The days are shorter, the nights chillier, and Acadia fall foliage is getting ready to put on its spectacular color show. The season to visit Acadia National Park has been gradually getting longer, and this year, Centennial events promise to make the fall – and even winter – busier than ever.
With about 100 days left in the Centennial year, and Acadia fall foliage still to peak, among the major events and projects featuring the park still on the calendar:
- 8th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival – Sept. 21 – Sept. 25, at venues throughout Mount Desert Island, Schoodic and Castine, including star party on Cadillac, night-sky photography workshops, night cruises, lectures and other events.
- America’s Best Idea: A Night with Dayton Duncan – Sept. 26, Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, a special screening of the PBS series, The National Parks – Americas Best Idea, by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, and a Q&A with Duncan. Duncan also wrote the foreword for an upcoming book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks, by photographer QT Luong, who was featured in the PBS series as the first to take large-format photographs of all the national parks. (NOTE: See sidebar about Amazon.com iinks in this blog)
- Real-life and virtual Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half Marathon – Oct. 16 for the real-life marathon and half, Oct. 7 – Oct. 16 for the virtual editions (registration deadline Oct, 3). The virtual races come with a special Acadia Centennial Medallion and help raise funds for the park. Special pricing for registrants in the real-life races, and volunteers at the real-life races.
- Becoming Acadia: The Story of Acadia National Park – Sept. 30, Criterion Theatre, premier screening of latest collaboration between Jeffrey Dobbs and Jack Perkins, whose documentaries have been shown in the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and on PBS