Glorious Woven Art

And so, it does continue to rain … and it thunders and blasts and it bellows.

We woke to a full blast thunderstorm this morning (Thursday) and it was quite an experience with grey skies, streaks of lightning and the continuous rumbling of  skies and peals of thunder that filled the morning.

But thunder and rain and lightning does not stop these holiday makers. Mid morning was an organ recital at one of the local churches – St Saviour’s Episcopal Church. As well as the traditional vertical pipes this organ has horizontal pipes jutting out above and in front of the organ console and the sound is quite spectacular – the trumpet voluntary and the intricate high pitch sounds were exquisite. The church also has ten stained glass Tiffany windows as well s a bunch of other impressive memorial windows – but the Tiffany windows are the showpiece.

Bar Harbor also has the Abbe Museum, a local native museum and as we walked through the doors we were entranced with the skills and dexterity of George Neptune – a Museum Educator (find him at Facebook). For ages we sat in the vestibule mesmerised at his fingers creating a basket (while outside the rain continued to pour). His fingers were weaving the sweet grass and fine birch, and then he was cutting the excess with a razor sharp blade all while explaining the process and chit chatting away with us. How exceptional is this craft and how exceptional is George. He comes from a long line of basket weavers and was proud to tell us his family history. Taught by his grandmother,it is wonderful to see this native tradition continue and the art so wonderfully showcased. The museum is small and the exhibits and graphic panels delightful (and accurate) but the creation of the basket, which will take about 24 hours of work and when sold cost $4000, was the star. One day we have to get to the Sante Fe Indian Markets … it’s all native product there!

George at work

George at work

work of art

work of art

work of art

work of art

More afternoon walking in the rain buying a few essential items, and visit to a local coffee shop (we have decided that all the coffee shops in this neck of the woods are very very rustic – they have board games by the box load)

More rustiness

More rusticness

Coffee Shop

very rustic

And lastly dinner back at the house – home-made clam and corn chowder – delectably delicious!

delicious

delicious

 

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