I recently posted about the beautiful Acadia National Park, a place I visited about 5 years ago now, and have been hoping to return to.
It seems like now I have an excuse to! Their centennial is coming up next year (2016) so they've opened a new webpage dedicated to the celebrations. While they haven't planned much yet (you can see what they have planned so far here), they're planning to have a year filled with community-based, world-welcoming celebrations by over 100 partners! This is all being set up by Friends of Acadia, a nonprofit who helps preserve and grow the park.
So, it seems like visiting in 2016 is a must: you can see the amazing trails and sights, while also getting to take part in the local history of the place as it's put on display. If you want to help organize, you can also visit their site and volunteer to put on an event!
A few events already planned:
"Authors of Acadia"
"Local historian Jack Russell plans to develop 6 events, including an “Authors of Acadia” reading and reception, and a“PechaKucha” presentation entitled “13.8 Billion Years in 400 Seconds: A Natural History of Acadia,” with 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, in a concise format developed in Tokyo and now a global phenomenon."
"The Garden Club of Mount Desert’s biannual “Open Garden Day,” to be held on July 23, 2016, will focus on historic gardens on the island."
"A group show of Maine artists whose work has been directly inspired by the park will be hosted by the Maine Arts Commission at the Maine State House in Augusta, from Dec. 5, 2015, through April 8, 2016."