Expeditions to Placentia Island Announced | Events

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Expeditions to Placentia Island Announced
Events
Expeditions to Placentia Island Announced

The Mount Desert Island and Tremont Historical Societies announce the opportunity to visit Placentia Island, where Art and Nan Kellam lived for nearly 40 years. The visit will include transportation to the island, guided exploration of a few major Kellam sites on the island and information about the Kellams’ lives there. Total duration of each trip will be about 3 hours.

Due to great interest, several trips are planned. The initial trip on August 11 will leave Bass Harbor at 9:00 am on the excursion vessel R.L. Gott. Additional trips will leave Bass Harbor on August 16, 17 and 18 at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on College of the Atlantic’s MV Osprey. 

On August 11, 16, and 18, Peter Blanchard, author of We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam, assisted by staff of the two Societies, will be the guide. On August 16, the guide will be Rosamond Rea, curator of the “Portrait of an Island” exhibit, now open at the Somesville Museum. Refreshments appropriate to the time of day will be provided. Visitors must be capable of disembarking from the larger vessels into smaller boats for transportation ashore at the island and then short but rugged hikes over uneven terrain. The cost of each expedition is $50 per person payable in advance. To reserve a space contact the Mount Desert Island Historical Society at 276-9323 or email virginia.mellen@mdihistory.org.  The Kellams are featured in an exhibit on island life at the MDI Historical Society museum in Somesville. The exhibit will be open every day in July and August, from 10 to 4. The Kellams’ dory, the BLB, and Art’s desk are on display at the Tremont Historical Society’s Country Store museum in Bass Harbor at 4 Granville Road, which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4.

Events