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ASC Members' Art Show

May 2 - 28, 2022

During library hours

Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room

The annual ASC Members' Art Show will be held during the month of May at the Northeast Harbor Library. This event is generously sponsored by Camden National Bank.

This year's suggested theme is "Together" as in “2gether in ‘22 being Tootoo”. Over twenty five talented artists have interpreted the theme in a variety of media including watercolor, oil paintings, mixed media, wood carvings, photographs and fiber art.

The art show is open for in person viewing in the Mellon room of the Northeast Harbor Library during library hours except during times when the Mellon Room is booked for private use. Please check the library website for hours and for the availability of the exhibit. 

ASC Members' Art Show

Under the Dome and in the Big Tent

May 6, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Online discussion

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In the first of two programs, State Representative and State Senate Candidate Nicole Grohoski will offer her perspectives on the desirable future of our state and the work needed to get us there.

In the second program on May 13th, Brian Langley, former State Senator and current State Senate candidate will share his commitments as a Republican candidate.

Nicole Grohoski is a geographic information system (GIS) specialist and cartographer and works for a small, Maine-based mapping company. She grew up in Ellsworth and graduated from Middlebury College, where she studied environmental studies and chemistry.

She is in her second term in the Maine House representing Ellsworth and Trenton (District 132) and serves as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where she has been a passionate advocate for affordable and reliable electricity, universal broadband, and internet privacy. Her other policy priorities include more affordable health care, lower property taxes, quality education and workforce development, and environmental protection. In 2021, Grohoski sponsored a first-in-the-nation law to hold the corporations who produce packaging waste responsible for paying for its disposal, shifting the burden away from taxpayers. She has been nominated by the Democratic Party to stand in the June 14th Special Election for Maine Senate Seat 7 (Hancock County) now open following the resignation of Democrat Louie Luchini.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

Under the Dome and in the Big Tent

American Aquafarm’s Finfish Farm Proposal - Benefits for Our Community

May 10, 2022

4:00 p.m.

Online presentation

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Thomas Brennan, project manager for American Aquafarms, will discuss their proposed Salmon Aquafarm in Frenchman Bay. He will focus on why it is important and its impact on our community, and our environment. 

In light of the state's recent decision to terminate American Aquafarms' application for a fish farm in Frenchman Bay, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and ask questions about future plans.

A counterpoint presentation with folks from Frenchman Bay United, Friends of Acadia, and Acadia National Park is scheduled for the following week on Tuesday, May 17th.

Thomas Brennan is the project manager for American Aquafarms. Brennan’s professional career spans some 35 years largely focused on water and natural resource development and management. In addition to a degree in geology from Bates College, he holds Geologic Certifications in the State of Maine, Republic of Ireland and the European Union.  He worked in environmental consulting for a dozen years gaining exposure to many aspects of environmental science and regulatory structures.  Over nearly the past 20 years, he led the Natural Resource Management for Nestle Waters North America, chiefly for the Poland Spring Brand from Maine, also in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Canada.  

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

American Aquafarm’s Finfish Farm Proposal - Benefits for Our Community

A Republican View of Our Future

May 13, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Online discussion

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In the second of two programs, former State Senator and current State Senate Candidate Brian Langley will share his commitments as a Republican candidate. Brian will also offer his perspectives on the desirable future of our state and county and the Republican party he believes we need to help realize those futures.

In the first program, State Representative and State Senate Candidate Nicole Grohoski will share her commitments as a Democratic candidate.

Brian Langley is a long-term resident of Ellsworth. He is the owner of the Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant in Ellsworth. For many years he was a teacher of Culinary Arts at the Hancock County Technical Center. He has served as the Treasurer of the American Culinary Federation Downeast Chapter.

From 2009 to 2011, Brian represented Ellsworth and Trenton (District 132) in the Maine House of Representatives. From 2011 to 2019, Brian represented most of Hancock County in the Maine Senate, Seat 7 to which he was elected four times.

In his State Senate service, Langley was a member of the:

  • Education and Cultural Affairs Committee (Chairman)
  • Marine resources Committee
  • Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee
  • Taxation Committee

Brian has been nominated as the Republican candidate to stand in the June 14th Special Election for Maine State Senate Seat 7, now open following the resignation of Democrat Louie Luchini.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

A Republican View of Our Future

Community Critique of American Aquafarms Proposal

May 17, 2022

4:00 p.m.

Online presentation

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In the second of two presentations, spokespersons from Friends of Acadia, Frenchman Bay United, and Acadia National Park will combine their voices and expertise to express their collective and significant concerns regarding the fish factory in Frenchman Bay proposed by American Aquafarms.

Despite the recent decision by the state to terminate American Aquafarms' application, the presentation is an opportunity to further understand the concerns surrounding the project and potential future developments.

Stephanie Clement is the Interim President / CEO and Conservation Director for Friends of Acadia. Stephanie has served as Conservation Director for Friends of Acadia since 1997. She oversees all of Friends of Acadia’s programs, with primary responsibility for advocacy, transportation, and resource management issues. Stephanie is also the primary contact with park staff for many Friends of Acadia’s policy initiatives and serves as the principal liaison with community officials. She is a part of the FOA Management Team and works with the Acadia Experience Task Force, Wild Gardens of Acadia Volunteers, Advocacy Committee, and the Wild Acadia Committee.

Ted O’Meara is a board member of Frenchman Bay United, a coalition of groups and individuals from around Frenchman Bay and across the state who have come together in opposition American Aquafarms proposed industrial salmon farm. O’Meara has several decades of experience in government, politics, and business, Ted O’Meara provides clients with strategic advice and direct assistance on a wide range of communications issues including media, community and stakeholder relations, and crisis communications. Prior to establishing his own firm, Ted served as the managing principal for public affairs at a Portland-based advertising and public relations agency. He previously served as managing director and CEO of the former public affairs affiliate of one of Maine’s largest law firms. Ted also was director of corporate communications for a Maine-based media holding company that owned three daily newspapers in Maine and television stations in six states, and later became director of marketing and communications for its successor company.

Kevin Schneider is the superintendent of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a position he has held since January 2016.  Before his current post at Acadia, Kevin was the deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, in Wyoming, and the superintendent of White Sands National Park from 2008 to 2011. He worked at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as management assistant and at Yellowstone National Park as a park planner and in science communication. Kevin also worked from 1998-2000 in the Office of Communications at the National Park Service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He began his National Park Service career maintaining backcountry trails at Rocky Mountain National Park.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

Community Critique of American Aquafarms Proposal

Annual General Meeting

June 8, 2022

5:00 p.m.

Acadia Senior College will again elect Board Members and Officers by electronic vote. To vote, your ASC membership must be current as of June 8, 2022. Please contact the office if you are unsure of your membership status.

Click here to vote. Paper ballots may be requested no later than June 1, 2022. All ballots, electronic or paper, must be received by 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2022.

Annual General Meeting

Ashley Bryan Frescoes in the Solon Meeting House

June 9, 2022

4:00 p.m.

Online presentation

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Join Nick Clark, Founding Director of the Ashley Bryan Center, as he discusses the floor-to-ceiling frescoes at the South Solon Meeting House in rural central Maine. The frescoes were painted from 1952 to 1956, by a dozen contemporary artists including Ashley Bryan.

Everyone who registers for this program will receive a packet of informational materials to help you plan your own field trip to see the paintings and the meeting house in person. The meeting house was build in 1842 and its podium, pews, choir loft, windows and steeple are original and it is on the National Historic Register. The building is always open to the public except if a private event is being held.

Nick Clark is the founding Director of The Ashley Bryan Center where he helped place Ashley’s archive with The Kislak Center at The University of Pennsylvania, and helped ensure Ashley’s legacy would remain vibrant in the state of Maine through major donations of art to the major museums in the state. Additionally, the Center is working to establish the Storyteller Pavilion on Islesford as another sustainable aspect of Ashley’s legacy. Clark is the Founding Director and Chief Curator Emeritus of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book, where he worked from 2001 until his retirement in 2014. Previously, he served as the Eleanor McDonald Storza Chair of Education at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. After holding posts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and Instructor in Art and Director of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1982 to 1989, he served as Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia from 1989 to 1997.

Mr. Clark received his BA cum laude from Harvard University and his MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

Ashley Bryan Frescoes in the Solon Meeting House