Tourism symposium set for Oct. 31

STONINGTON — DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism (DART) is sponsoring a History, Arts and Culture Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 31.

All businesses and citizens of Hancock and Washington counties, especially those from the greater Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, Stonington, Castine, Ellsworth and Bucksport areas, are welcome to attend. The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. The awards luncheon will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Stonecutters Kitchen.

Presentations in the Opera House will feature composer and musician Paul Sullivan on the influence of music in Downeast Maine, Paul Anderson of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries on the importance of vibrant oceans and fisheries to our communities and Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s poet laureate, on the role of art in the culture and economy of Maine and its communities. Chris Fogg of the Maine Tourism Association will explain how we are all part of Maine tourism in his morning presentation. The luncheon will include a preview of some state bicentennial events and the presentation of awards to the WoodenBoat School, Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, Stonington’s Opera House Arts, Castine History Partners and “a few surprises.”

DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism is a nonprofit destination marketing organization that works with chambers of commerce, businesses, historical societies and public and private land owners in Washington and Hancock counties to attract visitors and promote economic development in the region. It is the easternmost of eight tourism regions in the state funded primarily through the Maine Tourism Marketing and Promotion Program, administered by the Maine Office of Tourism and the Department of Economic Development. Most of the budget comes from a small portion of the meals and lodging tax on restaurants, innkeepers and campgrounds. Other funds are raised from dues and regional promotions such as maps, a brochure and the symposium.

Representatives from the Maine Office of Tourism, DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism and the Maine Tourism Association will be on hand at the symposium to answer questions and discuss collective destination marketing programs and opportunities.

Awards this year are produced by Rosa Moore, a potter at HOME in Orland. Established in 1970, HOME is an example of the positive and far-reaching impact tourism can have on employment and the economy.

For more information, visit or call DART Chairman Alvion Kimball at 902-2240.

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