This week has been the same as the previous two weeks – work, lunch, class, relax, dinner, with some homework mixed in. I didn’t go to as many movies this week, but I went to Hyde Park on Hudson last night at Railroad Square Cinema. My friend and I ended up being the only people in the theater so we talked the whole time!
But today, I went on this little trip the Goldfarb Center was running to explore Maine, which not a lot of people seemed to know about (because no one reads the General Announcements, unfortunately!) There were only three other freshman girls and then a bunch of women who either work at Colby or used to, and then some of the staff from the Goldfarb Center. First, we went to the Somerset Grist Mill in Skowhegan which opened a few years ago. They mill grain that has been grown in Maine and then sell it at the Farmer’s Market and other places around here. It was pretty cool because they have built this mill in the former Somerset County Jail which had been in use as recently as 2007 (I think… I didn’t take notes or anything so my “facts” might be a little off).
We then ate flatbread pizza at The Bankery on the main street of Skowhegan; the bread of the pizza was made using flour from the Mill. The Bankery is called that, I assume, because the space they’re in used to be a bank (and there were massive vault doors that I could see).
Then we drove up to the Margaret Chase Smith Library and Home, still in Skowhegan. I had never heard of her but now I can’t believe that I haven’t. Although to be fair, she was last in office twenty years before I was born, and died two years after I was born. Her story was pretty inspirational – she only had a formal education through high school, and she wasn’t able to go to college. Yet she was the first woman to serve in both parts of Congress and the first woman to seriously run for president insofar as she took it to the Republican National Convention in 1964 (where Barry Goldwater was nominated instead). Considering she graduated high school before women were even allowed to vote, it’s pretty impressive. She also got 95 honorary degrees from different colleges and universities, her first and last being from Colby. They’re all hung above you when you first walk into the museum, which is built as an extension of her house. She also still lived in her house until she died, at which point the museum had been open for over ten years.
Overall, the day was pretty great because although I’ve been out in Waterville more than I normally would this month, I’ve been stewing on campus, so it was really nice to see more of what’s around here in Maine.
(Sorry, I didn’t really take pictures though I meant to! But here’s a picture of the actual mill which has a millstone and everything, and was imported from Austria because we just don’t do stuff like this any more in North America.)