175th Fun at the Country Store Museum - POSTPONED TO SEPT 30TH
TREMONT — As its 175th Anniversary summer draws to a close the Town of Tremont and the Tremont Historical Society are joining forces for an event that combines historical music, crafts, food, cider pressing and a tour of the Bass Harbor Country Store Museum, at 4 Granville Rd. Sept. 16 from 2-4 p.m.
The Museum was built as the community’s general store by Perry Richardson in 1902. Conveniently located across the street from the town’s main employer the Underwood Sardine packing plant, the store sold pretty much everything a working fisherman and his household needed, except for the boat and the house.
After Hollis Reed built his massive three story H.G. Reeds up the road, in the 1920s offering entertainment at its Neptune movie theater,and the latest appliances along with groceries, hardware and gas pumps, Richardson’s store was taken over by the town, which encouraged local folks to check their basements and attics for items that represented a 19th and early 20th century working fishing village. The villagers came through spectacularly and continue to this day to come by with items — photographs, genealogies, tools, books, utensils and such to add to the impressive display of kitchen items, clothing, toys, butter churns, irons, bottles, model boats, post office boxes, fishing gear, school desks, canned goods, chamber pots, medical equipment etc. that fill the shelves and display cases of the museum. In the 1970’s the Tremont Historical Society formerly acquired the building and transformed its upstairs apartment into a climate-controlled storage and research space where volunteers are currently digitizing the large collection of photographs, documents and display items.
Next Saturday’s event will feature a guided tour of the premises, corn husk doll making and cider pressing demonstrations, as well as some old-fashioned chowder, baked beans and other treats. Members of David Rapkievian’s Fish House Fogey’s band will provide some lively fiddle,bass, guitar and button accordion music.
Admission is free although donations are, of course, welcome. The nearby Seafood Ketch restaurant which will be closed that day has kindly offered parking for event.
For more information call 244-9753.