by Anura Guruge
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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).
What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.
Click to access my post from 3-years ago.
David Mills — the owner.
My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.
We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.
The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.
This is distressing.
It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.
We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.
I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.
I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the ‘Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.
I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.
I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.
Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.
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by Anura Guruge