ACADIA NAT’L PARK — In celebration of Acadia’s second birthday in its second century, Friends of Acadia (FOA) is partnering with park officials, area historians and lodging establishments to do a series of live broadcasts on Sunday, July 8, Acadia Day.
On that date in July 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.
One-hour, interactive Facebook Live broadcasts are planned for 9 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., from the Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor, Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor and Claremont Inn in Southwest Harbor.
The shows will be streamed online on FOA’s Facebook page.
“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.”
The goal of the segments is to encourage contributions to FOA in the form of new memberships or membership renewals. The Skrocki Charitable Foundation has issued a challenge grant and will match all donations made on July 8, 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, Rick Savage, Ralph Stanley and Jack Russell, artists and photographers, as well as FOA President and CEO David MacDonald, Conservation Director Stephanie Clement, summit steward coordinator Stephanie Ley, other staff members, Acadia rangers and experts, FOA members and supporters. Videos and still photographs will also be shared.
Membership table volunteers will also be on hand at each venue. Everyone who joins on July 8 will be entered into a drawing to win a canvas tote bag filled with FOA logo items, books and more.
The broadcasts are being sponsored by Burdick and Associates Landscape Design.
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