Wednesday, August 1, 2018
in the Abbe Museum backyard

Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee




Red carpet arrival begins at the Abbe’s main entrance, 26 Mount Desert Street, at 5:30 pm

Grab a refreshment and make your way to the backyard to mingle and snack while bidding on an array of exceptional silent auction items. Help yourself to food stations featuring Native-inspired cuisine, and enjoy hosted beer and wine or the cash bar.

This year, we’ve arranged a special treat for our guests; a private concert by Jeremy Dutcher. Vocalist, composer, activist, musicologist, and member of the Tobique First Nation, “Jeremy’s music transcends boundaries; unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home, and teeming with urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance.”

The evening will also include a festive live auction and other surprises you won’t want to miss! We hope you will join us and support for Abbe Museum’s education and preservation initiatives.


Hear Jeremy perform ‘Honour Song’ 
Jeremy first did music studies in Halifax before taking a chance to work in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. “Many of the songs I'd never heard before, because our musical tradition on the East Coast was suppressed by the Canadian Government’s Indian Act.” Jeremy heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago.
As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. Long days at the archives turned into long nights at the piano, feeling out melodies and phrases, deep in dialogue with the voices of his ancestors. These “collaborative”compositions, collected together on his debut LP Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, are like nothing you’ve ever heard. Delicate, sublime vocal melodies ring out atop piano lines that cascade through a vibrant range of emotions. The anguish and joy of the past erupt fervently into the present through Jeremy’s bold approach to composition and raw, affective performances enhanced by his outstanding tenor techniques.
“I'm doing this work because there's only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “It's crucial for us to make sure that we're using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you're not just losing words; you're losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.” 


Native-inspired cuisine by Bar Harbor Catering Company, to include but not limited to:

Buffalo Meatball with local berry chutney
Frenchman Bay Mussels with native-inspired fry bread
Wild Mushroom Tarts with beet carpaccio and local goat cheese
Duck with sour cherry


The Abbe Midsummer is a benefit to further the Museum’s mission in the Dawnland. It's the Abbe’s largest annual public fundraiser and, without it, we wouldn't be able to do all the important work we do as the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine.

Please RSVP by July 16, 2018 (buy tickets here)

Can't attend, but still want to help? Please, consider making a donation. 


Conners Emerson School has once again generously donated the use of their parking lot to all Midsummer guests the evening of Wednesday, August 1st. To access the lot, use the entrance on Eagle Lake Road.

Oli's Trolley has generously donated shuttle service to and from the Museum the evening of the event. They will run on a continuous loop from 5-6 pm and again from the close of the event until 10:30 pm. There will be volunteers stationed at the parking lot and at the Museum to help situate guests. Please note these specific time slots - there won't be any shuttle service from 6pm until the end of the event. 

Guests may also choose to park on the street in any of the surrounding neighborhoods, wherever possible. The Abbe is not responsible for any issues that may arise because of on-street parking limitations. 


Thank you to our 2018 Abbe Midsummer Sponsors!

Sponsorship of The Abbe Midsummer provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with the Mount Desert Island year-round and summer communities, build brand awareness, and show your company’s support of an important cultural institution. 

Looking for the opportunity to become a part of one of the biggest events of the year? To put your company name in front of hundreds of sophisticated party goers? Want to show your employees and investors your dedication to our community? Consider sponsoring The Abbe Midsummer. For more information email