Dinner and a Movie Helps Sustain Community Programs

The Abbe Museum is proud to announce Dine & Donate, a fundraising opportunity with Guinness & Porcelli’s! On Thursday December 3 from 4:30 to close, diners can take their evening meal at Guinness & Porcelli’s in Bar Harbor and 100% of the profit from the night will be donated to the Abbe Museum.

Owner, Michael Boland is a long time supporter of the Abbe and a former board member of the museum. He has had a long standing commitment to preserving the environment and supporting the local economy through sustainable and eco-friendly buying and operation practices at all of his restaurants including Guinness & Porcelli's. Past president of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce for 5 years but still active in many different environmental causes, Michael continues to mix a love of business, tourism and sustainability and is excited to participate in Dine & Donate with the Abbe.

Through exhibitions, educational programs, research, collections, and collaborative partnerships, the Abbe Museum seeks to remember past life ways, consider the present, and educate the public about the Wabanaki, Maine’s first people. The Abbe works closely with Maine educators to help them fulfill their academic requirements for teaching school children about Maine culture and history. Through Abbe-produced lesson plans, field trips, and teacher education, the stable of programming has become integral to the educational experience of children here in Maine. Participation in this unique fundraiser will promote all that the Abbe does toward fulfilling this important classroom role and so much more.

Combining Irish Hospitality with the Flavors of Italy, located in downtown Bar Harbor, Guinness & Porcelli’s features the finest in Italian cuisine including classics like Lobster fra Diavlo, Pasta Bolognese, Saffron Seafood Risotto, Chicken Piccata and Osso Bucco. For dessert, indulge in Tiramisu or locally made Gelato. Also enjoy their Award Winning All-Italian wine list including over 200 wines from all over Italy. Their menu changes with the seasons to ensure they offer you the freshest ingredients available.

As an extra bonus, after dinner at Guinness & Porcelli’s you can watch a free movie at the Abbe! From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the Museum will screen a local documentary that explores the Penobscot tribe’s connection to their river of the same name, and the importance of maintaining its health not just for their people, but for all of Maine. Following the movie their will be a discussion. Film details are available at www.abbemuseum.org.

To participate in Dine & Donate simply call 288-0030 and make your dinner reservation for the evening of December 3, 2009. For more information about Guinness & Porcelli's, located at 191 Main Street visit www.guinnessporcellis.com

To learn more about the Abbe Museum and how you can become involved in its mission and programs visit www.abbemuseum.org or call 288-3519.