Acadia Winter Festival set for this weekend

WINTER HARBOR — The fifth annual Acadia Winter Festival will kick off this weekend at the Schoodic Institute.

The event, which will run from Feb. 8-11, will include activities such as nature walks, an ice sculpture demonstration and workshops on bird carving, Dutch oven cooking and photography

Entertainment includes dinner theater with Hope Lewis of Northeast Storytellers and a Saturday afternoon screening of the freestyle skiing documentary “Dog Days of Winter.”

“We have a painting-with-wool class that teaches felting,” said Megan Moshier, sales and hospitality manager with the Schoodic Institute. “We also have a nature journaling class with Tanya Rucosky that we’re very excited about.”

Other events include bird watching, a children’s workshop on the mammals of Maine, and a scavenger hunt. A Saturday night lecture by Les Kantar, state moose biologist, is open to the public and will discuss moose biology and management in Maine.

Many events are free; others range from $10 to $50.

“We’re encouraging people to get outside and enjoy nature,” Moshier said. “We’re offering a plethora of free programs that appeal to all different interests.”

Lodging and meals are provided throughout the weekend; some tickets are still available.

For more information on the festival’s events and how to register, visit or call 288-1310.

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