The Abbe Museum backyard will be the site of its Backyard Bash, a showcase for Wabanaki creative arts. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ABBE MUSEUM

Abbe Bash to feature food, music, art



BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum will host its inaugural Backyard Bash on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 3-9 p.m. at 26 Mount Desert St.

Dozens of organizations and artists will celebrate and showcase creative work and people, and how creative place-making supports Wabanaki artists and the Bar Harbor community.

Several Wabanaki artists will have booths selling beaded jewelry, metalwork, birch bark art, ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as other handcrafted items that represent the beauty and culture of the Wabanaki communities in Maine and the Maritimes. For many visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Wabanaki arts and cultures from the artists themselves.

With savory and sweet street eats and drinks from Blaze, Havana, Mount Dessert Bakery, Passamaquoddy cook Molly Neptune Parker, Atlantic Brewing Company and Bar Harbor Catering Company, there is sure to be something for everyone. The outdoor stage will feature live music by fiddler Gus LaCasse and rock, blues and funk band Frogpipe. Additional kid-friendly entertainment will include backyard games, face painting and more.

A silent auction will feature original work from Native and local artists, collections of items donated by local businesses and a variety of unique experiences. Among the more than four dozen items available are custom-made jewelry, hand-knit accessories and clothing, decorative paddles, artwork and photography, and Wabanaki basketry by nationally-recognized and award-winning artists. All proceeds benefit the Abbe Museum’s mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

“We are delighted to welcome Abbe friends and neighbors, new and dear, to this exciting inaugural celebration designed to engage and entertain while benefiting the Abbe’s programs, exhibits and operations,” said Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko.

Tickets for the event cost $10 per adult in advance, $12 per adult at the door and $5 per student and kid age 8-18. Kids seven and under enter for free. Special ticket packages are available for a family of four for $22 or a family of six for $32. Tickets can be purchased at www.abbebash.org. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 11. Visit www.abbebash.org.

Sponsors include Atlantic Brewing Company, Bangor Daily News, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Dead River Company, Leary’s Landing, L.S. Robinson Co., Lynam Agency Insurance and Real Estate, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Peekytoe Provisions, Project Social, Queen Anne’s Flowers, Siam Orchid, Side Street Café and Tea Garden Tea Company. Contact Heather Anderson, at [email protected] or 288-3519.

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