ACADIA NAT’L PARK — What promises to be the biggest public event in Acadia’s yearlong celebration of its centennial is set for this Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Jordan Pond House.
The Gift of Acadia event will include presentations by David Rockefeller Jr., whose grandfather John D. Rockefeller Jr. was one of the founders of the park; Michael Reynolds, deputy director of operations for the National Park Service; Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider and Friends of Acadia President and CEO David MacDonald.
A restored version of a trailside bronze plaque honoring John D. Rockefeller’s contributions to Acadia also will be unveiled. The original, located on Otter Cliffs, was defaced by vandals nearly 40 years ago.
Also expected to take part on Saturday are all four members of Maine’s congressional delegation: Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree.
The Burnurwurbskek Singers, a drum and vocal group from the Penobscot Indian Nation, will perform as part of the Gift of Acadia celebration, as will the Centennial Singers, a chorus of 100 community members.
A special part of the observance will be the “swearing in” of an expected 100 Junior Rangers. To participate, youngsters are asked to complete the Junior Ranger booklet available online at www.nps.gov/acad. Those with books are to be at Mount Desert Island High School by 7 a.m. to check in. A special bus has been reserved for Junior Rangers and up to one parent or guardian for each. The bus departs at 7:30 a.m. and will return to the high school before noon. Junior Rangers each will receive a special, collectible badge and ranger hat. They can get their photos taken with members of the congressional delegation, and there will be free centennial ice cream.
Children can sign up via email at ACAD_centennial_2016@nps.gov or register before boarding the buses.
There will be no parking at Jordan Pond House for the general public Saturday morning until after the conclusion of the event. Parking will be provided for people with disabilities. Otherwise, parking will be reserved for participants in the celebration, dignitaries and other invited guests.
For everyone else, there will be free shuttle buses that will leave from Mount Desert Island High School on Eagle Lake Road at 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Limited space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Island Explorer buses also will make their regular stops at Jordan Pond House.
Pets will not be allowed on the shuttles from the high school or at the event.