Despite no snow, Winter Fest a go

MOUNT DESERT — Events during the Acadia Winter Festival that began March 2 will go on, even without snow and ice.

Festival organizers planned for that eventuality, and all activities are either still on or have been replaced by other fun options.

Friday night, Camp Beech Cliff will host a bonfire, open climbing wall, guided night hike, fundraiser meal for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, s’mores, and a rousing game of zombie tag. Colored glow sticks will differentiate between zombies and humans.

Gear demos, dog sledding (or carting as weather permits), shelter building, ice-carving demos and other activities are still on, although participants in the snowshoe run on Sunday may find more success in sneakers.

Ongoing activities on the camp’s fields will include yoga ball soccer, camouflage, ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag and ice-carving demonstrations by professionals from SubZero Ice Carving.

Acadia Centennial gear will be on sale in the exhibition hall and outdoor adventure gear vendors MSR and Alpenglow will be present. Fly-fishing expert and author Bob Mallard will be there too.

Lunch also will be available in the gym both Saturday and Sunday as a fundraiser for the Common Good Kitchen.

Festival badges for general admission are being sold at Camp Beech Cliff during open hours and will continue to be available throughout the festival week if you decide to come by at the last minute. You also can purchase a festival badge ahead of time by calling camp or visiting Badges provide general admission and cost $7 for an individual or $20 for the entire family.

Visit or call 244-0365.



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