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Deirdre Fleming

I report on Maine's outdoor people and places for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and spend as much time in these wild lands as I can.

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Posted: May 25, 2016

More than 100 events planned for Acadia National Park Centennial Celebration

Written by: Deirdre Fleming
Two women take in the view along the concrete path that rings the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on April 30, 2016. Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Two women take in the view along the concrete path that rings the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on April 30, 2016. Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Acadia National Park’s Centennial Celebration involves more than 100 events offered in the communities around the park. Hundreds of partners around Acadia came together to create a year-long “world-welcoming” celebration of the park’s rich history. Here is a sampling of events. For more information, go to acadiacentennial2016.org/events

PARK SCIENCE DAY

WHEN: All day June 25

WHERE: Sieur de Monts Nature Center in the park

HOW MUCH: Park admission

National parks use citizen scientists to learn about climate and ecosystems. Join scientists in the park’s Sieur de Monts Nature Center for a day-long celebration of science in the park. Scientists will host a dozen interactive stations. There will be a shuttle from Sieur de Monts to the Jackson Lab parking lot.

BAR HARBOR BRASS WEEK ALUMNI CONCERT

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 25

WHERE: 1932 Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor

HOW MUCH: Free

The Bar Harbor Brass Week ended in 2015, after 15 years of treating the Bar Harbor community to public performances. This summer the alumni return to perform a special concert to celebrate the park’s centennial. Many are now professional brass musicians and hail from the Boston Symphony, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the United States Army Band.

BAR HARBOR FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

WHEN: 10 a.m. July 4

WHERE: Main Street, Bar Harbor

HOW MUCH: Free

The park’s past will come to life as all of the community partners who created the year-long celebration display the art, science, nature and beauty of the park in a unique and festive parade. It will be followed by lobster races in the town park.

RED CLOAK TOURS

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. July 8

WHERE: Bar Harbor

HOW MUCH: $7-$15

On the official birthday of Acadia National Park, the Red Cloak Haunted History Tour will lead a walking tour through Bar Harbor with a focus on the oldest Eastern national park, how it was created and the history of the area in 1916. Red Cloak Tours specialize in history, odd trivia and unsolved mysteries and ghost tales.

SOMES SOUND WINDJAMMER PARADE

WHEN: Aug. 2

WHERE: Somes Sound

HOW MUCH: Free

Maine windjammers will sail through Somes Sound, the body of water that cuts into Mount Desert Island and creates 600-foot cliffs.

GREAT FIRE OF 1947 COMMEMORATION AND RECEPTION

WHEN: 4 p.m. Oct. 23

WHERE: Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor

HOW MUCH: Free

The Jackson Laboratory will host the 69th anniversary of the fire, with a public reception that will tell the story of how the blaze destroyed parts of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and the Jackson Lab, and how all three were rebuilt.

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