DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 19

Arts and Culture Like coastal tidepools, the arts landscape here is teeming with the spirit of TRUE MAINE . Home and Away by Robert Leverich, Maine Sculpture Trail, Castine Spend just a little time in DownEast Acadia, and you’ll begin to feel a magnetism that has long drawn artists here. The region is home to a who’s who of writers, painters, sculptors, performers, musicians, photographers, and creative-makers of all kinds, pursuing their craft from Bucksport to Calais. Schoodic Arts For All is an award-winning ArtsEngageME Community Arts program with a diverse offering of cultural programming for all ages, interests, and abilities. Gallery showings, concerts and readings, family friendly arts events (kids are usually free), dance showcases, and cultural classes and programs abound. Visit Cobscook Community Learning Center or the Eastport Arts Center to see what we mean. While you’re in Eastport, visit The Tides Institute & Museum of Art. On Deer Isle, you’ll find Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Deer Isle Artists Association. Tour the studios and workshops of artisans and artists who have settled there. Follow the Maine Sculpture Trail, 34 giant granite sculptures spanning nearly 300 miles of coastline extending into New Brunswick, CA to form the International Sculpture Trail. Discover the raw origin of granite along the Settlement Quarry trail in Stonington. Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Stonington’s Opera House Arts, and Eastport Arts Center all host world-class talents. Bar Harbor’s Criterion Theatre is a fixture in the community sharing live performance and film. Ellsworth’s Grand offers movies and live Met Opera performances, while the Alamo in Bucksport houses the astounding Northeast Historic Film Collection. This riverfront town is also home to the juried Bucksport Arts Festival. Make it a Two Nation (musical) Vacation at Campobello’s week-long Fog Fest and Calais Celtic Concert Series. The Tempest, Opera House Arts, Stonington The arts are woven deeply into the generations of Passamaquoddy who share their cultural heritage and art at events like the Indian Days Heritage Celebration, and the Abbe Museum’s Native American Festival and Basket Makers Markets held each year. Visit the Abbe’s two museums (downtown Bar Harbor and in Acadia National Park) to learn more. TRUE MAINE | 17