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Roque Bluffs State Park to feature sculpture dedication, summer solstice celebration

Contributed by Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands | BDN
Contributed by Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands | BDN
Kazumi Hoshino of Steuben stands beside her sculpture, “Warm Wind,” installed at Roque Bluffs State Park, Roque Bluffs. The sculpture, created during the 2011 Schoodic Sculpture Symposium, will be dedicated on Saturday, June 23, followed by the state park’s annual Summer Solstice Celebration.

ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine — Visitors to Roque Bluffs State Park in this Down East community can welcome summer this Saturday with a two-part event that includes both sculpture and celebration.

The newly installed sculpture, “Warm Wind,” by Kazumi Hoshino of Steuben, created at the 2011 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, will be dedicated midafternoon by Symposium and Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials.

“It’s a chance to get to the park and meet community members,” Park Manager Rich Donaher said of the event. “It’s a chance to appreciate the beach, the ocean and the natural beauty of the setting. And it’s a chance to share good fun and entertainment.”

The afternoon dedication ceremony, scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m., will include remarks from the sculptor, sculpture symposium founder Jesse Salisbury, and Bureau of Parks and Lands officials. There also will be bagpipe music and light refreshments.

After the dedication will be the Roque Bluffs 2012 fourth annual Summer Solstice Celebration, including music, drumming and a lobster feed overlooking the park’s beach.

Visitors can head to the north end of the park, on the bluff overlooking the beach, where a large event tent will be set up for the solstice celebration, which is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The picnic dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

Park admission fees apply. Picnic meals will be available at the following prices: lobster, $17 in advance or $20 at the door; chicken, $10 in advance or $13 at the door; children’s menu (under 10), one piece of chicken or hot dog, $5. Tickets can be purchased at Whole Life Market in Machias or the Machias Chamber of Commerce, or by calling Roque Bluffs State Park at 255-3475.

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