We hosted an exciting new annual fundraiser in the Museum's backyard in August 2017: The Abbe Midsummer. Previously known as the Gathering Gala, this event celebrated the importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists and Native communities throughout Maine. Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee (co-chaired by Jena and Jeff Young), the event consisted of Native-inspired cuisine, an haute couture Wabanaki fashion show, festive live auction, and other surprises that made the night a huge success.  

The evening kicked off with a red carpet arrival at 5:30 pm, followed by mingling outside in the Museum's one-acre backyard while perusing silent auction items that included jewelry, art, handmade and crafted items, and the Abbe's signature decorated paddles. Live music by Penobscot musicians Eric Green and Justice for the River kept guests entertained as they helped themselves to food stations serving Native-inspired cuisine like bison meatballs, fiddleheads, and fry bread courtesy of Bar Harbor Catering Company.

From there, guests were treated to a themed dessert and the Decontie & Brown Fashion Show, which was THE hit of the night. 

"The Wabanaki communities throughout Maine and Maritime Canada are world renowned for incredible basketry and to build on that, we’re offering a new narrative on cultural adornment," said Jason and Donna Brown of Decontie & Brown. "It's a distinct way to share the beauty of our tribal design and fashion sense with the world while highlighting that we are still here! We are incredibly excited to be a part of The Abbe Midsummer and are looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that we get from our ancestors...Our people were VERY fashionable!"

An energetic live auction followed, which featured exquisite Native art from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jennifer Neptune, Gina Brooks, Fred Tomah, Geo Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Sarah Sockbeson, Decontie & Brown, and others. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the Abbe Museum at our largest annual fundraiser. Your contributions—through auction purchases, the paddle raise, event tickets, and additional donations—directly supports our work at the Abbe, which in turn impacts our more than 30,000 visitors, including 3,000 Maine school children.

Photos © by Rogier van Bakel, eagereyephoto.com.



$2,500 Level
William Blair 
Bar Harbor Catering Company

$2,000 Level
Stanley Subaru

$1,500 Level
Bangor Daily News
Conners Emerson School
IPM (International Partners in Mission)
Queen Anne’s Flower Shop
Wallace Events

$1,000 Level
Oli’s Trolley
Tea House 278

$500 Level
Bar Harbor Savings & Loan 
Cleary Law Office 
Edward Jones
Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes 
MCM Electric

$250 Level
Asticou Inn 
Dead River
The Looking Glass Restaurant 
L.S. Robinson
Project Social
Viking Lumber



Diver Ed's Dive-In Theatre
Mr. & Mrs. John Ingle
Jean Rohrer
Tia Rosengarten



Artists & Auction Donors

Acadia Coffee Company
Artemis Gallery
Artwaves (Liz Cutler)
Back in Balance Wellness Center
Christina Baker Kline
R. Scott Baltz
Gina Brooks
Katherine Bucklin
Obadiah Bourne Buell
Cape Air
Carrabassett Valley Jewelry (Elizabeth Stefany)
Katherine Churchill
Daniel & Robyn Clark
John & Susan Collier
Collins Center for the Arts
Cranberry Hill Inn
Criterion Theatre
Crooked Porch Coffee Roasters
Monica Davis
Decontie & Brown (Jason and Donna Brown)
Barb Dickson
Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw)
Downeast Winds
Mike Duffy
Four Little Owls (Autumn Soares)
Gabe Frey
Andrea Buzynski Gerrish
Eve Benesch Goldschmidt
Ann Gommers
Susanne Grosjean
Gull Rock Pottery
Lisa Hall
Lindsay Hancock
Julie Havener
Allen Hazard
Nicole Herz
Hog Bay Pottery (Charlie and Susan Grosjean)
Home & Away Gallery
Eric Hopkins
Cookie Horner
House Wine
Jackson Lab
Leslie Jones
Carrie Jones
Kihgan Soaps (Brian Galipeau)
Robert Krieg
Doris Lustusky
Mache Bistro
Cherie Magnello
Mahoosuc Guide Service
Maine Foodie Tours
Maine Heritage Timber
Maine Huts & Trails
Rocky Mann
George Mason
Karen McFarland
MDI BioLab
Natural History Center (Rich McDonald)
Jennifer Neptune
Geo Neptune
Molly Neptune Parker
Martha Newell
Bonnie Newsom
Old Dog Bakery
Ellie Pancoe
Joyce Peterson
Butch Phillips
Ann Pollard-Ranco
Carolyn & David Rapkievian
Angela Raup
Reel Pizza Cinerama
Zoe Reifsnyder
Sydney Roberts Rockefeller
Linda Rowell-Kelley
Sid Salvatore
Seaglass Fine Art Photography
Sam Shaw
Sarah Sockbeson
Somes Sound Book Club
Matagi Sorensen
Dawn Spears
Phil Steel
Jennifer Steen Booher
Frank Stockton
Swallowfield (Jennifer Judd-McGee)
Thomas Fallon Photography
Fred Tomah
Lucy Tracy
Shirley Walton
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell
Wild Acadia
Emily Wright, LMT RN


Andrew Simon, Barn Arts Collective


Paddle Raise Donors

Heather & Alf Anderson
Amy & Charlie Sidman
Cynthia Baker & Jon Zeitler
Catherine & Will Baker-Pitts
Julie Banzhaf-Stone & Steve Stone
Gerald & Marie Berlin
Jamie Bissonette Lewey & Newell Lewey
Brian & Jennifer Booher
Steven Boucher & Jenna Horton Boucher
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko & Lawrence Legutko
Joseph F. & Alyne K. Cistone
Ken Cline
Mary Cox Golden
Liz Cutler & Sam Lynos Payson
Jeff Dalrymple & Anne Gibson
Drs. Jeffrey M. & Linda K. Dunn
Gary & Glenon Friedmann
Rick & Gail Leiser
Cathryn Gerstner
Kristen Gwinn-Becker
Ann Cox Halkett
Michelle & Eric Allvin
Steve Holmes
Carrie Jones & Shaun Farrar
Sarah Keeley
Christina Baker Kline
Zack Klyver
Doug & Joanne Lackey
Adam & Diana Lee
Margo Lukens
Rebecca J. MacQuinn
Red Empress Foundation
Michael McFarland
Kathleen Miller
Geo Neptune
Michael & Ellie Pancoe
Steven & Cynthia Parady
Jennifer Pictou & Daniel Fleming
Sue Preble
Cody Gordon
Jean Rohrer & Mary Mitchell
Martha & Tim Searchfield
Patti & Jerry Selig
Peter Seterdahl & Mary Bull
Jeff & Jena Young
Sheridan & Barbara Steele
Lindy Stretch & Tim Mayo
Dr. Kathy Trenholm
Julie & Greg Veilleux
Gerard Vasisko & Margot Woolley
Howard B. Wellman
Katharine F. Wellman & Douglas B. Wells
Richard & Christine Wellman
Richard & Christine Wellman
Hannah & Stephen Whalen
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell
Lynne Williams
George & Linda Woolley
Marie Curcio Yarborough
C.J. & Kristen Young