Winter festival goes without snow

MOUNT DESERT — The exuberance of Acadia Winter Festival at Camp Beech Cliff couldn’t be dampened by the lack of ice and snow last weekend as a large crowd celebrated Acadia National Park in its centennial year.

Several participants tried their skills at a range of indoor and outdoor activities, such as dog sledding, wall climbing, shelter building, hay sledding and archery at the camp from March 2-6.

“We didn’t know what to expect going in because it was the first year of the festival on MDI, but we were very pleased by the turnout,” Camp Beech Cliff Executive Director Debra Deal said. “It was well received and was a lot of fun. People loved being out and about and were dancing up to closing time.”

Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider addressed the crowd at the festival’s closing reception on Sunday evening. “He sees the importance of being outdoors, and our philosophies align with each other’s,” said Deal. “I’m excited about working with ANP with him in the leadership.”

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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