Luann Yetter will talk about life in 1920s Bar Harbor when she comes to the Jesup Memorial Library on Aug. 13. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Visit old Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR —Bar Harbor in the 1920s will be the topic of a talk by Luann Yetter at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

In the 1920s, Bar Harbor was the favored retreat of the wealthy and famous, and they made the island their summer playground. Yetter writes about this era in her book “Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties: From Village Life to the High Life on Mount Desert Island.”

From the end of World War I until the Great Depression, the wealthy flocked to MDI, where they foxtrotted at the Swimming Club and tangoed at the Dreamwood Ballroom on Ireson’s Hill. During the same time, rumrunners stopped at Rum Key in Frenchman Bay during their trips from Canada. Yetter’s book also covers the year-round residents of the island, who while facing brutal winters, still had spirited celebrations including winter carnivals and Hayseed Balls.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of the event.

Visit Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].


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