Flamingos Flock Back to Quietside



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sightings of pink plastic flamingos in the town are mounting, a sure sign it’s time for Harbor House’s annual Flamingo Festival.

The Flamingo Festival began nine years ago as a homage to the pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament and has grown to become not only a celebration of all things pink, but also an important fund-raiser for the nonprofit Harbor House Community Service Agency.

The festival always has been something of a circus and, this year, Harbor House is making it literally so with the theme “Cirque du Flamingo.”

“We thought it would be fun to have a different type of theme,” said Diana Novella, Harbor House’s event coordinator and health and fitness manager.

The Flamingo Festival brings between 3,000 and 4,000 people to Southwest Harbor each year, Ms. Novella said. The event helps Harbor House fulfill its mission of serving the community, she said.

“It’s a great way to bring the community together with Harbor House,” Ms. Novella said. “It’s an integral part of community-building for us.”

See the Islander, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon, for a full listing of Flamingo Fest activities.

For more community news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

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