Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
2016 Events
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UPCOMING 2016 PROGRAM & EVENTS


May
Sunday, May 1
4pm - 6pm
Auto Wars Exhibit Opening Help us celebrate the opening of a new season and a new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now - forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the physical, cultural, and economic landscape through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit.
Tuesday, May 3 - Friday, May 6 Hosting National NAAM Conference The National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM) is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry. The Seal Cove Auto Museum is hosting NAAM's annual conference, bringing together automotive and museum professionals from across the country for professional development and networking opportunities.
Saturday, May 7 Lecture: Edsel Ford and his Secret Project, the Custom Luxus Cabiolet

Mr. Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, will speak of the life and times of Edsel Ford, and his relationship with his father Henry. Included in the talk will be discussion of the Luxus that Edsel custom built, the very car now on display at the Auto Museum (on loan from the collection of Chris & Kathleen Koch.)

Matt Anderson is the John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. In that post, he oversees the development, care and interpretation of the museum's collection of more than 250 automobiles. Matt also oversees the museum's collection of railroad locomotives and rolling stock, as well as aircraft. He has previously worked at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana; and the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sunday, May 8
10am - 5pm
Mother's Day Celebration Free admission for moms all day! Rides in antique autos offered, weather permitting.
Thursday, May 19
10am - 3pm
DEMO DAY: Brass Era Weigh-In Ever wonder what some of the huge hundred-year old vehicles in our collection weigh? Find out at this vehicle weighing demonstration, during which the Maine State Police will explain the requirements for commercial vehicle weight limits and weight verifications, and then demonstrate their equipment with some of our cars. Guess the weights and win prizes! Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting.
June
Thursday, June 16
10am - 3pm
DEMO DAY: Alternative Fuels Learn about alternative fuels of the past, present, and future. Demonstrations of a bio-fuel powered car, a wood-gas powered generator, and more. Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting.
Sunday, June 19
10am - 5pm
Father's Day Celebration Free admission for dads all day! Rides in antique autos offered, weather permitting.
Wednesday, June 29
5pm - 7pm
Auto Wars Exhibit Celebration Help us celebrate the opening of a new season and a new exhibit Auto Wars: Then & Now - forever changing the nature of Mount Desert Island. This exhibit explores the impact of community decisions on the physical, cultural, and economic landscape through a choose-your-own-adventure exhibit.
July
Thursday, July 21
10am - 5pm
DEMO DAY: Kids Activities & Pedal Cars Bring your pedal car to the museum and view the pedal cars belonging to the museum and others. Or, if radio-controlled vehicles are more your speed, bring your radio-controlled car, plane, or drone to the museum to demonstrate to other enthusiasts. There will additionally be games, toy car races, educational activities, and photos in period clothing for the kids. Rides in antique autos will be offered, weather permitting. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with toys and candy.
August
Sunday, August 7
Time TBD
Picnic Celebrate summer feasting with your friends, at a community picnic and car show overlooking the ponds and mountains of Acadia. Rides in antique autos offered, weather permitting.
Thursday, August 18
10am - 3pm
DEMO DAY: Steam & Electric Cars Learn about the role of steam and electric cars in the earliest days of car manufacturing, while exploring possibilities for these cars in the future. Rides in the museum’s steam and electric cars will be offered, weather permitting.
September
Thursday, September 15
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day On the third Thursday of each month, one of the vehicles in the museum's collection will be fired up and demonstrated, or an invited guest will share their own automotive technology. Information and discussion about the vehicle or technology will be presented.
October
Thursday, October 29
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day On the third Thursday of each month, one of the vehicles in the museum's collection will be fired up and demonstrated, or an invited guest will share their own automotive technology. Information and discussion about the vehicle or technology will be presented.

PAST EVENTS

Saturday, April 9
10am - 2pm
Lego Day Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum's Lego® brand blocks. View the flyer...
Thursday, March 17
8pm-10pm
History Happy Hour - Film PerformaNce Edition

A members-only event.
Join us at Reel Pizza for a Barn Arts Collective performance accompanying the showing of the 1940s sci-fi film Dr. Cyclops. Having fully rewritten the script and score, the Barn Arts Collective will perform live in front of the screen while the film plays. It will combine cinema, comedy, music, and theater, making for an entirely unique film and live theater experience. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase during the movie.
Tickets $10/person.

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This event is a part of the History Happy Hour event series, for members of the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the MDI Historical Society and their friends. Held three times each year, they are a way for members to gather and enjoy fun and interesting programming on historical topics.Not a member? Express your love of local history by becoming a member of both the MDI Historical Society and the Seal Cove Auto Museum at a special dual membership rate of $50. Sign up now!


Saturday, February 7, 2016
7pm-10pm
Speakeasy The Roaring Twenties comes to the Seal Cove Auto Museum! There will be 12-piece swing band, a specialty cocktail created just for this event, prohibition era beers, blackjack tables, and even a performance by a belly dancer. It’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas!
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Monday - Saturday, October 26 - 31, 2015
10am - 4pm
Spooky Car Days A special “Spooky” exhibit of ghouls and goblins creeping around the unique collection of rare early cars and motorcyles. The week will open with a Haunted House on the evening of October 24; and throughout the week will include guided tours, tasty treats, terrifying trimmings, ghoulish games, grab-bags for kids in costume, and more. Free admission for kids under 12.
Friday, October 9, 2015
10am - 4pm
Steam Car Day Learn about the role of steam cars in the earliest days of car manufacturing, while exploring possibilities for steam cars in the future.
Thursay, October 8, 2015
5m - 7pm
History Happy Hour - TRIVIA NIGHT! Come test your knowledge of MDI and automotive history while enjoying local brews at Bar Harbor Beer Works. For members and friends of members of the Seal Cove Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day: The Pedal Car & Radio-Controlled Concourse Bring your pedal car to the museum and view the pedal cars belonging to the museum and others. Or, if radio-controlled vehicles are more your speed, bring your radio-controlled car, plane, or drone to the museum to demonstrate to other enthusiasts.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
10am - 4pm
Electric Car Day Learn about the role of electric cars in the earliest days of car manufacturing, while exploring possibilities for electric cars in the future. Rides in the 1908 Rauch & Lang electric car will be offered.
Friday, August 21, 2015
5pm - 8pm
Brass Cars & Brass Cameras Artist Albert Mach will display his collection of “Brass Era” cameras, including a number of large historic view cameras from around 1900, as well as a number of other cameras used at that time and earlier. Mr. Mach will also display his Fine Art GiClees of the brass era autos, many taken at the museum, and discuss his techniques and processes. Coffee, juice, and "Sheila's Gourmet Cookies" will be served.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
12pm - 7pm
Demonstration Day: Cruise to the Quietside All are invited to cruise to the Seal Cove Auto Museum with their “Pride & Joy” automobile to have the opportunity to show it off. Whether it is an antique, classic, hot rod, motorcycle, or something else entirely that defies categorization, we want to see it and give your prized vehicle the chance to be seen. “Eat at Joe’s” Farm Fresh food service will be there with locally-sourced burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Open to the public. Free admission to the museum after 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
3pm - 6pm
Rusticator Picnic Join us at the Seal Cove Auto Museum for a picnic inspired by the early 1900s rusticator tradition, among the museum's collection of elegant Brass Era autos. The event will include a fashion show of period clothing from the collection of Norma Spurling, and a raffle of unique antique auto experiences.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10am - 4pm
Kids Day Take a spin in the Museum's Model T Ford Depot Hack. Games, toy car races, educational activities, model car displays, and photos in period clothing. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day: Wood-Gas Generator A special demonstration of a wood-gas generator by Stephen Abbadessa of Northern Self Reliance, LLC. Various demos, videos, and additional information will be presented by this mechanical engineer and alternative energy expert throughout the day about his biomass to fuel gas conversion system. Rides offered in other vehicles, weather permitting.


REGIONAL CAR SHOWS AND OTHER EVENTS ATTENDED IN 2015

May 9, 2015 Touch-A-Truck Ellsworth, Maine
March 15, 2015 Amelia Island Concours Amelia Island, Florida
May 31, 2015 Greenwhich Concours Greenwhich, Connecticut
June 20, 2015 Vintage Motor Car Festival Klingberg, Connecticut
July 4, 2015 Independence Day Parade Bar Harbor, Maine
July 11, 2015 Flamingo Festival & Parade Southwest Harbor, Maine
July 26, 2015 Misselwood Concours Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts
August 8-9, 2015 Owls Head Air Show Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine
August 12, 2015 Antique Show Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, Maine
August 15, 2015 Antique Auto Roundup Northeast Harbor, Maine
September 6, 2015 Wheels on the Waterfront Bangor, Maine
September 20, 2015 Boston Cup Boston, Massachusetts
September 26, 2015 Ellsworth Autumn Gold Car Show Ellsworth, Maine
October 6-11, 2015 Hershey AACA Meet Hershey, Pennsylvania
October 10, 2015 Oktoberfest Southwest Harbor, Maine
October 16, 2015 Edison Concours Edison, New Jersey