TREMONT —Ruth Moore Days is coming to the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on July 14-21 in three parts.
The first part, MDI Reads Moore, is set for Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. This year, Emily Trask and Muriel Davisson, nieces of Ruth and Eleanor May, Moore’s longtime partner, will lead a discussion of Mayo’s novel “Turn Home,” republished this year by Rebel Satori Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the library for $12.
The rare film “Tarnished,” based on “Turn Home,” will be screened at the library on Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. Produced by Republican Pictures in 1950 and directed by Harry Keller, “Tarnished” runs for 60 minutes and will be introduced briefly by Sven Davisson, great-grand nephew of Moore and Mayo. The film is free, and popcorn and refreshments will be served.
The final event of Ruth Moore Days will be a birthday celebration on Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Davisson will discuss his aunts’ relationship in historical context in a lecture, “A ‘Boston Marriage’ in Bass Harbor.” With a lively slide show presentation, Davisson will discuss the trend of gay couples leaving cities for places like Maine and western Massachusetts for anonymity during the 1940s when the term “lesbian” came into usage. Cake and refreshments will be served in celebration of Ruth Moore’s life.