Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
2013 Events
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2014 EVENTS at the MUSEUM

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Saturday, April 12 Lego Car Day Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum's Lego® brand blocks. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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Thursday, May 1 Opening Day! Get a ride in the Museum's 1926 Ford. Coffee and cookies, popcorn, and free admissions for the day.
Saturday, May 3 Opening Reception Help us celebrate the museum's new exhibit, Motoring Into the 20th Century.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 Mother's Day activities Tours and talks on the female pioneers of motoring, wealthy socialites and their cars, ladies and electrics, fashions, and more. Elegant gifts for Mom in the Museum’s Gift Shop with 10% discount. Free admission for moms.
Tuesday, May 20 Bentley Car Club Visit Private tour. The museum will remain open; come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Thursday, May 22 Bar Harbor Chamber Business After Hours Reception
May 24-26 Memorial Day activities View our early Racers: 1912 Thomas Flyer, 1910 Stoddard Dayton, and 1908 Stanley Steamer Semi-Racer and learn fun facts about the Indy 500.
Monday, June 2 Annual Meeting Meet the Executive Director and members of the Board, review the past year and hear about what it is in store for the year ahead. Opportunity for members and volunteers to offer their input.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 Chrome Glidden Tour Private tour. The museum will remain open; come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Sunday, June 15 Father's Day activities Tours and talks on cars and car collecting. Cool gifts for Dad in the Museum’s Gift Shop with 10% discount. Free admission for dads.
Tuesday, June 17 First weekly Demonstration Day Demonstration days will run every Tuesday from June 17 through October 21, during which the Museum's curator will talk about an auto in the collection. The auto will be started and demonstrated when possible.
Saturday, July 12 Downeast Region Porsche Club of America Visit Private tour. The museum will remain open; come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Wednesday, July 30 Happy Birthday Henry Ford! Talks by the Museum's docents about Henry Ford and The Great Race throughout the day.
Thursday, August 7 Kids Day Take a spin in the Museum's Model T Ford Depot Hack. Games, toy car races, educational activities, model car displays, and photos in period clothing. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.
Sunday, August 10 Rusticator Picnic Inspired by the tradition of MDI's rusticators of the early 1900s. There will be rusticator-inspired food, live jazz by the Ellis Quartet, Native American baskets and commemorative wine glasses to take home, and a special exhibit of period fashion from the collection of Norma Spurling. Period costumes are encouraged, prizes will be awarded. Advanced tickets required, contact the Museum to purchase. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to underwrite this event:
   Mr. William Ruger
   Mr. & Ms. Chris & Kathleen Koch
   Mr. & Ms. Tommy & Sherri Alley
   Atlantic Financial Services of Maine
   Allen Insurance & Financial
   Sheridan Construction
   Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
   New Yankee Builders
   Ellis Boat Company
   Ellis Bands
   Bartlett Winery
   Atlantic Brewing Company

Sunday, August 17 Mid-Maine Sports Car Club Visit Private tour. The museum will remain open; come by and you may get the chance to see some classic cars in which the Club members arrive to the museum.
Saturday, August 23 Lecture at the Museum Join Margo Melton Nutt for a talk titled James Melton: The Tenor of His Time. "America’s Favorite Tenor" was perhaps the first multi-media performer—in a career that spanned concerts, recordings, movies, the Metropolitan Opera, radio and television, from the 1920s to 1950s. His fame as a singer was equaled by his renown as an antique car collector. Reception at 5:30 p.m., talk starts at 6:00 p.m.
Read more about Ms. Nutt (daughter of James Melton) and her new book.
August 30 - September 1 Labor Day activities Talks about the early assembly lines of Henry Ford and the formation of The United Auto Workers. Records played on the Museum's vintage Edison Gramophone throughout day. Half-price for all regular admissions.

Saturday, September 6 Lecture at the Museum Join guest curator Dr. Carrie Brown for a talk titled Rosie’s Mom. In 1917, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter rolled up her sleeves and adorned the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, American women entered the workshops of the First World War. Reception at 5:30 p.m., talk starts at 6:00 p.m.

About Dr. Carrie Brown & her book Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women Workers of the First World War:

Carrie Brown is a cultural historian who specializes in exploring the human story behind historic events, artistic creations, and technological change. She is a freelance curator and has mounted exhibits on Maxfield Parrish, the bicycle, the automobile, and the airplane. She is the author of The Tall Tale in American Folklore and Literature and numerous award-winning exhibition catalogues. She lives in Etna, New Hampshire.

In her book Rosie's Mom, Carrie Brown recovers these women of an earlier generation through lively words and images. She takes us back to the time when American women abandoned their jobs dipping chocolates, sewing corsets, or canning pork and beans, to contribute to the war effort. In telling the story of these women, Rosie's Mom explores their lives and their work, their leaders and their defenders, their accomplishments and their bitter disappointments. Read more.

Thursday, September 11 Patriot Day activities In honor of the day, members of the armed services and veterans will be guests of the Museum and get free admission. There will be a special exhibit of military accoutrements to explore.
October 24 Brass Era Haunted House Celebrate Halloween with an automotive night of fright! Visit with the corpses of deceased car makers that will surely spook you right back to the Brass Era.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 24 - 31 Spooky Car Days A special “Spooky” exhibit of ghouls and goblins creeping around the unique collection of rare early cars and motorcyles. The week will open with a Haunted House on the evening of October 24; and throughout the week will include guided tours, tasty treats, terrifying trimmings, ghoulish games, grab-bags for kids in costume, and more. Free admission for kids under 12.


Thursday, April 3 Motoring Into the 20th Century:Cultural and Industrial Innovations of the Earliest Automobiles Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, 7:00 p.m.
America at the dawn of the 20th century was in the process of rapid and transformational growth. New inventions were being marketed to average American's and traditional social and gender roles were being challenged. It was an exciting time, and one of the most exciting new inventions was motorized travel. Raney Bench, Executive Director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum will present a preview of the upcoming exhibit Motoring into the 20th Century, highlighting several key changes in manufacturing that enabled the invention of the automobile, and some of the resulting social changes.
Saturday, June 7 Gouldsboro 250th Anniversary Parade
Friday, July 4 Bar Harbor Independence Day Parade
Saturday, July 12 Southwest Harbor Flamingo Festival Parade
Thursday, July 17 Public Dance in Partership with the Southwest Harbor Public Library As part of the Southwest Harbor Public Library's Family Concert Series and cosponsored by the Seal Cove Auto Museum, the Ellis Quartet will perform at the Museum Thursday evening, July 17, 6:30pm. Dance to music of the period among a stellar collection of classic cars! The Shane Ellis Quartet will play famous music from American artists including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and more. Shane Ellis will play with Beau Lisy, Ryan Blotnick and John Gallagher to fill the Seal Cove Auto Museum with sounds that inspired the building of amazing automotive machines during the early 1900s. Fun for the whole family! For more information contact the Library at (207)244-7065.
Saturday, August 16 Northeast Harbor Antique Auto Roundup
Saturday, September 27 Ellsworth Autumn Gold Car Show
Saturday, October 11 Southwest Harbor Oktoberfest