Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wade Zahares, Roberto Rodriguez, Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "Fast Friends" at Seashore Trolley Museum - Saturday, July 21st

Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine is the host for the
2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017.
Image June 2017 PWM

2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days
three-day event being held
at
Kennebunkport, Maine
July 21, 22, & 23
A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!
Featuring:
Wade Zahares - Maine Artist & Illustrator of Children's Books
Roberto Rodriguez - Curatorial Affairs, Seal Cove Auto Museum
Suzanne Buzby Hersey - Author of Children's Books

See Complete Event Schedule for the Weekend Below -


A Fundraising Event to benefit the
1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Narcissus
To read more on Theodore Roosevelt's
connection to the Narcissus Click Here
Follow the activities of the Narcissus
project and the restoration of this

Full Schedule for the Weekend Event:


The Mount Katahdin Expedition
Friday Opening, July 21st, 2017 - 3pm-8pm
Tickets to the Expedition are $30 -  purchase online HERE

(Each ticket includes; an all-day Friday (July 21, 2017), general admission ticket to Seashore Trolley Museum, a 2017 one-day family pass to Seal Cove Auto Museum on Mount Desert Island, ME, access to meet & greet reception with light refreshments, two drink tickets (beer/wine), one raffle ticket, and a silent auction bidder #)

Friday Opening Schedule - Prepaid tickets required for this opening activity:
3 pm         Guest arrival, check in, silent auction preview
4 pm         Vintage Trolley Ride to Riverside Barn and walk to Town House Shop for Tour of 
                  Narcissus (currently under renovation) with Project Manager Phil Morse
5:30 pm    Reception at Exhibit Gallery, Visitor's Center with light refreshments (beer & wine) and                       silent auction (rare TR-related books, glass art, etc.) bidding ongoing
6 pm
* Introduction: Mr. Phil Morse, Narcissus Project Manager, Seashore Trolley Museum -
The Narcissus, Theodore Roosevelt, and W. S. Libbey: "A Winning Combination"     
* Presentation: Mr. Roberto Rodriguez, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Seal Cove Auto Museum, Mount Desert Island, ME - History of the Stanley Brothers and their Stanley Steamer, in particular, their world record land speed holder and the very rare W. S. Libbey K 30-hp Semi-Racer
* Presentation: Mr. Wade Zahares, Maine Artist & Children's Book Illustrator, an original work of art
7:30 pm    Unveiling of original work of Art, by Wade Zahares, of the Narcissus in, "Fast Friends"
7:45 pm    Raffle, Silent Auction closes
8 pm         Vintage Historic Trolley Car exclusive ride along Seashore Trolley Museum's Heritage                         Main Line

Tickets for the Mount Katahdin Expedition are $30 and may be purchased online Here

Seating is limited for the Friday opening, so reserve your tickets here TODAY!

FMI contact p.morse31@gmail.com

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 - 10 am - 3:30 pm
Regular Museum Visitor Admission Tickets to attend the Event
Wade Zahares - Maine Artist & Illustrator of Children's Books
Watch this amazing artist as he is creating his artwork of an operating trolley! Ask questions while you see his work come to life as you look on!
Roberto Rodriguez - Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Seal Cove Auto Museum on Mount Desert Island, wants you to bring in that old family photo album or an individual photograph that has an unidentified automobile pictured in it. Perhaps you were always curious about just what make, model, and year that auto might be? Mr. Rodriguez is up for the challenge, and will ID that classic car for you :) 
Suzanne Buzby Hersey - Author of Children's Books, will be selling/signing her books, including her book, My Maine!
Vintage Trolley Ride to Riverside Barn and walk to Town House Shop for Tour of Narcissus (currently under renovation) with Project Manager Phil Morse
* Raffle and Sale of Special Theodore Roosevelt-related Items - Sale of Wade Zahares artwork (that he will sign), including items of his newest work, The Narcissus!
* Proceeds from the raffles and sale of special items are for the Benefit the Narcissus Project


Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 - 10 am - 3 pm
* Wade Zahares - Maine Artist & Illustrator of Children's Books
Watch this amazing artist as he is creating his artwork of an operating trolley! Ask questions while you see his work come to life as you look on!
Vintage Trolley Ride to Riverside Barn and walk to Town House Shop for Tour of Narcissus (currently under renovation) with Project Manager Phil Morse
* Raffle and Sale of Special Theodore Roosevelt-related Items - Sale of Wade Zahares artwork (that he will sign), including items of his newest work, The Narcissus!
* Proceeds from the raffles and sale of special items are for the Benefit the Narcissus Project


More About Maine Artist Wade Zahares:
Wade Zahares sharing his extraordinary skills with a large group of young
readers and their families at the fourth, Southern Maine Library District
Summer Reading Celebration, at Seashore Trolley Museum on
August 20, 2004. PWM image

Strong lines. Bold colors. Dazzling perspectives.
All three distinguish Wade Zahares' larger-than-life pastel painting. Wade's magical scenes pull readers in with their sweeping curves and unexpected angles, like an insect's view of a garden or a bird's eye view of the Statue of Liberty. "I love creating a whole little world that doesn't exist in everyday life," he says.

Both fine artist and a children's book illustrator, Wade has always loved to draw. But it wasn't something that came easily. "In high school, I spent a lot of time in the art room," he says. "Other students would just sit down and draw people or horses really beautifully. I would struggle to draw." But Wade had passion, and the persistence to back it up. Recognizing this, the high school art teacher suggested he make a career of his art. The idea quickly took hold, and before Wade knew it, he was applying to art schools.

Since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Wade has been a full-time, professional artist. He got his start doing corporate commissions; his captivating pastel paintings, sometimes as large as 3 1/2 by 6 feet, have been commissioned by Boston Duck Tours, Bank of America, McDonald's, HBO, Cinemax, and Family Circle and Sesame Street magazines. his work is also in the permanent collection of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

But, it's children's books that really nudge Wade out of his artistic comfort zone. Before Wade did books, he preferred drawing landscapes, cityscapes, and buildings. His first book, Window Music, pushed him to paint people and animals. Critics liked the result. Both Time Magazine and The New York Times cited Window Music as among the best picture books of 1998. Since then, Wade has illustrated five additional picture books, each of which challenged him in different ways. He enjoys sharing his creative process, challenges and all, when he speaks and conducts workshops at galleries and schools.

Wade works exclusively in pastels; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors. The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed just off his main house. The studio, equipped with 15-foot ceilings and a house gutter to catch all the pastel dust, is set on 5 1/2 acres of farmland in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up. When Wade needs a break, he goes for a drive to soak up the New England landscape-his biggest inspiration or he tends to his flowers, gardens, and fruit trees. Then he returns to his studio, refreshed and ready to make more magic.

More About Roberto Rodriguez:

Roberto Rodriguez was the Executive Director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. He came out of retirement in 2013 to help the Natick Historical Society as its Executive Director, and in 2014 returned to the Seal Cove as its Director of Curatorial Affairs.
His career spans forty years serving the non-profit sector as a museum professional. Prior to the Seal Cove Auto Museum, he was the Executive Director of the Revelstoke Railway Museum in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and before that, the Manager of the Precision Valley Corvette Museum in Springfield, Vermont.
He has also served as the Executive Director of the Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum in Charlestown New Hampshire, Executive Director of Park-McCullough House in North Bennington Vermont, and Executive Director of the American Precision Museum in Windsor Vermont.
Mr. Rodriguez started his museum career in Canada, first as an exhibition designer with the National Museums of Canada, and finally as Deputy Director of Installations at the Canadian Museum of History during its design and construction. As Deputy Director, Mr. Rodriguez managed a $17,000,000 budget and a staff of 80 professionals.
Before specializing in museum management, Mr. Rodriguez was a product and exhibition designer having received his Associates Degree in Industrial Design from the Ontario College of Art in 1970.  He was Chief of Design and Technical Services for the National Museums of Canada and was responsible for designing hundreds of permanent, special, and traveling exhibitions.  While with the American Precision Museum, he designed several exhibitions including: “Maxfield Parish: Machinist, Artisan, Artist”, “Pedal Power: the Bicycle in Industry and Society”, and “Carriage Wheels to Cadillacs: Henry Leland and the Quest for Precision.”  While at the Seal Cove Auto Museum he curated “The Brass Era Auto: Motoring into the Twentieth Century,” and is currently researching and developing the storyline for the Seal Cove’s next exhibition, “Automobile Art and Advertising” opening in 2018.
He has won numerous exhibition and graphic design awards including; first place, New England Museum Association Publications Design Award for Exhibition Catalogs; joint second place, New England Museum Association Publications Design Award for Fundraising; and second prize by the American Association of Museums, Publication Design Competition.
Born in Santiago Chile to Mario Altamirano Rodriguez and Marjorie Talman de Rodriguez, his father was a Chilean career diplomat, and his mother an American from Washington, DC.  Roberto holds both American and Canadian citizenship having become a Canadian citizen following his father’s posting to Canada from 1959 to 1967. He claims his US citizenship through his mother and traces his American ancestry back to 1630.


More About Suzanne Buzby Hersey:

Suzanne Buzby Hersey grew up spending her summers in Maine’s midcoast region and fulfilled her childhood dream of living here full time back in 2006. Her love for Maine inspired her to write her first children’s book called “My Maine.” Suzanne is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance as well as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has worked with children in a number of capacities and attributes much of her inspiration to them. She is now a mom of two and enjoys exploring the state of Maine with her family.

Teddy Roosevelt Days is a Fundraising Event
To Benefit the

Mark your calendars (purchase your Friday-opening tickets in advance) and plan to attend the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017

A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

Click Here: First Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - W. S. Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer
Click Here: Second Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "My Maine"
Click Here: Third Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Wade Zahares - Artist


More details on the celebration will be announced soon.
The Friday activity requires a ticket to be purchased in
advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
general admission public offerings at


The Narcissus Project Blog was created in April 2015 for the purpose of reaching out to a large number of folks through the power of social media to introduce them to the Narcissus. The Narcissus is a luxury, high-speed, wooden electric interurban. The Narcissus was built in 1912 in Laconia, NH and operated on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, in Maine, between Portland and Lewiston, from 1914 into 1933. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. The blog posts appeal to folks with an interest in Theodore Roosevelt's connection to Maine, to folks generally interested in regional/local history, as well as those folks within the greater railway family. Hopefully, these posts will endear many of the readers to help support the Narcissus financially, as it undergoes a complete restoration over the next few years at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 



Help close the Gap - Less than $3,000 to Go!!!

We are Almost There...

 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus

Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project 

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!

has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
Narcissus!


Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.
Link to Libb(e)y Family connections




Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.


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