Part of the fun of collecting old Maine ephemera from estate sales is that I learn a lot about local history and get to see places that no longer exist. When I drive past newer construction I sometimes see the ghost of once was in its place, like the large “dine and dance” restaurant with the 1950s cars parked in the lot, or the family resort that was torn down and replaced with office buildings. So when, a couple of years ago, I acquired a vintage brochure, above middle, for the Franciscan Monastery and Shrines in Kennebunkport, Maine, I assumed it was another place that no longer was. Turns out it’s celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! (For some reason it’s location is now considered to be Kennebunk and not Kennebunkport). Wayne and I drove down to visit it this morning despite the February cold and snow-covered grounds. It’s open to the public year-round.
Here are some of the beautiful sights:
This looks like art on the ground.
Modernist beauty in the sanctuary.
I love this!
This is what’s written beneath her statue.
Wayne and I will return in the spring or summer when their gardens are in bloom, the paths clear of snow and the air warmer than twenty degrees. Despite the cold it offered much needed warmth and discovery.