Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend the Gift of Acadia celebration on Saturday, August 27, from 8:30 to 10 am at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. The Gift of Acadia will highlight 100 years of conservation and community stewardship as part of the year-long Acadia Centennial celebration.
Access to the event will be by free shuttle departing at 7 and 7:45 am from the Mount Desert Island High School at 1081 Eagle Lake Road (Route 233) in Bar Harbor.Shuttles will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.Parking at the Jordan Pond House will not be available for the event except for those with disabilities who require accessible parking.Pets will not be allowed on the shuttles or at the event.
"The National Park Service is proud to share the celebration of its centennial with our neighbors and visitors," said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. "The Gift of Acadia will be a highlight of a year filled with art, music, lectures, readings, films, exhibits, and a myriad of other events inspired by Acadia's Centennial."
The program will include presentations by members of the Maine Congressional delegation, David Rockefeller, Jr., Michael Reynolds (NPS Deputy Director for Operations), Kevin Schneider (Acadia National Park Superintendent), and David MacDonald (Friends of Acadia President and CEO).
The Gift of Acadia will include performances by the Burnurwurbskek Singers, a drum group from the Penobscot Indian Nation, and by The Centennial Singers, a community chorus of 100 voices signing, "This land in Your Land" and "America the Beautiful." To recognize the next generation of park enthusiasts, the NPS will issue badges and acknowledge the achievements of 100 Junior Rangers!
Last updated: August 22, 2016