Friday, December 13, 2013
By John Hale
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Rannon Rines, 3, of Greene, turns the handle on a cider press during AppleFest events last year at The Monmouth Museum. The events included fresh apples and apple pie for sale and a 5K road race earlier in the morning.
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
Shelia Sanford, North Monmouth postmaster and president of the Monmouth Museum, said the museum was started in the 1960s by the late Earle Flanders, a local funeral director who collected historical items and buildings as a hobby.
“In the beginning, he bought some buildings to keep downtown from going away,” Sanford said. “When these buildings became available, he bought them.”
One of the museum buildings is the Stencil Shop, which was a real stencil shop operated by the Metcalf brothers.
“They were the largest purveyors of stencils in the East,” said Sanford. “This is the only existing stencil shop in the country. It was for lettering barrels, packing labels and things like that. They also made little business cards.”
Sanford said AppleFest is important to the museum, which has 110 members. A single membership costs $15 a year, and a family membership costs $25 a year. A lifetime membership costs $250.
Checks can be made payable to Monmouth Museum Inc., P.O. Box 352, Monmouth, ME 04259.
Runners can sign up for the road race at the Cumston Public Library for $18 on days before the race and outside Cumston Hall for $25 on race day. There is also an opportunity to sign up for the race via the group’s email address, email@example.com. All proceeds from the race will go to Friends of Cumston Hall for improvements to the structure.