Schoodic Spotlight

The Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes something special.

Chamber Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships of $500 were awarded to three seniors at Sumner’s 2022 class night.  The students receiving the awards were:

Robin Faulkingham, attending Aveda Institute

Colby McLean, attending Maine Maritime Academy

Scarlet Capitano, attending Husson University

CONGRATULATIONS! We are looking forward to hearing great things about you!


Chamber Scholarship Recipients Through the Years

2021  Sam Bunch, Scarlet Capitano, Rhiannon Alley

2020  Simon Torrey, Alexis Hutchins, Warren Harden

2019  Colby McLean, Colby Hurd, Kamen McLean

2018  Sam Tracy, T. Janla, Kamen McLean

2017  Michaela Byers, Kamen McLean, Liam Flubacher

2016  Kamen McLean, McKay McLean, Taya Moore

2015  Chelsea Alley, Baramee Janla, Hannah Fleming

2014  Brailie Joy, Dylan Whitten, Jason Hoffpauir

2013  Jordan Rivers, Jarrod Jordan, Hannah Woodward

2012  Gabe O’Brien, Jessob Chipman, Hunter Rivers

2011 Morgan Whitten, Luke O’Brien, Jordan Rivers

2010  Morgan Whitten, Corey Abbott, Becca McLean

2009  John Stover, Luke O’Brien, Mathew Holmes

2008  Jessica Haycock, Ben O’Brien, Autumn Nelson

2007  Wes Gardner, Allison Drinkwater, Autumn Nelson

National Park Service News Release

For immediate release: June 21, 2022

Contact: Sean Bonnage,, 207-288-8806

Acadia National Park visitors should come prepared for a busy Independence Day weekend 

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service is expecting high visitation at Acadia National Park over Independence Day weekend. Visitors should plan their trip and expect long lines and wait times, traffic congestion and limited parking at the park’s most popular destinations.

Visitors should arrive with a plan and a back-up plan in case parking is unavailable. Go to to learn about places to go and things to do in the park before you arrive. Download the NPS App to help guide your visit to Acadia and select “save this park for offline use.” Park only in designated parking spaces. Parking illegally is unsafe and adds to the traffic congestion.

Leave your car parked at your place of lodging and ride the fare-free Island Explorer bus, which connects the park with the surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula. Download the myStop® app to view real-time bus locations and next available buses.

Visitors 16 and older are required to have a park entrance pass, which can be purchased online at or in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Vehicles must display a park entrance pass through the windshield. Entrance fees help enhance the visitor experience and protect resources at Acadia National Park.

Vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Road through October 22 and must be purchased online at before arriving. Print or download the ticket with the QR code for validation. Reservations are not available for purchase in person. Vehicle reservations are not required for other locations in the park or for visitors who enter the area by foot, bicycle or taxi.

Camping reservations are required for park campgrounds and can be purchased on Same day or walk-up reservations are not available. Backcountry camping, campfires and overnight parking are prohibited outside of designated campgrounds. Fireworks are prohibited in the park.

Hikers should know the difficulty of the park’s trails and select those that match their abilities (many of Acadia’s hikes are more challenging than they seem). Carry a detailed trail map with topography and don't rely on cell connectivity for trail navigation. Seventy percent of injuries to hikers in Acadia are due to slips, trips and falls. Wear sturdy footwear and beware of loose gravel, slippery rock, steep climbs and uneven surfaces.

Depending on CDC guidelines and the COVID-19 community level in Hancock County, masks may be required to enter park buildings, including the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, regardless of vaccination status.

Want more tips on visiting Acadia National Park? Check out the Top 10 Things to Know Before Visiting Acadia.

To view this news release online, visit Acadia News.

For more information on Acadia National Park, please or call 207-288-3338. Join online conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the National Park Service:  More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Sean Bonnage

Public Affairs Assistant

Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 288-8806

Schoodic Arts for All Announces 2022 Activities and Events

Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor, ME is excited to share its 2022 schedule of classes, events, and performances. This year marks the 24th year of the Schoodic Arts Festival, which provides visual and performing arts classes and performances for the Schoodic Peninsula and the surrounding region.

“This year’s festival will take place across three weeks from July 25th- August 13th and
include 50 workshops, 12 lunchtime events, and 14 free evening performances. We are
also excited to be building off the popularity of our Visual Arts Camp to offer our first
ever week-long camp for young people interested in learning about all aspects of
theatre.” - Colt Neidhardt, Executive Director, Schoodic Arts for All

Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include-

Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco, who will be teaching a poetry workshop and holding a reading and book signing of his 2019 anthology, How to Love A Country. Blanco’s workshop and reading will be presented in partnership with Gouldsboro’s Dorcas Library.

Art shows, including a trio of local fiber artists, Susanne Grosjean, Geri Valentine, and Susan Barrett Merrill, who will be presenting Island Wool, Local Color: an art show covering forty years of friendship and fiber art in Downeast Maine from July 1st - August 31st at Hammond Hall.

Evening performances, held at the Gouldsboro Town Park, will include local musicians, Gordon Thomas Ward; Chelsea Berry; and Hawk Henries; Improv comedy from the Penobscot Theatre Company’s Improv Acadia; a dance performance featuring Molly Gawler & Shayna Bloomstein, accompanied by musician, Steven “Shepsi” Eaton; Family matinee performances from the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers and Bee Parks and the Hornets; and many others.

The festival will wrap on August 13th with Gus & Friends, a special concert by Acadian fiddler Gus LaCasse and instrumentalist & vocalist Mathias Kamin, and several guests who bring a high-flying, driven energy to traditional music.
Registration is now open for all Schoodic Arts Festival workshops. Evening performances will be offered free of admission.

For a full listing of events or to register for workshops please visit



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