Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Umbrella Cover Museum: Greatest Attraction in New England

It isn't every day that my sister and I get to share in the most truly incredible experience either of us have had in a long time.

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Dear reader, you have to believe me when I say that I have seen the single most amazing thing ever. And that thing is a small building (which itself is, by the way, on a tiny island accessible only by ferry) containing a desk, an accordion, and seven hundred and forty umbrella covers and the truly incredible person who has collected them all.

It's the Umbrella Cover Museum, created and curated by the inimitable Nancy 3 Hoffman. Yes, 3. I was in no position to question it, neither are you. The museum is housed in this building (really a couple of small rooms within said building) and it has to be seen to be believed. Or disbelieved, since so few people will get that you aren't joking about all this when you try to explain it later.

And the Umbrella Cover Museum is no joke. It's the most adorably/eerily sincere attraction in the whole area. Upon entering, Nancy takes you on a whirlwind guided tour through all her umbrella covers and sheaths. She encourages participation, leading your attention to the interactive exhibits lining the walls. And she is mighty proud of the handmade donated umbrella covers, including this one made of some bulletproof material it's creator just happened to have handy:

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And then, just when things couldn't get any more amazing, she breaks out her accordion and sings.

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Nancy and her amazing collection. The Museum celebrates the mundane and accepts donations from around the world.

As far as other strange Peaks Island things...

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Every building on the Island had a name. Some are poignant, some are cute. And some are... like this one.

And while we are on the subject of amusing signage...

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Haha, yes.

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And good old slightly obnoxious New England humor. Thus concludes our Peaks Island odyssey.


Art of the Day!

Consider this a teaser for the next trip report.

9.6.11 - Boothbay Doodles


Albertonykus said...

Very cool museum. And love the "weather rock"!

Laura said...

I found your blog on TV Tropes - it's listed on the "Other Sites" page directly under mine! It's a lot of fun to read. As a fellow troper and blogger, can I interest you in trading links?

Trish said...

Sure, why not?