My January started with this blog entry....

We found Astra showing off signs
for the new text to join program.
Astra Haldeman, Manager of Museum Services 

A lot of what I will do this month is all about keeping friends of the Abbe connected and informed.  I start each month working on our blog and monthly eNews, making sure that everyone is aware of what is happening at the Abbe Museum in the upcoming days and weeks.  Yesterday, I set up a new way for visitors subscribe to Abbe eNews - You already receive these newsletters, so you'll miss out on this fun, but new subscribers can text abbemuseum to 22828 and instantly be added to our mailing list.  If you want to try it out, it's quite'll just receive an email thinking that you've changed your email preferences. 

I am also beginning a separate, short newsletter for volunteers that will be sent each month after eNews, sharing that month's volunteer opportunities.  If you would like to receive those emails, please let me know ( or sign up for the list by selecting the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the very bottom of this email.  My goal for 2012 is to keep everyone connected! 

Next month is actually the one-year anniversary of Abbe eNews, so I'd love to hear your feedback.  Please let me know if there are other sorts of articles you'd be interested in reading are, what your favorite aspects of eNews are, and any suggestions you might have for improvement.  We want Abbe eNews to be easy, interesting, convenient, and enjoyable for all our readers.

Throughout January I'll focus on the winter and the summer season simultaneously.  2011 was the tenth anniversary of the Abbe Museum Downtown, and for the 73 years before that the Abbe had never been open in the we still find ourselves reminding everyone that we are here!  I'll attend meetings and meet other Bar Harbor Merchants interested in promoting Bar Harbor as a year-round destination, and we'll begin planning activities for both this winter and next. 

At the same time, I'll start prepping for this coming summer.  Applications for seasonal positions in guest services will be available on our website by the end of this month, so please direct anyone who might be a good candidate to take a look.  We'll collect the applications and begin the hiring process early this spring.  January is also a great time for me to begin researching new products for the Abbe Shop.  Because we are closed now, purchasing won't begin until March or April, but by the end of this month I'll have a good idea about which books, souvenirs, and other fun take-aways you might expect to see this summer.

Then of course there are all the normal housekeeping tasks; membership reminders and thank yous, updates from our 2011 Guest Book, planning for the Gala...but I'll stop chatting here and let you read on about what others are doing!