Cookie Horner of Bar Harbor speaks about her personal connection to Acadia National Park and the inspiration it brings to her life in the film "Acadia Centennial 2016: Celebrate our Past, Inspire our Future," which will premiere on Monday, Jan. 25, at Mount Desert Island High School. PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER LOGUE

Centennial opens with nod to past, message to future

BAR HARBOR — The celebration of Acadia National Park’s Centennial officially gets underway next Monday with a nod to the past and a message to the future.

It typifies the types of events that will continue through December as more than 250 Centennial Partners hold events, activities and observances.

Sponsored by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, the event on Jan. 25 begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Mount Desert Island High School with an old-fashioned baked-bean supper. This is the sixth year in a row the society has sponsored the event, which features as many as 40 different recipes by cooks from all over Mount Desert Island and beyond.

There will be hot dogs and brown bread, coleslaw and what organizer Bill Horner is calling “a surprise dessert.” A live band will perform.

The centerpiece of the evening, however, will be the unveiling of a special film commissioned for the centennial. Southwest Harbor filmmaker Peter Logue, in conjunction with the MDI Historical Society, the Friends of Island History and the Friends of Acadia Centennial Task Force, has produced the half-hour film “Acadia Centennial 2016: Celebrate our Past, Inspire our Future.” It will premiere in the school’s auditorium after the supper.

Along with clips from filmmaker Will Greene’s time-lapse videos of the beauty of Acadia, Logue’s work includes short interviews with scores of people, both seasonal and year-round residents. Each shares their personal connection to the park. In total, their words and the images artfully edited by Logue help define the ephemeral qualities that living next to and enjoying Acadia National Park in all its seasons is all about.

Among those featured are Bill and Cookie Horner, Acadia Centennial Chairman Jack Russell, Ruth Eveland, Deborah Deal, Lynne Dominy, Julie Veillux, David MacDonald, Darron Collins and David Rockefeller Jr.

Interspersed throughout are vivid images of the beauty of Acadia in all four seasons.

The aim is to explain that the centennial effort is not the work of any one organization, but rather the success that comes from more than 250 groups working together. Likewise, the spirit of Acadia cannot be discovered in the experiences of any one person, but rather in the collective impression it leaves in the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of area residents and millions of visitors annually.

A copy of the video will be among items that will be sealed into a time capsule in December to be opened when Acadia celebrates its bicentennial in 2116.

Tickets for the supper and premiere are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Contact Virginia Mellen at 276-9323.

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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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