August 23, 2017

Blog Memories: A Skylands Reception for the COA Champlain Society

Congratulations to America's "greenest" college. The College of the Atlantic, which is located on Maine's Mount Desert Island, was just named the #1 green college in the country in "Sierra's" Cool Schools ranking for the second year in a row. Last year, I hosted a special reception for the College of the Atlantic Champlain Society. I hope you enjoy this encore blog posting. It was originally published on August 5, 2016.

The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, continues to nurture young men and women who are passionate about the environment.

During a cocktail reception I hosted at Skylands, last weekend, the College celebrated another year of support with its most important giving organization, The Champlain Society. Members, alumni, and friends of the college gathered together on my large terrace overlooking Seal Harbor. We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, and delicious drinks, including vodka martinis made with Iberia Vodka from Russian Standard Vodka and Whispering Angel rose from Château D’Esclans. It was a very successful and enjoyably evening.

The College of the Atlantic was founded 46-years ago, and since then it has maintained its goals to revitalize local communities, address environmental challenges, and expand educational models. I was honored to host this event, and I look forward to the college’s continued success.

August 22, 2017

My Summer in Maine, Part Two

Whenever I go to Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine, I like to fill the days with as much as possible.

During the second week of my stay, I enjoyed many boat rides with friends, and more hikes through Acadia National Park. I spoke at the exclusive Pot & Kettle Club in Hulls Cove, and celebrated my birthday at Skylands with my wonderful family. We all ate very well, feasting on foods from the local fisheries, the farmers’ markets and my own garden. My time in Maine is always fun and packed with great activities and gatherings.

Here are some more photos - enjoy.

August 21, 2017

A Skylands Party for Friends of Acadia

During the summer, I love entertaining at Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine.

Earlier this month, I hosted a wonderful cocktail reception and dinner for Friends of Acadia and some of the organization's biggest supporters. The mission of Friends of Acadia is to preserve and to protect Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. As many of you know, Acadia National Park is very important to me and to my family. Acadia is a beautiful 47-thousand acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Mount Desert Island. It is filled with pristine woodlands, rocky beaches, clear ponds and so much more. I love hiking its many trails and always enjoy the stunning views and tranquility - especially now that my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, can join me. 

You may recall, last year was an incredibly important year for both Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia - the park and the National Park Service celebrated their centennials. As part of the celebration, Friends of Acadia announced its most ambitious fundraising campaign, the Second Century Campaign, which raised more than 26-million dollars for several key priorities including youth engagement, visitor experience, and protecting Acadia’s fragile resources. Here's to another 100-years at Acadia - a truly magical place. Enjoy these photos from the party.