Hope Rowan, left, and Rainey Bench of the Seal Cove Auto Museum. The pair are featured in a video based on “Cars That Go Boom,” a 1988 music video by L’Trimm. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

Museum enters video dance-off contest



TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum has entered an international dance video competition, which features people from museums, galleries, libraries and archives around the world showing off their best dance moves.

In its fourth year, the Museum Dance Off is hosted by the “When You Work at a Museum” blog to demonstrate the lighter side of museums and help dispel the myth that museums are dull and square. For the museum professionals that participate, it is a chance to do something fun and creative, and to show their visitors another side of their museums.

This year’s 41 participating museums will compete by region, then the regional winners will go to an international finale, the Thunderdome, to determine the overall champion. The winner will receive the glory of a trophy and bragging rights. There are also Judges’ Choice awards announced after the completion of the Thunderdome.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s submission is based on L’Trimm’s 1988 “Cars That Go Boom” music video, featuring Lady Tigra (Raney Bench, the museum’s executive director) and Bunny D (Hope Rowan, marketing and development director). The video was created with assistance from the Barn Arts Collective and filmmaker Thom Willey, who filmed and edited the video.

The museum encourages the Mount Desert Island community to support them in this international competition by voting for their “Cars That Go Boom” video. The first round of voting for the museum’s video will take place on Thursday, April 27.

In this first round, the “Boom Cars” video will be up against those from the Chemical Heritage Foundation of Pennsylvania, the Chemung County Historical Society of New York, the National Museum of American History of Washington, D.C., and the Indiana State Museum. Voters may go to www.whenyouworkatamuseum.com or visit the Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Facebook page for the link on April 27 to view the dance videos and cast a ballot for their favorite. There is no limit on the number of times an individual may vote.

“The competition can get a little fierce during the heat of voting,” said Rowan. “But in the end, it’s all in good fun. We won the Judge’s Choice award for our “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance video two years ago. We think we have a real chance to become the Thunderdome champion with the super-fun video we’ve submitted this year, but being a smaller museum, we still need all the support we can get from the community. Vote early and vote often!”

The mission of the Seal Cove Auto Museum is to tell the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open May1 through Oct. 31 and in the winter by appointment. Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected]