May 20, 2018
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A freak show that’s perfectly natural, at the Rock & Art Shop in Bangor

By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Rock & Art Shop on Central Street in downtown Bangor — owned by the Sohns family, who also own another Rock & Art Shop on Route 1A in Ellsworth — has a one-of-a-kind exhibit up through Nov. 13. The Natural History Freak Show is a collection of their many odd items, from a shrunken head (OK, not a real shrunken head) to a giant clam; from an eight-legged pig to a deep sea isopod. Tony Sohns, who is also a natural history educator in schools and libraries statewide, and his sisters, Annette and Amanda, put together the exhibit partially because of the Halloween season, and partially as an opportunity to excite and inspire younger patrons of the shop about science, history and art. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.

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