Acadia Senior College


ASC/COA Collaborative

July 10 - 14, 2017

COA, Gates Community Center

(Link to printable one-page itinerary!)

Acadia Senior College and College of the Atlantic Summer Programs are planning a third annual summer collaboration. "The Best of Acadia: Back to College" will take place on the COA campus, Eden Street, Bar Harbor, July 10-14, 2017.

Please note: All talks will take place at the Gates Center. Weekly Passes ($60) are available at Acadia Senior College - 207-288-9500, or email

Passes include seating at all talks, reception following the Monday evening Lucas St. Clair talk, and the Friday evening boat cruise (seating limited so please sign up early!) 

Monday, July 10 at 9 am Gates Center

The Epic Journey of How The Land & Garden Preserve Came To Be

Guest: Rodney Eason, CEO, Land and Garden Preserve.

What makes Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, Little Long Pond, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden feel like a connected landscape stretching from Northeast Harbor to Seal Harbor? Join the Preserve’s Rodney Eason as he explains how these different lands and gardens are becoming one organization for current and future generations to enjoy.

Monday, July 10 at 5 pm Gates Center (Reception to follow in The Turrets)

The Creation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Guest: Lucas St. Clair

In 2011, Lucas St. Clair took over his family’s operating foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). EPI owns 125,000 acres of timberland in Northern and central Maine that they have been purchasing since 1998. They have been managing the land and adding infrastructure for recreation over the last several years. To celebrate the 100 anniversary of the National Park Service, President Barack Obama accepted the gift of 89,000 acres of land from EPI and created the newest unit of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Aug 24th, 2016. Lucas and EPI continue to play a role in the development of the region and enhancing the community’s ability to capitalize on the newly realized asset.

Tuesday, July 11 at 9 am Gates Center

Coffee and Conversation - Civic Engagement in Maine

Guests: Ann Luther, Treasurer and Advocacy Chair of the League of Women Voters of Maine, and COA faculty member Jamie McKown, James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity

Wednesday, July 12 at 9 am Gates Center

A Sweet Story: Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry

Guest: Dr. David Yarborough, University of Maine Professor and Extension Blueberry Specialist

Dr. Yarborough will share the story of Maine’s noble, agricultural heritage symbol – the wild blueberry. First used by the Native Americans for their flavor, nutrition, and healing qualities, blueberries have been harvested commercially in the state since the 1840’s, and continue to be grown today across 44,000 acres in fields and barrens that stretch along the Downeast coast to the state’s southwest corner, becoming a leading economic industry in Maine.

Thursday, July 13 at 9 am Gates Center

MDI’s Working Waterfront, Then and Now

Guest: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Associate

“Behind every fishing boat is a strong working waterfront,” says the Maine Coastal Program Working Waterfront Initiative. Commercial fishing and marine trades in Maine contribute more than $800 million annually to the state’s economy and employ about 30,000 people, and yet there are complex issues and trends that impact the cultural tradition and whether it can be sustained on MDI. Natalie Springuel will provide perspective on how our community is navigating these waters.

Friday, July 14 at 9 am Gates Center

The Local Effect: Is tourism taking a toll on our community?

How much is too much? Are we an island in the sun or a sunken treasure?

Our panel discussion presenting a variety of viewpoints:

Alison Beane, Executive Director, Island Housing Trust

John Kelly, Acadia National Park Planner

Martha Searchfield, Executive Director, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Dick Cough, Bar Harbor Parking Solutions Task Force

Eben Salvatore, Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Cmte., Ocean Properties/Harborside Hotel Manager

Earl Brechlin, Editor, Mount Desert Islander, Moderator

Learn something new every day!

Friday, July 14 at 6:00 pm NEH Town Pier

Sea Princess Sunset Cruise with narrator, Charlie Richardson.  

After a career in video production, Charles Somes Richardson moved back to his beloved Mount Desert Island where he had spent much of his youth.  He lives on Beech Hill with his wife, Catherine, in the old Richardson family homestead. 

Since his retirement Charlie enjoys  hiking the familiar trails  and sailing the coastline of MDI.  During  the  cruise ship season, he leads tours introducing visitors to the history and scenery of the island he knows so well. 

Charlie holds a bachelor's degree in government and a master's degree in media technology from Boston University.  

ASC/COA Collaborative