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Abbe Museum to host Backyard Bash

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BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum will host its inaugural Backyard Bash onSeptember 10 from3-9 p.m.at its downtown Bar Harbor location at 26 Mount Desert St. Within the confines of the Museum's backyard, dozens of organizations and artists are coming together to celebrate and showcase creative work and people, and how creative placemaking supports Wabanaki artists and the Bar Harbor community.

'We are delighted to welcome Abbe friends and neighbors, new and dear, to this exciting inaugural celebration designed to engage and entertain while benefiting the Abbe's programs, exhibits, and operations,' said Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. 'Launching this event during Acadia's Centennial seems very fitting given we are a museum committed to our local community, just as the founders and current stewards of Acadia National Park are today. And it's through the community that we are strengthened and our outreach and impact grow.'

In its 15 years in downtown Bar Harbor, the Abbe has become a Smithsonian Affiliate, an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience, a partner to Acadia National Park, and a committed and involved community anchor. The Bash will bring friends, artists, families, community partners, and young professionals together to support an important cultural institution right in their own backyard.

Several Wabanaki artists will have booths selling beaded jewelry, metalwork, birchbark art, ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as other hand-crafted items that represent the beauty and culture of the Wabanaki communities in Maine and the Maritimes. For many visitors, this will be a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Wabanaki arts and cultures from the artists themselves.

Featuring savory and sweet street food and drinks from Blaze, Havana, Mount Dessert Bakery, Passamaquoddy chef Molly Neptune Parker, Atlantic Brewing Company and Bar Harbor Catering Company, there is sure to be something for everyone. The outdoor stage will feature live music by fiddler Gus LaCasse and rock, blues and funk band Frogpipe. Additional kid-friendly entertainment will include backyard games, face painting and more.

The silent auction will feature original work from Native and local artists, collections of items donated by local businesses, and a variety of unique experiences. Among the more than four dozen items available are custom-made jewelry, hand-knit accessories and clothing, decorative paddles, high-quality artwork and photography, Wabanaki basketry by nationally-recognized and award-winning artists, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Abbe Museum's mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Tickets for the event are $10/adult in advance, $12/adult at the door, $5/student and kids ages 8-18; kids seven and under are free. Special package tickets include a family of four for $22 and family of six for $32. You can purchase tickets online atwww.abbebash.org. In the case of inclement weather, the Bash will be held onSunday, September 11, from3-9 p.m. For more details, including a list of the day's events, visitwww.abbebash.org.

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