ACADIA NAT’L PARK — In celebration of Acadia’s birthday, Friends of Acadia (FOA) is partnering with park officials, local historians, area conservation experts and volunteers to do a series of live, half-hour Facebook Live broadcasts for five days, July 8-12.
On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation formally accepting the gift of land for Sieur de Monts National Monument that would eventually become the nucleus of today’s Acadia National Park.
The interactive Facebook Live broadcasts are planned for noon, from the porch of the venerable Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor. The shows will be streamed online on Friends of Acadia’s Facebook Page and will be available in both desktop and mobile formats. They will also be viewable at other times as well.
“We thought this would be a fun and entertaining way for people to share their affection for Acadia and get to see their friends and neighbors talking about the place we all love and want to protect so much,” says Lisa Horsch Clark, FOA director of development. “There will be interviews with lots of interesting guests, segments on local history and great conversation,” she adds. “You won’t want to miss a single episode.”
The goal of the broadcasts which are being underwritten by Friends of Acadia’s business sponsor, is to encourage new memberships as well as renewals. A challenge grant will match all donations two for one made throughout the week, up to the challenge amount.
Hosts will include FOA staffers Shawn Keeley, Lisa Horsch Clark and Earl Brechlin. Guests slated to appear include historians Joe Marshall, and Jack Russell, artists and photographer Howie Motenko, author Carl Little, Winter Trails Volunteer Mia Thompson, as well as FOA President and CEO David MacDonald, Conservation project manager Paige Steele, Summit Steward Coordinator Stephanie Ley, other staff members, volunteers, Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider, and businessman David Woodside. Videos and still photographs will also be shared.
There will be a link to a page (CLICK HERE) when people can join, renew their membership, or make a donation online. Everyone who donates during the broadcasts will be entered into a drawing to win a canvas tote bag filled with Friends of Acadia items, books, and more.
To find out more about how you can give back and support Acadia National Park visit friendsofacadia.org/acadiaweek. For more information about the Acadia Week broadcasts email firstname.lastname@example.org.