Press Release

Museum seeks new members

BAR HARBOR, Maine —  During September, the Abbe Museum will celebrate its current members and reaching out to new members. Until Nov. 1 Abbe members may bring one guest for free each time they visit the museum. Members also may double their discount and get 20 percent off purchases in the museum gift shop on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.  Anyone who signs up for membership will immediately start enjoying these and other benefits that come with being an Abbe member.

For new or returning College of the Atlantic students with ID, admission to the Abbe is free during September. Students may sign up for a museum membership card and pay a reduced rate of $20 for a one-year membership.

The current exhibit at the museum is “Indians and Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s.”

These events will be offered at the museum:

* A flint knapping demonstration will be conducted Thursday, Sept. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. by Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot.  He is an archaeology student at the University of Maine who has been learning the process of making flaked stone tools traditional to his Wabanaki ancestors.

* The Rez Dog Singers Drum Group will perform 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2:00pm-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Members represent several tribes from New England, including the Wabanaki and Wampanoag.

Both programs are free with museum admission, thanks to support from Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and the Maine Arts Commission.

Open hours for First Fridays member double discount days are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Museum admission is $6, $2 children ages 6 to 16, free to children age 5 and under.

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