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Heather Steeves

Heather Steeves tries to do things that are fun -- and only things that are fun. So far that's included stilt walking, roller derby and cross-country road trips in her Saturn.

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Posted: March 13, 2014

Stylish Mainers: 1750-1950 – a new show proves we’ve always looked fabulous

Written by: Heather Steeves

It’s easy to imagine that Mainers have always worn coveralls and Bean boots, but the Saco Museum’s newest exhibit shows the clothes of fashionable Mainers from the last 200 years or so.  The show, “From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England” opens Saturday, March 15 and runs through May 3. The opening reception is 5:30 pm Friday, March 14. And yes, all the clothes are from Maine (or, in some cases, New Hampshire).

“Exhibits like this are pretty rare,” said the museum’s director Tara Raiselis. “And doesn’t everyone love clothing? Clothes are an easy way to relate to people in the past. You don’t have to love history to enjoy costumes.”

Some of the 48 mannequins could be on display at Urban Outfitters. Their big buttoned jackets, fabulous red capes, skinny breeches, and pea coats have come back into vogue. However, the corsets, crinoline and bustled bums can stay in the past … or on Downton Abbey.

Museum admission is $5, but is free Fridays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit Saco Museum’s website. 

Earmuffs: A Maine invention turns 137 today

It’s hard to believe there was little recourse for a frigid ear back in the mid-1800s. Luckily a young man from Farmington came up with a genius idea: Ear-Mufflers. Chester was only 15 when he came up with the idea, and the first pair of earmuffs were purportedly made by his grandmother out of beaver fur and wire.
We salute you, Chester Greenwood

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