We wrapped up 2019 Ruth Moore Days last Thursday with a fabulous panel discussion with 5 folks with Gotts Island connections. We talked about family and house history, they way things were (how folks got groceries and mail) the way things are now (what do people do out there all day? How does tide and weather effect islanders?) and the future of the island culture (what issues will change how things look in the future? Interest in island living by the younger generation, land conservation, passing down homes to younger generation) Much thanks to Tina Gillis, Sophia Thurston, Constance McCarthy, Carly Weinberg and Muriel Davisson for their thoughtful commentary and answering so many questions!
Our other two events were equally as intriguing. The Tremont Historical Society presented a documentary film of Ruth Moore that most of us had never seen, preceded by a reading of one of Ruth’s ballads by surprise guest Dennis Damon.
The following evening author and scholar Jennifer Craig (who had been interviewed in the film shown the preceding evening) spoke at Pacific Hall about Moore’s place in contemporary fiction and led a more in depth conversation about “The Gold and Silver Hooks.” We will see more of Ms. Craig who brought an intimate and thoughtful perspective to Ruth’s body of work as a while.
Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees for sharing your love of reading Ruth Moore. Our goal is not just to celebrate Ruth’s legacy but to introduce her to a new audience. We have some exciting plans for next summer already in the planning stages. Please come by Pacific Hall anytime to check out a Ruth Moore title or to learn more about this unique and important Maine author.