TREMONT — The Bass Harbor Memorial Library will celebrate Gott’s Island native and best-selling author Ruth Moore with a host of mid-July events. This year’s community read will be “The Tired Apple Tree,” Moore’s 1990 volume of poems and ballads. Copies will be available to purchase at the library.
The library will host a community gathering and reading of “The Tired Apple Tree” on Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. Local actors will perform selected pieces and share favorites. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.
The Tremont Historical Society annual meeting and July program will be Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m., in the Harvey Kelley meeting room of the Tremont town office. The talk will be part of Bass Harbor Memorial Library’s Ruth Moore Days.
Following a brief business meeting, Peter Blanchard III will give a talk with slides titled “We Were an Island – A Remarkably Insular Love Story, both Chronicled and Filmed.” The talk will describe Art and Nan Kellam’s life on Placentia Island from the late 1940s to 1980s, including information about Nan Kellam’s journals and a documentary on their lives currently being filmed.
Blanchard first met Nan Kellam on Placentia in 1987 as a volunteer steward for the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He subsequently wrote the definitive book on the Kellams’ life.
His love of the Maine coast began through a Hurricane Island Outward Bound program in 1972 and participation in a marine biology course (operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire) on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals.
A graduate of Princeton University and Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Blanchard has taught biology at the secondary level and, over a period of nine summers, at the former Hardwood Island Biological Station in Blue Hill Bay. He is a native of New Jersey and current resident of Manhattan Island. He currently serves as a board member of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and of the Frick Collection (NYC). His passions are natural history, painting and drawing and spending as much time as possible on Maine islands.
Call 244-3798 or email [email protected] for more information.