ELLSWORTH – The Birdsacre Sanctuary in Ellsworth celebrated their annual Cordelia Stanwood Day Saturday.
It is a way to thank the community for supporting the sanctuary and also gave people the chance to see how far repairs have come on the Cordelia Stanwood Museum.
The museum caught fire three years ago, but Saturday it was open to the public.
Cordelia Stanwood led an interesting life, establishing herself as a respected ornithologist and wildlife photographer in the town of Ellsworth.
She was born so close to midnight on August 1st that her parents were not sure if she was born in July or August, which is why the day is held on the closest Saturday to that date.
Stanwood was well known for her poetic voice and having her museum open for her annual day was nothing short of poetic.
“While there is still more to do, it’s finally feeling like a home again and the stories attached the objects are there,” says Grayson Richmond, caretaker at Birdsacre. “You go back in and it’s that feeling of walking into your grandmother’s house on a summer day.”
“There’s a sweetness to it,” he adds, “a nostalgia and it’s almost as if the fire didn’t happen but you see the scars and those scars have healed, but they will always be there.”
In addition to the open house, kids and families had a chance to check out all the wildlife the sanctuary has to offer and participate in a number of fun activities.