May is a wonderful month at Friends of Acadia, with Acadia’s forested mountainsides and valleys putting on their delicate spring finery, and so many exciting plans in the works for the coming summer. We hope that you, too, are able to make plans for spending time in Acadia this summer—whether in an annual or occasional pilgrimage, a summer-long sojourn, or a series of outings from your own back door. The great beauty, ecological vitality, and multi-generational traditions of Acadia that we all enjoy are why we work so hard to “give back” to this very special place. Thank you for being a part of that effort, and thank you for being a friend of Acadia.
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled: In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park’s centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth Town Hall on Monday, May 12. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations. Catherine’s design was selected anonymously by a judging panel of representatives from ANP, FOA, and the Centennial Task Force that has been planning for the 2016 celebration.
Visit the Friends of Acadia website to read more about the centennial logo, and learn how your organization or business can become an Acadia Centennial Partner and join in the celebrations in 2016. Read More »
Special Offer for New Memberships: Mark your calendar, set your phone alarm, or tie a string around your finger! Friends of Acadia’s first online new member drive will take place this coming weekend, with a special offer for those who are becoming members for the first time. By making a secure online membership donation at friendsofacadia.org, new donors can join for as little as $25 instead of our regular basic membership level of $35. This special membership rate will only be available from 4 p.m. Friday, May 16 through 4 p.m. Monday, May 19. If you are already a member, this will be a great opportunity to purchase gift memberships for graduation, Father’s Day, birthdays, and other special occasions.
Friends of Acadia Journal online and in mailboxes everywhere: The Spring 2014 Friends of Acadia Journal goes in the mail today, but in the meantime you can read it online in PDF format at friendsofacadia.org. Featuring articles on the Wabenaki people in Acadia before Acadia existed, citizen-advocacy for Acadia National Park, running on the carriage roads, and more, with a cover photograph of Acadia’s rocky shores by Tom Blagden.
One feature story, on adjustments to Acadia’s entrance pass program, may be of particular interest as the summer season begins. If you’ve noticed new signs at park entrances at Echo Lake, Eagle Lake, Parkman Mountain, and elsewhere, you’ll find an explanation of the changes—and what they mean for park visitors and for Acadia—here ».
25th Annual Friends of Acadia Benefit Auction: Saturday, August 9 will mark a milestone for our annual summer fundraiser, always a fun night and a great way to celebrate and support Acadia National Park. You can help this important effort whether or not charity auctions are your “cup of tea”; information on online ticket sales, online bidding, and absentee bidding will be available on the Friends of Acadia website by the end of June.
In the meantime, if you or your business would like to donate an item to be auctioned to support the protection of Acadia National Park, we are particularly looking for “travel and adventure” experiences (especially Maine-based outings) and Maine-focused crafts and artworks. Please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a lead on a great auction item. Businesses can also participate in the 25th Annual Benefit through our expanded business sponsorship opportunities. Contact Sharon at email@example.com for details. Thank you to all who have worked to make this important conservation event a success over the past 25 years.
PS: We’re pleased to report that we have received patron gifts to fully subscribe the preview party; however, we still welcome event patrons to increase the event’s benefit to Acadia. Individuals interested in the Benefit Patron Program can email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
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Header Photo: A spring evening on the South Ridge of Cadillac Mountain. FOA photo by Aimee Beal Church.