There’s so much to love about Acadia in July. The days are long and warm, with the heat tempered by cool ocean breezes. Native roses are in bloom along the roadsides, and the FOA “imprecision drill team,” featuring our fabulous crew of stewardship volunteer crewleaders, will once again be marching with rakes and wheelbarrows in Bar Harbor’s 4th of July parade. If you see them in their orange t-shirts, please give them a great cheer—not only for their nifty drill routine, but for all they do for Acadia’s superb trails and carriage roads!
Enjoy this E-News for July. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being a friend of Acadia!
All-Star Jam Session and Concert to Benefit Friends of Acadia: Legendary sax player Mark Rivera will rock Northeast Harbor on the 4th of July at the Neighborhood House, from 3:45 till 6 p.m. Mark has toured or recorded with such artists as Billy Joel, Elton John, Ringo Star, and Foreigner.
Featuring rock, funk, and R&B favorites, the show will open with the TW Zeptet (Mike “Zeppy” Zittle, Wayne Frankel, and Tom Karnofsky), with special guests including Jim Merritt, Michel Anderson, Brad O’Brien, Josh Small, and Jackson Lab CEO Ed Liu. No cover charge; complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided by August Moon Catering. Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will benefit Friends of Acadia. This musical event is open to the public and not to be missed!
Acadia Ranger-Led Programs Schedule Online: From Birding Basics and Tidepool School to the “Missing Mansion” and Passamaquoddy drumming, Acadia’s Ranger-led programs offer a fantastic variety of free or inexpensive ways to dig deeper at Acadia. The July-August program schedule is now available online at www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/upload/RangerProgram-JulyAug2013web.pdf.
Plus, did you know that Friends of Acadia membership offers special benefits at different levels of giving? Parkman Society members (giving $5,000 or more annually) can take advantage of advance registration for any Acadia National Park ranger-led program, plus free participation in ranger-led programs for which a fee is charged (commercial boat cruises excluded). Parkman Society members should make reservations by contacting Sharon Broom or Lisa Horsch Clark at Friends of Acadia, 207-288-3340.
FOA Video on Vimeo: Friends of Acadia has launched a channel on the video sharing website Vimeo. This is now the go-to place for video coverage of FOA events and FOA programs in action. There’s plenty of content already: weekly updates from the Acadia Youth Technology Team, fun time-lapses from around the park, plus informative videos on the new Trenton Community Trail and the Stewardship Volunteer program. That’s only the beginning! By the end of the summer, look for videos on invasive species management in the park, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program, Family Fun Day, and much more. www.vimeo.com/friendsofacadia »
PS: While you’re online, visit Cobblestones, the FOA blog, for more updates and insights into FOA programs and activities. Get into the mind of peregrine falcon chicks, find out what’s blooming at the Wild Gardens, and enjoy our fun Friday Quotes…
“[National parks] remain a refuge for human beings seeking to replenish their spirit; geographies of memory and hope, where countless American families have forged an intimate connection to their land—and then passed it along to their children.” —Dayton Duncan
Header Photo: Cadillac Sunset. FOA photo by Chris Kasprak.