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Best Baked Beans contest, bean supper

Posted Jan. 13, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
Hurricane Island granite
Hurricane Island granite
Seal Harbor Main Street
Seal Harbor Main Street
Dog Mountain Band
Dog Mountain Band
Mount Desert Island Historical Society's 2013 annual bean supper.
Mount Desert Island Historical Society's 2013 annual bean supper.

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine – Mount Desert Island Historical Society will present its fourth annual baked beans supper 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Mount Desert Island High School. Bean bakers from throughout the island will bring their favorite dishes and compete for the Best Baked Beans prize.

MDI Historical Society President and baked-bean historian Bill Horner said in a press release, “We’re inviting everyone to come and enjoy a winter meal together, and swap stories of family recipes and Saturday night rituals. We’re expecting to hear some pretty strong arguments about the relative virtues of Jacob’s Cattle, Yellow Eye, Red Kidney, pea, Navy, and Marafax beans.”

Other items on the menu include homemade brown bread, cole slaw, Parker House rolls, date-filled cookies, and hermits.

Dog Mountain Band will provide the dinner music. After dinner, Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for  Penobscot Marine Museum, will present “Through Eastern’s Eye,” a selection of slides from the Eastern Illustrating’s collection of postcards. The Eastern Illustrating collection of nearly 50,000 late 19th and early 20th images was rescued from a frozen building with burst water pipes and moved to Penobscot Marine Museum in 2007. Thanks to an extensive effort to restore, digitize, and catalog these images, they are now available for public viewing.

Tickets will be sold only at the door: $10 for adults; $5 for children. Proceeds from the event will be used to support history education programs at Sound School House.

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society keeps, discovers, and celebrates the history of Mount Desert Island. For more information, call Tim Garrity at 276-9323 or email tim.garrity@mdihistory.org or visit the society’s website at www.mdihistory.org.

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