August 23, 2019

Monson Museum boasts a rare snow roller

This year’s observance of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the town of Monson coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Monson Museum.

Founded in 1972 by the Tisbury Manor chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the museum is on the second flood of the Grand Army of the Republic Building on Main Street next to the new Monson Municipal Building.

Eloise Stevens is DAR treasurer and the lady in charge of activities at the Monson Museum.

She told us there is no fee to visit the museum, which is staffed by a member of the DAR Youth Program, and it is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Anyone who wants to visit the museum at any other time need only call Stevens to arrange an appointment for a private viewing.

Discussing the theme of the museum, Stevens said: “Most of it contains things from the old slate industry when slate was quarried here. We also had a big Finnish and Swedish population, and a lot of the items are those that were used by people living in this area.”

The museum boasts what Stevens believes is “one of two hose-drying towers in the state which were used for drying fire hoses in the old days, and we have what we believe is one of the few remaining snow rollers.”

The snow roller is located in a separate section of the museum so, when you visit, don’t forget to ask to see it.

Work is being done to catalog the exhibits and, while there is plenty of work to do, Stevens said the museum is always eager to accept more items for exhibit.

“We accept loans or outright gifts,” she said, “and all is accepted in the name of the Monson Historical Society.”

Anyone who has an interest in the Monson Museum, whether you wish to see it or contribute to it, may call Eloise Stevens at 997-3792.

We thank friends for helping us “discover” Sugar Hill Gallery, which features a collection of Maine crafts and art, on Route 1 in Hancock Village.

And we thank proprietor Cynthia Perkins for being most helpful when we asked for something special from one of the crafters, Bob Dickins of Ellsworth. We weren’t disappointed.

The rustic gallery in the rear of the building contains some pleasant surprises by some very familiar names in our art world, so you might want to mark your calendar for the opening of a showing by Hancock artists William Moise, Renata Moise and Polly Ceckler from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

But don’t leave after the opening. Either stay, or come back later, because Perkins closes out the event with a reading and book signing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with Hancock author Sandy Phippen.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Sugar Hill as much as we did ours. With that combination of Maine talent, how could you not?

For the record, when “Hurricane” Dick Hammond leaves Waterville today to bring emergency supplies to our New England neighbors in flood-ravaged Vermont, it will be disaster relief trip No. 99.

We are happy to pass along a personal invitation from Barbara Burr for friends of the late Paul Mayhew Burr to attend a ceremony in his honor at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Jordan on Branch Pond in Ellsworth.

Although the Burrs spent most of their life living in Massachusetts, Paul Burr remained a strong supporter of the YMCA resident-camp facility.

“He sent a son and a bunch of grandkids to the camp for several years,” his widow said. Burr died a year ago.

On Wednesday the YMCA and its campers will dedicate a memorial garden to Burr where a rock with a bronze plaque will bear his name.

At the time of his death, those who wanted to were requested to make donations in his memory to Camp Jordan.

It was nice to hear from Gordon Espling of Eagle Lake that, despite a one-day rain delay, the recent reunion of Aroostook County “Snowbirds” was a success.

The gathering resulted in plans for State of Florida East and Gulf Coast reunion picnics next March, after the 60 Florida residents “of The County were emphatic that annual north-south gatherings add to the flavor of retirement living,” Espling wrote.

Although the rain delay proved to be a bit of a problem, people from “Mapleton, Presque Isle and points north to Allagash as well as from out-of-state” made it to the County reunion.

For your “Snowbird” planning, the East Coast Snowbird picnic is Sunday, March 8, 1998, at the John Prince Park on Lake Worth Road between Lake Worth and Boynton Beach in Florida. The Gulf Coast picnic is Wednesday, March 11, 1998, at Seminole Park near St. Petersburg, Fla.

And, Espling wrote, under the leadership of Harold Dubois and Kathy Plourde, “already, plans are underway for the Second Annual Northern Maine Snowbirds Picnic on Wednesday, July 8, 1998, the Birch Haven Campgrounds in Eagle Lake.

The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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