Dave and I headed to Northeast Harbor for a picnic lunch with Sheila and Bryan Saturday July 30th before heading to Bass Harbor to see the Bass Harbor lighthouse along with other places in mind for the day.
We stopped at the little store in Northeast Harbor for water and Whallah!!!! This flyer below was posted on the entry way. What a find! I would not have known that Ronald Epp was having a book signing just a few streets down the road otherwise. I felt very fortunate to see this posted. Wednesday at 530 created a problem but we made it work. I was wondering if he would remember that he wrote on our blog...
We drove down to the Northeast Harbor library after work and got there a little early, I didn't want to be late. The room was over flowing at the library as we waited for Mr. Epp to start speaking. As we waited we listened to the buzz of men that sat behind us as they spoke about their high sea adventures, politics, tea and spirits with friends and the windjammer parade that took place the day before at Somes Sound. I looked it up online...and sure enough there was a windjammer parade on August 2nd. We could have sat at Suminsby Park sipping tea and watched it if we had been around. Lots of cool things happen in Bar Harbor during the week.
Everyone around us looked and spoke like they were from the harbor. We definitely looked like we were from away.
I couldn't wait to delve into the pages and begin the reading. I was interested from the very start when I paid for my book and sat down to wait for the presentation to begin, I began to read the first few pages of the Foreward setting it down when Mr. Epp began to speak. It was all very interesting right from the beginning.
Ronald spoke of his wife Elizabeth and how they came to be summer residents of Bar Harbor and her desires helping at Acadia as a volunteer with tours during the summer season, one of her favorites was volunteering as a guide at George Dorr's Old Farm. She loved to tell the story and keep Mr. Dorr's memory alive. Mr. Epp shared the history that lead up to his writing of the book. I was impressed with his telling of the story, with so many details and accounts, important names and specific dates. A timeline of some that I knew and much that I didn't. He had a great appreciation of all things including mentioning the artwork on the walls of the library and asked the Event Coordinator/Librarian, when she started to cover them up with a screen-to keep them visible. Something that I also noticed for the talented artists. During his lecture I was to learn that Maureen Fournier wrote the Foreward and to my right she sat very proud but humble (if that is even possible to be proud and humble) as Mr. Epp acknowledged her for doing so. She had also made a comment on my blog when I posted of Dorr Mountain a few months ago. Mr Epp covered lots of interesting facts and last minute surprises leading to present day, one that changed the ending of his book and kept me in awe as to the possibilities that these things came to be as they did. Before I knew it his presentation was over. The time seemed quickly to pass. It was a successful and great night for me.
Ronald did remember us from his comment to our blog, as he was writing the On Foot with Dave and Dotti he paused and said he knew that name...he smiled and finished the signing. I was feeling happy about that. He told me to never stop writing, that I too had a story to tell. After signing our book we had a few minutes to chat with him. We were talking about some of the old trails and why they took them out of the trail book and he explained people take things from these sites for memorabilia and some trails become hazardous and hard to upkeep for all the traffic on them daily, for the damage to the living creatures and plant life. It all made sense to me, I kinda knew that as I am cautious and conscious to my surrounding but maybe others, not so much.
all the proceeds from the book signing today went to support Acadia National Park. Acadia became a National Park in 1916, this book was published in the year of Acadia's Centennial Celebration 2016. We recently became Friends of Acadia, so glad we are also giving back to help support our National Park so that we can enjoy it for many years to come and our children's, children's, children, will be able to enjoy and walk the same paths that we now set foot to and have the opportunity to join in celebration of Acadia National Park's Bicentennial 2116. The same dreams that George Dorr, Charles Elliot and John D Rockerfeller Jr. hoped for is our dream as well.