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Strawberry Celebrations: The First Ripening Fruit

  • Abbe Museum 26 Mount Desert Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 United States (map)
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Want a tasty way to celebrate the summer months and warm weather? Visit the Abbe Museum on Sunday, June 25th and learn about the importance of the strawberry in various Indigenous cultures while participating in a variety of activities. This is sure to please the senses of those young and old! This drop-in event is open to all and is free with admission. 


11 am-12 pm Story Hour and Activity
Visit the Learning Lab at 11 am and hear the story of the first strawberry and then stay and create your own artistic representation of strawberries while reflecting on their importance in various woodland Native cultures.
12 pm Opening and Strawberry Toast
Abbe Museum Curator of Education, Starr Kelly, Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, will host an opening to the Strawberry Celebrations by introducing visitors to the cultural concepts of the strawberry and its importance in her own community and others. Stay and partake in a traditional Strawberry Drink, a sweet beverage consumed in many communities during this time of year as a way to give thanks for the Earth’s bounty.
1-2 pm Feast with Us
The Abbe is proud to host a mini-feast in the honor of strawberry season. Visitors are welcome to stop by our Community Gallery and taste various recipes highlighting the season, in addition to other traditional Native foods. It's sure to be the most appetizing way to learn!
2-2:45 pm Wabanaki Strawberry and Fruit Baskets
Stay with us after the feast as we share unique items from our collections. Wabanaki basketmakers are renowned for the strawberry and fruit baskets, and this curated talk will go over the significance of this type of basket in Wabanaki culture and how it emerged as an art form.