle discussion – Blue Hill Public Library
February 23 – The End of Night discussion – Southwest Harbor Public Library
February 25  – The End of Night Astronomy Program – Jesup Memorial Library
February 26 – Screening of Deep Waters (1948 film based on Spoonhandle) – Bass Harbor Memorial Library
February 27 – Small as an Elephant Mapping Program – Jesup Memorial Library
March 4 – When Hollywood Came to Vinalhaven: the Making of Deep Waters – Bass Harbor Memorial Library
March 7 – The End of Night discussion – Blue Hill Public Library
March 19 – Small as an Elephant discussion – Blue Hill Public Library

One Park – One Read: Small as an Elephant discussion in Southwest Harbor

Small as an Elephant cover
Tuesday February 02, 2016

As part of Southwest Harbor Public Library’s One Park – One Read program for the Acadia National Park Centennial, children’s librarian and storyteller Amanda Crafts will lead a book discussion about Small as an Elephant by children’s author Jennifer Richard Jacobson.

Small as an Elephant tells the story of an eleven-year-old boy who has been abandoned by his mother while camping in Acadia National Park. This is not the first time this has happened but it is the first time it has happened in such a wide open wild place. Jack searches the places they planned to visit with only a small plastic elephant for company. Will he find her? Will he forgive her? Small as an Elephant is beautifully written and received star reviews from Booklist and Newsday and was a Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner. The book is geared for children age 10 and up. Light refreshments will be served.

Many know Amanda through her extensive library work. She can be found at Bass Harbor Memorial Library’s circulation desk, story times at Jesup Memorial Library, and of course here at Southwest Harbor Public Library in many roles.

Copies of Small as an Elephant can be borrowed from the library or purchased at cost.

One Park – One Read: Spoonhandle Discussion

Thursday February 04, 2016

As part of the Acadia-area libraries’ One Park, One Read, Bass Harbor Memorial Library will host a discussion of Ruth Moore’s novel, Spoonhandle, on Thursday, February 4th from 4 to 5:30pm. Bernard resident Carey Donovan will provide some context about Moore’s life and facilitate conversation about one of Moore’s most beloved novels.

Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat (Session #2)

Sunday February 07, 2016 - Saturday February 13, 2016

Inspired by outdoor photographers three terms as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including the park’s first winter residence), Colleen Miniuk-Sperry will guide two one-of-a-kind “Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat” on January 31–February 6, 2016 and February 8–12, 2016 on the SERC campus on the Schoodic Peninsula.

This photography workshop will bring amateur and professional photographers to Acadia to celebrate the historical and natural diversity the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park has to offer at a time when most visitors do not experience the park: winter.

Through a variety of classroom and field-based educational sessions, participants will learn about the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park’s history as well as the flora and fauna to connect more strongly with the subjects they see through their lens. Photography instruction will cover visualization, mindful observations, telling a story through composition and light, and other creative techniques. The instructional goal is to provide a supportive environment to enable photographers to create their art and inspire new ideas for their future work in Acadia and beyond.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their unique winter experiences in Acadia National Park to share with their broad audiences at home.

5% of the workshop profits will be donated to Friends of Acadia for centennial projects in Acadia National Park.

One Park – One Read Spoonhandle Discussion with Dennis Damon

Spoonhandle cover
Tuesday February 09, 2016

As part of Southwest Harbor Public Library’s One Park – One Read program for the Acadia National Park Centennial, Dennis Damon will talk about Ruth Moore, her writing, and her classic Maine novel, Spoonhandle.

Spoonhandle is a novel about a Maine island community in transition. The story focuses on two brothers, Willie and Hod Stilwell, who defy the town with their independence and indifference to wealth, Ann Freeman, who returns home after living in New York City for years and upsets her father by falling in love with Hod, and Donny, an orphan who yearns for a sense of belonging.

Mr. Damon knew Ruth Moore well and spent quite a bit of time talking to her about her writing and philosophy. His discussion of Spoonhandle will address how it pertains to stewardship of our islands and how it offers a vivid sense of place, for which Moore’s writing was well known. Mr. Damon will also read excerpts of Moore’s writing as well as one or two ballads. There will be time for discussion.

Copies of Spoonhandle can be borrowed from the Library or purchased at cost. For more information call the library at 207-244-7065.

One Park – One Read: “Small as an Elephant” author appearance

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Jennifer Richards Jacobson, author of Small as an Elephant will join us for our One Park – One Read event to discuss her book. Jennifer will take us on a virtual road trip detailing how she wrote and developed the scenes for this delightful book. Space is limited; please sign up at the library.

Print and Sip Like The Masters

ArtWaves
Wednesday February 10, 2016

Transcribe 19th century paintings of Mount Desert Island by Church and Cole. All materials provided to create and take home your own 9×12 historical painting. (21+)
Members $35
Nonmembers $45

One Park One Read at the Northeast Harbor Library

Wednesday February 10, 2016

One Park, One Read! The Northeast Harbor Library will host three separate, simultaneous book discussions: Small As an Elephant led by Eilleen Maclean, Spoonhandle led by Sandy Pippen, and The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (plus a telescope demonstration) led by Caroline Childress.

Valentines…“In love for 100 years and Beyond”

Valentines
Friday February 12, 2016

Paper artist Sherry Rasmussen of ART on West will teach two Origami Valentines as a salute to Acadia with the workshop In Love for 100 Years and Beyond.

The Downeast Origami Society meets throughout the year at various locations. Due to space constraints, the number is limited this month to 10 people. Call Sherry at 207-288-9428 to make your reservation.

One Park – One Read: “The End of Night” discussion

Tuesday February 16, 2016 - Tuesday February 16, 2016

The Ellsworth Public Library is hosting a One Park – One Read event to discuss The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard. Special Services Librarian James Higgins will facilitate this discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

One Park – One Read: “Spoonhandle” discussion

Saturday February 20, 2016

In honor of the Acadia National Park 2016 Centennial, The Ellsworth Public Library is hosting a One Park – One Read discussion of Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us for a community discussion of this time-honored title by a Maine author.

Acadia Animals Have Talent

Saturday February 20, 2016

In this program, Storyteller Hope Lewis shares stories about some of Acadia’s wonderful animals. Spiced with funny true facts, songs and more, this family friendly program pits the animals against each other to “compete” for the title of most talented animal.

One Park – One Read: “Spoonhandle” discussion in Blue Hill

Monday February 22, 2016

Blue Hill Public Library will be participating in One Park – One Read, celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “One Read” is a community event where people throughout the area around Acadia National Park will all read the same books and participate in discussion groups at their local Libraries. Libraries all the way to Bangor, Ellsworth, and Mount Desert Island will participate during the months of February and March for a cozy winter community read.

University of Maine English professor Marge Irvine will lead a discussion of Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore at the Blue Hill Public Library on Monday February 22nd, at 6:00 p.m.

To register for a discussion group check the Library’s website calendar at www.bhpl.net. Multiple copies of all the books will be available at the library for borrowing, and the books will also be available for purchase at Blue Hill Books. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday February 22, 2016 - Monday February 29, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island.

The week of February 22 thru Feb. 29 enjoy watching old Island Update interviews with Mount Desert Restaurant owners. This group will be from 1983 through 1985.
Most of these restaurants have ceased to exist, a very few survive, but they are part of history on Mount Desert Island.

One Park – One Read: The End of Night discussion in Southwest Harbor

The End of Night cover
Tuesday February 23, 2016

As part of Southwest Harbor Public Library’s One Park – One Read program for the Acadia National Park Centennial, retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Paul Haertel and Park Lead Education Ranger Michael Marion will discuss Acadia’s night sky and the beauty, history, and science addressed in book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard on Tuesday evening, February 23, 5:30.

Haertel will discuss the aesthetics of a light pollution-free night sky and his remembrances of looking at night skies as a child in an area that is now filled with artificial light. He will also discuss his experiences working in other national parks and how light pollution has affected their night skies. Haertel will also touch briefly on Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and explain how “spacetime,” a four-dimensional coordinate system which contains three spatial dimensions and one time dimension, helps us understand the universe.

Marion will discuss the importance of understanding the night sky as we know it now in order to protect its future. For example, work is being done to document a baseline of current light pollution in an effort to understand changes over time. Just like fauna and flora, the night sky is a natural resource that needs protection. Marion will demonstrate how to measure light pollution and will show light pollution maps of Mount Desert Island. He will also discuss what Acadia National Park is doing to become a designated Dark Sky Park through the International Dark-Sky Association. This presentation will include inspirational photographs of the galaxy and stunning images of our very own night skies.

Weather permitting, immediately following the program participants will be invited to the ball field at Pemetic Elementary School for some winter star gazing. Marion will point out key constellations, planets, and what to look for in a winter sky.

Copies of The End of Night may be borrowed from the Library or purchased at cost. For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.

Spoonhandle Discussion

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Spoonhandle spent 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, but Ruth Moore is often characterized as a “regional” author. Join Jesup Memorial Library Director Ruth Eveland for a discussion about Moore and to talk about whether the book represents life on a small, insular island or whether it has a much wider perspective.

“The End of Night” Astronomy Program

Thursday February 25, 2016

On Thursday, Feb. 25, join members of the Acadia Astronomical Society for a short film, discussion, and nighttime star gazing (if weather permits). In the book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, Paul Bogard talks about the importance of darkness—what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights.

Acadia Winter Festival

Acadia Winter Festival
Friday February 26, 2016 - Sunday March 06, 2016

Find Your Winter!  The winter festival will celebrate Acadia National Park and offer fun activities to help people discover and explore the natural world in winter.  With two locations over two weeks, and a huge range of events and programs, the festival will offer something for everyone!

Over 10 days at two primary locations, 20 community partners join together and present more than 50 events to celebrate Acadia National Park and the natural world in winter. Authors, craftsmen, and photographers present workshops and lectures—many events offered free to the public. Outdoor activities for the entire family include music, a winter-themed movie, bird tours, outdoor cooking with a dutch oven, ice skating and more. A highlight of the event will be an opportunity to cross country ski or snowshoe with Schoodic Institute President and CEO Mark Berry, and Acadia’s new superintendent Kevin Schneider. Many visitors experience Acadia in the summer, but the national park offers many exciting activities during the winter months.

Co-sponsored by: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and Acadia National Park

See also:
March 2 Events
March 3 Events
March 4 Events
March 5 Events
March 6 Events

One Park – One Read: Screening of Deep Waters

Deep Waters poster
Friday February 26, 2016

As part of One Park – One Read, the Bass Harbor Memorial Library will host a viewing of the 1948 Hollywood movie adaptation of Ruth Moore’s novel, Spoonhandle.

“Small as an Elephant” Mapping Program

Saturday February 27, 2016

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson features Jack, a young boy, whose mother takes off in the middle of the night, leaving him alone in Acadia. Kids, age 12 and older, and adults can join in on Saturday, Feb. 27 for a mapping activity based on Jack’s journey to find his mother.

Winter Birds of Schoodic Field Trip

Saturday February 27, 2016

This Downeast Audubon field trip has become an annual rite of passage for winter birding. Carpooling from Fraser Point, we will follow the Schoodic Park Road, making regular stops to see winter specialties. These may include sea ducks, loons, grebes, Purple Sandpipers, Spruce Grouse, and winter finches. After a warm-up stop at SERC, we will move on to Corea to look for white-winged gulls and Harlequin Ducks.

Acadia Centennial Trek

Saturday February 27, 2016 - Saturday December 31, 2016

Run, hike, or step-count the first-ever 100-mile virtual Acadia Centennial Trek to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary! Registration begins now—you can sign up at any time. The race goes live the day after at least 50 people have registered, and runs through Dec. 31, 2016. People from around the world can participate. How global can we make this Acadia Centennial Trek?

The route starts on Cadillac Mountain and takes you over the park’s 26 peaks on Mount Desert Island, along sections of the Park Loop Road and carriage roads, onto parts of the MDI YMCA’s Acadia Half Marathon and Fall Half Marathon, and ends at the finish line of the MDI Marathon.

Plus, purchase a finisher’s medal featuring the Acadia Centennial logo, to help raise funds for the park!

Learn more about the virtual Acadia Centennial Trek at the sponsor’s blog post: http://acadiaonmymind.com/2016/02/join-virtual-acadia-centennial-trek-celebrate-help-park/

Centennial Trekkers are invited to join the new Acadia National Park Hiking Group on Facebook. Open to everyone, this Facebook group lets veteran and first-time hikers share trail conditions, trip reports, photos, videos and other info. It is also a central place for participants in the 100-mile virtual Acadia Centennial Trek to record their accomplishments, in celebration of Acadia’s 100th anniversary. https://www.facebook.com/groups/acadianationalpark/

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday February 29, 2016 - Monday March 07, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates with six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island.

The Week of Feb. 29 the March 7, enjoy watching old Island Update interviews with Mount Desert Island restaurant owners. This group will be from 1986 thru 1989 from 7 to 9 PM nightly.
At 9 PM “Bernie Hawkes’ Improbable History of Bar Harbor” will air. Bernie was was pretty famous character around these parts and we think you will enjoy his humorous history and tall yarns.

Passion for Acadia – Women’s History Month Art Show

Tuesday March 01, 2016 - Thursday March 31, 2016

In March the library will celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centennial with “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.

Acadia Winter Festival: March 2 events

Acadia Winter Festival
Wednesday March 02, 2016

Kick off the second week of the Acadia Winter Festival at Camp Beech Cliff with a reception to welcome Acadia National Park Superintendent, Kevin Schneider (co-hosted by Friends of Acadia).

View a mixed-media art exhibit curated by Art in Public Spaces. “Winter Works” features art by local artists Judy Taylor, Scott Baltz, Nichole Herz, Jane Yudelman, Hugh Lassen, Katie Noble Churchill, George Soules, Donald Rainville, Mary Hays, Howie Motenko, Michael Rosenstein, Holly Meade, and Cheryl Coffin.

Meanwhile, kid-friendly activities will be offered in the Camp Beech Cliff gymnasium.

The Acadia Winter Festival is co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and the Schoodic Institute.

See also:
March 3 Events
March 4 Events
March 5 Events
March 6 Events

Acadia Winter Festival: March 3 events

Acadia Winter Festival
Thursday March 03, 2016

Festival fun continues on MDI with workshops, hikes and stargazing.

Activities include:
iPhone Photography with George Soules
Introduction to Rug Hooking with Mary Hays
Kids Winter Arts & Crafts with Mike Duffy
Guided Nighttime Owl Prowl
Star-gazing with Acadia Astronomical Society

For more details and registration, visit the Acadia Winter Festival website.

The Acadia Winter Festival is co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and the Schoodic Institute.

See also:
March 2 Events
March 4 Events
March 5 Events
March 6 Events

When Hollywood Came to Vinalhaven: The Making of Deep Waters

Hollywood comes to Vinalhaven
Friday March 04, 2016

As part of One Park – One Read, the Bass Harbor Memorial Library will host a viewing of a documentary about the creation of Deep Waters, a movie based on Ruth Moore’s Spoonhandle.

Acadia Winter Festival: March 4 events

Acadia Winter Festival
Friday March 04, 2016

Join us at Camp Beech Cliff for outdoor zombie tag, a night hike, or indoor climbing. Bring a headlamp and layers. Warm up by the bonfire and join in with the music: guitars welcome. This event replaces “Fire and Ice” skating exhibition due to weather.

Zombies not your style? Enjoy the family indoor climbing instead.

From 5–7 pm a chili and cornbread sale in Eagle’s Nest will benefit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry.

For more details, including pricing and registration, visit the Acadia Winter Festival website. Want to volunteer? Contact BCarrollmtn@gmail.com, 207-358-4634

The Acadia Winter Festival is co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and the Schoodic Institute.

See also:
March 2 Events
March 3 Events
March 5 Events
March 6 Events

Acadia Winter Festival: March 5 events

Winter Boot Bash Poster
Saturday March 05, 2016

No Snow? No problem! You are invited to explore Camp Beech Cliff’s campus to enjoy fun outdoor activites, view a fine art exhibit, and have a cup of cocoa or s’mores.

Put on your winter dancing boots and join the Boot Bash featuring MDI’s first ice bar event presented by Pinnacle Vodka, professional ice sculptures by Subzero, tasting stations with signature bites from 10 MDI restaurants, and dancing to live music by “Just Teachers.”

Signature bites by Beal’s Lobster Pound, Cafe Drydock, The Dockside Inn, Chow Maine, Milk & Honey, Fork & Table, Sips, Raven’s Nest, Havana, Cod

For more details, including pricing and registration, visit the Acadia Winter Festival website. Want to volunteer? Contact BCarrollmtn@gmail.com, 207-358-4634

Saturday Activities include:
Sunrise walk at Acadia
Track Winter Wildlife
Alice in Winterland, performance by the Barn Arts Collective
Ongoing Outdoor Activities at Camp Beech Cliff
Ice Carving Demo
Dog Sledding (no snow required)
Community Yoga
Winter Camping and Backcountry Travel Workshop
Find a Space and Show Your Face
Broom Ball Game
Winter Boot Bash!

Presented by Pinnacle Vodka with major sponsors Wallace Events, LS Robinson Co. Insurance and 54 Herrick Integrative Medicine, Hardy Orthodontics

The Acadia Winter Festival is co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and the Schoodic Institute.

See also:
March 2 Events
March 3 Events
March 4 Events
March 6 Events

Colored Pencil Renderings of Acadia National Park

Saturday March 05, 2016 - Saturday May 07, 2016

An Art Exhibit by Theresa Blaisdell – Colored Pencil Renderings of Acadia National Park

“I started doing art in elementary school when I illustrated a children’s’ book I wrote . . . My father is also an artist, which was an early inspiration for me. I went on to study studio art in the New England School of Art and Design, Southeastern Massachusetts University for Fine Arts and Montserratt College of Art, all in Massachusetts. I belonged to 4 Art Association, also in Massachusetts, and continued my art studies privately.

“I began to pursue my art in earnest, often selling my work, freelancing and exhibiting. Over the years my style has changed but my love for art has only grown deeper.

“My work in this exhibit is Acadia national Park related – colored pencil renderings. I recently visited Acadia National Park, where I took several snapshots of scenes I really loved. I hope you enjoy this showing as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you . . . Thank you – Teresa.”

Acadia Winter Festival: March 6 events

Acadia Winter Festival
Sunday March 06, 2016

Grab your family and friends to enjoy some outdoor fun. Warming areas with free hot chocolate or cider. Lunch for sale by the Common Good Soup Kitchen to benefit their work.

Snowshoe Fun Run has been cancelled, but join us at Camp Beech Cliff for ongoing winter activities instead!

Celebrate the close of the 2016 Acadia Winter Festival 4 pm to 6 pm at Camp Beech Cliff and be a part of history by taking a final group photo with the largest snow sculpture that has ever graced the shores of our fair island.

For more details, including pricing and registration, visit the Acadia Winter Festival website. Want to volunteer? Contact BCarrollmtn@gmail.com, 207-358-4634

Sunday activities include:
Enjoy the Camp Beech Cliff campus
Adventure Archery for Beginners (age 6-10)
Adventure Archery (ages 11+)
Dog Sledding (regardless of snow)
Chair Massages
Shelter Building
Campfire Desserts Workshop
Hay sledding
Broom Ball Game
Closing Ceremony and Group Photo

The Acadia Winter Festival is co-sponsored by Acadia National Park, Camp Beech Cliff, and the Schoodic Institute.

See also:
March 2 Events
March 3 Events
March 4 Events
March 5 Events
March 6 Events

One Park – One Read: “The End of Night” discussion in Blue Hill

Monday March 07, 2016

Blue Hill Public Library will be participating in One Park – One Read, celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “One Read” is a community event where people throughout the area around Acadia National Park will all read the same books and participate in discussion groups at their local Libraries. Libraries all the way to Bangor, Ellsworth, and Mount Desert Island will participate during the months of February and March for a cozy winter community read.

University of Maine English professor Marge Irvine will lead a discussion of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard at the Blue Hill Public Library on Monday March 7th, at 6:00 p.m.

To register for a discussion group check the Library’s website calendar at www.bhpl.net. Multiple copies of all the books will be available at the library for borrowing, and the books will also be available for purchase at Blue Hill Books. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday March 07, 2016 - Monday March 14, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates with six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island. The week of March 7 through the March 14:

7 PM: ” Dancing at the Mill: Two Centuries of Life On Mount Desert Island.”(MDI Historical Society 2011)
8 PM: “The Bar Harbor Movie” ( 1972 COA). 8:30 PM: ” Portrait of and Island ” (Dobbs Productions 1985)
9:15 PM: “In Search of Acadia”(ANP 1979). 9:30 PM: The Southwest Harbor Video (SW. Chamber 1985)

“A Passion for Acadia” Artists’ Reception

Verdant Path by Noelle Ellis
Tuesday March 08, 2016

In March, the Southwest Harbor Public Library will celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centennial with “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.

Meet the artists, neighbors, classmates, and family at a winter gathering of color and celebration. During the reception, local musician and Barn Arts Collective thespian Brittany Parker will perform her musical art exhibit piece along with an assortment of jazz standards. Refreshments will be served.

Image: Verdant Path by Noelle Ellis

Immigrants in the Borderland 1880 to 1920

Thursday March 10, 2016

When a wave of foreign immigrants arrived in Bar Harbor in the early 19th and 20th centuries, many native-born and summer residents had well-established and powerfully-held ideas about foreigners. In time, immigrants overcame long-established prejudice, while locals and summer residents set aside their fears to create a more accepting community. In the current political climate, it is hard to miss the parallels between immigration controversies of today and those of more than a century ago.

Immigrants in the Borderland explores the convergence of cultures on Mount Desert Island in a time when nativism and racism were powerful forces in American society.

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday March 14, 2016 - Monday March 21, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates with six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island. For the week of March 14 – March 21:

7 to 8 PM – The Gift of Acadia (1992) The story of Acadia National Park. Written and narrated by Jack Perkins, produced by Dobbs Productions.
8 to 9 PM – A Sense of Place A Sense of Time (2001). The story of Islesford (Little Cranberry Island). Produced for Friends of Acadia, Island Institute and ANP by Dobbs Productions
9 to 10 PM – Acadia Always (2008). The story of Acadia National Park. Written and narrated by Jack Perkins. Produced by Dobbs Productions

What’s Happening at the Schoodic Education & Research Center?

Alexa Fall
Tuesday March 15, 2016

In March the Southwest Harbor Public Library will celebrate Women’s History Month and the Centennial with “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.

Join the Women Leaders of Acadia National Park and Schoodic Institute, Hannah Webber, Kate Petrie and Alexa Pessano, to find out what is happening at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.  The presentation will focus on the Artist-in-Residence program, education programming and current science and research projects. Hannah Webber is the Schoodic Institute’s Research and Education Project Manager who has been at Schoodic for five years. Kate Petrie is the Education Coordinator, Schoodic District, and she has taught in Acadia for 29 years, specializing in geology and forest ecology. Alexa Pezzano, Director of the Schoodic Education Adventure Program, a graduate of the College of the Atlantic, specializes in marine ecology and outdoor recreation.

Acadia Animals Have Talent

Friday March 18, 2016 - Friday March 18, 2016

This family friendly program brings fun facts and stories about many of Acadia’s animals to the Witherle. As the animals’ many talents are revealed through story, fact and song, the animals “compete” for the title of Most Talented. Crafts will add to the experience provided by storyteller, Hope Lewis.

One Park – One Read: “Small as an Elephant” discussion in Blue Hill

Saturday March 19, 2016

Blue Hill Public Library will be participating in One Park – One Read, celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “One Read” is a community event where people throughout the area around Acadia National Park will all read the same books and participate in discussion groups at their local lLibraries. Libraries all the way to Bangor, Ellsworth, and Mount Desert Island will participate during the months of February and March for a cozy winter community read.

The Blue Hill Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Libby Edwardson, will lead a discussion of Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson—appropriate for children 8 to 12 years old.

To register for a discussion group check the Library’s website calendar at www.bhpl.net. Multiple copies of all the books will be available at the library for borrowing, and the books will also be available for purchase at Blue Hill Books. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday March 21, 2016 - Monday March 28, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates with six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island. For the week of March 21 – March 28:

7 to 9:30 PM – An Evening with Jack Perkins- A compilation of essays written for McNeil/Lehrer News Hour and Great Weekend by Jack spanning 1988 to 1992. These essays were written while Jack & his wife Mary Jo were living on Bar Island. You will enjoy the island flavor. All produced by Dobbs Productions.
9:30 to 10 PM – An Evening with Ruth Moore- A celebration of the poetry of Ruth Moore with Diane Kopek, Sandy Phippen, Dennis Damon & Jackson Gilman. (1992) Produced by Dobbs Productions.

Island Home as Inspiration: Rachel Field, Hortense Flexner, and Robin Clifford Wood

Rachel Field on Sutton Island
Tuesday March 22, 2016

Many artists have fallen under the spell of a particular 120-year old summer home on Sutton Island, one of the Cranberry Isles of Maine.  In this presentation, Robin Clifford Wood will discuss three women who cumulatively inhabited the house for nearly a hundred years:  naturalist Rachel Field, poet Hortense Flexner, and herself.  All three found inspiration for their writing in the craggy, seaside cliffs, the pointed firs, the tolling bell buoys, and the rhythm of the pulsing tides.

This event is part of the Southwest Harbor Public Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month and the Acadia Centennial: “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.

Image: Rachel Field and Spriggin on Sutton Island

Acadia’s Top 10 for Kids

Saturday March 26, 2016

Acadia has lots for you to see and do! Come and hear about park activities in every season that are especially good for children, families and youth groups. Find out ways to explore, learn, and protect our next door national park. Acadia National Park’s Education Coordinator, Cynthia Ocel, will share some of her favorite things to enjoy at the park during this centennial year, including the National Park Service’s Scout Ranger program.

The Acadia Channel celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Monday March 28, 2016 - Monday April 04, 2016

The Acadia Channel celebrates with six weeks of historical programming on cable channel 2 on Mount Desert Island. For the week of March 28 – April 4:

7 to 8 PM – Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood (2015) Written by Gunnar Hansen and produced by Dobbs Productions in association with The Jefferson Davis Grant Foundation.
8 to 8:30 PM – Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder (2012) Written by Gunnar Hansen and produced by Dobbs Productions in association with The Jefferson Davis Grant Foundation.
8:30 to 9:30 PM – Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood (2015)
9:30 to 10 PM – Chummy Rich: Maine Boat Builder (2012)

Painting Acadia and Mount Desert Island with Judy Taylor

Seawall by Judy Taylor
Tuesday March 29, 2016

Artist Judy Taylor will talk and present a slide show on the inspiring and magical places where she paints in Acadia National Park and our island of Mount Desert. The island and its environs have fired the imaginations of artists for generations, Judy among them. Also included will be a discussion on tools, lighting, palette choices, best times of day to paint and some of the other challenges and rewards of painting and teaching in a beautiful environment.

This event is part of the Southwest Harbor Public Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month and the Acadia Centennial: “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focusing on art, women, and Acadia.

Image: Seawall by Judy Taylor

Talk on the Centennial of Acadia National Park and of the National Park Service

Thursday March 31, 2016

Acadia National Park was recognized for its exceptional beauty, its power to inspire and as a recreational mecca when it was conserved 100 years ago. In honor of its centennial and that of the National Park service as well, Ken Olson will present the history of the park and the park service and provide information about centennial events. Ken is the past President and CEO of Friends of Acadia as well as other outdoor and environmental organizations. He was publisher and editor of AMC’s guidebooks and has been a hut master and general manager for AMC’s many remote huts.

*Free and the public is welcome!

Registration is not required. However, you may wish to contact us if you have any questions.

Call for Artists – Artworks of Acadia National Park

Hammond Hall
Friday April 01, 2016 - Sunday May 15, 2016

A “call for artists” – we are accepting submissions in all media, for an exhibit of artworks of Acadia National Park by local artists.

The exhibition will be held June 1 – July 1, 2016. See website for how to submit your work.

Book Launch Party for Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr

Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
Thursday April 07, 2016

Although he is known as the “Father of Acadia” and a founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, George Bucknam Dorr’s seminal contributions to the American environmental movement have gone largely unacknowledged. Even today, those who live in or visit the coastal Maine communities surrounding Acadia National Park do not fully realize the scope of his achievements. This biography is the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the establishment and development of a unique conservation model that dovetailed with the evolution of the US National Park Service—which shares its 2016 centennial with Acadia.

Join author Ronald Epp and publisher Friends of Acadia at the Jesup Memorial Library to help celebrate the launch of this important book and celebrate George Dorr’s many contributions to the coastal Maine communities and landscapes of Acadia National Park.

Lego Day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

Saturday April 09, 2016

Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of cars and motorcycles built at the time of Acadia National Park’s birth, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum’s Lego® brand blocks. This is also an opportunity to preview the new choose-your-own adventure exhibit Auto Wars: Then and Now, which explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago, before the Auto Museum opens for the season in May.

See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

Coyote ~ America’s Songdog Sings in Acadia National Park

Saturday April 09, 2016 - Saturday April 09, 2016

Come join us on a journey through history to discover who Coyotes, America’s Wild Dogs, really are. Find out about Coyotes’ ancient connections to the past, their relationships of respect shared with our Natives Peoples, and what happened when the Europeans arrived. And discover what all that howling and yipping is all about as you hear them in the evening, expressing in their wild voices their complex and close social bonds with each other. The howls of the wolves were silenced in Acadia National Park for over 150 years…..and then our Eastern Coyotes came to fill that emptiness. Now there is Song in our National Park once more. Presented by Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist

Maine Woods Forever April Roundtable

Friday April 15, 2016

Maine Woods Forever is delighted to announce our April 15 roundtable at Unity College. This will be a red-letter day thanks to our keynote speaker, Dr. Abraham Miller-Rushing, the Science Coordinator for Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Education and Research Center. His timely topic: Climate Change and Acadia National Park.

This roundtable is our way of partnering in Acadia’s Centennial Celebration, which also marks the 100th anniversary of our national park system. Unity College, our roundtable collaborator for the second year, is co-sponsor of this event. We will also bestow, for the second year, Maine Woods Forever’s Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award.

Watch for more details, agenda, and directions as April 15 nears.

Acadia Centennial Quest

2016 Acadia Centennial Quest
Saturday April 16, 2016 - Saturday November 12, 2016

Acadia Quest is a series of youth- and family-oriented activities in Acadia National Park, co-sponsored by Friends of Acadia, that encourage kids, teens, and their families to explore, learn, and protect national parks and other conserved lands. Acadia Quest is an experiential scavenger hunt: when your family/team registers for the Quest, you’ll get a list of experiences to “collect” in Acadia. Pick enough activities to fulfill the Quest requirements, complete them on your team’s own schedule, and send in your documentation to compete for prizes!

The 2016 Acadia Centennial Quest will focus on Acadia’s 100-year history and activities that explore its past. The Quest runs from April through November.

Sierra Club Outings: Hike Acadia

Sunday April 17, 2016

Join us for an easy hike along the shore from Great Head to Otter Point. Beautiful views and iconic locations including Great Head, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliff. Enjoy Acadia before the crowds!

ARROW Retreat

Monday April 18, 2016 - Thursday April 21, 2016

Calling all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students as well as homeschoolers from MDI, Trenton, and the outer islands!

Island Readers & Writers is proud to host the fourth annual ARROW Retreat from April 18 to 21 at the VIS Building in Town Hill.

Join authors Gary Schmidt and Carl Little, Maine artist Rebekah Raye, Abbe Museum educator George Neptune, and a park ranger from Acadia National Park for four half-days of creative expression and outdoor exploration. The program is free, but registration is required.

Be ready to explore the history of the Wabanaki people, the first to enjoy the beauty and abundance of the island’s natural resources, as well as the importance of The Champlain Society, a group of early visitors that were committed to studying the natural world. Newbery Honor author Gary Schmidt will facilitate writing workshops and Rebekah Raye, known for her ability to bring out the artist in everyone, will lead art workshops.

Each day begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. except Wednesday, when an open studio and reception will wrap up at 5:30.

ARROW stands for Art, Reading, Reflection, Observation and Writing, as the retreat aims to help young storytellers and artists hone their craft under the guidance of expert facilitators each year. Island Readers & Writers is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal and inland islands.

Registration begins March 28. Please visit islandreadersandwriters.org to register and learn more!

Assembling the Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Peninsula Geology Puzzle

Blue Hill Hertiage Trust / Downeast Audubon
Tuesday April 19, 2016

This lecture is the first in a three-part series that Downeast Audubon, in partnership with Blue Hill Heritage Trust, are sponsoring to focus on the Acadia National Park Centennial. For the first lecture, Ruth and Duane Braun, established geologists of the region, will discuss the global tectonics history of the area, how MDI was put together, and how glaciations sculpted the present landscape around us. Ruth and Duane have co-authored a new book, The Geologic Guide to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, to be published in June 2016.

There will be a reception at 6:30 and the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Also in the lecture series:

April 21: Jack Russell – Acadian Passages: Perspectives on the History of Our Park
April 26: Seth Benz – Acadia’s Wildlife: A Field Report for the 21st Century

For more information, see the  Spring DEA newsletter at http://www.downeastaudubon.org/ or http://www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/

Acadian Passages: Perspectives on the History of Our Park

Blue Hill Hertiage Trust / Downeast Audubon
Thursday April 21, 2016

This lecture is the second in a three-part series that Downeast Audubon, in partnership with Blue Hill Heritage Trust are sponsoring to focus on the Acadia National Park Centennial. Jack Russell will share his life long connection to Mount Desert and the Park. Born on the island and having survived the 1947 fire, Jack has a great understanding of the origins of Acadia, in what ways it has influenced land conservation and how it has enriched our communities. Currently, he is co-chair of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

There will be a reception at 6:30 and the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Also in the lecture series:

April 19: Ruth and Duane Braun – Assembling the Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Peninsula Geology Puzzle
April 26: Seth Benz – Acadia’s Wildlife: A Field Report for the 21st Century

For more information, see the  Spring DEA newsletter at http://www.downeastaudubon.org/ or http://www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/

Acadia’s Wildlife: A Field Report for the 21st Century

Blue Hill Hertiage Trust / Downeast Audubon
Tuesday April 26, 2016

This lecture is the third lecture in a three-part series that Downeast Audubon, in partnership with Blue Hill Heritage Trust are sponsoring to focus on the Acadia National Park Centennial. Seth Benz has been a former interpretive ranger for ANP and now engages people of all ages in Citizen Science. Currently, he is the director of the Bird Ecology Lab at Schoodic Institute. His slide presentation will present a perspective on the wildlife of Acadia as the park celebrates its 100th anniversary, and give a glimpse into the future, particularly about the anticipated changes with birdlife.

There will be a reception at 6:30 and the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Also in the lecture series:

April 19: Ruth and Duane Braun – Assembling the Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Peninsula Geology Puzzle
April 21: Jack Russell – Acadian Passages: Perspectives on the History of Our Park

People of the First Light VIP opening reception at the Abbe Museum

Saturday April 30, 2016

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.

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new, permanent exhibit, occupies 2,100 square feet of the Museum’s main gallery. In the center of the exhibit, a 20-foot sculptural ash tree offers a place to sit, reflect, and listen to Wabanaki stories and music.

While the exhibit is considered permanent (15-20-year cycle), it has been constructed so that topics can be easily updated to reflect changing events, and the evolving conversations with Wabanaki advisors will guide updates as needed. You will find your experience relevant and engaging each time you visit People of the First Light!

Such a momentous exhibit deserves a momentous opening, complete with delicious food, extraordinary performances, and a champagne toast. This VIP reception is invite only, and you may request an invitation by emailing heather@abbemuseum.org.

National Junior Ranger Day: Mount Desert Island

Saturday April 30, 2016

Families with children of all ages will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day, hosted outside at Camp Beech Cliff. Try your hand at tracking animals, creating outdoor art, and enjoy over a dozen other activities. Kids can earn a special badge at this debut of the Centennial Junior Ranger program. Help launch Friends of Acadia’s Centennial Quest, a multi-day experiential scavenger hunt in the park featuring activities designed for families to complete on their own schedule.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come prepared for rain or shine. Picnics are welcome; hot dogs and s’mores will be provided. Remember to bring your reusable water bottles! Carpooling is encouraged.
Opening ceremony by the MDES (Mount Desert Elementary School) Middle School Chorus.

“Auto Wars” Exhibit Opening

Sunday May 01, 2016

Help us celebrate the opening of a new season and a new exhibit, Auto Wars: Then & Now – forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit.

See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

People of the First Light Exhibit at the Abbe Museum

Sunday May 01, 2016 - Saturday December 31, 2016

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.

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new, permanent exhibit, will occupy 2,100 square feet of the Museum’s main gallery. In the center of the exhibit, a 20-foot sculptural ash tree will offer a place to sit, reflect, and listen to Wabanaki stories and music.

People of the First Light will use design and content to bring you into the Wabanaki universe. The cyclical nature of time will be strongly reflected in the design of the exhibit, and time depth will be presented in a non-linear pattern.

While the exhibit is considered permanent (15-20-year cycle), it will be constructed so that topics can be easily updated to reflect changing events, and the evolving conversations with Wabanaki advisors will guide updates as needed. The exhibit also includes a brief history of the Museum’s founding and its close relationship to the founding of Acadia National Park.

You will find your experience relevant and engaging each time you visit People of the First Light!

The Museum will be closed through the end of April 2016 while we build and install this new core exhibit.

Summer Hours:
May 1 through October 31, 2016
Open Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Hours:
November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017
Thursday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Please call or visit our website for ticketing information.

Sneak peek! View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Free Admission on Opening Day at the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Sunday May 01, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors on Sunday, May 1st. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays–Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown Museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Impressions of Acadia – Hooked Rug Art Show

Sieur de Monts Rug
Monday May 02, 2016 - Tuesday May 31, 2016

During the month of May, the Southwest Harbor Public Library will host an exhibit of hooked rugs by the Hancock County Hookers. In honor of the park’s 100th anniversary, rug hookers from across our county have joined together to create work based on the theme “Impressions of Acadia.”

Rug hooking has long been a traditional craft of Downeast Maine. Years ago, many local women hooked rugs for their own homes. They could also make a little extra money by selling their rugs. Many of these rugs were not only functional, but were works of art in themselves. Today, there are many rug hookers in Hancock County, carrying on this traditional craft, designing and hooking beautiful rugs. For this exhibit, they have created work that displays their connection to and feelings about Acadia National Park.

Birds of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island, offered by Margot and Paul Haertel

Acadia Senior College
Monday May 02, 2016

To celebrate Acadia’s 100th anniversary, the focus of this class will be on birds that inhabit the forests, marshes, beaches, and mountains in Acadia National Park. The first class will meet indoors for a brief introduction and a local bird walk. The other three classes will be field trips, including one to the Schoodic area of ANP.

An Acadia Senior College Spring Term course.

“Life at the Schoodic Navy Base” talk

Gouldsboro Historical Society
Monday May 02, 2016

“Life at the Schoodic Navy Base, 1935-2002” —the facility that ushered in a new era at Acadia National Park at Schoodic.
A slide talk by David Phaneuf, LT CDR USN (ret.) a former cryptographer at the base and compiler of “Winter Harbor’s Naval History.”

Refreshments will follow.

Print the Park

ArtWaves
Thursday May 05, 2016

Learn to create your own Acadia National Park cards through fine art printmaking. You will learn a variety of print making techniques. Everything is included to make your own printed postcard.

Family Sessions: 2:00-5:00 PM
Members parent and child team $45,
Nonmembers parent and child team $55

Adult Sessions: 6:00-9:00 PM
Member Single Adult $30
Nonmember single adult $40.

Bagaduce Chorale: Eternal Sky Centennial Ride Concert

Friday May 06, 2016

In partnership with the Acadia National Park Centennial, a program of contemporary choral music celebrating the natural world around us, our connection to it, and the eternal journey thru love, loss, and rebirth that is life. Featuring the world premiere of “Parks and Ponds” by MDI native Francis Snyder. This remarkable five-movement composition features lyric by Ralph Waldo Emerson and will be performed simultaneously with a live-scored film by Bronwyn Kortge and Jeff Zaman that traces bike journeys on the Carriage Trails of Acadia National Park. The program will also feature works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Gwenyth Walker, and Dolly Parton.

Performances will be at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle on Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM and Saturday, May 7 @ 3:00PM and the following weekend at MDI High School on Mount Desert Island on Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30PM and on Friday, May 13 @ 7:30PM

All performances are general admission, suggested donation $15, students free. Doors open one hour before the show.

Acadia Choral Society Concert

Saturday May 07, 2016

On May 7 at 7 p.m., and May 8 at 3 p.m., the Acadia Choral Society will present a nature-themed concert featuring a commissioned work by renowned composer George Emlen, who has strong family and musical ties to Acadia.

Bagaduce Chorale: Eternal Sky Centennial Ride Concert

Saturday May 07, 2016

In partnership with the Acadia National Park Centennial, a program of contemporary choral music celebrating the natural world around us, our connection to it, and the eternal journey thru love, loss, and rebirth that is life. Featuring the world premiere of “Parks and Ponds” by MDI native Francis Snyder. This remarkable five-movement composition features lyric by Ralph Waldo Emerson and will be performed simultaneously with a live-scored film by Bronwyn Kortge and Jeff Zaman that traces bike journeys on the Carriage Trails of Acadia National Park. The program will also feature works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Gwenyth Walker, and Dolly Parton.

Performances will be at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle on Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM and Saturday, May 7 @ 3:00PM and the following weekend at MDI High School on Mount Desert Island on Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30PM and on Friday, May 13 @ 7:30PM

All performances are general admission, suggested donation $15, students free. Doors open one hour before the show.

Acadia Choral Society Concert

Sunday May 08, 2016

On May 7 at 7 p.m., and May 8 at 3 p.m., the Acadia Choral Society will present a nature-themed concert featuring a commissioned work by renowned composer George Emlen, who has strong family and musical ties to Acadia.

“Stars Over Acadia for 100 Years”

Monday May 09, 2016

STARS…STARS…STARS… “Stars Over Acadia for 100 Years”

Paper artist Sherry Rasmussen will teach the two stars on the right in the photo. They can be used for earrings, ornaments, package decorations and more.

Call 207-288-9428 for information or to register. The workshops are limited to 10 people so be sure to register.

There will be other workshops at the ART on West Gallery during the summer and fall including “wet-folding” STARS, creating “paste-papers” featuring the colors of Acadia, and German folded & woven STARS.

We are having a fun, artful year during Acadia’s Birthday!

Bagaduce Chorale: Eternal Sky Centennial Ride Concert

Thursday May 12, 2016

In partnership with the Acadia National Park Centennial, a program of contemporary choral music celebrating the natural world around us, our connection to it, and the eternal journey thru love, loss, and rebirth that is life. Featuring the world premiere of “Parks and Ponds” by MDI native Francis Snyder. This remarkable five-movement composition features lyric by Ralph Waldo Emerson and will be performed simultaneously with a live-scored film by Bronwyn Kortge and Jeff Zaman that traces bike journeys on the Carriage Trails of Acadia National Park. The program will also feature works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Gwenyth Walker, and Dolly Parton.

Performances will be at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle on Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM and Saturday, May 7 @ 3:00PM and the following weekend at MDI High School on Mount Desert Island on Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30PM and on Friday, May 13 @ 7:30PM

All performances are general admission, suggested donation $15, students free. Doors open one hour before the show.

Bagaduce Chorale: Eternal Sky Centennial Ride Concert

Friday May 13, 2016

In partnership with the Acadia National Park Centennial, a program of contemporary choral music celebrating the natural world around us, our connection to it, and the eternal journey thru love, loss, and rebirth that is life. Featuring the world premiere of “Parks and Ponds” by MDI native Francis Snyder. This remarkable five-movement composition features lyric by Ralph Waldo Emerson and will be performed simultaneously with a live-scored film by Bronwyn Kortge and Jeff Zaman that traces bike journeys on the Carriage Trails of Acadia National Park. The program will also feature works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson, Gwenyth Walker, and Dolly Parton.

Performances will be at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle on Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM and Saturday, May 7 @ 3:00PM and the following weekend at MDI High School on Mount Desert Island on Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30PM and on Friday, May 13 @ 7:30PM

All performances are general admission, suggested donation $15, students free. Doors open one hour before the show.

Birding at Acadia National Park with the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Saturday May 14, 2016

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is honored to be an Acadia Centennial Partner and pleased to celebrate Acadia National Park’s 100-year anniversary with a bird walk in the park on Saturday, May 14—International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). IMBD is a great day to celebrate the beauty and importance of birds, and Maine is a hotspot for many bird species.

Join Jeff and Allison Wells for a morning of birding in Acadia National Park, a great place to see birds among the beauty of Maine’s coast. Both lifelong birders and coauthors of Maine’s Favorite Birds, Allison is NRCM’s senior director of public affairs and Jeff is senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative and a Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

We’ll begin by scanning for lingering Black, White-winged, and Surf scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Horned Grebes, and other seabirds that have not yet returned north to their Canadian breeding grounds. We’ll check the nearby area for newly arrived warblers and other songbirds. Then we’ll move on to nearby hiking trails to listen for the rollicking song of Winter Wren and search for the brilliant orange-throated Blackburnian Warbler, the yellow-faced Black-throated Green Warbler, and, with luck, the amazing White-winged Crossbill. With decent weather we should be able to see dozens of bird species as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day together.

We’ll plan on finishing by 11:00–11:30, in time for you to enjoy a picnic lunch on your own or a warm meal at a local eatery.

What to bring: binoculars, birding scope if you have one (or you can share ours), water bottle, snacks if you want. Space is limited. Reserve your spot at www.nrcm.kintera.org/birdacadia.

Birding the Gardens of MDI

Saturday May 14, 2016

A Migratory Bird Day celebration of Asticou & Thuya gardens—join us on this day set aside for “our” migrant birds and come to the gardens of the Land & Garden Preserve: Thuya and Asticou. Along with the plantings, we will hope to see a variety of arriving and passing-through warblers, flycatchers, and other migrants.

National Junior Ranger Day and International Migratory Bird Day: Schoodic

Saturday May 14, 2016

Celebrate spring from with a field day full of family activities and events. This Junior Ranger Day will be paired with International Bird Day and is geared towards children ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. Come prepared for rain or shine!

Start at the ball field on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Winter Harbor. Free. Explore the forest, learn about woodland and wetland animals, try your hand as a firefighter, enjoy art activities and games. Celebrate Acadia’s Centennial!

This event is cosponsored by Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park. Call for more information.

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday May 15, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

Hear, Here! An Evening of Science and Story – Tales from Acadia National Park and Beyond

Tuesday May 17, 2016

True stories of the accidents, fortunes, lucky breaks, grueling tasks, and surprising breakthroughs experienced in and around America’s national parks. Among the storytellers at this Acadia Centennial event will be researchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyday people who’ve experienced the incredible opportunities for inspiration that national parks have to offer. Participants can expect a robust conversation with audience members, who will be invited to respond and share their own unique stories. “Hear, Here!” is sponsored by College of the Atlantic in partnership with iSWOOP (Interpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks), and coincides with a nation-wide launch of science communications efforts in national parks.

Book Launch with Catherine Schmitt, author of Historic Acadia National Park

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Join us at Northeast Harbor Library to celebrate the release of Catherine Schmitt’s new book, Historic Acadia National Park: The Stories Behind One of the America’s Great Treasures. This event is presented by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society and the Northeast Harbor Library.

TEDxDirigo

Ebb + Flow TedX Dirigo
Friday May 20, 2016 - Sunday May 22, 2016

TEDxDirigo, Maine’s most successful conference dedicated to innovation and creativity in the state, is headed to Bar Harbor. Celebrating Acadia National Park and the National Park System’s 100th anniversary, TEDxDirigo will present *Ebb & Flow* on May 21, 2016.

This very special event is produced in partnership and with support from the Treehouse Institute, Abbe Museum, Chamber of Commerce, College of the Atlantic, Criterion Theater, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Jackson Laboratory, Friends of Acadia, and others.

TEDxDirigo Ebb & Flow will explore **how human communities have shaped the form and history of the Mount Desert Island and vice versa** ****as Acadia National Park and the National Park system as a whole turn 100. **We will hear from scientists, artists, writers, adventurers, and more. **

TEDxDirigo Ebb & Flow will feature

* exceptional live speakers and performances,
* an oceanfront party

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paige Brown
  • Alyne Cistone
  • Diver Ed
  • Will Greene
  • Dr. Karen James
  • Gus LaCasse
  • Dr. Ming Kuo
  • Linda Robinson
  • Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert
  • Dr. Nadia Rosenthal
  • Kyle Shank
  • David Shaw
  • Dr. Bob Steneck

Audience members can also sign up for exclusive adventures over the weekend including

* special tours of the island’s cutting edge research centers,
* museums, and
* Acadia National Park itself.

Register now at https://www.tedxdirigo.com/register/

Bed and Breakfast Open House 2016

Sunday May 22, 2016

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island hosted the very Rusticators who conceived the idea of Acadia National Park in the Late 1800s and early 1900s. Bar Harbor as a resort was born and families of wealth and prominence built summer homes here within easy access of the rugged terrain of Mount Desert Island that they ultimately desired to protect for the future. Bar Harbor’s Bed & Breakfasts have enabled these historic properties to be maintained, and we’d like to invite you to enjoy them in 2016.

The Members of the Bar Harbor Bed & Breakfast Association invite you to tour our outstanding small inns for an Open House this Spring.

Participating B&Bs will open their doors on Sunday May 22 from 12:00-3:00pm.
Click here for a map showing the B&Bs participating in the Open House

Participants include:
Annes White Columns Inn (www.anneswhitecolumns.com)
Atlantean Cottage B&B (www.atlanteancottage.com)
Aysgarth Station B&B (www.aysgarth.com)
Bass Cottage Inn (www.basscottage.com
Cleftstone Manor (www.cleftstone.com)
Graycote Inn (www.graycoteinn.com)
Hearthside Inn (www.hearthsideinn.com)
Heathwood Inn & Suites (www.heathwoodinn.com)
Holbrook House (www.holbrookhouse.com)
Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B (www.saltairinn.com)

More information about this event is on Facebook. Tour Maps will also be available at Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Downtown Visitor Center on the Corner of Cottage and Main Street.

“One-Minute Hikes in Acadia National Park” – with Aislinn Sarnacki

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Over the past four years, Bangor Daily News reporter Aislinn Sarnacki has explored hiking locations throughout Maine, including many of the trails in Acadia National Park. Hiking solo or with companions, she has visited the park during every season and has documented a wide variety of Acadia trails—from the easy nature trails of Ship Harbor and Wonderland to the most technical trail of the park, the Precipice—sharing her experiences with others through her “1-minute hike” newspaper column and blog video series. Join Aislinn as she shares her favorite experiences in Acadia and imparts a few lessons she learned along the way.

Her blog, “Act Out with Aislinn,” can be found at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.

Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring

Friday May 27, 2016 - Monday October 10, 2016

Take a trip to the original Abbe Museum, located trailside in Acadia National Park since 1928. The exhibits are intriguing and the natural surroundings are inspiring. Open daily mid-May through October from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928. The Museum is named for its founder, Dr. Robert Abbe (1851-1928), an eminent New York physician known for his pioneering use of radiation therapy. A beloved summer resident of Bar Harbor, during the 1920s, Dr. Abbe assembled a collection of early Native American artifacts found in the Frenchman Bay area. He persuaded others with similar collections to join him in establishing a museum that would protect these objects and display them for public education and enjoyment.

Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Museum opened as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park) on August 14, 1928. It was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Abbe, who had died in March.

Artists and Poets Unite!

ArtWaves
Saturday May 28, 2016

Using each others’ works as inspiration, poets and artists join together to create their next piece. See and hear the fruits of an Acadia National Park-themed collaboration.

Island Quilters Quilt Show

Saturday May 28, 2016

Island Quilters’ annual show will features 20+ challenge quilt projects, created to answer the question What does Acadia National Park mean to you? There will be other quilts on display too! Admission is $3.00 and you will receive a quilted potholder as a souvenir.

Children’s Tea and Popovers

Saturday May 28, 2016

The Bangor Public Library’s Youth Services Department will hold a Tea and Popover event for children in honor of Acadia National Park’s Centennial.  After the Tea, the Library will have microscopes for children to examine the types of nature native to the park.

Registration is required; please register by calling 947-8336 Ext # 111

Free Admission to the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Monday May 30, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening Day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays–Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate-controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Discover the Islands of Acadia – Narrated ferry ride from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tuesday May 31, 2016 - Thursday October 06, 2016

Ever wondered which islands within Frenchman Bay are a part of Acadia National Park? Join us aboard the Schoodic Ferry on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 31 through October 6 as we explore the history of how and when islands within Frenchman Bay came to join this national treasure, and what the preservation of those habitats has meant for the Frenchman Bay ecosystem.

The Schoodic Ferry connects passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets to the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park in an experience that may become the highlight of your vacation. Relax as you cruise between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, unconcerned about traffic or parking during your 45-minute ferry ride. Encounter a lobsterman hauling traps, greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, assist a working scientist in discovering more about the health of Frenchman Bay, or simply enjoy another new adventure in Acadia.

The ferry departs from Winter Harbor at 11:15 a.m. and from Bar Harbor at 12:25 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 one-way or $25.00 round trip. Bicycles and pets ride free. For tickets and reservations, please visit www.schoodicferry.com or call 207-944-7379.

Come ride the friendly yellow ferry!

Discover the Islands of Acadia – Narrated ferry ride from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tuesday May 31, 2016 - Thursday October 06, 2016

Ever wondered which islands within Frenchman Bay are a part of Acadia National Park? Join us aboard the Schoodic Ferry on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 31 – October 6, as we explore the history of how and when islands within Frenchman Bay came to join this national treasure, and what the preservation of those habitats has meant for the Frenchman Bay ecosystem.

The Schoodic Ferry connects passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets to the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park in an experience that may become the highlight of your vacation. Relax as you cruise between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, unconcerned about traffic or parking during your 45-minute ferry ride. Encounter a lobsterman hauling traps, greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, assist a working scientist in discovering more about the health of Frenchman Bay, or simply enjoy another new adventure in Acadia.

The ferry departs from Winter Harbor at 11:15 a.m. and from Bar Harbor at 12:25 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 one-way or $25.00 round trip. Bicycles and pets ride free. For tickets and reservations, please visit www.schoodicferry.com or call 207-944-7379.

Come ride the friendly yellow ferry!

Print and Sip Like The Masters

ArtWaves
Wednesday June 01, 2016

Transcribe 19th century paintings of Mount Desert Island by Church and Cole. All materials provided to create and take home your own 9×12 historical painting. (21+)
Members $35
Nonmembers $45

Acadia Centennial Group Exhibit

Hammond Hall
Wednesday June 01, 2016 - Thursday June 30, 2016

During the month of June, 2016, Schoodic Arts for All presents works from local artists in a juried art show. Artworks will range in media and feature the beauty of Acadia.

Artist events are being planned. Public is welcome!

 

From Frogs and Flowers to the Forests and the Sea: What We Love about Acadia Art Exhibit

Wednesday June 01, 2016 - Sunday July 31, 2016

Bar Harbor Savings and Loan presents “From Frogs and Flowers to the Forests and the Sea; what we love about Acadia” featuring the works of artists Rocky Mann, Carol Shutt, Tammy Packie, Rob Packie, Kathe McDonald, Nicole Herz, Michael Rosenstein, Howie Motenko, Brenda Beckett, Cathy Rees, Kaitlyn Metcalf, and Meri Fox-Szauter .

These artists work in various mediums including quilting, photography, painting, ceramics, drawing, and printmaking all showcasing the beauty, wonder, and unique qualities that make Acadia National Park special to all of us.

The art show is curated by Nicole Herz. Any questions please email nicole.herz@gmail.com

Acadia Centennial Trek meet-up

Wednesday June 01, 2016

A chance for participants in the virtual 100-mile Acadia Centennial Trek to meet, and hear inspirational words from Gary Allen, founder of the MDI Marathon, and Acadia National Park Ranger Maureen Fournier, who wrote the foreword to Ronald Epp’s George B. Dorr biography. The year-long free race to celebrate Acadia’s trails has drawn participants from around the world, and this is the first chance for some of them to meet. Informal medal ceremony, with optional finisher’s medal available for purchase online to help raise funds for Acadia.

RSVP on Facebook or at acadiaonmymind@gmail.com. RSVPs limited to 25; attendees pay for own drinks and food.

Print the Park

ArtWaves
Thursday June 02, 2016

Learn to create your own Acadia National Park cards through fine art printmaking. You will learn a variety of print making techniques. Everything is included to make your own printed postcard.

Family Sessions: 2:00-5:00 PM
Members parent and child team $45,
Nonmembers parent and child team $55

Adult Sessions: 6:00-9:00 PM
Member Single Adult $30
Nonmember single adult $40

Acadia Birding Festival

Thursday June 02, 2016 - Sunday June 05, 2016

Find your BIRDS! Experience the birding wonders of Acadia National Park, from boreal to ocean—warblers, puffins, and more. Celebrate the Acadia Centennial during this 4-day festival by joining other birders on field trips, pelagic trips, canoe trips, talks, social events, and evening presentations. You will be amazed with the variety of birds in our very own park!

The Acadia Birding Festival is a pay-per-event and requires preregistration online. Please visit www.acadiabirdingfestival.com for more information and registration, or email beckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com.

ART Walk Bar Harbor Celebrates ACADIA

Art Walk Tonight
Friday June 03, 2016

June 3 welcomes the start of First Friday Art Walks in downtown Bar Harbor with a special salute to Acadia National Park in the centennial year. The dynamic gala showcases a wide variety of fine art and craft, with special performance events including theatre or music at locations throughout the town. See traditional and contemporary art, much of the work by local artists, including wall art, sculpture, glass, pottery, jewelry and fiber arts. Stroll downtown Bar Harbor to meet an array of creative and talented people.

Pick up your walking map at the Chamber of Commerce, most lodging establishments, at the galleries and other participating venues. A map can also be printed from http://www.artwalkbarharbor.com. Pick up a map, enjoy the art and celebrate the park!

Participating venues:

A Little Mad
Anne Woodman, The Shop
Argosy Gallery
Argosy II
Art On West
Choco-latte
Criterion Theatre
D’Alessio Gallery
Eclipse Gallery
Hush
Island Artisans
Jesup Memorial Library
Katahdin Photo Gallery
Massage Bar Harbor & Body Shop
Queen Anne’s Flower Shop/Evergreen Pottery
Sagegrass
Simply Natural
Spruce & Gussy

The Centennial Show

ArtWaves
Friday June 03, 2016

Presenting one hundred local pieces of art highlighting Acadia National Park.

Abbe Open House and Annual Meeting

Friday June 03, 2016 - Friday June 03, 2016

Stop by the Abbe Museum to check out our brand new core exhibit, People of the First Light! There will also be an overview of what the Abbe’s been up to, as well as yummy snacks and beverages. All are welcome!

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown Museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

“Summer Visitor” – a Centennial Work of ART

Friday June 03, 2016

ART on West opens its First Friday ART Walk season with watercolorist Ivan Rasmussen showing his Acadia National Park Centennial painting “Summer Visitor” in a limited edition of fine art prints to benefit Friends of Acadia. Meet the long time Bar Harbor resident and see his most recent Acadia work.

ART on West is proud to announce that it will celebrate Acadia’s 100th year all summer long. Each of the gallery’s First Friday ART Walks will celebrate the centennial and the fine artists who discover inspiration in one of America’s favorite destinations.

 

“New Views” of Acadia – Aluminum Monoprint Editions

Friday June 03, 2016

Inspired by historical tin-type techniques and the maritime traditions of the Acadia region, Local artist Stan Mason has developed a handwork-intensive set of aged aluminum monoprints. Come see these ethereal pieces and chat with Stan about his inspiration and process.

At the Edge of Expressionism

Friday June 03, 2016 - Sunday June 26, 2016

This two-location show featuring the work of Jana Matusz and Nathan M. Ward will open during Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walk. Representing the modernist edge of a classical gallery collection, both artists call Acadia their most defining inspiration. In addition to travels, teaching, and honors across New England and Europe, Boston-based Matusz has been awarded seven prestigious Maine artist residencies, including several at Acadia National Park. Ward, a native son of Mt. Desert Island, has been inspired from his youth by the surrounding park. His imaginative work is informed by the boating and fishing community of his family and friends. Both Matusz and Ward revel in color, drama, and lively brushwork.

100 Candles!

Friday June 03, 2016 - Friday June 03, 2016

100 Candles!

D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., will begin its Bar Harbor First Friday Art Walk season Celebrating Acadia’s Centennial showcasing local artist Russell D’Alessio’s paintings, collage, & drawings.

Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island and its natural beauty have been the inspiration and root cause of his works for over 40 years.

These latest pieces bridge the gap of time entwining today’s technology with traditional media’s. Be sure to stop by the gallery for our centennial celebration! Light fare (and cake) served.

Floral Arrangements & Pottery Inspired by Acadia

Friday June 03, 2016

At Queen Annes Flower Shop and Evergreen Pottery, across from the Village Green, owners Scott and Mo make all of the pottery. They say, “Our pottery captures the shape of the mountains and shells. Our glazes capture the blue of the sea, the green trees and the purples of the mountain rocks. We often use the nature around us in our work. We use shells and ferns to impress in clay. Our floral shop works with local flora and fauna found near Acadia. Of course, Acadia National Park also makes the best backdrop for any wedding!”

As part of the ART Walk Bar Harbor June First Friday event, don’t miss our wheel throwing and floral demonstrations from 6 to 9 pm.

Magical Acadia meets The Hidden World of Eloise…

Friday June 03, 2016

Come one, come many, come all! A LITTLE MAD begins the first Art Walk of 2016 featuring the fantastically curious art of Hidden Eloise. In the center of this collection of art is the highlight, a unique work that puts the main character featured in all the artwork, within the magical landscape of Acadia. As she looks at the porcupine island filled horizon, suitcase in hand the trees whisper the title of the work; “Nowhere to go but forward…An Adventure!”

A LITTLE MAD features unique & unusual handmade items that will surprise & inspire. Please join us!

Art Walk with Photographer Nate Parker

ART Walk Bar Harbor logo
Friday June 03, 2016

Local photographer Nate Parker takes inspiration from many of the great landscape photographers, including Ansel Adams, and produces stunning images of Acadia National Park and coastal Maine, in both color and black and white. Join us to meet Nate and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and Nate’s work in a variety of formats.

National Trails Day in Acadia

Friends of Acadia
Saturday June 04, 2016

Discover, enjoy, and care for Acadia’s magnificent 130-mile trail system and FOA-sponsored Village Connector Trails and community trails, accompanied by park trail crew and interpretive staff members.

Look for an extra-special event for National Trail’s Day in 2016 during the Acadia Centennial. Acadia National Park Poet Laureate and Trail Crew member Christian Barter will give a short reading and speak on the connection between trailwork and poetry. And as in past years, the day will feature a hike and a volunteer work project. Additional details will be added when planning is complete.

If you are interested in volunteering on the trails and carriage roads during the rest of Acadia’s Centennial year, please visit www.friendsofacadia.org for more information.

Learn more about how Friends of Acadia benefits Acadia’s historic trail system »

Acadia Choral Society Concert, featuring “Song of Acadia”

Saturday June 04, 2016

This is an exciting year for the chorus and for Acadia National Park. The Acadia Choral Society’s spring concert celebrates the park, nature and humankind’s relationship to our planet. The highlight is George Emlen’s “Song of Acadia,” commissioned for this occasion. Mr. Emlen says of this work, “I wrote my text as I sat on Pemetic Mountain recently and was greatly inspired. This is the voice of the island speaking to us, and we, the chorus, are singing the words that the island speaks to us.”

The new work will be part of a nature-themed concert. David Brunner, the composer of Earthsongs, was likewise moved by a visit to Acadia: “I was reminded continually of James Percival Gates’ words ‘The world is full of poetry’…and felt ease and comfort and grace and gratitude.”  The program also offers inspired musical settings of poetry from Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Muir, Wendell Berry, and the Buddhist Sutta Nipata. Lighter “novelty” selections include a sea shanty, a loon song, and even a lobster dance! Finally, the Kelley Farm Five will perform “Acadia Waltz,” composer Rick Barter’s “love song to Acadia.”

 Dr. Jamie Hagedorn directs the chorus, with Assistant Director & Accompanist Kimberly Haller. Cellist Max Treitler, oboist David Woolsey, and tenor Jay Emlen are featured soloists.

Tickets will be available at the door.

 

“Sea Stars to Starry Nights…the gift of stars in Acadia”

Monday June 06, 2016

Roxane Scherer and Sherry Rasmussen will teach “wet folded origami,”  a technique developed by Japanese master Akira Yoshizawa, at a workshop June 6 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Studio Upstairs of Art of West.

First you will learn how to fold a square so that with a single cut you will create a pentagon. The pentagon will be folded into a traditional five-point star. Next, you will use a heavier paper to “wet fold” stars that are more abstract than with traditional folding. The stars can be used for everything from earrings to ornaments to package embellishment. Students are invited to stay an extra half hour or more to focus on wet folding. Due to space constraints, the number is limited to 10 people. Call Sherry at 207-288-9428 to make your reservation. The event is free.

Art Show – “Impressions of Acadia”

Monday June 06, 2016 - Friday July 01, 2016

Rug hooking has long been a traditional craft of Downeast Maine. Years ago, besides making rugs for their own homes, local women could make a little extra money by selling their rugs. Many of these rugs were not only functional, but were works of art in themselves.

Today, there are many rug hookers in Hancock County, carrying on this traditional craft, designing and hooking beautiful rugs. For this exhibit, they have created work that displays their connection to and feelings about
Acadia National Park. We look forward to sharing our Impressions of Acadia during this centennial year of the park.

Asticou Inn Centennial Tuesdays

Tuesday June 07, 2016 - Tuesday June 28, 2016

Every Tuesday in June, Asticou Inn will offer discounts on appetizers and special Acadia Centennial cocktails. A portion of sales from our Centennial Tuesdays will be contributed to Friends of Acadia to benefit Acadia National Park.

The 2016 Birkenmeier Lecture

Friday June 10, 2016

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, as part of the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series on Conservation in the 21st Century, the Birkenmeier Lecture Committee and The Jackson Laboratory will sponsor a special lecture, “Using Genetics to Save Species in Zoos and in the Wild,” presented by Dr. Robert C. Fleischer, head of the Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, and National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

In his work, Dr. Fleischer uses genetic theory and methods to learn about the evolutionary and life histories of animals, to understand the importance of genetic variation to their survival, and to identify the methods needed to sustain them in captivity and in the wild. His work is a beautiful example of how the fields of genetics, a strength of the Jackson Laboratory, and of conservation, a strength of  the National Park Service, can successfully come together to aid in preserving the biodiversity of our world.

The 2016 Birkenmeier Lecture is part of the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series, focusing on “Conservation in the 21st Century.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Birding Sieur Du Monts

Sunday June 12, 2016

One of the most popular areas in Acadia National Park for birding, Sieur De Monts Spring consistently produces warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, kinglets, owls and more. Starting in the parking lot (often with the great crested flycatcher and redstarts) and progressing along the boardwalk and the Jesup Trail, this easy relatively level terrain progresses through several habitat types. A variety of both songs and sightings should be plentiful! This walk will go rain or shine at 7:30 AM.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust “Acadia Centennial Contest”

Monday June 13, 2016 - Friday August 05, 2016

Visit Bar Harbor Bank & Trust on Facebook and enter for a chance to win an annual Acadia National Park pass and Centennial merchandise! For each entry we will donate $1.00 to Friends of Acadia, up to one thousand. One winner will be chosen each week. Contest runs June 13 through August 5, 2016. Find BHBT on Facebook today!

Demonstration Day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

Thursday June 16, 2016

One of the Brass Era (1895-1917) vehicles in the museum’s collection will be fired up and demonstrated, or an invited guest will share their own automotive technology. Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting. Information and discussion about the vehicle or technology will be presented.

While you’re at the museum, visit the new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now – forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit. See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

Designing Acadia

Maine Historical Society
Thursday June 16, 2016 - Saturday January 14, 2017

Designing Acadia, an exhibition at Maine Historical Society in Portland, explores the concept, design, and layout of Acadia National Park. The exhibition provides an opportunity for audiences in Portland and Southern Maine to encounter Acadia National Park and its legacy on the centennial of the park’s founding in 1916.

The outdoors are an essential part of Maine’s history and identity, and Acadia National Park has had a special presence in the imagination of both Mainers and visitors from around the world. The creation of the park puts Maine at the center of key national stories: the conservation movement, the development of the national park system, and ideas about recreation, philanthropy, and politics that shaped the 20th century.

MHS’s exhibition focuses on the physical design and layout of the park. When ANP was created, it was on land that had been used for centuries by Native Americans, local farmers and fisherman, and, more recently, wealthy rusticators. The purposeful design of the park sought to create vistas, sight lines, and diverse opportunities for visitors to experience Mount Desert Island’s special and varied landscape.

The exhibition is accompanied by public programs, educational activities, and outreach from June through December 2016. Charles Birnbaum, President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, will deliver MHS’s Annual Olmsted address on May 19, 2016.

Bar Harbor Airport Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday June 17, 2016

There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate the Inaugural Elite Airways flight at Bar Harbor Airport. Arriving Elite Airways passengers will receive an Acadia Centennial Welcome on their inaugural flight.

The inbound Elite Airways jet will pass under a welcoming water bridge upon its arrival to the Bar Harbor Airport at 4:00 p.m, and passengers will enter under our new Acadia Centennial banner in the Arrivals Atrium.

The airport is very pleased with the addition of new service to/from Portland, ME and Newark, NJ during this Acadia Centennial summer—another great way to get to Acadia National Park!

Art and Music in the Village Green, Southwest Harbor, ME

Friday June 17, 2016 - Saturday June 18, 2016

During the first official weekend of summer celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100 birthday, The Village Green Arts Association and MDI is ready to rock with two nights of music featuring The Mallet Brother’s Band on Friday, June 17 and Popa Chubby on Saturday, June 18 at The Legion in Southwest Harbor, Maine!

Meanwhile, at the Salty Dog Gallery is an ongoing art show (through June 24) featuring Acadia National Park paintings by all-MDI artists, with another show beginning featuring all-Swans Island Artists. Meet the Swan’s Island artists July 3rd at a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Celebrating 100 Years at Thuya Lodge: summer residence of Joseph H. Curtis

Saturday June 18, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

Not only is 2016 the Acadia National Park centennial, it is also the centennial of Thuya Lodge, summer residence of Northeast Harbor summer resident Joseph H. Curtis. This special exhibit tells the history of Curtis and his pioneering vision as well as those who continued after his death to make Thuya Lodge, Thuya Garden, and Asticou Terraces the wonderful oases they are today.

Acadia Day at Fenway Park

Sunday June 19, 2016

Two of New England’s greatest parks team up on Father’s Day to honor Acadia’s Centennial! Friends of Acadia and the Boston Red Sox will host Acadia Day at Fenway Park on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. This family-focused day will bring more than 100 young people and their families by bus—the L.L.Bean Fenway Express—from the Downeast Maine region to Boston to join other Acadia fans for a 1:35 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners.

The L.L.Bean Fenway Express will leave the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton on Sunday, June 19 at 7 a.m. The bus will return to Trenton immediately after the game.  Event tickets are $65 per person; the cost covers the bus trip, the game ticket, and a goody bag for each guest.

Preference for the day trip will be given to young people from Hancock County who have completed Acadia Quest (a season-long scavenger hunt in Acadia) or have become a Junior Ranger at Acadia, along with their families. During the pre-game ceremony, FOA will recognize the young conservationists on the field.

When baseball guests enter Fenway’s Gate A, they will be given a raffle entry form to complete and return to the nearby FOA information table. All baseball fans with a completed entry form will be eligible to take part in a drawing for an Acadia package, with two round-trip tickets between Boston and Bar Harbor provided by Cape Air and hiking gear provided by L.L.Bean. The drawing will be held at the beginning of the 3rd inning. Other drawings and activities will be available at the information table on the concourse at Gate A.

Tickets for the bus trip and FOA-section seating at the game are limited; please purchase online at friendsofacadia.org or contact Friends of Acadia at events@friendsofacadia.org or 207-288-3340 to reserve your tickets.

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday June 19, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

Art on Deck

Sunday June 19, 2016

Jointly hosted by Galyn’s Restaurant and the Argosy Gallery, this annual art show has become one of the summer season’s liveliest kick-off events. This year’s show will feature Acadia National Park paintings by award-winning artists from Maine and beyond. Guests can meet artists, register for door prizes, and vote for favorite paintings, all while sampling the delicious buffet provided by the restaurant. The “Peoples Choice” voting is particularly important as Gail and Rick Leiser, co-owners of Galyn’s, will make a contribution to the ANP Centennial Program in honor of the winning artist.

Art Meets Science 2016 Exhibition

Monday June 20, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia is the theme of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s fifth annual Art Meets Science exhibit that features science-inspired work by local, national, and international artists.

Concurrent with the centennial celebration of Acadia National Park, this year’s exhibition tells the story of art and science coming together on this island in the 19th century, the founding of a national park to preserve their co-existence, and how art and science connect our knowledge in the 21st century.

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s own history is linked to that of art on Mount Desert Island. George Dorr, one of the founders of Acadia National Park, convinced the small Harpswell laboratory to move to the island to join the community of those who studied its exceptional environment as artists and biologists. Once situated at Salisbury Cove, it became the MDI Biological Laboratory. Having a relationship with its exceptional location—with the physical environment and the community—is as important to the Laboratory and its scientists as it is for island artists.

Art Meets Science explores the similarities and intersections between Art and Science, advancing dialogue between artists, scientists, and members of our community who seek to discover and understand the natural world.

The exhibit is open June 20 through September 30. In addition to formal tours of Art Meets Science, the MDI Biological Laboratory offers a robust series of programs that provide access to the exhibit, including Art Meets Science Cafés and Science Cafés. Guided tours available weekly, pre-registration required: mdibl.org/events

Join us for the 2016 Art Meets Science Exhibit opening reception, Thursday, July 7, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Kinne Library, MDI Biological Laboratory.

Art Meets Science Café – A History of Scientists and Artists Working Together in Acadia

Monday June 20, 2016

Catherine Schmitt, Communications Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, will explore the connection between the early landscape painters’ arrival on Mount Desert Island and the establishment of the scientific community.

Artists have been credited with helping to create “Destination Acadia” in the nineteenth century. Less well known are the scientists who were working at the same time as, and sometimes in partnership with, painters, illustrators, and photographers in Acadia. The paintings, sketches, prints, maps, and photographs accompanied literary scientific reports that contributed both to the promotion of the Mount Desert Island region to tourists, and to public understanding of scientific principles.

Art Meets Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory and free of charge. The public is invited to participate in discussion and enjoy refreshments.

The 2016 exhibit “A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia,” will open at 4:15 PM for viewing before the event. Guided tours available weekly, pre-registration required: mdibl.org/events

Image of Catherine Schmitt by J. Gonzalez

COA’s Opening Reception for Acadia: The Best Classroom

Tuesday June 21, 2016

College of the Atlantic’s George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History will open for the 2016 season with a reception to celebrate COA’s close connection to Acadia National Park. The Dorr has created a museum-wide special exhibition to highlight decades of student- and faculty-led research projects, and added a full-size diorama of peregrine falcon mounted on a two-story rock face simulating Acadia’s Champlain Mountain. A touch-tank exhibit, designed as part of a student project, will focus on Acadia’s intertidal areas and the challenge of balancing conservation with access, while herbarium specimens from the 1890 collection of an original member of the Champlain Society—a group of young men from Harvard who spent their summers on the island, studying plants, birds, insects, fish, geology, hydrology, and meteorology—will be on display.

The Dorr Museum – Acadia Centennial exhibit

Tuesday June 21, 2016 - Saturday December 31, 2016

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic, housed in the original 1916 ANP headquarters, has created a museum-wide special exhibition for the Acadia Centennial. Decades of student- and faculty-led research projects are highlighted. A touch tank exhibit, designed as part of a student project, focuses on Acadia’s intertidal areas and the challenge of balancing conservation with access, while herbarium specimens from the 1890 collection of an original member of the Champlain Society—a group of young men from Harvard who spent their summers on the island, studying plants, birds, insects, fish, geology, hydrology, and meteorology—are on display.

“Rails to Acadia” – with George Barrett

Thursday June 23, 2016

“All Aboard!” Join us for a historical “journey” of the Bar Harbor Express and the Green Mountain Cog Railway, which once ran up the slope of Cadillac Mountain. George Barrett, railroad historian and longtime board member of the Boothbay Railway Village, will give a slide presentation detailing the history of railroads in the Mount Desert Island area and how they interacted with other forms of transportation affecting the development of Acadia National Park as well as other areas of Hancock County.

Before Acadia: Adventure and Discovery Exhibit

Thursday June 23, 2016 - Monday October 31, 2016

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society will present an exhibit on the Champlain Society and their adventures and discoveries, at the Somesville Museum Campus. Charles Eliot, Edward Rand, and boys of Harvard who summered on Mount Desert Island in the 1880s, and their explorations and findings, will be on exhibit starting June 23, 2016.

For more information, please call Virginia Mellen at 207-276-9323 at the Mount Desert Island Historical Society.

Cecily’s Summer – a new puppet musical by the Barn Arts Collective

Friday June 24, 2016

Cecily’s Summer is the true story of a family on Mount Desert Island that raises a harbor seal pup after it washes up on the shore of Pretty Marsh, based on the books by local author Nan Lincoln. The show uses original music, puppets and audience interaction to explore this beautiful and unique story that celebrates the wildlife of Acadia National Park. This free performance is part of the Barn Arts Collective’s celebration of the Acadia Centennial.

Final Friday Dance

Friday June 24, 2016

Partner dance – part of a century of Acadia tradition!

Optional lesson: 7-8 PM

Open dancing to mixed recorded dance music: 8-10 PM

$10 pp donation suggested

Acadia National Park Epic Birthday Party

Friday June 24, 2016

Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, the Acadia National Park Centennial Task Force, and Centennial Signature Sponsors invite you to an early birthday bash for Acadia’s Big 100.

• Hear remarks from Friends of Acadia President, David MacDonald, and CEO of Gifford’s, Lindsay Skilling. She’s announcing something fun!
• Meet the Gifford Family
• Enjoy FREE Birthday Cake and Gifford’s Ice Cream – We’ll be sampling Gifford’s newest flavor, “I Scream for Cake,” sales of which support Acadia National Park
• Sign up to win prizes
• Be entertained by Star 97.7 broadcasting live from the birthday bash
• Enjoy activities for kids, including the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, jump roping, art projects, an Acadia Centennial wrapped vehicle, and much more!

Who Should Come:
Everyone! This event is free and open to the public.
All signature sponsors of the Acadia Centennial are invited as well as their partners and supporters.

RSVP by June 10th to Stephanie Clement at Stephanie@friendsofacadia.org

Maine Calling LIVE from Schoodic

Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Friday June 24, 2016

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s radio call-in show, Maine Calling, will be live from the Schoodic Education and Research Center on Friday, 6/24. Topics will include the Acadia Centennial, the work of the Schoodic Institute—the park’s primary science and education partner—and Park Science Day, one of Acadia’s headline centennial events, which will take place on Saturday, 6/25.

Guests: 
Kevin Schneider, Acadia National Park Superintendent
Mark Berry, President and CEO of the Schoodic Institute
David MacDonald, President and CEO of Friends of Acadia

Where Mountains Meet the Sea – sculpture exhibit

Friday June 24, 2016 - Saturday October 29, 2016

Acadia’s granite cliffs and stunning vistas serve as inspiration for the artists represented in Where Mountains Meet the Sea, an outdoor sculpture exhibition at College of the Atlantic curated by June LaCombe (COA ’75). The show includes signature work from 20 New England artists and features the sculpture of Miles Chapin (COA ’10).

Park Science Day at Sieur de Monts

Saturday June 25, 2016

A day of activities will take place at Sieur de Monts exploring the importance of national parks as living laboratories and vital settings for scientists to investigate how our world works.

1 pm: Centennial Science Speakers
Welcome to Acadia National Park’s Centennial: Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park
Community Stewardship into the Next Century: David MacDonald, President of Friends of Acadia
100 Years of Science in Acadia: Jack Russell, FOA Board Member and Acadia Centennial Co-chair
Science for the Next Century at Acadia: Rebecca Cole-Will, Chief of Resource Management at Acadia National Park
Science Partnerships for the Next Century: David E. Shaw, Trustee of National Park Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Connecting Science and Learning in Acadia: Mark Berry, President of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Science—Our Foundation for the Future: Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS
Second Century Stewardship—Science Beyond the Scenery at Acadia National Park: David Shaw, Centennial Acadia Science Film Director and Producer
Explore the Science Protecting Acadia Today—Closing Remarks: Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park

2 pm: Ribbon-cutting of new climate science exhibits at Sieur de Monts Nature Center

2 pm to 5 pm: join park rangers and special guest presenters at hands-on stations examining how science is used to understand and protect Acadia and how you can get involved at home.

3 pm: join staff for a 45-minute walk to hear how science solved the mystery of why the Spring Pool is turning green, and to find out what the park is doing to solve the problem.

4 pm: Ribbon-cutting to celebrate the award of 8 electric and propane-powered vehicles to Acadia National Park through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative.

View full schedule [PDF] >>

Sieur de Monts lot will be open only to vehicles requiring handicapped-accessible parking. Free shuttle service from 12 pm and 6 pm between Jackson Laboratory event parking lot and Sieur de Monts.

Bar Harbor Brass Week Faculty and Alumni Concert

Saturday June 25, 2016

Bar Harbor Brass Week retired in June 2015 after 15 years of educating and inspiring hundreds of talented brass musicians and enriching the community through public performances. This summer, the Brass Week faculty will return with a few BHBW alums, now professional musicians, to perform a special concert to celebrate Acadia’s Centennial.

The centerpiece of the program will be the world premiere of “An Acadian Portrait” by Portland composer, Terry White. The music will surround stirring readings of texts about the National Park Service, Acadia and conservation of wild places, selected and narrated by MDI native Dr. Bill Horner. Other works will include “Atlantic Zephyrs” with Matt Vaughn of The Philadelphia Orchestra as trombone soloist and “Meditation: Seal Harbor” by Maine native Eli Marshall.

The ensemble members hail from the Boston Symphony, Manhattan Brass, National Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Rochester Philharmonic, United States Army Band, and the University of Maine. Please visit our website to read more about Bar Harbor Brass Week and meet the faculty.

Tickets are available in Bar Harbor at The Criterion, Jesup Memorial Library, and Sherman’s Bookstore; and at Southwest Harbor Public Library and Northeast Harbor Library.

Film Screening of “Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery at Acadia National Park”

Saturday June 25, 2016

Please join us for the premiere of David Shaw’s new film highlighting science at Acadia National Park.

View the trailer: http://www.blackpointgroup.com/service_and_advocacy/second-century-stewardship/

Free showings in four locations: The Criterion Theatre and Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods amphitheaters. In the event of inclement weather, the Criterion will be the rain location.

For more information, contact Anastasia at: ACAD_Centennial_2016@nps.gov

Acadia Trad Festival

Sunday June 26, 2016 - Friday July 01, 2016

A week of Acadian, Irish, Cape Breton, Old Time, and Cajun Music Concerts and music and dance workshops. The Acadia Trad Festival brings world class faculty from Ireland, Canada, and around the US to teach and perform.

In 2016, Acadia Trad School will dedicate the Acadia Halls Festival to the 100-year anniversary of Acadia National Park. Acadia Halls celebrates old and modern small venues on Mount Desert Island. The music is traditional music that is rooted in the heritage of Maine settlers including Acadian, Irish, Old-Time, and Scottish styles rooted in the cultures of kitchen parties, grange halls, and contra dances.

Acadian Impressions: An Artist and Historian Share

Amphitheater Bridge by Liddy Hubbell
Tuesday June 28, 2016

Artist Liddy Hubbell draws inspiration from Acadia. She is interested by the patterns of formal association and psychological exchange made between landscape, inhabitant, and viewer. She uses the Maine landscape, often from Acadia, to express a hopeful, elevated vision through a colorist style. Her abstract oils also suggest Acadian influences. Working with a dip pen, a brush, and heavy cotton paper, she has rediscovered her joy in working in black and white and building up space and surfaces in monochrome. Acadian trails and carriage road bridges often inspire her drawing.

Jack Russell writes and speaks on the history of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. He believes in the enduring power of place and the value of a well-known past that builds community.

Liddy will share images of her paintings and drawings inspired by Acadia and speak as an artist about her works. Jack will talk about some of Liddy’s images, sharing both his own subjective response to her art (he is a collector) and the natural and human history of the places she captures.

“Auto Wars” Exhibit Celebration

Wednesday June 29, 2016

Help us celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now – forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit.

See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

Visions of Acadia National Park: Drawings, Engravings, Paintings and Photographs from 1864 to 2016 (Art Show)

Friday July 01, 2016 - Friday July 29, 2016

From the Collection of the Southwest Harbor Public Library
In Honor of the Centennial of Acadia National Park 1916-2016

Artists have been studying Mount Desert Island and the land that became the park for over one hundred and fifty years. Visions of Acadia National Park shows how they saw or were interested in the same things, portrayed them differently, or strayed to another area of the park for a completely different experience.

Sneak peek! View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Hooked Rugs of Acadia National Park

Sieur de Monts Spring hooked rug by Barbara Stewart
Friday July 01, 2016 - Tuesday July 26, 2016

The Hancock County Hookers will have an exhibit of Hooked Rugs of Acadia National Park.

Image: Sieur de Monts Spring hooked rug by Barbara Stewart

Centennial Celebration Exhibition

Friday July 01, 2016 - Saturday September 10, 2016

Showcasing 19th and Early 20th Century Paintings of Mount Desert Island

Sneak peek! View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Animals of Acadia in Bronze

Friday July 01, 2016

Award winning bronze sculptor David Smus shares his love of Acadia in his presentation, “Animals of Acadia in Bronze.” David will show birds and animals of Acadia that he has created in bronze and will share his stories behind the ideas to sculpt them. Included will be his latest, entitled “Kit and Caboodle” in a limited edition of only 30: a red fox vixen and kits mounted on Deer Isle Granite that was quarried near Acadia National Park (shown above).

EaglesIn honor of the American Bald Eagle, a bird of Acadia as well as America’s National Bird since 1782, David will show a portfolio of his creation of two life-sized eagles. Installed in 2015 on a secluded point in Southern Maine, #1/5 was named simply “Eagle Point” by the patron who commissioned the piece.

Miss this event? View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Miniatures for the Centennial

Friday July 01, 2016 - Sunday July 31, 2016

Guest artist Michael Chesley Johnson, noted painter, workshop instructor, and arts writer, has spent the winter creating two dozen small oils of Acadia National Park to commemorate this special year. A similar project was a great success during last year’s 50th Anniversary of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.

Sneak peek! View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Photographs of Sargent Collier exhibit

Friday July 01, 2016 - Thursday August 04, 2016

Choco-Latte is exhibiting photographs by Sargent F. Collier for the month of July and part of August. The exhibit went on display coinciding with Bar Harbor Art Walk on July 1st and will remain on display until August 4th.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Choco-Latte will host a closing reception on July 31st from 6pm to 7pm.

Sargent F. Collier was a photojournalist and author whose family has summered in Bar Harbor for many years. Mr. Collier wrote several books on Acadia National Park including The Triumph of George Dorr; MOUNT DESERT ISLAND: The most beautiful island in the world; and GREEN GROWS BAR HARBOR: Reflections from Kebo Valley.  This collection features original photographs of Acadia National Park that range from the 1940s and 1950s, many on loan from friends and family never before published, and reprints made from the original negatives.

Sneak peek! View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Gouldsboro Historical Society Museum Exhibit

Gouldsboro Historical Society
Saturday July 02, 2016

Exhibit at Gouldsboro Historical Society Museum on the Town’s links to the development of Acadia National Park at Schoodic.

Bar Harbor Music Festival 50th Golden Anniversary Season

Sunday July 03, 2016 - Sunday July 31, 2016

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival has gained national recognition for providing essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season in 2016, the Festival presents recitals, chamber music, pops, opera, new composers, jazz, and string orchestra concerts, along with an open forum, lecture-demonstrations, a Young Audience Series, and outreach programs like the free outdoor concert in Acadia National Park.

In celebration of the Acadia Centennial, the 2016 Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature the world premieres of two compositions commissioned by the Bar Harbor Music Festival and inspired by Acadia National Park.

On Wednesday, July 6, the opening night of the festival will feature Brass Venture, one of New England’s most prominent Brass quintets, performing the premiere of “Scenes from the Great Park” by Eric Ewazen, composer-in-residence at The Julliard School.

On Wednesday, July 27, the 44th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert by the Bar Harbor Music Festival String Orchestra conducted by Francis Fortier at the Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater will premiere “Songs of the Sky” by Edmund Cionek, composer-in-residence at the Bar Harbor Music Festival. This work will pair Native American vocal soloist George Neptune with the string orchestra. The piece will be performed again at the Festival Gala on Sunday, July 31.

Bar Harbor’s July 4th celebration, featuring “Acadia Centennial” parade

Monday July 04, 2016

Bar Harbor’s Fourth of July has been voted the #1 Fourth of July celebration in America by the Today Show, recognized by National Geographic as one of the top ten in the United States, and in 2016 will be an Acadia National Park Centennial headline event! Join us in Bar Harbor to celebrate America’s independence, and one of its greatest treasures, Acadia National Park.

Schedule of Events

6AM—10AM Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Join the MDI Rotary for a traditional Maine breakfast—a great way to fuel up for the day ahead. Sponsored by the MDI Rotary Club.

9AM—3PM Craft Fair/Marketplace.  The Island Arts Association will hold a Craft Fair/Marketplace at the YMCA, 21 Park Street, featuring a wonderful selection of Maine crafts, including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery, and porcelain dolls. Please join us for this joint fundraiser for the YMCA and the YWCA. Please call the YWCA at 207-288-5008 for additional information.

10AM Independence Day Parade.  This year’s theme is “Acadia’s Centennial.” The community shows off its patriotism, good humor, and appreciation for Acadia National Park. Parade route winds through downtown Bar Harbor from Main Street to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt. Desert Street to Ledgelawn Avenue.

11AM—2PM Seafood Festival, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake, and more at the area’s largest seafood festival! Hosted by the MDI Rotary.

After the Parade, MDI YMCA Annual Lobster Races! Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Watch local businesses put their lobsters to the test in a high-speed crustacean contest. Proceeds benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program. For more information contact the MDI YMCA, 207-288-3511.

3:30PM—9PM Free Concert Series in Agamont Park. Family-friendly live music in Agamont Park. Listen as you wander by the harbor or while you stake out your seat for the fireworks! Check back soon for this year’s list of performers.

7:30PM—8:30PM Bar Harbor Town Band, Main & Mt. Desert Streets. Free concert on the Bar Harbor Village Green. For over 100 years the Bar Harbor Town Band, comprised of amateur musicians from around the region, have entertained thousands of locals and visitors.

9:15PM (approx.) Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay. Enjoy the spectacular display on the waterfront, downtown Bar Harbor. Sponsored by Ocean Properties and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

 

Free Admission to the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Monday July 04, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors on Monday, July 4th. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays–Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate-controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Coffee and Conversation: Christie Anastasia and Ken Cline

Tuesday July 05, 2016

Christie Anastasia (COA class of ‘92), Acadia National Park’s Deputy Chief of Interpretation, and Ken Cline, COA’s David Rockefeller Family Chair in Ecosystem Management and Protection, will discuss the challenges—and opportunities—facing national parks and protected areas.

SFOA 2016

Tuesday July 05, 2016 - Friday July 22, 2016

Join us for our 38th season! The Summer Festival of the Arts summer camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 5 to 22. We also offer optional after-care, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. each day. SFOA is open to children entering grades 1 through 11. Volunteers always needed!! Please visit our website www.sfoamaine.org to register or for more information.

Adventures in Acadia

Tuesday July 05, 2016

The duo behind the Acadia on My Mind blog, and sponsors of the free year-long 100-mile virtual Acadia Centennial Trek, share tales of travels in Acadia:

From getting lost and found to experiencing trail magic, from encountering the elusive Spruce grouse to discovering a hidden colony of pink and white lady’s slippers.

As authors of Falcon hiking guides to Acadia National Park, they will also describe some of their favorite trails on Mount Desert Island, Schoodic, and Isle au Haut.

Maine Seacoast Mission Centennial Tours

Tuesday July 05, 2016 - Tuesday August 30, 2016

In celebration of Acadia National Park’s centennial, the Maine Seacoast Mission will offer tours of its “rusticator” mansion in downtown Bar Harbor on Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August.

Tours will also feature historical items from the Mission’s 111 years of serving the islands and coastal communities of Downeast Maine.

The 35-room mansion, once known as “La Rochelle,” was built in 1902 for George Bowdoin, a partner of J.P. Morgan, and his small family and 21 servants. Located at 127 West Street and overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, the house was the first brick summer cottage to be built in Bar Harbor. The specially cut granite and marble used in the construction was imported from Italy.

The house, along with an endowment for its upkeep, was donated to the Maine Seacoast Mission in 1972 by Tristram and Ruth Colket, who purchased the mansion in the 1940s. The building now serves as the Mission’s administrative headquarters and is known as the “Colket Center” in honor of its donors.

Print and Sip Like The Masters

ArtWaves
Wednesday July 06, 2016

Transcribe 19th century paintings of Mount Desert Island by Church and Cole. All materials provided to create and take home your own 9×12 historical painting. (21+)
Members $35
Nonmembers $45

Bar Harbor Music Festival Opening Night and “Scenes from the Great Park” premiere

Wednesday July 06, 2016

The opening night concert of the Bar Harbor Music Festival will feature Brass Venture, one of New England’s most prominent brass quintets, performing the premiere of “Scenes from the Great Park” by Eric Ewazen, composer-in-residence at The Julliard School.

Longtime favorites at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Brass Venture has been called “mouth-watering” by the Mount Desert Islander, “combining virtuosity and good humor with superb ensemble playing.”

Acadia Centennial Trek meet-up II

Wednesday July 06, 2016

A chance for participants in the virtual 100-mile Acadia Centennial Trek to meet over an early breakfast at Jordan’s Restaurant, featured in DownEast Magazine’s Acadia Special Collector’s Edition as where “the Regulars” meet, and then log some miles together.

After breakfast ends at 7:30 a.m., there’s a chance to do a low-tide walk / run to Bar Island, or to Compass Harbor. Limit of 20 hikers per hike, per park rules.

The year-long free race to celebrate Acadia’s trails has drawn participants from around the world, and this is the second meet-up so far. Informal medal ceremony, with optional finisher’s medal available for purchase online to help raise funds for Acadia.

RSVP on Facebook or at acadiaonmymind@gmail.com. Attendees pay for own breakfast.

Print the Park

ArtWaves
Thursday July 07, 2016

Learn to create your own Acadia National Park cards through fine art printmaking. You will learn a variety of print making techniques. Everything is included to make your own printed postcard.

Family Sessions: 2:00-5:00 PM
Members parent and child team $45,
Nonmembers parent and child team $55

Adult Sessions: 6:00-9:00 PM
Member Single Adult $30
Nonmember single adult $40

Art Meets Science Opening Reception

Thursday July 07, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Art Meets Science Exhibit opening reception, Thursday, July 7, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Kinne Library, MDI Biological Laboratory.

A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia is the theme of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s fifth annual Art Meets Science exhibit that features science-inspired work by local, national, and international artists. Concurrent with the centennial celebration of Acadia National Park, this year’s exhibition tells the story of art and science coming together on this island in the 19th century, the founding of a national park to preserve their co-existence, and how art and science connect our knowledge in the 21st century.

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s own history is linked to that of art on Mount Desert Island. George Dorr, one of the founders of Acadia National Park, convinced the small Harpswell laboratory to move to the island to join the community of those who studied its exceptional environment as artists and biologists. Once situated at Salisbury Cove, it became the MDI Biological Laboratory. Having a relationship with its exceptional location—with the physical environment and the community—is as important to the Laboratory and its scientists as it is for island artists.

Art Meets Science explores the similarities and intersections between Art and Science, advancing dialogue between artists, scientists, and members of our community who seek to discover and understand the natural world. Guided tours available weekly, pre-registration required: mdibl.org/events

 

Acadia Centennial Concert with the Bar Harbor Town Band

Bar Harbor Town Band
Thursday July 07, 2016

The Bar Harbor Town band will perform a special concert in celebration of the Acadia Centennial featuring period music and an original composition written by John Cooper for the Bar Harbor band to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park. This concert will start at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to all.

Rain location: St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Miss this event? View photos on facebook.com/AcadiaNPCentennial2016

Friends of Acadia 2016 Annual Meeting

Friends of Acadia
Friday July 08, 2016

Friends of Acadia invites members and the public to our Annual Meeting. Held at the Bar Harbor Club on West Street in Bar Harbor, this fun and informative event is your opportunity to meet FOA staff and board members, hear about recent accomplishments and initiatives, then enjoy a reception on the terrace overlooking the harbor.

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be an extra-special event, as it falls on the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park’s founding. It will feature Friends of Acadia president David MacDonald’s contribution to the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series on conservation in the 21st century.

The winner of the Marianne Edwards Distinguished Service Award and other special awards will be announced. The Marianne Edwards Award, for outstanding accomplishments in helping Friends of Acadia and the park execute their respective missions, is Friends of Acadia’s highest honor and is named for our founder and the award’s first recipient.

We hope you will join us!

Red Cloak Tour for Acadia’s 100th

Friday July 08, 2016

Today is the “official” birthday of Acadia National Park! We will be offering a special Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of the town of Bar Harbor, with a focus on the oldest Eastern National Park, how it was created, and the history of the area in 1916. Our tours are well known for unusual trivia, historical facts, oddities, and curiosities, but we will also have tales of unsolved mysteries, haunts, and ghosts.

Reservations may be made at www.RedCloakHauntedHistoryTours.com or by calling 207-380-3806. Tickets are $15/$7.

Open House, Evening Reception, and Book Signings

book covers
Saturday July 09, 2016

Please join us at The Gallery at Somes Sound on Saturday, July 9, as we start off the Centennial Season with an open house and evening reception to introduce the “Acadia Centennial Collection.” As everyone is aware, the history and evolution of art in Acadia is an important piece of the Centennial Celebration. In keeping with this tradition, a group of artists represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound will create their interpretation of land and seascape paintings by well known American Artists, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole and Fitz Henry Lane.

Two book signings will be featured during the evening reception, starting at 6:00 PM:

Art of Acadia by David and Carl Little. Published by Down East Books in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park, the book highlights the artists who have been inspired by the landscape of greater Mount Desert Island, including the Cranberry Isles and Schoodic Point, from the early 19th century to today.

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, Photography by Tom Blagden Jr., Essays by Christopher Camuto, Christopher Crosman, Dayton Duncan, David Rockefeller Jr., David MacDonald, Sheridan Steele, and W. Kent Olson in association with Friends of Acadia. Published by Rizzoli International.

The Acadia Centennial Collection

Saturday July 09, 2016 - Monday October 31, 2016

Cole, Church, and Lane Interpretations: Featuring contemporary artists, Diana Cobb Ansley, Scott Baltz, Eline Barclay, Robert Clark, Donald Demers, Anne Ireland, Ernest McMullen, Donald Rainville, Judy Taylor, and Peter Yesis

A group of artists represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound create their interpretation of land and seascape paintings by well known American Artists, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole and Fitz Henry Lane… the history and evolution of art in Acadia is an important piece of the Centennial Celebration. Church, Cole and Lane realized that this part of the Maine Coast was an amazing and captivating subject on canvas. As a result, their paintings served as a promotional tool, introducing this desirable location to various men, women and families in cities across the country. By the mid 1800s, word spread by way of these paintings that Mount Desert Island was a desirable vacation destination, hence, the start of Acadia National Park. What better way to celebrate the 100-year birthday of Acadia National Park, than to salute the artists of days gone by, resurrecting their masterpieces by creating a modern day rendition by some of the finest contemporary artists on Mount Desert Island and beyond.

The Gallery at Somes Sound continues the long standing tradition of educating, stimulating and encouraging the American people, through fine art and visual culture. A large portion of the proceeds from the purchase of these pieces will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Acadia Through a Furniture Maker’s Eyes

Saturday July 09, 2016 - Monday October 31, 2016

Featuring Furniture Makers David Lamb and Judith Kensley McKie

“Four Seasons of Acadia”, specifically made for the celebration by one of the Gallery’s furniture makers, David Lamb. The design of this cabinet captures the fours seasons of Acadia using different wood variations and tones along with a beautifully carved panel on the interior of the cabinet. David Lamb is a founding member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, a group of furniture makers dedicated to producing handmade furniture of unsurpassed quality.

Eagle-Table-Mahogany“Eagle” side table in mahogany created by Pritam & Eames’ furniture maker, Judith Kensley McKie. McKie is known for her use of animal, bird, and fish imagery in her furniture and sculptures; her pieces are exhibited throughout the Country in many public and private collections. McKie lives in Cambridge, MA.

The Gallery at Somes Sound continues the long standing tradition of educating, stimulating and encouraging the American people, through fine art and visual culture. A large portion of the proceeds from the purchase of these pieces will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Schoodic Peninsula Bike Ride

Saturday July 09, 2016

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Acadia National Park by biking on the quieter, mainland unit of the park. This 30-mile ride (with 12 & 25-mile options) will follow the Schoodic National Scenic Byway, including the Schoodic Loop road — truly one of the most scenic bike routes in the State of Maine. We will ride at a moderate 10-12 mph pace with periodic stops for scenery and points of interest. This ride will also feature the new additions to this mainland portion of ANP – the new Schoodic Woods campground with 7 miles of carriage roads, the Schoodic Institute and the Schoodic Marine Center. We will pass by the largest lobster processing plant in Maine and you can get your picture taken with the large lobsterman statue as well as many other stone sculptures along the route. We will even ride out onto a raised coastal bog.

You can drive to the ride starting point in Winter Harbor or take the ferry from Bar Harbor (special AMC member rate). We plan a late morning start, which allows for a doable day-trip from southern Maine. Alternatively, AMC has a group campsite for Friday & Saturday night.

Registration is required for this activity – please contact the leader directly to register and for camping details. Space is limited to 14 participants.

Activity Categories: Biking
Location: Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park
Region: Maine, Downeast Acadia
Leader: Tony Barrett 207-833-0939 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Native American Festival & Basketmakers Market

Saturday July 09, 2016

This popular festival, sponsored by the Maine Indian Basket Makers Alliance, Abbe Museum, and College of the Atlantic (COA), is hosted on the campus of COA and offers visitors, collectors, and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark for this Indian Market. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures from Maine and the Maritimes.

The Wababaki people have been in what is now Maine for more than 12,000 years, as evidenced by the many ancient village sites discovered along its coastal waters. In more recent history, the ancestors of today’s Native artists traveled to summer encampments, set up in villages like Bar Harbor, and sold their wares to seasonal residents and tourists. In the spirit of that tradition, the Native American Festival fosters cultural connections between the Wabanaki and people from around the nation and the world.

Hooked Rugs of Acadia National Park – Artists’ Reception

Sieur de Monts Spring hooked rug by Barbara Stewart
Sunday July 10, 2016

The Hancock County Hookers will have an exhibit of Hooked Rugs of Acadia National Park from July 1 through July 26. An Artists’ Reception will held be on July 10. Public very welcome.

Photo: Sieur de Monts Spring hooked rug by Barbara Stewart

Schoodic Head Hike

Sunday July 10, 2016

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Acadia National Park (actual birthday is July 8) by hiking on the quieter, mainland unit of the park. This 3.2 mile 1-way hike utilizes some of the 7 miles of new hiking trails just opened last Fall at Schoodic Woods. We will walk at a moderate pace with periodic stops for scenery and points of interest. Bring your lunch to eat along the shore at Blueberry Hill. The return route will be via the same hiking trail or via the park loop road and carriage roads. If you bring a bicycle, you will have the option to leave your bike at Blueberry Hill and return to the start via bike.
You can drive to the hike starting point or take the ferry from Bar Harbor (special AMC member rate) and the Island Explorer bus. We plan an early morning start, so staying nearby on Saturday night may be preferable. AMC has a group campsite for Friday & Saturday night.
Registration is required for this activity – please contact the leader directly to register and for camping details. Space is limited to 14 participants.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park
Region: Maine, Downeast Acadia
Leader: Tony Barrett 207-833-0939 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Glaciers to Granite: Acadia—A Centennial Celebration

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration book cover
Monday July 11, 2016 - Thursday August 25, 2016

College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia join together to bring Tom Blagden, photographer and author of First Light: Acadia National Park, to the Ethel H. Blum Gallery to exhibit work from his new book, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, which celebrates the beauty of Acadia.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coffee and Conversation: Acadia Supt. Kevin Schneider and COA President Darron Collins

Tuesday July 12, 2016

Acadia National Park’s new superintendent, Kevin Schneider, will discuss his vision for Acadia National Park with COA President Darron Collins ’92.

MDI Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival

Tuesday July 12, 2016

1916 was a bumper crop for strawberries, which were greatly enjoyed the summer the park was founded. Since 1976, the Mount Desert Island Historical Society has been presenting the annual Strawberry Festival in Somesville. This year we will again partner with the Seal Cove Auto Museum to bring the MDI community this much loved event. Strawberry shortcake and fresh strawberries are the center piece of the afternoon! Don’t miss them – we sell out every year!

Linda Greenlaw: Land & Sea Lecture

Wednesday July 13, 2016

Linda Greenlaw is America’s only female swordfishing captain and best-selling author. Ms. Greenlaw came to public attention in Sebastian Junger’s book, The Perfect Storm. She is a sought-after speaker who has appeared on such shows as Good Morning America, Today, CBS Sunday Morning, and Fresh Air on National Public Radio.

Linda Greenlaw lives with her husband, boat-builder Steve Wessel, on Isle au Haut.

Opening Reception for Glaciers to Granite: Acadia — A Centennial Celebration

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration book cover
Thursday July 14, 2016

College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia join together to bring Tom Blagden, photographer and author of First Light: Acadia National Park, to the Ethel H. Blum Gallery to exhibit work from his new book, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, which celebrates the beauty of Acadia.

“In Constant Season”: Paintings for the 2017 Acadia Centennial Commemorative Calendar by Catherine Breer

Thursday July 14, 2016 - Wednesday July 27, 2016

Catherine Breer, a Maine-based painter, has created calendars with her work every year for over a decade. After winning the logo competition for the ANP Centennial, she began developing a commemorative calendar to re-imagine the local landscape.

Artemis Gallery is pleased to announce we will showcase the original paintings for the Commemorative Calendar as a special highlight of our Form and Function show on July 14th. Showing Catherine’s work will kickstart our Centennial Events at Artemis Gallery.

Second Century Stewardship Celebration with David Shaw and Dr. Sylvia Earle

Friday July 15, 2016

Join Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park for a celebration of the new science partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute, the National Park Service, and other institutions.

This celebration will include an announcement and introduction of the first Second Century Stewardship Research Fellow, a conversation between David Shaw and Dr. Sylvia Earle, and selected segments of David Shaw’s new film, Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow presentations.
Please RSVP to rsvp@schoodicinstitute.org or by phone: (207)288-1360

Event is free and open to the public; space is limited.

At the dawn of the second century for the US National Park Service (NPS) and Acadia National Park (ANP), the opportunity exists to more powerfully engage science for the benefit of parks and society. More than 400 parks in the US national park system attract more than 300 million visits annually. These parks provide a remarkable platform for public engagement in science.

The Second Century Stewardship collaboration between AAAS, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, NPS, and other institutions aims to:

Advance conservation science and provide science that informs stewardship of natural and cultural resources by expanding scientific research programs in parks;

Strengthen and broaden public understanding of the value of parks for science and science for parks and society by building on the positive public perception of national parks;

Enhance science understanding and appreciation among the public by leveraging park science for education and public outreach.

The Second Century Stewardship partnership was announced and launched on June 25, 2016.

Fancy Basket Workshop with Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy

Friday July 15, 2016 - Saturday July 16, 2016

The Abbe Museum’s popular annual fancy basket workshop is back with Passamaquoddy Master Basketmaker, Molly Neptune Parker. Molly has been weaving since she was seven years old and has won multiple awards for her work—including the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In this two day workshop, those in attendance will learn how to weave their own lidded fancy basket under the guidance of Molly and her apprentices.

Registration required, space limited. For more information, including costs, contact Museum Educator George Neptune, (207) 288-3519 or george@abbemuseum.org

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday July 17, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

Centennial Shore, Seabird, and Whale Watch Cruise: A Benefit for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Sunday July 17, 2016

Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute with Bar Harbor Whale Watch for an evening cocktail cruise in honor of the Acadia Centennial, highlighting coastal conservation, research, and education in and around Acadia National Park.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., all proceeds from this trip will benefit the nonprofit work of Maine Coast Heritage and Schoodic Institute at Acadai National Park.

We will depart from downtown Bar Harbor aboard a comfortable Bar Harbor Whale Watch vessel and head across Frenchman Bay to Schoodic Point. MCHT and Schoodic Institute staff will be onboard to highlight the many conservation and ecological successes, as well as continuing challenges and research taking place in Frenchman Bay and on the surrounding coastline. Our onboard naturalists will be available answer questions and point out the diverse wildlife we may encounter: seals, porpoises, peregrine falcons, eagles, ospreys, many varieties of seabirds, and more.

Then as we turn offshore and head out of Frenchman Bay, we’ll look for whales under the experienced guidance of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch staff. The evening winds down as we cruise back to port with a breathtaking sunset over Frenchman Bay.

There will be a cash bar and light refreshments available onboard. Our spacious vessel offers indoor cabins, restrooms, and plenty of outdoor viewing space.

Registration opens in late May, 2016

Orchestral Concert – featuring world premiere of “Acadia Fanfare” by William White

Monteaux School & Music Festival - founded 1943
Sunday July 17, 2016

The Festival Orchestra at the Pierre Monteux School will give its Acadia Centennial concert, which will include the world premiere of “Acadia Fanfare,”  a musical tribute to Acadia National Park composed for the 2016 Acadia Centennial celebration. “Acadia Fanfare” was composed and will be conducted by Monteux School alumnus William C. White.

Mr. White served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years before joining the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Portland, Oregon where he now serves as its Interim Music Director. Mr. White’s compositions include orchestral works for children, scores for major-release films, and theme music for NPR radio’s “Cincinnati Edition.” Mr. White has said: “I am excited to be able to share the magic of music with current and future generations of musicians and park visitors.”

Tickets available only at the door, which opens at 4:15 pm. Adults: $22; Students: $5

Book Signing and Presentation by Photographer Tom Blagden

Monday July 18, 2016

Noted photographer Tom Blagden will speak at the Northeast Harbor Library about his new book, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration.

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration, published in partnership with Friends of Acadia, is a stunning portfolio of photographs revealing Acadia’s diverse habitats, bringing home the contrasts of pounding ocean and silent coves, bald mountain summits and deep forest valleys, as never seen before.

Tom Blagden is a professional nature photographer and author of First Light: Acadia National Park and Maine’s Mount Desert Island, which won a 2006 National Outdoor Book Award.

Transformer Tales Town Hall

Monday July 18, 2016

Join Penobscot Theatre Company in unpacking a project that has been in the works for the past year: Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland is a new play inspired in part by the Park’s Centennial Celebration. It will be performed in Bangor, on Indian Island, and at Blackwoods Amphitheater in Acadia in August, but now is the time to set the stage!

“The transformer tales revolve around Gluskape, a culture hero of the Wabanaki,” explained Director of Education Amy Roeder, who developed the script in collaboration with Penobscot storytellers, playwrights, linguists and scholars. “We are eager to introduce the project to the full community and to start a broad-based conversation around the value of theatre in preserving cultural traditions and inspiring positive change.”

Facilitating the discussion along with the theatre’s artistic and education leaders will be native playwrights William S. Yellowrobe and Donna Loring, and other community leaders.

Acadia Authors Night

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Acadia Authors Night will bring together a celebrated group of authors whose pens have given us compelling views and insights into our park and island. Each author will introduce and read a passage from their work.

College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins will host and MC the event. All attendees are invited to a reception afterward, hosted by COA.

The evening will feature:

  • Christian Barter, Acadia National Park’s Centennial Poet Laureate and author of The Singers I Prefer and In Someone Else’s House
  • Ronald Epp, author of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
  • David Hackett Fischer, author of Champlain’s Dream
  • Christina Gillis, author of Writing on Stone
  • Judith Goldstein, author of Majestic Mount Desert II: Collected Essays
  • Carl Little, author of Art of Acadia
  • Bunny McBride, author of Women of the Dawn
  • Bill Newlin, author of Lakes & Ponds of Mt. Desert
  • Ken Olson, co-author of Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration
  • Ann Rockefeller Roberts, author of Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads

Wonder and Protect Workshop

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Sorry, this event is cancelled due to low enrollment. Visit the Institute’s website to learn how to bring an IHE workshop to your community.

Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education www.HumaneEducation.org (IHE) and author of “The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries” and Nautilus Silver Medal-winner, “Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life,” will offer an afternoon workshop at IHE’s oceanfront campus in Surry, ME, to simultaneously:
• evoke wonder and appreciation for the natural ecology and wildlife in our region;
• offer an understanding of how personal choices affect other species and the environment;
• provide inspiration to become a solutionary who helps create a more humane and regenerative world.

We’ll do the Wonder Walk, which awakens our senses and deepens our love for the beauty, mystery and complexity of nature; examine the True Price of everyday choices to assess our impact people, animals, and the environment, and explore how we can be Solutionaries for a better world. (Ages 13 and older)

Evening Lantern Stroll

Wednesday July 20, 2016

In honor of the Acadia National Park centennial, the Land & Garden Preserve’s 2016 Lantern Stroll at the Asticou Azalea Garden will pay homage to Charles Savage, creator of the garden and third generation of innkeepers who opened their homes to the early rusticators, welcomed summer residents, and were the forebears of what has become a thriving hospitality industry.

Come experience the beauty of the Garden at night as we transform it into a magical place. Paper lanterns will hang gracefully throughout the Garden illuminating the pathways, and floating lanterns will glide gently across the pond. Traditional Japanese koto music will once again be played by Wendilee Heath O’Brien. We look forward to seeing you there!

10/100 PAINTING ACADIA: Celebrating Courthouse Gallery’s 10th Anniversary and the Acadia National Park Centennial

Wednesday July 20, 2016 - Saturday August 13, 2016

This group show highlights paintings of Acadia by gallery and guest artists, including Susan Amons | Janice Anthony | Scott Baltz | Siri Beckman | Jeffery Becton | Judy Belasco | Alan Bray | Ragna Bruno | Gretna Campbell | Dorothy Eisner | Lisa Tyson Ennis | Philip Frey | June Grey | Francis Hamabe | Paul Hannon | Jessica Lee Ives | Joseph Keiffer | Philip Koch | Rosie Moore | Emily Muir | Ed Nadeau | John Neville | Linda Packard | Colin Page | Cynthia Stroud | Lilian Day Thorpe | Wendy Turner | David Vickery | Alan Vlach.

Cultural Connections in the Park: Wabanaki Cuisine with Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy from Indian Township, is a Master Basketmaker and recipient of the 2012 Traditional Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In addition to her world-renown skills in basketry, Molly is also a talented chef and owned her own restaurant for nearly 20 years. Using a mixture of traditional and contemporary ingredients, Molly will demonstrate methods used in modern Wabanaki Cuisine, with samples for those in attendance.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from June through August and on select dates in September. All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.  All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

Kid’s Day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

Thursday July 21, 2016 - Thursday July 21, 2016

Take a spin in the Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Model T Ford Depot Hack. Games, toy car races, educational activities, model car displays, and photos in period clothing. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more. Explore the choose-your-own-adventure style exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now, which explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit.

See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

Whole Communities and Healthy Landscapes: a Conversation on the Future of Conservation

Thursday July 21, 2016

More than a century of progress in conserving the jewels of Maine has created a legacy of lasting value. Yet significant elements of Maine’s iconic landscape remain at risk. At the same time, Maine communities face mounting challenges ranging from changing economics and aging populations to rising sea-levels and demographic shifts.

If the rationale for past conservation efforts was to protect land from despoliation, how will we create a new conservation movement that seeks to conserve healthy landscapes while at the same time increasing the well-being of the human communities that depend on and shape the landscapes of which they are a part?

Two noted conservationists, Peter Forbes (Center for Whole Communities) and Tim Glidden (Maine Coast Heritage Trust), will discuss the imperative for this transition and the exciting examples that are already appearing throughout Maine, across the country and around the globe.

Presented by Maine Coast Heritage Trust in partnership with the Acadia Centennial as part of the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series.

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Peter Forbes is an educator, writer, and facilitator who is innovating across the boundaries of profession and culture which has made his work influential to the fields of conservation, leadership development, and philanthropy. A vice president of Trust for Public Land, and the founder and former executive director of Center for Whole Communities, Peter cares most about strengthening peoples’ connections to one another and to the land that sustains them.

He practices what he preaches from his family farm in Vermont, and he travels out across our country to help people, communities, and organizations have conversations that transform. Peter has collaborated directly with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations across our country, and he’s the author or photographer of seven books about people’s relationship to place. You can learn more at Peterforbes.org.

Tim Glidden joined Maine Coast Heritage Trust as president in May 2011, assuming primary responsibility for the nonprofit conservation organization’s strategic direction, overall management and public profile. He previously served as director of the state-run Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program.

Over a period of ten years, he guided LMF to a number of important successes including $41 million in bonding for land conservation, a ground-breaking new program for working waterfront protection, and the development of a comprehensive conservation easement model for large-scale “working forest” conservation projects. Prior to his work at LMF, Tim served for seven years as the deputy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Tim serves as a member of the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council. He graduated from Colby College and received his MFS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

“The Colors of Acadia”…a paste paper workshop

Thursday July 21, 2016

Decorative end papers, called paste papers, have been used in the making of finely crafted books for some 400 years. Join paper artist Sherry Rasmussen from 9 am to noon at ART on West in the Studio Upstairs, 78 West Street, as we create colorful Acadia-inspired papers for you to use in your own art and craft projects.

It’s fun and messy like finger painting. You’ll love it!

Due to space constraints, the number is limited to 10 people. Call Sherry at 207-288-9428 to make your reservation. The event is free.

Island Artisan’s Acadia Inspirations

Thursday July 21, 2016

Come meet the artisans inspired by Acadia National Park. Join us for an open house and refreshments 10am–4pm, on July 21 in our Bar Harbor gallery at 99 Main Street in downtown Bar Harbor. Meet one of the many artists we represent who makes work that is directly inspired by Acadia National Park. You may learn about pottery that records the mountain vistas, embossed paper rendering the animal inhabitants of MDI, glass sculpture showing the myriad creatures that live in the tide-pools found at the shores, weavers whose work looks like a sunset over Sargent Mountain in spring, summer or autumn, baskets that reflect the history and cultures of Acadia’s Native people, or whimsical sculpture inspired by the joy of living in a nature rich area neighboring Acadia National Park.

Friends in Acadia exhibition at the Wendell Gilley Museum

Thursday July 21, 2016 - Saturday October 29, 2016

This year the Wendell Gilley Museum joins the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park with its exhibition, Friends in Acadia. Installed in the Museum’s newly-renovated West Gallery, it features the Whitfield Painter Collection of never-before exhibited works by Wendell Gilley. Whitfield, a marine rope salesman, became friends with Wendell during his sales trips to MDI in the 1950s. Usually spread across the country, the collection has been reunited by Mr. Painter’s family for public exhibition at the Gilley for the first time. Two special new permanent acquisitions are also on exhibit: a fantastic flock of Canada Geese given in memory of E. Robert Kinney, a founding board member, and a pair of Ruffed Grouse in flight from the collection of William R. Grant, purchased in honor of our founding president Steven Rockefeller’s 80th birthday. The new installation of carvings is complemented with a rare showing of all 20 Birds of Mount Desert Island collotypes by Carroll Sargent Tyson, who was a friend and painting mentor to Wendell Gilley. Pieces for this special show literally just flew in and many will migrate out again in October, so be sure to visit the Museum soon to enjoy the whole flock.

We will celebrate the 112th anniversary of Wendell Gilley’s birth on Sunday, August 21, with an open house from noon to 5 pm. It’s a Centennial Celebration and then some—so join us in continuing to connect people, nature and art.

Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm (5 pm through August 31)
Last new entry to the galleries half hour before closing.

SFOA Finale Performances and Grand Art Show

Friday July 22, 2016 - Saturday July 23, 2016

Come experience all the amazing art that SFOA (Summer Festival of the Arts) students produce in just three weeks! Our Finale Performances and Grand Art Show give our students a chance to shine, and the community a chance to show their support! Volunteers always needed!

Friday July 22: Junior Finale Performances and Grand Art Show Opening 6 p.m.

Saturday July 23: Senior Finale Performances and Grand Art Show Continues 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Bach’s Lunch

Friday July 22, 2016

In collaboration with the Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill Bach invites the public to a lecture-demonstration, “Bach’s Lunch.” Conductor John Finney will discuss the theme of Arcadia in Baroque music, and the connection between the idyllic Greek region and Acadia. Members of the Blue Hill Bach 2016 summer festival ensemble will present selections from the festival repertoire. The event is free of charge, and audience members are invited to bring a lunch.

Pleasures of the Enchanted Island

Friday July 22, 2016

Blue Hill Bach celebrates Acadia National Park in a romp through the idyllic countryside of Arcadia, as depicted in the music of the Baroque. The program will include selections from Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Les Plaisirs de l’Isle Enchantee,” Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen,” and George Frideric Handel’s “Parnasso in festa.” Audience members will be able to enjoy wine, beer, and refreshments in a casual outdoor setting. Tickets are limited for this popular event.

Acadia National Park BioBlitz 2016 – Focus on Lepidoptera

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Saturday July 23, 2016 - Sunday July 24, 2016

Help document the biodiversity of Acadia National Park. Over the course of 24 hours biologists and citizen scientists conduct a rapid assessment helping to document species occurrence, provide estimates of species richness, and identify rare and unique species.

Butterflies and Moths, or Lepidoptera, will be the focus of the 2016 Bioblitz. Michael Sabourin is lead taxonomist.

This annual event is hosted by Schoodic Institute and sponsored by Maine Entomological Society, Maine Forest Service, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Schoodic Institute, and Acadia National Park.

Pink Granite Bead Making Demonstration

Saturday July 23, 2016 - Sunday July 24, 2016

Come see how pink Granite from Mount Desert Island is transformed from rough material to a beautiful polished bead!

The artisans from Sunapee Granite Works will be demonstrating their bead-making process using our MDI pink Granite. Their beads are part of our special pink Granite jewelry line commemorating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary. 5% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Demonstrations will occur throughout the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Open Garden Day

Saturday July 23, 2016

In conjunction with the Centennial of Acadia National Park, The Garden Club of Mount Desert’s biannual garden tour “Open Garden Day” will be held July 23, 2016, Rain or Shine!

Three historic gardens in Bar Harbor will Celebrate the Past, and three new gardens in Northeast Harbor will Inspire the Future. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.gardenclubofmountdesert.org. After July 1 tickets will be available at Sherman’s Books in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor Library, Northeast Harbor Library, and McGrath’s Variety in Northeast Harbor; and at all of the gardens on the day of the tour.

Legendary Hawaiian Canoe to Visit Mount Desert Island on Global Voyage

Saturday July 23, 2016 - Tuesday July 26, 2016

Traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, will stop at Mount Desert Island as part of her leg through the New England area. The visit is part of the Acadia Centennial celebration and part of a larger effort to link Acadia National Park and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, which share their centennial in 2016. This sail is part of a historic Worldwide Voyage covering more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations. Hōkūleʻa is a double-hull sailing vessel that voyages without the use of modern instruments, using stars, winds and waves to navigate from destination to destination. During this current leg, the crew is honoring Native American tribes in the region and teaching and learning about traditions and practices of protecting cultural and environmental resources. Weather permitting, the crew conducts community and educational outreach programs, including canoe tours for the public during each stop.

Schedule is subject to change-please visit www.hokulea.com for the latest information.

Saturday, July 23
● 9:00 am: Public Arrival Ceremony
Wabanaki and the Mt. Desert community gather to welcome Hōkūleʻa
Location: JW Boat Company, Hall Quarry Road, Mt. Desert ME

● 12:00-4:00 pm: Canoe Tours and Public Programs
Location: JW Boat Company, Hall Quarry Road, Mt. Desert ME

Sunday, July 24
● 6:00 pm: Public Presentation
Location: JW Boat Company, Hall Quarry Road, Mt. Desert ME.

Tuesday, July 26
● 10:00 am – 3:15 pm: Youth Groups visit Canoe, by appointment
Group size limited to 50
For reservations, write debra@campbeechcliff.org or call (207)-244-0365
Location:JW Boat Company, Hall Quarry Road, Mt. Desert ME.

● 4:00-5:00 pm: Public Presentation
Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor.

To follow the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage

Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet at Sunrise

Sunday July 24, 2016

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Acadia National Park with a sunrise concert. The Kneisel Hall Young Artist String Quartet will play Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet at sunrise (5:13 a.m.) at the Blue Hill Town Park, with the sun rising over Acadia. Come a little early so you don’t miss it!

Everyone is invited. BYOC (bring your own coffee).

Wild Gardens of Acadia: Readings by Anne Kozak and Sue Leiter

Monday July 25, 2016

Wild Gardens of Acadia offer a microcosm of Acadia’s flora in a serene brookside setting. Over 400 plant species, all indigenous, are found in twelve gardens along crossing paths. COA faculty and long-time Wild Gardens of Acadia board member, Anne Kozak, is joined by Sue Leiter to talk about their recent book on the gardens. A reception will follow in COA’s Beatrix Farrand Gardens.

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland – Dramatic Academy for youth

Monday July 25, 2016 - Sunday August 14, 2016

Don’t get stuck in September with nothing to write in your back-to-school essay, “What I did during my summer vacation.” Sign up for the second session of Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy Summer, and help bring a world-premiere production to vivid life!

Enjoy three weeks of full-day programming under the instruction of industry professionals, develop your skills on stage or behind the scenes, and together we’ll make magic! Centered at the Bangor Opera House, the program will include a field trip to Indian Island and culminate with four public performances—two in Bangor, one on Indian Island, and one in Acadia National Park.

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland will celebrate our past and inspire our future. Through poems, stories, music, and Penobscot language, we will dramatize traditional tales of the Wabanaki, weaving past, present and future, and honoring the earth, the skies, the rivers and the people of the Dawnland.

Youths aged 4–19 are eligible, and no prior experience is required. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Schoodic Institute Artist in Residence: Gina Brooks, Maliseet

Monday July 25, 2016 - Friday July 29, 2016

This year, the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park are partnering to offer an artist in residence program at the Schoodic Institute in order to provide more opportunities for park visitors to learn about Wabanaki history and culture.

The artist, Gina Brooks, Maliseet, works in many art forms, including pen and ink, acrylic paint, ash baskets, quillwork, moosehair embroidery, and countless more. Considering herself an artist that is informed by Wabanaki culture and tradition, Gina uses traditional knowledge and designs to create intricate, one of a kind pieces that often reflect Wabanaki oral histories. Join Gina at various times during the week to learn about her different mediums, artistic process, and cultural influence as a professional artist.

Monday, July 25
Painting Demonstration at Dorr Hall, Schoodic Institute
11 am – 3 pm

Storytelling at Schoodic Woods
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Rain Date: July 26

Tuesday, July 26
Basketmaking Demonstration at Dorr Hall, Schoodic Institute
11 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, July 27
Porcupine Quill and Moosehair Embroidery Demonstration at Nature Center Patio, Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park
11 am – 3 pm
Rain Location: Abbe Museum downtown

Wednesday, July 27
Storytelling at Schoodic Woods
7 – 8 pm

Thursday, July 28
Birchbark Etching Demonstration at Dorr Hall, Schoodic Institute
11 am – 3 pm

Friday, July 29
Pen and Ink Demonstration at Dorr Hall, Schoodic Institute
9 am – 12 pm

Outdoor Film: Dancing at the Mill

Dancing at the Mill movie
Tuesday July 26, 2016
 The Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce will host an outdoor screening of Dancing at the Mill: Two Centuries of Life on Mount Desert Island. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, friends and family, and good centennial cheer! Starts at dusk (around 8 p.m.).

In 1761 Abraham Somes sailed to Mt. Desert Island and settled in a sheltered harbor at the head of Somes Sound. This film celebrates the generations who have followed. Using the island’s rich troves of historical photographs as well as early film footage, the film paints a picture of two centuries of daily life on the island. The film was written by Gunnar Hansen with music scored and performed by Bob Habib and the narration by Jack Perkins. It was filmed, edited and produced by Jeff Dobbs Productions, with support from the Mount Desert Island Historical Society and the Savage family.

Beatrix Farrand: At Home on Mount Desert Island

Beatrix Farrand Society
Tuesday July 26, 2016

The renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand designed the roadside plantings for the carriage roads of Acadia National Park. Farrand was a long-time summer resident of Bar Harbor, and she spent her last years at Garland Farm in Salisbury Cove. Roxanne Brouse, co-author of Acadia National Park’s 1989 “Historic Resource Study for the Carriage Road System,” has written a new monograph, “The Public-Spirited Beatrix Farrand of Mount Desert Island.” On July 26, Brouse will discuss her book and Farrand’s contribution to the scenic views and landscape of the Park’s roadways.

Coffee and Conversation with Jennifer Booher and Dru Colbert

Tuesday July 26, 2016

Acadia National Park 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Jennifer Booher, joins COA professor Dru Colbert to talk about the intersection of art and science in Acadia. This is a special Acadia Centennial event.

The Spirit of Acadia: Celebrating our Spiritual Connection with Place and Park

Wednesday July 27, 2016

For generations, Acadia National Park has offered opportunities for spiritual renewal. As part of the Centennial observance, come join in a celebration of this spiritual connection. We will gather for an interfaith service of word, song, and movement.

Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park said, “The inspirational quality of Acadia makes it a deeply spiritual place for many.  We appreciate the MDI Clergy Association supporting our Centennial celebration and helping emphasize the importance of the park in our communities.”

“The spirit and mind of humankind will surely find in it in the years and centuries to come an inspiration and a means of growth as essential to them ever and anon as are fresh air and sunshine to the body,” George Dorr said of Acadia National Park

Sponsored by the MDI Clergy Association and Permitted by ANP.

Cultural Connections in the Park: Visual Storytelling with Gina Brooks, Maliseet

Wednesday July 27, 2016

Gina Brooks, Maliseet, works in many art forms, including pen and ink, acrylic paint, ash baskets, quillwork, moosehair embroidery, and countless more. Considering herself an artist that is informed by Wabanaki culture and tradition, Gina uses traditional knowledge and designs to create intricate, one of a kind pieces that often reflect Wabanaki oral histories.

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from June through August and on select dates in September.  All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

Lobster Picnic Sunset Cruise Safari

Thursday July 28, 2016

Acadia Photo Safari will host three special Acadia Centennial Lobster Picnic safaris aboard our locally built 28-foot “lobster yacht.” In addition to our standard cruise of personalized photography instruction and great photo-ops, each centennial cruise includes extended time for a lobster picnic served on the waters of Somes Sound. Join us in photographing Acadia from the water, indulging in lobster, and celebrating Acadia’s Centennial. Ten percent of all proceeds from this safari will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Please register on our website: http://www.acadiaphotosafari.com

Available Dates:

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2106

“En Plein Air”  A pop-up performance series by Alison Chase/Performance 

Thursday July 28, 2016

This summer, Alison Chase/Performance will bring outdoor pop-up performances to the Schoodic Arts for All community in Winter Harbor. This renowned contemporary dance company will present family-friendly repertoire favorites and new works that bring humor, illusion, athleticism, and movement innovation to the site-specific stage. These works will include Monkey and The White Bone Demon, Red Weather, Tracings and In the Forest of the Night. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band. Part performance, part dance party, join us for this celebration of movement outdoors along the coast of Maine (come by land or by sea!).

Made possible with support from the Maine Community Foundation. With thanks to our co-sponsor, the Schoodic Institute for helping make this performance possible.

This is an outdoor performance at Rockefeller Hall on the SERC campus. Bring a chair or sit-upon. Rain location is at Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, Maine.

This performance is in partnership with Acadia National Park’s 100th Anniversary.

 

“Seal Harbor, Summer of 1916: One Hundred Years Later” by Leopold Seyffert

Thursday July 28, 2016 - Wednesday August 10, 2016

During WW1 the European musicians working in the USA could not return for their normal summer vacations to Germany or Switzerland. Instead many found themselves in Seal Harbor, Maine. During the evenings they dined (often together) and performed. From time to time artist Leopold Seyffert (painter of the Steinway family portraits) drew, often by gaslight, images of their faces. Using traditional soft charcoal, a kneaded eraser and his pinkie finger he picked out the darks and lights of their sculpted faces. Artemis Gallery is proud to showcase this collection of portraits of ten German-American musicians, never showcased before on MDI. The drawings were made exactly the same year that the park was founded.

“Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr” – with Ronald Epp

Thursday July 28, 2016

Author Ronald Epp will discuss his book detailing the role of George Dorr as a founder of Acadia National Park. He will also be looking at the influences of Ellsworth Attorney John A. Peters on the “Father of Acadia” and his role as executor of the estate of G. B. Dorr. Books will be available for signing.

Presentations on new student research in Acadia

Thursday July 28, 2016

Students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute will present the conclusions from their work over the past several months on:

  • Helping Acadia become a dark sky park
  • Calculating the park’s carbon footprint
  • Developing new ways to monitor visitation
  • Improving online access to our trails, including through virtual reality

Parking is limited so please carpool or ride the Island Explorer. All are welcome!

Since 2012, Worcester Polytechnic Institute has collaborated with the Acadia National Park in research and creative activities intended to offer insight into the preservation, improvement, appreciation, and sustainability of the natural environment. This work is undertaken as one of WPI’s most distinguished academic requirements called the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). Unique in higher education, the IQP challenges students to address a problem that lies at the intersection of science, technology, and society. WPI sends approximately 20 students to the park each summer for seven weeks.

41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

Friday July 29, 2016 - Sunday July 31, 2016

Your beloved Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show in a new location! In its 41st year, this show maintains a reputation for excellence in fine craft and is one of the best places to meet Maine’s talented artisans working in wood, metal, clay, natural fibers, glass and so much more. We invite you to join us for inspired shopping!

The show will run July 29–31. Hours are Fri. 5–8pm, Sat. 10am–5pm, and Sun. 10am–4pm

In celebration of the Acadia National Park Centennial, the Maine Crafts Guild is coordinating an event titled Conservation Matters.

Guild members will be challenged to design and produce works featuring natural/conservation themes, in celebration of 100 years of Acadia stewardship. Artwork may range from production to one-of-a-kind pieces and will be showcased on our website.

Conservation Matters will culminate at the 41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show at the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center—Bar Harbor, where participating members will highlight their Acadia Centennial–themed artworks for purchase.

A percentage of sales will be donated to Friends of Acadia. A special celebratory gathering is planned for the evening of July 29, 2016—opening night of the show.

Admission $5; under 18 free.

Celebrating “Conservation Matters” at the 41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – Opening Night!

Friday July 29, 2016

In celebration of the Acadia National Park Centennial, the Maine Crafts Guild is coordinating an event titled Conservation Matters. Guild members have been challenged to design and produce works featuring natural/conservation themes, in celebration of 100 years of Acadia stewardship. Artwork may range from production to one-of-a-kind pieces and will be showcased on our website.

The Maine Crafts Guild will host a celebratory event titled Conservation Matters on opening night of the 41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show.

Guild members will highlight Acadia Centennial themed artworks for purchase for the duration of the fine craft show. A percentage of sales will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Refreshments will be served, along with a cash wine bar and live music.

Admission $5; under 18 free.

Final Friday Dance

Friday July 29, 2016

Partner dance – part of a century of Acadia tradition!

Optional lesson: 7-8 PM

Open dancing to mixed recorded dance music: 8-10 PM

$10 pp donation suggested

Bar Harbor Music Festival Gala featuring “Songs of the Sky”

Sunday July 31, 2016

In celebration of the Acadia Centennial, the 2016 Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary Season will feature the world premieres of two compositions commissioned by the Bar Harbor Music Festival and inspired by Acadia National Park.

Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra at the Festival Gala on Sunday, July 31 at the Bar Harbor Club. Featured will be “Songs of the Sky” by Edmund Cionek, composer-in-residence at the Bar Harbor Music Festival. This work will pair Native American vocal soloist George Neptune with the string orchestra. The piece will premiere earlier in the week, at the 44th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert at Blackwoods Campground.

The Festival Gala includes an optional pre-concert buffet dinner.

Century One: Acadia Art Exhibit

Monday August 01, 2016 - Sunday August 14, 2016

An art exhibit that will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to celebrate the Acadia Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the Acadia National Park archives, as well as from local historical society, museum, and library archives. The works will showcase well-known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing.

“Century One: Acadia” – paintings by Kaitlyn Metcalf – Schoodic

Monday August 01, 2016 - Sunday August 14, 2016

“Century One: Acadia” will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to commemorate the Acadia Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of Acadia National Park, as well as from area historical societies, museums and libraries. They showcase well known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing.

Robert Jay – Art Exhibit

Monday August 01, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

Acrylic Paintings of Acadia National Park and its surroundings: an exhibit of works by Robert Jay.

At 79 years of age, Robert Jay is a self-taught artist, painting for 10 ½ years. He came to Mount Desert Island as a biking and hiking tourist in 1986 and became a part-time resident 22 years ago.

Art originally was a hobby in retirement. Robert Jay uses his art now as a platform to express his love of the natural word, and his concern for its dwindling resources. Mount Desert Island, with its history of art and the celebrated Acadia National Park, is his favorite place on this planet.

Somes Sound Windjammer Parade

Maine Windjammers Association. Photo by Albert Andre
Tuesday August 02, 2016

Maine’s legendary fleet of windjammers will sail in company through Somes Sound, the body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island, where dramatic 600-foot cliffs form the backdrop for this afternoon parade of sail.

Accompanying the windjammers will be The Corinthians fleet of power and sailing yachts, flying the Corinthians courtesy flag and the Acadia Centennial burgee.

The windjammer parade will be a sight not to be missed! Best spectator viewing will be along Sargent Drive, which will be temporarily one-way going north for the duration of the event in order to accommodate parking.

[photo credit: Albert Andre]

Print and Sip Like The Masters

ArtWaves
Wednesday August 03, 2016

Transcribe 19th century paintings of Mount Desert Island by Church and Cole. All materials provided to create and take home your own 9×12 historical painting. (21+)
Members $35
Nonmembers $45

BOOK SIGNING AND TALK: Tom Blagden “Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration”

Wednesday August 03, 2016

Nature photographer Tom Blagden will be at Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth on August 3 at 6pm to talk about his career and photographic process. Blagden’s photography of Acadia is the subject of his newly released book, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration. Photographs from the book will be on view at the Gallery July 20 — August 13. The newly released book was published in conjunction Rizzoli and Friends of Acadia, and will be available at the Gallery.

Writing About Conservation Giants: Two Decades of Living with George Dorr, Charles W. Eliot, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
Wednesday August 03, 2016

Without a doubt Acadia National Park would not exist without the foresight of these three individuals. Epp’s talk is part of the 2016 Centennial Celebration and is in conjunction with his newly published book called Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Dorr.

Ronald H. Epp, Ph.d is a historian and professor of philosophy with a background in scholarly publishing and academic library leadership. He is the retired director of the Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University. His longtime research into Acadia’s early history and personages has led to published articles in magazines and newsletters of many Acadia-area organizations.

This talk is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Print the Park

ArtWaves
Thursday August 04, 2016

Learn to create your own Acadia National Park cards through fine art printmaking. You will learn a variety of print making techniques. Everything is included to make your own printed postcard.

Family Sessions: 2:00-5:00 PM
Members parent and child team $45,
Nonmembers parent and child team $55

Adult Sessions: 6:00-9:00 PM
Member Single Adult $30
Nonmember single adult $40

Island Artisan’s Acadia Inspirations

Thursday August 04, 2016

Come meet the artisans inspired by Acadia National Park. Join us for an open house and refreshments 10am–4pm, on August 4 at our Northeast Harbor gallery at 119 Main Street. Meet one of the many artists we represent who makes work that is directly inspired by Acadia National Park. You may learn about pottery that records the mountain vistas, embossed paper rendering the animal inhabitants of MDI, glass sculpture showing the myriad creatures that live in the tide-pools found at the shores, weavers whose work looks like a sunset over Sargent Mountain in spring, summer or autumn, baskets that reflect the history and cultures of Acadia’s Native people, or whimsical sculpture inspired by the joy of living in a nature rich area neighboring Acadia National Park.

Pack Basket Workshop with Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy

Thursday August 04, 2016 - Friday August 05, 2016

The Abbe Museum’s second basket workshop of the season features utility basketmaker Gabriel Frey. Gabe comes from a long line of fancy and utility basketmakers and uses his family’s traditional knowledge and style to create beautifully woven, sturdily built utility baskets that can be used for a variety of purposes. In this workshop, learn how to make Gabe’s famous market basket—a square-bottomed, oval-rimmed basket perfect for carrying small loads. A two-day workshop, students are required to attend both days in order to complete their basket.

Registration required, space limited.

Mount Desert Summer Chorale Annual Concerts

Friday August 05, 2016

Celebrate the Acadia Centennial with Mount Desert Summer Chorale. Our 2016 concerts will celebrate nature with short works by many composers and will feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned work written for the the Chorale by beloved composer Craig Courtney, and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.

With a pre-concert talk by music director David Schildkret each evening at 7 p.m.

FEATURED PERFORMERS:

ORGANIST: Nationally known organ recitalist Timothy Olsen will be featured in our 2016 program.

SOLOISTS: Rejoice in the Lamb will feature four student soloists from Mount Desert Island.  All are currently college students; all attended MDI High School.
Caroline Homer, soprano
Rhiannon Vonder Haar, mezzo-soprano
Ethan Craigo, tenor
Logan MacDonald, bass

Admission is by donation at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at various locations around Mount Desert Island; those contributing $100 or more to the Chorale receive tickets for seating in the special donor section.

The program will also be performed on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

“Rhythms of the Sea and Tides in Acadia”

Friday August 05, 2016

ART on West Gallery is pleased to feature David Shepard’s oil paintings at the August 5 “ART Walk Bar Harbor”. David lives close to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Living here and sailing the coast of Maine for forty plus years has been the inspiration for much of his painting. Dramatic storms, rhythms of the sea and tides, the ever changing skies, the landscape and gardens by his home, and the beautiful change of seasons are the recurring themes for his oil paintings.

He has used many techniques to convey the feeling of being immersed in the scene rather than experiencing it from a distance. He uses very thin washes and overlays to heavy textured effects with the palette knife.

Be sure to stop in the gallery to enjoy David’s latest Acadia work as his shares with you his tales of inspiration from Acadia’s mountains, lakes and sea.

Pictured here is David’s “Schoodic” 28.5″ x 50.75”

A View in a Box

Friday August 05, 2016

You have to come to check those fun slider boxes! Customized limited edition by Jay Palefsky is our tribute to Acadia’s Centennial. Those fun & classic boxes created an ever-changing view that brings back the memories of your time in Acadia. Part of the profit from sales of these boxes will go to Friends of Acadia.

Abbe After Hours: Art Walk Bar Harbor

Friday August 05, 2016

The Abbe will be open late for Art Walk Bar Harbor. Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues and occurs the first Friday of every month, from 6 – 9 pm.

Please come by and take in our new core exhibit, People of the First Light, wander through the galleries, outdoor courtyard, and shop while enjoying music and light refreshments. Free and open to the public!

Mount Desert Summer Chorale Annual Concerts

Saturday August 06, 2016

Celebrate the Acadia Centennial with Mount Desert Summer Chorale. Our 2016 concerts will celebrate nature with short works by many composers and will feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned work written for the the Chorale by beloved composer Craig Courtney, and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.

With a pre-concert talk by music director David Schildkret each evening at 7 p.m.

FEATURED PERFORMERS:

ORGANIST: Nationally known organ recitalist Timothy Olsen will be featured in our 2016 program.

SOLOISTS: Rejoice in the Lamb will feature four student soloists from Mount Desert Island.  All are currently college students; all attended MDI High School.
Caroline Homer, soprano
Rhiannon Vonder Haar, mezzo-soprano
Ethan Craigo, tenor
Logan MacDonald, bass

Admission is by donation at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at various locations around Mount Desert Island; those contributing $100 or more to the Chorale receive tickets for seating in the special donor section.

The program will also be performed on Friday, August 5, 2016.

Northeast HarborFest

Saturday August 06, 2016 - Sunday August 07, 2016

The Northeast HarborFest is a celebration of the artistic, cultural, and nautical heritage of Northeast Harbor. The festival brings together fine artists and craftsmen from all over the country to the newly renovated and spectacular Northeast Harbor marina waterfront for a weekend show during the peak of the tourist season on Mt. Desert Island. This is the “sister” show of the Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival, held the following weekend in Bar Harbor.

The 2016 HarborFest will be “Acadia Centennial special edition” shows, specifically themed to celebrate the rich artistic tradition that Acadia National Park has served for artists throughout its history.

The Wednesday Painters’ Tribute to Acadia National Park

Saturday August 06, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

The Wednesday Painters: What began six years ago as a group of 5 friends meeting to paint together, has now become a group of approximately 20 artists coming from local area communities, who meet weekly at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center under the auspices of Friends in Action. Beginning and skilled artists together, work on individual projects, in an atmosphere providing encouragement and support. The Wednesday Painters will show their “Tribute to Acadia National Park” at the Ellsworth Library during the month of August.

A Meet the Artists Reception will be held in the Riverview Room at the Ellsworth Public Library on Friday, August 19 from 4 – 6 p.m.

L.L.Bean Bootmobile Visits Bar Harbor

Saturday August 06, 2016

Have you ever seen a drivable boot? Join Acadia Centennial Signature Sponsor L.L.Bean at the Bar Harbor Village Green for Centennial fun and games. Take your picture in front of the L.L.Bean Bootmobile and learn more about how L.L.Bean is supporting Acadia National Park and the Island Explorer bus system. Friends of Acadia staff will also have an information table about the Acadia Centennial. Stop by for a visit!

Murder at the Museum: A Murder Mystery Picnic Dinner

Sunday August 07, 2016

One hundred years ago, after a bitter war of words between summer “rusticators” and year round residents, cars were finally allowed across MDI. But what if this war had become violent? The 3rd annual Rusticator Picnic takes a turn toward the macabre when a murder is committed. Join us for a picnic dinner and rides in antique cars, and help solve the mystery!

Prizes awarded to those who determine the killer. Costumes encouraged but optional; character profiles available. Tickets $100 non-members, $75 members (includes drinks, dinner, music, games, rides.) Hosted in partnership with the Jesup Memorial Library.

To purchase tickets or for more info: (207) 244-9242 or raney@sealcoveautomuseum.org

Lobster Picnic Sunset Cruise Safari

Monday August 08, 2016

Acadia Photo Safari will host three special Acadia Centennial Lobster Picnic safaris aboard our locally built 28-foot “lobster yacht.” In addition to our standard cruise of personalized photography instruction and great photo-ops, each centennial cruise includes extended time for a lobster picnic served on the waters of Somes Sound. Join us in photographing Acadia from the water, indulging in lobster, and celebrating Acadia’s Centennial. Ten percent of all proceeds from this safari will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Please register on our website: http://www.acadiaphotosafari.com

Available Dates:

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2106

Artist Reception – Becky O’Keefe

Tuesday August 09, 2016

I am holding an Artist reception featuring the paintings and cards I have done thus far as part of my Centennial Celebration. I have pledged to paint one painting a month from within the new Schoodic Woods section of Acadia. For this event, 10% of sales on these items will go to Friends of Acadia. Stop by for some light refreshments on your way to the Schoodic Arts Performance.

* Outside of this event, 5% 0f sales on these items go to FOA.

BOOK SIGNING AND TALK: Carl Little

Wednesday August 10, 2016

Author Carl Little will be at Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth for a Gallery Talk and Book Signing for Art of Acadia by Carl Little and David Little, published by Down East Books. Several paintings by Courthouse Gallery artists are highlighted in the book, which will be available at the talk.

Cultural Connections in the Park: Storytelling and Music Performance with Hawk Henries, Nipmuck

Wednesday August 10, 2016

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from June through August and on select dates in September.

Join us at Blackwoods Campground for an evening concert by musician Hawk Henries. A member of the Nipmuck tribe, Hawk crafts each one of his eastern woodlands flutes out of a single piece of wood.  Hawk enchants audiences with his fascinating stories, delicate tones from his expertly crafted flutes, and even surprises them with a few instruments from around the world!

The Cultural Connections in the Park series occurs every Wednesday from June through August and on select dates in September.  All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public.

Catherine Breer Acadia Calendar signing

Wednesday August 10, 2016

Stop by Window Panes to meet Catherine Breer, Maine artist who creates original paintings and prints. She is well known for her poster calendars depicting coastal Maine scenes in bright and vivid colors.

The Acadia Centennial logo was chosen through an open, nationwide contest. When Catherine learned that her design had been chosen, it seemed only natural to create an Acadia Centennial poster calendar—a format that fans of Catherine’s work have long treasured. She is now in her 2nd year creating beautiful scenes from Acadia and making them into a beautiful and useful commemorative calendar. In addition, her logo can be found on many centennial products throughout the state. Stop in to meet Catherine and have her sign a calendar for you.

Also featured in our window will be an original Catherine Breer painting titled Seal Cove. Catherine will donate this piece for the upcoming Friends of Acadia Benefit Auction on August 13th. Come get a sneak peak!

Intimacies in Letters between Dorr, Eliot, and Rockefeller: a talk by Ronald Epp

Ron Epp speaks at the Jesup in April 2016
Wednesday August 10, 2016

George B. Dorr biographer Ronald Epp will talk about the intimacies in letters between George B. Dorr, Charles W. Eliot, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., giving a new interpretation of male intimacy not previously discussed in his Dorr biography, Creating Acadia National Park, or at his previous talk at the Jesup.

Epp’s talk is based on research both in the U.S. and abroad, including federal, state and private archives, along with newly discovered and non-catalogued sources. Epp uncovered and inventoried hidden collections of documents relating to the history of Acadia National Park and Dorr, including work done at the Jesup Memorial Library.

Epp is a historian and professor and served as a consultant for the Ken Burns documentary “America’s Best Idea: The National Parks.” His research over the last two decades into the Massachusetts families that influenced the development of conservation philanthropy has resulted in numerous talks and publications for Acadia National Park, Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, Mount Desert Island Historical Society and many other organizations.

“Art of Acadia” at the Jesup Memorial Library

Thursday August 11, 2016

Join David Little, an artist, and Carl Little, an author, to celebrate their new book Art of Acadia at the Jesup Memorial Library.

The brothers’ book is a view of the region through the painters that have captured the beauty of the island on their canvases. The painters’ work has drawn thousands to the island and helped protect the region as well.

David Little, a resident of Portland, Maine, has been painting the Maine landscape since 1983. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Blaine House, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum. Little’s experience in the art world is broad—he spent ten years working at the Bayview Gallery in Portland, and he gives critiques, juries art shows, and curates. This is his first book.

Carl Little is the author of more than a dozen art books; he has also published articles and reviews of art in such magazines. He serves as the director of marketing and communication at the Maine Community Foundation and he lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Kevin Gardner: Discovering New England Stone Walls

Thursday August 11, 2016

Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press), touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. He will also tell of his training ANP maintenance crews in dry-wall techniques. They worked on retaining walls along the carriage roads as well as steps and culverts on the trails up Cadillac Mountain.

Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

Since the publication of The Granite Kiss, Kevin has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England, including Canterbury Shaker Village, the NH Historical Society, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and many, many more.

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland – at Indian Island

Thursday August 11, 2016

See the world premiere of this special youth production! Produced by Penobscot Theatre Company in partnership with The Penobscot Nation, Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland will celebrate our past and inspire our future. Through poems, stories, music, and Penobscot language, young performers will bring to life traditional tales of the Wabanaki, weaving past, present and future, and honoring the earth, the skies, the rivers, and the people of the Dawnland.

Performances:
August 11 at Penobscot Nation Community Center, Indian Island
August 12 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 13 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 14 at Blackwoods Amphitheater, Acadia National Park

“Centennial Celebration Show” by Selected Artemis Artists

Thursday August 11, 2016 - Wednesday August 24, 2016

Artemis Gallery is proud to celebrate the beauty of Acadia National Park with the Centennial Celebration show. While the park serves environmental and recreational purposes, it is the beauty of its mountains, creeks, shorelines and forests that has inspired artists for the last century to create work investigating and honoring the park’s astounding landscape.

The show will feature artists such as Catherine Breer, Tom Curry, Rob & Amy Pollien, Jerry Rose, David Graeme Baker, Lisa Lebofsky, Mary Prince, Louise Borne, Nancy McCormick and more.

Jack Russell: A New Deal for Acadia – The Civilian Conservation Corps Contribution 1933-1942

CCC at Sieur de Monts. NPS/Archive photo.
Thursday August 11, 2016

During the Great Depression, some 3,000 poor boys, mostly from Maine, came to Acadia for six months or more to work hard as part of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps. Who were they? Why did they come? What did they do for our park and communities? What legacy did they leave?

As Acadia founder and superintendent George Dorr said, aside from the men who built our roads, the CCC lads were the ANP workforce in the 1930s. They opened new trails and improved old ones, planted thousands of trees, made fire roads, fought some fires, built footbridges, and did scores of public works projects in the surrounding communities. Like the pond at Somesville? CCC. Enjoy the Ocean Drive Path and the Perpendicular Trail? CCC.

Fortunately, the ANP archives include a strong record of CCC work in our park, over forty oral histories gathered from CCCers later in life, and hundreds of photographs. These are the foundation of a passionate and respectful history of the CCC in Acadia offered by local historian and Acadia Centennial co-chair Jack Russell.

A family visiting Acadia today might camp at Blackwoods, greet the sun with a walk along the Ocean Drive, and enjoy the mid-morning views from Beech Cliff. After a swim at Echo Lake they could take the Lurvey Spring fire road over to Long Pond for a walk up the western side and a picnic on the rocks, followed by a hike up the Perpendicular Trail to admire the beautiful stone step work. Their good day might end at sunset beneath the century-old evergreens of Pretty Marsh. Every step of their passage through Acadia would have been opened for them a long lifetime ago by the CCC.

Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival

Friday August 12, 2016 - Sunday August 14, 2016

The 2016 Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival—held on the grounds of one of Bar Harbor’s premier luxury hotels, The Bar Harbor Inn—is strategically located in the middle of town on the harbor waterfront. Artists and patrons alike agree that the location is an ideal venue for this upscale arts event, which attracts both visitors and locals. The show is held at the pinnacle of the tourist season in Bar Harbor and is “sister” show to the Northeast Harborfest held the previous weekend in Northeast Harbor.

The 2016 festival will be an “Acadia Centennial special edition” show, specifically themed to celebrate the rich artistic tradition that Acadia National Park has served for artists throughout its history.

Red Cloak Tour for Acadia’s 100th

Friday August 12, 2016

As a special Centennial event, we will be offering a special Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of the town of Bar Harbor, with a focus on the oldest Eastern National Park, how it was created, and the history of the area in 1916. Our tours are well known for unusual trivia, historical facts, oddities, and curiosities, but we will also have tales of unsolved mysteries, haunts, and ghosts.

Reservations may be made at www.RedCloakHauntedHistoryTours.com or by calling 207-380-3806. Tickets are $15/$7.

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland – in Bangor

Friday August 12, 2016

See the world premiere of this special youth production! Produced by Penobscot Theatre Company in partnership with The Penobscot Nation, Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland will celebrate our past and inspire our future. Through poems, stories, music, and Penobscot language, young performers will bring to life traditional tales of the Wabanaki, weaving past, present and future, and honoring the earth, the skies, the rivers, and the people of the Dawnland.

Performances:
August 11 at Penobscot Nation Community Center, Indian Island
August 12 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 13 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 14 at Blackwoods Amphitheater, Acadia National Park

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland – in Bangor

Saturday August 13, 2016

See the world premiere of this special youth production! Produced by Penobscot Theatre Company in partnership with The Penobscot Nation, Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland will celebrate our past and inspire our future. Through poems, stories, music, and Penobscot language, young performers will bring to life traditional tales of the Wabanaki, weaving past, present and future, and honoring the earth, the skies, the rivers, and the people of the Dawnland.

Performances:
August 11 at Penobscot Nation Community Center, Indian Island
August 12 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 13 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 14 at Blackwoods Amphitheater, Acadia National Park

Acadia: Nature as Teacher

Sunday August 14, 2016 - Sunday August 28, 2016

Over the spring and summer, eighteen artists and writers from the Blue Hill Peninsula will visit Acadia and create visual art or written word about their impressions. As time progresses, the public can keep up-to-date on participants’ process and thoughts by following our blog. The project will culminate in a exhibition opening on August 14th and a reading on August 21st. The exhibition will run for two weeks, August 14 through 28, Thursdays through Sundays, 12–4.

For more on our project, visit the RFS website.

Acadia: Nature As Teacher Exhibit Opening

Sunday August 14, 2016

Join us as eighteen artists and writers exhibit works inspired by Acadia National Park, the culmination of a many months-long project sponsored by Reversing Falls Sanctuary (RFS). Find us at the “Gallery Within” at RFS 818 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, ME. The Acadia: Nature as Teacher exhibit will run from Aug.14 – 28, Thurs.- Sun. 12-4pm.

For more information, visit our blog and the RFS website.

Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland – at Blackwoods

Sunday August 14, 2016

See the world premiere of this special youth production! Wabanaki culture is alive and present in this original piece conceived and written by local Wabanaki artists, the People of the Dawnland. Experience a multimedia exploration of what it means to be of and from the Dawnland itself, incorporating cultural tales from the past with the vibrant life of the Wabanaki present and an eye to the future. Celebrate the earth, the skies, the rivers and the people of the Dawnland in these evocative tales told via poems, stories, music and Wabanaki language. Conservation, preservation and passion come together to become Transformer Tales.

Produced by Penobscot Theatre Company in partnership with The Penobscot Nation, Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland will celebrate our past and inspire our future. Young performers will bring to life traditional tales of the Wabanaki, weaving past, present and future, and honoring the earth, the skies, the rivers and the people of the Dawnland.

This special performance at Blackwoods Campground is part of the “Cultural Connections in the Park” series, a partnership of the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park and sponsored by Dawnland, LLC. Cultural Connections events occur every Wednesday from June through August and on select dates in September, and are free and open to the public.

Other Transformer Tales Performances:
August 11 at Penobscot Nation Community Center, Indian Island
August 12 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor
August 13 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor

 

In the event of rain, Penobscot Theatre Company’s performance of Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland, August 14 at 3:00 pm, will be held at the Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor. If the weather is questionable, please visit PCT’s website or Facebook page, where the venue will be posted after 10:00 am on Sunday. www.penobscottheatre.org/show/transformer-tales-stories-dawnland/
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Art Meets Science Café – The Making of Art of Acadia

Monday August 15, 2016

Art writer Carl Little will talk about the making of his new book, Art of Acadia, written with his brother, David.

Published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park, the Littles’ book highlights the artists who have been inspired by the landscape of greater Mount Desert Island, including the Cranberry Isles and Schoodic Point, from the early 19th century to today. Little will offer a sampling of images from the book.

Art Meets Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory and free of charge. The public is invited to participate in discussion and enjoy refreshments.

The 2016 exhibit “A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia,” will open at 4:15 PM for viewing before the event.

Included in the exhibit is an oil painting by artist Alexandra Tyng called “Jet Streams,” that is reproduced on the cover of Art of Acadia. The painting is a dramatic aerial portrait of the eastern peninsula of Mount Desert Island looking north over Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor toward Jordan Pond and beyond.

Becoming an Artist – Robert Hagberg

Tuesday August 16, 2016

In a preview to his upcoming Milestone Exhibition on August 20–21, Robert Hagberg will give a talk entitled “Becoming an Artist,” with special emphasis on his relationship with Acadia National Park and the impact it has had on his career. His park paintings have been selected for honors by The Artist Magazine, Oil Painters of America, the National Art in the Parks competitions and the American Society of Marine Artists.

In a small group setting, there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion during the talk as well as a reception following.

Life in Southwest Harbor 100 years ago

Southwest Harbor Historical Society
Wednesday August 17, 2016

In 1916, when Sieur de Monts was designated a national monument, what were people doing in Southwest Harbor? Phil Whitney, Vice President of the Southwest Harbor Historical Society, will narrate a slide presentation on that subject.

Demonstration Day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

Thursday August 18, 2016

One of the Brass Era (1895-1917) vehicles in the museum’s collection will be fired up and demonstrated, or an invited guest will share their own automotive technology. Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting. Information and discussion about the vehicle or technology will be presented.

While you’re at the museum, visit the new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now – forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit. See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

My Two Decades of Writing About Acadia’s Founder – presentation by Ronald Epp

Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
Thursday August 18, 2016

Blue Hill Library presents a special program about Acadia National Park, celebrating the 100th year of its founding this year. Author and historian Ronald Epp will speak about his research into the life of Acadia National Park founder George Dorr and his new book, Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr.

Although he is known as the “Father of Acadia” and a founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, George Bucknam Dorr’s seminal contributions to the American environmental movement have gone largely unacknowledged. Even today, those who live in or visit the coastal Maine communities surrounding Acadia National Park do not fully realize the scope of his achievements. This biography is the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the establishment and development of a unique conservation model that dovetailed with the evolution of the US National Park Service—which shares its 2016 centennial with Acadia.

Raised in Boston as a member of New England’s elite merchant class, Dorr adopted Maine’s Mount Desert Island as his home and the setting to apply the practical lessons of “Boston Brahmin” philanthropy that tracked back to his maternal grandfather, banker and Harvard College Treasurer Thomas Wren Ward. Yet through his finest work—the creation and management of Acadia National Park—and through his collaborations with park co-founders Charles W. Eliot, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and others—Dorr transformed an elitist social inheritance into an all-consuming commitment to conservation. One hundred years after its founding, this national treasure is visited, enjoyed, and beloved by millions every year.

The first biography of George B. Dorr ever written, Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr is based on painstaking research both in the US and abroad, including federal, state, and private archives. Newly-discovered and uncatalogued sources are supplemented by in-person interviews. This work will appeal to general and scholarly readers who care about the philanthropic roots of land conservation, those interested in what has been celebrated as “America’s Best Idea,” and above all, those who know and love Acadia National Park.

RONALD H. EPP, Ph.D. is a historian and professor of philosophy with scholarly publishing and academic library administration experience. His research over the last two decades into the Massachusetts families that influenced the development of conservation philanthropy has resulted in publications and talks to regional and national organizations.

Lobster Picnic Sunset Cruise Safari

Thursday August 18, 2016

Acadia Photo Safari will host three special Acadia Centennial Lobster Picnic safaris aboard our locally built 28-foot “lobster yacht.” In addition to our standard cruise of personalized photography instruction and great photo-ops, each centennial cruise includes extended time for a lobster picnic served on the waters of Somes Sound. Join us in photographing Acadia from the water, indulging in lobster, and celebrating Acadia’s Centennial. Ten percent of all proceeds from this safari will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Please register on our website: http://www.acadiaphotosafari.com

Available Dates:

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2106

The Champlain Society: Science and The Origins of Conservation in Acadia

Thursday August 18, 2016

Catherine Schmitt will give a lecture on the History of Science on Mount Desert Island featuring the Champlain Society, at the Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s Annual Meeting. The History of Science can be traced back to the Champlain Society and their early scientific recording of the flora and fauna on Mount Desert Island, which would eventually lead to the creation of Acadia National Park.

Sarasota Ballet Celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Friday August 19, 2016

The Sarasota Ballet will premiere a special Acadia Centennial performance on The Criterion stage. With a nod to the Centennial Celebration of National Parks, the performance will include excerpts from many ballets that feature America and the beauty of its landscapes.

The program includes George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (Pas de Deux & Coda), Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Walk to The Paradise Garden, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations (Alaskan Rag), Anna Pavlova’s The Dragonfly, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American (Pas de Deux), and a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano, Sonata in Four Movements.

The Sarasota Ballet’s expansive repertoire, coupled with the athleticism and artistry of the company’s dancers, all of whom live and contribute in Sarasota, Florida, has brought The Company national and international acclaim. With rave reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Dance Europe, Dancing Times and numerous other publications, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at City Center and the Joyce Theater in New York City, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Performances will be on August 19 and 20. Tickets available at www.criteriontheatre.org

Milestone Exhibition

Saturday August 20, 2016 - Sunday August 21, 2016

The historic Bar Harbor Inn will be the setting for the opening days of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman. Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the recent award-winning book Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations.

Hagberg, from Minnesota, visits annually, and Hileman, whose wife is from Bucksport, has made Maine his home for many years. Over the past fifteen years the realistic oils by both of these artists have been awarded numerous national honors. Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of realistic art.

Sarasota Ballet Celebrates Acadia’s Centennial

Saturday August 20, 2016

The Sarasota Ballet will premiere a special Acadia Centennial performance on The Criterion stage. With a nod to the Centennial Celebration of National Parks, the performance will include excerpts from many ballets that feature America and the beauty of its landscapes.

The program includes George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (Pas de Deux & Coda), Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Walk to The Paradise Garden, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations (Alaskan Rag), Anna Pavlova’s The Dragonfly, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American (Pas de Deux), and a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano, Sonata in Four Movements.

The Sarasota Ballet’s expansive repertoire, coupled with the athleticism and artistry of the company’s dancers, all of whom live and contribute in Sarasota, Florida, has brought The Company national and international acclaim. With rave reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Dance Europe, Dancing Times and numerous other publications, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at City Center and the Joyce Theater in New York City, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Performances will be on August 19 and 20. Tickets available at www.criteriontheatre.org

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday August 21, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

Acadia: Nature as Teacher Readings

Sunday August 21, 2016

Readings Inspired by Acadia National Park

Join us, as writers taking part in a many months-long project celebrating Acadia read from their work. This program is held in conjunction with the Acadia: Nature as Teacher art exhibit at the “Gallery Within” at Reversing Falls Sanctuary running from Aug.14 – Aug.28, open Thurs.- Sun. 12-4 pm.

For more information, visit our blog and the RFS website.

Before Acadia: Adventure and Discovery Cruise

Sunday August 21, 2016

Join the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Dorr Museum of Natural History, and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company on a cruise of the eastern coast of Mount Desert Island. Program speakers will describe the many adventures and discoveries of the Champlain Society, a group of young men who camped and studied on MDI in the late 19th century. Their work was a catalyst for the founding of Acadia National Park in later years. This sunset cruise will take passengers to both camp sites of the Champlain Society in Northeast Harbor.

Wendell Gilley Birthday Open House

Sunday August 21, 2016

The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor is holding its annual free open house on the birthday of its namesake, Sunday, August 21st from noon until 5 pm. On the 112th anniversary of Wendell Gilley’s birth, it will be a centennial celebration and then some, since this year the Museum is a partner in the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park with its new exhibition, Friends in Acadia.

The exhibit centers around the Whitfield Painter Collection of never-before exhibited works by Wendell Gilley. Whitfield, a marine rope salesman, became friends with Wendell during his sales trips to MDI in the 1950s. Usually spread across the country, the collection has been reunited by Mr. Painter’s family for public exhibition at the Gilley for the first time.

Two extraordinary new permanent acquisitions are also on exhibit: a fantastic flock of Canada Geese given in memory of E. Robert Kinney, a founding board member, and a pair of Ruffed Grouse in flight from the collection of William R. Grant, purchased in honor of our founding president Steven Rockefeller’s 80th birthday. The new installation of carvings is complemented with a rare showing of all 20 Birds of Mount Desert Island collotypes by Carroll Sargent Tyson, who was a friend and painting mentor to Wendell Gilley. Pieces for this special show literally just flew in and many will migrate out again in October, so be sure to visit the Museum soon to enjoy the whole flock.

Centennial of First Acadia Celebration

Building of the Arts. NPS/Archive photo.
Monday August 22, 2016

The first big community celebration of the conservation of Acadia was convened on 8/22/1916 at the elegant Building of the Arts near the Kebo Golf Course. The program featured historic speeches by President Eliot, George B. Dorr, and eminent islander Luere Babson Deasy. On 8/22/2016, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church and Friends of Acadia will reprise this celebration on its 100th anniversary. Direct descendants of Eliot and Deasy, Mr. Dorr’s biographer, Steve Katona as Dr. Mayer, and St. Saviour’s pastor Tim Fleck as Bishop Lawrence will offer the historic speeches. The current Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations will also present ANP Superintendent Kevin Schneider with the deed to a two-acre land parcel near Seawall Campground, the final contribution in a century of land donations. The Kelley Farm Five will perform the Acadia Waltz before a reception in the church garden. Starting at 1:30 PM before the program, Andrea Horner, great-granddaughter of Judge Deasy, will play airs from the 1916 era and a slide show will offer images of the 1916 event and the principals.

Lecture: Glaciers to Granite: Acadia — A Centennial Celebration

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration book cover
Monday August 22, 2016

COA and Friends of Acadia join to bring photographer Tom Blagden to COA to talk about the art of photographing nature and the creation of his new book, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration. A reception in the Ethel H. Blum Gallery Courtyard will follow the talk.

“Trails of History: The Story of Mount Desert Island’s Paths from Norumbega to Acadia ” – with Tom St. Germain

Thursday August 25, 2016

Author Tom St. Germain re-released his popular book Trails of History, originally published in 1993. This Acadia Centennial year is a great time to learn more about the fascinating history of trails in Acadia National Park. Germain also recently published an updated and revised edition of A Walk in the Park, containing 60 hikes. So if you enjoy walking, hiking and history, this is the event for you! All ages and abilities are welcome!

“59in59” National Park photo show and exclusive CentennialALE tasting

Thursday August 25, 2016

Atlantic Brewing will be hosting the folks from 59in59 (http://59in59.com/) to celebrate the completion of their trip to all of our nation’s national parks as they wrap things up here in Acadia! This is a very special event marking the end of Darius and Trevor’s 59-week National Park roadtrip, and the actual 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. The pair have been traveling since June 2015, blogging about their journey along the way.

From 5–7 p.m. we’ll serve light snacks from Mainely-Meat BBQ and tastes of our special edition CentenniALE, brewed especially for Acadia’s 100th birthday.  The 59in59 crew will present a photo slideshow starting at 6 p.m. with photos from their whole trip. Friends of Acadia will offer a centennial-themed door prize drawing.

In June 2015, Darius and Trevor quit their jobs to embark on a 59-week, 59 National Park trip to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. They hopped into a Dodge 2500 truck and hit the road, on a journey to both explore the parks and share their experiences here on this site through blogs and photos, and also on various social media platforms (with the hashtag #59in59).  They started in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, and have been on the road ever since, on track to finish in Acadia by the NPS centennial on August 25.

 

Final Friday Dance

Friday August 26, 2016

Partner dance – part of a century of Acadia tradition!

Optional lesson: 7-8 PM

Open dancing to mixed recorded dance music: 8-10 PM

$10 pp donation suggested

The Gift of Acadia: A celebration of the Acadia Centennial

Saturday August 27, 2016

One hundred years ago, the vision and generosity of a few made it possible for this place to be universally enjoyed and protected as a national park. Celebrate the gifts, past and present, that make Acadia what it is today.

Please join the Acadia Centennial Task Force, the National Park Service, and more than 450 partner organizations as we celebrate 100 years of conservation and community stewardship at Acadia National Park and launch the next century of community engagement in our national parks.

Highlights will include The Burnurwurbskek Singers from the Penobscot Nation, a ceremony to honor Centennial Junior Rangers, The Centennial Singers—an (almost!) 100-voice chorus, remarks by Maine’s Congressional delegation, and special presentations.

All parking lots at Jordan Pond House will be closed except for handicapped-accessible access. A special parking lot and shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. from Mount Desert Island High School. No dogs on the shuttle or at the event, please.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided by Dawnland LLC from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at Jordan Pond House. Events begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

“The View from Here” Art Exhibit

Sunday August 28, 2016 - Sunday October 09, 2016

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents The View From Here: The Acadia Centennial Exhibition, an exhibition that highlights the artwork of artists who have explored the subject of the Landscape, literally and metaphorically.

Featuring the works of Chris Baker, Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Alison Dibble, Brita Holmquist,  Richard Keen, Christine Lafuente, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, and Jerry Rose.

Art in Public Places: Home-Land-Waters

Thursday September 01, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

“Home-Land-Waters”, the September Art in Public Spaces exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, gives a nod to the Acadia National Park Centennial with artwork by people who live and work in the area, with their depictions of the homes, the lands, and the waters that surround or are part of the park. Featured artists include Beth G. Lambert, Liddy Hubbell, Linda Rowell Kelly, and Roberta Sprague. Much of the work will be for sale with 20% going to the library.

“Century One: Acadia” – paintings by Kaitlyn Metcalf – Northeast Harbor

Thursday September 01, 2016 - Thursday September 15, 2016

“Century One: Acadia”, will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to commemorate the Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of Acadia National Park, as well as from area historical societies, museums, and libraries. They showcase well known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing.

The exhibit will be on display at the Northeast Harbor Library the first two weeks in September, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“100 Words for Acadia” Flash Writing Contest

Acadia National Park Centennial: Celebrate our past - Inspire our future. All rights reserved.
Thursday September 01, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016

100 WORDS FOR ACADIA invites writers of all stripes to pen an original 100-word piece about Acadia in any genre, be it a poem, story, editorial, song, letter, or something else entirely.

All entries will be judged on literary merit. There is no entry fee. Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to September 30, 2016. In November 2016, one adult first-place winner, two adult runners-up (18 and older), and one youth first-place winner, two youth runners-up (17 and younger) will be notified.

Prizes include publication and $300 cash prize (each) for one adult and one youth first-place winner, plus Acadia-related books and other great items.

Please see full submission guidelines at http://mainewriters.org/programs/acadia100words/

11/30/16: Winners have been announced! Congratulations to youth winner Sarah Lyon for her poem “Acadia Awakening” and adult winner Thomas R. Moore for his poem “Acadian Wild.” Please see https://friendsofacadia.org/news/100-words-acadia-literary-winners-announced/

Acadia Cinema – Student Short Film Contest

Thursday September 01, 2016 - Wednesday September 21, 2016

Calling all K-12 filmmakers!* The 1932 Criterion Theatre invites you to make a 1-2 minute film that shows “Your Acadia”. Four selected shorts will play during movie previews from September 27 through September 30 leading up to The Telluride MountainFilm Fest On Tour and could also be shared on our social media sites!

Outdoor adventure and exploration, nature, history, etc. What does your Acadia look like? What do you want the world to know about it? How do you experience your surroundings?

All films should be submitted in a .mp4 format and can be emailed to Kristin at kristin@criteriontheatre.org. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 21.

*For students under 18 years old, parental permission is required.

“I’m Painting My Life”

Eric Fitzpatrick
Friday September 02, 2016

Virginia artist Eric Fitzpatrick has painted Acadia since he started visiting Mount Desert Island in the 1970s. When Bar Harbor gallery owners Ivan and Sherry Rasmussen happened upon Eric’s Open Studio in Roanoke, VA there was the immediate connection….“From Cadillac to the Blue Ridge.”

Each has a special affection for the other’s home and each has followed the other’s career since that chance meeting.

It is only fitting that Eric is an Acadia National Park Centennial partner and guest artist for the ART on West Gallery during the September 2 ART Walk. Eric was selected as “Favorite Artist” in his hometown until, after 25 straight wins, the category was retired. In December of 2014 Blue Ridge PBS honored him with the film “I’m Painting My Life” which will be shown at ART on West Gallery prior to and during ART Walk.

Stop by ART on West to meet this extraordinary painter and to see Eric’s Centennial oil painting, “I’ve Seen The Light” along with some of his sketchbooks and his latest Acadia work. A portion of the sale from “I’ve Seen The Light” will be donated to Friends of Acadia.

Opening reception for “Century One: Acadia” – Northeast Harbor

Friday September 02, 2016

Come meet artist, Kaitlyn Metcalf, and learn more about the paintings that have become part of the “Century One: Acadia” series.

“Century One: Acadia”, will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to commemorate the Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of Acadia National Park, as well as from area historical societies, museums and libraries. They showcase well known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing.

Artist Talk by Louise Bourne

works by Louise Bourne
Friday September 02, 2016

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present an Artist Talk by Louise Bourne for First Friday Blue Hill. Everyone is welcome!

Louise Bourne’s artwork is currently on view in the new exhibition, The View From Here, The Acadia Centennial Exhibition. Please join me as Bourne talks about landscape painting and her creative process. Bourne writes, “the constitution of a  painting is not about separate objects and their locations, but about the pieces of color that these things and spaces divide into, and that, simultaneously, unify them.  This matrix informs my paintings.”

Free Admission to the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Monday September 05, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors on Monday, September 5th. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays-Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate-controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

“Volunteers and Acadia National Park” – a talk by Mike Hays

Mike Hays
Tuesday September 06, 2016

ANP Stewardship Volunteer Mike Hays will give a talk about the history of volunteers at Acadia. Hays will discuss the work volunteers do to maintain and improve ANP. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining, restoring and re-opening trails and carriage roads. His talk will begin with the founding of ANP and will cover the relationship between the park, individual volunteers and volunteer organizations. His discussion will concentrate on volunteer activities before WWII, the changes in patterns of visitation from the end of WWII to the late 1970s, the “perfect storm” of visitation growth and infrastructure and funding declines through the 1980s,
the resurgence of public support through volunteerism during the 90s, and the current partnership between ANP and its volunteers.

Hays is a long-time volunteer, working on trails and carriage roads since 1995. He has been a Volunteer Crew Leader with Friends of Acadia since 2004. His curiosity about the people who have volunteered to help maintain the trails and carriage roads at ANP over the years lead to this research. “With the help of other Volunteer Crew Leaders, Friends of Acadia, and historical records, I think I understand the whos, the whats, the whens, the wheres, and maybe even the whys,” explains Hays.

Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival II

Friday September 09, 2016 - Sunday September 11, 2016

The 2016 Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival II is the second edition of the highly popular Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival and is held in September the weekend after Labor Day. The Bar Harbor Inn is strategically located in the middle of town on the harbor waterfront—artists and patrons alike agree that the location is an ideal venue for this upscale arts event which attracts both visitors and locals.

The 2016 festival will be an “Acadia Centennial special edition” show, specifically themed to celebrate the rich artistic tradition that Acadia National Park has served for artists throughout its history. Few places in the world are as inspiring and beautiful as Acadia National Park. The show features quality local, regional, national and international artists and craftspeople.

Red Cloak Tour for Acadia’s 100th

Friday September 09, 2016

As a special Centennial event, we will be offering a special Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of the town of Bar Harbor, with a focus on the oldest Eastern National Park, how it was created, and the history of the area in 1916. Our tours are well known for unusual trivia, historical facts, oddities, and curiosities, but we will also have tales of unsolved mysteries, haunts, and ghosts.

Reservations may be made at www.RedCloakHauntedHistoryTours.com or by calling 207-380-3806. Tickets are $15/$7.

Tap Takeover @ Blaze

Friday September 09, 2016 - Sunday September 11, 2016

Allagash Brewing tap takeover with Blaze (Bar Harbor). A portion of the proceeds to benefit Friends of Acadia. Experience Allagash flavors new and old like White, Saison, Sixteen Counties, Curieux, Dougernaut, Century, Northman, FV13, Neddles, Golden Brett, St. Klippenstein, Double U, Odyssey, and Victor.

Tap Takeover @ Finback Alehouse

Friday September 09, 2016 - Sunday September 11, 2016

Allagash Brewing tap takeover with Finback Alehouse. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Friends of Acadia. Experience Allagash flavors new and old like Hugh Malone, Confluence, Avance, Farm to Face, Monmouth Red, Midnight Brett, Aventureux, Hive 56, One T, Victoria, White, Saison, Black, Curieux, Sixteen Counties, and Tripel.

Backyard Bash at the Abbe Museum

Backyard Bash at the Abbe Museum
Saturday September 10, 2016

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 heather@abbemuseum.org 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 www.abbebash.org. 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 www.abbebash.org.

Sierra Club Maine Outings: Acadia Workday

Saturday September 10, 2016

Join us for a Sierra Club volunteer work day in Acadia. We will work alongside park personnel on hiking trails in Acadia. Participants need to sign up in advance, car pool to MDI, wear work clothes and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Gloves and equipment will be provided. It will happen rain or shine. Contact Outings Leader Ken Cline for meet up location: 207-288-3381

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse Tour

Saturday September 10, 2016

In celebration of Acadia’s Centennial the Tremont Historical Society and the United States Coast Guard are partnering to open the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse for a tour on September 10 from 10 am to 3 pm. Historic displays will be set up in the keeper’s quarters and Coast Guard personnel will take visitors up into the Light. The last grounds keeper of the Light and a lighthouse keeper’s grand-daughter will be on hand to share their remembrances and stories. Come join us!

‘Auto Wars’ Lecture

Monday September 12, 2016

“Auto Wars: Opening MDI to Cars and the Growth of Acadia National Park”
A lecture by Raney Bench, Seal Cove Auto Museum Director.

Demonstration Day at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

Thursday September 15, 2016

One of the Brass Era (1895-1917) vehicles in the museum’s collection will be fired up and demonstrated, or an invited guest will share their own automotive technology. Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting. Information and discussion about the vehicle or technology will be presented.

While you’re at the museum, visit the new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now – forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the landscape 100 years ago and today, through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit. See the full description of the Auto Wars exhibit to learn more.

Acadia Car-Free Morning

Saturday September 17, 2016

The National Park Service invites visitors to enjoy a car-free morning on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park from midnight to noon on Saturday, September 17. Island Explorer and park concessioner tour buses will operate on their regular schedules on the closed sections of the Park Loop Road. The NPS will waive the park entrance fee for all visitors during the car-free morning.

The sections of the Park Loop Road closed to private vehicles will include the Cadillac Summit road, the road between the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Jordan Pond, and the entire one-way section. Roads that provide direct access from Route 3 to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Schooner Head Overlook, Sieur de Monts, and Jordan Pond will remain open, and visitors are encouraged to park in these locations. All other park roads on Mount Desert Island, Schoodic District, and Isle au Haut will remain open.

While the car-free morning is a great way to enjoy the Park Loop Road on foot or bike, visitors will have the option of riding the Island Explorer and the park’s two concessioner tour buses when sections of the Park Loop Road are closed. The fare-free Island Explorer will operate the Sand Beach (#3), Loop Road (#4), and Jordan Pond (#5) routes on their regular fall schedule. For information on the Island Explorer, please visit www.exploreacadia.com. For reservations and information on the concessioner tour buses, please call Acadia National Park Tours at 207-288-0300 or visit www.acadiatours.com, and call Oli’s Trolley at 207-288-9899 or visit olistrolley.com.

For the safety of visitors, roadside parking will be prohibited at the Cadillac Mountain entrance on Eagle Lake Road (Route 233), and bicyclists will be required to ride only in the direction permitted on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be aware that buses will be operating during the car-free event and everyone should share the road.

Volunteers will assist park staff at many road entrances to explain the event and assist any motorists who unexpectedly find themselves at locked gates.

Hike Beech Cliff, Canada Cliff & Beech Mountain with author Carey Kish

Saturday September 17, 2016

Join AMC guidebook author, Carey Kish, for an interpretive hike on Great Maine Outdoor Weekend in Acadia National Park. The group will enjoy a guided hike on Beech Cliff, Canada Cliff, and Beech Mountain, all part of Hike #30 in Carey’s latest book, AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast. This will be a late-morning hike of 3.2 miles, moderate difficulty and 2.5 hours in length. Hike to be followed by a brown bag lunch nearby at AMC’s Echo Lake Camp, where Carey will talk more about the many great hikes in the guide and the work that went into compiling it. Leader: Carey Kish, 207-838-9669, maineoutdoors@aol.com.

Registration is required – hike limited to 14 participants. Contact Carey Kish to register and to get more information about start time and location.

“The Hour of Land” – book talk by Terry Tempest Williams

Saturday September 17, 2016

Jesup Memorial Library will bring award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams to speak about America’s National Parks and her newest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

Through twelve carefully chosen parks, including Acadia, Williams creates a series of portraits that illuminate each place while delving into what it means to shape a place with its own history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

TTW_HourOfLand_102615Kirkus Review writes that the book is “a broadly ambitious and deeply impassioned collection of essays . . . There are few nonfiction writers who can capture the essence of the American wilderness landscape as eloquently as Williams . . . her distinctive prose style is capable of conveying a deep spiritual dimension within the physical setting . . . An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America’s national parks.” And Publisher’s Weekly writes “Williams, a longtime environmental activist, adds a meditative element to memoir as she shares her abiding love for America’s open spaces . . . In passionate and insightful prose, Williams celebrates the beauty of the American landscape while reinforcing the necessity of responsible stewardship.”

Williams is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” and “When Women Were Birds.” Her work has been widely anthologized around the world. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library.

For more information on Williams visit www.coyoteclan.com and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

Moonrise over Acadia

Saturday September 17, 2016

Blue Hill Heritage Trust invites you to celebrate the Acadia Centennial and the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a hike on Blue Hill Mountain to watch the moon rise over Acadia.

Meet in the big field at the start of the Hayes Trail at 6:30 p.m. Moonrise is at 7:24 p.m. If it is a clear night, we will stay in the field afterward and star-gaze—refreshments and star charts provided.

Bring your flashlight, headlamps, and sense of adventure for this fun event.

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday September 18, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

“Forever Yours, Bar Harbor: Historic Postcard Images of Mount Desert Island and Acadia” – book talk by Earl Brechlin

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Before cameras and iPhones were common, visitors to MDI remembered the beauty of the Island through postcards. Earl Brechlin, author, journalist, and registered Maine Guide, lives in Bar Harbor and is editor of the MDI Islander. In his book, Forever Yours, Bar Harbor he transports the reader back in time to the Golden Age of Acadia, MDI, and Bar Harbor.

8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

Thursday September 22, 2016 - Sunday September 25, 2016

Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. The 8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 22–25, 2016, and will once again be packed with a full schedule of events. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer.

Help us celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine, through education, science and the arts.

Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi.

With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.” We invite you to discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights at this annual celebration

The current ANSF planning committee is made up of representatives from Acadia National Park, the Abbe Museum, Friends of Acadia, The Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island High School and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Make a “German Star” by weaving and folding paper

Friday September 23, 2016

German StarDescriptions of how to fold a three dimensional Froebel star date back to at least the 19th century in Germany. The star, made of four strips of paper, is much like origami in that it uses no glue. However, the star also incorporates weaving and can be made in sizes suitable for everything from earrings to ornaments.

Bar Harbor paper artist Sherry Rasmussen will teach the German Star during Acadia Night Sky Festival. The workshop will be held 9 – 10:30 am Friday, September 23 at Art on West Gallery. There is a suggested donation of $10 to support Acadia Night Sky Festival, a part of the Acadia Centennial Celebration.

To register: Stop in the gallery or call 207-288-4229.

The Art of Acadia – Book Signing

Friday September 23, 2016

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present a Book Signing by author Carl Little on Friday, September 23, featuring his new book, The Art Of Acadia.

The Art of Acadia captures a “view of the region through the works of talented artists and grants a new perspective to our collective appreciation of this unique convergence of land and sea.” Published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park, the book highlights the artists who have been inspired by the landscape of greater Mount Desert Island, including the Cranberry Isles and Schoodic Point, from the early 19th century to today.

Everyone is welcome! For more information, please email info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com.

National Public Lands Day

Saturday September 24, 2016

Join us for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24th. On this special day you can join Appalachian Mountain Club Members, Friends of Acadia, and National Park Service staff in the field to help with trail maintenance projects. As a treat some participants will be able to go into the field with our Waldron’s Warrior Volunteers and learn how to build and maintain Bates Carins.

Light refreshments will be offered during morning registration.

“Life in Jordan Pond” – with Tony Sohns

Saturday September 24, 2016

Natural history educator, Tony Sohns, also known as the “Bug Man”, will lead you on an interactive exploration of the secret underwater world in Jordan Pond! Discover the beauty, motion, and amazing adaptations of life in this famous pond!

“Pond, Jordan Pond. Come spy into a secret underwater world filled with a SPECTRE of dangers and assassins. Each agent will be briefed and given their own personal pond FOR YOUR EYES ONLY to explore. These creatures use explosives, jet packs, poisons and even metal teeth. Some of them will scare THE LIVING DAYLIGHT out of you! We will Q agents into the amazing adaptations aquatic creatures use so they can LIVE TO DIE ANOTHER DAY. Water penny, Goldeneyes and an octopuses cousin are a few of the beautiful pond girls agents will meet on their mission. These creatures living in Acadia national park are all protected by law and will be alive and returned back to their homes at the end of the program. The Library doesn’t have A LICENSE TO KILL.” – Tony Sohns

America’s Best Idea – A Night with Dayton Duncan

Monday September 26, 2016

Join Friends of Acadia, the 1932 Criterion Theatre, and Somes Pond Center for an evening with award-winning writer, producer, and historian Dayton Duncan.

Dayton Duncan was the writer and co-producer of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a six-episode series by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales—from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

Portions of the documentary will be screened, with an emphasis on Acadia, followed by a Q & A with Mr. Duncan.

Tickets available through the Criterion Theatre box office and online, $6 per person, general admission. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks – talk

Thursday September 29, 2016

Learn of the astonishing diversity of America’s more than 400 national parks from two authors and editors of the guidebook, A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks. Rolf Diamant and Nora Mitchell will share their insights from personal and professional experience with national parks and share their deep and invaluable knowledge.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks contains 23 essays, richly illustrated with more than 350 color photographs. From the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon; to urban parks such as Golden Gate and Gateway national recreation areas; to landmark historical sites, including Lowell National Historical Park and Gettysburg National Military Park; and to important cultural sites like Mesa Verde National Park and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, to name just a few, the reader will experience the national park system as never before.

Rolf Diamant is a former national park superintendent and is now adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont. Nora J. Mitchell, Ph.D. is former Director, National Park Service Stewardship Institute and is now adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont. They each have long and distinguished careers managing—and shaping—America’s national parks, a system that expresses and preserves the nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage.

 

Genetic Stories with the Jesup Memorial Library and the Jackson Laboratory: Twitch

Thursday September 29, 2016

Join the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory for a month-long film and discussion series that will feature a real-life perspective on the research the Jackson Laboratory does, including the impact it has on individuals like those in each film. The films all begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a community social with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 and followed by a discussion led by an expert in the community.

The first film, Twitch, will feature guest speaker Dana Waring, bioethics educator from the Personal Genetics Education Project at Harvard University. Twitch follows 18-year-old Kristen Powers as she undergoes genetic testing for the disease that killed her mother. Huntington’s Disease (HD), a neurodegenerative brain disorder, destroys an individual’s ability to walk, talk, think, and reason, eventually leading to death. The film will chronicle the emotional, social and medical journey through this important test, as well as the impact it has on an individual’s future.

“Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial and the rich heritage and vibrant present of scientific study at Acadia. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15) and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library. All films are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

PechaKucha MDI: Centennial Session

Friday September 30, 2016

The Abbe Museum, Northeast Harbor Library, and Southwest Harbor Public Library are proud to present PechaKucha MDI (PKMDI) Night on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at The 1932 Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor. This special themed event features a series of presentations celebrating Acadia National Park on its 100th birthday. The event is free and open to the public.

In the usual PechaKucha format, each presenter is allotted 20 slides, advanced automatically every 20 seconds. The presentations revolve around Acadia National Park’s Centennial Celebration and will include hiking Acadia’s 10 highest peaks, natural history, traffic issues then and now, and a behind the scenes look at the search and rescue team. Speakers include Jack Russell, Lynne Dominy, Julia (Clark) Gray, Tim Garrity, Amy Niemczura, Johannah Blackman, Hope Rowan, Davin O’Connell, Suzanne Greenlaw, and Mike Hays.

A special free Centennial ticket will be required to enter the event, which you can pick up in advance at the Abbe Museum, Northeast Harbor Library, or Southwest Harbor Public Library. You can also get tickets the night of the event. The box office will open at 4:30 p.m., and concession stands will be open during the event.

PKMDI is held three times a year at various venues all over Mount Desert Island. For more details about the event, including the full line-up of speakers, please visit pkmdi.com and www.facebook.com/pkmdi. For information on how to become a participant, please visit pkmdi.com.

About PechaKucha

PechaKucha, literally translated as “chit chat” or “blah blah” in Japanese, was created by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has since gone viral, and turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in more than 700 cities around the world, inspiring creativity worldwide. www.pechakucha.org/

Artists and Poets Unite!

ArtWaves
Friday September 30, 2016

Using each others’ works as inspiration, poets and artists join together to create their next piece. See and hear the fruits of an Acadia National Park themed collaboration.

Becoming Acadia film premiere

Friday September 30, 2016

Becoming Acadia: The Story of Acadia National Park
Narrated by Jack Perkins
Produced by Dobbs Productions in association with the Jefferson Davis Grant Foundation

More than 100 years ago, artists discovered a place called Mount Desert Island, and the images they captured changed the very landscapes they immortalized. After more than a century, these remarkable places still exist and are still accessible to everyone. But if it had not been for a convergence of cultural forces and the collaboration of forward-thinking men and women, it might not be possible for any of us to visit these as public places. Because what we know today as Acadia National Park simply would not exist. It would surely still be as overwhelmingly beautiful but it would not be ours to share. It would just be someone else’s private backyard.

The history of how Acadia National Park came to be is—as they say in Maine—a wicked good story. And Becoming Acadia is the story we want to tell.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDm9RJYxmCE

 

Music Inspired by Nature – Concert with TEMPO

Saturday October 01, 2016

The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young People – TEMPO – will perform “Music of Acadia,” a concert of nature-themed music, including the premiere of “Acadia,” an original composition by founder and conductor Rebecca Edmondson.

An “Acadia Then and Now” slideshow will be displayed on the big screen while the TEMPO musicians perform Edmondson’s “Acadia” as well as period pieces composed during the birth of ANP and novelty nature pieces. The TEMPO Choristers will raise their voices in tributes to Acadia, accompanied by the TEMPO instrumentalists. Over fifty historic photos in the slideshow are Courtesy of the National Park Service, Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia. The fifty current day photos are a product of a 6th grade music class project, from the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, taken on an autumn hike in Acadia National Park. The works of a local artist will be featured in the lobby of The Grand Auditorium.

To get in the spirit of Acadia, audience members may add a touch of class by attending this stunning TEMPO performance in rusticator attire and the styles during the dawning of Acadia.

This spectacular event will truly be a culmination of sight and sound, honoring the first one hundred years of a breathtakingly beautiful national park – Acadia! She’s still beautiful at 100.

Film: National Parks Adventure

National Parks Adventure Poster
Sunday October 02, 2016

Join Sierra Club Maine for the Maine premiere of National Parks Adventure. The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. Millions have packed up the family to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze upon towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of natural history, and, most of all, to share moments of wonder amid the protected treasures of this land. A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure is acclaimed filmmaker Greg MacGillivray’s most visually ambitious giant-screen film to date—a film that offers not only a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history, but is equal parts adrenaline-pumping odyssey and soulful reflection on what the wilderness means to us all.

The film will be introduced by Kevin Schneider, Superintendent of Acadia National Park. This event is hosted in partnership with Sierra Club Maine and Reel Pizza Cinerama.

Runtime is 45 minutes.

History and Impact of Landscape Conservation in Down East Region: Convergence Conference 2016

Tuesday October 04, 2016

Down East Research and Education Network (DEREN) will host its annual Convergence Conference 2016 at Schoodic Institute. The history of Acadia’s place in the idea of landscape conservation looms large in the Down East region. In honor of the Acadia Centennial, parts of the conference will focus on the park’s role in conservation throughout Down East Maine.

The Convergence Conferences serve as the annual networking meeting of conservation professionals, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine. The conference takes place in early October and is co-planned with Acadia National Park’s Science Symposium.

In 2016 we will be bringing together educators and researchers to discuss and plan ways we can better plan for ways to conserve areas in Hancock and Washington Counties, including in Acadia National Park, in light of climate change scenarios.  We will look at present data as well as ways of planning for the future scenarios to help conserve and protect these valuable cultural and ecological habitats.  The considered care and protection of surrounding lands is vital to us all- inside and outside the park.  The landscape, ecology, and visitor experience inside the park is directly related to the health of the surrounding lands.  Vice versa is also true, lands outside of park boundaries also have better conservation outcomes that come from better understanding and protection of these interconnected resources.  When we all work collaboratively to think in terms of landscape level health of this amazing ecosystem all areas benefit.

Print and Sip Like The Masters

ArtWaves
Wednesday October 05, 2016

Transcribe 19th century paintings of Mount Desert Island by Church and Cole. All materials provided to create and take home your own 9×12 historical painting.
Members $35
Nonmembers $45

“Art of Acadia” Exhibit, Book Signing, and Reception

Wednesday October 05, 2016 - Monday October 31, 2016

On Wednesday, October 5, Carl and David Little will speak about their newly published book, Art of Acadia; a reception will follow.

Paintings from the book will be on display for the month of October at the Northeast Harbor Library.

Acadia National Park Science Symposium 2016 Keynote

Cr. William Schlesinger
Wednesday October 05, 2016

The 2016 Acadia National Park Science Symposium will provide opportunities for researchers, educators, and natural resource managers to learn about the latest research underway in and near Acadia. The symposium begins at 7:30 a.m.

The keynote speech at the 2016 Acadia Science Symposium, “Let’s get realistic about sustainability” will be presented by Dr. William H. Schlesinger and featured in the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series. Dr. Schlesinger’s speech begins at 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium, on the Schoodic Institute campus and is free and open to the public.

Dr. William H. Schlesinger is President Emeritus (2007–2014) of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biogeochemistry and Former Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University

A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Cornell University (PhD.), he has been investigating the link between environmental chemistry and global climate change for over 30 years. His recent work focuses on understanding how trees and soil influence atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

He is the author or coauthor of over 200 scientific papers on subjects of environmental chemistry and global change and the widely-adopted textbook Biogeochemistry: An analysis of global change (Academic Press, 2nd ed. 1997). He has published editorials and columns in the Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Raleigh News and Observer.

Schlesinger was among the first to quantify the amount of carbon held in soil organic matter globally, providing subsequent estimates of the role of soils and human impacts on forests and soils in global climate change. He was elected a member of The National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and was President of the Ecological Society of America for 2003–2004. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His past work has taken him to diverse habitats, ranging from Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California, and three times as a Duke alumni tour guide to Antarctica. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR, and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Schlesinger has testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC; New York), and the Southern Environmental Law Center (Charlottesville) and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC (San Francisco).

Maine Historical Society Book Group

Maine Historical Society
Wednesday October 05, 2016 - Wednesday March 01, 2017

Join the Maine Historical Society Book Group for five fun evenings of camaraderie and great book discussion. Led by MHS Research Librarian Tiffany Link, the group will read five books, each related to MHS’s Designing Acadia and World War I exhibitions, then gather for discussion. Light refreshments will be served. The group will meet in the MHS Brown Library, 6-8pm on the first Wednesday of each month through March. (There will be no December meeting.)

October 5: A Land Of Discord Always-Acadia From Its Beginnings to the Expulsion of Its People, 1604-1755 by Charles Mahaffie (Camden, ME: Down East Books, 1995). Please Read Chapters : 1- 4- 7- 11- 16- 21- 24- 29- 32 and 33 (or the whole book if you like). Also choose a chapter from Longfellow’s Evangeline to discuss and compare.
November 2: Ghost of Acadia by Marcus LiBrizzi (Rockport, ME: Down East Books, 2011)
January 4: Becoming Teddy Roosevelt by Andrew Vietze (Rockport, ME: Down East Books, 2010)
February 1: Love on the Rocks-Stories of Rusticators and Romance on MDI (Yarmouth, ME: Islandport Press, 2008)
March 1: Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties: From Village Life to the High Life on M.D.I. by Luann Yetter (The History Press, 2015)

$20 MHS Members; $30 general admission for all book sessions. Limited to 25 people. A 20% discount on the books read for this group will be offered in the MHS Museum Store.

Print the Park

ArtWaves
Thursday October 06, 2016

Learn to create your own Acadia National Park cards through fine art printmaking. You will learn a variety of print making techniques. Everything is included to make your own printed postcard!

Family Sessions: 2:00-5:00 PM
Members parent and child team $45
Nonmembers parent and child team $55

Adult Sessions: 6:00-9:00 PM
Member Single Adult $30
Nonmember single adult $40

Photographing Acadia National Park: Finding Your Creative Voice – with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Thursday October 06, 2016

Looking for a new adventure and a peaceful refuge to create her art in a place so different from her Arizona home, professional outdoor photographer and writer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry applied—sight unseen—to the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program with Acadia National Park. She never intended to fall in love…

After serving three Artist-in-Residency stints (including the park’s first winter AiR) and spending over 200 magical days in the park since 2009, Colleen not only underwent a significant artistic transformation but also penned the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How.

Join Colleen at this educational presentation to hear more about her exciting personal journey in Acadia National Park and to hear the nuggets of wisdom she has collected along the way about outdoor photography, creativity, and finding one’s own voice.

“The Art of Acadia” with Carl and David Little

Thursday October 06, 2016

Art writer and poet Carl Little and painter David Little will talk about the making of their acclaimed new book, Art of Acadia.

Published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park, the book highlights the artists who have been inspired by the landscape of greater Mount Desert Island, including the Cranberry Isles and Schoodic Point, from the early 19th century to today. The authors will offer a sampling of images from the book.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Genetic Stories with the Jesup Memorial Library and the Jackson Laboratory: On Beauty

Thursday October 06, 2016

Join the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory for a month-long film and discussion series that will feature a real-life perspective on the research the Jackson Laboratory does, including the impact it has on individuals like those in each film. The films all begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a community social with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 and followed by a discussion led by an expert in the community.

The second film in the series, On Beauty, will be followed by a discussion led by Nadia Rosenthal, Ph.D., Scientific Director at the Jackson Laboratory. From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world and re-focused his lens on those with genetic disorders to change the way we see and experience beauty.

“Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial and the rich heritage and vibrant present of scientific study at Acadia. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15) and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library. All films are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Red Cloak Tour for Acadia’s 100th

Friday October 07, 2016

As a special Centennial event, we will be offering a special Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of the town of Bar Harbor, with a focus on the oldest Eastern National Park, how it was created, and the history of the area in 1916. Our tours are well known for unusual trivia, historical facts, oddities, and curiosities, but we will also have tales of unsolved mysteries, haunts, and ghosts.

Reservations may be made at www.RedCloakHauntedHistoryTours.com or by calling 207-380-3806. Tickets are $15/$7.

“Let Them Eat Cake”…a birthday party

Friday October 07, 2016

Come to ART on West Gallery for a special birthday cake by Bar Harbor culinary artist Janice Strout as we celebrate two important birthdays: Acadia’s 100th and Ivan’s (guess which?). Long time Bar Harbor resident and watercolorist Ivan Rasmussen shows his latest Acadia work and his Centennial print, Summer Visitor, which benefits Friends of Acadia. Join ART on West artists for the last ART Walk Bar Harbor event of the season as the gallery continues a year-long celebration of Acadia’s birthday.

MDI Marathon and Half Marathon – Acadia100 Virtual Edition

Friday October 07, 2016 - Sunday October 16, 2016

Acadia on My Mind and MDI Marathon and Half Marathon are teaming up in sponsoring the first-ever virtual edition of the real-life 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile races on Mount Desert Island, to mark the Acadia Centennial.

Run or walk anywhere in the world and log your miles on a map of the real-life race routes, powered by racery.com, and see your progress online.

Registration fee ranges from $28 to $35, depending upon race, and includes Acadia Centennial Medallion and free shipping in US. Special pricing for registrants in the real-life races.

REGISTRATION ENDS Oct. 3 at 11:59:59 PM EST. You have 10 days, from Oct. 7 to Oct. 16 to log your miles. At least 5% of proceeds from gross registration fees go to help support Acadia National Park.

Our National Parks: A Petri Dish for Understanding the Blurred Boundary between Humanity and Nature

Sunday October 09, 2016

In this talk, College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins ’92 will reflect on the future of conservation in the United States and in protected areas around the world. He will draw on his years of experience as a conservationist working with World Wildlife Fund in Mongolia and the Amazon Basin, and will explore the roles human beings have played in the management of the environment.

This talk is part of the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series on conservation in the 21st century.

Free Admission to the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Monday October 10, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors on Monday, October 10th. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays-Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate-controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

“Wild Gardens of Acadia” – book talk by Anne Kozak and Susan Leiter

The Wilds Gardens of Acadia
Wednesday October 12, 2016

For over 40 years the authors have worked to develop, maintain and preserve the Wild Gardens of Acadia, a garden of native plants that is unique to Acadia National Park. Their book highlights the 55-year history of the Garden.

Curator Tour: Designing Acadia

Maine Historical Society
Wednesday October 12, 2016

Join Maine Historical Society’s Chief Curator Kate McBrien for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Designing Acadia: Creating Maine’s National Park Experience. On view through January 14, 2017.

For 100 years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. From the breathtaking views, to the roads and trails we use today, each section of the park was carefully considered to both protect the environment and enhance the visitor experience. Acadia’s story is told here through artifacts including design blueprints, construction photographs, trail signs, period fashion, and even a 1927 Ford Model T Roadster.

Free for MHS Members; $8 general admission.

Genetic Stories with the Jesup Memorial Library and the Jackson Laboratory: So Much So Fast

Thursday October 13, 2016

Join the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory for a month-long film and discussion series that will feature a real-life perspective on the research the Jackson Laboratory does, including the impact it has on individuals like those in each film. The films all begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a community social with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 and followed by a discussion led by an expert in the community.

The third film in the series, So Much So Fast, will feature a post-film discussion led by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) researcher and Jackson Laboratory professor Greg Cox, Ph.D. From Oscar-nominated directors Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan comes a black-humored cliffhanger of romance, outsider science, and the meaning of time. So Much So Fast is about the remarkable events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS and his brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure.

“Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial and the rich heritage and vibrant present of scientific study at Acadia. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15) and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library. All films are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Mount Desert Mosaic

ArtWaves
Sunday October 16, 2016

Create a stained glass mosaic of Acadia National Park
Members $40
Non Members $50

Tea & Pops Archaeology

Monday October 17, 2016

ACADIA CENTENNIAL LECTURE: Is Archaeology Still Relevant In The 21st Century?
Presented by Rebecca Cole-Will, Chief of Resource Management at Acadia National Park

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This Act transformed the practice of archaeology and change has been rapid and existential in the discipline since then. Rebecca Cole-Will will reflect on how archaeology has evolved, the current role of archaeology in the National Park Service, and where the study of the past may lead us in the future. Tea and popovers will be served after the lecture.

Rebecca Cole-Will is the Chief of Resource Management at Acadia National Park. She has done archaeological research in Maine and the Canadian Arctic and was the curator at the Abbe Museum before joining the National Park Service. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Maine and an MA in anthropology from the University of Alberta.

$20 members, $30 non-members. To buy tickets, please contact the Abbe Museum at 207-288-3519 or rsvp@abbemuseum.org.

Genetic Stories with the Jesup Memorial Library and the Jackson Laboratory: Decoding Annie Parker

Thursday October 20, 2016

Join the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory for a month-long film and discussion series that will feature a real-life perspective on the research the Jackson Laboratory does, including the impact it has on individuals like those in each film. The films all begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a community social with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at 6:30 and followed by a discussion led by an expert in the community.

The last film of the series will be Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton. Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker is the hopeful and touching story of two remarkable women and their 15-year battle against a cruel and insidious illness, breast cancer. Waged on both scientific and emotional fronts, they are drawn together not just by the disease but by their shared determination and unconventional approaches to their research and to their lives. The post-film discussion will be led by Kimberly Lieber, M.D, from EMMC Breast Surgical Specialists.

“Genetic Stories: A Film and Discussion Series” is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup Memorial Library in celebration of the Acadia Centennial and the rich heritage and vibrant present of scientific study at Acadia. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15) and is an IMLS/Cornerstones of Science project in conjunction with the Maine State Library. All films are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The Nature of Halloween

Friday October 21, 2016
A spooky evening of fun and learning for all ages, presented by the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Acadia National Park!

The Dorr Museum will be haunted with all sorts of creepy exhibits and activities. Sample some treats made from real insects, learn about nocturnal creatures from Acadia rangers, and touch creepy bones from the museum’s collection. Special guests include our friends from the Maine Discovery Museum with their Lotions, Potions and Scientific Notions, and live owls from Birdsacre. This spooky evening of fun and learning is suitable for all ages, and costumes are welcome. Admission is by donation.

Great Fire of 1947 Commemoration & Reception

Sunday October 23, 2016

The Jackson Laboratory will host the 69th Anniversary of the Great Fire of 1947 Commemoration & Reception. During the public reception speakers will recount the 1947 fire that damaged parts of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and nearly destroyed The Jackson Laboratory as well as celebrate how all three entities rose from the ashes through perseverance and support from both the local and global communities.

To register for this event please contact Heather Hodgkins at heather.hodgkins@jax.org or 207-288-1482.

JAX is a Signature Sponsor of the 2016 Acadia Centennial Celebration.

Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr – Book Talk

Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
Wednesday October 26, 2016

The first biography of George B. Dorr ever written, Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr is based on painstaking research both in the US and abroad, including federal, state, and private archives. Newly-discovered and uncatalogued sources are supplemented by in-person interviews. Hear from author and historian Dr. Ronald Epp about his important book, documenting Dorr’s pivotal role in the creation of Acadia National Park.

Ronald H. Epp, Ph.D. is a historian and professor of philosophy with a background in scholarly publishing and academic library leadership. His research over the last two decades into the Massachusetts families that influenced the development of conservation philanthropy has resulted in numerous talks and publications for Acadia National Park, Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, Mount Desert Island Historical Society, and many other organizations. He served as a consultant for the Ken Burns documentary America’s Best Idea: the National Parks and has uncovered and inventoried hidden collections of documents relating to the history of Acadia National Park.

Free for MHS Members; $10 general admission.

Luncheon Talk by Carl Little

Friday October 28, 2016

Carl Little presents on the Artists of MDI and Acadia and his new book on the subject.

EeeK of Ecology Halloween Festival

Saturday October 29, 2016

Meet the Eeek!-y creatures and ghouls of National Park sites across the US at Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park! You’ll find bats, spiders, creepy crawlies, art, games, and more!

A costume contest will be held for children 12 and under. Prizes for the best National Park–themed costume.

Activities will be hosted by Acadia National Park rangers and Schoodic Institute staff.

This is a free public event aimed at families with children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Admission to the Abbe Museum

People of the First Light
Tuesday November 01, 2016 - Saturday December 17, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission to the Abbe Museum will be free to all visitors Thursday – Saturday from November 1st – December 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop by and see the Abbe’s new core exhibit, People of the First Light, which is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Museum.

As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian’s goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe’s statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)
Memorial Day (May 30)
July 4th
Labor Day (September 5)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10)
Winter of 2016 (Thursdays–Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe Museum was founded in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 as a private museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Lafayette National Park (later renamed Acadia National Park). Early supporters included George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia,” and John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abbe opened its year-round downtown museum in 2001 with permanent and changing exhibition galleries, spaces for educational programming, comfortable visitor amenities, and climate-controlled storage. As Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe’s mission is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument: The Place, the Politics and a Prognosis

Ken Olson
Tuesday November 01, 2016
Ken Olson, past president and CEO of Friends of Acadia, will give a talk about Maine’s new national monument at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.
August 24, 2016 was an important day for Maine, when President Obama proclaimed a Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, adding to Maine’s national park units: the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, St. Croix National Historic Site, and of course, Acadia National Park. Describing himself as “a peasant with a pitchfork,” Olson was among the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters who worked to bring about the monument.
Using visuals, Olson’s talk will be an open conversation about the northern park as a Maine recreation asset and a national destination. He will compare Acadia’s and Baxter Park’s similar
origins, and offer thoughts on its future.

In his decade-plus as president and CEO of Friends of Acadia (1995 to 2006), his colleagues and he established Acadia as the first national park to have an endowed trail system, co-created the Island Explorer bus, quadrupled Friends’ investments to $18 million and granted $1 million yearly to park and community projects. Ken earlier headed the AMC Hut System in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, directed The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, was president of American Rivers and held faculty lectureships at Yale and Wesleyan. Ken has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, was named an Honorary Ranger by Acadia National Park, and was granted an honorary degree from College of the Atlantic for “outstanding contributions to human ecology.” He holds a graduate degree from Yale in natural resources management.

Catherine Breer Artist Talk and Reception

Sargent Mountain by Catherine Breer
Friday November 04, 2016

Catherine Bickford, LLC, and Creative Office Pavilion in Portland team up to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Acadia National Park with a show featuring the work of artist Catherine Breer.

Breer fell in love with the park as a summer visitor fifteen year ago. Ever since she has returned to paint familiar scenes such as Seal Cove, Bass Harbor, Jordan Pond, and of course the view form Cadillac Mountain. In 2013 she won the nation-wide competition to design the official logo for the Acadia Centennial Celebration.

Join us for an Artist Talk and Reception on First Friday, November 4, 2016, as Catherine Breer reflects on the power of Acadia National Park to inspire artists. FMI: Catherine Bickford at catherine@catherinebickford.com

Take Pride in Acadia Day

Take Pride in Acadia Day
Saturday November 05, 2016

Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from up to ten miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. The 2016 event will be an extra-special celebration of volunteerism and pride in Acadia, as we enter the final months of Acadia’s centennial year.

This well-coordinated volunteer effort focuses on areas where clogged drainage ditches and culverts could result in significant damage to road surfaces during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. Perhaps the most important volunteer event of the year in Acadia, Take Pride in Acadia Day is key to the park’s ability to maintain the carriage roads in pristine condition.

After the morning’s work, crews return to park headquarters for a hot lunch—the event’s traditional “CCC” meal of chili, cornbread, and cider (plus an extra “C” of cake).

We hope you will join us! Registration is required due to the size of this event. Visit https://friendsofacadia.org/events/take-pride-in-acadia-day/ to register online, or call Paige at 207-288-3340.

“Century One: Acadia” – paintings by Kaitlyn Metcalf – Ellsworth

Monday November 07, 2016 - Saturday January 07, 2017

“Century One: Acadia” will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to commemorate the Acadia Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of Acadia National Park, as well as from area historical societies, museums and libraries. They showcase well known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing.

“Century One: Acadia” – an evening with Kaitlyn Metcalf

Wednesday November 09, 2016

Century One: Acadia, will feature 100 paintings created by Kaitlyn Metcalf to commemorate the Centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of Acadia National Park, as well as from area historical societies, museums and libraries. They showcase well known images, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that some might find surprising and intriguing. The exhibit will be on display from November 7 until January 7.

On November 9th, join Kaitlyn for a night of stories and discussion about what she discovered in the archives and how she created her paintings.

“Becoming Acadia” film screening

Saturday November 19, 2016

Southwest Harbor Public library hosts a screening of the new Dobbs Productions documentary, which brings George B. Dorr’s memoir The Story of Acadia National Park to the big screen. Hundreds of archival photos, paintings, and maps and the storytelling voice of Jack Perkins, all set to the music of COA’s John Cooper, help tell the story of how Dorr became known as “The Father of Acadia National Park.” The film premiered in September 2016.

This showing is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and preregistration is required.

For more information, please call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

“An Acadian Winter” with Bob Thayer

Thunder Hole in Winter by Bob Thayer.
Thursday December 08, 2016

Explore the beauty of Acadia National Park in the winter without having to brave the elements! This new production by Bob Thayer is a narrated film set to music, containing slides, time-lapse, and video segments that feature wildlife, outdoor activities, and the sheer beauty of Acadia in the winter. Thayer is a photographer, seasonal naturalist for Acadia National Park, and the author of four books on Acadia which feature his photography. He is also an Acadia Centennial Partner and has produced a calendar to help celebrate the beauty of Acadia.

Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule Dedication and Final ACP Gathering!

Acadia National Park Centennial: Celebrate our past - Inspire our future. All rights reserved.
Saturday December 10, 2016

On the second Saturday in December, our yearlong, community-based Acadia Centennial celebration will round to a joyful conclusion with a grand final gathering of all Acadia Centennial Partners and Acadia Centennial volunteers. We will come together in Gates Hall at the College of the Atlantic to share stories, offer thanks, view a photo show, break bread, lift glasses, offer some reflections, and dedicate the Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule—which we send forward a century to the stewards of 2116!

This will be a memorable party earned by all in our communities who have made this remarkable year an honored affirmation of our beloved park. A grateful Friends of Acadia will be your host.

RSVP by December 8 to Stephanie Clement, stephanie@friendsofacadia.org.

Film Screening: Becoming Acadia

Saturday December 10, 2016

Jeff Dobbs will be at the Jesup Memorial Library for a screening of his film Becoming Acadia.

“Becoming Acadia” tells the story of how George Bucknam Dorr became known as the “Father of Acadia National Park.” The film brings to life Dorr’s book The Story of Acadia National Park using archival photographs, paintings, and maps. Jack Perkins narrates the story, which is set to the music of the College of the Atlantic’s John Cooper.

Dobbs and his partner, Bing Miller, began working on the film four years ago. Dobbs said that while they have done several documentaries about Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park in the past all mentioning Dorr and his associations with John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Charles Eliot Sr., they had never told the complete story of how Acadia came to be. He adds, “the idea of doing something specifically about Dorr had been in the back of our minds for well over ten years or more, so whenever during the course of other research we came across anything to do remotely with him we tucked it away in our archives for future use.” They began working on the project with script writer Gunnar Hansen, and after his death last year, continued the film with Catherine Russell.

Reflections of the Acadia Centennial

Thursday December 15, 2016

Four leaders who have helped to conceive, enable, and conduct the yearlong, community-based, world-welcoming celebration of the Acadia National Park Centennial will reflect on what our national park and her surrounding communities have achieved in 2016. They will honor the 453 Acadia Centennial Partners who created the celebration and offer images and highlights of centennial offerings under the banners of art, music, science, youth, history and literature. As we conclude the centennial, the speakers will look forward to consider how our yearlong community expression may now help inspire future stewardship of Acadia as we plan for the burden of increased visitation and the challenge of climate change.

Speakers:
Kevin Schneider, Superintendant, Acadia National Park
Lynne Dominy, Chief of Interpretation, Acadia National Park
Cookie Horner, FOA Board and Co-chair, Acadia Centennial Task Force
Jack Russell, FOA Board and Co-chair, Acadia Centennial Task Force

Second Century Stewardship Film Screening at Hawai’i Volcanoes NP

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is showing sister park movies for free to raise awareness of the other national parks in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands during its centennial year.

Acadia and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parks are thousands of miles apart, but they have much in common. Both parks turned 100 this year, and both are on islands defined by their indigenous host cultures, fascinating geology, and intriguing biodiversity. Learn about Maine’s iconic national park in the new film, “Second Century Stewardship: Science Behind the Scenery in Acadia National Park,” by filmmaker David Shaw.

Free event – Park entrance fees apply.

People of the First Light Exhibit at the Abbe Museum – 2017

Thursday January 05, 2017 - Sunday December 31, 2017

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.

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new, permanent exhibit, will occupy 2,100 square feet of the Museum’s main gallery. In the center of the exhibit, a 20-foot sculptural ash tree will offer a place to sit, reflect, and listen to Wabanaki stories and music.

People of the First Light will use design and content to bring you into the Wabanaki universe. The cyclical nature of time will be strongly reflected in the design of the exhibit, and time depth will be presented in a non-linear pattern.

While the exhibit is considered permanent (15-20-year cycle), it will be constructed so that topics can be easily updated to reflect changing events, and the evolving conversations with Wabanaki advisors will guide updates as needed. The exhibit also includes a brief history of the Museum’s founding and its close relationship to the founding of Acadia National Park.

You will find your experience relevant and engaging each time you visit People of the First Light!

Summer Hours:
May 1 through October 31, 2016
Open Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Hours:
November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017
Thursday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Please call or visit our website for ticketing information.