Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Fast Friends" - Narcissus Original Artwork by Maine Artist Wade Zahares Unveiled

Maine artist Wade Zahares unveils his original work of "Fast Friends"
at the opening gala of the Teddy Roosevelt Days weekend event to benefit
the Narcissus project at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME
on Friday, July 21, 2017.
Photo PWM

"Fast Friends"

The original work of art by Maine artist, Wade Zahares, was unveiled on July 21, 2017 at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, during the opening gala of the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days event to benefit the 1912 Narcissus restoration project.

"Fast Friends"is a depiction of Winfield "Scott" Libbey, the enterprising builder of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, is portrayed with his wife Annie and two of his most beloved (and his fastest) possessions; No. 14, Narcissus, alongside Libbey driving his very rare, 1908 Stanley Motor Coach Company, K 30-hp Semi-Racer.

Signed prints and boxes of ten greeting cards are now available to purchase. 100% of the proceeds from these sales will benefit the Narcissus project.

A print of "Fast Friends" by Maine artist, Wade Zahares. PWM

Signed Limited Edition Prints:
20" x 30" - numbered through 200 - $400 (free shipping/rolled in tube)
13" x 20" - numbered through 800 - $185 (free shipping/rolled in tube)

Signed Prints:
10" x 15" - not numbered - $125 (free shipping/rolled in tube)

To order prints to be mailed - email p.morse31@gmail.com

Prints may be purchased direct from Phil Morse, Narcissus Project Manager, by visiting:

August 13, 2017 - Saturday (10-3) - at Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd, Seal Cove, ME (MDI)
August 19, 2017 - Saturday (2-4) - at Rotary Hall in Gale Memorial Library, 695  Main St., Laconia, NH
September 9, 2017 - Saturday (10-4) - at Seashore Trolley Museum, 198 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport, ME (Members Day Event)
September 23, 2017 - Saturday (10-2) - at John Libby Family Association, Libby Hall, behind Black Point Congregational Church, 161 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, ME
October 7, 2017 - Saturday (10-4) - at Seashore Trolley Museum, 198 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport, ME (Transit Days Event)

Greeting card of "Fast Friends" by Maine artist, Wade Zahares. AJ
Greeting Cards:
Box of Ten (10) with envelopes - 4"x 6" - blank inside - $20
(Free shipping via USPS)

To order Greeting Cards - email p.morse31@gmail.com

All proceeds from the sales of these items will be added to the initial $40,000 fundraising goal for the $40,000 Matching Grant challenge! We are currently $6,000 away from reaching our $40,000 goal to help the Narcissus Project!

W. S. Libbey, the visionary businessman from Lewiston, Maine,
built the Portland-Lewiston Interurban and personally named each of the original
six coaches after his favorite Maine flowers. The 1912 Narcissus is the only
surviving PLI interurban and is currently under restoration at the
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME.
The image above has fourteen descendants (and their family members)
of W. S. Libbey posed in front of the Libbey patriarch's PLI pride and joy,
Narcissus, during the Teddy Roosevelt Days weekend opening gala on
Friday, July 21, 2017. Photo PWM

There will be a blog post released soon that highlights the Teddy Roosevelt Days weekend event
July 21-23, 2017

Artwork by Wade Zahares, Lyman, ME
Libbey's K Semi-Racer at Seal Cove Auto Museum, MDI, ME
Narcissus at Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, ME

Learn More! - Follow the Narcissus Project Blog


Only $6,000 to Go!!!

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


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 2015/2016
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


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 - See Options Below

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


The 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
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!

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

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


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


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 :)

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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