Mount Desert Island residents line up to choose from more than a dozen varieties of baked beans at a supper held by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. FILE PHOTO

Baked bean supper will kick off 100th



BAR HARBOR — The official kickoff of Acadia National Park’s Centennial will start with the Down East equivalent of a big night out – supper and a show.

Buoyed by the success of previous incarnations, the inaugural event will feature an old-fashioned baked bean supper on Monday, Jan. 25, at Mount Desert Island High School. Area aficionados of what is known colloquially as “the fruit that goes toot” are encouraged to bring a pot of their best secret and family recipe baked beans to share.

The evening is being sponsored by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society in conjunction with Friends of Island History and the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

Also at the event, local filmmaker Peter Logue will premiere his film featuring area residents and community leaders discussing their personal affection for Acadia and what the park means to the local community.

Along with a segment profiling Will Greene, a Bar Harbor resident who put together a film last year with time lapse segments of Acadia in every season, those making an appearance in the film include Jack Russell, Bill and Cookie Horner, David MacDonald, Lynne Dominy, Darron Collins and Julie Veilleux.

The meal will be held in the MDI High cafeteria. The film will be shown in the auditorium after the supper.

The supper begins at 6 p.m. Bean bakers are asked to bring their entries in by 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the supper and premier are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Contact Virginia Mellen at 276-9323.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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