Thursday afternoon, July 12, was all about boating on the Maine coast for children participating in the Wilson Museum’s Discovery Days. The afternoon began with Jane McCloskey, daughter of Robert McCloskey, reading her father’s classic story Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man, the tale of an old Downeast fisherman who got swallowed by a whale. Children then had an opportunity to climb aboard the Dory of Glory, reminiscent of Burt Dow’s Tidely Idley in its color scheme, for a make-believe sea voyage. The dory, built during the past school year by Adams School seventh- and eighth-grade students, was sponsored in part by the Wilson Museum. Children also built and painted model dories out of cardboard using a template designed by author, illustrator and former boat-builder Sam Manning.
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