Acadia Winter festival helps celebrate outdoors

MOUNT DESERT — The Acadia Winter Festival at Camp Beech Cliff on Mount Desert Island and at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor will help celebrate Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday this year.

The events run at the Schoodic Institute Feb. 26 to March 1 and end at Camp Beech Cliff March 2-6.

“We want people to come out and enjoy the winter months,” Camp Beech Cliff executive director Debra Deal said. “We also want to celebrate Acadia National Park in its centennial year. We want people to know it’s as wonderful in the winter as it is in the summer months.”

Throughout the week, the public is invited to participate in a range of indoor and outdoor activities such as ice skating, dog sledding, snowshoeing, wall climbing and archery.

On Friday, March 4, an ice skating demo is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The camp is hoping folks will turn out to create MDI’s outdoor community snow sculpture. A bonfire, hot cocoa, and chili and chowder event to benefit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry begins at 5 p.m.

On the same day, an indoor 30-foot climbing wall will be open for all ages with certified belayers, gear and technical instructions provided.

On Saturday, March 5, a sunrise hike in Acadia is planned at a location to be announced upon registration. On that day, a track-and-identify winter wildlife snowshoe hike will be guided by Billy Helprin, the executive director of the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, from 8-10 a.m.

From 9-11 a.m., an ice fishing demonstration is planned at Camp Beech Cliff. Activities throughout the week also include broomball, cross-country skiing and yoga.

Events on Sunday, March 6, include a snowshoe fun run at 9 a.m. on the public trails adjacent to Mount Desert Island High School, tractor hay rides and archery. Human bowling, using saucer sleds, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Activities and locations may vary depending on the weather and ice conditions.

Several entertainment-related events are also planned.

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Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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