BAR HARBOR — On the surface, Bar Harbor and Hollywood have nothing in common. One is a glitzy urban center, warm and fast-paced all year round. The other is half boarded up each cold winter, as residents slow the hectic pace they kept all summer.
But for one night a year in February, Bar Harbor takes on the glamor of Hollywood as locals dress up and walk the red carpet for fun on Oscar Night at Reel Pizza Cinerama. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9.
“Your ticket buys you a night of elegant shenanigans,” said event organizers, “beginning with a pre-show party with delicious hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and photo booth by Stanley Subaru.” The pre-show event kicks off at 6 p.m., followed by a livestream of the awards ceremony in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
Cast members from ImprovAcadia will perform an Oscar night pre-show. As the evening progresses, ImprovAcadia actors will offer commentary during commercial breaks.
As at past Oscar Night events, guests are encouraged to dress up. Prizes will be awarded for best evening attire and best movie costume, and for correctly guessing the most Oscar winners.
Tickets are $20 each, or $35 for two. Tickets are available at Reel Pizza and Spruce & Gussy shop on Mount Desert Street.
All proceeds benefit the Kristen Klint Arts Fund, which awards grants to Mount Desert Island women and girls to further their creative endeavors.
The arts fund is named for longtime Bar Harbor resident Kristen Klint. “Kristin loved writing and loved the idea of screenplays,” said Michelle Souza of the Kristen Klint Arts Fund. That’s why this is a fitting fundraiser for the art fund started in Klint’s memory, Souza noted.
“I love the whole concept of the event,” Souza said. “Reel Pizza has been very generous with their space and their time. It’s a great collaboration.”
The current art show in the Reel Pizza lobby through mid-February showcases the work of previous recipients of the Kristen Klint Arts Fund, and other MDI artists.
Applications for grants through the Kristen Klint Arts Fund are available from Spruce & Gussy.